Uncommon Sense

politics and society are, unfortunately, much the same thing

What happened to the ‘consensus’ and the ‘settled science’?

Dare I say this out loud? The news, political, and entertainment industries have no scientific credibility. Maybe we should actually look at the science ourselves.

No Need to Panic About Global Warming
There’s no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to ‘decarbonize’ the world’s economy
January 27, 2012

A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have to consider what, if anything, to do about “global warming.” Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.

Concerned Scientists Reply on Global Warming
The authors of the Jan. 27 Wall Street Journal op-ed, ‘No Need to Panic about Global Warming,’ respond to their critics.
February 21, 2012

The computer-model predictions of alarming global warming have seriously exaggerated the warming by CO2 and have underestimated other causes. Since CO2 is not a pollutant but a substantial benefit to agriculture, and since its warming potential has been greatly exaggerated, it is time for the world to rethink its frenzied pursuit of decarbonization at any cost.

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Al Gore: Earth’s Interior ‘Extremely Hot, Several Million Degrees’

Al Gore: Earth’s Interior ‘Extremely Hot, Several Million Degrees’
November 18, 2009 by Noel Sheppard (hat tip to Western Center for Journalism)

For several years as uneducated sycophants in the media gushed and fawned over every utterance from former Vice President Al Gore, NewsBusters has informed readers of just how absurd the junk science he’s peddling really is.

Last Thursday, NBC “Tonight Show” viewers got a perfect example of how the Nobel Laureate basically makes things up, and that his poor grades in college were quite an indicator of just how little he understands about science.

So egregious was his departure from reality that the following clip should be mandatory viewing for all his fans in the media who seem to be just as scientifically-challenged (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript

Why isn’t Chris Matthews jumping on this and calling Al Gore an idiot?

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Obama Stimulus Bill ‘Saves or Creates’ jobs for China

Obama Stimulus Bill ‘Saves or Creates” Thousands of Green Manufacturing Jobs… In China
November 17, 2009 by Gateway Pundit

The Obama Stimulus Plan will help pay for a $1.5 billion wind farm in Texas. The project will mean thousands of new jobs for wind turbine manufacturers… in China.
The Dallas News reported:

Two weeks ago, U.S. Renewable Energy Group, led by Dallas investor Cappy McGarr, announced plans to build a $1.5 billion wind energy farm in West Texas. About a third of the money would come from federal stimulus funds. All of the wind turbines (and much of the remaining investment capital) would come from China.

“We believe that this project will greatly contribute to job creation, the goals of the Obama administration and our desire to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and increase our energy independence,” McGarr said in announcing the deal.

There would be perhaps 330 jobs created in Texas. Most would be temporary construction jobs. Meanwhile, thousands of Chinese workers in the northeastern industrial city Shenyang would build the labor-intensive turbines.

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Govn’t portrays confiscating your energy control as voluntary

Smart meters suggest savings
October 28, 2009 by JENNIFER ROBISON

Here’s your chance to weigh in: NV Energy wants to give you control over how much you pay for your electricity.

Yackira countered that the money ratepayers will save on electric bills will “dwarf” the initiative’s upfront costs. The payback period for the company would be a few years, and customers would see savings immediately, Yackira noted. The company would have proceeded with Advanced Service Delivery even without federal funds, though the rollout would have happened more slowly, he said.

Yackira also promised that NV Energy won’t reach into ratepayers’ homes to tamper with the temperature in mid-summer without permission. (The utility does run a voluntary CoolShare program that reimburses participants who accept brief, peak-period shutdowns of air-conditioning.)

It will be completely up to ratepayers to decide how extensively they participate in any conservation programs NV Energy might offer through smart metering, much like consumers choose from different tiers of cell-phone or cable-TV service.

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Green homeowner hit with noise abatement order because 40ft wind turbine is driving his neighbours mad
May 27, 2009 by Chris Brooke

When Stephen Munday spent £20,000 on a wind turbine to generate electricity for his home, he was proud to be doing his bit for the environment.

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Obama’s new rules will transform US auto fleet
May 19, 2009 by TOM KRISHER

Disingenuous predictions about increased vehicle costs, propaganda about those costs “paying for themselves” and no regard what so ever about the decreased protection provided by such light weight vehicles. No challenges from this reporter, either. This is the compassion?

DETROIT (AP) — Some soccer moms will have to give up hulking SUVs. Carpenters will still haul materials around in pickup trucks, but they will cost more. Nearly everybody else will drive smaller cars, and more of them will run on electricity. The higher mileage and emissions standards set by the Obama administration on Tuesday, which begin to take effect in 2012 and are to be achieved by 2016, will transform the American car and truck fleet.

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Ethanol: dud as a fuel substitute and damages engines

The Great Ethanol Scam
May 14, 2009 by Ed Wallace

Not only is ethanol proving to be a dud as a fuel substitute but there is increasing evidence that it is destroying engines in large numbers.

“Does the average citizen understand what this means? In from 10 to 20 years this country will be dependent entirely upon outside sources for a supply of liquid fuels … paying out vast sums yearly in order to obtain supplies of crude oil from Mexico, Russia, and Persia.”

—Yale Professor Harold Hibbert, ethanol promoter, 1925

Higher ethanol blend could ruin small engines, makers say
May 18, 2009 by Rick Barrett

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Administration addressing ethanol, climate change
May 5, 2009 by H. JOSEF HEBERT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration renewed its commitment Tuesday to speed up investments in ethanol and other biofuels while seeking to deflect some environmentalists’ claims that huge increases in corn ethanol use will hinder the fight against global warming.

The reassurances to the ethanol industry came as the Environmental Protection Agency made public its initial analysis on what impact the massive expansion of future ethanol use could have on climate change. Rejecting industry and agricultural interests’ arguments, it said its rules – which will take months to develop – will take into account increased greenhouse gas emissions as more people plant ethanol crops at the expense of forests and other vegetation and land use is influenced worldwide by the demand for biofuels.

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Word Abuse: Media Ignores Obama’s False ‘As I’ve Often Said’ Reference to ‘Exploration’
April 23, 2009, by Tom Blumer

The best that might be said is that Obama might have meekly flip-flopped last summer to appear open to the idea of increased exploration. But it was meaningless political posturing that, despite his speech Wednesday, has no apparent carryforward value. The meaningless of the summer flip-flop, to the extent that it occurred, is obvious, because at the same time Obama was championing a ridiculous windfall-profits tax on energy companies that, if ever enacted, would likely bring any thoughts of further domestic exploration and production to a screeching halt.

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Corn Ethanol Will Not Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 20, 2009, by Matthew Cimitile

California regulators may rule that the biofuel is no better–and might be worse–than petroleum for solving climate change

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