30 Mar 2009, 4:08pm
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More than 100 Scientists Rebuke Obama as ‘Simply Incorrect’ on Global Warming

from ICECAP, Mar 30, 2009 [here]

Note: Many of the scientists are current and former UN IPCC reviewers and some have reversed their views on man-made warming and are now skeptical. Also note Nobel Laureate for Physics Dr. Ivar Giaever signed. Giaever endorsed Obama for President in an October 29, 2008 letter.

Few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change. The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. — President-Elect Barack Obama, November 19, 2008

With all due respect Mr. President, that is not true.

We, the undersigned scientists, maintain that the case for alarm regarding climate change is grossly overstated. Surface temperature changes over the past century have been episodic and modest and there has been no net global warming for over a decade now.

After controlling for population growth and property values, there has been no increase in damages from severe weather-related events.

The computer models forecasting rapid temperature change abjectly fail to explain recent climate behavior.

Mr. President, your characterization of the scientific facts regarding climate change and the degree of certainty informing the scientific debate is simply incorrect.

Signed by over 100 scientists (see list [here]).

Underwood on Australia’s Fires

Note from Mike: The following essay is a strident warning to Americans as well as Australians. Our forests and communities are under threat here just as in Victoria. Catastrophic fire is destructive and deadly (in the case of the Victoria fires of last month, over 200 men, women, and children were killed).

The lack of responsible forest management in the Western US is every bit as foolhardy and dire as the situation in Australia. Our forest fire crisis is untenable and unacceptable because the cure is evident and eminently achievable. Good stewardship will not prevent fires, but it will make them tame by comparison to the holocausts we have suffered seemingly every summer this century.

Roger Underwood is a renowned Australian forester with fifty years experience in bushfire management and bushfire science. He has worked as a firefighter, a district and regional manager, a research manager, and senior government administrator. He is Chairman of The Bush Fire Front, an independent professional group promoting best practices in bushfire management.

Bookmark this essay. It is classic and the message is vitally important to the survival of our forests and our communities.

*****

Australian Bushfire Management: a case study in wisdom versus folly

By Roger Underwood

One man’s wisdom is another’s folly - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many years ago, still a young man, I watched for the first time the grainy, flickering black and white film of the British infantry making their attack on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. The stark and terrible footage shows the disciplined soldiers climbing from their trenches and, in line abreast, walking slowly across no-man’s land towards the enemy lines. They scarcely travel a few paces before the German machine gunners open up. They are mown down in their thousands. They are chaff before a wind of fire.

I can still remember being struck nerveless by these images, and later my anger when I realised what that calamitous carnage represented. It spoke of the deep incompetence of the Generals who devised this strategy of doom and then insisted upon its implementation. It spoke of front-line men led by people without front-line experience. It spoke of battle planners unable to think through the consequences of their plans, and who devalued human lives. It spoke of a devastating failure of the human imagination.

Worst of all, the strategies of the World War I Generals demonstrated that they had not studied, or that they had forgotten, the lessons of history. In the final year of the American Civil war, 50 years earlier, the Union army had been equipped for the first time with Springfield repeating rifles, replacing the single shot muskets they had previously used and still were being used by the Confederate army. The impact on Confederate soldiers attacking defenders armed with repeating rifles was identical to that later inflicted by machine guns on the Western Front. But it was a lesson unlearnt, of collective wisdom unregarded.

None of you will have any difficulty in seeing where this analogy is taking me.

The catastrophic bushfires in Victoria this year, and the other great fires of recent years in Victoria, New South Wales, the ACT and South Australia are dramatic expressions not just of killing forces unleashed, but of human folly. No less than the foolish strategies of the World War I Generals, these bushfires and their outcomes speak of incompetent leadership and of failed imaginations. Most unforgivable of all, they demonstrate the inability of people in powerful and influential positions to profit from the lessons of history and to heed the wisdom of experience.

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21 Mar 2009, 9:59pm
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The Ocean Really Is Cooling

by Jennifer Marohasy, jennifermarohasy.com, March 21st, 2009 [here]

THERE are 3,000 free-drifting buoys in the world’s ocean; first deployed in the year 2000 they allow continuous monitoring of the temperature, salinity, and velocity of the upper ocean.

There has though been some difficulty in interpreting the data from these buoys. Initial signs of cooling were dismissed as due to technical errors subsequently corrected based on a small sample of the 3,000 buoys known as profiling floats.

Craig Loehle has analysed the data from only the profiling floats for ocean heat content from 2003 to 2008. In a paper recently published in the journal Energy and Environment he has concluded that there has been ocean cooling over this period.

This graphic is from figure 1 of the technical paper and shows the decline in ocean heat content (x1022J) smoothed with a 1-2-1 filter.

Dr Loehle’s findings are consistent with satellite and surface instrumental records that do not showing a warming trend over recent years.

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EPA Proposes Mandatory Reporting on CO2 Emissions

File under Useless and Stupid.

EPA Press Release, 03/10/2009, [here]

(Washington, D.C. – March 10, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed the first comprehensive national system for reporting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced by major sources in the United States.

“Our efforts to confront climate change must be guided by the best possible information,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Through this new reporting, we will have comprehensive and accurate data about the production of greenhouse gases. This is a critical step toward helping us better protect our health and environment – all without placing an onerous burden on our nation’s small businesses.” …

Greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, are produced by the burning of fossil fuels and through industrial and biological processes. Approximately 13,000 facilities, accounting for about 85 percent to 90 percent of greenhouse gases emitted in the United States, would be covered under the proposal. …

I guess onerous is in the eye of the beholder. Step 1: bury them with paperwork. Step 2: tax them into oblivion. Step 3: bankrupt the country. Step 4: huddle in the cold and dark.

None of this red tape nightmare will change the temperature of the planet one iota.

The direct emission sources covered under the reporting requirement would include energy intensive sectors such as cement production, iron and steel production, and electricity generation, among others. …

The production of greenhouse gasses by the Federal lands No Touch, Let It Burn, Watch It Rot program is exempt.

EPA estimates that the expected cost to comply with the reporting requirements to the private sector would be $160 million for the first year. In subsequent years, the annualized costs for the private sector would be $127 million.

Chump change. What’s a few hundred $million to an economy sinking into insolvency, anyway. Besides, the burden will be passed on to those least able to afford it.

EPA is developing this rule under the authority of the Clean Air Act. The proposed rule will be open for public comment for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Two public hearings will be held during the comment period.

Two, count ‘em, two. The hearings will be nowhere near vast majority of the impacted citizenry.

More information on the proposed rule [here]

Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn, 202-564-4355 / milbourn.cathy@epa.gov

Please call Cathy. She’s waiting to hear from you.

8 Mar 2009, 12:33pm
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Global Cooling: the Video

On Feb. 6 I gave a talk entitled “Global Cooling” at the Oregon Language Center [here] in Albany. Russel Shaw of OLC videotaped my hour-long lecture and posted it in seven segments on YouTube.

Global Cooling Part 1 [here]

Global Cooling Part 2 [here]

Global Cooling Part 3 [here]

Global Cooling Part 4 [here]

Global Cooling Part 5 [here]

Global Cooling Part 6 [here]

Global Cooling Part 7 [here]

The theme of the talk was paleobotany and paleoclimatology over the last 400 million years. Lecture notes are [here].

The thesis presented is that we are today in a cooling phase and headed toward another Ice Age glaciation. The Holocene interglacial is nearly over.

For the last 1.8 million years the Earth has been in a deep freeze punctuated every 100,000 years by an interglacial warm period. The interglacials have appeared like clockwork and are correlated with periodic eccentricities in the Earth’s orbit known as Milankovitch Cycles.

The interglacial warm periods last about 10,000 years. The Holocene is roughly that old, and global temperatures are headed inexorably downward. Anthropogenic carbon dioxide does not seem to be having any significant effect on a process driven by cosmological rhythms.

If humanity could warm the planet, we should. Ice Age glaciations are devastating to most species. Giant ice sheets form in the arctic and spread south, burying the surface of the Northern Hemisphere in mile-thick glaciers as far south as the 45th Parallel. Katabatic winds coming off the ice sheets extend tundra conditions far south of that.

Before the Pleistocene the globe was much warmer. In fact, for the last 250 million years it has been many degrees warmer than now. Most plant and animal species evolved on a much warmer planet than today.

Global warming is not something to be feared. On the contrary, it is something much to be desired.

I spoke about all that and more. You can now watch and listen to my musings, if you can stay awake for the entire hour. Please enjoy, if only as a cure for insomnia.

Hundred Thousand Dollar Jobs

The US Forest Service has announced that the first round of Stimulus projects have been selected. The USFS received $1.15 billion from the the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Of that, $98 million (12 percent) is to be spent in this first round.

Region 5 (the Pacific Southwest Region in California) will be spending $7.75 million. They foresee creating 70 jobs with that money, jobs that will last one year. That’s $110,714 per job. The jobs entail maintenance and construction on facilities, roads, and trails.

The USFS Region 5 News Release [here]:

NEWS RELEASE: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region

Forest Service Contributes To National Economic Recovery

VALLEJO, Calif., Mar. 5, 2009 — U.S. Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell announced today the Agency’s plan to participate in the nation’s economic recovery program. The Forest Service has received $1.15 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The first group of Forest Service projects nationwide created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, totaling $98 million, have been selected. These initial projects will create 1,500 jobs, giving the Agency the early opportunity to put people to work. The remaining projects, totaling $1.052 billion, will be announced shortly and will create an additional 23,500 jobs nationwide.

First round projects on lands managed by the Forest Service in California will include maintenance and construction on facilities, roads and trails totaling 70 jobs and $7.75 million. The jobs are estimated to last from four months up to a year. These projects will benefit 11 counties.

“I am proud that the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region will be playing an important role in creating private sector jobs for Californians on their national forests,” said Regional Forester Randy Moore. “With the construction industry being one of the hardest hit, these projects will be right on point. In addition we have the opportunity to provide jobs to counties with high unemployment up to as much as a year.”

Under the language of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Forest Service will create as many jobs as possible to support communities and to get money flowing through the economy again. All funds will be spent on specific targeted projects that are, or soon will be, ready to go.

“The Forest Service anticipates playing a key role in our nation’s economic recovery,” said Chief Kimbell. “We are grateful for the confidence Congress has shown us and look forward to demonstrating how the Forest Service can create good jobs during difficult times,” Kimbell added.

Many of the most affected communities of the economic downturn are located near national forests. Rural jobs will be created in areas needing restoration work with shovel ready projects related to fire prevention, roads, bridges, buildings and recreation facilities.

More detailed information about new Forest Service projects and jobs in California will be forthcoming.

Information on the overall U.S. Forest Service role in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act can be found at: http://fs.usda.gov/recovery. Information on the total federal effort can be found at http://www.recovery.gov.

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Old-Growth Forests and Global Warming

Old-growth logging in the Pacific Northwest was shut down 15 years ago with the imposition of the Northwest Forest Plan. Nary a stick has been cut in a decade and a half.

The idea was to “save” the spotted owls, a creature alleged to be “dependent” on old-growth.

Unfortunately, shutting down almost all logging of any kind on Fed lands (roughly 60 percent of the forested landscape) did not aid the owl. Spotted owl populations plummeted anyway, and owls now number less than 40 percent of what they did 15 years ago.

It seems that spotted owls are not old-growth dependent, due to the fact that they live and fledge young in second-growth forests. And it seems that predator-prey relations dictate owl population change, much as they do for virtually every species of wildlife.

But no matter. This post is not about spotted owls. It’s about that tired old canard that logging is killing all the old-growth.

Actually, that’s not the case. Competition from the dense thickets of young trees and the catastrophic forests fires that incinerate multi-cohort (old and young growth mixed) stands are to blame for the destruction of old-growth trees over the last 15 years.

But the old lie lives on, now with a new twist. Old-growth is claimed to have the magical property of staving off climate change. How do they do it, you ask? Why, by sequestering carbon dioxide, of course.

The trouble is, the sequestration is temporary. When the old-growth catches fire and burns with unnatural severity, a goodly portion of the biomass goes up in smoke. The remainder consists of newly dead wood, cooked at fatal temperatures, and the dead biomass rapidly rots, releasing (you guessed it) more CO2.

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Floods in Big Sur

The Big Sur River reached flood stage after more than 5 inches of rain fell last weekend. Highway 1 was blocked Monday by a mudslide/debris flow near the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park entrance.

Some excellent photos of the flooding are [here].

The photos were posted by Big Sur Kate [here], who blogged about the Basin Fire up close and personal. Some blogs rise above the mundane. Big Sur Kate’s is one of those — it is not only a triumph of art, her blog provides an invaluable public service by promoting public health and safety and a deep understanding about living on this Earth.

The Big Sur River watershed and a few other watersheds on the Los Padres National Forest were burned by the Basin [here], Indians [here], and Chalk [here] Fires.

The Basin/Indians Fire (they merged) cost over $120 million while burning 244,000 acres. It was the third largest fire and the most expensive fire in California history, and the second most expensive in U.S. history (the Biscuit Fire in Oregon in 2002 had $150 million in suppression expenses). The Chalk Fire added 16,269 acres and $24 million to those totals.

Most of the dollars and acres burned up were due to backfires set by firefighters. Fire managers announced at the onset that they were applying the “accountable cost management strategy” and then they proceeded to break the bank. When the Basin Fire reached homes dozens of miles from the ignition point, the firefighters fled and homeowners fought the fire themselves. At no time during the last 30 years did the USFS initiate any fuels management or fire road construction in the area, because Congress designated the area a wilderness, even though human beings have been living there for 10,000+ years.

The Monterey Herald reported a flash-flood warning [here]:

By Daniel Lopez, 03/03/2009

Another inch of rain is expected today and Wednesday in the urban areas of Monterey County, the National Weather Service said.

Beginning Friday though, the storm clouds are expected to clear, leading into what should be a dry weekend.

Early Monday, heavy rain prompted the weather service to issue a flash-flood warning for small streams and rivers in the Big Sur area.

The National Weather Service issues such warnings when there is a rapid rise in stream levels, said forecaster Steve Anderson.

The Big Sur area was scarred by wildland fires last summer and officials fear the damaged land may be more prone to landslides, flooding and debris flows in the surrounding creeks and streams.

“Once the mud and debris starts coming downhill, there’s nothing to stop it,” Anderson said.

The Big Sur River did peak at about 7½ feet Monday but there were no reports of damage or significant problems. …

Scientists who studied the burned area said there is a risk for flooding and landslides for about five years.

We have essayed about post-fire watershed destruction in more than a few posts, most recently in Floods Follow Fires [here]:

Catastrophic forest fires impact more than the vegetation. Fires destroy habitat, pollute streams, foul the air, and inflict public health and safety problems. Sometimes, as was the case in the Biscuit Fire (2002), forest fires burn so intensely that the soil is stripped away [here].

After intense fires the soils, baked and/or blown away, cannot absorb water as they did previously. Rain does does not infiltrate the damaged soils due to collapse of soil structure, increased bulk density, removal of organic matter, reduction in soil porosity, clogged soil pores, and increased reaction to rainfall droplet kinetics. Soils can become “waterproof” through decreased soil wettability (hydrophobia), concretion, and increased water repellence. That can lead to increases in surface flow, increased soil particle transport, rilling, gullying, and increased erosion.

And floods. Fire-damaged soils across a watershed can cause increases in discharge rates, seasonal streamflows, and especially peak flows, including flash flooding.

Before the fire the soil acts like a giant sponge; after the fire the soil becomes water repellent. As a result, floods happen more frequently.

The Salmon River watershed in central Idaho was subjected to an 800,000 acre burn in 2007. Mudslides tore out roads and filled streams the following winter [here]. This winter more of the same is expected.

Flash floods followed the Zaca Fire (2007) [here], which burned 240,000 acres over a two month period, cost more than $120 million in direct fire suppression expenses, and was (at the time) the most expensive fire in California history.

That is, until one year later when the Indians/Basin Complex Fires burned 244,000 acres and cost $124 million.

The effects of catastrophic fire on forests and watersheds are both immediate and long lasting. The final cost-plus-loss totals for the Basin Fire are not yet tallied, and will not be for years to come.

Snow Storm Puts Big Chill On Climate Protest

The global warming alarmist riot planned for Washington DC today [here] was (mercifully) snowed out. Despite a nationwide call for civil disobedient street “activists” to besiege the nation’s capital, only a handful of tie-dyed post-adolescents braved the two-foot snow drifts and sub-freezing weather.

Al “Corpulent” Gore was a no show, proving that instigating violence is a lot easier than walking the talk. Nancy “I Want To Save The Planet” Pelosi also begged off, rumor has it because her gummit-issue jet (a USAF C-20B Gulfstream III) was (accidentally?) rerouted to the Bahamas.

Pelosi Snowed-Out of Global Warming Rally

By Josiah Ryan and Ryan Byrnes, CNS News, March 02, 2009 [here]

http://cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=44320

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had to cancel an appearance Monday at a global warming rally in Washington, D.C., that was hit by a snowstorm because her flight was delayed, her office told CNSNews.com.

Brianna Cayo-Cotter [here, here], the spokesman for the Energy Action Coalition that held the rally, told a group of reporters that she had been in contact with Pelosi and that her flight had been delayed because of inclement weather.

A blizzard Sunday night and early Monday morning blanketed the nation’s capital with snow, causing events to be canceled and delayed across the city.

House Select Energy Independence and Global Warming Chairman Edward “Craven Democrat” Markey [D-Craven], also bagged his scheduled appearance, allegedly due to the weather but later on he changed his story, claiming it was a scheduling conflict. Evidently he double booked.

James “Death Train” Hansen did make a guest appearance [pics here and here], preaching nonsense to the handful of climate alarmist diehards. They braved the unseasonable cold and snow to complain about how gosh darn warm it’s getting to be, unleashing a flood of cognitive dissonance that nearly overwhelmed the DC storm drain system.

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The Greenhouse Effect

The sun came out in W. Oregon today, and a welcome visitor it was. Temps shot up into the upper 50’s, a comforting change from the soggy lower 40’s. I swear the grass grew an inch.

Much to do on Mike’s Back Acres: pruning, spraying, planting of trees, tilling, planting of peas, starting starts in the greenhouse, etc. In the coming weeks more time must be spent on the agrarian actual, less on the digital virtual, which will be nice for me.

The solar blessing of the day got me to thinking about the dreaded greenhouse effect.

I assume we all know why greenhouses have that word “green” attached. And that we all know why people build them and what greenhouses are used for. In case there is any confusion, greenhouses are places for growing plants, where the climate can be warmed, because plants like it warm.

Some folks worry that global warming, should it occur, will have a negative impact on agriculture. Grotesque Algore warns of “agricultural deterioration” [here]. Obama’s spanking new Secretary of Energy and Media-acclaimed genius-type Steven Chu warned [here]:

“I don’t think the American public has gripped in its gut what could happen,” Chu told the newspaper. “We’re looking at a scenario where there’s no more agriculture in California.

Excuse me? You’re tripping, Stevo. Plants like it warm. The warmest places on the planet are Equatorial jungles, and they’re called jungles for a reason.

The warmest place in California is the Imperial Valley, a below-sea-level inland basin south of Death Valley. It is also one of the most productive agricultural areas in the USA. In 2007 tiny Imperial County produced $1.37 billion in farm commodities [here].

Get it? Warmer is better for agriculture. Farmers in the Imperial Valley are harvesting right now while farmers in the Willamette Valley are looking at rain-soaked fields and just starting to think about planting.

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27 Feb 2009, 10:24pm
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Increasing CO2 Good for Mankind

Statement of Dr. William Happer, Ph.D., Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Princeton University

Before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Barbara Boxer, Chair

February 25, 2009

Full text [here]

Selected excerpts:

Madam Chairman and members, thank you for the opportunity to appear before the Committee on Environment and Public Works to testify on Climate Change. …

Let me state clearly where I probably agree with the other witnesses. We have been in a period of global warming over the past 200 years, but there have been several periods, like the last ten years, when the warming has ceased, and there have even been periods of substantial cooling, as from 1940 to 1970. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) have increased from about 280 to 380 parts per million over past 100 years. The combustion of fossil fuels, coal, oil and natural gas, has contributed to the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. And finally, increasing concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere will cause the earth’s surface to warm. The key question is: will the net effect of the warming, and any other effects of the CO2, be good or bad for humanity?

I believe that the increase of CO2 is not a cause for alarm and will be good for mankind. …

The earth’s climate really is strongly affected by the greenhouse effect, although the physics is not the same as that which makes real, glassed-in greenhouses work. Without greenhouse warming, the earth would be much too cold to sustain its current abundance of life. However, at least 90% of greenhouse warming is due to water vapor and clouds. Carbon dioxide is a bit player. There is little argument in the scientific community that a direct effect of doubling the CO2 concentration will be a small increase of the earth’s temperature — on the order of one degree. Additional increments of CO2 will cause relatively less direct warming because we already have so much CO2 in the atmosphere that it has blocked most of the infrared radiation that it can. …

Since most of the greenhouse effect for the earth is due to water vapor and clouds, added CO2 must substantially increase water’s contribution to lead to the frightening scenarios that are bandied about. The buzz word here is that there is “positive feedback.” With each passing year, experimental observations further undermine the claim of a large positive feedback from water. In fact, observations suggest that the feedback is close to zero and may even be negative. That is, water vapor and clouds may actually diminish the already small global warming expected from CO2, not amplify it. …

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Greenpeace Opposed to Toilet Paper

Larf of the Day:

American taste for soft toilet roll ‘worse than driving Hummers’

Suzanne Goldenberg, US enviro correspondent guardian.co.uk, 26 February 2009 [here]

Extra-soft, quilted and multi-ply toilet roll made from virgin forest causes more damage than gas-guzzlers, fast food or McMansions, say campaigners.

The tenderness of the delicate American buttock is causing more environmental devastation than the country’s love of gas-guzzling cars, fast food or McMansions, according to green campaigners. At fault, they say, is the US public’s insistence on extra-soft, quilted and multi-ply products when they use the bathroom.

“This is a product that we use for less than three seconds and the ecological consequences of manufacturing it from trees is enormous,” said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defence Council.

“Future generations are going to look at the way we make toilet paper as one of the greatest excesses of our age. Making toilet paper from virgin wood is a lot worse than driving Hummers in terms of global warming pollution.” Making toilet paper has a significant impact because of chemicals used in pulp manufacture and cutting down forests.

A campaign by Greenpeace seeks to raise consciousness among Americans about the environmental costs of their toilet habits and counter an aggressive new push by the paper industry giants to market so-called luxury brands. …

Evidently Greenpeace prefers catastrophic forest fires that burn down “virgin” forests and spew millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere over responsible forestry practices that protect, maintain, and perpetuate forests, watersheds, habitat, etc.

As Oregon Goober Teddy The Torch says, “It stinks. It just stinks.” Of course, he was talking about healthy forests, not the backsides of enviro lunatics.

Comments welcome. You can pull out all the stops on this one, but keep it clean.

Unappealing Authority, Or Whom Can You Trust?

In our modern day and age we face a plethora of social and political issues that revolve around science. Whether the weather or questions of global warming, forest management, wildlife management, economic crunches, morbid obesity, dog training, ear wax, or what have you, the arguments frequently rely on the expertise of authorities.

An “authority” is an expert with uncommon knowledge about a particular subject. In our modern day and age, authorities often bear Ph.D. degrees and publish in peer reviewed journals, both of which are de facto qualifications for their lofty perch.

Of course, certain recognized authorities may be completely wrong in their scientific assessments, or stray beyond their field of expertise, or may be utter charlatans. Or they may be unappreciated geniuses whose bullseye pronouncements are largely ignored.

In our modern day and age, sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which.

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Smashing the Economy With an Iron Fist

In tragic but not unexpected news today, the Obama Administration has signaled that it wishes to curtail “greenhouse gases” by 80 percent.

US Climate Czar: CO2 Regulation Ruling To Come Soon

CNN Money.com, February 22, 2009 [here]

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- President Barack Obama’s climate czar said Sunday the Environmental Protection Agency will soon issue a rule on the regulation of carbon dioxide, finding that it represents a danger to the public.

The White House is pressing Congress to draft and pass legislation that would cut greenhouse gases by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050, threatening to use authority under the Clean Air Act if legislators don’t move fast enough or create strong enough provisions.

This is tragic because it will undercut an already reeling economy for no (zero, nada) effect on global temperatures or climate.

Despite the FACTS that CO2 is not a pollutant, and that there is no global warming, and that warming would be a good thing if it happened, we will all suffer the oppression of Gummit Gone Bonkers.

Carbon dioxide is the fundamental nutrient of Life, the essential precursor of photosynthesis. It is manifestly not a pollutant. The planet has been cooling for the last ten years, even though atmospheric C02 levels have allegedly been increasing. That means the theory that CO2 drives global temperature change has been proven to be false. Warmer is better; warmer climates have greater agricultural and biological productivity and diversity. The warmest places in the U.S. are also the most productive. The same is true worldwide.

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19 Feb 2009, 6:11pm
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Global Warming Alarmist Riot Planned for DC

This is alarming. Lunatics unite for civil disobedience!!! [here]

Make history March 2, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

Be part of the largest mass civil disobedience for the climate in U.S. history.

You know there is a climate crisis. You know we have to solve it. It’s time to take our action to the next level.

With a new administration and a new Congress, we have a window of opportunity. But we have to open it — together.

On March 2, join thousands of people in a multi-generational act of civil disobedience at the Capitol Power Plant — a plant that powers Congress with dirty energy and symbolizes a past that cannot be our future.

(bonus James “Venus Syndrome” Hansen video endorsement included)

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