The round-up returns this week and finds nine Nobels nobbled, a handy guide to talking to the tea party about climate and victory for the denier industrial complex, or something.
All this and a seasonal hottie too. Because you’re worth it.
Part One: Hippie of the Week
This week’s HOTW honor goes to not one person, but nine. Or eight people and a Buddhist alpaca. Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Dalai Lama, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, José Ramos-Horta, Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi are all Nobel laureates and signatories to an open letter to President Obama opposing the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the US:
We–a group of Nobel Peace Laureates–are writing today to ask you to do the right thing for our environment and reject the proposal to build the Keystone XL, a 1700-mile pipeline that would stretch from Canada’s Alberta tar sands to the Texas Gulf Coast.
The letter was released on the website of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, an organization that describes itself thus:
Only 12 women in its more than 100 year history have been recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Peace Prize is a great honor, but it is also a great responsibility. It is this sense of responsibility that compelled us to create the Nobel Women’s Initiative to help strengthen work being done in support of women’s rights around the world – work often carried out in the shadows with little recognition.
It doesn’t seem to have occurred to the Nine Nobels that if they successfully stop Keystone XL,the main beneficiaries will be Saudi Arabia and other thugocracies where women are denied even the most basic rights. Sorry about your luck, Saudi chicks, but denying America affordable energy is more important to these nine Nobels than your human rights.
The National Post has a more detailed look at the Nobels on the list, and it is unflattering.
Part Two: Warmists & Alarmists
Al Gore might have expected plaudits in the wake of his 24 hours of reality traveling roadshow. Instead, he’s the topic of much discomfort among warmists, who see the Goreacle as a problem, not a solution:
Al Gore is a hugely polarising figure, particularly in his homeland. Whatever he does or says in this arena – no matter how cogent or sensible – will attract scorn and derision from those that just can’t see past the man. And that is a huge problem for those who still want to see the world urgently address, as Gore says, the reality of climate change.
Toss another prophet on the barbie and pass the popcorn, watching the greens eat themselves promises to be fun.
More green jobs! The EPA needs to hire 230,000 new regulators to oversee its new rules. In China, three new red tape factories have opened in anticipation of increased demand.
In the UK, principles are for suckers. A Tory MP who called giant bird shredders ‘monstrosities’ seems oddly okay with them when they can earn him some dough.
Louise Gray, the Telegraph’s alarmist press-release recycler pens a piece about global warming exaggerations with no mention of her role in peddling the doom.
The CIA has a Center on Climate Change and National Security, but you can’t know what it does. Or, you can, but then they’d have to kill you. If you wait a few weeks, Wikileaks will release documents and reveal the names and locations of undercover polar bears.
The Maldives are adept at using the much-hyped threat of rising sea levels to
extort raise money for their tiny nation, even famously holding a cabinet meeting underwater. So when James Delingpole snarked that the new Times Atlas wouldn’t show the Maldives at all, the island went nuts.
As the Solyndra scandal rolls on, the CFO of green group Southern Alliance for Clean Energy pleaded guilty to skimming cash from the Feds into his own pocket. Does this allow the government to call the investigators, lawyers and correctional facility personnel ‘green jobs’?
Grister Lisa Hymas discovers she’s the problem:
…actually the population problem is all about me: white, middle-class, American me. Steer the blame right over here.
Population isn’t just about counting heads. The impact of humanity on the environment is not determined solely by how many of us are around, but by how much stuff we use and how much room we take up. And as a financially comfortable American, I use a lot of stuff and take up a lot of room.
Joe Romm is upset the ‘Denier Industrial Complex‘ has won the argument on global warming. He says this is because skeptics beat progressives at messaging, and of course he’s right. That and the fact global warming science is a putrid swamp of corruption, pal-review and rent-seeking.
An idiot’s guide to talking to the Tea Party about global warming:
- Take your climate change conversations from the intellectual to the emotional level and talk in terms of core values;
- Use faith language when appropriate and when it’s authentic;
- Talk solutions (and their benefits for health, economic stability, and quality of life);
- Talk about impacts happening here and now;
- Tell your audience how smart they are (or have them tell you why they are smart);
- Show them some charts and graphs.
Yeah, good luck with that.
Africans probably wish greens would crawl under a rock and leave them alone. Not only do green policies increase food costs and exacerbate hunger problems, now there is evidence that Ugandans have been killed and forcibly evicted to clear land for a carbon credit program.
15 chapters in the 2007 Climate Bible were led by WWF-affiliated scientists – their coordinating lead authors are members of the WWF’s panel. In three cases, chapters were led by two WWF-affiliated coordinating lead authors. In one instance eight personnel in a single chapter have WWF links. In another there are six.
It means, ladies and gentlemen, that the IPCC has been infiltrated. It has been wholly and entirely compromised.
Part Three: Inconvenient Truths
Not every jaunt through the Northwest Passage is to raise awareness about something, sometimes its just a fun way to get your boat to Australia.:
Surprisingly, the stretch through the first half of the Northwest Passage proved to be “amazingly ice-free,” said Bray. “Good ol’ global warming,” he said with a chuckle.
Jolly Prince Chuckle’s dear old mother has gotten royally screwed. Archimede’s screwed, that is.
Biofuels, a scheme in which western farmers are paid to grow food for fuel even as a large portion of the world starves, were supposed to be a good thing for the planet. Notsomuch, as it turns out:
The European Union is overestimating the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions achieved through reliance on biofuels as a result of a “serious accounting error,” according to a draft opinion by an influential committee of 19 scientists and academics.
In entirely unrelated news, 19 scientists and academics lost tenure and funding.
Oh noes, giant offshore bird-shredders attract killer starfish.
The missing heat of global warming has been found at last, at the bottom of the ocean. As deep as that may be, the credibility of global warming science is still even lower.
The IPCC got sea-level predictions wrong. At this point it might be quicker to identify one or two things the IPCC got right and assume the rest is NGO angst dressed up in UN drag.
Hippies are desperately upset that the growing Solyndra scandal is being used to combat other expensive ‘clean energy’ boondoggles:
…last Friday’s hearing in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in which executives of Solyndra, the now-bankrupt solar company that blew through $535 million in federal grants and, along the way, made President Obama look like a just another shill for corrupt clean-energy hustlers, was a triumph of political theatre. There was Brian Harrison, the CEO of Solyndra, and Bill Stover, the company’s chief financial officer, sitting ashen-faced in front of the committee, refusing to answer questions (they pleaded the Fifth) and looking for all the world like stonewalling sleazebags.
This comes as the Obama administrations own numbers reveal that every green job it’s ‘created’ cost nearly $5 million each. Popcorn, stat.
The picture that tells you everything you need to know about green energy:
Oh noes, thermometers climate scientists used to measure thermal radiation to prove the greenhouse gas effects temperature are designed to specifically ignore feedback from greenhouse gasses. The science is unsettling, no?
Germany’s knee-jerk closure of its nuclear reactors will cost 11,000 jobs. It’ll also make Germany reliant on imported, expensive energy and make them less competitive in the global economy. Not the best of times to spend all your cash buying a dysfunctional but ancient land then.
Four ways global warming models are wrong.
Gasland and anti-fracking arguments debunked. Shale gas is abundant, cheap and easy to get at. In Texas it’s created 100,000 jobs and contributed $65 billion in economic activity. No wonder the greens hate it.
Hippies who jump onto every passing eco-fad are actually doing more harm than good:
eco-fads: trendy environmental causes which often have little to do with actually protecting the environment and in fact usually result in environmental harm due either to a misunderstanding of the problem or an application of flashy, visible, popular but mistaken “solutions.”
Durban hoteliers are fleecing global warmists for rooms at the upcoming climate conference. Nice try, but if they had wanted to get away with it, they’d have charged the usual rate and then add a 100% eco-fee. No-one would have dared complain.
The EPA ignored its own rules in its rush to regulate carbon. Shut UP, they explained.
Americans may soon be in the dark as China shuts down most of its rare earths production. That’s the same rare earths that go into CFL light bulbs, solar panel and electric vehicle batteries. Who knew that making yourself reliant on a commie nation with global ambitions of grandeur has consequences?
Part Four: Global Hottie
This week the season changed to Fall, or Autumn if you prefer. So let’s have a last look at Summer. Glau, that is.
Thanks for reading.