Archive for ‘global warming’

July 15, 2009

Massachusetts: please nominate someone else in 2014

by Smitty

Senator John Kerry in the Puffington Host, “What Gov. Palin Forgot”, emphasis mine:

Writing in this morning’s Washington Post, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote, “many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges.”
Unfortunately, her promise to roll up her sleeves and tackle serious issues is followed by a column that focuses on everything but the single grave challenge that forms the basis of all of our actions: the crisis of global climate change.
Yes, she manages to write about the climate change action in Congress without ever mentioning the reason we are doing this in the first place. It’s like complaining about the cost of repairing a roof without factoring in the leaks destroying your home.
The global climate change crisis threatens our economy and our national security in profound ways.

Senator Kerry, one fails to see the justification for any Congress ever passing legislation that Does Not Exist.

Around the world, the effects are already being felt.

Maybe, in a Chris Matthews leg-tingle sort of way. But the jury is not quite taking that Sotomayor summary burial, as if Global Warming was the Ricci case: (h/t Tigerhawk)

There appears to be something fundamentally wrong with the way temperature and carbon are linked in climate models.

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July 6, 2009

Oh, you thought it was about science, Dr. Aldrin?

by Smitty (h/t Tigerhawk)

Buzz Aldrin was in the Telegraph, with a nice note on the hottest hoax around:

But while trying to spread the word about the possibilities of space, Dr Aldrin said he was sceptical of climate change theories.
“I think the climate has been changing for billions of years,” he said.
“If it’s warming now, it may cool off later. I’m not in favour of just taking short-term isolated situations and depleting our resources to keep our climate just the way it is today.”

Note to Dr. Aldrin: antrhopogenicglobal warmingclimate change has everything to do with money and power, and precious little to do about the environment.
The climate weenies can’t predict the weather accurately for next year any better than an almanac.
While there are plenty of common-sense arguments to be made in favor of clean air, water, and smart stewardship of resources, keep your antennae tuned to two frequencies:

  • Guilt–you should be ashamed of X behavior, possession, or attitude that is perfectly reasonable and legal
  • Fear–you should capitulate to the superior ideas of authority Y, because if you don’t you’ll be assaulted/impoverished/internationally shamed/die of cancer

Appeals to fear and guilt are prima facie evidence that your prima donna evangelist is peddling primo farce.
Apparently Dr. Aldrin hasn’t received the briefing.
Probably hanging around Dr. Dyson too much.

Update:
Right on cue, “A plethora of corroborative data shows that this year’s sea ice levels in the Arctic are the lowest seen in 800 years.”

May 14, 2009

The Road to Weimar America

Saw this yesterday and didn’t blog about it, but what if Treasury notes become junk bonds?

The US government has had a triple A credit rating since 1917, but it is unclear how long this will continue to be the case.

Hat tip to Ed Morrissey via Ace of Spades, who has a very good round-up of the harbingers of a fiscal/monetary apocalypse. I’ve been warning about this for months, as in February:

Go talk to some people who know a bit about the bond market, and see how they think the global investor class — U.S. debt is a commodity traded globally — will react to the prospect of still more deficit spending piled on top of all the deficit spending for the $152 billion “stimulus” in May, $350 billion for TARP I, and now $789 billion for more “stimulus.” Another $350 billion for TARP II? Oh, they’re going to love that.
If the world’s investor class believes that your Keynesian pump-priming will work, they’ll be happy to buy up all those Treasury notes, just like they’ll be happy to buy stock in U.S.-based corporations. Do you think those people are stupid, sir?

It Won’t Work, The Fundamentals Still Suck, and Economics Is Not a Popularity Contest.

Back in 2007, I was talking to economists who were worried about the impact that the housing bubble collapse (which began in 2006) would have on the economy. And the same economists are now muttering dark forebodings about the impact of this multi-trillion-dollar deficit spending spree.

Well, when the Dow Jones bounced up above 8,000 — after falling below 6,700 in March — some people were saying the worst was over. We had hit the bottom, and now the recovery would begin. Two words: “Sucker’s rally.” The Dow hit 8,575 on Friday and, though I’m no financial guru. my hunch is we’re now beginning another slide downward. Pessimists tell me they don’t think we’ll hit bottom above 4,000.

Why? Well, how about the idiotic noises about health care emerging from Washington? The liberal suggestion that we will actually save money by implementing universal health care is, as Megan McArdle says, “gibberish in a prom dress.”

Unemployment is surging. The Obama administration is meddling with mortage rates and Treasury wants to take over the derivatives market. Liberals are pushing for a “global warming tax.” Government is ripping off investors. The rule of law is trampled underfoot. All the signals from government now point toward more deficits, more taxes, more inflation, more regulatory restrictions to impede the private sector.

Hello, Weimar America.

(Cross-posted at Hot Air Green Room.)

UPDATE: Linked at Kuru Lounge and Creative Minority Report. Meanwhile, Mary Katharine Ham observes:

With utterly unprecedented spending and build-ups in deficits with utterly no attempt to control either, despite promises to do so from Obama on the trail, the American people may be looking for anti-establishment comfort in 2010. By then, it won’t be about being Republican, but about being responsible. Democrats have been so deliberately, demonstrably irresponsible in just four months, that making the argument for Republicans (fiscally conservative ones) becomes easier and easier by the day.

“Fiscally responsible Republicans” = Not Charlie Crist. More like Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn.

Tigerhawk wonders if Team Obama believes they’ll be able to blame Bush forever. But how will they blame Bush for Obama’s job-killing tax plans?

(Graphic by Heritage Foundation.) More commentary at Memeorandum.

The New York Times is trying to cover up Democrats’ blame for the mortgage crisis.

UPDATE II: Obama demagogues credit cards:

People are “getting ripped off by anytime, any reason rate hikes… all kinds of harsh penalties and fees that you never knew about,” Obama said. “Enough is enough, it’s time for strong protections for our consumers.”
And his audience cheered.

Good God. If you don’t like the rate, don’t use the card. How simple is that? Caveat emptor. But by limiting rates, you would necessarily limit the availability of credit, since banks have to calculate the likelihood of default into their rates.

Ergo, limiting rates means less credit for the poor, which is certainly going to hinder economic recovery. And yet Obama’s audience cheered his nonsense!

April 13, 2009

Can’t Control Cold Climate Comfort

by Smitty

Last Updated: Sunday, April 12, 2009 | 8:05 PM ET
CBC News

Snowfall warnings have been issued for Atlantic Canada. Environment Canada has issued warnings for eastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia. As much as 15 centimetres* of snow is expected to blanket the northeastern areas of New Brunswick on Sunday night with strong northerly winds reducing visibility, the weather forecaster said.

Al Gore was not quoted as saying “Just tell those Canucks to eat more Thai food.”

Update:
Fabius Maximus on the “deep solar minimum”, plus a mother-lode of climate links for fulminating friends.

Update II:
Powerline with a Pajamas Media history lesson on the topic.


*That’s a smidge under half a foot. Or a third of a cubit for you really retro types.

January 24, 2009

Green: The color of doom

Jules Crittenden reads a global-warming gloom-and-doomer, so you don’t have to. Also, he’s got a picture of a hot chick named Gaia in a bikini, which makes for a nice palate-cleanser.

November 30, 2008

Good news on global warming?

It’s apparently bad for squirrels:

Last year, oaks in metropolitan Washington produced a bumper crop of acorns, and squirrels and other urban wildlife produced an abundance of young. This year, experts said, many animals will starve. . . .
“I was worried they’d think I was crazy. But they said I wasn’t the only one calling who was concerned about it,” [Arlington, Va., resident Louise Garrett] said. “This is the first time I can remember in my lifetime not seeing any acorns drop in the fall and I’m 53. You have to wonder, is it global warming? Is it environmental? It makes you wonder what’s going on.”

(Via Memeorandum & the Corner.) Notice how they bring in the Anecdotal Amateur to blame the DC-area acorn shortage on global warming, since no climatologist was willing to take on that proposition.

In fact, the most probable explanation is the region’s unusually rainy spring season this year. Oaks produce more acorns in dry conditions. So the squirrels are doing just fine in drought-stricken Georgia. This is a short-term, regional phenomenon, but if amateur speculation can be used to feed the media’s climate crisis motif, you can be sure they won’t miss the chance.

Indeed, the regional acorn shortage has driven the bushy-tailed rodents into a frenzy. I live up in the woods about 70 miles north of D.C., and yesterday when I was in the back yard, the leaves were rustling madly with desperate vermin trying to find a nut. Such was the frantic scurrying that I mentioned it to my wife when I went back in the house. “Damn squirrels! The place is infested with them!”

Maybe some city-slicker liberal tree-huggers have a soft spot for squirrels, but not me. Squirrels are disease-ridden scavengers, the rats of the forest. And the imminent starvation of a few million of these menaces is good news.

Blame global warming, please. I just bought a Ford Explorer, and if my gas-guzzler is doing some small part to diminish the squirrel population, you can thank me later.