American Elephants


ClimateGate, Lies, Being “Green” And My Personal Rebellion! by The Elephant's Child

Most people get angry when they discover that they have been lied to, or made fools of, or simply deliberately misled.  The lie alone is bad enough, but problems arise when you act upon false information.

We are just beginning to see the repercussions of ClimateGate.  Careers have been damaged,  publication dishonestly refused and skeptical scientists have received death threats.  Environmental journalists have made careers of transcribing what those who share their ideology say, slandering those who do not, and ignoring the scandal.

All the individual damage pales before the attempts of officeholders across the world who have used junk science as a pretext for increasing their personal power and control and expanding their control and their take from international energy markets.  They have a lot invested in their power grabs, and they’re not going to give it up peacefully.

If climate change is a natural phenomenon — which I believe that it is — and carbon dioxide is a natural fertilizer for plants which will help us feed the world — which I believe that it is — then just think of all the things that we don’t need to be doing.

We can stop the silly war on coal and create all sorts of jobs.  We can drill for our own natural resources and increase refinery capacity — creating even more high-paying jobs, and worry a lot less about price hikes in the petroleum markets. We can build nuclear plants.   We can stop making cars lighter and less safe in order to meet some mpg standard designed to cut our use of carbon-based fuels, and stop pushing the electric cars that nobody wants.

We can stop subsidizing wind farms and solar arrays that are completely inefficient and save enormous sums of money.  We can stop hoarding incandescent lightbulbs for fear of the onset of those nasty twisty bulbs. We can stop worrying about the polar bears who are just fine.

And just possibly, we can stop being assaulted with the demand that we be “green.” I am so fed up with businesses informing me about how environmentally sensitive they are, how pure,  how conscious of  Mother Gaia — aaaack!  The more they attempt to patronize with their environmental wonderfulness, the more I take my business elsewhere.  No, I will not use cloth bags in the grocery store. No, I will not buy “organic” food, organic cosmetics or organic cotton.  I will not pay extra on my power bill to buy “green” power from some hideous wind farm that cannot produce any energy at all without massive subsidies.  And we can get rid of  Barbara Boxer and Henry Waxman, for they are of no use at all.

There.  I got that off my chest!!



ClimateGate Continues to Unfold. It’s Like Watching an Avalanche Begin and Grow. by The Elephant's Child
December 2, 2009, 10:04 pm
Filed under: Energy, Environment | Tags: ,

ClimateGate continues to be fascinating.  Phil Jones, Director of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia has stepped down, at least “temporarily.”  The CRU has apparently discarded, deleted, or otherwise disposed of their core data so, conveniently, it cannot be checked. Phil Jones and the CRU have received something around $20 million in grants, which gives an idea of the monetary rewards of fiddling the books.

Pennsylvania State University has announced that it will “investigate” Michael Mann.  Dr. Mann became Director of a Climate Department when he moved from the University of Virginia.  Although it has long been noted that you could enter the phone book in his “hockey stick” program and you would still get the same hockey-stick shape, the graph has been central to the work of the UN’s IPCC.  The goal of the IPCC has always been to prove that global warming is real and caused by humans.

Science students don’t spend a lot of time taking English classes or history.  This is unfortunate, for if they had they would be aware that hiding the Medieval Warm Period would be more complicated than just nudging numbers.  There were real Vikings who farmed in Greenland.  A well-preserved Viking farm was discovered in 1991, and the Viking presence is well established in history, literature and museums.

New Zealand is implicated in ClimateGate for falsifying figures.  The Kiwi’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research has made “adjustments” to the graphs that indicate a preference for warming.

Australia’s Senate rejected an Emissions Trading Scheme for a second time .  Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s favored $114 billion green tax on everything was dumped.  Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull who favored the plan lost his job.

The Danes were caught fiddling their carbon credits.  Queens University has Northern Ireland tree-ring data that they are refusing to release.

Lawsuits are in the offing by scientists — one British, one Canadian, for criminal fraud. Their case is that the scientists implicated in ClimateGate have gained funding and career advancement by twisting data, hiding evidence, and shutting out dissenters by corrupting the peer-review process.

In general, as far as the mainstream media, big business and the federal government are concerned, there’s nothing to see here, just move along.  There is plenty of information available on the web.  Climate Depot and Anthony Watts Whats Up With That, and Stephen McIntyre’s Climate Audit are all following developments closely.  Lord Christopher Monckton has written a comprehensive summary of ClimateGate and cold facts about global temperature change after the scandal.



Progressive Network Calls West Point “Enemy Camp” by American Elephant
December 2, 2009, 4:46 am
Filed under: Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , , ,

As usual, the “progressive” leftists at MSNBC have harsher language for our troops and conservatives than they do for our nation’s enemies. But Chris Matthews plumbs new depths on a network that seems to exist solely to plumb new depths, when he calls actually calls the cadets at West Point Military Academy the enemy. (Keith Olbermann can be heard in the background signalling his agreement with an, “mm hmmm”, and Rachael Maddow chimes in, “I think you’re right Chris.”

Another accidental moment of honesty by the progressive network shills for this administration. Catch liberals off their guard if you want them to tell you how they really feel.

Matthews should resign, but of course this is tame stuff for progressives.

(But it still gives me an opportunity to dredge up a story I missed last week about sanctimonious, race-bating, progressive MSNBC being  the whitest network on TV. Heh. Do as they say, not as they do? )



A Speech Before the Corps of Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. by The Elephant's Child
December 2, 2009, 3:30 am
Filed under: Islam, Military, National Security, Terrorism | Tags: , ,

President Obama’s speech announcing his strategy on Afghanistan at The United States Military Academy at West Point was an odd speech.  He announced a surge of 30,000 troops, partly in the hope that NATO would make up the rest of the 40,000 that General Stanley McChrystal requested.  His strong words about the necessity for success were belied by his defensiveness about doing so.

To be fair, the President is stuck between a rock and a hard place.  He clearly doesn’t want to be involved in Afghanistan, and is much more comfortable with his hard left base who oppose all war on general principles.  He made sure to mention that he “opposed the War in Iraq which left our unity on national security issues in tatters, and created a highly polarized and partisan backdrop for this effort.”

Obama seems unable to recognize that his constant attempts to blame everything on Bush, denigrate everything that the Bush administration did, is not only classless, but exactly what has created a “highly polarized and partisan background.”  When politics permeates everything, it doesn’t stop at the water’s edge, as our tradition demands.

The Left opposed the War in Iraq by claiming that the “right war” was instead in Afghanistan — going after al Qaeda.  That allowed the Left to avoid being characterized as anti-war;  but now, faced with Afghanistan, they have no excuses and are united in opposition.  And they really don’t want to spend any money on the war.  The money is needed for their dream of socialized medicine, and that is going to be very expensive indeed.  Spending the rest of the stimulus money on the war or scaling back health care is, of course, not an option.  They’ll tax “the rich” some more.

Obama is trying to have it both ways.  He doesn’t like the war, and wants “to end the era of war and suffering,” but it had better be cost-effective and cost-effective within 18 months.

The Left got onto this “exit strategy” thing with Iraq, demanding to know what Bush’s “exit strategy” was.  Those a little more familiar with war find the question foolish.  The exit strategy is when you win, when you accomplish your objective, but not a date which the enemy can just wait for.

We want President Obama and his strategy to succeed in Afghanistan.  We want success on the battlefield.  There is a lot of talk about “nation building”, but our aim is to protect the citizens and to train the Afghan army to protect the citizens.  The people fear the Taliban, and will not help unless and until they feel secure.

My sense of this is that President Obama is completely uncomfortable with war.  He has little knowledge of combat or battle, and little understanding of the military or how it works.  “Victory” was never mentioned.  He said “As President, I refuse to set goals that go beyond our responsibility, our means, or our interests.  And I must weigh all of the challenges that our nation faces.  I don’t have the luxury of committing to just one.”

I suspect that he never watches war movies, nor has read accounts of battles.  It’s just unfamiliar, uncomfortable territory.  Which is why he thinks an exit strategy is important, and a goal of eliminating nuclear weapons is plausible. And why he dithered for three months about simply making a choice.

And why he brags about his small efforts to recognize the military like “signing a letter of condolence to each family, reading letters from parents and spouses, and traveling to Dover to meet flag-draped coffins.” The commitment and pride with which Americans volunteer to serve in the military must be near incomprehensible.

“Ive spent this year renewing our alliances and forging new partnerships,” he said.  “And we have forged a new beginning between America and the Muslim world — one that recognizes our mutual interest in breaking a cycle of conflict, and that promises a future in which those who kill innocents are isolated by those who stand up for peace and prosperity and human dignity.” Soaring words, but with little relation to the real world. An odd speech, very odd.

I will support the effort in Afghanistan unreservedly.  I hope the President does as well. The men and women who serve deserve our full support.




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