The ‘Global Warming’ that has caused record-breaking blizzards on the East Coast will deliver yet another punch this weekend. According to bloomberg.com, another major winter storm could drop as much as 13 inches of new snow on New York by Saturday evening.
Alarmists have insisted that such heavy snows are the result of global warming or “climate change” (as if the climate were not expected to change naturally). As one commenter put it:
“As the oceans grow warmer, there is more moisture taken into the atmosphere. The resulting weather temperature extremes generate energy causing more violent storms.”
I believe the commenter is referring to the alarmists’ claim that global warming will cause more numerous and more violent hurricanes. If so, that claim has been pretty much debunked. The most likely cause of these bigger snowstorms is the localized increase of ocean temperatures off the West Coast known as “El Nino.” El Nino and the accompanying La Nina are the result of naturally occurring cycles in ocean temperatures over a limited area. For a fascinating article on the topic, read here.
But, for those who believe heavier snowfall is the result of climate change or global warming, I invite you to watch this video.
The New York Times is asserting that global warming may be the cause for the recent snowfall that has smashed previous records in Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia.
The previous record for Washington D.C. was set in the 1860′s winter of 1898-99, which prompts a question. Does the New York Times also believe that the previous record snowfall was caused by global warming?
If not, then their story falls apart, because if global warming did not directly cause heavier precipitation in 1860, then it cannot be said to have directly caused it in 2010. If we look at the history, global warming cannot be the culprit because of the cooler temperatures commonly seen in the historic record for that period of time.
The New York Times attempts to justify it’s position by saying that heavy snowfall and global warming are “compatible.” But heavy snowfall is also compatible with the cooler temperatures extant during the 1860′s, nullifying the Times’ argument.
Simply put, the recent record snowfall in the eastern states is not evidence of global warming.
‘Green’ lightbulbs poison workers – Times Online. “Large numbers of Chinese workers have been poisoned by mercury, which forms part of the compact fluorescent lightbulbs. A surge in foreign demand, set off by a European Union directive making these bulbs compulsory within three years, has also led to the reopening of mercury mines that have ruined the environment.”
Michelle Malkin has good things to say about Jason Chaffetz on her blog. She is referring specifically to Rep. Chaffetz’s Cap and Trade Disclosure Act, for which he is currently seeking co-sponsors.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is seeking original cosponsors for the Cap-and-Trade Tax Disclosure Act which will require utility companies to disclose and separately itemize the impact of cap-and-trade taxes on each customer’s utility bill. Sound tax policy requires that taxes should be visible to taxpayers and not buried in the cost of items we purchase. With this legislation, every utility customer – residential and business — will be able to identify the cost of cap-and-trade emissions that the utility is passing on to the customer. As regulated entities, utilities pass taxes on to customers, unlike unregulated companies that can also pass taxes on to shareholders and employees. The cap-and-trade tax is potentially the largest tax increase ever imposed. According to the Administration’s own budget document, the cost will be at least $646 billion over an eight-year period. No matter where you stand on the issue of cap and trade, both sides can agree that full disclosure and transparency are good public policy.
Some critics have said that cap and trade can’t be called a tax. Cap and Trade is a way for the government to collect revenue on energy used, while having private companies do the collecting. The effect would be the same as a national sales tax. Even some Liberal Democrats have opposed cap and trade because it is a regressive tax that will hit lower-income, working Americans the hardest.
The American people deserve full-disclosure on bills coming out of their government. Rep. Chaffetz’s bill would shine a light on the effects of the Cap and Trade tax, and expose it’s bottom line effects to American taxpayers.
Contact your representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor the Cap and Trade Disclosure Act.
We could have told them so—that is, if they would ever listen.
I’m talking about the Leftists (Environmentalists and Socialists) who insist on changing aspects of society without having anything acceptable with which to replace them. That goes for products as well. Spokane County, WA is learning this the hard way. The Greens up North thought they could just pass a mandate forcing everyone to use low-phosphate dish detergents, and that would save the environment, they would feel good about protecting the planet, and everyone would be happy.
Not so fast there, pal.
It turns out the green detergents don’t work. Phosphate is what makes detergents work. If you remove the active ingredient, what do you get? Just a bunch of white powder that won’t even get you high. Useless garbage.
So the people in Spokane are doing what people naturally do when they can’t get what they want in their own neighborhoods; they go to the next state over–Idaho. So now there is a booming black market for effective dish soap purchased in Idaho, where there are no silly phosphate restrictions, and people can actually have clean dishes.
The funny thing is that the law doesn’t prohibit ownership or use of high-phosphate detergents, only the sale of those products. The end results is that people will naturally purchase the products where it is legal to sell them and bring them back into the state, completely negating the intent of the law in the first place. That’s just stupid.
The Communists figured out how to keep people from leaving. I’m afraid that’s what these morons might try next.
How much longer do you think Al Gore can continue to regale sympathetic crowds with stories of the catastrophic climate change that is certain to occur within a mere 4 years, while the evidence against him piles up outside? How much longer can he keep gullible followers strung out on his lines of anecdotes before eventually turning against him as one after another of his “evidences” turn out to be wrong?
I guess that depends entirely upon the unquestioning shallowness of the minds of those who believe him. If anything, Al Gore has successfully amassed an army of the kind of people he needs most–the kind that accept without question or argument the words he dispenses to them.
Many of these non-thinkers are quick to jump on the message boards of the outlets that carry the opinions, thoughts and research of the climate change heretics such as George Will or Jeff Jacoby. They repeat their proofs of global warming as they hear them from their associates in the green associations or from other warmist blogs and columns. Little or no verification is needed for these people, because the science has been settled, Al Gore has spoken, and the time to act is now. I had a professor who called this kind of nonsense “telephone scholarship,” cautioning us that it was below students who attended his classes.
And it easy to see why. Without a few minutes most or all of the claims made by the pretend climate scholars is laid to rest by someone with actual knowledge or first-hand experience. One case in point is found in the comments of the Jeff Jacoby article mentioned above. A certain commenter, Robocon-1, informed the rest of the board that Australia had not seen rain all year. Robocon-1, who lives in the US, was then later corrected by a gent living in the Australian outback, who reported that they instead have had a rather rainy summer.
Some of the other favorites for these “natural-climate-cycle deniers” are:
- The polar ice caps are shrinking (in fact there is new proof they are growing1)
- Warming is increasing (no new warming has been recorded since 19982)
- Anthropogenic CO2 emissions are causing the earth to warm (new evidence shows a strong solar component to climate cycles, and that CO2 is not a climate driver3)
- Ocean levels are rising rapidly (globally, ocean levels remain fairly steady)
- Polar Bears are dying (polar bear populations are increasing)
But this brings up a scary scenario: If enough of these people band together to form a political movement to get legislation passed that would enforce deep cuts in our economy in the name of protecting the environment, and rollback much of the technological progress we have made in the last 50-60 years, they could institute a new world-wide fascist regime based on their unhealthy obsession with the environment.
Don’t look now, folks, but we are much closer to that than ever before.
- Dr. Willie Soon, “It’s the Sun, Stupid!”