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Was the Tin Foil Hat Crowd Right All Along?

As it snows today in Houston Texas (the earliest snow storm in the cities entire recorded weather history) and we go on day 14 of a near total television news blackout of the climate-gate story, I am left to wonder if perhaps the conspiracy theorists were right all along. Is the global warming science a fraud? Are the scientists purporting it, and the politicians enacting policy based on it, and the corporations making money off of it all working together to deceive the world’s population for their own monetary and/or power gains? What seemed insane to suggest three weeks ago now seems entirely possible.

For those who aren’t aware (I’ve been dismayed to learn that a vast number of otherwise educated acquaintances have heard nothing of this story) the global warming theorists were caught in an extremely compromising position two weeks ago. The University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Climate Research Unit (CRU), the world’s foremost authority on historic temperature data, has admitted throwing away the raw temperature data on which their claims of global warming were based. In addittion, emails between the CRU’s director and other prominent global warming scientists around the world were uncovered and displayed a pattern of cover-up and subterfuge aimed at making their “science” appear genuine while discrediting anyone who dared posit a differing viewpoint.

Wondering why you haven’t heard about this? You’re not alone. Two weeks into this story, reminiscent of the ACORN prostitution story, the network news refuses to cover it, the New York Times lead environmental reporter won’t print the emails because they were “stolen” (can you imagine the Times taking such a moral stand if Dick Cheney’s email was hacked?) and the politicians want to investigate the email “thief” rather than the scientific scandal that may have cost the world’s taxpayers trillions of dollars in non-scientific science and environmental initiatives.

A cursory read of just a few of these emails leads to the immediate conclusion that these individuals are not scientists. In fact, they sound and act more like religious or political zealots than open-minded seekers of irrefutable truth as true scientists are. They believe in their cause and will do anything to move it forward including manipulating data and squashing any opposition. Meanwhile the politicians, namely Al Gore, tell us that the time for debate is past, global warming is a fact and we’re running out of time to fix it. NBC’s entire family of channels broadcasts environmental awareness programming under the heading “green week” on such a regular basis it would be easier to label the off weeks “non-green-week” (interestingly NBC is owned by GE – likely to benefit substantially from tougher environmental standards with its turbine manufacturing operations – is there any chance they have ulterior motives for this programming?).

I don’t think of myself as a conspiracy theorist. I don’t think there are alien spaceships in Area 51. I believe America really did land on the moon in 1969. And, I don’t believe George Bush allowed 9/11 to happen. But after the events of the past two weeks, when it comes to climate change, it looks like I’m going to need to get out my tin foil hat.

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If Only Stupidity Could Save the Environment

First it was plasma televisions that California legislators were trying to ban for their whopping energy usage (turns out they actually use less energy than a coffee maker) and now the state is looking at banning black cars in their latest imbecilic attempt to save the environment one moronic piece of legislation at a time. That’s right, a government in the “free” United States of America is considering telling its citizens what color their car is allowed to be.

The reasoning is (I can’t believe I am giving this idiocy the respect of explaining the reasoning) that black cars get hotter than other colors and therefore require more energy to air condition. Okay, how much more energy? What impact will this change have? Or, here’s one for you, if I agree to buy the car without an AC unit, can I still get a black one? How about if I move to California from Oregon and I own a black car, am I allowed to register it in the state or must I get rid of it before moving? GIVE ME A BREAK!

It is exactly this kind of juvenile, near-sited thinking that has led California to become the least business or consumer friendly state in the Union and, not coincidentally, the state in the worst financial health during this difficult time. Perhaps the politicians in California would be better served spending their time working on solutions to their massive budget crisis.

UPDATE:

In another fit of environmentally driven lunacy, this time on the opposite coast, the Maine legislature passed a bill this week requiring manufacturers of energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs to pay for the recycling of used bulbs to the tune of $1 per bulb (of course, while the legislators may kid themselves, we know that the consumer will actually be the one footing this bill). Why is this necessary you ask? Because these bulbs that are supposed to save the environment from the dangerous incandescent light bulb, CONTAIN TOXIC MERCURY. That’s right, the same pollutant that’s been poisoning our fish and that many believe is a contributing factor to the alarmingly increased rates of autism in our children – now this seems like a great product to put in little glass containers and place all over our homes, doesn’t it?

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Carbon Emissions – the Whole Story

Al Gore calls it an Inconvenient Truth, but I would say the global warming, carbon emissions, cap and trade situation is a Complicated Truth. Any one of these topics would be hard to delve into in a single blog entry or even in several entries, but I will point you to this article which is a compelling look at the complexities of the issues – Bound to Burn by Peter W. Huber. If you are looking for a common sense, honest analysis of these difficult topics, here it is.

Mr. Huber explains the real truth, that China, India and other developing nations are not going to be convinced to cease the burning of fossil fuels and thus impede their rapid advancement out of poverty. Not even to “save the planet”. If Democrats persist in placing extreme regulatory limits on carbon emissions in this country the resultant job migration overseas will make us look back longingly to the “outsourcing” job migration of the last 10 years. I might add, that when cap and trade is coupled with the current administration’s plans to raise corporate tax rates, every employer in America that has the ability will have all the reason they need to take their operations and the associated jobs overseas.

Likewise, the $40 trillion in oil under the Middle East is coming out of the ground. If you think it isn’t, I beg you to explain to me how a few sheiks, who hate us to begin with, will be convinced to give away $40 trillion by not drilling that oil. Of course, that’s rhetorical because there is no way that will happen.

Simple logic tells us that 1 billion people in developed nations cutting their carbon emissions, while the other 5 billion people on this planet are increasing their emissions rampantly, is not a formula for solving this problem and will only put those people doing the cutting at a huge competitive disadvantage. Bottom line this is a much more complex issue than the politicians make it out to be, and certainly too complex for Henry Waxman  to cram comprehensive climate change legislation through Congress in less than 30 days.

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Not In My Backyard!

Here we go again, yet another person who argues relentlessly for alternative fuels and rails against big oil is putting the kibosh on a plan related to alternative energy because the location is a little too close to home. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada doesn’t like the idea of a nuclear storage site being located in his home state even though that has been the carefully developed plan in the works for years. The Obama administration withdrew funding for the project from their proposed budget as a result of Reid’s influence. On a side note, I guess all that talk of the need for jobs for his constituents was just talk. These jobs just aren’t the right ones huh, Mr. Reid?

Yucca Mountain in Nevada has been carefully selected after years of study determined that it was the best possible location for the storage of nuclear waste such as spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants. The Department of Energy’s website provides a detailed description of the research that was done and the plan to protect the environment and America’s population through the use of this facility. Of particular note is the following quote:

After over 20 years of research and billions of dollars of carefully planned and reviewed scientific field work, the Department of Energy has found that a repository at Yucca Mountain brings together the location, natural barriers, and design elements most likely to protect the health and safety of the public, including those Americans living in the immediate vicinity, now and long into the future.

But Senator Reid doesn’t like it, he claims to want to solve America’s energy problems. Apparently that’s contingent on the solution being in someone else’s backyard. So President Obama went along with him and we are going to throw away the $8 Billion (yes, that’s billion with a B) we have spent studying and selecting Yucca Mountain because Harry doesn’t want it at his house.

This is much like Senators Kennedy and Kerry of Massachusetts inexplicable opposition to the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound off the shores of Cape Cod. This project would provide 150 permanent jobs for Kennedy and Kerry’s constituents, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 734,000 tons per year, and save New Englanders an estimated $25 million annually in reduced electricity prices. With all that in mind, how could two Senators from Massachusetts who have expressed such strong concern about global warming and the need to ‘reduce our dependence on foreign oil’ be against such a project in their home state? Well, I suppose it might have something to do with Teddy’s view from the Kennedy compound or Senator Kerry might be afraid of running his windsurfer into one of those towers.  Just a couple more dedicated environmentalists – just don’t ask them or Harry Reid to put it in their own backyard.

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Do You Believe Your Own Theory or Not Al?

If Al Gore believes so strongly in his global warming theory (and make no mistake, it is nothing more than a theory!) then why are he and House Democrats afraid to openly debate the subject? After inviting Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science advisor to Prime Minister Thatcher, to testify alongside the former Vice President, Democrats chickened out. When Lord Monckton’s flight from England landed in the U.S. this morning he was told he’d been scratched from the witness list. Gee guys, thanks for the notice!

It seems odd to this humble citizen that these progressive, open-minded, tolerant individuals in the majority would not want to hear an opposing view, of which there are many, before they begin re-writing the entire U.S. energy policy based on Gore’s imaginary science. Of course, as we’ve seen, they are only progressive, open-minded and tolerant when you agree with them. Just ask Miss California!

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The Dinosaurs Must Have Been Driving Hummers!

Now with a title like that you are probably thinking, “He has lost it this time”, but I promise, the marbles are still in there. A new study published in the journal Nature shows that the oceans rose as much as 3 meters in a matter of decades the last time the Earth was between ice ages. It goes on to predict the same fate could befall us in the coming years with devastating consequences to coastal areas.

So, call me crazy, but here is my question… Were the Dinosaurs driving too many Hummers? Did they have too many coal powered electric plants? Perhaps they weren’t recycling their plastic bottles? Maybe it was that they left lights on when they weren’t in the room or that their plasma television used too much electricity?

For those who stumbled upon this post and don’t understand sarcasm 101, let me spell it out for you. Al Gore and friends claim we are killing our planet by driving cars, heating homes, not recycling, etc. Funny thing though, it turns out this global warming thing has happened before. Now here’s the catch – human beings were not even on the planet! Think about that, let it really sink in; it happened without us! Like the Grinch said when he tried to steal Christmas, “It came, it came just the same!”

One hundred and twenty thousand years ago, the earth’s ice caps melted, and its oceans rose. This was followed by an ice age which ended with the most recent warming cycle which we are now living in. All of this happened without any influence from mankind. So the next time someone gives you a dirty look for throwing away a plastic bottle, just tell them you’re pretty sure T-Rex didn’t drive an H1.

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Whoops, where did all the hurricanes go?

Alright, this is starting to get on my nerves. I’m not a scientist and I don’t have the answers when it comes to Global Warming. Is it really happening? Isn’t it? These are questions for someone smarter than I. But, here’s what I do know, they are still questions and that is what’s driving me crazy.  There is still very real debate in the scientific community about the veracity of the theory.  So, why has the Main Stream Media (MSM) swallowed it hook line and sinker.  Alright, the MSM isn’t that bright, I know, but the evidence that supports the theory is being touted by the media and politicians while any evidence that brings the global warming theory into question is brushed aside so that most Americans never hear it.

Did you hear about the conference in Poland last December where 650 world renowned climatologists submitted their opinion that man-made global warming is a media generated myth without basis?  I bet you didn’t.

Do any of you remember this article from Time Magazine in 1974 – Another Ice Age? or this one from Newsweek a few months later The Cooling World?  That’s right, just 35 years ago these same geniuses in the MSM were convinced that we would all freeze to death, it was just a matter of time.

So, what set me off this time?  This week Florida State University released a study on cyclone activity around the world and yet again the science doesn’t support the noise coming from the MSM.  Oh, you remember after Katrina when the media was telling anyone who would listen that that tragedy was proof of global warming and that the warming of the earth would lead to dramatic increases in cyclonic activity?  Some days I thought Keith Olbermann might actually jump up from behind his desk and yell, “We’re all gonna die!” like the cartoon character he is.  Well, turns out cyclone activity has reached an ALL TIME LOW!  Yes, you read that right, an ALL  TIME  LOW!!!

Good news, right?  Yes, it is, but here’s the frustrating little twist…  the report goes on to gingerly tiptoe around global warming and states that this data doesn’t disprove the previous theories of global warming leading to increased cyclonic activity.  Now where’s the Common Sense in that?  Alright, I get that science never actually proves anything (or at least I remember being told something like that in Physics class), but 4 years ago the Anderson Coopers of the world were convinced Katrina was the beginning of the end.  Remember the fear-mongering about how it would only get worse, more hurricanes next year, bigger hurricanes more often and on and on?  Now it turns out that was ALL WRONG.  Not only did hurricane frequency and intensity not increase, the last 3 years have been three of the quietest years in recent memory. – Whoops. – But the Media will never report this story.  First, it makes them look like the bunch of know nothing, fear-mongering, blowhards they actually are.  Second, it runs contrary to their agenda of promoting the global warming theory.

In the end it doesn’t really matter if global warming is real or not.  They’ve decided it is and they’ve got all the microphones.  If we let them, they’ll tell us exactly what to believe.  So, America, stop listening to these moronic talking heads.  They are simply pretty people who got their job for that reason and that reason only.  They have no idea what they are talking about – they just read the teleprompter.  You can’t just sit back and listen to get your information without at least applying some critical thinking to what you’re hearing.  So, GET SOME SENSE and do some digging and reach your own conclusions.

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