Science is hard for hippies, Skippy’s coming to dinner and Manbearpig returns to our dimension for a day.
Part One: Hippie of the Week
He’s back! Climate
prophet profiteer Al Gore is storming back into the public domain with a vengeance. And right on schedule too. It was three years ago he launched his $300 million ‘We’ campaign, which he said would last… three years. Al got so much value from his $300 million that now he’s back to make all the same arguments he did three years ago:
You’ll note that Al is focused on ‘Big Oil and Big Coal’ money, yet we still don’t know where his $300 million came from. But that’s different, because it’s Big Green, and green is good. Because Al says it is. So SHUT UP.
Gore has announced that September 14th will be 24 hours of “reality”. It’s unclear in which dimension Al exists for the other 364 days of the year, I don’t know about you, but reality seems to be a daily exercise around Chez Bayonet. No matter, the being we know as Al Gore, or manbearpig if you prefer, is to reveal the deniers mid-September. If you can’t wait for the big moment, a quick look at the blogroll might reveal a few ‘deniers’. Jeez Al, it ain’t rocket science.
Anyway, for his personal hypocrisy, his endless hubris and his lifetime achievement of generating profits for ad agencies, Al Gore is Hippie of the Week. But he’s still not getting his own section of the round-up back. Unless Big Green wants to, you know, grease the wheel a bit.
Part Two: Warmists & Alarmists
David ‘Jail’em’ Suzuki wants to stop paying attention to deniers. He says so in a column entirely devoted to the subject. According to Dave, if a scientist ever accepted a free mug from a gas station, his research is to be tossed aside as egregiously tainted. Unless it agrees with the hippie agenda, then it’s all good.
Think Progress figures that bitter-clingers who deny climate change had it coming when it comes to natural disasters. We’ve seen this ugly argument at TP before. Brad Johnson, who penned both columns, apparently believes in a vengeful Gaia who is both upset and carrying an electoral map of the USA. Deranged much, Brad?
Donna Laframboise and Judith Curry separately dismember the IPCC. Donna takes on Trenberth and Pachauri while Curry figures the IPCC is fatally flawed with the leadership at the very top. And when poor old Raj is down and reeling, Donna nukes him from orbit, just to be sure.
Fun with fundraising. Hippies and Democrats (but I repeat myself) have enjoyed using the Koch Brothers as a pinata whenever they need to insert a bogeyman into the energy debate. So imagine the Koch Brothers surprise when the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee wrote and asked for donations:
…you can imagine my chagrin when I got a letter from you on June 17 asking us to make five-figure contributions to the DSCC. You followed that up with a voicemail* indicating that, if we contributed heavily enough, we would garner an invitation to join you and other Democratic leaders at a retreat in Kiawah Island this September.
I’m hoping you can help me understand the intent of your request because it’s hard not to conclude that DSCC politics have become so cynical that you actually expect people whom you routinely denounce to give DSCC money.
The new Aussie carbon tax is just the latest sign that our antipodean friends are a few hot dogs shy of a full barbie. First they want to cull camels who fart, now they want to eat kangaroos? You want fries with
It’s like Lassie, but with a ‘roo. Bless ’em.
Proving that you can prove anything with the right study, an ‘environmental’ group says that more printing and paper is good for global warming.
Follow the money. Taxpayers fund the EPA. The EPA funds green groups. Green groups sue the EPA to make it regulate more often. So it does.
EDF economist wants ‘deniers’ on the record. Maybe he’s prepping for the climate Nurenburg?
Nature notes that Michael ‘Stick’ Mann is tired of skeptics having fun at his expense (PDF):
Mann has grown weary of dealing with the various groups that are criticizing him. “In reality, these groups are guilty over and overagain of defamation, slander and libel, but that is far more difficult to fight legally,” Mann says. “Even if you were to prevail, you would have invested potentially several years of your career, and frankly those of us who love doing science are not willing to do that.”
Climate scientists, ‘doing science’ science the way Debbie did Dallas.
There’s something wrong with hippies. When most people see a classroom full of moppets, they want to teach them or encourage them. Hippies want to indoctrinate them, or blow them to pieces. And if that fails, how about stuffing them into eco-buildings that any animal rights-activist would recognize as being unfit for chickens?
Weepy Bill McKibben is arranging “the biggest civil disobedience protest in the history of the North American climate movement” to take place outside the White House in late August. Bill is like the little kid with his nose stuck to the window of the cool kids party. No matter how much he tries, they just won’t let him in.
The UK’s John Beddington doesn’t want any crisis to go to waste:
The onset of more severe climate impacts overseas may also open up temporary opportunities, or ‘policy windows’. These would allow legislators the licence to take specific bold actions which they ordinarily believe would not otherwise be possible or politically acceptable…
In other words, he thinks you’re stupid.
Science is hard, which is why we must trust those clever greens to help us. Okay, maybe not the guy who claimed to be surrounded by penguins in the Arctic.
Oh noes, Canadian Caribou are on the road to extinction. It’s deforestation and habitat invasion to blame, unless that argument doesn’t work, in which case you know it’s coming. One thought, why don’t we find this ‘road to extinction’ and close it? I know, it’s genius, right?
Harold Camping and global warmists, two sides of the same doom-mongering coin.
Part Three: Inconvenient Truths
The UK’s Met. Office proves the old adage that even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while and figures out that it really is the Sun, stupid.
“We now believe that [the solar cycle] accounts for 50 per cent of the variability from year to year,” says Scaife. With solar physicists predicting a long-term reduction in the intensity of the solar cycle – and possibly its complete disappearance for a few decades, as happened during the so-called Maunder Minimum from 1645 to 1715 – this could be an ominous signal for icy winters ahead, despite global warming.
She’s back. Paua, once a popular contributor here at The Daily Bayonet, is back from her blogging hiatus. She’s posting up a storm, so go visit, tell her I sent you, and bookmark the snark. In case you forgot, this is Paua’s self portrait:
Warmists often use ‘scientific consensus’ as an argument to prop up the global warming house of cards. But the notion that scientific consensus means anything is specious, at best.
The IPCC is a train wreck in slo-mo. Which is good for traffic, frankly.
Clean tech, green tech. Tomato, potato. It’s all about to come crashing down:
Clean energy is still much more expensive and less reliable than coal or gas, and in an era of heightened budget austerity the subsidies required to make clean energy artificially cheaper are becoming unsustainable.
Science is hard. Gavin Schmidt, who works for NASA but isn’t a rocket scientist, suggested Lake Powell was doomed by global warming when he featured it on the cover of his book. Seventy feet of rising water later, Lake Powell 1, Gavin 0.
The US military should be unconcerned with its carbon emissions and concentrate on how many different ways it can deliver high-velocity lead poisoning, or something.
It’s a good job Al Gore is coming back, US belief in global warming is down 27% in four years. Take that, hippies.
Hippies never get predictions right, which is why they quietly move the goalposts. The Guardian reports the Arctic may be ice-free as soon as 30-years from now. But wait, wasn’t the Arctic supposed to be sea ice free next year? Why yes, yes it was:
…here is the crux of my whole argument. I believe temps, because of the changes in the oceanic, solar and volcanic cycles, are starting a trend downward. The other side – and these temps are below the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change values – has some explaining to do inasmuch as, according to them, these temps were not supposed to stall like this, due to the rise in CO2. In fact, there was worry back at the turn of the century that we were fast approaching a “tipping point” of no return. At the very least, this has been delayed (and I think I will be proven correct — that it will be denied and temps will go the other way).
But before the other side blows a gasket screaming “selective verification,” let me say, they were the ones who said we were at the tipping point 10 years ago, not me.
Philippine authorities have a question for couples wishing to wed: Got Wood? No, really.
Shale gas is such a big opportunity that not even Big Green and Russia combined can stop it.
Volcanic activity’s effect on global temperature may have been greatly underestimated. Go figure that a scientific ‘discipline’ reliant upon proving a trace gas esssential to life on Earth is responsible for driving temperatures would underestimate something like volcanoes or the Sun?
British households are to pay a lot more for their energy, but the Minister of
Silly Walks Climate Change says it’s high bills or blackouts. Apparently he thinks this isn’t a reflection on his idiot policies but a compelling argument to SHUT UP.
The US House of Representatives failed to repeal the ban on incandescent light bulbs. Canadian border towns should be stocking up.
An onconvenient study showed that the smarter you are, the less inclined you are to believe the global warming crowd. That’s hardly news to an
erudiet eruitide eritude clever person like you, but hippies are upset. Or they will be as soon as Joe Romm tells them what to think.
Part Four: Global Hottie
This week’s hottie is a last-minute replacement. Mila Kunis was lined up for the slot until her scheduling conflict wrecked the feel-good story of the week. We hope Ms. Kunis will find a way to make good on her promise, but for now we’ll turn to the shapely Brit who put the vamp in vampire, Kate Beckinsale. Because, well, because. SHUT UP.
Thanks for reading.