Archive for the ‘Environmentalism’ Category

Climate Doesn’t Kill People, Weather Does

15 November 2010

Jeff ID writes in “ClimateGate, a Year of Comedy” (H/T: Flopping Aces) about the hilarious “climate experts” who are still, STILL, trying to play the AGW game:

Gawd it’s funny to see grown men caught red handed with their mitts in the cookie jar of fraud, claiming vindication and seeing them be supported by the media, government and industrial institutions. All these reviews taught us was that the corruption of reality extends much farther than a few people. Again – we already knew that. But the lies will continue as Mann publishes one politically laced self-exonerating editorial after another. Like a pile of four-year-olds, climate scientists haven’t learned anything from ClimateGate other than the obvious – don’t get caught!! I have news for everyone though, ClimateGate was the tip of the iceberg and ClimateGate II is coming soon. I don’t have any information different from anyone else on where, when or whom, what I have is a brain smart enough to openly analyze the evidence and the evidence says that climate science is far more corrupted than we have seen yet. We aren’t done with this trip. …

C3 Headlines (H/T: Soylent Green) points out that the IPCC has documented major flaws in their own models:

Predictive capabilities are non-existent … Now we see that the IPCC has documented the gross inadequacies of their virtual modeling, yet they keep publicizing the model output as realistic catastrophic scenarios. And, adding misery to insult, there are the flim-flam academics pushing the climate model predictions as a religious gospel, totally misleading the gullible and naive flock (i.e., MSM journalists and Hollywood celebrities). Besides the IPCC documented flaws, below is a listing of major climate model shortcomings.

Fifty predictive failures. Yet, according to Pachy and the IPCC, Global Warming Climate Change Global Climate Disruption caused by Evil Human CO2 Emissions dictates we live in a cave and give trillions to Internationalist Kleptocrats. “Consequently, for models to predict future climatic conditions reliably, they must simulate the current climatic state with some as yet unknown degree of fidelity.”

(H/T for the post’s subject line: Watts Up With That?)

‘Til We Found the Sea of Green

8 November 2010

Following in the [carbon] footprints of the Army and the Air Force, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus plans to develop a “green” aircraft carrier strike group by 2012.

Defense News – While all U.S. aircraft carriers and submarines are already nuclear-powered, the challenge lies in powering destroyers, cruisers, replenishment ships and the air wing with biofuels.

This will please those who refer to the US military as “the world’s largest polluter,” but not those who are catching on to the fact that biofuels are not the be-all and end-all of saving the environment – not to mention that it’s been known (for years) that the push for biofuels is causing an increase in world hunger:

Biofuels are conservatively estimated to have been responsible for at least 30 percent of the global food price spike in 2008 that pushed 100 million people into poverty and drove some 30 million more into hunger, according to the report, Meals per gallon, released by the UK charity ActionAid in February 2010. … The report blames the biofuels targets set by the European Union (EU), and concomitantly, the huge financial incentives given to the biofuels industry, which together, provide a powerful driver for industrial biofuels. In 2006, the EU biofuel industry was already supported by tax exemptions and agricultural subsidies to the sum of €4.4 billion. In 2008, EU member states committed themselves to a target of 10 percent of transport fuels from renewable sources (i.e., biofuels) by 2020. If the same level of subsidies continues, the industry would receive €13.7 billion per year. If all global biofuels targets are to be met, food prices could rise by up to an additional 76 percent by 2020 and starve an extra 600 million people.

All that just to allow liberals to actually feel good about some facet of the US military.

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Without Light Bulbs, How Do We Get Ideas?

20 October 2010

Enviroweenies have had the humble incandescent bulb in their sites for some time now. They will be phased off the U.S. market beginning in 2012 under the new energy law just approved by Congress, and the EU has also banned them. Some people, who like to make their own choices about what to buy and use, are obviously upset about this (and have been stockpiling them while they’re still for sale). There’s no argument about their inefficiency, but there are certainly concerns about what we’re being offered in their place. Those new fluorescent lights contain poisonous substances (mercury) within their all-too-fragile and easily broken spiraling bulbs, making some people remarkably reticent about bringing them into their homes. LED lights seem a much better option than either incandescent or fluorescent bulbs (except maybe for traffic lights), but are currently still prohibitively expensive. Many people would rather stick with incandescent bulbs for the time being, regardless of what their overlords tell them to think…

Enter a company named Heatball to fill the need in Germany. According to Reuters, they “have come up with a legal way of importing and distributing 75 and 100 watt light bulbs – by producing them in China, importing them as ‘small heating devices’ and selling them as ‘heatballs’ … because the inefficient old bulbs produce more warmth than light – he calculated heat makes up 95 percent of their output, and light just 5 percent – they could be sold legally as heaters.” “The company’s sold out its first 4,000 Heat Balls in just 72 hours.” (H/T I Hate the Media and I Own the World)

“Shocking” News About the Volt

2 August 2010

There have been several articles written recently about the new Chevy Volt electric car brought to you by billions of dollars of wasteful government bailouts. Doctor Zero’s The Value of a Volt is but one which crunches the numbers and shows how much the car actually costs, above and beyond the $41,000 sticker price (which is already far too expensive for most in the Obama economy). Edward Niedermeyer of The New York Times points out that

…it looks suspiciously similar to a Toyota Prius. It also requires premium gasoline, seats only four people (the battery runs down the center of the car, preventing a rear bench) and has less head and leg room than the $17,000 Chevrolet Cruze, which is more or less the non-electric version of the Volt.

What we have here is a brand-new “Cash for Clunkers” program. Only this time, we’re expected to put up the cash and the government is providing the clunkers.

Domestic Terrorism

31 July 2010

Glendale, Colorado — Walter Edmund Bond, a 34-year-old animal rights activist from Salt Lake City, Utah was jailed Thursday [22 July 2010] after he allegedly burned down a sheepskin factory in Colorado. According to Denver Fire Department investigators, a fire was set on April 30th at the Sheepskin Factory, a business that sells products such as seat covers, shoes, rugs, and blankets. The fire resulted in $500,000 worth of damage, destroying the building and it’s contents. Officials determined that the fire was intentionally set. … Investigators say a man using the nickname “A.L.F. Lone Wolf” posted the following message over the internet: “Be warned that making a living from the use and abuse of animals will not be tolerated. Also be warned that leather is every bit as evil as fur, as demonstrated in my recent arson against the Leather Factory in Salt Lake City. Go vegan!” … An informant contacted the F.B.I. after Bond reportedly called them from a payphone and admitted to the arsons. The informant described a prominent tattoo on the suspect’s face, and the word “vegan” across his neck. A meeting was set up at the Ramada Inn in Glendale, Colorado, where he admitted on undercover surveillance video that he had set all the fires. Bond was arrested at a friends house, who stated that the suspect ate two hamburgers containing beef while he was there. Bond had a backpack in his possession, which contained propaganda literature titled “The Declaration of War – Killing People to Save Animals – Strike a Match, Light a Fuse, We Only Have the Earth to Lose.” Bond was booked into jail and charged with one count of arson of property affecting interstate commerce. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison term of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He has not been charged with either Utah incident, although he takes responsibility.

There you go, folks. Another evil violent right-wing tea partier, the kind of savage that horrifies all of those peaceful and tolerant liberals who just want to be let alone while they shred our Constitution.

A Google search on “Walter Edmund Bond” does not reveal a single hit from major MSM sources (CNN, The New York Times, etc.), just local news soruces (Colorado TV stations and papers) and other sites. Compare that to the nationwide furor which would have resulted if he’d burned down an abortion clinic, or left a manifesto which the MSM could have cleverly edited to make him sound conservative.

Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

24 June 2010

Not only has Obama and his Democratic federal government done absolutely jack shit over the oil spill in the Gulf (apart from pointing the finger of blame in between endless White House parties and rounds of golf), but this latest news, coming after the Coast Guard stopped skimmers from sucking up oil, indicates that the administration is actively and deliberately preventing anyone else from minimizing or mitigating the disaster in the Gulf. Just as they have no intention of addressing the problems of illegal aliens without being allowed to turn millions of them into Democratic voters (i.e. “amnesty”), they also have no intention of allowing this crisis in the Gulf to go away without using it to push Cap And Trade and a host of other unpopular, unwanted, and unconstitutional schemes which otherwise would never see the light of day. Anyway, the latest travesty?

The federal government is shutting down the dredging that was being done to create protective sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico. The berms are meant to protect the Louisiana coastline from oil. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department has concerns about where the dredging is being done.

The government has had over two months to address this issue; either by building up the berms themselves, or by granting Louisiana permission to do so – along with directions, if need be, as to where the dredging is and isn’t permitted. Clearly, however, the administration has no intention of allowing skimming or dredging at all; and the consequences for fish and other wildlife (whom the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department is allegedly meant to protect) are going to be devastating. But hey, at least those oil-soaked pelicans will be able to trade carbon credits!

Shake Shake Sheik

20 April 2010

BEIRUT (AP) – A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes. (H/T: OldLineTexan)

Well, promiscuous women in revealing clothing have been known to rock my world from time to time. Still, if that were true, wouldn’t you see more earthquakes in areas where more skin is displayed (I’m looking at you, Rio!) and less in countries where women are hidden under tarpaulins?

Iran is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric’s unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate. … Seismologists have warned for at least two decades that it is likely the sprawling capital will be struck by a catastrophic quake in the near future…

The catastrophic disaster soon to strike Iran has little to do with promiscuous women and much to do with the Israeli Air Force, inshallah.

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

For proof, he cited figures from NASA and Hadley CRU, and the collected scientific works of Al Gore. The reliability, credibility, and adherence to rigorous scientific methodology is the same.

In 2003, a powerful earthquake hit the southern city of Bam, killing 31,000 people – about a quarter of that city’s population – and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.

First suggestion: Don’t name any of your cities “Bam”, “Pow”, or “Ka-Boom”. Second suggestion: if they’re anywhere near a fault line, built them out of something other than mud. What century is this, again? What exactly is Iran spending all of those petrodollars on?

Ahmadinejad made his quake prediction two weeks ago but said he could not give an exact date.

I predict that an earthquake will hit San Francisco. I cannot give an exact date. Still, the only way to be safe is to immediately worship me and give all earthly power to me.

P.S. I’m still looking at you, Rio. Oh, yeah.

Believe Five Impossible Things Before Breakfast

1 March 2010

Nancy Pelosi (D-Twilight Zone): “A Bill can be Bipartisan Without Bipartisan Votes.”

  • Islam can be a religion of peace without any peaceful proclivities.
  • Tea Party rallies can be racially discriminatory without discriminating by race (unlike, say, the MSNBC lineup).
  • Global warming can be true without any actual warming of the globe.
  • Rises in unemployment can be surprising even though they happen with regularity and with people predicting them beforehand.

And so on… Oh, and here’s a bonus picture, from Desert Sage:

Popularity: doesn’t last long once people find out you’re a fake!

Learning From History

17 February 2010

Would anyone fall for the Trojan Horse today? Craig finds out when he leaves a full-sized replica horse (with concealed Trojans) outside a number of security-sensitive buildings.

This one is an oldie, but a goodie. I just dug it up today when someone elsewhere mentioned the Trojan Horse strategy. Apparently, quite a few people (but not everyone!) haven’t learned the lessons of history. On a not-very-related note, Zombie’s “How Climate-Change Dance Theory spells the end of a movement” draws historical parallels between the latest round of moonbat behavior with Vietnam protesters and Native Americans who didn’t realize that they’d already lost the war.

When Leftwing Worlds Collide

16 February 2010

There’s an old joke about why groups like PeTA tend to focus more on people wearing furs than people wearing leather – because it’s safer to throw a bucket of red paint on a rich old lady than on an angry biker. Well, apparently PeTA has taken that mockery to heart, even if they’re ignoring the continual mockery of each and every single other thing they do. Last month, in a blatant example of “be careful what you wish for”, PeTA asked the leather community to remove its clothes:

Between the ASGRA gay rodeo and leather weekend, the gay community ensures that D.C. will experience an influx of both chaps and animal rights activists at least twice a year. … “We hope that when people see how easy it is to look sleazy without wearing leather, they’ll be sympathetic,” says Dan Mathews, who is gay and Director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “It’s easy to have a look that kills without killing.” A handful of PETA activists braved subfreezing temperatures and arctic-like wind chills to encourage Mid-Atlantic Leather (MAL) Weekend participants to eschew their animal-based ensembles. To showcase what they view as a viable alternative to clothes made of cowhide, the activists were dressed in “Pleather” jackets, skirts, pants and hats. One activist wore a cow suit and held a sign that read “Fashion Victim: Leather is Dead Skin – Think About It.” “It’s the 21st century,” says Kayla Worden, campaign coordinator for PETA…

It’s the 21st century, and yet they’re still using their old circus sideshow techniques to try to make a point. Actually, it’s arguable whether or not PeTA has ever made a cogent point, or convinced someone to change their minds (as opposed to simply preaching to the choir); but they don’t care, as long as the money keeps rolling in from brain-dead celebrities who want to look like they “care” about “issues”. Still, going after a bunch of guys wearing leather, carrying whips, and whatnot is more courageous than PeTA usually is; but the gay community is not likely to heed their message. First of all, you’re talking about a group of people who are very particular about their clothes (see the wrap-up at the end of the article, below); and second, the gay community and PeTA have a history of conflict, given PeTA’s opposition to all animal testing, including that required to research AIDS medications.

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow

7 February 2010

Since the DC area is still digging itself out (and littleoldlady just told me more is on the way), here are more snow and related links. Another snowball fight broke out in DC (video). Fortunately, this one wasn’t attacked by a rogue cop with a gun. Obama, never one to let a crisis go to waste, is using a “blizzard of opposition” metaphor as he pledges to continue fighting for his Health Care hostile takeover that America doesn’t want.

Fifteen months ago, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. went on about how the warm DC winter was a sign of drastic climate change – yeah, I got your global warming right here. Look to see some backtracking in the weeks ahead, along the usual line that all warming is proof of climate change, and all cooling is a local anomaly. Finally, break out the world’s smallest violin again for Professor Phil Jones, who’s seeking sympathy and a change-of-subject by claiming that contemplated suicide after being revealed for the fraud that he is. The linked article uses weasel words (“Jones appeared to call upon his colleagues to destroy scientific data rather than release it to people intent on discrediting their work“) to help portray Jones as a victim, because it’s all about victimology.

The Great Global Warming Collapse

6 February 2010

This just seems to be the perfect topic to read and enjoy as record snowfall is hitting the greater DC area. The Globe and Mail (of Canada; the US media is still hoping the storm of ClimateGate and associated UN and IPCC scandals will blow over as they accumulate by the foot) writes:

In 2007, the most comprehensive report to date on global warming, issued by the respected United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, made a shocking claim: The Himalayan glaciers could melt away as soon as 2035. … But the claim was rubbish, and the world’s top glaciologists knew it. It was based not on rigorously peer-reviewed science but on an anecdotal report by the WWF itself.

i find it hilarious that the World Wildlife Fund currently has less credibility than whatever the World Wrestling Federation is calling itself these days. After all, what is in  a name  an acronym? It’s already a scandal that an environmental advocacy group was cited (in many different areas) in the IPCC report, a report which was only supposed to use rigorously peer-reviewed science (and even the merit of that is questionable, given the CRU disclosures) – it is but icing on the cake when (to what should be no one’s surprise) the WWF allegations are proven to be wrong. Easily proven. The only reason we’re only finding this out now is because the people who knew weren’t talking, and the people who were supposed to fact check had no interest in doing so. But, after all of the other disclosures (and they’re still coming) ClimateGate et alia have “gotten legs”. The story has momentum, and can’t be stopped or ignored (no matter how hard people try – and boy, are they trying!)

“The global warming movement as we have known it is dead,” the brilliant analyst Walter Russell Mead says in his blog on The American Interest. It was done in by a combination of bad science and bad politics. The impetus for the Copenhagen conference was that the science makes it imperative for us to act. …

And without the ability to scare us that “we need to act now” because “the science is settled”, nobody is going to go along with a scheme designed to destroy the global economy and national sovereignty. Not gonna happen.

…many climate scientists now sense a sinking ship, and they’re bailing out. Among them is Andrew Weaver, a climatologist at the University of Victoria who acknowledges that the climate body has crossed the line into advocacy. Even Britain’s Greenpeace has called for Mr. Pachauri’s resignation. India says it will establish its own body to monitor the effects of global warming because it “cannot rely” on the IPCC. … As Mr. Mead succinctly puts it: “Skeptics up, Obama down, cap-and-trade dead.” …

Good thing, too. I have more than enough snow to shovel (I’ve already been out there today, and I can already see the snow refilling the areas we’ve cleared) without shoveling the acres of Al Gore’s BS as well.