Tag: Al Gore

It Is A Cult, After All


Can’t believe I couldn’t find a trending post on the climate change craze. I’ll have to do this myself.

We all casually observe the organized CAGW1 scam. C’mon, all of us, right? It starts at elite (and corrupt, if I may repeat myself) levels of the academy. We know the predilection of governments for conclusions that require their involvement, and we understand the funding needs of the intermediate tier of researchers and journals. This much is normal corruption.

Foolish on Climate Change


A smiling Governor Andrew Cuomo, with Al Gore to his right and a rapturous crowd of Democratic dignitaries at his rear, signed into law a new statute last week that he proudly touted as “the most aggressive climate law in the United States of America.” The explicit objective of the new legislation is to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions in New York by 85 percent by 2050.

Step one in that direction is the authorization of two huge, offshore wind power projects said to generate enough power to support one million homes. The legislation goes hand-in-hand with Cuomo’s aggressive executive action to block any new pipeline construction within the state, most notably the Williams pipeline designed to bring about 400 million cubic feet of natural gas each day to New York City.

The rationales for the law are contained in the statutory preamble, which makes declarations that are either flatly wrong or overly inflated. One of the more contentious claims is that the only way to minimize the risk of severe climate change is to follow the highly flawed October 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”) special report, which insists that maintaining temperature increases to under 1.5°C in perpetuity requires keeping carbon dioxide concentrations in the earth’s atmosphere below 450 parts per million (its present level is 412 ppm). The effects of climate change allegedly include temperature rises, sea level rises of one foot since 1900, and a higher frequency of “extreme and unusual weather events,” including ones like Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. The New York legislation notes that environmental policies “should prioritize the safety and health of disadvantaged communities. . .” It also treats New York as a role model that will “encourage” other jurisdictions to follow suit with “complementary” legislation.

The End Is Nigh!


Climate change is not my issue. I don’t know enough about the science to form a solid opinion. Had I been permitted to remain within the liberal left, I’d no doubt be mindlessly backing Team Gore. That is, I would have, had Team Gore and the Democratic Party not made the mistake of amply demonstrating its cynical perfidy when it comes to issues I do know and care about.

A story for another day (or, let’s face it, for just about all my other days): at the moment, I’d like to reprise my Stewardess Metaphor for those who might have missed it.

Richard Epstein analyzes a lawsuit several major cities are bringing against oil companies over climate change, explains the economic and scientific considerations necessary to seriously grapple with the issue, and describes the libertarian approach to environmental harms.

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A left-wing writer at The New Republic says it’s totes OK for Al Gore and Leo di Caprio to enjoy lavish, hydrocarbon-fueled lifestyles (multiple mansions, mega yachts, private jets, fleets of SUV’s for their entourages). “The claim that Gore and his ilk are hypocrites is a classic conservative attack strategy of redirection (because it ignores […]

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US Department of Fake


I ran into Greg Potemkin in DC yesterday when I was in town to lobby for The Euthanamerica Foundation, which I helped establish to counteract the obsessive focus on young Asians being promoted by the Oregon-based Euthanasia Society.

Greg is considerably younger than I, but we became fast friends five years ago when we toured Uzbekistan together for the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) to promote magic awareness and escapism. After exchanging the traditional IBM greeting, which consists of pulling multi-colored scarves from each other’s ears until we were worn out, we retired to the nearest Starbutts to catch up.

Ivanka Summons Al Gore for Climate Change Chat


ivanka-trumpDonald Trump has said that climate change is a hoax. His Democrat daughter (and prominent member of his transition team) doesn’t agree:

Ivanka Trump is meeting Monday with climate change activist and former vice president Al Gore.

The President-elect’s daughter, who reportedly wants to make global warming one of her signature issues, will meet with Gore at Trump Tower in Manhattan, according to transition spokesman Jason Miller.

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Today is Earth Day, the High Holidays for the Church of the Perpetually Aggrieved & The Scientifically Illiterate. It’s an apocalyptic cult whose adherents worship the Polar Bear and are particularly dimwitted. They are noted for their resolute faith in the coming of environmental disaster in 5! No 10! No 20! No 50! years. To […]

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In June 2004, Actor/Comedian/Musician Jack Black appeared at the MTV Movie Awards proudly displaying his “Vote Kerry” t-shirt. The blue shirt featured a drawing of one of the driest, monotonous, uninspiring presidential candidates we’ve ever seen. But there was Black, at the height of his fame and popularity, in front of screaming young MTV fans, […]

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It’s The End of the World As We Know It and I Feel Fine!


Al GoreWe made it! We made it! The end of days came and went and we didn’t die! Civilization didn’t come to an end!

Okay, I can see I have lost you. Don’t you remember when Al Gore, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate, told an audience at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2006, that we only had 10 years to save our planet or the glaciers would melt and flood the earth?

It was while attending a screening of his global warming film An Inconvenient Truth.

Tense, Boring, and — Squirrel!


IMG_2862It seems the natives are getting restless again, and you can trust me on that, speaking as the least restful nativist ever to grace these pages with thoughts from my viscera (thanks, Mona!). Like any place on the Internet, we have skillful trolls and blunt-force trolls, and here we pride ourselves on quality. It’s money well-spent.

The U.S. News and World Report cites a survey that has Trump pulling almost 20 percent of Democrats, as Hillary’s Hail Rodham play peters out at the fifty-yard line. Many people will say that this is inconceivable. “Inconceivable!” There, I said it for you.

In 2008 and 2012, what was inevitable for the GOP is exactly what happened, but the Democrats have some experience that we lack. In 2000, inevitable blowhard Al Gore was ensconced and lost, and in 2004, the inevitable wooden bore Kerry did the same. So when the inevitable no-man Hillary stepped up in 2008, a different whirling blade mowed her down. I do believe that Hillary would have lost to McCain-Palin and an energized, unified establishment-conservative party. Can’t prove a counterfactual, so it’s offered for your consideration.

Volkswagen, the EPA, and Latter-day Indulgences


Volkswagen Group’s stock price has collapsed 30 percent since news broke last week that the company doctored engine management software to conceal tailpipe emissions exceeding EPA standards. Why would a global corporation risk an estimated $18 billion in fines and penalties to eke a bit more mileage out of a diesel power plant that is already remarkably thrifty and powerful? The figure below tells the story in one chart.

CAFE Standards

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“More big government programs are the answer,” the global warming cultists tell us, “Now, what was the question?”  It turns out that nature has its own way of dealing with climate change, one that doesn’t involve banning SUV’s and “carbon credits”.  Preview Open

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Say It Ain’t So


Al.Gore-1At this hour on Buzzfeed:

Al Gore Insiders “Figuring Out If There’s A Path” For Him To Run

Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations among themselves and with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016, the latest sign that top Democrats have serious doubts that Hillary Clinton is a sure thing.

Climate Skeptics, Your Brains Just Aren’t Fully Evolved


brainLet’s face it. If you’re not freaking out over climate change, there’s something wrong with your brain. At least that’s what the climate alarmists think.

Brian Merchant’s article at Vice.com’s Motherboard blog, “Apocalypse Neuro: Why Our Brains Don’t Process the Gravest Threats to Humanity” discusses the ways primitive brains just can’t handle the looming threat of climate change.

Our brains are incredible little mushboxes; they are unfathomably complex, powerful organs that grant us motor skills, logic, and abstract thought. Brains have bequeathed unto we humans just about every cognitive advantage, it seems, except for one little omission: the ability to adequately process the concept of long-term, civilization-threatening phenomena. They’ve proven miracle workers for the short-term survival of individuals, but the human brain sort of malfunctions when it comes to navigating wide-lens, slowly-unfurling crises like climate change.