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Still more Sunday comics

I think at least one day a week we should chuckle about something. 

My personal favorite of this group is this one:

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I chose this one simply because it doesn’t declare that global warming isn’t happening but instead makes fun of Mr. Gore’s personal lifestyle and points out that there are far more important issues in the world today then global warming. I sometimes feel that since greenhouse gas emission is such an easy thing to blame big business and governments for that it is the popular thing to do.  In contrast, trying to bring peace to Burma is incredibly difficult.

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The Global Warming Learning Curve

Time – October 17, 2007

I am not sure what inference can be drawn from this study but I do find it interesting. The study analyzes the search patterns of words on the Internet that relate to the topic of global warming. Without a doubt, this activity has fallen in the past few months but as with all trends, the causality is still in question.

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Global warming makes Mont Blanc grow

Telegraph – October 15, 2007

First of all, the Mont Blanc in this story is not the famous luxury pens. Rather it is the mountain that the pens were named for. And the mountain really isn’t growing but rather more snow and ice are being added to it, which does factor into the official measurement evidently.

It seems that France has been having warmer summers lately (I didn’t independently verify this) and that has caused more snow and ice to accumulate on the higher elevations of the mountain. This is a known phenomenon that it is not just cold temperature that creates (or eliminates) glaciers but also the correct levels of humidity.

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Convenient Untruths

RealClimate – October 15, 2007

I have suggested that my readers visit RealClimate before as I consider it a fairly well written site. The site has contributions from many people that study the weather for a living (as authors and as commenters) and so they tend to really dig into the scientific details. You can learn a lot from reading the site and the comments are typically quite insightful.  They have a direct link to IPCC so they are fairly staunch defenders of that organization and so sometimes they are not quite fair and balanced.  They also tend to love their computer models, a devotion that I don’t share.

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Laurie David: Blaming kids for global warming

WorldNetDaily – October 12, 2007

I don’t have a lot of good things to say about Laurie David. I have complained about her before on this site (see here). Her children’s book is full of non-truths and she is the producer of “An Inconvenient Truth” which is also filled with non-truths.

Evidently, Ms. Fretwell is also upset by the non-truths in Ms. David’s book and took a different tact from mine. She wrote a child’s book on the subject! I haven’t had the opportunity to read this book yet but I wanted to point it out to my readers that still have an open mind on this subject. Ms. Fretwell appears to want to give facts to our children rather than the propaganda that Mr. Gore and Ms. David profess.

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Another Sunday comic day

I picked up the idea that I needed to do another day of comics from Scott Huong over at BUUUUURRRRNING HOT. With Mr. Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize this week, there are a lot of cartoons out there.

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In China, a Plan to Turn Rice Into Carbon Credits

Wall Street Journal – October 9, 2007

I am not a fan of carbon trading programs or carbon credits as most readers know. However, I do like programs that promise to reduce the use of our valuable resources.

This idea sounds promising as it will decrease the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere (did you know that agriculture put out more than automobiles?) and it will conserve resources.

…to sell farmers a genetically engineered rice seed. He says the seed, still in development, will cut their need for nitrogen fertilizer, which is among their biggest costs — and a huge source of greenhouse gases. He then aims to sell the resulting carbon credits on a growing global exchange.

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Gore and U.N. Panel Win Peace Prize for Climate Work

The New York Times – October 12, 2007

Everyone has probably heard by now that former Vice President Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming issues. I congratulate Mr. Gore on this achievement as few people have accomplished so great an honor. I do find it ironic that he should receive this award so soon after a UK court found 11 "un-truths" in Mr. Gore’s film "An Inconvenient Truth".

Former Vice President Al Gore, … was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations network of scientists.

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"An Inconvenient Truth" found to be inconveniently incorrect!

BUUUUURRRRNING HOT – October 10, 2007

Recently, there was a lawsuit in the UK to challenge the accuracies of the famous Al Gore movie, "An Inconvenient Truth" which discusses global warming. I just found out from a good friend of this site that the court has announced their decision that 11 inaccuracies must be described to school children in the UK in order for the film to be shown to them. BUUUUURRRRNING HOT has done a review of this discussion and I suggest that you go to the site and read Scott’s comments.

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Global Warming: Scientists, Cynics, and Conservatives

Townhall.com – October 8, 2007

This is a very interesting discussion. The article first starts out on a religious note but the root of the argument that the author is trying to make does not fall into religion but rather discusses responsibility. He also tends to fall right into the middle of both sides which is the stance of this site.

The article discusses the lack of credibility of former Vice President Al Gore. The author correctly points out the great accomplishments that Mr. Gore achieved while in the Senate and his sponsorship of various communication programs. These programs led to today’s internet and also led Mr. Gore to exaggerate his claim on the birth of the internet. This same over-exaggeration is evident in Mr. Gore’s current film where he shows New York City under water.

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