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Al Gore’s statements for the Senate

These statements are part of the public record so I am comfortable that I do not harm any copyrights by reproducing them in entirety here.  Please note that these are the prepared statements of former Vice President Al Gore.

If you don’t want to read such serious stuff, I suggest you read “Canceled Due to Global Warming” and have a good chuckle.

Statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee As Prepared Hon. Al Gore Wednesday, January 28, 2009

We are here today to talk about how we as Americans and how the
United States of America as part of the global community should address
the dangerous and growing threat of the climate crisis.

Scientists flip-flop on Antarctic melting

I originally found this opinion in “The Detroit News” and so you can click through and read the entire article.  I really cannot explain this topic better than Mr. Taylor and I suggest that you read my highlights here and then read the full article if it is interesting to you.

Understand that Mr. Taylor works for the Heartland Institute which is known as being pretty close to the edge when it comes to rational discussion on this issue.  However, even people with extremely strong feelings on an issue are not totally wrong and need to be listened to. 

Obamas Order Is Likely to Tighten Auto Standards

Should the governance of pollution be left to the states or should it be governed by the federal government in a single standard? Many times in the past, the EPA has allowed the states (primarily California) to regulate at least portions of their pollution output, primarily in deference to regional challenges in the quality of air for breathing. In the past several years the Bush administration has pushed back on this but now it appear that the Obama administration is going to reverse this trend. He appears to be ready to allow 14 states including California to set their own emissions standards.

Nuclear war would cause more global warming

I don’t understand why this study was commissioned. Isn’t the death and destruction of nuclear war bad enough to deter pushing the button? Does anyone really believe that a leader of a nuclear power or a terrorist would be about to start the holocaust and then pause because they were concerned about the environment?

I guess when you work at Stanford though, such thoughts cross your mind. Or maybe it is just the constant pressure within acedemia to “Publish or Perish” to keep your job. Or maybe it has some deeper and political purpose.

Ice sculpture of Al Gore

I had to laugh at this!

A businessman in Alaska has commissioned an ice sculpture of Al Gore, the former Vice President and “leader” of the global warming prognosticators. I am going to copy the photos here just to reduce the load on the web server of the newspaper (the response time is pretty slow as this story flies around the Internet) but please click through and read about Craig Compeau and why he is doing this.

If you click on these images, you will be taken to the full-size image on their server.

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Good luck and some housekeeping

Today, Barack Obama will take the oath of office to be the next President of the United States of America. I wish the man well in his endeavors. He will likely see many difficult challenges in the next 4 years and I don’t envy the man his job. Of course, we should all wish the man success and safety as he is undoubtedly on the list of a great number of hate groups and enemies of this country. If you are religious, I encourage you to say a prayer for the man today.

One of the biggest challenges that he will face will be to deal with global warming. He will have to decide for himself if it is getting warmer and if global warming is fact or fiction. I wish he would read this blog but, somehow, I doubt that he will.

The accomplishments of George W. Bush

The blog “I think, therefore I rant” just put out a list of 100 accomplishments of the George W. Bush administration.  Actually, it went over 100 and did 112 just to be safe.

I thought my readers would be interested in the following:
48 – Katrina
51 – Drilling for oil
54 – National forest cleanup
57 – Carbon sequestration
58 – Mercury emissions
59 – Nuclear power
61 – Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument
62 – Polar bear endangered list
66 – Kyoto treaty
68 – Ethanol production
83 – Law of the Sea Treaty (affects how we work with the Arctic Ocean if it has less ice on it).
93 – Interstate air quality
94 – Clear skies initiative

Is it too cold outside to have global warming?

There has been some talk in the press and on some of the blogs that it is too cold in the last couple years to have a global warming trend. Some even say that the warming trend is reversed and it is now going to get colder. There are a variety of people that discuss that the ice caps are re-freezing after having melted which signals that global warming is reversing. Some talk of a local low record that was set at some airport.

The reality is that much of this talk is about weather and not about climate. It is not possible to measure climate within a couple year span. It takes much longer than that to eliminate the various highs and lows from the trend so most climatologists suggest 5-10 years (or longer) before anything is really called climate.

Dried Mushrooms Slow Climate Warming In Northern Forests

When I first saw this article, I almost laughed.  How could mushrooms be significant.  But then I remembered that the northern forests are an extremely important part of the carbon cycle of the globe.  I also remembered that the computer models need to accurately understand the roles of the northern forests in order to make predictions of doom due to global warming.  Therefore, if mushrooms affect this contribution and if we don’t understand the mushrooms then we obviously have some issues with the models.

There is an old saying, “Garbage in = garbage out.”  Whose turn is it to take out the garbage?

Is a gas car better than a coal car?

There has been a bit of discussion that a plug in hybrid car is really a coal car. I believe that this true statement is meant to actually scare consumers from buying or hoping to buy an all-electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid.

Let’s do a bit of napkin math and assume that energy transmission losses (and other losses) are negligible or at least cancel each other out.