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Sen, Reid (D-Loonyville) today declared the much talked about, much delayed climate change bill dead in the Senate.

What’s notable is why the bill has been killed. Reid blams it on the Republicans saying not one would vote for it. Why true that’s only part of the story.

What he doesn’t say is since the death of Sen. Byrd and the appointment of a successor, who vowed to vote no on any climate bill, he’s short one Dem. vote regardless of Republican opposition.

Even if Dingy Harry could convince Sen. Brown (R-Mass.) to crossover as he has (Financial Reform is one) several times since assuming office West Virgina Sen. Carte Goodwin would vote no and the Nevada Asshat is still one vote short.

Following Reid’s proclamation that the bill is “dead,” (didn’t they say that about health care after the Brown election?) up steps Sen. Kerry.

“I have to tell you, this [climate bill] is not dead. We are going to continue to work. It may well be that after the election — if that is what happens — I mean, we will continue to try over the next weeks, but if it is after the election, it may well be that some members are free and liberated and feeling that they can take a risk or do something. Or, you know, the whole political landscape may have changed in some way,” Kerry said Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt” that will be broadcast this weekend.

Kerry told the Bloomberg news service that he would continue seeking votes (I think he means paying for votes), and said the climate bill’s prospects could improve after the midterm elections.

Meaning after the Dems take an ass-whooping in November Kerry and his ilk will push hard to pass a full-blown tax hiking, job killing climate bill before the new Congress is seated in January.

Meanwhile as part of Reid’s announcement the bill is “dead,” he will move forward next week on a bipartisan energy-only bill that responds to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and contains other more popular energy items.

Meaning… look-out BP the asshats in Congress are coming to git’ya!

As for popular energy items, what’s Dingy Harry going to offer?

Drop gas prices to 1971 levels?

Stop eating so his flatulance level is zero?

P.S. While on the subject of Mr. “I’m reporting for duty,” it seems Kerry docks his large and expensive yacht in Rhode Island as opposed to anywhere close to his home state of Mass.

Funny that, he’s saving one half millions dollars in taxes by doing so.

The senator wasn’t available for comment his spokesmodel a spokesmen made the claim due to maintence on the vessel it was cheaper to dock it in R.I. vice Mass.

Wonder how much carbon his vessel spews into the atmosphere?

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The media promoted alarmism, and discredited skeptics as being in the pay of big oil – while giving a free pass to Al Gore (a/k/a The Goracle), who made a movie based on an obvious lie then made millions selling carbon offsets.

Brit journalist Christopher Booker makes the claim that 2008 is the year “man-made global warming was disproved”. His three reasons are:

First, all over the world, temperatures have been dropping in a way wholly unpredicted by all those computer models which have been used as the main drivers of the scare.
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Secondly, 2008 was the year when any pretence that there was a “scientific consensus” in favour of man-made global warming collapsed.
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Thirdly, as banks collapsed and the global economy plunged into its worst recession for decades, harsh reality at last began to break in on those self-deluding dreams which have for so long possessed almost every politician in the western world.

While a good read Christopher Booker only hits around the edges of the AGW death sentence.

Australian scientist, and consultant to the Australian Greenhouse Office, David Evans makes a better more complete case:

From 1975 to 2001 the global temperature trended up. How do you empirically determine the cause of this global warming? It turns out we can learn a lot simply by observing where the warming occurred: each possible cause of global warming heats the atmosphere differently, heating some parts before others. The pattern of warming is the cause’s “signature”.

The signature of an increased greenhouse effect consists of two features: a hotspot about 10 km up in the atmosphere over the tropics, and a combination of broad stratospheric cooling and broad tropospheric warming. The signature of ozone depletion consists just of the second feature. These signatures are theoretically derived by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and are integral to our understanding of how the atmosphere works. [1]

We have been observing temperatures in the atmosphere for decades using radiosondes – weather balloons with thermometers that radio back the temperature as the balloon ascends through the atmosphere. The radiosonde measurements for 1979-1999 show broad stratospheric cooling and broad tropospheric warming, but they show no tropical hotspot. Not even a small one. [2]

Empirically, we therefore know that an increased greenhouse effect was not a significant cause of the recent global warming. (Either that or the signatures from the IPCC are wrong, so its climate models and predictions are rubbish anyway.)

Human carbon emissions were occurring at the time but the greenhouse effect did not increase. Therefore human carbon emissions did not increase the greenhouse effect, and did not cause global warming. So AGW is wrong, and carbon is innocent. Suspect exonerated – wrong signature.

Even the most simple-minded should comprehend that picture.

If the signature for the greenhouse effect includes X,Y and Z and only X and Z are present, whatever is going on isn’t the greenhouse effect.

Evans documents the machinations the warmists go through to ignore this fact, but there it is.

Evens, to my great amusement, takes The Goracle to task as well claiming he knew the new data (produced by new technology) about ice core samples and released in 2003 didn’t support his theory. So he used the old data instead.

To everyone but the enviro-whackos, that’s called a bald-faced lie.

Evans provides a timeline to demonstrate how the AGW myth gained favor with the media and general public:

Governments have spent over $50 billion on climate research since 1990, and we have not found any actual evidence for AGW. [5]

So if there is no evidence to support AGW, and the missing hotspot shows that AGW is wrong, why does most of the world still believe in AGW?

Part of the answer is that science changed direction after a large constituency of vested interests had invested in AGW. The old ice core data provided support from 1985, the IPCC was established by the UN in 1988 to look into human changes to climate, and the Kyoto Protocol was negotiated in 1997 to limit carbon emissions. By 1999 the western political class were doing something, the western media were rallying behind “saving the planet”, and scientists were being paid by governments to research the effects of human-caused global warming.

But then the evidence took science off in a different direction: the new ice core data in 2003, the missing hotspot in 2007, and the global temperature has stopped trending up since 2001 [6]. Governments, the media, and many scientists did not notice.

The remainder of the answer for the current belief in AGW is darker and more political. An offbeat theory in the 1970s, AGW was adopted by a group of about 45 atmospheric modelers and physicists. That group dominated climate science journals, peer reviewed each others papers, and hindered competing ideas by underhand methods [7]. AGW gained political support from proponents of nuclear power, and vice-president Gore appointed AGW supporters to science positions in the USA.

Damning charges to be sure, but believable to the sane among us.

The problem was exacerbated by a second one, government funding of research:

AGW grabbed control of climate funding in key western countries. Lack of diversity in science funding has been a major problem since government took over funding science in WWII. Science is like a courtroom – protagonists put forward their best cases, and out of the argument some truth emerges. But if only one side is funded and heard, then truth tends not to emerge. This happened in climate science, which is almost completely government funded and has been dominated by AGW for two decades. Skeptics are mainly scientists who are retired or who have moved on to other areas – their funding no longer depends on allegiance to AGW. The alarmists are full time, well funded, and hog the megaphone.

Evans then delves into the evidence presented as “proof” by AGW supporters and why it fails the test. However, near the end, he talks about the real problem we face.

Politics:

Among non-scientists, AGW appeals strongly to two groups. Those who support big government love the idea of carbon regulations – if you control carbon emissions then you control most human activity. And those who like to feel morally superior to the bulk of their fellow citizens by virtue of a belief (the “warm inner glow” and moral vanity of the politically correct) are firmly attached to AGW. These groups are politically adept, are planning to spend your money and tell you how to eat, travel and how to live, and they are strenuously avoiding the evidence.

Too bad science has become all about the money on both sides. I guess the belief I used to have in the scientific debate was based on a myth.

It appears that science is just a tool and where it isn’t, you can’t distinguish it from the balderdash.

Al Gore, a leader of the scientific method? How low have we stooped?

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Weren’t the euro-weenies all crying about the “Evil Bush” not signing the Kyoto Treaty? (And lied while doing it, the treaty was never brought up for a vote.)

Well, their still crying. But it’s a different tune now:

Meanwhile, heavy industry has stepped up its condemnation of proposals endorsed last week by the European parliament’s environment committee that would force businesses to pay for the carbon dioxide they emit.

Speaking to the FT, representatives of the German Mittelstand – the small and medium-sized businesses that form the backbone of the economy – added their own voice to the fight against the compulsory purchase of emissions permits.

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The GoracleIn an exclusive interview with the British newspaper The Sun, Al Gore finally revealed what many had long been hoping for: a proper sequel to his game-changing 2006 documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Lamenting that relatively little – aside from a more receptive public mindset – had changed since the release of his first film, Gore said that only concerted action from the world community could now prevent the worst excesses of global warming.

So The Goracle wants a “proper” sequel.

Don’t we all.

One that corrects the bald-faced lies of the first one.

I won’t hold me breath waiting for that to happen.

But I will fire up the 8 mpg Mitsu Pajero and let it run at idle in the driveway for a couple hours just for the hell of it.

UPDATE: And I forgot to add phony Antarctic ice shelves.

UPDATE II: I guess The Goracle has been caught in another of a long line of lies. A spokeswoman for Paramount, the production company behind Al Gore’s *cough* Oscar-winning *cough* 2006 film said that no movie sequel is in the works. “There are no plans for a sequel,” Lehrer said. “That is the official word.”

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Time CoverFurious World War II veterans called for a boycott of one of America’s most influential and respected magazines today over a controversial picture on its front cover.

Next week’s Time magazine cover is based on the famous photograph of marines raising the US flag on Iwo Jima during the bloody battle in the Pacific. But artists have replaced the flag with a tree to illustrate an article about global warming. As well as the angry veterans, the image provoked a huge backlash among younger Americans who have been brought up to honour their flag.

Iwo Jim veteran Donald Mates, 81, said: “It’s an absolute disgrace. Whoever did it is going to hell. That’s a mortal sin. God forbid he runs into a Marine that was an Iwo Jima survivor.” Mr Mates was badly wounded and saw his best friend die beside him during the 35-day battle in February and March, 1945. He suffered 30 years of operations to remove all the shrapnel from his body.

Former platoon leader Lt John Wells, 84, said: “We’ll stick a dadgum tree up somebody’s rear if they think that magazine cover is going to cure anything.” Tim Holbert, spokesman for the American Veterans Centre, said: “This photo trivializes the most recognizable moment of one of the bloodiest battles in US history.”
Iwo Jima Flag Raising
Time managing editor Richard Stengel said: “Our story says there needs to be an effort along the lines of preparing for World War II to combat global warming and climate change.”

And “mr.” managing editor, that couldn’t have been done by using another image, one that doesn’t denigrate the sacrifice of tens of thousands, both Japanese and Americans, that lost their lives in the bloodiest battle of the Pacific Theater?

Joe Rosenthal photographed five Marines, Ira Hayes, Mike Strank, Franklin Sousley, Rene Gagnon, Harlon Block, and a U.S. Navy corpsman, John Bradley, raising the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi. The photograph records what was actually the second flag-raising on the mountain, which took place on the fifth day of the 35-day battle. The picture became the iconic image of the battle and some claim it to be the most reproduced photograph of all time.

“mr. managing editor” of time magazine (lower case intentional) take a good look at it and tell me which is more important. It DAMN sure isn’t praying at the altar of The Goracle sipping his Kool-Aid of Inconvenient Bullshit.

MorganWrites notes Stengel also appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on April 17 where, no surprise, he displayed what a blithering idiot he is:

“I think since I’ve been back at the magazine, I have felt that one of the things that’s needed in journalism is that you have to have a point of view about things,” Stengel said. “You can’t always just say ‘on the one hand, on the other’ and you decide. People trust us to make decisions. We’re experts in what we do. So I thought, you know what, if we really feel strongly about something let’s just say so.”

Um no, asshat. Time is, or I should say was, a news magazine.

News, as in reporting of it without bias or preconceived notions by its writers or any other member of the editorial staff.

And these fuckwits wonder why circulation of all the legacy media outlets are tanking.

If you possess Photoshop mad skills and have a desire to counter what these jack holes have done this is the place for any images you may produce.

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China has already surpassed the United States as the world’s largest carbon polluter, the authors of a California study said Tuesday.

“Our best forecast has China’s CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions correctly surpassing the United States in 2006 rather than 2020 as previously anticipated,” said the study by researchers at the University of California.

Oh gosh, does that mean all the “expert” prognosticators not only underestimated China’s ability to expand it’s economy and continue producing more power via coal fired plants than any other place in the universe, but failed to take into account America’s ever dwindling production of the same carbon pollution?

Guess it does. But hardly news for those with more than a single operating brain cell.

And they only missed it by this much; Previous estimates had set the growth rate at 2.5 to five percent. But the new information gathered indicates the forecast should’ve been at an 11 percent annual growth of carbon emissions from 2004 to 2010.

Yepper, only missed it by “that much,” a piddling factor of four plus. NITWITS!

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Originally Published in: The Washington Times

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley recently warned that failure to take action on global warming could mean the extinction of the human race. Over the last few years, we’ve been repeatedly warned we are in the midst of a climate crisis that threatens our survival. Al Gore calls it a “planetary emergency.”

Well, there’s your problem right there Gov. you’re listening to The Goracle and have overdosed on his “epic” flic Inconvenient Bullshit.

We might take this concern more seriously if the doom-mongering wing of the environmental movement weren’t burdened by a long history of false prophecies.

You mean like predicting the extinction of the human race? Yeah I getcha, but just like all the rest of the scare-mongers I laugh in your face.

And BTW Gov, you forgot to add – just before humans are no more cannibalism will be the remaining humans soup de jour.

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