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Celebrating Earth Day: Fight Global Warming ‘The PC Way’ With Al Gore

The National Ledger – April 29, 2007

Its the weekend as I write this.  We all need a laugh every once in awhile – even at a serious site like this.  This is a satire column with a top ten list that supposedly is written by an Al Gore affiliated organization (it’s not of course – that is the satire part).  I am only including a little of most of the comments on each of the items. Make sure you click through and read the rest – editorializing humor sometimes ruins it.

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The truth about global warming

Halfway There – April 20, 2007

This is a very well written blog entry and I encourage you to go to the source article since I am sure that I cannot do it justice.  There was a broadcast of “The Coral Ridge Hour” that the author has recorded and transcribed.  He then took the transcription of the conversation of several weather scientists, paraphrased some of the comments and added his own pithy comments and editorials.

As you’ll see, even extremists like the good folks affiliated with Dr. Kennedy have abandoned any pretense of pretending that global warming is not occurring. They concentrate their fire instead on the notion that human activity has anything to do with it. The supposed experts in the program also suggest that global warming might be good for us.

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Global Warming Outlook Far from Alarming

The Heartland Institute – May 2007

This is a very good article.  I will not be able to adequately capture all of its observations adequately.  Please click through and read the entire article.  The author, the past president of the American Association of State Climatologists, takes many of the points of the Oscar-winning file “An Inconvenient Truth” and analyzes them as to their scientific and mathematical accuracy.

I will reproduce some of the highlights below.

From Hollywood to Capitol Hill, Al Gore’s global warming horror movie An Inconvenient Truth is receiving a tremendous amount of attention this spring. It is a riveting work of science fiction.

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Getting All Hot About Global Warming

In the News – April 6, 2007

Great blog article that lists references for both sides of the global warming argument.  This is fantastic.  Everyone should read this and follow the links if you are interested in reading both sides of this complicated issue.  I will summarize the references but make sure that you click through and find the complete reference.

My only complaint about this list is that it didn’t include this blog: http://www.globalwarming-factorfiction.com as I think we are extremely balanced in our study of this issue.

The Alarmists:

  1. An Inconvenient Truth
  2. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
  3. US Global Change Research Program.
  4. RealClimate
  5. Friends of the Earth International.

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Global Warming: Fact, Fiction and Political Endgame

Townhall.com – February 26, 2007

This is a commentary article about Al Gore, his recent accolades for “An Inconvenient Truth”, and some of the background science of global climate change.  It is a very good read and I encourage my readers to click through to the source article (especially since the title is quite close to the URL of my blog). 

It is interesting that the author tries to draw a correlation between the Academy Awards that Mr. Gore received and the timing of the IPCC report.  I don’t think that this is anything but coincidence and all of my research indicates that the two are not tied together.  We know that the Academy Awards are always held the same time of the year and it appears that the IPCC was always trying to put their release out at that time of the year.  It does not appear that Mr. Gore’s very well made documentary had anything to do with it.

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Vice President Testifies Before Joint Subcommittee Hearing

Committee on Science and Technology, US House of Reps – March 21, 2007

These are the opening remarks of Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) prior to the testimony of former Vice President Al Gore.  As with my earlier post on Mr. Gore, I do not feel that it is appropriate to take any of this commentary out of context so I am reproducing the full statement below without editorial work.

It is both my pleasure and a great privilege this morning to welcome the Honorable Albert Gore, Jr., former Vice President of the United States to this hearing. Vice President Gore has devoted almost 30 years to the subject of global warming and is here today to offer his perspective on this important issue.

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Unlicensed Engineers

Climate Science – March 14, 2007

This is a very good article.  I strongly urge everyone to read it.  Mr. Pielke runs a great blog and I hope that this site does as much justice to this topic as his does.

The article is guest written by Hendrik Tennekes.  There are no credentials given for Mr. Tennekes but he appears to be authoritative on the issue.  I won’t be able to convey all of his material in this entry so please click on the link at the bottom and read his original article.

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The Real ‘Inconvenient Truth’

JunkScience.com – April 21, 2006

This is a very long article that has quite a few good points in it.  The article is a series of questions and answers on the subject.  The author’s goals were to try and put some simple facts behind many of the myths and rumors regarding weather and the things that influence the weather.

This article should be standard reading for anyone that is interested in the details behind global warming.

Only the structure constraining internal-external convection will function as an effective greenhouse. Greenhouse gases categorically do not inhibit convective activity and so are not like a physical greenhouse.

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Critics question how green Gore really is

Detroit Free Press – February 27, 2007

An interesting commentary on the use of power by staunch environmentalist, Vice President Al Gore. It seems that even after the success of his film “An Inconvenient Truth”, Vice President Gore has increased the power footprint at his primary residence.

The home’s average monthly electric bill last year was just under $1,200, according to bills that the Tennessean acquired from Nashville Electric Service.Gore’s power bill shows, however, that the former vice president may be doing just that. Gore purchased 108 blocks of “green power” for each of the past three months, according to a summary of the bills. That’s a total of $432 a month Gore paid extra for solar or other renewable energy sources.

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Expert disputes storms’ link to global warming

The Sun News – February 23, 2007

This is a very informative article that discusses the connection of hurricane frequency and strength to the warming of the climate. The most telling point of this article is that it is obvious that Chris Landsea of the National Hurrican Center does not believe that the two are linked (or at the very least the link is tenuous).

…perception [that global warming is causing increase in hurricanes] is wrong and the statistics don’t bear it out, Landsea told about 200 students and professors

“It’s not a trend, it’s a cycle: 20-45 years quiet, 20-45 years busy,” Landsea said. Scientists currently have no idea what causes the time period.

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