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Drought? What drought?

Just a month ago, experts with the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb., said that the bulk of California was still experiencing a moderate to extreme drought. Now, most of Northern California isn't even considered "abnormally dry," the precursor to drought conditions.

Sierras Snowpack Above Normal
Lake Tahoe is surrounded by the snowcapped Sierras and the foothills in
South Lake Tahoe, Thursday, January 3, 2008. (Bob Larson / Bay Area News Group)

Sierra snowpack up to 123 percent of normal for this date - By Julie Sevrens Lyons, Mercury News - As state water experts Thursday donned backcountry skis and Gore-Tex vests to measure the snowpack near Highway 50 in the Sierra, they received some encouraging news: There's plenty of snow in Them Thar Hills!
What a difference a year makes.
After last year's bone-dry winter in which the Sierra had just 40 percent of its average annual snowpack - and local water agencies encouraged residents to start conserving - the newest tallies show the snowpack ranges from 115 percent to 123 percent of average for this time of year, depending upon the location. It's still too early to say whether the season will end up wet or dry, but state water officials are cautiously optimistic the state is not in a drought.
"It's a complete turnaround," said Don Strickland, a spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources. "Things are looking a lot better."
Indeed, a light snow was falling as workers measured the water content of the snowpack Thursday morning. And meteorologists say that even more storms are on the way.
Workers have had a hard time taking all the state's snow measurements because some regions have so much fresh powder - the snow's water content level is three times what it was this time last year - that snowmobiles aren't able to access those points, said Elissa Lynn, senior meteorologist for the Department of Water Resources.
"It's been a huge, productive, good month," she said... (01/31/08)

From the JunkMan...
Hurricane Hysteria Revisited - By Steven Milloy - Will global warming increase hurricane activity? Two studies published in the last week arrived at opposite conclusions.
A link between warmer sea surface temperatures and increased North Atlantic hurricane activity "has been quantified for the first time," according to a study by University College London researchers that was published in Nature (Jan. 30). They claim to have associated a 0.5 degree Celsius increase in sea surface warming with a 40 percent increase in Atlantic hurricane activity during 1996-2005 as compared to the average activity during 1950-2000. [...]
The other hurricane study, published in Geophysical Research Letters (Jan. 23) and not widely reported by the media, comes from climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The NOAA researchers compared sea surface temperatures with hurricanes that made U.S. landfall -- the most reliable hurricane measurement over the long-term, according to the researchers. They found a slight decrease in the trend of landfalling hurricanes with warmer sea surface temperatures... (01/31/08)

"Man-Made" Global Warmers Determined Wrong - By Kevin Roeten - People who swear by the idea that man can affect climate - may drown in their own blood in a minute. The one factor left out is proof positive that elevated CO2 does not cause Global Warming. The debate is over. A good scientist can't afford to miss this data.
If one looks at all temperature correlations and CO2 levels, there appears to be absolutely no correlation between the two variables. Granted, CO2 levels are at 370ppm right now--the highest they've been since 1850. But if one looks at the two above variables closely, the case can be made that the rising temperatures are actually responsible for increasing CO2 levels.
From the Scripps Institute (Mauna Loa), it can be seen that CO2 levels have increased virtually every year since 1850. But other sources---tree rings, ice cores, etc..., say that CO2 levels at earlier times have been more than 7x that of today. Per Noel Sheppard(economist; editor of Newsbusters), there have been 72 years in the past 156 (53.8 %) when global average temperatures declined.
Highly correlated items will tend to follow each other, going higher or lower. But in the years that global warming alarmists use to prove this absent correlation, there was virtually no year-over-year connection between CO2 concentrations and temperature. But there are other options that should be evaluated to determine what might be causing the 0.8 oC/century rise lately in surface temperature. Joe D'Aleo (Certified Consulting Meteorlogist) decided to compare the three most probable causes... (01/31/08)

Bill Clinton Says Slow Down Economy To Combat Global Warming - BILL Clinton says that to combat global warming industrialized nations need to: "We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions 'cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren."
This appears an odd thing to say, with the US worried about recession. (Video here.)
But, then, if there is a recession, President Hillary Clinton can blame it on global warming. Recession will be a good thing.
Right? Right on! (01/31/08)

Indoctrination continues...
Senate bill requires textbooks to teach global warming - The Associated Press - SACRAMENTO—Climate change would be added to the list of topics included in future California science textbooks, under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate.
The legislation was sent to the Assembly on a 26-13 vote over the objections of Republicans. They said global warming should not be taught as scientific fact because there is still debate over whether human activities or a natural weather cycle are most to blame.
" I don't believe there is any intention of providing a science-based and balanced curriculum," said Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks. (01/30/08)

Global warming solution hurts people more than warming - William Yeatman - Participants in President Bush's international climate conference this week in Hawaii should know that the "solution" to global warming -- expensive energy -- slows economic growth, at enormous human cost. In fact, evidence suggests that policies to fight global warming are worse for human welfare than rising temperatures... (01/29/08)

If You Believe In Global Warming or Climate Change... - By Malcolm Hedges - Mark your calendar as this is the day you realized you are an idiot and a sucker.
Global Warming and Climate Change are economic, political and social fabrications generated by Socialists (read closet Communists) for purposes of economic, political and social control and power.
Read the fine print and most every scheme demands total destruction of any (non-Communist) country or economy for "the good of the Earth"...
Examination reveals the actual target is "the good of Socialist Elites".
Guess what, "Global Warming and Climate Change" have been happening since time began. Humans may have some .00000000000000000000000001% effect on the process, the Sun and our Mother Earth are the real owners of the process.
In 2012 or so, the Sun has decided that the Earth will get less heat and so things around here will be not so hot.
Might it be that the "Global Warming or Climate Change" bullies are in a rush to make big bucks before the scam is exposed?
Socialists ain't dumb (they are stupid, but not dumb), every day they are scheming for some way to eliminate anything that isn't a Socialist utopia.
They have managed to essentially turn Europe into a nothing and are dedicated to do the same in the USA.
"Global Warming and Climate Change" are just new schemes... (01/29/08)

Indoctrination: A "Teach-in"... How groovy!
Focus On Global Warming: High school students lead the way - BY CYMBRE FOSTER, Special to the Record-Eagle - Sixteen-year-old Jack Kerby-Miller was so concerned about the effects of global warming on the planet that he decided to do something to stop it.
With participation from a team of other students, Kerby-Miller organized Glen Lake School's participation in Focus the Nation on Wednesday and Thursday.
"The idea of Focus the Nation is to have a series of nationwide symposia composed of more than 1,000 schools, colleges, churches and other civic organizations that meet on one day, to come up with solutions and create resolutions toward changes that are needed to stop global warming," said the Glen Lake School sophomore, who initiated his school's role as host of the event for the community.
Billed as the largest teach-in in U.S. history, Focus the Nation is preparing millions of students to become leaders in the challenge to reduce global warming. It is estimated that some 1,400 schools and over a million students are involved to date, said Kerby-Miller, who lives in Maple City. (01/29/08) How much does anyone want to bet that that "million students" number is bullshit. Remember that million-man-march? Tucker Carleson was right when he he stated on his show:
"It is baby boomers. I mean and let's be totally honest -- this country will be a much better place when the last baby boomer has gone to the grave and beyond, do you agree? -- It will be. No more lectures about Woodstock and RFK and JFK and your stupid elections from the late '60s -- early '70s. We're not interested. This will be a better country, won't it be?" ~ Tucker Carleson (10/30/07) Source

More indoctrination
ISEO ends with quizzes, global warming and classical dance - ..." These young minds seem to have the concept of global warming slightly mixed up with pollution and the effect of the ozone directly but the gist of the subject was grasped thoroughly," said Saleem Khewar, an environmentalist. He added that he was glad to see that youngsters today were aware of the fact that they were also responsible for their planet and nobody else was to blame. Article begins... (01/29/08)

More contrarian voices - By Antonio C. Abaya - The wonders of the Internet. My article of Jan. 25, "Contrarian voices," was sent by e-mail to my e-distribution list on the evening of Jan. 25. Within hours, I received from Marc Morano of the US Senate ( an electronic copy of the US Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007, which was originally released on Dec. 20, 2007.
Says the report in its introduction: "Over 400 prominent scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant objections to major aspects of the so-called 'consensus' on man-made global warming. These scientists, many of whom are current and former participants in the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore..." (01/29/08)

Global-warming wager attracts possible bettors
2 will accept skeptic's challenge if terms OK
- By Dale Rodebaugh | Herald Staff Writer - Two Durango residents say they're willing to take a global-warming skeptic's wager on whether the Earth's average temperature is increasing - if all parties can agree on terms of the bet.
Roger W. Cohen issued a public challenge Jan. 20 on The Durango Herald op-ed page, betting $5,000 that the globe's average temperature will be cooler in 2017 than it was in 2007. An opinion piece he wrote Dec. 23 to the effect that global-warming predictions are overblown unleashed a spate of opinions to the contrary. Cohen responded with the challenge, giving takers until Feb. 9 to step forward... (01/29/08)

Global warming hoax right on - Burton Anderson's global warming hoax column was right on -
Dear Editor,
Burton Anderson's Jan. 18 Burt's Bits column on global warming is exactly what my husband and I feel, too. We have just moved to California from Denmark and I can tell you that in Europe the environmentalists are doing a great job on the global warming political side, too. Lots of taxes more to pay to contribute to the global warming danger.
I will be clipping and sending the column to my relatives in Europe. We have some lonely fighters over there, one is a former Green Peace president who are speaking the same, your, global warming language and I guess they would be very much interested in reading your article. Unfortunately the press and the TV in Europe and I guess here, too, are not aligned on the fact that what happened with the climate/weather is cyclical.
Thanks for a great and meaningful reading and my very best regards.
Astrid E. Senior, Morgan Hill (01/29/08)

Global warming caused by the sun - Yes, we are in global warming. No, it is not unusual. No, it is not so bad.
A couple more indications are: mankind can monitor temperatures on Mars and Earth -- both planets are warming; Mars with no help from Martians.
Also, due to the rise in CO2, the rate some trees are growing has been increased. According to peer-reviewed scientific literature, black spruce, jackpine, paper birch and white spruce are doing very well, thank you.
The scientific community seems to agree that the main cause of our warming is activity by the sun. This seems almost frighteningly logical.
Two websites I check regularly are: and These are kept current and are truly informative. -- Phyl Gainor, Fort St. James (01/29/08)

Letters: Global warming 'facts' open to interpretation - "Facts" sure seem to move around on the issue of global warming. The "fact" is that human contribution to CO2 in the atmosphere is insignificant.
Out of an estimated total of 40,000 gigatons (Gt C) of CO2 residing in the oceans and biosphere, human production is roughly 8 per year.
It is a fact that the sea surface temperature is now below the 3,000-year average.
It is a fact that the oceans were much warmer 3,000 years ago than now and Greenland was, in fact, green.
It is a fact that glaciers are for the most part shortening.
It is also a fact that the warming trend was established more than 100 years ago and has not been impacted by the rise in industralism.
For all the facts and references, go to "Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide" by Arthur Robinson, et al, published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Robinson is a member of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.
Incidentally, a wamer, wetter world has many advantages.
Bob Grace,
Amarillo (01/29/08)

Gore Global Warming Gongs Again--Wrong - "Recent evidence shows 'the climate crisis is significantly worse and unfolding more rapidly than those on the pessimistic side of the IPCC projections had warned us,' climate campaigner and former US vice-president Gore said.
"There are now forecasts that the North Pole ice caps may disappear entirely during summer months within five years, he told a gathering at the World Economic Forum in Davos" per AFP.
But Al Gore's global warming sermon is wrong, per New York Times columnist John Tierney as highlighted by the Newsmax Staff.
Media gives public selective Gore-leaning reportage. Per Tierney, the same media sidelines scientific data that directly contradicts Gore's litany.
Many have questioned the Gore convictions; yet the intelligentsia has regarded these free thinkers as offbeat, old-fashioned cultural lags.
Now none other than the New York Times starts 2008 debunking Gore and his entourage. Tierney claims that news reports show bears scampering for ice bricks while the facts relating to the larger picture are purposefully ignored... (01/27/08)

Got an email today. Here's what it said:

Antarctica frozen Waves Nature is amazing! The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice. That's what it is like in Antarctica where it is the coldest weather in decades. Water freezes the instant it comes in contact with the air. The temperature of the water is already some degrees below freezing. Look at how the wave froze in midair!

Antartica Frozen Wave

Antartica Frozen Wave

I agree. NATURE is amazing.

First Person: 'Global warming' is alarmism - By Jim Pedersen, guest columnist - Like most liberal organs in this country, the Seattle P-I invariably comes out on the side of global warming being the direct result of irresponsible behavior by people.
Mankind caused the global warming, so mankind must employ draconian measures to fix it. Al Gore told us the science of global warming is settled. So why hasn't the entire scientific community fallen into step?
Can a reputable scientist be a "denier?" If the evidence of man-caused global warming is as overwhelming as the left claims it is, why the lack of rational, intelligent public debate between qualified people of opposing views? Doesn't this make more sense than believers simply brushing off deniers? More. (01/27/08)

Global Warming Statists Threaten Our Liberty - by Deneen Borelli - Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - "unalienable rights" cited by our Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence - are now at risk as left-wing activists seek to curtail our liberties and personal choices to save the planet from supposedly man-made global warming.
No one is saying global climate change doesn't exist. We all know the hot era of the dinosaurs later gave way to the frigid Ice Age. Throughout recorded human history, with and without the presence of factories and other factors blamed for today's alleged rising temperatures, there have been many warming and cooling trends.
What is unresolved is the role man actually plays in climate change. It is easy to be skeptical of the man-made global warming hysterics when the scientific data remains inconclusive and uncontrollable events, such as volcanic eruptions, can do more harm to the atmosphere than man.
Despite all the ambiguity, our liberties are at the peril of this dubious theory... (01/26/08)

Global warming is all hogwash - Millions of years ago, our pregnant sun exploded and ejected all our planets in our solar system. We now have a large atom; a nucleus with electrons revolving around it. The electrons, or planets as we call them, are very dependent on our sun.
Over millions of years there have been many temperature changes. For example, Greenland a thousand years ago was green. Some early explorers discovered her and named her Greenland. Today, Greenland is a mass of ice after a long cooling-off period.
Now we have a slow warming period that will last for many years. This warming and cooling is produced by our sun as it emits different heat over periods of time to its children the planets. There is absolutely nothing human beings can do about it. This hoax that people like Al Gore, environmentalists and ill- informed so called professors are trying to sell us is pure hogwash. They will get rich (follow the money), we will pay for it. It is one of the biggest hoaxes since the so-called learned people said the earth was flat.
So buy all the new light bulbs, drive less, etc. It will save you money, but has absolutely nothing to do with global warming. ~ Stan Moran, South Barre (01/26/08)

The blissful life of a simpleton...

Letter: Climate experts best source of information on global warming - Rather than getting your information about global warming from just anyone (some guy in the street or letter writers who admit that they do not know much about the issue) consider consulting the professionals - climate scientists that make a living studying climate and how it has changed over time.

Just a menber of the flock

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization and by the United Nations Environment Programme is such a group. A summary of their 2007 report on climate change can be found at their Web site:
The following are some of the conclusions reached by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:
1) Warming of the earth is unequivocal (i.e. clear), as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level.
2) Eleven of the past 12 years (1995 to 2006) rank among the 12 warmest years in the instrumental record of global surface temperature (since 1850).
3) There is very high confidence that the net effect of human activities (greenhouse gas emissions) since 1750 has been one of warming.
I suggest that we listen to what the professionals are telling us. The earth is getting warmer and humans are very likely the cause. ~ Robert Stelzer, Oshkosh Well, there you have it. I was going to blog this, but why bother? Sheep never push back unless you bend them over at the edge of a cliff. (01/24/08)

Look at this irresponsible garbage from The Guardian; Brittain's version of our own liberal rag of record, The New York Slimes. Only a day after reports that warmer oceans may mean LESS hurricanes, the Guardian runs this rubbish. An article about the 2005 hurricane season like it was yesterday. Nevermind that the last two hurricane seasons have been rather calm. This non-story obviously appears for only one reason: To dilute the real news this week -- that scientists (yes the "S-word") are now saying that warmer oceans may actually "REDUCE" hurricane frequency. Notice in the title how "Hurricanes and global warming" are mentioned as the cause, even though there is absolutely no scientific evidence that they are linked. Notice in the abstract the term "waves of death". This steady diet of enviro-bullshit has become ta daily staple at the Guardian.
Hurricanes and global warming devastate Caribbean coral reefs - Storm damage from waves and death of vital algae likely to become more common, report warns - By Alok Jha, science correspondent - A coral reef in the Caribbean island of Bonaire. Warmer seas and a record hurricane season in 2005 have devastated more than half of the coral reefs in the Caribbean, according to scientists. In a report published yesterday, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) warned that this severe damage to reefs would probably become a regular event given current predictions of rising global temperatures due to climate change.
According to the report, 2005 was the hottest year on average since records began and had the most hurricanes ever recorded in a season. Large hotspots in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico powered strong tropical hurricanes such as Katrina, which developed into the most devastating storm ever to hit the US. (01/24/08)

More Gorbal Garbage
Change the law, not just the light bulbs-Gore - Reuters Thursday January 24 2008 - By Ben Hirschler - DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Climate campaigner Al Gore challenged policymakers on Thursday to step up action against the "planetary emergency" of global warming by making new laws, saying action by individuals could help only at the margins.
In a swipe at the Bush administration's environmental record, the former U.S. Vice President also said any new government in Washington after elections in November could only be an improvement.
"In addition to changing the light bulbs, it is far more important to change the laws and to change the treaty obligations that nations have," Gore told delegates at the World Economic Forum annual meeting, "One simple thing that will solve the climate crisis is to put a price on carbon ... It needs to be effective globally," he said at the forum of business and political leaders in Davos, where economic fears have overshadowed climate problems.
Gore, who narrowly lost to President George Bush in the 2000 presidential election, (don't you love the way angry libs still like to throw this one around?) looked forward to a better U.S. climate policy after this year's poll, although be believes none of the candidates go far enough in their climate pledges.
"Whoever is elected is going to have a different position and a better position. But let's be clear: whoever the leaders are, this issue is going to be dealt with responsibly and effectively only when there is a sufficient degree of urgency on the part of the people themselves." (01/24/08)

Debate on effects of global warming should not end - Adherents of global-warming gospel will be troubled little by this, but scientists for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the warming of the seas may decrease the number of Atlantic hurricanes, not increase them. Till now, the Gore-ian line has been to point to every big hurricane as evidence of . . . well, you know the drill. The point? Not whether these scientists, or their doubters, are right. But that their debate is not ended. ~ Doug MacEachern, editorial writer (01/24/08)

Can biofuel help prevent global warming? - By Steve Connor, Science Editor - Why are we asking this question now?
The European Union is having second thoughts about its policy aimed at stimulating the production of biofuel - transport fuel derived from crops and other vegetation or organic waste. Stavros Dimas, the EU environment commissioner, have admitted that the EU did not foresee the scale of the problems raised by Europe's target of deriving 10 per cent of its transport fuel from plant material. The rush to produce biofuels is reported to have increased the cost of food on the global market, destroyed tracts of rainforest in tropical countries and to have had little overall impact on reducing greenhouse gases... (01/24/08)

Is this really what the news has been redused to?
'Lights out' campaign to throw light on global warming - Special Correspondent - CHENNAI: London, Paris and Mumbai have all done it. Sydney got more than half its population to take part. And now it's Chennai's turn to plan a one-hour, city-wide, "lights out" campaign to promote awareness about global warming. (01/24/08)

Ah hah!
Warming May Reduce Hurricane Landfalls, Study Says - By Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer - Associated Press January 23, 2008 - Contrary to many previous reports, global warming could reduce the number of hurricanes that strike the United States, according to a new study.
The work is the latest in a contentious scientific debate over how human-induced global warming might affect the intensity and frequency of hurricanes.
In the study, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Miami in Florida link warming oceans to increased vertical wind shear in the Atlantic Ocean near the United States.
Wind shear---a change in upper-level wind speed or direction---makes it hard for hurricanes to form, strengthen, and stay active.
With every degree Celsius that the oceans warm, the wind shear increases by up to 10 miles (16 kilometers) an hour, said lead study author Chunzai Wang, a physical oceanographer at NOAA.
So that means "global warming may decrease the likelihood of hurricanes making landfall in the United States," according to the study authors. Imagine that. (01/23/08)

Control by Carbon: The Totalitarian Side of Climate Change - "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton
You will be told, if you haven't already, that climate change is "the defining challenge of our age." So says Ban Ki Moon, the United Nation's Secretary General. Global warming is "really going to kill us all." You will be told that it is our fault, that the sun has little to do with the warming.
You will also be told that global warming is "the first component of authentic global governance." Then again, you might not, but it is the most likely.
Climate change is the key to controlling the masses now. And many are willing to submit:
Eighty-three percent of people polled in 21 countries said a change in lifestyle and behavior for their countrymen would be necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the poll from BBC World Service.
The results of that poll are disturbing (not to mention suspect), and it makes me wonder what kind of changes our Green overlords have in store for us. (01/23/08)

Europe Unveils Ambitious Global Warming Package - By Lisa Bryant - The European Union unveiled an ambitious new plan to tackle climate change Wednesday, proposing deep emissions cuts and mandatory quotas of renewable energy by 2020. From Paris, Lisa Bryant has more on the proposals.
The EU's emissions cutting plan was widely expected, although not its details. It includes setting a mandatory 20 percent quota for the use of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, by the year 2020. Most of the 27 member nations must also by 2020 cut their emissions by 20 percent from 1990s levels... (01/23/08)

'Straight Talk Express' takes scenic route to truth - By Ann Coulter - John McCain is Bob Dole minus the charm, conservatism and youth. Like McCain, pollsters assured us that Dole was the most "electable" Republican. Unlike McCain, Dole didn't lie all the time while claiming to engage in Straight Talk.
Of course, I might lie constantly too, if I were seeking the Republican presidential nomination after enthusiastically promoting amnesty for illegal aliens, Social Security credit for illegal aliens, criminal trials for terrorists, stem-cell research on human embryos, crackpot global warming legislation and free speech-crushing campaign-finance laws... (01/23/08)

Courier Editorials | Climate change - ...Human-caused global warming is far from the established science that alarmists claim it is. Consensus is a myth. We support some of the measures designed to combat global warming because they would result in cleaner air. But it makes little sense to pass laws that would have serious economic consequences -- possibly impacting our financial ability to deal with future floods, droughts and other climate-related woes -- when the cause of global warming is still far from certain. Editorial begins. (01/22/08)

NewsBusters: CBS 'Global Warming Special' Host Likened Warming Skeptics to Holocaust Deniers - By Jeff Poor - While most of the country was watching the Green Bay Packers play the New York Giants, CBS aired an hour-long, severely one-sided special about the threat of global warming.
The special was hosted by CBS's Scott Pelley. In January 2007, Pelley was asked why he refused to include global warming skeptics in his reporting. He responded, "If I do an interview with [Holocaust survivor] Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?"
The January 20 CBS special attacked the Bush White House for not being willing to sign the Kyoto Protocol after he was elected - furthering the common misconception that Bush has been alone in his opposition to it, as the Senate actually voted 95 to 0 to reject Kyoto earlier. Pelley took a very conspiratorial tone... (01/21/08)

Zoo warms to global warming - By Kunal Chatterjee - KOLKATA -- The world may be worried about global warming but it has proved to be a boon for the Kolkata Zoological Gardens' officials. Their tension regarding bird flu in migratory birds has dissipated to an extent as they believe that the change in geo-magnetic attraction, making climatic changes erratic due to global warming, has compelled the birds to change the timing of their visit to the city over the last few years.
Mr Subir Chowdhury, zoo director, said: "Previously, migratory birds began their visit from the end of December but over the last few years, they are only here around the third week of February. This is a relief."
Mr Chowdhury said: "Avian flu is a virus that is generally found in domestic birds. A report suggests that few wild birds have been infected by the virus the world over," he added. The zoo authorities, however, are prepared to face any consequences. They have ensured that no chicken is allowed inside the zoo to be fed to animals, which is otherwise the practice. A species of leopard whose diet is chicken is being substituted by buffalo and beef meat. The python that has chicken for its staple food is hibernating. This, too, is a boon for the zoo authorities.
A zoo official said: "The python will start eating again from the end of February. If the bird flu scare persists, we will provide rats and rabbits to the python. Though tigers and lions are not fed chicken as a rule, sometimes the veterinary doctor prescribes it because of their appetite loss. In that case, we will give them pork." (01/21/08)

Velasco: Climate change, is it real? - By Diana B. Velasco - ...As a geologist, I know that fluctuations in global temperatures are as old as the earth itself. For the past several million years, the pattern of rising temperatures often heralded the onset of a new ice age. It may seem incomprehensible but you can check the science.
If the planet gets hotter, it does not mean that the rise will go on and on and cause the planet to self-destruct. If that were the case, we would have been annihilated millions of years ago... (01/21/08)

Global Warming: The All-Purpose Farce to Control Your Life - By Kevin James - Democrats say they want government to stay out of your bedroom.
Actually, they want government in every room of your house and in the ventilation system as well.
By now, you've probably heard about the proposal of the California Energy Commission to require that all new homes in the state be outfitted with a "programmable communicating thermostat," an Orwellian device which would allow the government to control the temperature inside your house. Imagine: a government bureaucracy along the lines of the Department of Motor Vehicles or the U.S. Postal Service controlling the comfort level you are allowed to maintain inside your own home! (01/21/08)

Clouds over global warming - By Fr. Roy Cimagala - Sorry but this hullabaloo over climate change and global warming is getting my goat.
I admit that I'm no science guy, and much less a techie. But precisely because of this, the dummies, short for the rest of humanity and me, expect our scientists and intellectuals to get their act together and stop confusing us. Doom-watching is not a favorite pastime for many.
What is it really? Are we supposed to be alarmed by an impending calamity? Why this all-of-a-sudden, hysterical blame on man as cause of this coming catastrophe? It's like our emitting carbon is now a sin!
Or are you, the brighties, supposed to study more, gathering more data, sifting through them, analyzing, comparing, discussing among your clever selves to come out with more educated and realistic consensus?
It's not good that the scientific debate be selective and tilted to favor the alarmists. We have had enough doomsday seers through the years, and hardly any of them turned out to be prophetic.
I still remember the population explosion scare. The only thing that exploded was their wild extrapolations. In fact, in many places, especially in the developed countries, what we have is depopulation.
To date, the global warming doomsayers have made a number of false and inconsistent claims... (01/21/08)

Gore doesn't deserve awards - By Ryan Parsons - I, like many Americans, strongly believe Al Gore did not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to promote environmentalism.
In fact, I don't think he deserved the Oscar for Best Documentary.
Gore and his fellow extreme environmentalists have done a serious disservice to the American people: they have polarized the environmental crisis that looms above our country and our economy. Citizens across the country insist that "global warming" is a weak theory proposed by crazy liberals despite the testimony of numerous scientists, and Gore's emotional appeals and global concerts do nothing but reinforce the stereotype of environmentalists as granola-eating hippies in California.
The reality is that the developing world needs to focus its attention on environmental issues. The veracity of global warming is irrelevant; there are numerous other reasons to support expansion of "green" politics. The first is to encourage innovation and economic growth. Outsourcing is an unfortunate reality in our country, but trying to keep these jobs in America only slows our economic growth and prolongs the inevitable. By increasing investment in these new technologies, we can secure high-wage, high-skill jobs that are best suited for the American workforce will stay in America. As an added benefit, pollution in cities will decrease and the global warming problem - if it exists - will slowly go away. (01/21/08)

The article below is a perfect example of the global warming hyperbole that was my reason for launching this site.
Three cheers for global warming - By Jaime O'Neill - Last Tuesday, a fellow scribbler here at the Post offered a column about global warming in which he reassured readers that planetary warming is, in fact, a good thing. After about a year of denying that the phenomenon existed at all, the aforementioned columnist now concedes that global warming might be real, and if it is, then we're in for good times ahead because, hey, who doesn't like warmth. (01/20/08)

Environmentalism, Global Warming, & The Tata Nano - By Siddhartha Shome
A few days ago, we were witness to a a spectacular event - the unveiling by Tata Motors of the world's cheapest car ever, the Nano, which has a base price of just Rs. one lakh (Rs.100,000 or US$2,500). When, amidst unprecedented hype and anticipation, the "people's car" was unveiled, it exceeded all expectations. What we saw was the cutest little car ever, with room for four adults, and with adequate power for Indian city roads. (01/20/08)

'60 Minutes' Preempted This Sunday for Global Warming Hysteria - By Noel Sheppard - Fortunately, most people will likely be watching the Giants-Packers game Sunday evening, and will therefore miss the one-sided hysteria.
However, for those that mysteriously don't switch channels after the Chargers-Patriots game, CBS will offer a special about global warming this Sunday instead of "60 Minutes."
How marvelous.
The CBS News website hysterically described this installment of "The Age of Warming": (01/19/08)

Global warming protest frosted with snow - It snowed, but they still came. A heavy snowfall blanketed a global warming protest outside the State House in Annapolis this morning, but it did not dampen the shouts of about 400 activists who urged lawmakers to pass the nation's toughest greenhouse gas control law.

Warmists Cooled
Warmists Cooled
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As supporters waved signs, chanted and banged drums, 18 legislators walked down a symbolic green carpet to sign up as co-sponsors to a bill that would mandate that all businesses in Maryland cut emissions of global warming pollution by 25 percent by 2020 and 90 percent by 2050.
"We are going to pass this bill this year," said State Sen. Paul Pinsky, a Democrat from Prince George's County and chairman of the senate's environmental matters subcommittee. "We are not going to rest, we are not going to stop...We are going to keep going until we pass this bill." Yes some lawmakers will never stop making asses out of themselves! Idiocy continues... (01/18/08)

Global Warming Snuffs Out Spark Of Life! Just horsing around...
Spark of Life says goodbye - By Christian Nicolussi - SPARK Of Life was retired, Paratroopers proved that a huge autumn campaign awaited while Global Warming overcame a pre-race scare to win what was an eventful Listed Canterbury Stakes (1100m) last night.
Global Warming was attended to by vets to check on his temperature before the horses paraded after trainer Kevin Moses feared his horse was "too quiet".
The gelding was passed fit and went on to power away with the light weight and beat Paratroopers ($3.50) by a long-head, with Biscayne Bay ($26) more than a length away third.
But while Global Warming gave Moses and jockey Larry Cassidy plenty to smile about in front of a healthy crowd at Canterbury, it was the drama surrounding Group One winners Paratroopers and Spark Of Life that was the talk of the course. (01/18/08)

A small victory!
NYT: Climate Talk's Cancellation Splits a Town - CHOTEAU, Mont. -- School authorities' cancellation of a talk that a Nobel laureate climate researcher was to have given to high school students has deeply divided this small farming and ranching town at the base of the east side of the Rocky Mountains.
The scholar, Steven W. Running, a professor of ecology at the University of Montana, was scheduled to speak to about 130 students here last Thursday about his career and the global changes occurring because of the earth's warming.
Dr. Running was a lead author of a global warming report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the 400-member United Nations body that shared last year's Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore. But when some residents complained that his presentation here would be one-sided because no opposing view would be offered, the superintendent of Choteau School District No. 1, Kevin St. John, canceled it.
Dr. Running was surprised. Really?
"Disbelief was the primary reaction," he said in a telephone interview. "I've never been canceled before. But it was almost comical. I had a pretty candid discussion with the superintendent and the school board, and they said there were some conservative citizens who didn't want me to speak." Conservative? citizens? You mean rational parents that don't want their children indoctrinated! (01/17/08)

'Global Warming: The Answer': New Book Takes an Economic Approach to Global Warming Policy - By AuthorHouse - ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan. 17 --What? Yet another book on global warming? Yes, and it is needed. While there are a number of excellent books explaining the problem of global warming, these are surprisingly devoid of actionable policy recommendations. The result is that the reading public is generally aware that global warming is serious and tough choices need to be made in the next decade. However, what the choices are and why we can wait a decade to implement them remains vague.
"Global Warming: The Answer (The Energy Dividend)" (published by AuthorHouse -, the new book by Wilfred Candler, steps directly into the policy void with a simple philosophy: Get the prices right, and all else will follow.
Candler disposes immediately of the vague hope that personal virtue (changing light bulbs, driving a hybrid) or a carbon-neutral lifestyle (using carbon credits) can halt fossil fuel emissions. Candler points to the huge windfall profits associated with "cap and trade" policies, when caps are given to established polluters. He exposes the clay feet of this approach and offers a workable solution: a carbon tax ($250 per ton in the U.S.), which would be sufficient to double the price of fossil-based electricity, paid back to the citizenry as an energy dividend check ($230 per month initially)...(01/17/08)

NewsBusters: NR's Goldberg: Global Warming Alarmists Tactics Akin to Fascism - By Jeff Poor - You don't normally associate liberal pet causes like global warming with fascism, but National Review Editor at Large Jonah Goldberg makes a good case for why you could.
Goldberg appeared on January 15 at a Borders Bookstore in downtown Washington, D.C. to promote his new book, Liberal Fascism. According to Goldberg, tactics like comparing climate change skeptics to people "who believe that the Earth is flat," is comparable to those used by the power brokers within the rise of fascism during the early 20th century. [Click Here For Audio] Poor's article continues... (01/16/08)

In praise of global warming - By Emery Maddocks - We have to hand it to former Vice President Al Gore, no initiative of his since he invented the Internet has been as well received in these parts as his invention of global warming. Al, we love it!... (01/16/08)

Yuppie jaggoff alert!
Global Warming Café coming to Burnaby
Residents have a chance to meet and learn what they can do about climate change - By Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now - If the media coverage on climate change is leaving you with an overwhelming sense of doom and despair, here's a bit of good news: The Global Warming Café is coming to Burnaby, and everyone is invited to meet and discuss ideas on how to combat climate change.
Brad Hornick helps organize the café meetings, which have been running in Vancouver since May.
"(This) opportunity is for people, real people, ... to come together to talk about their fears and hopes and the challenges of climate change," he said. "We're hoping people sort of meet in an intimate way ... so people can really talk from their heart." Swell.
And it's not all talk and no action. After people get to know each other in a cozy, café atmosphere, participants peruse a "menu" of options for change, Hornick explained. Those changes could be political or personal; options are based on action ideas from previous café meetings.
The goal of the café is to set up "eco-teams," which organize community potlucks to keep the momentum going. How about eco-idiots? Too many soccor-moms with nannies.
Burnaby resident Ruth Walmsley is helping organize the café and related events.
The Burnaby debut means a chance for local residents to learn about things they can do to lessen the impact of climate change; things like eating locally grown food, conserving water and expanding public transit, not highways, she said.
"Really, it's all about making a difference in our own lives and helping to empower people," she said. "And also catalyzing people to become more engaged in the political process."
Burnaby's first café is Jan. 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Capitol Hill Community Hall at 361 South Howard Ave., just off Hastings Street.
Everything is volunteer run with no funding other than donations from café goers. You don't have to be an expert to participate. Obiously. (01/16/08)

Joseph Farah. Excellent, as always.
Global warming or climate change? - Maybe it's the weather - cold.
Maybe it's the season - winter.
Maybe it's the year - election.
Or, maybe it's a case of hedging one's bets.
But I've noticed a not-so-subtle shift in the rhetoric from those who would like to do away with private property, nation-states, freedom, the rule of law, the will of the people and all the other essentials of self-government - people like Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and other great scientific minds.
They're not talking about global warming any more.
They're talking about "climate change."
The power grabbers and money grubbers who have been selling the notion that man's activity on the planet is heating it up are changing their tune.
We're not hearing nearly as much about catastrophic, manmade global warming this month.
Gee, I wonder why?
Let's see.
On Dec. 4, in Seoul, South Korea, the temperature was a record minus 5 degrees Celsius... (01/16/08)

NewsBusters: Global Warming's Communist Underpinnings And the MSM's Active Participation in Same - By Warner Todd Huston - If you need any more proof that the concept of Global Warming is less "science" and is more just a replacement for the kind of failed concepts of communism and socialism that is increasingly being rejected by the world, two recent stories helps clarify the point. These same stories also highlight how the media facilitate the lies that is globaloney... (01/15/08)

The Heartland Institute: Kentucky Legislator Warns Against Rash 'Solutions' to Global Warming - Written By: James M. Taylor - The Kentucky state legislature recently held hearings to examine the oft-claimed "scientific consensus" on global warming. Rep. Jim Gooch (D-Providence) chaired the hearings.
James M. Taylor, a Heartland Institute senior fellow and managing editor of Environment & Climate News, recently spoke with Gooch about energy, global warming, and related issues. Entire interview (01/15/08)


The Heartland Institute is planning an International Conference on Climate Change for the weekend of March 2 -4, 2008 in New York. They will have hundreds of scientists from around the world in attendance to discuss global warming. For more nformation, please go here, or download this PDF.

The Heartland Institute: Bali Conference Highlights Global Warming Divisions - By Vincent Gray - I have just returned from the United Nations' Climate Conference in Bali, where I was part of a small delegation of climate skeptics. While there, we became members of a new organization, the International Climate Science Coalition.
Gore, IPCC in Spotlight
The media "heroes" of the show were the Nobel Peace Prize winners: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had a prominent exhibit, and Al Gore, who turned up, attacked his own government, and was sharply disowned by United States delegates.
Almost everybody seemed to be greenwashed by the view that science has proved emissions of carbon dioxide are harming the climate and have to be reduced. But there were many reservations voiced about the sort of measures being advocated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. (01/15/08)

Despite cause, warming may be good - By Dick Little - The weather lately has not been good from a recreational standpoint. We've picked up a lot of moisture from recent storms, plus a lot of power outages making things, to put it mildly, difficult. It's difficult to get around when trees are falling all over the place. This brings on power failures that in some areas made living difficult for a week or longer. Which is why I chose this time to discuss global warming.
Since temperatures at night are below freezing the thought of global warming is probably a long way from your thought patterns. Economist and Philosopher, Bjorn Lomborg of Denmark says warming might be a good thing for most of Europe and North America. Why?
Because, many more people die in the cold winters in areas above and below the equator, 45 degrees from each of the two poles. If the globe heats due to man caused global warming Lombborg Argues, then fewer people will die because of the cold. In 2003, there was a major heatwave in Europe causing the deaths of 3,500 people in Paris alone... (01/15/08)

NewsBusters: CNN's Gergen: Romney "Very Dangerous" on Climate Change - By Rich Noyes - CNN senior political analyst (and U.S. News & World Report editor-at-large) David Gergen scolded GOP candidate Mitt Romney on Monday's Anderson Cooper 360 for daring to suggest that the health of the American economy is as important as fighting climate change. Gergen likened that to the "divisive" debate on race among Democratic candidates and called it a "very dangerous" argument for Republicans to make: "If Romney wins, and that becomes the message of the Republican Party, we are going to have two huge clashes in this country between needs on the economy vs. needs to deal with climate change. And it's a very dangerous place for the Republican Party to go." More. (01/15/08)

I can't believe I read the whole thing... 8 minutes of my life that I'll never get back!
Gnostics insights suggest combating Global Warming requires consciousnesses to countervail Manipulative Extraterrestrials -
Humanity continues to lose the battle against Global Warming, because humanity has been mislead about the apparent root cause of this catastrophic environmental problem. Understanding the apparent root cause of the Global Warming problem, would empower humanity to focus its efforts on redressing that root cause. Currently, humanity is being mislead not only by Big Business interests, that have been commonly linked to government, but also by Big Environmental groups. Big Business and Big Environmental groups, are metaphorically two heads on the same body. The apparent conflict that these groups generate in the mass-media, is apparent political theatre, designed to confuse and mislead humanity with outright disinformation or "half-truths", which are portrayed as the "whole truth".
One of the best examples of this context is a former leader of the Greens in Canada, whose support clients included various Big Business interests associated with Petroleum and with other environmentally destructive interests. Have you ever been in the offices of these large supposedly pro-Environment conservation organizations, and noticed that the vibe of the place and the self-absorbed attitudes of management, is somewhat similar to the kinds of attitudes that one might find in various large corporations? If you did, you are beginning to appreciate the shared consciousness of these organizations.
Don't be fooled by "activist" hype that large Environmental organizations generate, through corporate owned mass-media, or by their token public relations gestures, as orchestrated "fronts", designed to hide alliances. Much more. (01/15/08)

We need more open discussion on global warming - I told myself this is not my debate, that it is for others. But recent articles in the Tribune regarding global warming and uranium mining have compelled me to write.
There is consensus among scientist that Earth's temperature is increasing -- approximately 0.5 degrees Celsius since 1900. However, scientific data over a longer period of time indicates current temperatures are at a 3,000-year average. There also is a consensus that carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere have increased in the past 100 years. Human industrial CO2 production, primarily from the use of coal, oil and natural gas, has contributed to this increase, but there is no consensus on what effect this increase has had on Earth's temperature.
A petition circulating among scientists states "there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate." The petition is accompanied by a 2007 Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons article titled "Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon" ( The petition has been signed by more than 20,000 American scientists.
As a scientist, I have been following the global warming debate and have found the discussion one-sided. I found the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons article to be a nice compilation of scientific data. I encourage those interested to read the article.
There is strong scientific evidence that surface temperature correlates to solar activity and therefore is highly regulated by the sun... (01/15/08)

Lawmakers critical of climate report - By MATT GOURAS, Associated Press - If the Legislature is to adopt any of the proposals in a state global warming report, it appears it is first going to have clear some skeptics.
The Climate Change Advisory Council's recommendations, 54 in total, received some pointed criticism Monday from some Republican lawmakers on the Environmental Quality Council.
"I don't think the state of Montana is the cutting edge that is going to fix this global warming crisis, if one exists," Rep. Craig Witte, R-Kalispell, told the head of the state Department of Environmental Quality...(01/15/08)

Picture Changed in "First Baghdad Snow in 100 Years" Article - By Noel Sheppard - Just how far are media outlets willing to go to advance a liberal agenda?
Well, consider if you will a major wire service changing the picture included in an article about rare snows in Baghdad, Iraq, several days after said article was published.
For some background, on Friday, NewsBusters drew attention to an Agence France-Presse article concerning the first snow in Baghdad for at least 100 years. See the photo(s) (01/15/08)

Teen columnist : Don't lose sleep over global warming - By EMILY HU, Tucson Citizen - It's 2008, but the United States still faces the same problems as our governments start the new year with a jolly round of accusations and some suing thrown in.
The holidays are barely over, and the federal government and state legislatures already have resumed their bickering over global warming.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has turned down greenhouse gas limitations, so California brashly filed suit, leading an army of 15 other states against the EPA, throwing this environmental issue into the mass of conflict called politics.
While legal fighting preoccupies our government, the people have been busy as well.
Books with mocking titles such as "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism" and "Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity" have appeared.
Meanwhile, scientists arm themselves with multitudes of clashing statistics as their supporters gnash their teeth and call each other stupid over the Web. (01/14/08)

More from the green police
Green Electronics Council and Channel Intelligence enter alliance - Channel Intelligence, Inc. (CI) and the Green Electronics Council (GEC) which manages the EPEAT green computer rating system, today announced they have entered an alliance to provide wider availability of information on products compliant with the EPEAT standard. The alliance will help increase awareness and purchases of green electronics through the integration of EPEAT registration status into online product descriptions on e-commerce websites.
The EPEAT system, which was developed through a stakeholder process, including manufacturers and supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, evaluates computer desktops, laptops, and monitors based on 51 environmental criteria. All EPEAT registered products must meet 23 mandatory environmental performance criteria. An additional 28 optional criteria are used to determine whether products earn EPEAT Gold, Silver, or Bronze status. EPEAT is a required specification for federal purchasers, and is increasingly used by state and local government purchasers as well as private sector IT managers, to "green" their electronics purchasing. The US Federal government recently integrated a requirement into the Federal Acquisition Regulations that 95% of all eligible products purchased by federal agencies must be EPEAT-registered.
Retailers have long been interested in showing which products are EPEAT registered, but have struggled with keeping their web pages up-to-date. The alliance between GEC and CI is expected to provide purchasers in the public and private sectors with real-time information to evaluate, compare and select products based on their compliance with the EPEAT standard. Soon EPEAT Gold, Silver, or Bronze registration marks will appear on retail websites along with other product information provided by Channel Intelligence, and changes to EPEAT registration status will be updated globally in near real time. Said Jeff Omelchuck, GEC Executive Director and EPEAT Program Manager, "Channel Intelligence's provision of EPEAT information to e-commerce websites will increase purchasers' ability to make environmentally sound choices at the point of purchase. That in turn, will forward EPEAT's mission of transforming the electronic product marketplace in favor of environmentally responsible products. While many purchasers are already specifying EPEAT, this alliance is key to informing buyers searching for greener products whether an individual product is registered as EPEAT Gold, Silver or Bronze." More. (01/14/08)

Survey shows eco-warriors are worst polluters - A survey of travel habits has revealed that the most environmentally conscious people are also the biggest polluters.
"Green" consumers have some of the biggest carbon footprints because they are still hooked on flying abroad or driving their cars while their adherence to the green cause is mostly limited to small gestures... (01/13/08)

What a sloppy post from The Detroit Free Press. You call this journalism?
The candidates' views on global warming - January 13, 2008
Hillary Clinton

Cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions. Reduce electricity use 20% from projected levels by 2020. Increase fuel efficiency standards to 55 m.p.h. by 2030. Typical socialist solution.
John Edwards
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Seek new world climate treaty. Great! Another global treaty to give away more of our sovereignty. End tax "giveaways" for big oil companies. Translation: Raise your taxes.
Mike Huckabee
Climate change is national security issue. Cap carbon emissions. Work with other global polluters. Launch global scientific effort to end dependence on oil. No wonder the press likes Huckabee so much. They know a liberal when they see one. Maybe someone should tell the bonehead author that he's a Republican!
Dennis Kucinich
Support Kyoto treaty. Join international efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Maybe we should let Shirley Maclaine and the aliens (the ones in the sky) fix it.
Barack Obama
Create cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Make oil, coal and gas companies pay for emission quotas. Typical tax and spend liberal tripe. Big Corporations = bad.
Rudy Giuliani

Calls it serious long-term problem but isn't sure "we have to distort our whole economy and our whole life." Reduce emissions with nuclear energy, hydro and solar power. Not bad.
Mike Huckabee
Calls it a spiritual issue, saying he has a responsibility to take care of the Earth. Supports certain cap-and-trade policies. Oh, this Mike Huckabee, the Republican. Is there two Huckabee's now? For a while there was two Thompsons... By the way, any "conservative" that thinks cap-and-trade is a good thing might as well just join the Dems.
Duncan Hunter
Questions whether climate change is caused by mankind. Says cutting U.S. reliance on foreign oil can help the climate. BINGO! We have a winner...common sense!
John McCain
Says it's real. Supports cap-and-trade policy on carbon emissions and global effort to curb them. Maybe we could have the other aliens (the ones from Mexizona) to solve it.
Con Paul
Favors private and local anti-pollution initiatives over federal intervention. Sees nuclear energy as alternative to oil and gas. Sounds good to me. Too bad he's a nut.
Mitt Romany
"Kyoto-style sweeping mandates would kill jobs, depress growth and shift manufacturing to the dirtiest developing nations." Develop alternative energy. Sounds like a touch of common sense here.
Fred Thompson
Do more research to determine human impact. Says it may be economically unfeasible for United States to adopt global warming restrictions unless China and India take part. Research? For what Fred?
(the Detroit Free Press' view that is...)
The editorial board's position We support efforts to limit global warming gases, and believe a carbon tax would be the simplest, most efficient way to prod action and spur technologies that can together cut down on emissions and ease U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources. We have taken a dim view of CAFE standards, which unfairly single out the Detroit three, leaving vast sources of pollution untouched. What a surprise.
Compiled by assistant nation/world editor Dennis Rosenblum. Source: Free Press news services, candidate Web sites (01/13/08)

bent over

Hollywood Style Weather Reports Incite Global Warming Fears - By Noel Sheppard - In the midst of all the recent global warming alarmism, have you considered the role that the "Hollywoodation" of weather reporting has played?
After all, much as news reporting has become more and more geared towards titillation in the past couple of decades, so has the media's presentation of climate events, especially extreme ones like Hurricane Katrina.
With this in mind, it only seems logical that the over-hyped coverage of all things weather-related has added to the nation's fear of global warming irrespective of whether or not such fears are warranted.
Such was certainly suggested in an article published in Saturday's Toronto Star which accused American media of being prone to "storm porn" ...(01/12/08)

The Spoof
Global Warming Blamed for Huckabee Surge - Republican voters have been in distress for the past few months after having learned that they have actually caucused and voted for presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee in recent primaries. After careful study, students at the University of South Carolina have determined that climate change has drastically affected the thought processes and hand motions of conservative voters.
"I don't know what happened in there," says voter Clem Thompkins of Plymouth, New Hampshire, "I got really hot, then I stumbled around and blacked out. When I woke up, there was a check next to Huckabee's name - there was nothing I could do." Mr. Thompkins' sentiment is shared in Iowa as well. Housewife Sharon Thorsberg recalls waking up in a cornfield outside Burlington, Iowa.
"There were about seventy-five of us. We all woke up with Huckabee signs in our hands and strained voices. The last thing I remember is shouting something about how the fair tax is good for the middle class. I'm so ashamed."... (01/12/08)

You just can't make this stuff up!
NewsBusters: Climate Change Blamed for First Baghdad Snows in 100 Years  - By Noel Sheppard - Add another item to the growing list of things caused by the liberal bogeyman known as global warming:
I kid you not.
For those thinking NewsBusters has fallen prey to a satire, think again, as the following was hysterically
logged by Agence France-Presse moments ago... (01/12/08)

Agence French-Presse must be having some kind of green sale on global warming dogma this week. This one is just as absurd as the article above!
Scientists to discuss how global warming effects diseases
23 hours ago
- PRAGUE (AFP) -- Global warming in Europe could mean a host of potentially fatal diseases become more prevalent, a leading scientist warned Friday ahead of a major conference on the subject.
Warmer temperatures could encourage the spread of mosquito-spread malaria and the potentially fatal West Nile Virus, David Rogers, who heads up the EU-funded Eden project into emerging diseases, told AFP. This is absolute nonsense! Here is what a real expert says.
On the positive side however, rising temperatures could eventually rid the continent of tick-borne encephalitus and other diseases, said Rogers, a professor of ecology at Oxford University.
He was speaking ahead of a five-day conference starting Monday in the eastern Czech city of Brno, where some 150 scientists will discuss the impact of global warming on diseases in Europe. Rubbish continues... (01/12/08)

California Seeks Thermostat Control - By FELICITY BARRINGER - SAN FRANCISCO -- The conceit in the 1960s show "The Outer Limits" was that outside forces had taken control of your television set.
Next year in California, state regulators are likely to have the emergency power to control individual thermostats, sending temperatures up or down through a radio-controlled device that will be required in new or substantially modified houses and buildings to manage electricity shortages.
The proposed rules are contained in a document circulated by the California Energy Commission, which for more than three decades has set state energy efficiency standards for home appliances, like water heaters, air conditioners and refrigerators. The changes would allow utilities to adjust customers' preset temperatures when the price of electricity is soaring. Customers could override the utilities' suggested temperatures. But in emergencies, the utilities could override customers' wishes.
Final approval is expected next month. (01/11/08)

Saudi Arabia covered with snow in coldest winter for 20 years - ABU DHABI, January 11 (RIA Novosti) - Northern parts of Saudi Arabia are covered with snow with schools, mosques and administrative bodies paralyzed, local media reported Friday.
The oil-rich kingdom is being hit with subzero temperatures and snow storms with freezing winds of up to 50 km/h (30mp/h). Some regions have been experiencing problems with water supplies as pipes have frozen, and livestock has died from the cold... (01/11/08)

When Will Global Warming Reach a Political Tipping Point? - Will presidential candidates continue to blow off the environment as the world heats up?
Presidential candidates traditionally blow off the environment as an issue. But can they continue to dither as the world heats up?
"What should be the nation's top concern?" When pollsters pose such a question to voters, few, historically, have answered "the environment." Yet when asked specifically about how important global warming will be to their vote for U.S. president in 2008, more than half of respondents to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll last May answered "extremely" or "very." To learn how the quadrennial mash-up of politics and the environment will play out this election year, Sierra turned to four expert observers: ... (01/11/08)

Divorce worse than global warming - Bernardo M. Villegas - World leaders are understandably alarmed at the dire consequences of global warming, thanks especially to the oftentimes melodramatic warnings of Nobel Laureate Al Gore.
In my books, however, a more serious threat to humanity than climatic changes is the breakdown of marriages all over the world through the nefarious institution of divorce. What caught my attention is a recent report from researchers at Michigan State University about how divorce is bad for the environment. The report presented hard facts about how increasing incidences of divorce around the world have a negative impact on the environment, leading to a less efficient use of energy and resources and bigger expenditures on utilities. According to the study, "Divorce usually causes a former spouse to move out and form a new household, thus increasing the size of material and land for housing." Higher divorce rates "have led to an increasing number of households and the average household size and efficiency of resource use per person are lower in divorced households than in married households." In 2005, US divorced households spent as much as 56 percent more on electricity and water per person than married households, and used up to 61 percent more resources per person than they did before the separation took place...(01/10/08)

Global warming may not affect sea levels - Scientists have discovered that glaciers survived for hundreds of thousands of years during an era when crocodiles roamed the Arctic, reports Roger Highfield The most pessimistic predictions of sea level rises as ice sheets are melted by global warming may have to be scaled back as a result of an extraordinary discovery that ice persisted when the Earth was much hotter than today. They had thought that Earth was ice free during the so called Turonian period, a "super greenhouse world" between 93.5 million and 89.3 million years ago. But now evidence has been found of hothouse glaciers that persisted by studies of tiny plankton and other marine organisms. Large ice-sheets existed about 91 million years ago, during one of the warmest periods in the past 500 million years, an international team of scientists reports in Science...(01/10/08)

How not to measure Temperature, part 46. Reno's USHCN Station - Last summer I attempted to do a survey of Reno's USHCN official climate station. But I was thwarted by its placement at the Reno International Airport due to security and lack of accessible photographic vantage points. Reno's USHCN station is particularly important due to it being part of the test cases of stations in the new USHCN2 scheme being implemented by NCDC. It's also important due to it's steep temperature trend which appears to be more of an urban heat island issue than a climate change issue. It shows up as a hot spot in USHCN contours done by Steve McIntyre...(01/10/08)

Groups to Sue for Polar Bear Protection - By Dan Joling, Associated Press -- ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Three conservation groups notified the federal government Wednesday they intend to sue to get polar bears listed as a threatened species due to global warming.
The formal notice filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace is a necessary step before a lawsuit is filed. The notice cited a missed deadline by the federal agencies and officials in Washington on whether polar bears will be listed.
"The science confirms that the polar bear is endangered, but the Bush administration continues to downplay the danger of global warming and delay any action to address the issue," said Kert Davies, research director at Greenpeace USA.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall said earlier this week that the Wednesday deadline would be missed in part because of the complexity of the issue. The agency has never declared a species threatened or endangered because of climate change and the research effort has been taxing and challenging, he said.
Hall said the agency hoped to have a recommendation within weeks. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne last January had proposed listing polar bears as threatened, and the Endangered Species Act calls for a final decision one year later.
The conservation groups said delays in listing other species have been used to rewrite conclusions of federal scientists.
"Endangered Species Act listing decisions must be based only on science, and the scientists have finished their work on the polar bear listing," said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity.
Polar bears are especially vulnerable to global warming because they spend most of their lives on sea ice.
Summer 2007 set a record low for sea ice in the Arctic with just 1.65 million square miles, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado. That's nearly 40 percent less ice than the long-term average between 1979 and 2000.
In September, the U.S. Geological Survey issued a report concluding that two-thirds of the world's polar bears, including the entire population in Alaska, will be killed off by 2050 because of the thinning ice.
"Endangered" means a species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. "Threatened" is one step less serious, a category that means a species is likely to become endangered.
Listing polar bears as threatened could trigger limits on development, particularly oil and gas exploration and production, that could harm the animals. (01/09/08)

Editorial: Global Warming from a Critical Perspective - By Laurence I. Gould - Please Note: As I indicated below, these remarks express my own considered opinion and should not be construed as representing any official position of the Executive Board of the New England Section of the American Physical Society. (L.I. Gould; January 9, 2008)
This Editorial was inspired by the global warming issue that has appeared over several years in the pages of the APS News and Physics Today (e.g., 1/07, p.72; 8/06, p. 74; 10/04, p. 37; 6/04, p. 60; 6/01, p. 19). Although I have seen many articles arguing for the reality and danger of anthropogenic greenhouse warming (AGW), I have rarely seen one that presents scientific arguments against the AGW claims; the salient exception being a Letter in Physics Today (March 2007, p. 14) by Petr Chylek of Los Alamos National Laboratory, wherein he mentions a distortion, by an editor of Nature, who changed the title and thus altered the meaning of a colleague's paper that was submitted for publication.
A few examples of the one-sided presentation, giving only the case for AGW, come to mind from the pages of the APS News. In the April 2006 issue there is an attack, by James Hansen, on the "Scientific Method" of Michael Crichton (and also, on Pat Michaels). Hansen argues that both Crichton (and Michaels) are treading close to "scientific fraud." What is disturbing about Hansen's article is that he gives no explicit references to works by Crichton or by Michaels to substantiate the accusations he makes against them. And even more disturbing is that I have seen no reply in the APS News from either Crichton or from Michaels...(01/09/08) PDF

As arctic ice melts, South Pole ice grows
Scientists are puzzled, but the phenomenon seems to fit the latest global-warming models.
- By Peter N. Spotts - For decades, the vast expanse of sea ice that surrounds Antarctica each winter, and all but vanishes each austral summer, has languished as the Rodney Dangerfield of Earth's cryosphere.
Antarctic sea ice has gotten little respect, especially compared with its top-of-the-world cousin, or with the enormous ice sheets on Greenland and the Antarctic continent. The sea ice is hard to reach. It has little direct effect on people. And the Southern Ocean was not a cold-war playground for US and Soviet submarines, which amassed a wealth of information on changes in Arctic sea ice before the era of long-term satellite observations.
But as a research target, southern sea ice's stock appears to be rising.
Over the past 20 years, southern sea ice has expanded, in contrast to the Arctic's decline, and researchers want to understand why. Many climate-model experiments show the Arctic responding more rapidly than Antarctica as global warming kicks in. But after looking at the latest projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, "Arctic sea ice is well ahead of the models, and Antarctic sea ice is well behind what the models project," says Stephen Ackley, a polar scientist at the University of Texas, San Antonio...(01/09/08)

From the editor...
Well I'm back. Sorry I took a month off from the site but when the men in the nice clean white smocks came for me, I simply couldn't resist. I'll try to get caught up on things as quickly as possible but there's only so much time in the day. Since this is an election year it is especially important to keep informed about the candidates that have fallen prey to the green goblin. Most notably, John McCain. Now, on to the articles...

Media Promotes Global Warming Alarmism - By Jack Kelly - About this time last year, Dr. Phil Jones, head of the Climatic Research Unit of East Anglia University in Britain, predicted 2007 would be the warmest year on record.
It didn't turn out that way. 2007 was only the 9th warmest year since global temperature readings were first made in 1861.
2007 was also the coldest year of this century, noted Czech physicist Lubos Motl.
Both global warming alarmists like Dr. Jones and skeptics like Dr. Motl forecast that this year will be slightly cooler than last year. If so, that means it will be a decade since the high water mark in global temperature was set in 1998...(01/08/08)

Good news about global warming! - By Joseph Farah - With that headline, you're probably expecting me to tell you what is obvious for anyone who hasn't tasted the global-warming Kool-Aid.
There's no such thing as man-made catastrophic global warming!
And that is certainly true. That is the best news about global warming I could give you.
But that's not the subject of this column. I've devoted many commentaries offering scientific proof that the hysteria about global warming is nothing more than an effort to destroy freedom and provide more excuses to move the people of the world toward global government - or, more precisely, planetary fascism.
Nevertheless, for those who have drunk the entire pitcher of global-warming Kool-Aid, it has become something of a religious experience - complete with its own apocalypse and judgment of non-believers... (01/08/08)

More nonsense from my own backyard...
Shiny crops could slow global warming, scientists say - Forget mirrors in space and seeding the oceans with iron, scientists have come up with a new way to tackle the looming threat of global warming: fields of shiny crops.
Experts at the University of California, Irvine, say reflective plants could send more of the sun's heat back into space, and even reverse temperature rises in parts of the world. Encouraging farmers to grow shinier crops could reduce maximum daytime temperatures in agricultural regions by as much as 1.9C, they say. Absurdity continues... (01/08/08)

More politics from the global warmers...
(Gov. Huckabee, a Republican candidate for president, supports a mandatory cap and trade system to reduce CO2 emissions.)
Scientific 'trajectory' points to global warming - By John A. Cigliano - [...] I don't usually quote politicians, but former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee might have said it the best when he said, ''I don't try to get into the middle of the science of global warming. ... There may be (a human role in climate change). But whether there is or there isn't, it doesn't release us from the responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. It's the old Boy Scout rule: You leave your campsite in as good or better shape than how you found it. It's a spiritual issue.'' Read the entire article. (01/08/08)

Make That a Huckaburger With Some Global Warming on the Side - By Debbie Galant - Just in case you're feeling left out, with all the media attention on New Hampshire, here's a report from Mista Barista (left, holding a Huckaburger), who's been following the circus since last Wednesday.
A Huckaburger is a burger with spinach and tomato on a whole wheat bun, served with fried pickle on the side, created by Brian Shea, who owns the Barley House, across the street from the state capitol. The fried pickle is a nod to Arkansas cuisine. The burger itself is not bad, but for those too young to remember Orval Faubus, the fried pickle is a good reason to dislike Arkansas. The scene inside and outside the restaurant was one of the bigger circuses of the campaign, with the ubiquitous Ron Paul crowd chanting Tax Hike Mike! while Huckabee backers were chanting We Like Mike! as the governor arrived. Santa Claus and the Snowman (global warming protesters), meanwhile, chanted We Like Ice!
Meanwhile, polls show Obama with a big lead, Hillary may have feelings, and 17 voters in Dixville Knox Notch have spoken. (01/08/08)

A Solution to Man-Made Global Warming - By Pat Sajak - There are apparently tens of millions of people around the world who are convinced global warming is real, and mankind (particularly American mankind) is responsible. Further, they believe utterly catastrophic results are imminent unless we drastically alter our lifestyles -- and soon. These alterations include the things we eat, our transportation, our daily work and leisure habits, and even the number of children we should have. The problem is there are also tens of millions of people around the world who are skeptical of this theory, and, despite one side's claims the debate is settled, a significant and growing number of climate experts keep challenging their conclusions.
So, those who believe disaster is around the corner face a dilemma: while they're educating their fellow citizens and demanding governments regulate believers and non-believers alike, the problem continues, and the date of the world's doom draws ever closer. But there is a solution. It's relatively simple, can begin immediately, and will change the dynamics of global warming overnight. Instead of continuing to preach to the rest of us, the true believers need to step forward and set an example. I'm not talking about recycling Evian bottles; I'm talking about giving up cars and moving into smaller houses or apartments, or even forming communes where people can live simpler, more Earth-friendly lives. Yes, I'm talking about living the kinds of lives they want all of us to live...(01/08/08)

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - BJORN LOMBORG: Lomborg 'chills out' debate on global warming - Environmentalist calls for policy changes in answer to rising temperatures - Bjorn Lomborg is a prominent statistician and social scientist, and author of two books on climate change, Cool It and The Skeptical Environmentalist. Lomborg is also the former director of the Environmental Assessment Institute in Copenhagen... (01/08/08)

One side media reporting of Global Warming - By AGW Sceptic - As a layperson one thing that strikes me most about the global warming debate is the blatant one sided reporting that appears in the media.
Although I am an engineer I nevertheless consider myself a layperson where climatology is concerned. I have taken an interest in so called anthropogenic global warming initially because it sounded so serious but now because the quality of the science behind it is so bad. I also follow the Blogs by Steve McIntyre on the Climate Audit site which I find quite revealing. (01/08/08)

What Can be Done About Global Warming? - By Don Monkerud - We better do something... maybe anything.Most Americans recognize global warming is happening, but don't believe anything can be done about it or don't want to think about it. A 2006 poll by ABC News and others found fewer than four in ten believed global warming is a serious problem and only three in ten believed it is caused by human activity. Almost 64 percent believe there's disagreement among scientists, which leads to a great amount of doubt among the public.... (01/08/08)

Global Warming, What Global Warming? Part 2 - In my Jan. 2 post, I brought up the issue of the evidentiary case for climate change and global warming, and how new scientific theories, particularly such far-reaching and profound ones, typically take decades, if not longer, to gain mainstream acceptance. While it appears that a majority of the lay public in the US intuitively finds reasons to agree with and accept it, whether or not global warming is taking place, and more particularly whether or not man-made carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions are the primary agents of accelerating the process, the issue is not yet settled within the scientific community. (01/07/08)

Global warming is hot business - By Rose Martinez, Vero Beach - There's a new con afoot. Not the nuclear winter forecast in the 1970s, but global warming. As usual, to avoid this disaster, the scaremongers would take our money and transfer sovereignty, power and wealth to the global elite and United Nations.
We're being brainwashed into more federal grants and new federal agencies. Modest warming and cooling has taken place for eons of this planet's history due to the sun's actions, not ours. Environmental fundamentalists wish to control us through the power of government... (01/07/08)

NewsBusters: What to Cover: Springtime in NYC or Snowstorms in the West? - By Noel Sheppard - A global warming crazed media are going to have a very interesting decision to make this week.
Should they report early spring conditions in the eastern part of the country, especially in New York City, or the massive snowstorms that will hit western states including Colorado, Utah, California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Nevada?
The former seems a metaphysical certitude, doesn't it?
Before you answer, here are some near-term predictions published by Bloomberg Monday guaranteed to give newsrooms across the fruited plain weather reporting nightmares: ...(01/07/08)

Lorne Gunter: A warmer Arctic? Blame Mother Nature - 'Something other than CO2 and CO2-related feedbacks ... are playing a large role in the region's recent temperature trends."
Read that again and keep in mind the "the region" being referred to is the Arctic. The plain meaning is that the warming in the Arctic is not only -- or even mostly -- man-made. It is not the result of carbon emissions, no matter how often we have been warned that this past summer's melt was unprecedented and a foreboding harbinger of a coming global meltdown.
In the most recent issue of Nature -- a prestigious scientific journal that in the past has shown a decided hostility to studies that contradict the climate change hysteria -- Rune Graversen and others from the meteorology department at Stockholm University postulate that the recent, allegedly dangerous Arctic thaw is far from unique in history. Rather than being the result of man-made climate change, they argue, the warming northern seas and tundra mainly result from atmospheric energy transfers from southern latitudes to northern. (01/07/08)

More Reuters Rubbish from the "environmental correspondent" Deborah Zabarenko
Global warming decision on polar bears delayed - By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States delayed a decision on whether global warming threatens polar bears, saying on Monday new data and public comment required more time. Environmentalists vowed to sue for quicker action.
The deadline for deciding whether to list the big white bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act is Wednesday but Dale Hall, head of the Fish and Wildlife Service, told reporters it would take as much as a month more to analyze all the information. (01/07/08)

McCain vows to fight global warming - By Michael Kranish, Globe Staff - CONCORD, N.H. -- In his final push for a primary victory, Senator John McCain arrived here this afternoon and made a pitch that might have surprised voters: He cast himself as the environmentalist of the presidential campaign.
"I will clean up the planet," McCain said. "I will make global warming a priority." Swell!
McCain often says that he wants to reduce dependence on foreign oil and that he wants to increase the use of nuclear power. His usual line is that these efforts also will help reduce global warming. But yesterday, appearing before a crowd of several hundred in this relatively liberal city, he focused solely on the environmental argument. He didn't mention nuclear power. He was appealing directly to the state's sizable environmental community, which includes many independent voters who are taking one last, close look at McCain. The widespread perception is that McCain is battling for the independent vote most strongly with Democrat Barack Obama. Sad, ain't it? (01/07/08)

Re: McCain on Global Warming [Jonathan Adler] - Ramesh, McCain is completely disingenuous if he argues that he prefers a "cap and trade" program to a carbon tax because the latter would function as a gasoline tax. The simple fact is that either program would function as such a tax and increase gas prices for consumers. There is also no evidence that a "cap and trade" program would produce greater "green" innovation within the energy industry than a carbon tax. Either approach would create economic incentives to develop less carbon-intensive energy sources. Yet insofar as a "cap and trade" program fails to cover all emission sources, it will actually generate fewer incentives for innovation and conservation, and could generate greater price increases in those portions of hte energy sector subject to the regime... (01/07/08)

More politics from the nut wing at Arianna's place...
Newt Gingrich and Republican Fears Over Global Warming - Rep. Jay Inslee - Newt Gingrich may have finally gotten it partly right, but on the biggest issue of our time he is totally wrong -- again. His partially right position is in encouraging his fellow Republicans to embrace the effort against global warming, a noble quest indeed. We should be appreciative of any such movement. But he then turns around and rejects the very measures that are necessary to tame that beast -- a limitation on carbon emissions, common sense efficiency standards that would radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and federal research and development on par with the original Apollo moon shot project. (01/07/08)

Government says no to carbon tax - By Mike De Souza, CanWest News Service - OTTAWA -- The Harper government rejected an advisory panel's recommendation to implement a carbon tax on Monday while its rivals opened the door to the idea in response to advice that the levy could lead the way to deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from Canada.
The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, a panel of Canadian experts from environmental groups and the business world, concluded that Canada could achieve a 65 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by acting as soon as possible with measures that would put a price on activities that result in the release of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. (01/07/08)

Let science take its course, but honestly - Ryan Ahlgrim (Letters, Dec. 30) took issue with a recent Cal Thomas column in which he wrote about "global warming cultists.'' Ahlgrim cites selective (and highly suspect) data in support of the theory and ignores science that does not support it. That is a sign of belief, not science, which you can call cultism or religion.
Consider that 600,000 years ago CO2 levels were far higher than those today (we know this through ice core analysis). That leaves out mankind as the culprit. Still unexplained is why those levels were higher, but it is clear internal combustion engines aren't the reason, nor is a world population of billions.
The 1990s global temperature data cited by Al Gore in his movie are completely unreliable. The Soviet Union collapsed then, so there was no temperature data from that huge area. And it has recently been proven that a large number of U.S. temperature stations were in violation of scientific siting requirements to assure accurate data collection.
The Arctic ice cap is melting, but the Antarctic ice mass is growing at a remarkable rate. How can that be if the globe is warming so precipitously?
Ahlgrim notes that "computer models for future weather do not look good." Of course, he is right, but not in the way he meant. The models are terrible predictors of weather. Remember the 2006 and 2007 predicted terrible hurricane seasons that did not occur? So much for computer models that look 50 to 100 years into the future but can't get it right today.
Must we abandon life as we know it because there is a crowd that believes, but can't prove, that the "horrors" of global warming are just around the corner? I agree with Alhgrim: Let's let science take its course. But let's be honest about it. And get politics out of the science, which unfortunately is where this debate is now. ~ Bill Heller, Greenwood (01/06/08)

Br-r-r! Where did global warming go? - By Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist - THE STARK headline appeared just over a year ago. "2007 to be 'warmest on record,' " BBC News reported on Jan. 4, 2007. Citing experts in the British government's Meteorological Office, the story announced that "the world is likely to experience the warmest year on record in 2007," surpassing the all-time high reached in 1998.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the planetary hot flash: Much of the planet grew bitterly cold...(01/06/08)

Gore has profited from global warming - Dr. Oleg Sorokhtin, Merited Scientist of Russia and fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, is staff researcher of the Oceanology Institute. Sorokhtin recommends that we all "stock up on fur coats and winter boots." He predicts another ice age is setting in. The weather lately would seem to add some credibility to Sorokhtin's findings.
Four hundred of the world's top meteorologists recently labeled Al Gore's global warming campaign a "huge hoax."
Al Gore, enjoy your Nobel Peace Prize and the millions of dollars you have siphoned from your Hollywood and media friends -- and the gullible.
~ BRYAN BOSS (01/06/08)

Theory has not been proved - By Special to the Times-Union - I think that a letter writer missed the whole point on the global warming debate.
We have been cleaning up the environment since before the Environmental Protection Act was enacted in 1972.
We certainly have economic reasons for pursuing energy independence.
Technological advances are proceeding with or without the direct stimulus of environmental protection or energy independence in our capitalistic society. That is being objective.
As for the global warming debate, it is interesting that thousands of scientists and politicians have lined up on the side of man being a big factor in global warming.
Whereas, the "handful" of scientists presenting factual evidence that man has a limited effect on global warming just happen to be those trained and knowledgeable in the field of meteorology.
For example, these true experts in the field were ignored by the United Nations commission, as well as those meeting at the latest international conference on global warming.
It's something like the old saying: "Don't confuse me with the facts; my mind is already made up." And, Al Gore is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his movie, with a number of documented inaccuracies and his public appearances pushing his environmental views.
So, let's get practical. Global warming is a theory presented by a number of scientists and lay persons that has not been proved...(01/04/08)

From the JunkMan
Newt Gingrich Out-Greens Al Gore? - By Steven Milloy - Newt Gingrich has guzzled Al Gore's Kool-Aid. Now he wants us and the Republican 2008 presidential candidates to drink it, too.
The former House Speaker's latest book, "A Contract with the Earth" co-authored with Palm Beach Zoo CEO Terry Maple, is an appalling paean to environmental naïveté and taxpayer-subsidized profiteering.
While the book's theme -- i.e., let's all just happily pitch in and do what it takes to save the environment --may sound reasonable, at least on a superficial basis, Mr. Gingrich's notions are often wrong or simply bizarre, and his prescriptions amount to little more than a full embrace of rent-seeking "green" business and left-leaning eco-activist groups, both of which often masquerade as "protectors" of the environment... (01/03/08)

NewsBusters: Global Warming Kills Alaskan Oil Workers in New Horror Film - By Noel Sheppard - For months, NewsBusters has jokingly referred to global warming as the liberal bogeyman. In a recently released horror film entitled "The Last Winter," this tongue-in-cheek reference became reality as the evil apparition embodied by man's insatiable lust for fossil fuels actually comes to life to kill oil workers in Alaska. In effect, Mother Nature is so displeased with oil exploration that she begins targeting those involved in such dastardly deeds. I'm really not kidding, folks...(01/03/08)




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