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Time was, they called us “Holocaust deniers”:

I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.

That was seven years ago—seven un-warmed years—from Gob columnist Ellen Goodman.

This is today:

By the time all the skeptics are persuaded, it will be too late for an effective response. In that regard, climate change poses a test of our democracy’s ability to address a threat pressing enough to require a relatively prompt response but too complicated for a lay person to assess on his own authority.

Liberalism distilled to its evil essence, Bloodthirstani. Look upon it and recoil.

In the name of “democracy”, we have to act on behalf of the great unwashed, riding roughshod over “skeptics”, by “addressing” and “responding” to a “pressing” threat. Substitute almost anything for global warming—health care, income inequality, doesn’t-matter-anything-they-want—and they would cite the same pressing threat requiring a response in the name of democracy.

Never mind the flat temperatures, the bitterly cold winter that froze the Great Lakes solid for the first time in years, the flawed and fraudulent “science”.

We have our marching orders:

THE WORLD now has a rough deadline for action on climate change.

Nations need to take aggressive action in the next 15 years to cut carbon emissions, in order to forestall the worst effects of global warming, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Fifteen years: that’s funny. That’s how long it’s been since the globe actually warmed.

[S]keptics have seized on a supposed 12- to 15-year pause in the increase in global average surface air temperature, as though that creates critical questions about the broad scientific consensus on warming. Actually, the likely explanation is that the oceans are absorbing the heat.

Thwarted by the complexity of the climate, climate scoundrels, sorry, scientists, are now appealing to a system perhaps even more complex, the world’s oceans. But this isn’t about the facts, and sure as hell not about science. Science doesn’t set 15-year deadlines. Science doesn’t ignore data contrary to a proposed theory. And science does not—ever!—cite a career political hack and former Mister Softee driver like Ed Markey as a credible expert:

As Senator Edward Markey, long a leader on this issue, puts it: “You can’t preach temperance from a bar stool.”

One thing we know for sure: it wasn’t Ted Kennedy who said that.

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White Easter

Probably not. But Holy Wednesday (aka Spy Wednesday): check.

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Unbelievably, the morning started with snow and sleet. Rapidly drying conditions will continue to push from central to eastern Mass. By 8 a.m., snow will taper off completely-last across the outer Cape and Nantucket.

Temperatures will be much cooler Wednesday. Watch out for icy and sleet/snow covered roadways this a.m. After dropping to freezing, temps will only warm into the 40-46 degree range.

It will be quite blustery too. N/NW winds 15-25 mph will gust to 35 occasionally. I expect slight improvements, wind wise, this afternoon.

Clear and cold conditions will continue overnight with lows 24-34. All areas will have to watch out for ice during the Thursday morning commute.

Sorry, we didn’t have a White Pesach, but our Jewish neighbors enjoyed the day or so of New England spring. It was awesome.

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We Have Seen the Future, and it is Pythonesque


The good old days for global warm-mongers:

Keeping global warming down to a level people can live with means cutting carbon emissions to “near zero” by the end of the century, even in an increasingly industrialized world, the top U.N. experts on the issue concluded Sunday.

That may be doable, but it will take “substantial investments” in everything from planting more trees to replacing fossil fuels with low-carbon power sources like solar and nuclear energy, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced in its latest report.

“There is a clear message from science: To avoid dangerous interference with the climate system, we need to move away from business as usual,” Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and co-chairman of the working group that produced Sunday’s document, said in an accompanying statement.

You mean move away from business, period. No more making, no more traveling, no more doing. Just sit still and try not to breathe too hard.

It’s nonsense, of course. Carbon emissions have risen with gay abandon, yet temperatures are flat. Anyone who survived this winter might be forgiven for idling his car for no other purpose that to avoid a January like the last one. Global warming ranks so far down the list of even environmental concerns in the mind of the public, it’s at risk of being dropped from the list. In favor of mad cow disease.

This report shrieks because no one is listening. We’ll just have to not listen harder.

Solar power? Harmless (except to birds who get fried over large arrays of mirrors), fine. Nuclear power? Yes, please (just not too close), though the Japanese would rather burn China’s coal. And go ahead and plant all the trees you got. So, count me on board. Call me Mr. Ecology, Gaia Ecology.

Now, can I get back to watching The Masters on my HD-TV?

You’ll be happy to know who’s on the job, however:

Because nothing is more carbon neutral than filming on location (trucks, trailers, generators, etc., etc.)

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Nice University Ya Got Here

Shame if it burned down.

From all that global warming, I mean:

Six months after announcing that Harvard University would not divest its endowment’s holdings from the fossil fuel industry, its president, Drew Faust, unveiled several new initiatives Monday to strengthen the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability and renewable energy.

Harvard says its endowment will be the first of a US university to sign on to a United Nations-supported organization, Principles for Responsible Investment. The principles do not require Harvard to sell specific funds, but rather provide the university’s fund managers with a method for considering environmental and social factors, from water scarcity to human rights.

“Harvard has a vital leadership role to play in this work,” Faust wrote in a letter to the Harvard community. “As a university, it has a special obligation and accountability to the future, to the long view needed to anticipate and alter the trajectory and impact of climate change.”

Faust is also asking alumni and other donors to raise $20 million for a fund to spur research and innovation addressing climate change.

Twenty mill is chump change in Harvard’s $32.7 billion endowment: six basis points. Who wouldn’t toss the equivalent of a nickel to a bum just to be left alone?

Except the bums aren’t going quietly:

“The Climate Solutions Fund is going to be investing in new forms of energy that aren’t destroying the planet, but we are also investing in energy sources that are destroying the planet,” said Chloe Maxmin, a junior and cofounder of a group called Divest Harvard. “You are funding the very thing that you are trying to offset.”

Somebody needs to educate Ms. Maxmin (her real name?) on the art of the shakedown. You don’t bleed the subject all at once, but slowly, over time. You don’t kill the goose that layed the golden egg just to provide the main course for your Christmas dinner. How could she be smart enough to go to Harvard and not know that? Somebody better wise her up before the $20 million offer is off the table.

Harvard will look for off-campus ways to compensate for its emissions, for example by purchasing carbon offsets — helping to fund projects elsewhere that contribute to the environment.

See, Chloe? Money can’t buy you love, but it can purchase absolution. Don’t pee in the pool.

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Got Peat?

Boy, they ain’t kidding about global warming, huh? That’s some pretty bad [bleep].

Good thing enlightened people are taking the threat of greenhouse gases seriously:

Japan is turning into a rare bright spot in the world coal market, stepping up coal-fired power generation to replace nuclear plants that went offline after the 2011 Fukushima accident.

Plans by Japanese companies to spend billions of dollars on new coal-fired plants offer a striking contrast with the U.S., which has effectively blocked new coal plants using existing technology over concerns about global warming.

If the plans all come to fruition, Japan’s coal-fired power capacity would increase to around 47 gigawatts over the next decade or so, up 21% from the time right before the Fukushima accident.

It’s understandable that Japan might shy away from nuclear power (wrong but understandable), but do they really think coal is a safer bet?

The bodies of six miners trapped after a rock burst at a coal mine in central China’s Henan province were found by rescuers Friday.

What do the Japanese care? They still get their coal.

As somebody says, I’ll take global warming seriously when people act like it’s serious.

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The End is Near

And it will be fair and warmer:

Climate change will complicate and make global security problems worse causing civil wars and conflict between nations, a UN report to be released tomorrow will say.

There would be devastating food shortages in Africa, Alpine ski-resorts would disappear and Caribbean beaches would be wiped out, according to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

No ski resorts or beaches? Oh, the humanity!

If temperatures barely rise, crop yields could drop by 2 per cent a decade.

Or they could increase, as crop yields usually do in nicer weather.

‘Wealthy people can be vulnerable too especially as a result of poor planning.’

Okay, so maybe global warming would suck after all.

‘Climate change will not directly cause conflict – but it will exacerbate issues of poor governance, resource inequality and social unrest,’ retired U.S. Navy Adm. David Titley, now a Pennsylvania State University professor of meteorology, wrote in an email.

‘The Arab Spring and Syria are two recent examples.’

But Titley, who wasn’t part of the IPCC report, says ‘if you are already living in a place affected by violent conflict – I suspect climate change becomes the least of your worries.’

Shut that guy up! Who let him speak his mind? We say global warming cause the Arab Spring. That Tunisian fruit seller didn’t set himself on fire; he spontaneously combusted in the heat!

Joshua Goldstein, an international relations professor and expert on conflict at the University of Massachusetts, says it is probably weaker than people think.

It’s not as a big a problem as other impacts from climate change, like those on ecosystems, weather disasters and economic costs, he says.

Nooooooooooo!!!! It’s going to be awful!

Just look!

What is worse, cooties love the warmer weather. Expect them to breed like, well, cooties.

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MostlyCloudy.gov

A website based on deceit and fraud, designed by the government, intended to sell you on a thoroughly discredited theory…do these guys never learn?

The Obama administration is launching a new online effort to warn the public about the dangers of climate change.

The White House is unveiling a new website Wednesday, climate.data.gov, that will let citizens, businesses and local governments take the latest scientific data and see how their communities will be affected by rising seas, heat waves and drought.

The website is part of U.S. President Barack Obama’s efforts to boost public support for his initiative to fight climate change.

It worked so well for health care!

Imagine if old pharaoh had had the internet at his disposal to let the citizens of ancient Egypt see how the plague of frogs would effect the kingdom from Memphis to Thebes. “The Romans just want to help the single-cubits. We want all folks to receive their fair share of manna.”

Because you rely on me, I clicked over to climate.data.gov (an Orwellian URL if there ever was one).

I sh*t you not:

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However stupid these people are, we folks are even stupider. Would ancient Egyptians have fallen for “If you like your first-born, you can keep your first-born”?

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The Climate is Changing! The Climate is Changing!

Oh wait. It’s called Spring:

For thousands of years, waves on the largest of the Great Lakes have battered northwest Wisconsin, shaping the dramatic sandstone caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

But that punishment halted this winter when 93% of Lake Superior froze, creating a spectacular icy landscape many locals say they haven’t seen in a generation.

It’s a serendipitous spinoff from the five Great Lakes being virtually frozen over this winter, a rare event that marks the arctic misery afflicting the Midwest. At one point, more than 90% of the world’s largest surface freshwater system was frozen over, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. That figure for the Great Lakes fell to 84% as of Wednesday.

In a related story:

Everyone knows that Lake Superior froze hard this year, providing an increasingly rare opportunity for the inbred wolves on Isle Royale to gain fresh recruits from the mainland. All of the the present wolf pack is the product of wolves that wandered across the frozen lake in the 1940s to reach and then populate Isle Royale in the lake. The wolves thrived because they found an overabundant moose population, which itself had reached the island about ten years earlier.

Over the many years since the wolf population has become increasing, desperately, inbred. Lake Superior rarely freezes anymore, thus cutting off potential supply of new wolves.

This winter was far different. All the Great Lakes froze and there was a golden opportunity for wolves to cross once again from the mainland to the island, especially because now there are more wolves on the mainland than there used to be. It is possible that wolves did cross, but they or it has not been detected. What was detected, however, was a wolf leaving. A pack member, a female nicknamed “Isabel,” left the island and migrated to Minnesota where she was shot and killed by a person with a pellet gun on an Indian reservation.

Al Gore told us climate change would be deadly, but we just wouldn’t listen.

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Green Hams and Yeggs

I’m repeating this story—but it bears repeating:

Senate Democrats’ 14-hour global warming “talkathon” produced enough hot air to make up for the “15-year pause” in worldwide temperature increases. But for all the senators’ dire warnings, the gabfest ended with little to show.

After talking from 6:30 p.m. Monday through 9 a.m. Tuesday, Democratic senators ended up with no plans for legislative action.

Many red-state Democrats up for reelection this fall — Arkansas’s Mark Pryor, Alaska’s Mark Begich, Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, and North Carolina’s Kay Hagan — skipped out on the night of long speeches. But the 28 other senators who showed up provided more than their share of head-scratching and odd moments on the floor.

More than half the Democrats in the Senate came to this oratorical orgy—yet not among their number was any Democrat Senator with anything on the line. That is so telling. This was a Roman bacchanalia blowhard lifers.

And what did we hear from these self-pleasuring poltroons?

The Senate majority leader warned, “Climate-change deniers still exist — there’s lots of them. They exist in this country. They exist, I’m sorry to say, in this Congress.”

?2. Massachusetts’ Ed Markey was one of the stars of the show on the Senate floor. At one point, he invoked Paul Revere’s warnings of “an invasion coming from the sea,” and cautioned, “With climate change, Boston and the Bay State could now face an invasion of the sea itself.”

?3. Markey later took a page out of Texas Republican Ted Cruz’ playbook by reading his own Dr. Seuss story. Rather than revisit Green Eggs and Ham, Markey read from Seuss’ environmentalist favorite The Lorax.

4. Markey also tried to illustrate the increase of carbon emissions over time through the increase in higher homerun totals during the steroid era of the 1990s.

5. Rhode Island’s Sheldon Whitehouse also used sports to warn of the impact of climate change. Unless the issue is addressed, children will no longer be able to learn hockey on frozen ponds. Additionally, many of the former sites of the Winter Olympics may no longer be “climatically suitable” to host future games.

6. One of the newest members of the Senate shared a harrowing story of crossing the United States in some kind of futuristic amphibious vehicle.

“Right after I turned 17 and got my New Jersey driver’s license, one of the earliest places I drove was a trip — the only trip I’ve ever taken — was to Hawaii,” the Garden State senator Cory Booker said.

“You didn’t drive to Hawaii,” New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich corrected him. Booker thanked his colleague for fixing the congressional record.

The Senate prides itself on being “the world’s greatest deliberative body”. Me, I’d rather deliberate on Scarlett Johansson’s body—but if Ed Markey is the “star” of your show, you’ve got an all-time flop on your hands. The Lorax was undoubtedly the only memorable thing spoken that night, though they would have done even better with Dr. Seuss’ great and underrated Sleep Book.

PS: Note how these imbeciles didn’t even resort to the last refuge of scaremongers, “climate change”. It was all about global warming, a phenomenon strangely absent from the world for a decade and a half.

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I Know What You Did Last Night

Pleasuring yourselves for the sake of it.

Have you no shame?

[T]his may be the first time in history that a group of senators filibustered themselves.

About 30 Democratic senators — calling themselves the Senate Climate Action Task Force — resolved to keep the Senate open overnight Monday into Tuesday morning. “We’re not going to rest until Congress wakes up and acts on the most pressing issue of our time,” declared Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii), the organizer of the sleepless senators.

[T]hese guys are trying to persuade the majority — themselves — to pass something.

Joining the late-night guerilla action was Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who as the Senate majority leader is usually a target of filibusters, not a sponsor. If he and his colleagues really want action, they don’t have to lose sleep. All they have to do is bring a climate-change bill to the floor.

The problem is that Reid doesn’t have the votes in his caucus to pass such a measure.

Reid, who kicked off the 13-hour talkathon at 6:30 Monday evening, didn’t mention the problems among his fellow Democrats. He praised his colleagues for “standing up to the deniers” and “the oil-baron Koch brothers and their allies in Congress.”

Apparently, those allies were not intimidated by the Democrats’ late-night show. The office of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.),
e-mailed “Climate Tax Bingo” cards to reporters.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) crashed the Democrats’ party, needling his colleagues for more than half an hour. “All night long? That’s going to be fun,” said Inhofe, who calls global warming a “hoax” and frequently sights cold snaps as confirmation. “They’ll have an audience of themselves and I hope that they enjoy it.”

As Woody Allen observed, masturbation is sex with someone you love.

Or were they trying to impress someone?

[T]hey figured their antics in the wee hours would display their dedication for all Americans to see — or at least insomniacs who watch C-SPAN2. It also might impress Democratic donors. As The Post’s Ed O’Keefe reported, Democratic senators discussed plans for the filibuster last month at a fundraiser held by liberal billionaire Thomas Steyer.

As if it wasn’t worthless already, Congress has been rendered obsolete by Obama, who legislates from on high. What else are they supposed to do?

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How It’s Done

Liberal Hegemony 101: In this course, the student will learn how to take a minor issue and blow it out of all proportion for the purpose of government takeover as the only solution. Health care, income distribution, and the weather will be prime examples. No previous experience necessary; anyone can do this.

Climate change may be the world’s “most fearsome” weapon of mass destruction and urgent action is needed to combat it, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, comparing those who deny its existence or question its causes to people who insist the Earth is flat.

“We simply don’t have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation,” he said, referring to what he called “big companies” that “don’t want to change and spend a lot of money” to act to reduce the risks.

“We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts,” Kerry told the audience gathered at a U.S. Embassy-run American Center in a Jakarta shopping mall. “Nor should we allow any room for those who think that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits.”

“The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand,” Kerry said. “We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”

Flat earth, poofy hair, who gives a [bleep]?

Isn’t it interesting how desperate zealots get when cornered in a lie? The science is “unequivocal” (a nice change from “settled”); the skeptics are “shoddy” and their motives are corrupt. And there’s no time for anything like debate or review. You can hear the shriekiness of his voice in his words.

This is how it’s done, boys and girls. When you have the facts, pound the facts; when you don’t, pound the table. This is the same approach to Israeli/Arab peace negotiations. There is no more time; Israel faces boycotts and illegitimacy; they must act (i.e. do what he says) now, now, now. There is no other way.

Liberals believe in government, but not democracy.

PS: How did you get to Indonesia, Mr. Secretary, yacht? We know you didn’t take a plane: the hypocrisy of preaching about carbon footprints in such a scenario would be too rich.

Oh no!

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Why We Should Stop Naming Every [Bleeping] Storm

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Allahpundit blames global warming. Touché.

I just want to say this whole winter has been one big ass so far.

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