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The End of Debate

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“…In all my years I ain’t never heard, seen nor smelled an issue that was so dangerous it couldn’t be talked about. Hell yeah! I’m for debating anything…” 

– (Stephen Hopkins, ‘1776‘) 

Once upon a time, the art of debate was viewed as one of the most laudable aspects of American Society. It’s part of our national fabric, and our country was conceived almost solely as a result of prolonged and heated debate. Debate teams have been a constant in schools for ages, and the ability to winningly articulate one’s ideas is as central to our national identity as freedom itself. We even created our Congress as two parts with debate expressly in mind, with the Senate being the chamber where differing points of view could be thoroughly discussed by each state’s most esteemed intellects.

But today, the accepted virtue of Free Debate now seems hopelessly anachronistic.

(via Mark Hemingway at The Weekly Standard) – “…On his blog this morning, Roger Pielke Jr. at the University of Colorado, a respected climate scientist, reveals that he was one of seven academics being investigated by Rep. Raul Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources.

And the good professor’s supposed crime, which is suddenly in need of Congressional inquiry? Take a wild guess:

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FLASHBACK: California’s Drought IS Man-made, ….politically.

Soil-hands ***As news about California’s ongoing drought continues to worsen (it’s now about to cause EARTHQUAKES, apparently), we thought we’d re-offer this old post as a reminder that their current water shortage was not only predictable, but also largely preventable.  Something to think about as that state’s agriculture-based economy continues to crater, and our nation’s food prices continue to soar.  JTR

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[originally posted 2-17-2014]

Recently, our Feckless Leader reached new heights of ingenuousness, as he sought to “rescue” us from a problem which he and his ideological buddies created in the first place:

(via Yahoo! News) – “…President Barack Obama toured parts of California’s drought zone on Friday and pledged to speed help to the No. 1 farm state, but he said harsh weather in the United States will get worse until more steps are taken to address climate change.

California is coming off its driest year on record and a recent winter storm did little to dull the impact of the drought in the state that produces half the country’s fruits and vegetables. A recent drought monitor said 91.6 percent of the state is experiencing severe to exceptional drought…”

In the absence of context, this is kinda-sorta true: California is indeed experiencing a terrible drought, and the winter is doing little to alleviate the situation. What’s deliberately missing is WHY this is such a problem right now. And no, it hasn’t a whit to do with Climate Change. Continue reading

The Guardian tries to claim global warming sank the Titanic – research says the exact opposite

Good grief, what are the “Global Warm-inistas” gonna blame on Climate Change/AGW next?  The Civil War, maybe?  The Black Death?  The Chicago Cubs?  …Why not?

Watts Up With That?

A purported photo of the iceberg that sank the Titanic. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office The photo of the iceberg that sank purportedly the Titanic. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office

Kate Ravilious makes this nutty claim at The Guardian:

But in fact the catastrophe may have been set in motion by a warm, wet year over Greenland in 1908, resulting in greater snow accumulation. Writing in the journal Weather, Grant Bigg and David Wilton of Sheffield University explain how the snow soaked through cracks in the ice sheet, encouraging excess iceberg calving over the following few years. Soberingly, global warming has increased iceberg hazard greatly in recent decades, making years like 1912 more the norm than the exception.

http://www.theguardian.com/news/2014/apr/27/weatherwatch-icebergs-greenland-titanic

Yeah, but have a look at what this research actually says and you’ll understand why The Guardian is nothing more than agitprop.

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The Science has been “settled” BEFORE, too…

In light of a recent statement from CNN (which simply echoes the president and others), this seems quite appropriate.

Courtesy of Chip Bok:

Science is settled 2014

As well as this from Charles Krauthammer:

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California’s Drought IS Man-made, ….politically.

Soil-hands

Over the weekend, our Feckless Leader reached new heights (depths?) of ingenuousness, as he sought to “rescue” us from a problem which he and his ideological buddies created in the first place:

(via Yahoo! News) – “…President Barack Obama toured parts of California’s drought zone on Friday and pledged to speed help to the No. 1 farm state, but he said harsh weather in the United States will get worse until more steps are taken to address climate change.

California is coming off its driest year on record and a recent winter storm did little to dull the impact of the drought in the state that produces half the country’s fruits and vegetables. A recent drought monitor said 91.6 percent of the state is experiencing severe to exceptional drought…”

In the absence of context, this is kinda-sorta true: California is indeed experiencing a terrible drought, and the winter is doing little to alleviate the situation. What’s deliberately missing is WHY this is such a problem right now.

And no, it hasn’t a whit to do with Climate Change.

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Global Warming…?

Courtesy of Henry Payne:

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One last post about everyone’s favorite Antarctic Global Warming Research Ship

Funniest (and most creative) spin on this subject that I’ve seen yet, courtesy of Gary Varvel:

Gilligan's Iceland 444

Of course, the whole thing was already pretty funny, all on its own:

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#HappyNewYear!! From the Antarctic Global Warming Researchers:

One more post concerning our favorite Global Warming Research Team:

Global Warming from Antarctica