Posts Tagged ‘Global Warming’
The climate conference in Copenhagen gets underway today. There is a great story in the London Telegraph, which has the following nuggets (emphasis added):
…total number of limos in Copenhagen next week has already broken the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up on Thursday and ordered another 42. “We haven’t got enough limos in the country to fulfill the demand,” she says. “We’re having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden.”
And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number?
“Five,” says Ms Jorgensen. “The government has some alternative fuel cars but the rest will be petrol or diesel. We don’t have any hybrids in Denmark, unfortunately, due to the extreme taxes on those cars. It makes no sense at all, but it’s very Danish.”
The airport says it is expecting up to 140 extra private jets during the peak period alone, so far over its capacity that the planes will have to fly off to regional airports – or to Sweden – to park, returning to Copenhagen to pick up their VIP passengers.
…In the city’s famous anarchist commune of Christiania this morning, among the hash dealers and heavily-graffitied walls, they started their two-week “Climate Bottom Meeting,” complete with a “storytelling yurt” and a “funeral of the day” for various corrupt, “heatist” concepts such as “economic growth”.
…And this being Scandinavia, even the prostitutes are doing their bit for the planet. Outraged by a council postcard urging delegates to “be sustainable, don’t buy sex,” the local sex workers’ union – they have unions here – has announced that all its 1,400 members will give free intercourse to anyone with a climate conference delegate’s pass. The term “carbon dating” just took on an entirely new meaning.
At least the sex will be C02-neutral. According to the organizers, the eleven-day conference, including the participants’ travel, will create a total of 41,000 tons of “carbon dioxide equivalent”, equal to the amount produced over the same period by a city the size of Middlesbrough.
…The temptation, then, is to dismiss the whole thing as a ridiculous circus.
Many of the participants do not really need to be here. And far from “saving the world,” the world’s leaders have already agreed that this conference will not produce any kind of binding deal, merely an interim statement of intent.
Instead of swift and modest reductions in carbon – say, two per cent a year, starting next year – for which they could possibly be held accountable, the politicians will bandy around grandiose targets of 80-per-cent-plus by 2050, by which time few of the leaders at Copenhagen will even be alive, let alone still in office.
…And as the delegates meet, they do so under a shadow. For the first time, not just the methods but the entire purpose of the climate change agenda is being questioned. Leaked emails showing key scientists conspiring to fix data that undermined their case have boosted the sceptic lobby. Australia has voted down climate change laws. Last week’s unusually strident attack by the Energy Secretary, Ed Miliband, on climate change “saboteurs” reflected real fear in government that momentum is slipping away from the cause.
In Copenhagen there was a humbler note among some delegates. “If we fail, one reason could be our overconfidence,” said Simron Jit Singh, of the Institute of Social Ecology. “Because we are here, talking in a group of people who probably agree with each other, we can be blinded to the challenges of the other side. We feel that we are the good guys, the selfless saviors, and they are the bad guys.”
1200 limos, 140 private jets, free prostitutes, calling economic growth a “heatist” concept… yeah, you could say it’s just a big ridiculous circus.
“Climategate” is the latest scandal to rock the political scene. As the scope of the fraud perpetrated by “scientists” expands, it is going to have a big impact on the efforts to pass cap-and-trade legislation in the Senate and create even more problems for Obama.
So what should Obama do? A smart move would be to scrap his plans to attend the climate summit in Copenhagen. We remember what happened last time he went to Copenhagen. The cap-and-trade bill is already on life support in the Senate, and Obama will face criticism that the U.S. is not doing enough. Why subject himself, and the U.S., to criticism for not being “green enough” when we now have proof that there is true scientific bias and fabrication of information?
There are many people in the scientific world who are trying to minimize this bias and fraud as no big deal. George Monbiot, a big-time climate change advocate, warns that the email scandal is a big deal, and that the climate change crowd minimizes it at its own peril. His blog post tries to juxtapose this scandal with the “lying” of the “fossil fuel industry,” but that’s to be expected.
The Wall Street Journal Europe editorialized on this issue, writing:
The real issue is what the messages say about the way the much-ballyhooed scientific consensus on global warming was arrived at in the first place, and how even now a single view is being enforced. In short, the impression left by the correspondence among Messrs. Mann and Jones and others is that the climate-tracking game has been rigged from the start.
According to this privileged group, only those whose work has been published in select scientific journals, after having gone through the “peer-review” process, can be relied on to critique the science. And sure enough, any challenges that critics have lobbed at climatologists from outside this clique are routinely dismissed and disparaged.
There is plenty more to come on this issue, and if you aren’t up to speed on the Climategate emails, one of the best recaps (and with a very Arizona-specific twist) is Greg Patterson’s treatment of this at espressopundit.com.
Count on the United Nations to come up with one of the most outlandish reasons to push the alarmist view of the “dangers” of global warming: ‘Climate change pushes poor women to prostitution.’
Seriously? I mean, come on, these kinds of claims make the global warming and overpopulation crowd look downright silly. This is the “oldest profession” we are talking about, and we are supposed to believe that global warming causes an increase in prostitution?
Just when I thought I’d heard it all.
The debate over global warming, and whether or not it is human-caused, just got more interesting. While some have argued that “the science is settled” on this issue, Erick Erickson posts a very important report at RedState.com that demonstrates the lengths that global warming alarmist will go to try to squash the very scientific debate that they claim is critical to finding the truth. It’s well worth the read.
The Global Warming Alarmists will need to bundle up tomorrow when they are out in force in Washington, D.C. to try to get Congress to act “immediately” on climate change legislation.
Up to 7 inches of snow was expected through Monday morning in areas of Maryland, northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., where Mayor Adrian Fenty declared a .
The GWA’s are being encouraged by James Hansen, NASA political activist scientist who believes the world is about to end.
The best line in the article is this one by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA):
“The bottom line is if Hansen wants to protest global warming, he should go to the National Cathedral and take it up with God rather than going to Capitol Hill.”
Rohrabacher has always been a straight shooter, and blunt with his words. My favorite political quote of all time came in 1992 after Bill Clinton admitted to smoking weed, but not inhaling. Congressman Rohrabacher (a live-long surfer) was asked if he had ever inhaled. His response?
“Inhale? Hell, I did everything but drink the bong water.”
What’s your favorite political quote?
Al Gore is scheduled to appear Wednesday before Sen. John Kerry’s Foreign Relations committee to discuss the urgent need to deal with global warming. As we say in politics, the “optics” of that won’t be very good. You see, the forecast for the D.C. area on Wednesday calls for severe weather – including snow, ice and sleet. It’s hard to call for urgent action on global warming with a straight face when it is freezing outside.
Now, someone will likely opine that severe weather IS a sign of global warming. Of course, the catchphrase they use now is “climate change” because they keep having this pesky problem of really cold weather when they stage these global warming events.
I just think it’s God’s sense of humor.