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Al Gore Not Worried About Sea Level Rising: Buys 8.8 Million Dollar Ocean-View Villa

From the Los Angeles Times:

Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have added a Montecito-area property to their real estate holdings, reports the Montecito Journal.

The couple spent $8,875,000 on an ocean-view villa on 1.5 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains, a real estate source familiar with the deal confirms. The Italian-style house has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

No editorial comments needed here.  This one kind of speaks for itself.

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Heretic Video of the Week

Lee Doren put out a video not too long ago talking about how the temperature decline was hidden by Mann’s famous Hockey Stick:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs6ofn46xUY

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What an Eventful Earth-Day So Far…

What an Eventful Earth Day So far

This Year’s Earth-Day festivities include many things around the United States.  I myself have five cars outside idling, but that pales in comparison to what’s going on in the Gulf of Mexico or what President Obama is doing.

Burning oil rig sinks in Gulf of Mexico from CNN:

An oil rig that was burning in the Gulf of Mexico for more than a day after an explosion has sunk, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

Lt. Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau of the Coast Guard announced this latest development as an aerial search resumed for 11 workers who have been missing since the explosion on the rig Tuesday night off the Louisiana coast.

Crude oil was leaking from the rig at the rate of about 8,000 barrels per day, Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashley Butler said. The Coast Guard also is preparing for possible leaks of up to 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel but can do little to protect the environment until the fire is out, Butler said.

Wow, that’s pretty Epic.  Good thing we’re not allowed to drill in Alaska, because you know… getting oil from the ocean is so safe and efficient.

Then there is President Obama out-doing me for gallons burned to celebrate Earth Day.  He did this last year, but this time he gets help from Joe while crippling New York City in the process:

The parallel visits of Air Force One (a 747/VC-25 aircraft) and Air Force Two (a 757/C-32A aircraft) will delay dozens, if not hundreds of commercial flights at Kennedy and LaGuardia and other nearby airports as no-fly zones are implemented. Jets will be forced to circle and burn more fuel as they wait for the VIPs to come and go. Their security contingents consisting of dozens of cars, SUVs and helicopters will burn even more. Throw in thousands of commuters’ cars and delivery trucks sitting idle in traffic as law enforcement closes large swaths of the city and you have yourself a very Earth-unfriendly day.

Keep up the good work guys.  You do us here at the Church of Global Warming proud.

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Cap & Tax, Faulty Computer Models, and an ‘F’ for the UN IPCC

From Reuters:

The United States released a new draft report on climate change on Monday, one week before the expected unveiling of a compromise U.S. Senate bill that aims to curb heat-trapping greenhouse emissions.

The report, a draft of the Fifth U.S. Climate Action Report that will be sent to the United Nations, says bluntly: “Global warming is unequivocal and primarily human-induced … Global temperature has increased over the past 50 years. This observed increase is due primarily to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases.”

And the key to all of this is of course…. giving them more power and control:

Without action to stop them, climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions will rise over 8,000 megatonnes by mid-century, the draft said. By adopting measures detailed in a bill passed last year by the U.S. House of Representatives, these emissions will drop beneath 2,000 megatonnes. They’re now about 6,500 megatonnes. The United Nations measures greenhouse gas emissions in megatonnes, or million metric tons.

In completely unrelated news, the air travel incident over the EU is blamed on flawed computer models.  But we all know how little computer models play into the Global Warming debate… oh wait…

The ONLY reason this is coming out now is because those in power currently (Obama, Pelosi, etc) want to quickly rush through a cap-and-tax bill like they did the healthcare bill. 

In completely unrelated news, the air travel incident over the EU is blamed on flawed computer models.  But we all know how little computer models play into the Global Warming debate… oh wait…

The ONLY reason this is coming out now is because those in power currently (Obama, Pelosi, etc) want to quickly rush through a cap-and-tax bill like they did the healthcare bill.

This also helps to hide the news of the IPCC getting a big fat ‘F’ in their research.

“We’ve been told this report is the gold standard,” said Canadian global-warming skeptic Donna Laframboise, who runs the NoConsensus.org site and who organized the online effort to examine the U.N.’s references in the report, commonly known as the AR4.

“We’ve been told it’s 100 percent peer-reviewed science. But thousands of sources cited by this report have been nowhere near a scientific journal.”

Mark my words, their going to rush this thing through.  There has been too much bad press in the topic of Global Warming lately.  They tried feeding us this line using the cho-cho train and the airplane noises.  That didn’t work, so now comes the cramming of the spoon.

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As Mann’s “Hockey Stick” is attacked, the Church steps in to defend it

An article by Fiona Harvey, Environmental Correspondent for FT.com highlights the attempts of an environmentalist to hide the bad news that their precious hockey stick is coming under serious attack.  Though I do not think the intent was to bring a negative light to the efforts of the leaders of this religion (note the tone when talking about “Skeptics”), sometimes you simply cannot report something as positive.  She should have taken Al Gore’s technique and simply ignored it.  Let’s take a look at what she is saying.

A key piece of evidence in climate change science was slammed as “exaggerated” on Wednesday by the UK’s leading statistician, in a vindication of claims that global warming skeptics have been making for years.

Professor David Hand, president of the Royal Statistical Society, said that a graph shaped like an ice hockey stick that has been used to represent the recent rise in global temperatures had been compiled using “inappropriate” methods.

The criticism came as part of a report published on Wednesday that found the scientists behind the “Climategate” e-mail scandal had behaved “honestly and fairly” and showed “no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice”.

Okay, she goes out to remind the readers that those who disagree with global warming are “skeptics”, a derogatory term used by the environmentalists.  Then she goes on to tell us how the scientists who were responsible for hiding data, and using “tricks” to change data were behaving themselves.  Yea… because when someone says “try and change the Received date!  Don’t give those skeptics something to amuse themselves with” that totally makes me think there was “no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice.”

The e-mails were hacked last autumn from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. They caused a storm, as they appeared to show scientists manipulating and concealing data.

 “Appeared” huh?

Although Wednesday’s report – commissioned by UEA with advice from the Royal Society, the UK’s prestigious national science academy – exonerated the unit’s scientists, it criticized climate experts for failures in handling statistics.

 “It is very surprising that research in an area that depends so heavily on statistical methods has not been carried out in close collaboration with professional statisticians,” the report concluded.

 Why would this be surprising?  These people are trying to save the planet!  Good God, man, they don’t have time to fact check or talk to a statistician before throwing numbers around!  I mean, they don’t even have enough time to use all the temperature data, so they have to be selective about what temperature data they use…  wait, what?

 The hockey stick graph was a key part of the scandal. In the e-mails, UEA’s Professor Phil Jones referred to a “trick” to “hide the decline” in temperatures suggested by certain sources of data. A similar trick was used in the hockey stick graph.

 This is a fun one.  Look at how the hockey stick graph completely ignores the Medieval Warm Period.  That’s some trick.

Michael Mann's Hockey StickThe actual temperature record

 The UEA scientists said that “trick” merely referred to a scientific technique – an explanation accepted by some skeptics, including Lord Lawson, former Tory chancellor.

 Oh my, is she trying to paint some skeptics in a positive light by saying this explanation was already accepted by some of them?  Doubtful.  She is using those she disagrees with to try to prop up those who she agrees with.  That’s like using Tom Coburn to prop up Nancy Pelosi by saying “See, republicans like her, this is one republican I agree with.” 

 Prof Hand said his criticisms should not be seen as invalidating climate science. He pointed out that although the hockey stick graph – which dates from a study led by US climate scientist Michael Mann in 1998 – exaggerates some effects, the underlying data show a clear warming signal.

 Of course criticisms should not be seen as invalidating the science!  After all, global warming can’t even be invalidated by cold winters or record snowfall.  They have written this one so that nothing can or should invalidate their dogma.

 He accused skeptics of “identifying a few particular issues and blowing them up” to distort the true picture. The handful of errors found so far, including the exaggerated hockey stick graph and a mistaken claim by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035, were “isolated incidents”, he said. “If you look at any area of science, you would be able to find odd examples like this. It doesn’t detract from the vast bulk of the conclusions,” he said.

 It would be funny if it wasn’t so thick of an attempt to be one-sided.  The fact that there are issues with their science religion help to show those of us who are not lost in the faith of manmade global warming that there are indeed serious issues with the data.  The scientific method itself is designed specifically to tear at these errors to progress science.  When you have people like Michael Mann bitching that it’s not fair because some “skeptics” are going after the issues behind their science, it helps to point out how little actual science is being done here.

 The report into the science produced by UEA, which came from a panel chaired by Lord Oxburgh, a scientist and former Shell chairman, was the second investigation into Climategate in the UK. The first, by a committee of MPs, also found the scientists innocent of manipulating data, though it said they may have breached Freedom of Information legislation.

 Note how Fiona also makes it quite clear that Lord Oxburgh (how dare he to attack the Church) is a scientist, but couruppted by being a former Shell Oil chairman.  Try this with every Church member you know.  The moment they bring up studies funded by or influenced by Big Oil, try asking them if studies funded by Big Oil are biased, what about studies funded by environmentalists?  Those too should be biased, right?  naaa.  “Its not evil when we do it” will most likely be the response you get.

 An investigation into the scientists’ handling of FOI requests is still under way.

Yea, and I bet it is as open and non-biased as it can be.  Riiight.

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Apparently a Scientific Divide Over Global Warming is New

I had to go all the way to Myrtle Beach and WMBF News for this one:

Former Vice President Al Gore’s name has become synonymous with global warming.  Gore pressured the public, saying people are solely responsible for global warming, and created a “go green” mania. 

However, Gore’s movie, The Inconvenient Truth, has much opposition that the public may not know.  Ian Plumber of Adelaide University says climate data has been massaged, and there is complete obstruction. 

This kind of thing has been going on for a while now because of the film’s political nature and extreme bias.  Your first inkling that this is a political issue of course is the fact that Al Gore is the spokesperson for it.  But I guess of Perez Hilton stands behind the film then everything is A-OK.

“Because you get one upward trend recently, will mislead a lot of people,” another well-known scientist, Dr. Bill Gray, said as he noted global warming could be over-hyped.

The earth is warming, but scientists remain divided on the cause.  Gore makes an argument of a positive correlation between hurricanes and tornadoes.

And others have made an argument as to the positive correlation between the reduction of pirates and the global average temperature.  You can make a positive correlation between any two items if you wish, but the climate system is not made up of just to items (Humans and Carbon Dioxide), as many church members seem to forget.

“The same year that we had that spring of big hurricanes,” he said. “We also hit an all-time high of number of tornadoes in United States.”

Kevin Pence of the National Weather Service agrees that we’re seeing more storm reports, but isn’t quick to put the charge on global warming.

There are others out there who think this way… this is nothing new.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=484LQLMr584

“We think that has to do with, you know, folks having cameras on their cell phones, video recorders, education,” he said.

This is a fun one.  When this is brought up the conversation usually goes like this:

Eco-Fascist: warmest in a hundred years bla bla bla, I love Al Gore bla bla bla
Me: 100 years eh?
Eco-Fascist: Yeah.
Me: Think those temperature records of 1908 are accurate?
Eco-Fascist: Yeah.
Me: Like… Satellite accurate?
Eco-Fascist: ummmm… sure.
Me: *Bitchslap*

So are our green efforts even making a positive impact?  The truth is, despite drastic green efforts, carbon dioxide may never go away because it’s life cycle can be anywhere from 50 to a thousand years. 

“It’s not like we can take a vacuum cleaner, turn it on and suck all the greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and we’d be good to go.  It’s not the case,” Pence explains.

With only 30 years of satellite data, the convenient truth is there’s a lot of research that still needs to be done.

Thank you WMBF  A lot of research still needs to be done.  

And until people take all science into account instead of just the science that agrees with their new world order, this will continue to be defined as a religion.

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Freedom of Choice doesn’t count unless it’s abortion

Okay, so maybe the headline is a little eye-catching, especially for a global warming website.  I don’t like to get into many political arguments outside of this topic because honestly I love to win arguments, and it’s so easy against the members of the Church.  But I want to use the whole abortion example while pointing out a bit of news that hit this weekend.

In the world of eco-regulation, my Automotive Freedom of Choice feels opressed as of late.  Oddly enough, the same folks who claim “Choice” is a right are in the same political segment that wants to deny you your “Choice” at every turn.

From Times Online.co.uk

Barack Obama aims to drive gas guzzlers off the road with greener laws For decades they have thundered along America’s highways and choked up parking lots, a symbol of extravagance unchallenged by politicians, emissions standards or common sense.

Ok wait, seriously, “unchallenged by… common sense”?  we can all see where this article is going.  This is probably in the editorial section right?   Nope.

They are the four-wheel-drive behemoths known to the US Government as “light trucks” and to consumers as SUVs (sport utility vehicles) — but their easy ride as the world’s most conspicuous mobile polluters ended this week.

Wow, they can’t even hide their contempt.

In a coup that achieves something President Clinton promised but never delivered, President Obama has forced the big three US carmakers, and their unions, to accept tough mileage rules for cars and SUVs. The rules will cut emissions from vehicles by more than a third over the next four years.

This here is where we get into the crux of my argument.  The government regulating mileage rules for vehicles.  You know how there’s this whole push now for vehicles that get better mileage?  Yea, that’s all you.  The consumer.  When gas hit the high in 2008, people wanted vehicles that got better mileage.  (I personally used that time to go out and buy something that got less mileage, my suburban.  The deals were just too good to resist.)  Amazingly the people who make stuff, listen to the people who buy the stuff.

Capitalism (I know, something the church members typically despise with a passion) keeps itself in check because unlike the government, if we decide something is not cool, it fails and is replaced with something better.

Where does this whole abortion thing come into play?  Let me get to that.

From 2016, new cars and SUVs will have to deliver an average of 35.5 miles per gallon (42.6 miles per British gallon), comparable for the first time with European and Japanese requirements.

Now, all of the members of the Church of Global Warming that I communicate with are all into Pro-choiceness.  It just seems to be the way that segment of the political spectrum blends.  (I won’t get into my contempt for the term “Pro-Life” or “Pro-Choice” as I don’t think it’s about life or choice… we all want life and choice.  The issue is whether or not you think people should be able to have abortions.)

The next time you have a eco-conversation with someone, ask them their opinion on the government regulating the hell out of automobiles to force the manufactures into making what the government tells them to make (The government, because remember, if we choose, it would be with our money, not a political party), ask them what they think of the idea of letting the people choose and having no government regulation.

The answer you are likely to get will range but will most likely include bits of nonsense like:

  • People are not smart enough to make the right choice
  • Look at all the SUVs sold now, that’s just wrong
  • If we don’t force better mileage on people, it will never happen

So then what about Abortion?  Exactly.  How can anyone be into “Freedom of Choice” but yet in the same conversation, be against your Automotive Freedom of Choice.

To take it a step further, the end-all-be-all last resort for all CoGW members is always been “Well, even if we’re not sure, shouldn’t we take steps to keep it from happening just in case?”  or “Better safe than sorry.”
Then try turning that around on the whole abortion thing.  If we can neither confirm nor deny that what makes a person a person is or is not there from the start of the human life cycle, they why not be “better safe than sorry”?

They will undoubtedly spout something about how the woman’s right to choose, bla bla bla.  Well, I am tired of my Automotive Freedom of Choice being compromised because someone things I shouldn’t be driving what I enjoy to drive.  Who the hell are you to tell the people that make my products that they have to make something different?  Can you imagine if the government started regulating organic food to the level that they regulate automobiles?  That would never stand.

But somehow, this does.  No, my golden rule is still as follows:  Smaller Government > Larger Government.  And in the case of automotive regulation, all they are doing is making the cars/trucks/SUVs more expensive at the cost of our Automotive Freedom of Choice.

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