Not that the Climate Change Brigade is Hysterical . . .

 

The Left is furious with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski for trying to block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act — especially since her bill is attracting support from some Democrats. Here’s a great example of the scientifically-rigorous critique of Murkowski’s legislation, from Tim Wirth, the former Colorado senator who now runs the United Nations Foundation:

Alaska is melting out from underneath her…and she’s effectively saying ‘lets don’t do anything’

Read the full story at WSJ.

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    @CharlesAllen

    That could be the Global Warming crowd’s next disingenuous scare ad…a picture of Murkowski standing on a small little ice flow….stranded polar bears are so last week.

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    @DuaneOyen

    They are hauling out all the biggest guns they can find to beat back this resolution- starting with this NYT op-ed, where the activist rips up all of the other poll questions that showed public support for AGW panic declining, but conveniently did not reveal any of his own polling questions or methodology (surprise, surprise):

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/09/opinion/09krosnick.html

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    @RobLong

    Alaska is “melting.” The planet is “dying.” The air is “toxic.” The water is “poisoned.” Earth Mother is “crying.”

    There’s a lot going on there, in the environmental movement. The question I keep asking myself is, will all of it just burn itself out, will those high-strung environmentalists eventually get exhausted from all of their freak-outs?

    That’s what happened with the anti-nuke movement in the 1980’s. We have the same number of nukes (more or less) pointed at the same places (more or less) in a much more dangerous and volatile world, so where are the marches and protests? Where’s that Scandinavian girl they always photographed, holding up a “No Nukes” sign and weeping with her boyfriend next to her in a Reagan mask? (Or so I remember….)

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    Or did they just get bored and move on to something else? To healing the earth? And will they get bored of this, too, and leave it to the Crying Indian

    (remember him) as they move on to something else again?

    I wonder what that will be?

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    @CasBalicki

    Baked Alaska, who wouldda thunk it?

    When I was a university student I spent time working as a porter on trains that went up to Churchill, Manitoba. On one such trip, as I was letting my passengers off the car, the native kids were pitching half-bricks over the top as a welcome greeting while a significant number of polar bears prowled near the tracks looking for picnic baskets. Based on this wilderness experience (to me staying at a Super-8 is roughing it), I can aver that polar bears are an endangered species, given their propensity to succumb to half-brickitis. Odd thing is that, although often exposed, none of the tourists was ever struck down by the disease. Good thing, too, as it might have caused a half-brick exchange with the US. Maybe if I punch it up a little, there’s a WSJ article in this story? The sky’s the limit if I can tie in an endorsement from Bell Helmet.

    Can you see it: Coming soon to an arena near you, full-contact environmentalism, sponsored by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund). Then again, maybe, all this environmentalism is just a flash in the pan?

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    @ScottR
    Rob Long: I wonder what that will be? · Jun 9 at 4:32pm

    The Jews. Seriously.

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    Fantastic. Exactly what the GOP should be doing. If you’re going hand over the economy to the EPA, then get everyone in favor of that move on record about it.

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    @JamesPoulos

    See, the tragedy here, all, is that there really are plenty of examples of bad stewardship of our natural environment for us to think about and act upon…but the panic brigades insist that the only way to improve our relation to the natural world is by creating a sense of desperation powerful enough to hand everything over to public and private elites who can multiply their own riches managing the new economy. (Exhibit A: the Chicago Climate Exchange.) How convenient that we can simply replace morality with legality — trusting that all the right rules and regulations will be passed, leaving the compliant nature lover with no obligation to do the hard work involved in responsible moral agency. Just do as you’re told? A real environmentalism that’s not.

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    @DuaneOyen

    We survived the nuclear freeze movement in the ’80’s when one man refused to be intimidated by the anti-Pershing II protests. The problem now is that the executive is populated by activists who agree with the “green” radicals.

    Since 1960, the subject has changed over abd over again- the population “explosion” with Malthusian starvation, Silent Spring and DDT, global cooling and the new ice age, burning rivers in Cleveland, ozone depletion, closing landfills, acid rain, frankenfoods, dioxin, catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (oops, I meant to say “climate change”). The problems are all different- but the answer is always exactly the same. Shut down US industry, shut down US transportation, and return to the 19th century via a command economy while the 3rd world races to catch up and pass us.

    I’m betting on either aircraft emissions or butterfly mutations caused by WiFi.

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    @OttomanUmpire

    Below is an exchange with our son’s nanny, a mid-20s San Francisco State graduate student, from about two years ago. We were talking, for whatever reasons, about shifting causes of mortality.

    She: “Well, we know what [Ottoman Umpire Junior] is going to die of.”

    [Note: this is a sure-fire way to grab a parent’s attention.]

    I: “Really? What?’

    She: “Global warming.”

    She was completely serious.

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    @FeliciaB

    Ahhhhh!! Alaska’s melting! Alaska’s melting! – Scene from “Chicken Little 2”

    Just in my recent memory, I remember: “We’re causing a hole in the ozone layer with all of our Aquanet hairspray bottles!” Then “We’re gonna die in a nuclear holocaust caused by Mean Old Ronald Reagan.” I think Sting even wrote a song about that. Then there was “We’re going to lose all of our oxygen because we’re destroying all rainforests everywhere!” Then “We’re going to destroy all of the earth’s oceans because we’re such bad polluters!” Didn’t Mr. Ted Danson say all of the oceans were supposed to be dead about 10 years ago?

    I think what’s really going on is that there’s a pool of about 12 fanatic people who spend all of their time locked in their hermetically sealed Biosphere 6 snacking on organic raw foods working as a think tank coming up with a new, scary earth destroying catastrophe. Once they agree on a good one, they contact the NY Times to see if it has traction…

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    @RobLong

    Scott, I wish I could disagree with you.

    And Cas, welcome to Ricochet, where you’re allowed to thrown anything you want…

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    @AndreaRyan

    Ottoman Umpire: Below is an exchange with our son’s nanny, a mid-20s San Francisco State graduate student, from about two years ago. We were talking, for whatever reasons, about shifting causes of mortality.

    She: “Well, we know what [Ottoman Umpire Junior] is going to die of.”

    [Note: this is a sure-fire way to grab a parent’s attention.]

    I: “Really? What?’

    She: “Global warming.”

    She was completely serious. · Jun 9 at 9:01pm

    She was probably one of those highly suggestible crusaders who eagerly signed the petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide.

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    @FeliciaB
    Andrea Ryan

    Ottoman Umpire: Below is an exchange with our son’s nanny, a mid-20s San Francisco State graduate student, from about two years ago. We were talking, for whatever reasons, about shifting causes of mortality.

    She: “Well, we know what [Ottoman Umpire Junior] is going to die of.”

    [Note: this is a sure-fire way to grab a parent’s attention.]

    I: “Really? What?’

    She: “Global warming.”

    She was completely serious. · Jun 9 at 9:01pm

    She was probably one of those highly suggestible crusaders who eagerly signed the petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide. · Jun 10 at 10:27p

    :D :D :D

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