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The Political Maneuvering About Climate Change by The Elephant's Child

The Senate voted on Wednesday that “climate change is real and is not a hoax” — an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline vote sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) which passed, to Democrats’ astonishment, with only Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker  voting ‘no.’

In a surprise, the Senate’s leading skeptic of climate science, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), voted in favor of the amendment — but made clear he doesn’t believe humans are the primary driver of climate change.

The Hill apparently regarded this as astonishing. Democrats think they have accomplished something, for they regard Republicans as “climate deniers,” which is another of their false tag operations. The climate is always changing. We have had ice ages and the Medieval Warm Period, and the Roman Warm period when the climate was milder. Nobody denies that there is climate change.

The news has been full of the claim that 2014 was the “hottest year” on record, based on unreliable surface thermometer records and even that refers only to four-hundredths of a degree — which is hardly significant. The only significant measurements of global temperature are the satellite temperatures which indicate that temperature changes since 2001 are “statistically insignificant.” We have had satellite measurements for 36 years.

The only place where climate alarmism is rampant is in climate computer programs where they try to predict the future based on a representation of earthly climate they have programmed in. Unfortunately, the predictive ability of the programs cannot even produce the temperatures of today or any time in the past 36 years when we know what the global climate was. GIGO.

The idea that the Keystone XL pipeline has any effect on climate is preposterous. Climate scientist Roy Spencer PhD who runs the satellites out of Huntsville AL commented on the ‘hottest year on record.’ His website has some excellent short explanations of climate change and what we know and what we don’t.



Apathetic Voters? Cultivate the Pot Vote. by The Elephant's Child

For your committed liberal, everything is viewed through a political lens.  Case in point: Democratic strategists are studying a California marijuana-legalization initiative to see if similar ballot measures could energize young, liberal voters in swing states for the 2012 presidential election.  The Wall Street Journal notes:

Some pollsters and party officials say Democratic candidates in California are benefiting from a surge in enthusiasm among young voters eager to back Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana in certain quantities and permit local governments to regulate and tax it.

Party strategists and marijuana-legalization advocates are discussing whether to push for similar ballot questions in 2012 in Colorado and Nevada — both expected to be crucial to President Barack Obama’s re-election — and Washington state which will have races for governor and seats in both houses of Congress.

Already, a coalition of Democratic-leaning groups has conducted a poll in Colorado and Washington to test the power of marijuana measures to drive voter turnout.

In Colorado in 2009, a survey by a Democrat pollster found that 45% of Obama “surge voters” — said that they would be interested in turning out again if marijuana legalization were on the ballot.  “If you are 18 to 29, it’s far and away the most compelling reason to go out and vote,” the pollster said.

Ethical questions, not raised.  Health considerations?  Never mind,  It’s all just politics. Marijuana is an illegal drug according to federal statute, and state laws can’t overrule federal laws.  Maybe this is why liberals come up with such bad and unworkable ideas — they’re all stoned.




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