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William Happer, Another Denier!

Posted by – 2/2/09

Meet William Happer. He’s one of the latest official additions to the list of dissenters in a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee report. He was the former director of the Office of Energy Research in the U.S. Department of Energy before V.P. Gore fired him for not toeing the party line, and he is the current Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton. He’s a Denier.

He’s a scientist who rightly understands that correlation does not equal causation, an elementary fallacy that Al Gore does not yet grasp.

He’s a former director of an organization responsible for doling out non-weapons research grants from a budget of $3 billion, and he saw the writing on the wall in the late 80′s and early 90′s with the “give me money and I’ll get the answer you want” global warming crowd.

He’s watched the analysis of average global temperatures decline over the last decade, all the while fighting the droning claims of global warming coming from less than upright scientists and self-aggrandizing politicians.

He’s noted the impossibility for climate change models to even accurately predict past weather conditions, much less predict future conditions. Some major periods of history cannot even be accounted for given current models:

Happer cited an ice age at the time of the American Revolution, when Londoners skated on the Thames, and warm periods during the Middle Ages, when settlers were able to farm southern portions of Greenland, as evidence of naturally occurring fluctuations that undermine the case for anthropogenic influence.

He publicly notes the ridiculousness of claiming that something every one of us breathes out second-by-second could be polluting the earth, especially given that plants are our direct counterpart in this exchange.

The response from the global warming climate change alarmist crowd? We have a lot of evidence you’re not allowed to pick apart or argue with. We’ve got a very popular thing going on (haven’t you noticed the consensus?). So you just read our convincing report and tell us why we’re wrong. No, really:

Oppenheimer, director of the Wilson School’s Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy [and the lead author of the fourth report of the IPCC], stressed that the preponderance of evidence and majority of expert opinion points to a strong anthropogenic influence on rising global temperatures, noting that he advises Happer to read the IPCC’s report and publish a scientific report detailing his objections to its findings.

A response to criticism of the report’s claims is a challenge to read the report and publish his objections? Is this Oppenheimer even paying attention?

I am eager for the day we can look back on this age of scientific/religious environmental alarmism and smile at the futility and lunacy of the whole mess. My hope is that we do not oppress too many, spend too much wastefully, or drag too many whole nations down on the road to enlightenment.

The Goracle and His Prophecies

Posted by – 1/29/09

Finally, a journalist who understands that Global Warming Climate Change should be covered like the religion that it is: oracles, prophets, appeasing the gods and all.

If I say it over and over, that must make it true!

Posted by – 8/13/08

You know, the willful ignorance that so many liberals show toward the idea of drilling absolutely befuddles me. Take Bob Herbert and his op/ed for the NY Times a few days ago.

As Senator Kerry and many others have pointed out, it would be nearly 10 years before any oil at all would be realized from new offshore leases. So your adorable 7- or 8-year-old would be just about 17 and clamoring for a license when this new oil started coming online.

Ok. Well, first off, they’re wrong. Drilling technology has come a long way since the 70′s, and it may take as little as 3 or 4 years to see some actual oil. But so what if it does take 10 years? If the Clinton Administration hadn’t blocked us from drilling 10 years ago, we wouldn’t be in this problem now. The shortsightedness is really quite astonishing. Not only would it drop prices sooner than 10 years from now, it would also provide for the Americans of 10 years in the future. Which will be us. So let’s think ahead, people.

Maximum capacity from these new leases wouldn’t be reached until 2030, when that 7- or 8-year-old is approaching 30, finished with college and graduate school, and very likely married with children.

And even then — after more than two decades and who knows how many graduations, weddings, funerals and family cars — even then, the amount of oil expected to come from these leases would have little or no effect on the price of gasoline at the pump.

Again, even if it takes that long, that alternative you’re offering is… what? Just wait it out? To have cars that run on Obama’s hopes and dreams by then? Please…

And to say that it will only have very little effect on gas prices ignores even our current situation with the deafest of ears. Like I’ve said, the only change in the last month has been the lifting of the Executive Order against offshore drilling. No new oil. Not even the lifting of the Congressional ban. Just a symbolic lifting of the Executive order. And oil barrels have dropped an incredible 23% from $147.27 to roughly $113.40. The average price at the pump dropped from $4.114 to $3.787. Almost $0.33!! To ignore this is engaging in a buffoonery of the highest order.

He then quotes the Energy Information Administration, a statistical agency that provides official data for the federal government. Given their dubious association, it’s not hard to believe they’re wrong:

“Because oil prices are determined on the international market … any impact on average wellhead prices is expected to be insignificant.”

Wrong. See above.

I wonder how [the chanting bikers at the McCain rally] would have responded if they had been told that lifting the offshore restrictions would risk serious environmental damage to the U.S. coastline over the next several decades while having no significant effect on the price of gasoline at the pump.

They’d know the second part was a lie given the prices they’ve seen with their own eyes at the pump lately, which would make them laugh all the more heartily at the first part. Seriously, how oblivious is Herbert? Has he not swiped the card himself at the pump lately?

Jimmy Carter, for all his faults, was on the case when it came to energy. He saw the challenge as “the moral equivalent of war,” and dared to ask the public to make sacrifices as part of a coordinated national effort.

Ah, yes, I’ve heard many stories about his daringness. I believe it only exacerbated the energy crisis, if I’m not mistaken. Obama’s energy policy seems eerily reminiscent of Carter’s plan. And as such, the Obama machine is hard at work trying to get people to rewrite the history of both the Carter and Reagan Administrations.

Former Vice President Al Gore has tried, more than any other public figure in recent years, to raise the consciousness of Americans by dramatically illustrating, not just the enormity of the energy challenge, but creative and practical ways of dealing with it.

I suppose no one has ever accused Gore of being a pragmatist. In his devising of creative ways he does seem to ignore the largest contributors to energy. Oil and coal. And nuclear. This new wave of radical environmentalism, backed by junk science, greatly exaggerates the current effectiveness of alternative forms of energy. Wind and solar are great, but even Captain McGreenie Al Gore can’t power his house using only alternative forms of energy. That’s why we need a multi-facted energy policy that encourages new technologies without first abandoning the only sources that currently produce abundant energy. That’s why McCain’s plan makes more sense. And why Obama is quickly headed in the same direction.

Al Gore: The Carbon Footprint Sasquatch

Posted by – 6/21/08

Apparently, even after his green-ovation, the former Vice President and author of a global warming gloom-and-doom masterpiece uses 6,728kWh more energy every month than the average American household uses in an entire year. (Me? I used 713kWh last month.) More figures here, and a comment from that post:

He’s built his recent career on making Americans feel guilty about their lifestyles, and he’s using 20x more than those he wants to make feel guilty.

And he’s still flying around in that Gulfstream…

We’re comparing kWh here, not his monthly bill (which, by the by, is now a staggering $16,533), so his spokeswoman’s excuse that he’s involved in Nashville’s Green Power Switch Program–which costs more per kWh but lets the customer use some renewable sources–doesn’t really hold muster.

It really makes you question their motives. Why are they pushing this so hard if they don’t walk the walk? Or is that just for us normal people to do? Is this what’s behind the whole Cap and Trade mess? Would America really be for it if they knew that they would suddenly be forced to participating a new rigged market–the “quarter of a trillion dollar” [@ 3:55] emissions economy as well? Hmm… more governmental control. Awesome. (More on Cap and Trade here.) Of course, any intelligent business man will take advantage of such a system. If you’re not at the negotiating table, you’re on the menu, says Richard Sandor, the CEO of the Chicago Climate Exchange.

The real problem is giving them a system to game, and the fault for that lies squarely at the feet of politicians who buy into the junk-science arguments of “global warming” alarmists without any consideration of the massive economic costs Americans will bear in a Quixotic quest to stop climate change.  It reminds me of a club I once heard of: “The Stop Continental Drift Society”, and it makes as much sense.

Honestly, this is why I couldn’t give a real rip about what Gore or any other celebrity has to say about the issue. Dave Letterman and his racing team are included too. If you folks were really concerned that our behavior was causing the ultimate meltdown of Earth, your behavior would reflect it. If you truly believe your jumping on a table will break the table, you don’t tell everyone else to get off the table whilst you enjoy your continuing table dance–amusing though it might be.