Archive for March, 2011

Things More Worrisome than Global Warming: Death Threats from the Left

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Capitol Chaos: Lawmakers Get Death Threats

Source:  620 WTMJ

By Jon Byman

MADISON – The State Department of Justice confirms that it is investigating several death threats against a number of lawmakers in response to the legislature’s move to strip employees of many collective bargaining rights.

Among the threats the Justice Department is investigationg is one that was emailed to Republican Senators Wednesday night.  Newsradio 620 WTMJ has obtained that email.

The following is the unedited email:

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes
will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain
to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it
will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit
that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for
more information on possible scenarios in which you will die. (more…)

Oregon Study Again Shows Folly of Renewables Mandates

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Source: http://www.atinstitute.org/blog_post/show/92

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Contacts:
Todd Wynn, Cascade Policy Institute, todd@cascadepolicy.org
Paul Chesser, paul.chesser@atinstitute.org

If you cannot read this press release, please click here: http://www.atinstitute.org/blog_post/show/92

Following American Tradition Institute studies of Renewable Portfolio Standards in Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico – plus other analyses of energy mandates in North Carolina and Massachusetts – a new Cascade Policy Institute report ( http://www.cascadepolicy.org/2011/03/10/new-study-forcing-oregonians-to-purchase-renewable-energy-proves-costly/ )  on the harmful economic impacts of Oregon’s RPS provides another example of how the forced usage of alternative energy is an economy killer. (more…)

55 Positive Externalities: Hail to Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Source:  Master Resource

by Chip Knappenberger

In my last post, I suggested that the externalities from coal-fired electricity generation were probably not as negative as was being touted in a recent report by Paul Epstein and colleagues from the Center for Health and the Global Environment. As further support for my contention, I submit the contents of a new book by copious carbon dioxide researchers Drs. Sherwood and Craig Idso titled “The Many Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment: How humanity and the rest of the biosphere will prosper from this amazing trace gas that so many have wrongfully characterized as a dangerous air pollutant!” (more…)

Rear View: Lambert Spin Machine

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Source:  JoNova

Lambert, victim of his own spin?

Spin Cycle Science Cartoon
Lambert has replied to the post I did that pointed out that his use of the fake “Pinker Tape” in the debate with Monckton was a cheap-shot ambush with no real significance.

As usual, his reply includes major claims like “a dishonest post” and ”there’s no wiggle room here”, and, as usual, he can’t back them up.

Dishonest?  I quote Pinker as saying:

[I]f we give Christopher Monckton the benefit of doubt and assume that he meant “the impact of clouds on the surface shortwave radiation” than it can pass.” (more…)

Rear View: Monckton and Abrahams

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Source: JoNova

Abraham surrenders to Monckton. Uni of St Thomas endorses untruths.

What do you do when someone speaks against your faith, sounds authoritative, well informed, and backs everything up with lots of evidence? If you’re sane, you change your mind.

If you are John P. Abraham, a lecturer in fluid mechanics at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, you write to a few select scientists distorting what your opponent said, and then collect the infuriated responses. Abraham went on to assemble a list of things Christopher Monckton didn’t say,  complained about things he didn’t cite (even if he did and it’s printed on his slides), pretended he couldn’t find sources (but didn’t take ten minutes to ask), and created a litany of communication pollution in an effort to denigrate Monckton’s character.

The untruths and fabrications have come back to bite him. (more…)

Shut down Australia and save 0.01 degrees

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Source:  JoNova

The key question — with all the billions spent on cutting Australia’s carbon production: the trade and income lost; the jobs cut; the pain of living near wind farms; the foreign holidays avoided and then paying more for petrol and electricity than we have to — how many degrees will our actions cool the world by?

Assuming the IPCC are right about the effects of CO2, and that Australia stopped producing CO2 entirely (if we all left the country) by 2100 the world would be 0.0123 degrees cooler, and sea levels would be 2mm lower. These are so small they are unmeasureable.

Abandon Australia and save

0.0123°C

The statistics every Australian should know:

  • Australia produced 1.38% of global human emissions of CO2 in 2011. (EIA, 2011a)
  • Each year global emissions increase by twice Australia’s total annual output. (2.8%/year (EIA, 2011a). If we all emigrated and left a bare deserted continent, it puts off the warmer Armageddon by just six months. (more…)

Global Warming Alarmists Flip-Flop On Snowfall

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Source:  Forbes

By JAMES TAYLOR

Sitting in on a March 1 Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) press conference regarding global warming and heavy snowfalls, I couldn’t help feeling like the chairman of the Senate committee questioning mafia capo Frank Pentangeli in Godfather II. The chairman, listening incredulously as Pentangeli contradicts a sworn written statement he had earlier given to the committee, waves the written statement in the air and protests, “We have a sworn affidavit — we have it — your sworn affidavit…. Do you deny that confession, and do you realize what will happen as a result of your denial?”

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Assessment Report was as straightforward as Frank Pentangeli’s earlier confession that he had killed on behalf of Michael Corleone. “Milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms,” IPCC reported. (more…)

Dem to co-sponsor bill blocking EPA

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Source:  Politico

House Republicans can claim “bipartisanship” in their bid to handcuff the EPA’s climate change rules.

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) told POLITICO on Wednesday that he will be co-sponsoring the legislation from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) that puts a freeze on EPA’s regulatory agenda for major industrial polluters like power plants and petroleum refiners.

“The EPA needs to be reined in,” said Peterson, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee and a frequent critic of the agency. (more…)

Hats Off To “Live Free Or Die!” New Hampshire – Rejects Cap & Trade By A Veto-Proof Margin! Signal To The Nation

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Source: http://notrickszone.com/2011/03/01/hats-off-to-live-free-or-die-new-hampshire/

By P Gosselin

[SPPI Note:  see http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/originals/rggi.pdf ]

Back when I was a boy in the 1960s and 70s, northern New England was as conservative as could be. My home state of Vermont (which is French for “green mountain”) was George Aiken and Winston Prouty country. Back then the revolutionary Yankee-spirit of Ethan Allen, fighter for freedom, was alive – but rapidly dying.

Vermont has long since been overrun by the politically-correct from New York, Massachussetts, New Jersey and other deep blue areas, and has been turned into a socialist cesspool with one of the highest property tax rates in the country and socialist Senator Bernie Sanders.

This all makes the latest news from sister state New Hampshire (home of the White Mountains) all the more encouraging. New Hampshire was also once very conservative – so much so that it’s official motto is still ”Live free or die“. Its governor from 1973 to 1979 was Republican “Ax-the-Tax” Medrim Thomson. But New Hampshire too succumbed the same political fate as Vermont, turning deep blue.

But who knows! Maybe the “live free or die” spirit is making a comeback. Let’s hope so. The latest news seem to indicate so. Fox News writes in a piece called:

One Giant Leap Forward -New Hampshire has smacked down Cap & Trade

The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly — 246 to 104 – to become the first state to move to repeal an already up-and-running global warming cap-and-trade energy tax scheme.

The Granite State’s repeal appears headed for a similarly veto-proof repeal in the State Senate that will make Governor John Lynch powerless to stop it.” (more…)

Robert Redford is an eco-hypocrite, film claims

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Source:  UK Independent

Hollywood A-listers love to trumpet their green credentials. Guy Adams reports on a film-maker who’s out to expose them.

For years, they’ve preached green living while travelling the world in SUVs, limousines and private jets. But now Hollywood’s foremost tree-huggers face the prospect of being exposed as eco-hypocrites – in the very medium that finances their extravagant carbon footprints in the first place.

Robert Redford became the latest movie star to have his environmental credentials publicly ridiculed on film this week, when a hostile documentary was released in which he stood accused of failing to practise the environmentalism that he so vehemently preaches.

The short film, Robert Redford: Hypocrite, was released on Friday, via YouTube, to coincide with the closing days of his Sundance Film Festival. Depending on your point of view, it represented either a cheap hatchet-job or a stunning evisceration of a pioneering green activist who was once lauded on Time Magazine’s list of environmental “superheroes”. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: The Terrible Triangle: Russia, Iran and Venezuela

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Source:  http://www.uncoverage.net/2010/10/the-terrible-triangle-russia-iran-and-venezuela/

By Jane Jamison

Russia, Iran and Venezuela are intensifying their mutual military collaboration in a very rapid and aggressive way, right under the nose of the Obama administration, and no one seems to notice or care.  Instead, Barack Obama is flying around the country trying to help Democrats who are clinging to their office curtains.

It is to our great detriment that no one is heeding the terrible triangle of Hugo, Dmitry, and Mahmoud.

Late last week, Russia announced a deal to build Venezuela’s first nuclear power plant. Of course, it is ostensibly to be for “peaceful” purposes.  One of the world’s leading oil producers suddenly concerned about an alternate source of energy? (more…)