Saturday, April 23, 2005

EARTH DAY. FOR WHAT?

Earth Day. We should be celebrating the earth and what does Shrub do? He wants to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic wilderness of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (ANWAR) This is only to line the pockets of corporate oil barons. He will probably sell the oil to Japan anyway because they killed too many whales so, do'nt look for lower prices at the pump. Not to mention the enviornmental catastrophe when a spill takes place. If we really want to celebate the earth we should conserve energy. Keep your heat no higher than 68°F. Use a sweater if you have to. Your AC should be no lower than 70°F, or better still, open a window. Walk, bike, or use public mass transportation. If you must drive, drive 55 or lower. And trade your gas guzzling SUV or Hummer for a smaller, more economical car.

14 Vignettes:

At 9:40 AM, April 23, 2005, Blogger hooey vignetted...

All new, Stifflersmomto10. Not copied or pasted from Scrapple Face or any wheres else. So do'nt start.

 
At 11:58 AM, April 23, 2005, Anonymous Momto10 vignetted...

Yawn...I can see why you don't normally produce, "original," material.

Howie, if you persist in referring to me as, "Stifflersmomto10," I'm going to start calling you Hooey.

 
At 1:01 PM, April 23, 2005, Blogger hooey vignetted...

Stifflersmomto10, please keep your comments ON TOPIC!

 
At 1:17 PM, April 23, 2005, Anonymous Momto10 vignetted...

Whatever you say, Hooey! You have no real knowledge about the drilling in Alaska, Hooey, or you wouldn't have made such a ridiculous statement about the, "pristine Artic Wilderness," which is yet another LIBERAL talking point, Hooey. "When," a spill takes place, Hooey?" Come on, Hooey! You can do better than that, Hooey!

I have no problem with conserving energy, Hooey, but I'm not trading my gas-guzzling minivan in for a, "smaller, more economical car," that, A: My husband won't fit in, and B: I will total in a collision with a bicycle.

Sorry, Hooey, but your post is another pile of DU talking points. Get an education, Hooey!

 
At 2:01 PM, April 23, 2005, Anonymous kajun vignetted...

When Halliburton begins punching holes in the Arctic Wildlife Refuse, enough cold will be unleashed to counteract global warming.

2 problems solved for the price of one.

 
At 6:10 PM, April 23, 2005, Blogger hooey vignetted...

«...which is yet another LIBERAL talking point...»

Stifflersmomto10, uh, this is a «LIBERAL» blog.

 
At 8:54 PM, April 23, 2005, Anonymous Momto10 vignetted...

Liberal blog, Hooey? I thought you were a, "progressive." HEHEHE!

"LIBERAL talking point"=BULLSHIT. That's the point, Hooey! Your liberal talking points have no basis in fact. If the best you can do are liberal talking points, you need an education, Hooey!

 
At 10:30 PM, April 23, 2005, Blogger camojack vignetted...

This weekend marks the 35th anniversary of the founding of "Earth Day" by former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. It's also V.I. Lenin's birthday -- which is no coincidence. Nelson modeled his anti-capitalist protests after anti-Vietnam War demonstrations of that era. Today, the so-called "environmental movement" he helped spawn has devolved from a gaggle of unwashed adolescent peaceniks into a slick cadre of leftists, lobbyists and lawyers. The result of this devolution has been an enormous hidden tax on American products and services - more than a trillion dollars last year - in the form of runaway environmental regulation.
The populist wing of the environmental movement now operates under the aegis of the Left's cult of Latter Day Eco-theologists, or earth-worshippers. Their current titular head is Albert Arnold Gore, he of the unfortunately timed "global warming" speech delivered in January, 2004, during the coldest day in New York City in decades.
The objective of the earth-worshippers is to create a central authority over industrial production in the West through mechanisms like the Orwellian Kyoto Treaty. Their method is to portray industrial atmospheric emissions as a primary determinant of global climate. Their goal, consistent with both Nelson and Lenin, is to crush or at least bridle free-enterprise capitalism. The Kyoto Protocol, for example, hamstrings Western industrialized nations but exempts socialist states like India and China. (It should be noted that the U.S. Senate resoundingly rejected Al Gore's beloved Kyoto Protocol in 1997 by way of the Byrd-Hagel Resolution. The vote count? An eye-popping 95-0.)
Commenting on the misuse of science to support political agendas, Harvard's Dr. Malcolm Ross concludes of such folly, "Freeze or fry, the problem is always industrial capitalism, and the solution is always international socialism." Colorado Environmental Studies Professor Roger Pielke adds, "It is clear that there is an ample supply of people willing to use concern over the politicization of science as a political bludgeon to score points on the Bush Administration [but] where are the analysts (including reporters) who care about the politicization of science?"
Of course, most reporters are not journalists, but Leftmedia lemmings leading the charge to politicize science, particularly environmental science.
As with other Leftist cadres, Eco-theologists have learned well the value of co-opting media outlets to influence public opinion. Their most recent big-screen entry, "The Day After Tomorrow," was strategically released just prior to last year's presidential election. The movie, a ridiculously overblown fantasy about global warming, suggests that the consequences of such warming might be the rapid development of an Ice Age, and that all the Chicken Littles should take note.
The movie was marketed as "fact-based fiction," but it played so loose with the facts that it could have passed for a Michael Moore crockumentary. National Geographic asked Tom Prugh, senior editor at the Worldwatch Institute, for comment, and he noted, "Like some other Hollywood movies that claim to be based on true stories, there's a kernel of truth that is then pumped full of steroids and given cosmetic surgery...
It has been 'Hollywoodized'."
Daniel Schrag, Professor of Geochemistry at Harvard University, agrees: "It's really science fiction." But Dr. Schrag adds, "Global warming is definitely a real thing."
Indeed, most climate scientists agree that there has been roughly a one-degree rise in the earth's surface temperature in the last century. (Detractors argue that the rise is because many sensing stations are in urban areas (which tend to be hotter) or from geothermal or solar changes.)
If one accepts that the earth is warming, the question then becomes, why? Many scientists believe that the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) may be a contributing factor, although that opinion is far from unanimous. Of the 930 major papers and studies on global warming in the last ten years, approximately 75 percent conclude that the so-called "greenhouse emissions" from those fuels act like a thermal blanket trapping heat in the atmosphere and warming the planet.
Significantly, of course, 25 percent of those papers did not draw any such conclusion. To that end, the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine obtained more than 17,100 signatures from basic and applied American scientists on a petition noting, "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate."
For real insights into ice ages and global warming, one should disregard "The Day After Tomorrow" and consider the earth, day before yesterday, a far better predictor of future meteorological trends.
There is evidence of dramatic climate changes in the last 13,000 years, with severe cooling occurring 8,200 and 12,700 years ago, followed by re-warming. Some scientists suggest that these changes are related to the changing distance and position between Earth and the sun. To wit, even a 2001 National Academy of Sciences report on global warming suggests that increased radiation from the sun may be responsible for much of the climate change in the last century. In other words, our planet's sole source of heat - an enormous thermonuclear fireball around which our earth orbits - may actually have something to do with modest temperature variation.
Imagine that!

Regarding human impact on global temperature, William Ruddiman, professor emeritus of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, notes in the March edition of Scientific American that the earliest humans may have influenced the global climate: "New evidence suggests that concentrations of CO2 started rising about 8,000 years ago, [and] some 3,000 years later the same thing happened to methane, another heat-trapping gas. ... Without them, current temperatures in northern parts of North America and Europe would be cooler by three to four degrees Celsius - enough to make agriculture difficult. In addition, an incipient ice age - marked by the appearance of small ice caps - would probably have begun several thousand years ago in parts of northeastern Canada. Instead the earth's climate has remained relatively warm and stable in recent millennia."
According to Ruddiman's theory, early human cultivation may be why we are not in the midst of an ice age.
This weekend, eco-wackos will be saturating the media outlets with apocalyptic warnings about global warming, mostly rolling out Hollywonk elitists like Daryl Hannah, whose press release claims she "uses solar power, adopts animals, drives a clean burning vehicle that runs on biodiesel, and lives a sustainable lifestyle."
Isn't that special!

Indeed, global temperature has been a hot topic since the first Earth Day, but earth-worshipers forgot what they said the day before yesterday. The warning then concerned global cooling.

Check out this Earth Day article from 1975

Complex environmental concerns are serious - and, accordingly, should be taken seriously, but mindless Eco-theological rhetoric serves only to keep us from getting at the truth. As environmental analyst Rich Trzupek notes, "The golden rule among environmental groups is 'never, ever admit that progress has been achieved - especially when Republicans are in power.' It's awfully tough for those organizations to raise money if donors aren't kept in a constant state of panic."
This Earth Day, we encourage Patriots to plant a seed of truth that it may bear fruit in the coming debate.

Quote for the weekend:
"Too often environmental-policy discussions assume that the only way to advance environmental values is to create a government program or adopt new regulations. The potential for private initiative to conserve environmental treasures is overlooked. Yet where private action is viable, it is often superior to government efforts." --Case Western Law Professor Jonathan H. Adler

On further examination:
"Environmental groups have spent the last 40 years defining themselves against conservative values like cost-benefit accounting, smaller government, fewer regulations and free trade without ever articulating a coherent morality we can call our own. Most of the intellectuals who staff environmental groups are so repelled by the right's values that we have assiduously avoided examining our own in a serious way..." -Environmentalists Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus

 
At 10:30 PM, April 23, 2005, Blogger Josh Fahrni vignetted...

The drilling spot will be the size of a Golf Course, you jackass. You look up ANWR. Find some pictures of where the drilling will be. IT IS ALL SNOW. NOTHING ELSE. IT'S A FUCKING BUNCH OF NOTHINGNESS. The poor poor poor porcupine Caribou will cope. This will lessen our dependency on foreign oil. Well HOWIE! You idiots, who think Iraq is an oil war should be prooooud. No more wars for oil. Aren't you happy?


Dumbass.

 
At 10:33 PM, April 23, 2005, Blogger camojack vignetted...

Shall I talk about the ANWR thing now, too?

I certainly could, y'know...

 
At 3:11 AM, April 24, 2005, Blogger camojack vignetted...

I know you want me to do this, so:

ELEVENTEENTH!!!

Happy now? :-)

 
At 2:04 PM, May 01, 2005, Blogger Mr. Natural vignetted...

I don't know WHY you attract so many mouth-breathing Reethuglicans, but glad to see you are blogging! Those Reethugs are the loudest whiners and complainers I have ever heard! Funny how you hardly EVER hear anything POSITIVE or HELPFUL from them, isn't it? Howie, where's YOUR blog, motormouth?
By the way, I HAVE BEEN IN THE ALASKAN ARCTIC QUITE A NUMBER OF TIMES, AND I CAN TELL YOU STORIES ABOUT THE MESSES THE OILCO'S HAVE MADE!

 
At 9:23 PM, May 01, 2005, Blogger MRSX vignetted...

Top drawer Howie. As for your fellow readers you must pull some weight with your word or some of them wouldnt take the time to copy and paste anything and everything they can get their hands on. As for mom of 10. Come on its in the name itself.

You're in the ring and Im the old man. Well not really old and not even a man but anyways Im that girl thats holding up the gatorade to your mouth between dings.Just make sure your strings are tied nice and tight.

Tolerance of crazies is incredible. Happy blogging

 
At 7:25 AM, May 02, 2005, Anonymous mariana vignetted...

camojack:

What has "Orwellian" got to do with the Kyoto Treaty?

Have you read "1984"?

 

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