Al Gore had a big week when he jumped a shark and broke the Internet, Jim Inhofe gets hippie groupies and a hockey player wants you to eat crud. All this explained, sort of, and a full Moon in Part Five.
Part One: Hippie of the Week
Sophomore Hippie of the Week is another Brit, artist Antony Gormley who figures we should dispense with shoes to connect with mother Earth. Or something. See for yourself:
He suggests one reason to shed footwear is to express solidarity with those that have no shoes. Because the world’s shoeless poor would appreciate a meaningless gesture from a leftie than actual, you know, shoes.
(Vanderleun gets the h/t)
Part Two: Warmists & Scaremongers
If Al Gore looks down, he won’t be looking at his feet, but a shark. Bill O’Reilly pondered why NYC resembled the tundra and Al was only too happy to oblige with an answer:
As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming.
Except that’s not exactly true, hence the shark, jumped. To make matters worse for Al, he was linked by Drudge and the Intertubes melted his site down. Foiled by the very Internet he invented, oh the ironing. He’s still not getting his own section back either.
Ex-NHL hardman Georges Laraque was profiled for his green bonafides – he’s a vegan and deputy leader of Canada’s Green Party (no, really). The reason for the profile is to promote his new Montreal vegan restaurant – Crudessence. I’m guessing crud must be something tasty in French. Or perhaps it’s just true what they say about vegan food.
Who will spare us these pesky geneticists? Canada has had to put up with fruit-fly geneticist David Suzuki forever, and the UK now has gene-fiddler Paul Nurse pretending to be a climate expert. Is funding that hard to get for genetic research, or is it just too much work? In Oz, the new head of scientific body CSIRO called himself a science ‘numbskull’. Finally, an honest man in the warmist arena.
Bill Maher, a contender for the world’s most unpleasant person award every year, participated in a debate on global warming and turned it into a debate on religion. Because that’s what he does. It is odd that Maher hates religion so much when he is a fully-paid member of the neo-paganist global warming cult, but he’s a comedian (allegedly), so it’s OK.
Warmists often need rescuing from themselves as we’ve noted before. This week alarmist Lonnie Dupre had to be pulled from Mt. Kinley because it was too cold. Nothing raises awareness of global warming like a fool nearly freezing to death, well played Mr. Dupre, well played indeed.
The Met. Office lied, the BBC cried. The full story, revealed.
Given all of the above, why has he [Pachauir] not done the honourable thing and fallen on his sword? Why has he not acknowledged that his continued presence is harming the cause he claims to believe in so passionately? What is more important – restoring the IPCC’s reputation or the vanity of a 70-year-old man who’d prefer to remain in the limelight until 2014?
War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength. Don’t take my word for it, ask a climate scientist.
Robert Redford gets Phelim’d:
Cyclone Yasi is making life in Queensland a challenge, and of course it’s proof of global warming. The really bad news for Australia isn’t the damage to property caused by weather, but the economic fallout caused by the government.
Hippies hate jeans. Wait, what?
Part Three: Inconvenient Truths
Electric vehicles are in the news, but not for good reasons. Many Americans were affected by recent storms and were left sitting in their vehicles… but what might have happened if they had been driving EV’s?
Last year was one of the warmest years ever, unless by ever you mean the last 180 or so years. Alaska was warmer 3000 years ago.
Warmist models predicted oceans would warm, leading to all sorts of coral and sealife Armageddon. But the seas are cooling – which is inconvenient.
Green jobs are great, unless you want jobs that don’t need subsidies and won’t disappear when the government runs away from green tech.
Global warming does not cause extreme weather, the Westerlies, however, have a lot to do with it.
Ten raptor birds were killed on Wolfe Island, Ontario by wind turbines. These are rare birds, not ducks – yet activists who pursued Alberta oilsands firms for dead ducks are strangely silent on the news.
A California green energy project -the Solyndra Solar panel plant is going under, despite receiving $535 million from government. Just 8 months ago President Obama spoke at the Solyndra plant to tout it as the way forward:
“The promise of clean energy isn’t just an article of faith,” Obama said, “It’s not just some abstract possibility for science fiction movies or a distant future or 10 years down the road or 20 years, it’s happening right now. The future is here.“
The future is broke. Not a distant 10 or twenty years down the road, but now. Thanks, Mr President.
Some words to strike fear into the hearts of hippies everywhere – global warming is political poison. When the pols see the poll numbers on global warming and green energy, they’ll drop green like a hot rock.
Oh noes, evil Canadian oil is good for the US economy. Wait, what?
Showdown in DC – the GOP wants to rein in the EPA, but Obama’s got a veto and he’s not afraid to use it. Until he is afraid to use it – which will be the exact moment he realizes it’s a divisive issue and reverts to ‘voting present’ mode.
Everything drives climate – except a trace gas essential to life on Earth. Oceans, clouds and cosmic rays to blame, plant food off the hook.
With relatively rare and brief exceptions, you can live your life as you wish, go where you want, and conduct business during any hour of any season, thanks to modern technology. “Green energy” changes all that. Like Louise Gray’s poor readers in England, you’ll be forced to watch the weather reports to find out how much electricity you’ll have over the weekend. Like Charles Lane’s electric car owners, you’ll check those weather reports before you dare to unplug the Volt and inch out of your driveway. Your freedom will be reduced, and it will happen because the government has stripped the bounty of modern technology from you.
Green hard drives are not so great for saving power, yet cost more. Hmmm.
A geo-engineering idea won’t work. Mad scientists everywhere hardest hit.
Warmists love tipping points, those hard to pin down but inevitable moments when we’re all gonna die for sure unless this or that study gets funded. Requiem for the Arctic tipping point, it’s done like dinner.
Oh noes, Al Gore blamed for the EPA’s woes:
“The consensus behind the climate change bill collapsed and then further deteriorated with the personal and political collapse of Vice President [Al] Gore,” [Sen.] Kirk said in a brief interview last week.
When the wind doesn’t blow, your ability to read at night does.
Part Four: AGW in the News
Britain is becoming a nation of skeptics sceptics as polls show a big decrease in people who believe in man made global warming.
Ontario’s Premier gets a roasting for his wind energy policy. Some hearings in the province may have consequences for turbine projects everywhere.
A tough economy makes going green an expensive option, one that many governments are beginning to pass on:
- Spain, France and Italy are rolling back subsidies
- The UK may scrap a new eco-tax
- Australia raids green funds for flood restoration projects
- Toronto may axe its Toronto Atmospheric Fund
Even green groups are feeling a post-Climategate pinch.
Some jurisdictions are pressing ahead no matter the cost – New York Governor Cuomo spared environmental departments from cuts, and California had no trouble spending $3 million for EV power-up points. There’s a reason both states are out of money.
Edinburgh, Scotland was celebrating the prospect of a very green public transit system back in 2008. The green dream has turned to nightmare after 75% of the budget is spent but only 28% of the work is done.
The Chevy Volt may use rare earth magnets, but it’s no chick magnet.
The European carbon market is frozen, indefinitely. Don’t tell Han Solo.
Newt should know better than to support ethanol subsidies just weeks after Al Gore admitted his own support was a straight political play. Inhofe is consistent and even has hippies holding their noses to join his campaign to end ethanol support.
In the UK, the environment agency determinedly prepares for the wrong weather.
The Guardian calls CO2 pollution – which either means they trust the EPA or they are morons. Or both. You decide.
Green energy for the UK means money, pollution and eco-misery for China:
The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.
Part Five: Global Hottie
Global warming may mean the end of the world as hippies we know it, unless a rogue computer program beats a harmless trace gas as the catalyst to send us all to Judgment Day. This week’s hottie appeared in the most recent version of the Terminator – a series of movies in which the Connor family are hunted with the same gritty determination Barbara Boxer seeks deniers. So welcome Ms. Moon Bloodgood, a first-time and many-voweled hottie.
Thanks for reading.