Canada’s primary hippie discovers that he’s a loser, the President might be going to Maine and alarmists have discovered the perfect headline.
All this, a Bond girl and snark galore in your weekly round-up.
Part One: Al Gore & Friends
For all the news you can stomach about Al Gore and the masseuse, take a peek at the Chakraquiddick Round-up. There will be no further reference to the Goreacle in any state of undress here this week, so relax. The only reference to the entire sordid episode is whether or not Steve Jobs should suspend Gore from the Apple board for potentially contravening the firm’s sexual harassment rules.
Gore popped his head over the parapets of one or other of his many mansions to fire off a blog post about the Times’ retraction of their Amazongate story. Of course, the retraction itself is under fire as being unnecessary, for all of that and more, North’s your man.
Gore also blogged about the electoral challenge to AB32, Kallivornya’s global warming law. Al blames big oil for trying to save the golden state’s economy kill the bill.
Hide the decline? Tom Nelson skewers the climate cult’s spiritual leader for being a slacker at creating new acolytes.
The Jerusalem Post pulled on its steel-toed boots, laced them carefully and proceeded to unleash a swift kick to the Gorenads:
So why aren’t I grateful to Al Gore for highlighting the environment? Simply put, he overdid it. Saving a tree, however important, is never as significant as saving a human life. Stopping a rain forest from being decimated is still subordinate to stopping genocide.
What Al Gore did was create a level of hysteria that elevated the environment to the foremost moral cause of our time, even as Africans continue to die in Darfur, Zimbabweans continue to be brutalized by Robert Mugabe, Iranians continue to be cut down by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez’s reign of terror intensifies by the day in a once-free Venezuela.
So many people of goodwill who might have worked to bring clean water to Africa, to stop the scourge of AIDS or to battle the oppression of women in the Arab world contented themselves with climbing up trees and ensuring they weren’t cut down. I love the Earth but I refuse to deify it. Human life is still the crown jewel of creation.
What the JP missed was that Al can’t make scads of money or win shiny, meaningless prizes by feeding Africa or stopping wars, so why should he care?
When he started his David Suzuki Foundation in 1990, he says, the feeling among environmentalists was that “the 1990s had to be the turnaround decade. When I started the foundation, I said, ‘We’ve 10 years. Every penny we raise we’re going to spend because we’ve only got 10 years [to make a difference].’ Well, it’s 20 years later. We’re still fighting the same battles.”
“So these things have impacted our lives enormously and we need science to inform us as best it can about what the implication might be. And quite frankly, as far as I’m concerned, I feel all the effort that I’ve been involved in has really failed. We’re going backward.”
Ow, the laughing, it hurts.
Part Two: AGW Scaremongers
George Monbiot, affectionately known as Moonbat among his peers, was forced to issue an apology to Dr. Richard North for getting it all wrong about Amazongate. Delingpole is still laughing, especially as the apology came after Moonbat bragged, ‘Go ahead, make my day’.
Work has begun on the IPCC AR5 report, even as the vultures are still picking at the twitching corpse of the error-riddled AR4. Prepare for everything to get a lot worse, the IPCC has only one option, to up the stakes in the alarmist agenda or admit that AR4 was bunk. Which do you think they’ll choose?
Geico spokes-cavemen caused global warming by hunting mammoths. This is what passes for science in the field of global warming.
If you ever had surgery and insisted on being knocked out while they sliced you open, consider yourself a climate crook. Than numbing gas is killing the planet.
Global warming kills US Senators. Insert your own inappropriate remark here, I’m so spoiled for choices I can’t pick one.
An Aussie scientist, alarmed that a new and mildly skeptical prime minister might have no further use for her, gets her retaliation in first and intimates that politicians are too stupid to understand the science:
”…the consensus within the scientific community about the main points of the science is strong, whereas the consensus within the political community – and those who elect them – about what to do about it is less strong.
…On the ”gap” between the scientific understanding of climate change and that of policymakers and the public, Professor Sackett said scientists needed to better translate their work into lay terms.
John Kerry, not a very brave global warmer, oddly enough.
Bolivia wants a global climate movement. Surely changing the country’s name to something that doesn’t sound like a typoe of food poisoning should be higher on Bolivia’s list?
It’s whitewash week in academia, and Michael ‘Stick’ Mann is happy to be cleared of charges no one made, while Phil Jones keeps his job because the inquiry didn’t ask the question that would have gotten him fired. One person thinks that the unseemly haste to give Phil the Deleter his job back is great news for the skeptics. I think he’s right.
This week’s green on green mayhem is brought to you by the state of Maine:
The crux of the activists’ argument against the wind-power project is the number, size and location of the turbines on Kibby Mountain, according to Logan Perkins of Eddington. Perkins said the activists believe the project will have a detrimental effect on mountain ecosystems, including a lynx habitat.
Expect President Obama to be in Maine this Sunday… and imagine his disappoint when he discovers it’s Lynx threatened, not Links.
Calling out the fakers in the green movement. Which is pretty much all of them, actually.
More hippie child abuse, teaching kids about ‘climate crimes’, at a fun day out.
The perfect alarmist argument has been discovered:
Thousands of plant species, threatened with habitat loss and climate change, may become extinct before scientists can discover them, according to American and British researchers.
Disprove that, skeptics!
Part Three: Inconvenient Truths
Bjorn Lomborg has tough words about the EU’s response to global warming:
In his study for the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, Tol assessed the net economic benefits of this [the EU] policy. Using the conventional estimate that one ton of carbon dioxide is likely to cause about $7 (£4.50) of damage, he found that the total benefit of the EU policy was just £5.7 billion. In other words, every euro spent is likely to generate just three cents’ worth of benefits. My research shows that by the end of this century, the EU’s approach will reduce temperature rises by approximately 0.05C – almost too small to measure.
California loses a solar project before it even breaks ground. There go some of those green jobs the Governator promised.
Dr. Tim Ball on how low climate science has fallen.
All the news fit to invent… climate scientists and the media spin the science.
Science, reinvented to fit the narrative, because this is what counts as science in the field of global warming. I suspect that global warming scientists were the ones that even dodgy skin care firms wouldn’t hire.
Oops, that IPCC ‘consensus’, not really all that consensus-y after all:
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change misled the press and public into believing that thousands of scientists backed its claims on manmade global warming, according to Mike Hulme, a prominent climate scientist and IPCC insider. The actual number of scientists who backed that claim was “only a few dozen experts,” he states in a paper for Progress in Physical Geography, co-authored with student Martin Mahony.
Arizona fights new solar projects, because there isn’t enough water to keep the panels clean. Also, there seems to be a sudden shortage of cheap labor, for some reason.
Global warming scaremongers warned that the seas would rise 10ft in 31 years, wiping out New York. That was in 1969. 41 years later… New York is still there. How’s that credibility going, hippies?
It’s the Sun, stupid.
More nonsense from whitewash week, where not looking at the problem proves there is no problem.
Don’t sell the rifle yet, switching on a light won’t kill polar bears.
Climategate was meaningless according to the wagon-circling hippies, until it became a game changer. Hey, don’t blame them for messing with the narrative, facts are hard.
Some Dutch researchers pull their finger from the dike protecting the IPCC AR4 from further ridicule, noting many more errors.
Hippies and unintended consequences go together like mac and cheese. Burning green wood is worse than coal.
This week’s must-read link: doom-sayers, the eeyores of the science world are invariably wrong:
Not only are human beings wealthier, they are also healthier, wiser, happier, more tolerant, less violent, more equal. Check it out – the data is clear. Yet if anything the pessimists had only grown more certain, shrill and apocalyptic. We were facing the `end of nature’, the `coming anarchy’, a `stolen future’, our `final century’ and a climate catastrophe. Why, I began to wonder did the failure of previous predictions have so little impact on this litany?
The recently absolved CRU is immediately dumped back in the public eye for failing to follow FoI rules. If you think their PR is bad, just take a look at their science.
Why can’t we generate all power from the wind? Hippies need to read this, really.
Part Four: AGW in the News
If you wondered what national economic suicide look like, take a peek at the UK.
Andrew Bolt suggests that those who vote green live it first:
Go turn off your own lights first. Kill your fridge. Cook your roast over a solar-powered candle. Then go to work and turn off the machines. Junk the computer. Tell your hospital to switch off the machines that go “bing”. And harness some donkeys to pull our trains.
Is the BBC turning its back on hippie scaremongers?
Better buy a genny if you want your lights on all the time, the IEA wants 50% of power from renewables by 2050.
G20 leaders avoided global warming alarmism to avoid the fate of Kevin Rudd.
The recession has done for global warming, at least in Scotland where they know the value of a penny. Insert copper wire invention joke here.
There are positive aspects to global warming, just as there are two sides to every argument. Just don’t expect agenda-driven ideologue IPCC types to tell you about the pros.
Oh noes, computer models turn on warmers. And not in the good way.
Scots again, apparently healthily skeptical about global warming:
ONCE it was an inconvenient truth, one which just about everyone accepted. Now it seems scepticism is creeping in over the issue of the moment: the supposedly indisputable scientific evidence of climate change. … we reveal today, nearly a third of Scots have changed their minds on the subject, citing the recent very cold winter and the controversies over the validity of climate change science.
See, climategate was a game-changer.
My favorite headline of the week: Electric cars must be taxed to pay for more power stations ‘or National Grid could fail’. You mean the power doesn’t come from unicorn poop?
Finally an aircraft we can all agree on is suitable for Al Gore. Solar powered night flights.
Encouraging groupthink in the media, as if you didn’t already know:
“How to professionally deal with climate skepticism” – or as its German title translates: how to deal with “skeptics.” As the description of the workshop makes clear, “deal with” here is a euphemism. “Let both sides make their point and let the audience sort out what is true” is the traditional “mantra” of journalism, the organizers admit. “But with climate change, things are not so easy,” the text continues. “Falling back on a ‘neutral’ journalistic position can mean playing into the hands of the skeptics at the expense of the basis of life.”
Part Five: Global Hottie
Your hottie this week is James Bond’s missus, so you better be nice. Eva Green, smokin’ hot, literally.
Thanks for reading.