This week saw the battle of Napa Valley, Al Gore channeled his inner Al Sharpton and London lied, Gaia died.
There’s a double-helping of hottie, but make the most of it, the round-up is going into hibernation until October.
Part One: Hippie of the Week
This week we have an actual climate scientist winning the acclaimed HOTW award, Katharine Hayhoe.
Hayhoe sat with The Guardian for a discussion about ‘how to talk to a climate sceptic’. She was asked why the American public tends not to believe in man-made global warming, and said something quite remarkable:
…here in the continental U.S. we are not seeing things with our own eyes that we can directly connect to climate change. So it lacks that personal motivation because we have many other immediate concerns.
Hayhoe’s statement will be news to Bill McKibben, Al Gore, Bill Maher, Bill Nye, NYC Mayor Bloomberg, CNN, The New York Times, LA Mayor Villaraigosa, the HuffPo, Newsweek and Time, who claim every drought, hurricane, flood, tornado and snowstorm is evidence of global warming.
Now an actual climate scientist says none of that can be directly connected to climate change. As soon as Joe Romm’s head is reassembled, expect some hot green-on-green action.
Popcorn futures are up.
Part Two: Warmists & Alarmists
Al Gore needs help. As his ridiculous global warming scam continues to meltdown faster than a Himalayan glacier on IPCC steroids, he compared skeptics to racists:
“There came a time when friends or people you work with or people you were in clubs with — you’re much younger than me so you didn’t have to go through this personally — but there came a time when racist comments would come up in the course of the conversation and in years past they were just natural. Then there came a time when people would say, ‘Hey, man why do you talk that way, I mean that is wrong. I don’t go for that so don’t talk that way around me. I just don’t believe that.’ That happened in millions of conversations and slowly the conversation was won.”
“We have to win the conversation on climate,” Gore added. When Bogusky questioned the analogy, asking if the scientific reasoning behind climate change skeptics might throw a wrench into the good and evil comparison with racism, Gore did not back down.
“I think it’s the same where the moral component is concerned and where the facts are concerned I think it is important to get that out there, absolutely,” Gore said.
Good news, Al Gore will control hippie Twitter and Facebook accounts for his 24-hours of Reality on September 14th. What could possibly go wrong?
Apparently a New Jersey resident who goes by the unlikely name of Snooki is perspiring in places she was previously unaware of and is therefore assured that global warming is real. No, really.
Snooki is genius compared to some NJ folks, who think CO2 causes lung disease.
Back to Gore (again) – he claims climate scientists are not motivated by money. That’s his job.
In 100 years, hippie ancients will sit around the dung-fire and tell stories of how they fought in the great 2011 Battle of Napa Valley.
NASA man James Hansen was arrested. Again. Remember when NASA had standards?
The IPCC canceled a debate because it might have turned into a debate. Or something. Shut UP, they explained.
Bill Nye blamed Hurricane Irene on global warming, but got most of the science wrong. Also, he wear bow-ties.
Hippies have lost that loving feeling when it comes to the Obama administration as it looks likely to give the nod to the Keystone XL pipeline.
If you’re keeping score, Weepy Bill is now 0 for 2 with the White House. It’s not easy being green.
One of the most successful tools used in support of the US buying oil from Canada is to highlight the thugocracies who benefit if the hippies win:
Next time you hear a green say the oilsands are evil, ask them why they want to keep Saudi women in the stone age.
Donna Laframboise notices the IPCC’s timeline for action to stop global warming is, well, squishy.
Part Three: Inconvenient Truths
Concern about global warming is falling in China and the USA.
Texas Governor and GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Perry is unlikely to pay a price at the polls for his open climate skepticism. That sound you hear is Al Gore failing.
President Obama likes green jobs. Last year he visited solar panel manufacturer Solyndra after granting it a $535 million loan guarantee. How many jobs has Solyndra created since that generous cash infusion? Oh, wait, it’s closed down. Solyndra is not the only waste of green for green jobs.
Air conditioning? You don’t need no stinking air conditioning. Pesky upwardly mobile people in India and China are told to sweat it out for the benefit of the planet.
Fun with Minnesotans for Global Warming:
(h/t Theo, the Lord of Totty)
Remember when global warming caused cholera? Nevermind.
Green-on-green action, Grist disapproves of James Hansen getting arrested, suggests all his influence is lost by his conversion to activist. Well, duh.
Hurricane Irene may not have been as strong as predicted, but it does serve to highlight how miserable modern life would be without abundant power:
One hundred years ago, the rate of death in America due to extreme weather was dramatic with 8000 people being killed in the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. Today, the death rate per million has dropped from 241.8 in the 1920s to 3.5 in the 2000-2006 period—a decline of 99%. The Death and Death Rates Due to Extreme Weather Eventsreport indicates that better transportation and communication systems have played a major role in the decline of death rates.
Irene destroyed boats, boardwalks, bridges, and buildings. Despite the widespread devastation of the epic storm, at the time of this writing, less than 2 dozen deaths have been reported as a result of the storm. People heard about the storm through TV, Radio, and the internet. They got into their cars and drove away. Coal is keeping people alive—not making them sick. Coal provides the electricity for the communications. Oil is keeping people alive—not making them sick. Oil provides the gas for the transportation.
Oh noes, green technology is worse for Gaia than regular technology. Who will save the planet from the well-meaning but terminally deluded hippie horde?
Organizers of the London 2012 Olympic Games dropped a plan to cut carbon emissions during the sporting showcase, abandoning a pledge made when it defeated eight other cities to host the event. Games administrators will “no longer pursue formal offsetting procedures” to mitigate Olympics-related emissions
Part Four: Global Hottie
The round-up will return in October, after some pesky work and travel commitments are taken care of. To offset potential hottie deprivation, here’s perennial favorite Scarlet Johansson. Twice.
Thanks for reading.