James Hansen's Letter to Obama

james-hansen Since no one else will listen to his lies, half-science, and hysteria, the old man of GISS wrote a long letter to the president-elect.

Luckily for the rational world, Richard Courtney (pdf) excoriated Hansen for the letter and for Hansen's continued crusade to end freedom as we know it.  Courtney's summary of Hansen's conclusion may go down in annuls of the AGW debate as a masterpiece:

That “conclusion” may be correct if it were based on evidence and reasoned argument, but – as explained above – it is not. This “conclusion” follows from a presentation of misrepresentations, falsehoods, suppositions, and scaremongering assertions. It is not a “conclusion” but is a construct of fabrication.

Meanwhile, Politico reports on growing skepticism among scientists.  I don't think many minds are changing within the scientific community.  Rather, the confirmed cooling trend (going on a decade) combined with the failure of every one of the left's AGW models has emboldened skeptical scientists to speak up. (Especially since Hansen's lies are becoming more easily detected and destroyed.) They'll still lose their jobs, but now they could find new ones.

Of course, the fanatics of the cause still cling to their diminishing hopes that atmospheric temperatures will skyrocket 250 degrees in the next 72 hours. 

Update:  Ed Morrissey has a fascinating number:

Over 31,000 scientists have now signed onto the Global Warming Petition Project, demanding more skepticism and a return to scientific inquiry into climate change rather than political propaganda.  They face an uphill battle in convincing the beneficiaries of research dollars from Washington to risk their funding by acting like scientists.

Thirty-one thousand scientists.  I suppose Gore would say they're none of them serious. And this:

The global-warming movement exists to provide cover for statists who demand central control over energy production.  That’s an inconvenient truth that has begun to emerge as global temperatures fail to meet expectations of increase.

Touché.

James Hansen's Boldest Lie To Date **Update**

Dr. Hansen apparently believes the world is as stupid as, well, as stupid as the world seems to be.

All of the October surface station temperature from Russia was corrupted.  So what did Hansen do? He simply copied and pasted Russia's temperatures for September into October and reported that October 2008 was the hottest October on record.

Why isn't James Hansen in prison?  The AGW argument has lost so much steam that he's resorted this level of lying, fraud, and deceit. So fast are the data disproving Hansen's theories that he'll stoop to bald faced lies to protect his crumbling reputation.

Meanwhile, 2008 is shaping up to be below average across the vast majority of the United States.

 

 

**UPDATE:  The outrage and call for action spreads:

Ed Morrissey is exactly correct.  GISS has a long and accelerating record of changing history to fit its models, of publishing doctored climate data, and of encouraging criminal activity to hide its own corruption.  One of the great errors of the 2008 election was the failure of both political parties to treat the AGW scam as a massive criminal enterprise.  Perhaps the peasants with pitch-forks will have to prosecute this crime themselves.

The Rush to Climate Change Laws

According to reports, Barack Obama will spend most of the afternoon of January 20, 2009, signing Executive Orders to ban or limit activities that produce CO2.  Bankrupting the coal and steel industries apparently can't wait for legislative action.

Why the rush?  Why is Obama in such a hurry to put tens of thousands of people out of work?

Obama and the left want to get CO2 laws in place so they can claim the laws stopped and reversed global warming. 

Temperatures have been dropping for 8 years and have not risen in 11 years.  Moreover, the coming winter could be one of the worst in recent memory.  The Arctic Sea ice buildup is nearly equal to 1980 in extent and exceeds 1980 in density [click].  Already, the extent exceeds any in the past six years [click].

Most people are "concerned" about anthropogenic global warming can't spell CO2, much less know that temperatures are falling and sea ice increasing.  Those people will accept that an Executive Order signed on January 21, 2009, reversed a 100-year global warming trend.

So, come October or November 2009, the IPCC will pronounce global warming has stopped, and warn world governments not to rescind the draconian laws that caused this wonderful piece of happy horseshit to drop from the throne of Zeus, aka Obama.

Since the beginning, the goal of the global warming alarmists was to expand the role of government and to limit personal liberty.  Global warming is just a convenient tool for advancing socialism, and Barack Obama is the first openly socialist president in the history of the Untied States--he will comply with the Central Committee's orders.

(Whatever the scientific consensus on global warming might be, the fact is that no positive correlation exists between increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 and temperature. People like Al Gore make the logical error post hoc ergo propter hoc.  It's also physically impossible for CFCs to cause the Ozone hole, but that didn't stop "scientist" from claiming the opposite, nor did that fact stop the wackos from claiming credit for shrinking the the ozone hole over the northern hemisphere despite continued increases in CFC releases.)

Arctic Sea Ice Today May Be Higher than 1980

The image below from from University of Illinois shows that Arctic Sea ice nearly matches 1980 levels in area, and far exceeds 1980 in concentration.

 

 

 

Remember the AGW crowd's hysteria from this time last year until about June of this year?  Scientists predicted that the Arctic would be ice-free? 

First, this shows nature's ability to heal itself far exceeds man's ability to heal it.  Second, it shows that the AGW crowd are liars.  They weren't always.  At one time they were simply reporting the facts as they knew them.  Then they based predictions on those facts.   Then they based prescriptions on those facts.  When new facts conflicted with the old predictions, weak men like James Hansen began to lie, saying the new facts, not the old predictions, must be wrong.

Let's look at this date in 2007 verses this date in 2008:

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Biden: "Life Begins At Conception"

Senator and VP candidate Joe Biden today broke from the DNC and from Barack Obama declaring his belief that life begins at conception, according to the New York Times.

Biden must have a very difficult time reconciling that belief with his public support of abortion rights.  If he truly believes that life begins at conception, supporting abortion under and circumstances is tantamount to advocating murder.

Biden admits that he cannot fully reconcile the two opposing views:

In the interview Sunday, Mr. Biden tried to walk the line between the staunch abortion-rights advocates in his party and his own religious beliefs. While he said he did not often talk about his faith, he said of those who disagree with him: “They believe in their faith and they believe in human life, and they have differing views as to when life — I’m prepared as a matter of faith to accept that life begins at the moment of conception.”

Biden's revelation could make abortion a major topic in the campaign. Clearly, his moral views are in line with those of McCain and Palin and miles apart from Obama's belief that even a child who survives a botched abortion should be killed on the spot. 

At least this issue isn't above Biden's pay grade. 

This could be the last straw. Pro-abortion zealots will demand Obama drop Biden from the ticket.  Combined with the polls, Obama might listen.

This story will grow legs.

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More on Hansen's Fraud

While my flaming headline ("Dr. James Hansen of GISS is a Liar and Fraud") received a fair amount of attention, people a lot smarter than I are carefully documenting the facts that led to my unavoidable conclusion. One such appears on the Telegraph today.  Christopher Booker (corrected link) notes that Dr. Hansen's GISS center is alone in seeing continued warming throughout the world. 

Pointing out that laws supported by Hansen, Al Gore, and others will cost tens of trillions of dollars and severely limit freedoms throughout the world for the generations, Booker rightly contends that those proposing such a retreat from liberty be damn well sure they're right. 

On this point, the evidence against Hansen is compelling:

  • Hansen's monthly temperature reports are wildly out of line with every other global temperature measure, and the delta increases each month
  • Three of the four global temperature measures have shown world temps flat or cooling since 2001, with Hansen the exception
  • Hansen's NASA rejects satellite temperatures, relying instead on ground-based mercury systems, while the other three would kill for the NASA satellite data
  • Satellite data--of both temperature and ocean levels--increasingly disagree with Hansen's reports
  • Hansen, unlike the leading scientists of the other three bodies, stands alone in calling for international dictatorship to combat global warming
  • Hansen is the most politically active of the leading scientists in the field
  • Hansen has a lifetime's reputation to lose if he's wrong

Booker points out the starkness of the contrast between GISS and everyone else who studies climate:

The other three all show a flattening out after 2001 and a marked downward plunge of 0.6 degrees Celsius in 2007/8, equivalent to almost all the net warming recorded in the 20th century. (For comparisons see "Is the Earth getting warmer, or colder?" by Steven Goddard on The Register website.)

The meat of Booker's piece, though, is the outstanding work of two scientists who someday may be credited as humanity's liberators from the despotism of global warming liars:  Anthony Watts and Steve McIntyre.

Watts runs the best climate and weather blog on the planet, Watts Up With That.  McIntyre is the man who has exposed more fraud in the global warming community than any other human being:

It was McIntyre who last year forced Hansen to publish revised figures for US surface temperatures, to show that the hottest years of the 20th century were not in the 1990s, as Hansen had claimed, but in the 1930s. He has now shown that Hansen had been adjusting almost all his pre-1970 global temperature figures downwards, by as much as 0.5 degrees, and his post-1970 figures upwards.

In so doing, McIntyre exposed Hansen as a fraud.  No reasonable person could conclude that Hansen was simply wrong, that he overlooked something.  As I said, Hansen has a lifetime of work depending on global warming's worst case scenario.  He wouldn't overlook a thing. 

But were he to find, deep in the crevasses of his data, that his apocalyptic conclusions are wrong, that CO2 does not force catastrophic climate change, that the earth's warm spell of the last 100 years was mild compared to others, that a cool spell, not more heating, is upon us--if Hansen digested all of these things, then he would have to conclude that his 20 years of ranting make him a failure in what's become his life's work.

Given the choice of owning up to error or lying through data, it's pretty clear that Hansen lied.  He lied about temperatures in the 1930s, and he lies, every day, about temperatures today.  He gives cred to radical politicians who crave your freedom the way a vampire craves your blood.  He advocates a new, global theocracy built on the phony religion of environmental whackness.   He advocates riots to change the laws before nature proves him wrong.

It is still too early to suggest that the recent drop in temperatures shown by everyone but him [Hansen] is proof that global warming has stopped. But the fact is that not one of those vaunted computer models predicted what has happened to temperatures in recent years. Yet it is on those models (and Hansen's alarmist figures) that our politicians are basing all their proposals for irrevocably changing our lives.

For the sake of your freedom and your children's freedoms, stop James Hansen.  I called Hansen out big time, and I'm just a computer geek.  Perhaps more scientists will take a chance and expose Hansen for the fraud he is.

Notes:

See this Denver Post article from 2006.

Many thanks to Tom Nelson for the kind link.  I help my readers wander over to his site.

Coming Soon . . . Global Warming Skepticism Illegal *UPDATE*

Steve McIntyre tears to shreds an anti-speech ruling by the British equivalent of the FCC, Ofcom.  Ofcom ruled that a documentary "The Great Global Warming Swindle" violated rules, essentially, because the producers presented evidence contrary to the party line of the United Nations and the Labor government. In other words, in the UK, thou shalt not question global warming.

For all the details (way too involved for this blog) see McIntyre's Climate Audit beginning here.

What's happening in the UK is on its way to the United States.  Powerful people like George Soros, Al Gore, and David Hansen have billions of dollars and huge reputations riding on man-made global warming.  The facts do not support their view, and the people are getting tired of hearing about it.  To perpetuate this fraud, they will limit freedom of speech on the matter.  Gaining popularity is David Roberts's position that skeptics should be tried at a war crimes tribunal.  Moreover, politicians in Europe and elsewhere are seeking to ban skeptics from access to any form of mass communication:

The task of the skeptic is made even more difficult by the burgeoning effort to silence dissent. There have been calls recently to equate global-warming skeptics with Holocaust deniers and to have them punished as the equivalent of war criminals. On September 19, 2006, in a post on the blog run by environmentalist magazine Grist, David Roberts wrote: "When we've finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we're in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these b*****ds — some sort of climate Nuremberg."1 

This type of rhetoric has not been confined to just one anti-heresy crusader. Columnist Vin Suprynowicz, editorial page editor for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, pointed out in a recent column that "the British foreign secretary 'has said that skeptics should be treated like advocates of Islamic terror and denied access to the media'" and that "European Union Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas [told] the BBC that people should view the battle against climate change as a war — accepting the privations of a wartime economy and expecting millions of casualties."2

Under other circumstances, I might be inclined to sit out this election and let Obama screw up the country Jimmy Carter style.  He has all the right stuff to do just that.  But I can't.  Freedom itself, the First Amendment, is on trial.   In a recent speech, Al Gore left little doubt as to his view on those of us who disagree with him:

Those who, for whatever reason, refuse to do their part must either be persuaded to join the effort or asked to step aside. This is such a moment. [h/t windfarms]

Against free speech, free thought, and scientific investigation stand powers and principalities.  Clearly, people are serious about incarcerating me and others like me for penning such words as these. The most dangerous weapon against fraud being the cold, remorseless light of day, fair and intelligent questioning of the data, the means, the motives, and the accuracy of Hansen's conclusions must be stopped.  At all cost.

Al Gore has said that climate change is the overarching issue of our time.  He's right, but for very different reasons than many believe.  Climate change offers cover for would-be dictators and totalitarians to abrogate freedoms, establish world government, and choke out, for good, the nasty conservatives who, throughout recent history, have stood athwart the diabolical plans of despots like Gore, yelling "Stop!"

*UPDATE*  This is un-f***ing-believable.  Or, wait . . . we should have seen it coming.  Anthony Watts reports that British newspapers, today, carried full-color enviro-Nazi propaganda sheets encouraging kids to rat out their families, friends, and neighbors for "climate crimes."  Watts:

I find this method of indoctrinating school children to normal everyday living being harmful to the earth with the “climate crime” connotation as distasteful and wrong headed. I have no problems with energy conservation, in fact I encourage it. But combining  such advice with a “climate cop” idea is the wrong way to get the message across. Can you imagine what sort of reaction the neighbors will have to the kids hanging this door hanger on their front door? Will the result of this now be hiding your electric dryer behind false walls so the kids and neighbors don’t see it?

Indeed. 

If you haven't lately, you might want to re-read "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "The Gulag Archipelago."  The Greenhouse Gestapo will sound and behave much like the Nazis and KGB.  Heil Hansen.

Obama Caught Lying Like a Hansen on Climate Change

TigerHawk decided to fact-check Obama's pontifical address to his German subjects concerning the messiah's "facts" about global warming (h/t Hackbarth).  Like Hansen and Gore, Obama enjoys lying to the people.  TigerHawk shows academic research that report sea levels falling, not rising, and Kansas not in a drought, but normal to exceptionally moist.

I'm not surprised to catch Obama in a lie; I am surprised that people continue to lie about global warming despite all scientific evidence (not doctored by James Hansen) to the contrary.

Who Else Believes Hansen a Fraud?

Brian Sussman writing on American Thinker, for one. In an article titled, "James Hansen:  Abusing the Public Trust," Sussman writes:

Topping it all, Hansen has allegedly received hundreds of thousands of additional dollars to further politicize the issue of global warming.  According to Investors Business Daily, "How many people, for instance, know that James Hansen, a man billed as a lonely ‘NASA whistleblower' standing up to the mighty U.S. government, was really funded by [George] Soros' Open Society Institute (OSI), which gave him ‘legal and media advice'?  That's right, Hansen was packaged for the media by Soros' flagship ‘philanthropy' by as much as $720,000, most likely under the OSI's ‘politicization of science' program."

So Hansen takes cash under the table to channel George Soros's twisted mind.  Great.  Perhaps he'll use his windfall profits to buy some thermometers that work.  Or maybe he won't (h/t Anthony Watts).

Update to my post of last night:  I got a lot of hits thanks to National Review's Edward John Craig on PlanetGore.  Gracias, Señor!

The high today in St. Louis was 70.  Average for this time of year about 90.  Luckily, we managed to keep the kids away from the polar bears floating down the Mississippi on ice floes.  I wonder what 70 F translates to on the Hansen Scale?

UPDATE:  NewsBusters has touched off a continuing battle amongst the AGW crowd.

Leave Me the F*** Alone, Nannies!

It took the nanny-staters to more than a minute to scream at low-carb dieters like me about the Mediterranean Diet study released today. The study shows that Atkins-like, low-carbohydrate diets are the most effective kind for both weight loss and good health.  That joys me, because the only way I can lose and keep of weight is with low carbs.  Even when I was running half marathons, I was well over 200 lbs on a 6-1 frame.  That's really hard on the tendons and joints.  I landed on my back for a week with an Achille's tendon so inflamed the doctor thought it would rupture walking from his office to my car.

But the nanny worriers--the people who insist on telling me what to eat, smoke, drink, think, wear, and fondle--immediately blasted the study with a bunch of crap arguments, like this one from The Spartan Diet blog:

subjects get an alcohol point for consuming from one to three glasses of alcohol for men and slightly less for women. That means drinking zero alcohol -- the healthiest option, assuming the rest of your diet is healthy -- is treated the same as drinking a bottle of scotch every day. The upper end of this scale -- three glasses per day -- is enough to develop chronic alcoholism.  [Emphasis mine]

Three friggin' glasses a day is chonic alcoholism????   That would make me . . . Dean Martin!

I'm sure the writer has a product to hawk, but leave it alone.  I'm not on the Med Diet, but it sounds like a great way to save some people from diabetes, heart disease, and 48-inch waists.

The American Heart Association has good but non-commital things to say about the Med diet here.  Eric of Health and Survival Blog--a committed-sounding name if I ever heard one--found that low carb diets lower cholesterol better than low fat diets.  So there.

Go read it for yourself on the New England Journal of Medicine.

Antarctic Ice Anomaly At All-Time High

According University of Illinois's Cryosphere Today, Antarctic sea ice is at an all-time high. (Yeah, I know "all-time" is relative, since records go back only 30 years. But the alarmists have no issue with treating 30 years as the sum of recorded history; why should I?)

 

On the other hand, Arctic sea ice had a bad week. Mounting evidence points to underwater volcanoes pumping superheated water toward the bottom of the ice as the major problem, but the hysteriacs will blame my cigarette smoke.

Meanwhile, the great Anthony Watts links to this Texas Energy Analyst story reporting that a consortium of climate scientists meeting in New York recently claim cooling is now a more serious threat than global warming:

Noted presenters, such as William Gray, Harry van Loon, Rol Madden and Dave Melita, signaled in the strongest terms that huge climate changes are afoot. Each weather guru, from a different angle, suggested that global warming is part of a cycle that is nearing an end. All agreed the earth is in a warm cycle right now, and has been for a while, but that is about to change significantly.

Don't expect to hear about these four on the news—unless Obama wins and the government begins criminal prosecution of global warming skeptics and oil executives, as the evil James Hansen recommends. In Canada, however, the government is free to arrest people whose opinions oppose those of liberal, idiot professors, such as the fascist David Suzuki (more on Marquette Warrior).

Believe it or not, even the leftist nut Alexander Cockburn has been threatened with prison for raising questions about the soundness of global warming science:

Since I started writing essays challenging the global warming consensus, and seeking to put forward critical alternative arguments, I have felt almost witch-hunted. There has been an hysterical reaction. One individual, who was once on the board of the Sierra Club, has suggested I should be criminally prosecuted [source].

BTW, for those of you born after 1980 and are thereby bereft of education: the First Amendment of the Constitution bars Congress from making laws that limit the freedom of speech. It contains no global warming exception.

 

The Greenhousers--At Least They Have Pluck

Despite all scientific evidence now denying the greenhouse hypothesis, the greenhousers stand by their story.  That story:  global temperatures will continue to rise in direct proportion to the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere and for many years after CO2 emissions stop altogether resulting mass famine, flooding, death, and the Cubs winning the World Series.

Unfortunately for Al Gore, the past year saw almost every tenet, speculation, and idea about greenhouse gasses and man-made global warming fall to the scrutiny of science:

  • The Tree Ring theory upon which Mann relied was proven wrong, as tree leaves maintain a constant internal temperature of 21.6 degrees Celsius regardless of atmospheric temperature.
  • The CO2-Temperature correlation theory has been shattered by 11 years of flat temperatures and 8 years of global cooling despite steady increases in CO2 output.
  • The CO2-Water Vapor theory (the sine qua non of all greenhouse theory) was proven wrong by NASA.
  • Anecdotal evidence from 1920s and 1930s has emerged showing that Arctic ice pack was abnormally low for about 8 years, exposing regions of Greenland that had, supposedly, been ice covered for millennia.
  • The IPCC has "adjusted" its models to show that the greenhouse effect would cause 10 years of cooling before a massive increase in temperatures.  Of course, this "prediction" came in year 8 of the cool down, not before it started.
  • When models are adjusted to account for the 8 years of cooling (2000 to 2008), they predict another 20 years of cooling (until 2030), consistent with the 30 year cycles understood in meteorology for 100 years.
  • Sunspot activity and solar irradiation are at lower levels than they have been in years--and temperatures are dropping.  Just wait.

If you're a greenhouser, take heart.  You deserve great credit for standing by your convictions in the face of a hostile reality.  Your efforts to stop progress and reason throughout the world are paying off in record high oil prices, policy-driven food shortages, and a mis-educated generation of kids. 

You must be a Democrat.

An Inconvenient Ice Age

Part I

The sun is the source and cause of all weather.  The aggregate of weather is climate.  When the sun changes, climate changes. 

These are irrefutable truths of science, even though Dr. Mann, Al Gore, and the global warming hysteriacs skipped that chapter in their science books. 

 

Part II

The downside of global cooling, or ice ages, is far worse for humanity and most species of fish, plants, and animals than the worst predictions of global warming.  Warming four degrees over 100 years might challenge or kill hundreds of species.  Cooling 5 to 10 degrees in 50 years would thousands and thousands beyond those destined for extinction on purely evolutionary grounds.

 

Part III

The evidence that the world is on the precipice of a new ice age far outweighs the evidence that it is on the verge of catastrophic warming.

Referring to the chart below, meteorologist Anthony Watts describes with frightening eloquence a solar event that took place three years ago:

Notice the sharp drop in the magnetic index and the continuance at low levels, almost as if something “switched off”.

 

Today, Mr. Watts found a disturbing scientific paper with an ominous conclusion.  The domain jargon might be foreign to you, but it provides a beautiful set up to the final sentence (speaking literarily):

A linear fit to the changing magnetic field produces a slope of 77 Gauss per year, and intercepts the abscissa at 2015. If the present trend continues, this date is when sunspots will disappear from the solar surface.

On Financial Post, Lawrence Solomon describes circumstances the last time the sun failed to spot:

The consequences of the Little Ice Age, because they occurred in relatively recent times, have come down to us through literature and the arts as well as from historians and scientists, government and business records. When Shakespeare wrote of “lawn as white as driven snow,” he had first-hand experience – Europe was bitterly cold in his day, a sharp contrast to the very warm weather that preceded his birth. During the Little Ice Age, the River Thames froze over, the Dutch developed the ice skate and the great artists of the day learned to love a new genre: the winter landscape.

As a hockey player and winter-lover, all sounds great.  But as a man who must commute to work, who must earn a wage, and who must heat a home, the next paragraph sounds frightening:

In what had been a warm Europe , adaptations were not all happy: Growing seasons in England and Continental Europe generally became short and unreliable, which led to shortages and famine. These hardships were nothing compared to the more northerly countries: Glaciers advanced rapidly in Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia and North America, making vast tracts of land uninhabitable. The Arctic pack ice extended so far south that several reports describe Eskimos landing their kayaks in Scotland. Finland’s population fell by one-third, Iceland’s by half, the Viking colonies in Greenland were abandoned altogether, as were many Inuit communities. The cold in North America spread so far south that, in the winter of 1780, New York Harbor froze, enabling people to walk from Manhattan to Staten Island.

While the global warming hysteriacs drive their hybrids to Whole Foods for some organic alfalfa sprouts and Ethos water, the wise will plan for the cold.  The last time climate turned cold, the world changed.  The New World was settled.  The Protestant Revolution erupted.  Confined to their homes, people demanded that Gutenberg invent the printing press to give them something to read (or something like that). 

Anyway, Tom Buchanan was right the second time:  the sun is getting colder every year. 

 

FOXNews.com - Solar-Powered Speedboat Goes on Sale in Netherlands - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News

Here's some environmental-like news I like.  

Dutch researchers at the Technical University of Delft have developed what they say is the world's first solar-powered speedboat, and it's got all the luxurious trimmings one would expect.

FOXNews.com - Solar-Powered Speedboat Goes on Sale in Netherlands - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News

No, I'm not panicked about greenhouse gasses, I do like effective methods of starving the oil barons in the Middle East.  A luxury boat that runs on sun power is one great start.  Now, if they can do the same for my Jeep Commander, all would be well.

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Global Warming Dying Fast

The global warming hoax of the past decade, which reached a climax in 2006-2007, is in rapid decline.  I'm no longer the only one noticing it.    Add to that the news of a couple weeks back that no one in an ABC News poll of 1,197 US adults named Global Warming as an issue in this year's elections.  No one.  Nada.  Zip.  Ain't huntin'. 

In desperation, then, Al Gore today pronounced the Myanmar Hurricane a result of non-existent global warming. 

Al Gore makes money on global warming.  So today's pontification is, effectively, his attempt to cash in on a tragedy--like the carpetbaggers who descent on natural disasters and bilk the people out of their remaining cash on the promise of repairing their homes.  (Many, many sincere carpenters and constructors also travel to disaster scenes to help.  I'm not calling them out or comparing them to Al Gore.)

What does this mean? 

It means that it's okay to swim against the theoretical flow.  It's okay to enjoy your SUV, to not say you're "green," to eat beef, to keep comfortable, to put real bygod gasoline into your car, to cut the lawn with a gas mower, then fire up the grill to seer some steaks.  Pop a Budweiser, releasing the naturally produced CO2.  The greenhouse bubbles will help carry the aroma of hops and natural beechwood aging to your olfactory nerves, enhancing the beverage's crisp, satisfying flavor.

You earned it, my friend; you survived Global Warming.