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I am back!

Just a quick note to all my old readers.  I took a break from this blog during the presidential election since I didn’t want to play partisan politics between the two candidates.  Global warming is a scientific discussion with significant political overtones (that are not always rational).  I was having strong urges to immerse myself in condemning various candidates for stupid statements.  I suppressed this urge for awhile but felt that taking a break was a better alternative.

After the long gap, I needed an “event” to kickoff again.  That event was the first weekend of the New Year.  I hope all that read this blog enjoy a wonderful 2009.

In Science, Ignorance is not Bliss

Launch Magazine – July/August issue

Walter Cunningham is one of the astronauts of Apollo 7.  He writes about global warming in the latest issue of Launch Magazine and his comments bear considering.

Mr. Cunningham is important in this discussion because of his obvious intelligence and past leadership but also in his strong ability in analyzing scientific and political events and drawing conclusions.

What I find to be most compelling are:

  • his ridicule of climate models.
  • his discussions of correlation and causation.
  • the replacement of scientific discussion with emotional arguments.
  • the condemnation of Mr. Hansen – one of the early warning voices of global warming and an employee of NASA.

Gore Delivers Remarks on Energy and the Climate

Washington Post – July 17, 2008

Mr. Al Gore recently gave a speech in Washington DC regarding energy.  While many in the blogosphere will call Mr. Gore “Pope Gore” and refer to environmentalists as a religion, in this case, I don’t think that Mr. Gore makes many of the outlandish comments which I have chastised him about. Most of his comments are regarding energy independence, the status of the technology of alternative fuels, and the balance of power.

He does make a few global warming references which are a little hard to defend. He implies that the fires in California are caused by manmade global warming – this is probably not true since California has been enjoying an unusually wet climate for several decades and it appears that this current drought is simply going back to status quo.

Administration Releases EPA Report, Then Repudiates It

July 12, 2008 – Wall Street Journal

The Bush administration continues to struggle with what to do with global warming and carbon dioxide as a pollutant.  The Supreme Court ruled that carbon dioxide is a pollutant resulting from the burning of several fossil fuels. This has caused the EPA to try to figure out what to do with this new authority without destroying the economy.

As with most issues that revolve around Washington DC, this one is embroiled in politics with both major Presidential candidates chiming in.

The Bush administration published a government blueprint to reduce the U.S. output of global-warming gases, but at the same time rejected the document out of hand — saying it relied on “untested legal theories” and would impose “crippling costs” on the U.S. economy.

Chuck Norris is an energy expert?

I originally found out about Chuck Norris and his crusade for drilling on US land and territory by reading an article on The Chilling Effect. As my frequent readers know, I regularly make fun of celebrities that use their “star status” to promote the reduction of global warming influences (Laurie David, Live Earth, Al Gore).  Other blogs have gotten into that act as well commenting on Sheryl Crow (here and here) as well as other superstars.  In fact, there is a great list of “supporters” that make one start to question the education of any superstar.

Cheney wanted cuts in climate testimony

USA Today – July 8, 2008

Politics, once again, rears its nasty head in the discussion of global warming.  I really don’t know what the truth is here and, frankly, I am not sure that I care.  On one side we have a mid-level manager saying that Vice President Dick Cheney forced the changing of testimony but refusing to give much very much detail. On the other side we have a White House spokesman saying the editing process was standard. 

It seems reasonable that Mr. Cheney should have some say on testimony from an Executive Branch organization.  He is the second in command of that branch of government.  It is not obvious to me that he actually changed anything but rather expressed his views.  The way I read this article, it seems that Ms. Gerberding made her statements over the objection of Mr. Cheney.

John McCain’s recent speech – May 15, 2008

I was about to write a review of John McCain’s recent speech.  I was reading other comments on it first to make sure that I had my thoughts put together and I found Steven Milloy’s review.  He has done an excellent job of discussing the speech.

I am going to pull the highlights from Steven’s article.  Click through at the end to read the whole commentary.

Next to solar power, however, wind power is the most heavily subsidized form of energy. Taxpayers cough up an astounding  $23.37 per megawatt hour of electricity produced, according to the Wall Street Journal. In contrast, coal and natural gas are only subsidized  to a tune of $0.44 and $0.25, respectively.

Gore’s Message To Climate Change Skeptics

CBS News – March 27, 2008

Former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore has called the current Vice President of the United States, Mr. Dick Cheney, a “flat-earther” and compares him to “the one who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the world is flat”.  Mr. Gore did go on to say that judgement was a little demeaning but not far off.

I am not surprised that Mr. Gore has made these statements.  His film “An Inconvenient Truth” is full of exaggerations and misstatements.  For him to exaggerate and compartmentalize people who have legitimate concerns about the global warming discussion is not surprising.

The Greenest Hypocrites of 2007 – December 6, 2007

Steven Milroy is the author of Junk Science which is a great site for exploring more information on scientific concepts, particularly on global warming. He also writes a regular column for Fox.

In this column, Steve itemizes the top ten greatest “green” hypocrisies. Personally, I think he is stretching on several of them – especially number 4 since it is impossible with today’s current technology to truly have a worldwide active discussion without physically being co-located. Yes, it is easy to get half a dozen people together online but getting hundreds together is simply a nightmare and not easily handled with today’s bandwidths.

White House threatens veto of energy bill

The Detroit News – December 4, 2007

I can’t figure out wether this is incompetence on the part of the House and Senate, convenient forgetfulness, or excuse making on the part of the Administration.

A few days ago, I wrote on the compromise that would have allowed an increase in the CAFE requirements for automobiles. You can read that post at:

New Fuel Standards Are Poised to Advance

It appears that the White House is threatening a veto of the bill that would increase fuel standards to 35 mpg by 2020. The bill evidently doesn’t cover some nuances that the Administration feels are necessary and is going to throw it back to the Hill and tell them to get this fixed. How did the Congress forget to include this stuff? Is the President just trying to find a convenient way to get out of signing it?