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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.

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Schwarzenegger slams Bush administration on global warming – calls Bush efforts bogus

Crooks and Liars – July 13, 2008

This story is all over the web right now but the best coverage that I found was on Crooks and Liars as they include the video as well as a transcript of the interview. Other versions of the story only include a snippet of the actual interview (a lot like what I have done).

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STEPHANOPOULOS: How much of that is due, do you think, to global warming, to climate change?

SCHWARZENEGGER: Well, itís very hard to say. I mean, one thing we know for sure, and that is we have had a drought for two years in a row now.  … And I think that we just have to be aware of those changes. Iím sure, partially, that it has something to do with global warming, also, because we have just now broken a record.

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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?

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Thinking Blogger Award

This is a different type of post.  I will still do my regular global warming posts today but I need to take care of a little business.  Please do me the honor of reading this posting with as much attentiveness as my traditional posts.

I have been nominated for a blogging award, the “thinking blogger” award.  I am extremely honored by this award that someone out there actually feels that I make them THINK.  I am not sure that it is possible to give someone a better compliment (I take that back – Donald Trump, I will accept a million dollars if you are feeling generous).

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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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