Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) had an op-ed in The Washington Post yesterday, largely reviewing the RICO Battle with the Tobacco Companies and comparing it to what he assumes is “a massive and sophisticated” scheme by fossil fuel companies (and their allies?) “to mislead the American people about the environmental harm caused by carbon pollution.”
The Big Tobacco playbook looked something like this: (1) pay scientists to produce studies defending your product; (2) develop an intricate web of PR experts and front groups to spread doubt about the real science; (3) relentlessly attack your opponents.
There is no such thing as “carbon pollution.” We are carbon life forms. Carbon is one of the building blocks of life. We exhale carbon dioxide every time we breathe. We all supposedly learned that in High School Biology. So now we know who wasn’t paying attention. Trust me, my mother was a high school Biology teacher.
James Hansen is an atmospheric physicist who was from 1981 to 2013 the head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, a part of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He was quite involved in the development and use of computer models as a method of understanding global warming. A paper of his in 2007 claimed that CO² levels above 350 ppm would be dangerous to humans, but we have long since passed 400 ppm and the increased carbon dioxide’s natural fertilization of plants has resulted in a vastly greening planet — helping to feed the hungry. Greenhouses keep their CO² atmosphere around 1200 ppm with happily growing plants and not the slightest ill effect on the nurserymen. Dr, Hansen has since gone full global warming activist, getting arrested at demonstrations. See the interview with Freeman Dyson just below.
What fascinates me is the extent to which Progressives appear to depend on talking points. Talking points are the Democrats’ version of these are the things we are voting for. You can tell if they are talking points when 3 Progressives in a row all make the same point in exactly the same words, and can’t argue the point in alternate words or thought.
You will find increasing efforts to portray those who are skeptical of the President’s position that Climate Change is America’s most urgent national security risk as gullible dummies paid for by the Fossil Fuel Industry Cabal. You will also find that those who are absolutely positive that the climate is warming out-of-control and leading to some climate Armageddon have never read any of the science, and don’t really understand the arguments at all. Senator Whitehouse is an excellent example.
It is even worse than shown by this graph. 1977 was a year chosen by the “warmists” to demonstrate the “massive” increase in temperature. It was actually the low temperature period of the 20th century. Headlines were full of a “New Ice Age” scare.
(h/t: Cato Institute & Never Yet Melted)
Filed under: Capitalism, Energy, Environment, Junk Science, Law | Tags: Bad Week for Activists, Global Warming, Greenpeace Got Caught!
Things have not been going well for the climate change alarmists. It was revealed that a prominent Greenpeace activist, Sven Teske, had been a lead author of a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change renewable energy report.
A press release from the IPCC on May 9, contained the following statement:
Close to 80 percent of the world’s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies a new report shows.
The study on which this remarkable statement was based was not released until a month later. By then the claim was out there, but the media had moved on. Steve McIntyre looked into the study and found that the scenario in the press was derived from a report issued by Greenpeace and the European Energy Council. In other words, green activists and lobbyists collaborated to disseminate something pretending to be “science.” This is usually termed a conflict of interest. Aside from just being wrong.
Then the University of Colorado”s Seal Level Research Group decided in May to add 0.3 millimeters every year to its actual measurements of sea levels, causing criticism from experts who called it an attempt to exaggerate the effects of global warming.
“Gatekeepers of our sea level data are manufacturing a fictitious sea level rise that is not occurring” said James Taylor, a lawyer who focuses on environmental issues for the Heartland Institute. “There is really no reason to do this other than to advance a political agenda.”
But that’s not all. The Bishop Hill Blog reveals the incestuous relationship between the EU and governments, quasi-autonomous organizations and NGOs (non-governmental organizations). Organizations such as Friends of the Earth and WWF are paid by the EU to lobby the EU in favor of the policies that the EU wants, and the IPCC takes research that benefits the agendas of governments. It is the sheer scale of this shameless enterprise that surprises. But to ask questions about this incestuous process is to be labeled as a “denier” supposedly paid by fossil fuel interests. Pointing out the implications for democracy and the economy is characterized by “denying scientific evidence.”
Then the Supreme Court dismissed a frivolous and novel “global warming” lawsuit. Radical environmentalists are in trouble when a unanimous court rules against you and Ruth Bader Ginsburg writes the opinion. Eight states and several land trusts sued five of the largest American power companies, including the Southern Company and the TVA. They claimed that carbon dioxide emissions of the companies’ power pants are a public nuisance that violate federal common law. They wanted a federal judge to set emissions standards. Alito and Thomas wrote a short concurrence in which they questioned the erroneous conclusion of the Court that carbon dioxide is even a “pollutant” that is covered under the Clean Air Act.
And to top it all off, a federal court has sharply rebuked the EPA for exceeding its statutory authority. On May 26, 2011, Judge Ricard Leon of the federal district court for the District of Columbia ruled that the agency’s regulatory process cannot trump a clear Congressional mandate, not override judicial authority to compel EPA’s compliance with the law. At issue was the statutory maximum time frame for EPA’s final decision to issue a Prevention of Significant Deterioration air-quality permit, a fundamental authorization for large industrial sources such as power plants and refineries. The EPA readily admitted that it had violated the one-year statutory deadline, but essentially that the EPA had made a regulatory process created for the convenience of the Administrator. A kind of arrogance that is characteristic of this administration. The Judge called the EPA claims “horsefeathers” and said “their argument was too clever by half.” “That dog won’t hunt,” he added.
Such is the recent activity in the environmental bureaucracy. It was a good week for common sense. There are enormous amounts of money involved and misleading media reports, and attacks on democracy and public welfare.
The picture above has nothing to do with the stories here, but I love seeing Russian cops carrying off a Greenpeace activist. Makes me laugh from sheer pleasure.
Filed under: Environment, Global Warming, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: Climate Change, Debunking Liberal Lies, Global Warming
Actually, it was yesterday, but nonetheless — “progressive” warm-mongers hardest hit:
Himalayan glaciers are actually advancing rather than retreating, claims the first major study since a controversial UN report said they would be melted within quarter of a century.
Researchers have discovered that contrary to popular belief half of the ice flows in the Karakoram range of the mountains are actually growing rather than shrinking.
The discovery adds a new twist to the row over whether global warming is causing the world’s highest mountain range to lose its ice cover.
It further challenges claims made in a 2007 report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the glaciers would be gone by 2035.
Although the head of the panel Dr Rajendra Pachauri later admitted the claim was an error gleaned from unchecked research, he maintained that global warming was melting the glaciers at “a rapid rate”, threatening floods throughout north India.
Filed under: Humor, News, Politics, Pop Culture | Tags: Facebook, Global Warming, Obama, Obamacare, Stack of Stuff, Twitter
Coming Soon to a planet near you? Two Suns — News.com.AU
Chomsky: GOP win means end of the world, or something — Daily Caller
“Civility” in Russian Politics [Warning: NSFW] — You Tube
28 States now suing to stop Obamacare — FOX News
Facebook/Twitter don’t connect people, they isolate them — The Guardian
World’s Laziest Mailman hoarded/burned mail — Seattle Weekly
“Knokkers”: Like pool, but with bowling balls — Geekology
Hidden Inflation: Same Price, Less Product — CNN Money
New Captain America: less spandexy more soldiery — I Watch Stuff
Filed under: Economy, Environment, Europe, News, Politics | Tags: Global Warming, Great Britain
Great Britain now (2010):
Swathes of Britain skidded to a halt today as the big freeze returned – grounding flights, closing rail links and leaving traffic at a standstill.
And tonight the nation was braced for another 10in of snow and yet more sub-zero temperatures – with no let-up in the bitterly cold weather for at least a month, forecasters have warned.
The Arctic conditions are set to last through the Christmas and New Year bank holidays and beyond and as temperatures plummeted to -10c (14f) the Met Office said this December was ‘almost certain’ to become the coldest since records began in 1910. [read more]
Great Britain then (2000):
Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past
Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.
…”Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said. [read more]
The only thing anthropogenic global warming advocates have proved is Maragaret Thatcher’s famous quote, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” As we are now seeing, socialism has bankrupted much of Europe, and I submit the only reason those nations have been so enthusiastically pushing the United States to sign onto a global warming treaty is because every such agreement to date would have redistributed billions in American wealth to prop up those nations’ failing socialist programs.
Filed under: Environment, Pop Culture | Tags: Chanel, Fashion Week, Global Warming, Polar Bears
Yes, that’s a real iceberg. Or part of one. Lagerfeld had it shipped in from Sweden for Chanel’s ready to wear show (undoubtedly at outrageous expense, creating a titanic carbon footprint) where it dutifully and fabulously melted to the patter of fashionably enthusiastic, eco-friendly golf-claps. Supermodels splashayed the arctic catwalk apparently wearing the polar bears from Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and the slaughtered remains of half the population of Endor.
The only message one could possibly draw from such a display is that if global warming is killing the polar bears anyway (it’s not), we might as well wear their carcasses.
Either that or “climate change” has just about jumped the shark.