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Global Warming Politics

pol-i-tics - ['pä-l&-"tiks] - noun
1a. the art or science of government
1b. the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy
1c. the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government
2. political actions, practices, or policies
3a. political affairs or business; especially : competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government)
3b. political life especially as a principal activity or profession
3c. political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices
4. the political opinions or sympathies of a person
5a. the total complex of relations between people living in society
5b. relations or conduct in a particular area of experience

Global Warming : Politics or Science?

The answer, of course, is that politics is science, the science of government or policy. It is impossible to separate global warming science, from global warming politics. They are inseparably linked. Where the distinction lies, is how global warming is used to further political agendas, on both sides. For example, there is nothing more wrong with climate skeptics being funded by ExxonMobil, than there is for climate alarmists like Heidi Cullen to receive compensation from the Weather Channel. I have no problem with the Weather Channel paying Dr. Cullen to express her view 30 minutes each week. However, when one side tries to silence the other, then I think most reasonable people would agree that it's wrong. For example...

Storm Hits Weather Community Over Climate Expert's Global Warming Claims - WASHINGTON - The Weather Channel is standing by a climatologist who is taking some heat after blogging that TV weather forecasters skeptical about man-made global warming theories should lose their professional certification. Climate expert Heidi Cullen defended herself last week in The Weather Channel's One Degree Climate Change blog after questioning the fitness of meteorologists who disagree with her conclusions. Click here to read Cullen's controversial global warming blog.

Global Warming : Liberals vs. Conservatives

Why are liberals more likely to believe that man is causing global warming, and conservatives more likely to be skeptical? There are several reasons that may account for this. First, follow the money.

Liberals and Grants
The governments and learning institutions of the western world provide grant money to research groups and individuals to solve problems. No problems, no money. First we need a problem that everyone can understand and accept. In the 1970's it was global cooling. And just like today, the culprit was man, more specifically, the burning of fossil fuels by man. That's right, the same burning of fossil fuels that was supposed to cause another mini ice age, is now causing global warming. How can that be? Back then we were told that the factories burning all that nasty coal were polluting the atmosphere with tiny particles and filtering out the sun's light. Automobiles were also contributing to the problem by expelling lead, ozone, carbon monoxide and other particles into the atmosphere. So now that we have a problem and a cause, we need to find a solution. Finding a solution to the problem requires more...you guessed it, grant money. And as usual, the solution is to come in the form of legislation. Trouble is, we didn't get cooler, we got warmer. So much for global cooling. In the mean time, while we were thawing out, other issues came and went, like the ozone layer, acid rain, and of course, the moratorium on building nuclear power plants. It's ironic that our nation's carbon footprint would be smaller now if we were using fission instead of fossil fuels, but I digress.

In my view, there is simply not enough scientific evidence to support the assertion that catastrophic global warming is eminent, and that man is the cause.

Global Warming Political News

No surprise here
Obama warms to using Gore's advice - By The Denver Post - Al Gore's endorsement is perhaps the most coveted by Democratic candidates in the presidential contest. (Jeff Chui, The Associated Press )WALLINGFORD, Pa. -- Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would give Al Gore, a Nobel Prize winner, a major role in an Obama administration to address global warming.
At a town-hall meeting, Obama was asked whether he would tap the former vice president for his Cabinet, or an even higher-level office, to handle global warming. "I would," Obama said... (03/31/08)

Global warming bill a double-edged sword - State businesses fear economic fallout - BY PAUL HUGHES | REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN - HARTFORD -- A global warming bill has business groups steaming -- and environmental groups beaming -- about a proposed cap on greenhouse gas emissions.
Business leaders are warning of dire consequences should the legislation become law, and environmentalists are sounding alarms about the repercussions of not reducing pollution.
The debate is taking place amid rising concerns about the state economy and reports that Connecticut isn't on track to meet currents goals for reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases. (03/31/08)

EPA Chief's Australia Trip Irks Sen. Boxer - Good! Stephen Power reports on environmental and energy policy.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson has riled Democrats again -- this time over his travel plans.
California Sen. Barbara Boxer, in a letter to Johnson Wednesday, complained that he and "a substantial number of EPA staff members" are planning a trip to Australia that will make him unavailable to testify before Congress "on certain important matters through much of April." (03/27/08)

Rep. Bachmann and global warming - When we elect members to Congress, it's with the hope that they will serve with a firm grasp on reality and with a mind open enough to at least try to solve even our most vexing of problems.
That does'’t seem to be the case with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., at least on the global warming issue.
In a story that's making state and national headlines this week, Bachmann -- who represents the northern suburbs and St. Cloud area -- has introduced a bill with the light-hearted title, "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act." I love it!
It’s an attempt to repeal a nationwide effort to phase out conventional light bulbs in favor of the longer-lasting, more-efficient compact fluorescent lights, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
Bachmann argues that she is trying to preserve homeowners' and others' rights to use whatever kind of light bulb they want -- even if it costs them more in electrical expenses.
We're not going to fight her on that, (then why write this idiotic editorial?) although it’s a little silly to discourage the use of more efficient bulbs. People probably should be able to have some choice in how they light their homes.
But there are things behind Bachmann’s bill -- including ignoring sound industry advice plus her take on global warming -- that make us question her credibility.
The Star Tribune reported Wednesday that Bachmann recently told a meeting of Sherburne County Republicans that any human connection to global warming is "voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax"... WOW! The congresswoman spoke the truth. Oh, the horror! (03/27/08)

'Mush-Mind McCain Continues To Embrace The Global Warming Hoax?' - By Malcolm Hedges - Today Senator John McCain in his major speech continued to call for International economic and financial destruction in the name of fixing "Global Warming".
The world is facing "Global Cooling" and Senator McCain who seems to live in a cave and have no concept of the real world wants everybody to be forced to live in abstract poverty to fight "Global Warming" ?
As Global Cooling moves forward, brought to us by the Sun, crops will become harder to grow, food will be become a premium commodity and mored energy for heating will be needed by all of the world.
Meanwhile the GreeenIsm fanatics will continue to fight any reasonable efforts to increase supplies of energy... (03/26/08)

The Global Warming Economy: Green Collar Jobs to the Rescue? - By Mike Bates - It's the latest. It's the greatest. Green collar jobs are going to help turn around the economy if Democrats have their way. Senator Barack Obama last month promised the government would spend $150 billion to create 5 million such jobs. At $30,000 a pop, that’s placing a great deal of faith in federal job training.
Even your typical white person has hopped on the green bandwagon. Also last month, Senator Hillary Clinton argued in a debate: “We can create at least five million new jobs. . . I helped to pass legislation to begin a training program for green collar jobs. I want to see people. . . trained to do the work that will put solar panels on roofs, install wind turbines, do geothermal, take advantage of biofuels.” (03/26/08)

Some Biofuels Cause Global Warming! What Does that Tell Us? - By Ethan G. - The word is now out: many biofuels, such as corn ethanol, actually cause global warming according to two studies published in Science in February. Why? Their production leads to clearing of wilderness to make way for agricultural land. Yet the vegetation cleared away helps fight global warming by sequestering carbon dioxide.
This report came as no surprise. Environmentalists such as Lester Brown had long warned that biofuels, particularly from corn, would do more harm than good (Earth Policy). In the United States corn is grown using oil and oil products, so the total energy produced is relatively small. Brazil extracts biofuel from sugar cane, which is far more efficient. Unfortunately growing extra sugar cane spurs the clearing of the Amazonian rain forest, an irreplaceable environmental treasure trove. (03/24/08)

Sen. Kerry Blames Tornados on Global Warming - Former Democratic presidential nominee blames 'intense storms' that have killed more than 50 on climate change. - By Jeff Poor, Business & Media Institute - Politicians using tragedy to advance an agenda has been a tried-and-true strategy. Paint the idea green and a natural catastrophe became political fodder for former Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry (Mass.)
Kerry appeared on MSNBC on February 6 to discuss storms that have killed at least 50 people throughout the Southeastern United States. So, of course, Kerry used the platform to advance global warming alarmism. (02/06/08)

Bill Clinton Says Slow Down Economy To Combat Global Warming - BILL Clinton says that to combat global warming industrialized nations need to: "We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions 'cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren."
This appears an odd thing to say, with the US worried about recession. (Video here.)
But, then, if there is a recession, President Hillary Clinton can blame it on global warming. Recession will be a good thing.
Right? Right on! (01/31/08)

'Straight Talk Express' takes scenic route to truth - By Ann Coulter - John McCain is Bob Dole minus the charm, conservatism and youth. Like McCain, pollsters assured us that Dole was the most "electable" Republican. Unlike McCain, Dole didn't lie all the time while claiming to engage in Straight Talk.
Of course, I might lie constantly too, if I were seeking the Republican presidential nomination after enthusiastically promoting amnesty for illegal aliens, Social Security credit for illegal aliens, criminal trials for terrorists, stem-cell research on human embryos, crackpot global warming legislation and free speech-crushing campaign-finance laws... (01/23/08)

What a sloppy post from The Detroit Free Press. You call this journalism?
The candidates' views on global warming - January 13, 2008
DEMOCRATS
Hillary Clinton

Cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions. Reduce electricity use 20% from projected levels by 2020. Increase fuel efficiency standards to 55 m.p.h. by 2030. Typical socialist solution.
John Edwards
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Seek new world climate treaty. Great! Another global treaty to give away more of our sovereignty. End tax "giveaways" for big oil companies. Translation: Raise your taxes.
Mike Huckabee
Climate change is national security issue. Cap carbon emissions. Work with other global polluters. Launch global scientific effort to end dependence on oil. No wonder the press likes Huckabee so much. They know a liberal when they see one. Maybe someone should tell the bonehead author that he's a Republican!
Dennis Kucinich
Support Kyoto treaty. Join international efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Maybe we should let Shirley Maclaine and the aliens (the ones in the sky) fix it.
Barack Obama
Create cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Make oil, coal and gas companies pay for emission quotas. Typical tax and spend liberal tripe. Big Corporations = bad.
REPUBLICAN
Rudy Giuliani

Calls it serious long-term problem but isn't sure "we have to distort our whole economy and our whole life." Reduce emissions with nuclear energy, hydro and solar power. Not bad.
Mike Huckabee
Calls it a spiritual issue, saying he has a responsibility to take care of the Earth. Supports certain cap-and-trade policies. Oh, this Mike Huckabee, the Republican. Is there two Huckabee's now? For a while there was two Thompsons... By the way, any "conservative" that thinks cap-and-trade is a good thing might as well just join the Dems.
Duncan Hunter
Questions whether climate change is caused by mankind. Says cutting U.S. reliance on foreign oil can help the climate. BINGO! We have a winner...common sense!
John McCain
Says it's real. Supports cap-and-trade policy on carbon emissions and global effort to curb them. Maybe we could have the other aliens (the ones from Mexizona) to solve it.
Con Paul
Favors private and local anti-pollution initiatives over federal intervention. Sees nuclear energy as alternative to oil and gas. Sounds good to me. Too bad he's a nut.
Mitt Romany
"Kyoto-style sweeping mandates would kill jobs, depress growth and shift manufacturing to the dirtiest developing nations." Develop alternative energy. Sounds like a touch of common sense here.
Fred Thompson
Do more research to determine human impact. Says it may be economically unfeasible for United States to adopt global warming restrictions unless China and India take part. Research? For what Fred?
OUR VIEW:
(the Detroit Free Press' view that is...)
The editorial board's position We support efforts to limit global warming gases, and believe a carbon tax would be the simplest, most efficient way to prod action and spur technologies that can together cut down on emissions and ease U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources. We have taken a dim view of CAFE standards, which unfairly single out the Detroit three, leaving vast sources of pollution untouched. What a surprise.
Compiled by assistant nation/world editor Dennis Rosenblum. Source: Free Press news services, candidate Web sites (01/13/08)

MY VIEW:
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Politics of global warming - I read with great interest, Mr. Tim Rehder's Illogical "Logic" in elevating Al Gore as a climatologist, scientific writer and expert on "Global Warming". For your readers who wish to use their own innate intelligence and logic, I refer them to: Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years, by S. Fred Singer, PhD.
Dr Singer is professor emeritus of environmental science at the University of Virginia, and has credentials/publications that show Al Gore to be a kindergardner on the issue of our environment/climate. Mr. Gore's "book" is at best a propaganda device to promote him and his elitist, socialistic agenda.
Of course our climate warms (and also cools), but: 1. man is not the driving force behind climate warming, it is solar activity, 2. CO2 rises occur after the climate warms, not as the precipitating factor, and 3. climate warming is more beneficial to mankind than is global
cooling.
No Mr. Rehder, we do not all need to be published climatologists to logically examine scientific literature, but we do need to be open-minded and to look critically at data. Beware the social scientist with his political agendas and propaganda. ~ Jim McCoy, Boerne, Texas (10/08/07)

The Left's Global Warming Solution: No More Children! - By Ben Shapiro - Proving once again that foolish ideas don't die or fade away -- they walk the earth eternally, preying on the brains of the living -- scientists at a UK think tank have determined that the greatest threat to the planet is more human beings. "The effect on the planet of having one child less is an order of magnitude greater than all these other things we might do, such as switching off lights," explains Professor John Guillebaud, co-chairman of the Optimum Population Trust (OPT). "The greatest thing anyone in Britain could do to help the future of the planet would be to have one less child." (05/09/07)

The Climate War Part 1: Terrorism - By Joe O'Connell - The easiest way for radical global warming advocates to convince people of their cause is to carpet the media wall-to-wall with articles, movies, charity concerts, pressure campaigns, reports, advertisements and protests all urging only one view. By dominating the media reporting one can do more than just persuade with reporting. With evidence being presented as incontrovertible and unchallenged the public is being misinformed that global warming is exactly the Armageddon being portrayed. (05/02/07)

Assessing the Supreme Court's CO2 Ruling - William O'Keefe CEO, The Marshall Institute - April 1, the day that the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from automobiles, was a day of bitter triumph. A triumph of judicial activism over factual and dispassionate analysis, a triumph of ideology over objective analysis and legal precedent, a triumph of political science - the blend of science, hypothesis and orthodoxy - over science and facts, and a triumph of image over reality. (05/01/07)

Global warming politics - The current debate about global warming is "completely irrational," and people need to start taking a different approach, say two Ottawa scientists. Carleton University science professor Tim Patterson said global warming will not bring about the downfall of life on the planet. (04/25/07)

Politics, science best kept separate - Curt Parrott - Many thanks to guest columnists Dan Nebert ("Global warming related to our Earth's natural cycles," April 8) and Thomas Lowell ("Global warming no longer a question," April 16) for addressing global warming in a gentlemanly and non-political fashion.But it may be too late for that. It is already a political issue. What was once a discussion of scientific differences of opinion may now be inseparable from domestic and geopolitical agendas and their respective ideologies. (04/25/07)

Scary
The new politics of global warming - An environmental expert has predicted that new lifestyle choices will have to be made to weather climate changes. Hans Pienaar reports - South Africa's transport system will have to be adapted radically to fight the effects of global warming. This would have to include steep rises in prices to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, an environmental expert predicts. (04/17/07)

The Global Warming Argument: Win It, Don't Spin It (If You Can) - By Amy Ridenour - A for-profit public relations agency sent me a link and an excerpt to the story "Thanks for the Facts. Now Sell Them" by Matthew C. Nisbet and Chris Mooney in Sunday's Washington Post, with the suggestion that I might like to blog about it. (04/16/07)

Political impact of global warming - By Morris Beschloss - The question increasingly confronting everyone these days is "global warming." This debate has become deeply enmeshed with the presidential campaign, and is spearheaded by former Vice President Al Gore's widely disseminated film, "An Inconvenient Truth."
In order to gain some objective input into this discourse, I turned to former Delta Airlines chief meteorologist Joe Luisi. He possesses professional insight into global meteorology, and a politically nonpartisan point of view. (04/02/07)

If Gore is Right... I'm Henry the VIII, I am! - By JB Williams - Liberals prefer the religion of science, scientist saviors and nutcase professional failure Al Gore as their prophet... As for the rest of us, a good dose of common sense reality will keep the fruitcake fear-driven global nightmare freaks away. God how I yearn for the 60's styled liberals who cared only about good rock-n-roll, free sex and cheap pot. The modern crop of "America is the evil empire" liberals, always in search of the next opportunity to scare average Americans into voting themselves federal tyranny, make Marx and Lenin look conservative. (03/23/07)

The Global Warming As A Political Movement - Is the Global Warming real? The best way to answer this question would be a thorough scientific study carried out by impartial scientists. However, there are a couple problems with such a study. First, the system under study is exceptionally complex. Simple physical models (like the model of spherical horse in vacuum) cannot not grasp all the complexity and thus are useless. As for complicated models, they have a tendency to predict whatever their creators build into them. Second problem is to find impartial scientists. Whatever they think about themselves, scientists often tend to accept the matearilistic, and therefore, leftist points of view. (03/23/07)

DiCaprio '11th Hour' Global Warming Film Silences Opposition View - By Jon Shanks - Leonardo DiCaprio has had it with those who have an opposition viewpoint on global warming. DiCaprio wants dissent squelched on the subject. (03/19/07)

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism) By Jamie Glazov - FrontPageMagazine.com - An Interview with Christopher C. Horner, author of the new book "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism)" (03/12/07)

Canadian climatologist Dr. Tim Ball - Senator Barbara Boxer invites Canadian climatologist to sign Al Gore Thank You Card. (03/09/07)

Environmentalists Use 'Global Warming' for Political Gain - Global-warming alarmism is the vehicle of choice for a mélange of interests, beginning with those who insist that whatever happens in this world it simply must be man's fault, this is the man-as-agent-of-doom creed; it is also a proxy for anti-population activists, anti-capitalists, anti-Americans and a whole host of grievance and even identity politics. (03/09/07)

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism - by Christopher Horner - Global Warming: why it is the Left's last best chance to gain a stranglehold on our political system and economy. (03/09/07)

The Politics Of Global Warming - The search for truth leaves some scientists in the cold. By Mark Jenkins (03/02/07)

FlashReport Weblog on California Politics - Let's Really Stop Global Warming - This last week we have witnessed the declaration by Al (Sore Loserman) Gore that the problem of global warming is a "no longer a scientific debate, it is a moral issue." (03/01/07)

Oregon Governor Set to Fire State Climatologist Over Global Warming - by Noel Sheppard. Can your job really be at risk if you don't buy into the junk science of anthropogenic global warming? Well, that certainly seems to be the case in Oregon. (02/07/07)

Global Warming Skepticism Bites Another State Climatologist - by Noel Sheppard. After Oregon's state climatologist received the bad news in early February, Delaware's governor had similar sentiments as reported by The Daily Times. (2/23/06)

Just ask the media

The media can't decide if we're warming or cooling. Over the past 11 decades the New Your Times has flip-flopped from cooling, to warming, to cooling again, and finally back to warming. Please see the report titled, "Fire and Ice" from the Business and Media Institute, and United States Senator James Inhofe's Skeptic Guide.

AIM Report: Media Promote Global Warming Fraud - March A - Accuracy In Media Report - Keith Olbermann's favorite site - (03/08/07)

Scott Pelley And Catherine Herrick On Global Warming Coverage - In this follow up article to the CBS News 60 Minutes one-sided episode on Global Warming, Scott Pelly explained why he "did not pause to acknowledge global warming skeptics." Pelly said, "If I do an interview with Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?"

California Senate Democrats Unveil "California First" Global Warming Bill Package - By Frank D. Russo. "Democrats are clearly not content with the pace of the Schwarzenegger Administration's actions and alarmed at the news since last August of a massive and rapidly worsening global warming problem." (02/23/07)

Democrats Add to Global Warming Debate - by Don Thompson. Targeting truckers, contractors and others, Senate Democrats introduced legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beyond the landmark global warming law that took effect this year. Associated Press (02/23/07)

Man-made Global Warming is Politics Not Science
By freelance writer, John Bender (02/12/07)


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