Democrats in Senate Feel Hinky About Cap and Trade

Posted by courage On December - 27 - 2009


h/t to Tom Nelson

From Politico:

Bruised by the health care debate and worried about what 2010 will bring, moderate Senate Democrats are urging the White House to give up now on any effort to pass a cap-and-trade bill next year.

“I am communicating that in every way I know how,” says Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of at least half a dozen Democrats who’ve told the White House or their own leaders that it’s time to jettison the centerpiece of their party’s plan to curb global warming.

Is that Senator Mary Landrieu, of the infamous, I’ve got my piece of pork and reminded constituents that early reports of the amount were wrong….

“I am not going to be defensive,” she declared. “And it’s not a $100 million fix. It’s a $300 million fix.”

Apparently she believes that prostituting for a higher price makes the endeavor worthwhile or perhaps she believes it then admirable?

Then we have the <cough> blue dog Dem Evan Bayh chiming in:

“We need to deal with the phenomena of global warming, but I think it’s very difficult in the kind of economic circumstances we have right now,” said Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, who called passage of any economy-wide cap and trade “unlikely.”

Really Evan.. we need to deal with the phenomena of global warming? How about dealing with the misappropriation of funds used to finance the scientific data which ever day appears to be a larger scandal?    Before running off to have our electricity “skyrocket,”  why not take at look at how the scientist behind the global warming hysterics have manipulated data, prevented true scientific inquiry and have aligned themselves with corporations such as GE, to fleece the world?  Have no fear Mr. Bayh, Hoosiers like myself have been watching, your destination for 2010 is the unemployment line.  Maybe you should of held a town hall meeting back in the summer,  re-connected with the people who voted you in to office?  Naw that would make to much sense.. something you apparently  lack.

“Climate change in an election year has very poor prospects,” added Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.). “I’ve told that to the leadership.”

Those Democrats sure are getting jumpy about their re-election prospects in 2010; gee, I wonder why?  Could it be they realize the people back home are none to happy with them?

Asked about cap-and-trade last week, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said: “At this point I’d like to see a complete bill but we have to be realistic.”

Oh Dick.. why start being “realistic” now?  We both know  the polls you cite are based on skewed data…  you only use polls from those that donate to your campaign and then extrapolate the results to the entire state, shitster shyster!

“Any bill dealing with energy and climate change will have to be bipartisan to pass,” said Durbin. “Sen. Kerry assures me that there are other (Republicans) that he may have.”

But even among Republicans who believe global warming is a problem, few — if any — other than Graham support an economy-wide cap and trade system.

Ah Lindsey Graham, for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why you suddenly become vocal champion of the Cap and Trade legislation.  A little journey over to Open Secrets shows an interesting fact, your number 5 top campaign contributor, out of the 20 is (drum roll)…. Energy and Natural Resources.  Maybe that explains it.. maybe not, but I do not understand how you can support legislation based on plain old bad science.

I am glad the Democrats seem to be  backing away from this legislation, even if their justification is the 2010 elections.  The sad thing is that instead of understanding that the current hysterical warming mantra is flawed and then demanding new scientific inquiry be performed… they instead play politics.

I once heard the difference between a politician and statesman.  A politician is only concerned about their next election, while a statesman is concerned about the next generation.

What this vividly displays is these Congresspeople never had courage of conviction, it’s all about power and politics; they are without conscious.

Quick Hits… Things I Notice and Ponder

Posted by courage On December - 19 - 2009

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With things occurring at a hyper pace in Washington I wonder about things that drop off the news cycle such as…

Have we decided that there was in fact, a terrorist attack at Fort Hood or are the 13 soldiers who died that day being swept under the Muslim prayer rug?

And is the administration stalling in their fact finding mission? Read the entire article at the link..

( – Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, says the Obama administration is stalling in providing information to the leaders of the House and Senate and the congressional intelligence committees on the multiple murders allegedly committed by a radical Muslim Army officer at Fort Hood more than a month ago.

Has anyone given an explanation as to where in the Constitution, Holder and Obama can bring enemy combatants on to US soil, giving them full rights of citizens?

Then there are things I read and see little attention by the media…

Climategate?  And make no mistake this is the biggest punch progressives have received in quiet a while, and they didn’t see it coming.

The Russians admitted smack-dab in the middle of the Hopenhagen conference, their which assisted in formulating the pseudo-science findings of the United Nations climate hysterics was incomplete..

Climategate has already affected Russia. On Tuesday, the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) issued a report claiming that the Hadley Center for Climate Change based at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office in Exeter (Devon, England) had probably tampered with Russian-climate data.

The IEA believes that Russian meteorological-station data did not substantiate the anthropogenic global-warming theory. Analysts say Russian meteorological stations cover most of the country’s territory, and that the Hadley Center had used data submitted by only 25% of such stations in its reports. Over 40% of Russian territory was not included in global-temperature calculations for some other reasons, rather than the lack of meteorological stations and observations.

An analogy that could help the hysterics understand why this is important…

You are “doing” a paint-by numbers picture, the set comes with 8 different colors each with their own unique number… you decide to only use 1/4th of the colors they supply (being the creative devil you are).  So you use only 2 of the 8 colors in the pack.. what do you end up with?  Will it resemble anything close to the actual picture?  Of course it won’t.. and that’s why this entire climate change mantra needs transparency, something is very rotten in the United Nations.

Given the climate gate scam, the unreliable Russian data and the thousands of climate experts who seriously question the UN’s findings, why did President Obama Say…

We come here in Copenhagen because climate change poses a grave and growing danger to our people. All of you would not be here unless you — like me — were convinced that this danger is real. This is not fiction, it is science. Unchecked, climate change will pose unacceptable risks to our security, our economies, and our planet. This much we know.

Fistgate?  Think I’m kidding… ah no.  Apparently, the Czar of Safe Schools Kevin Jennings promoted fisting to 14 year-old boys and other behaviors that NO adult should be advocating to children.  Read it all here, here, here and here, I’m letting you go read the details.

Then there are things I ponder…

Do Indiana citizens realize that, according to Governor Daniels if the current Senate health care bill passes, 1 in every 4 Hoosiers will be covered by Medicare?  And do they realize that within a few short years, the federal government transfers the oversight, as well as, the cost to the state?

This struck me as odd… At a recent GOP Christmas party, first one I have ever attended, when speaking with attendees about the numerous letters and calls our household has  made to elected officials, we received blank stares.  The questioning and puzzled looks gave the impression that they do NOT bother with such trivial things; because typically from what I have seen, people who also write the delusional ones in Washington, speak of their frustration with canned responses or the complete lack of a reply .  Which then brings me to wonder if they understand how their silence condones the continual violation by the Congress in their oath of office?  Just ODD…

And an interesting quote I came upon:

Reason is not an automatic condition, those that don’t abide by it can’t be conquered by it.  ~  Ayn Rand

Open Mouth, Insert Foot… Oh Al Gore

Posted by courage On December - 16 - 2009

(Dec. 15) — It is an inconvenient time for Al Gore to be fudging numbers on global climate change.

With the specter of the “Climategate” e-mails hanging ominously over the Copenhagen climate change summit, the former vice president told a crowd there on Monday that one scientist had predicted the polar ice cap would have no summer ice in five to seven years.

“These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr. Maslowski that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years,” Gore told the audience.

But the scientist Gore quoted, Dr. Wieslaw Maslowski of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., told the Times of London that he never said such a thing.

Look at Gore’s words, ever notice how most, if not all climate change talk centers on ambiguous terms?  Nothing is ever defined in terms that  denote certainty.  Rather  words are used to increase anxiety toward some potential conclusion which may have a chance of occurring one in a trillion times.

Guru Al deludes the adoring climate change zombies with syntax, forgoing truth.

Addressing the Lies, Climate Hysterics Want You to Believe

Posted by courage On December - 16 - 2009

Interesting list detailing why climate change is natural and NOT man-made.

Climate Change Is Natural: 100 Reasons Why

1) There is “no real scientific proof” that the current warming is caused by the rise of greenhouse gases from man’s activity.

2) Man-made carbon dioxide emissions throughout human history constitute less than 0.00022 percent of the total naturally emitted from the mantle of the earth during geological history.

3) Warmer periods of the Earth’s history came around 800 years before rises in CO2 levels.

4) After World War II, there was a huge surge in recorded CO2 emissions but global temperatures fell for four decades after 1940.

5) Throughout the Earth’s history, temperatures have often been warmer than now and CO2 levels have often been higher – more than ten times as high.

6) Significant changes in climate have continually occurred throughout geologic time.

Continue reading at the above link.

Arrogant Obama Ignores Climate Scam

Posted by courage On December - 5 - 2009

Apparently the President does not believe the brakes should be applied and what could eventually be the catalysis that drives the economy in to an abyss, Cap and Trade, needs to move forward.  Make no mistake the Hopenhagan conference, set to start next week, is the green pseudoscience which the House based their ” American Clean Energy and Security Act HR 2454.”   First Obama wasn’t going, then he was going at the start of the conference, and now he will be there at the end.

Instead, the White House announced Friday that Obama was doubling down on his commitment to the summit’s goals and moving his visit later in the month, hoping it will secure a “meaningful” agreement.

“Doubling down” in his pursuit to ruin this economy.  Is this the same President who states a respect for the merits of science?

The truth is promoting science isn’t just about providing resources; it’s about protecting free and open inquiry.  Insuring the facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.

It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say- even when it’s inconvenient- especially when it’s inconvenient.  The highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us. (emphasis mine)

The inconvenient truth is the science is NOT absolute.  Period.. and until there is an independent investigation of the “scientists and their research” which fuel this “science,” the United States should NOT enter in to or even given the appearance of condoning speculative science, at best.

Apparently the President who claims to cherish science, doesn’t understand the most elementary aspects of the discipline.

Senator Boxer: Real Issue Behind Climategate May be Email Theft

Posted by courage On December - 3 - 2009

From the Wall Street Journal:

Surely there must have been serious men and women in the hard sciences who at some point worried that their colleagues in the global warming movement were putting at risk the credibility of everyone in science. The nature of that risk has been twofold: First, that the claims of the climate scientists might buckle beneath the weight of their breathtaking complexity. Second, that the crudeness of modern politics, once in motion, would trample the traditions and culture of science to achieve its own policy goals. With the scandal at the East Anglia Climate Research Unit, both have happened at once.

I don’t think most scientists appreciate what has hit them. This isn’t only about the credibility of global warming. For years, global warming and its advocates have been the public face of hard science. Most people could not name three other subjects they would associate with the work of serious scientists. This was it. The public was told repeatedly that something called “the scientific community” had affirmed the science beneath this inquiry. A Nobel Prize was bestowed (on a politician).

The issue surrounding Climategate centers on whether or not scientists, politicians, the media and major companies (such as General Electric) have with malice attempted to scam the American public.  Is the science replicable or not?   We know that the data used to champion the warming hysteria was trashed, throw away like an old newspaper.  The only remaining data are the conclusion figures which admittedly have been “fixed” to reflect the hysteria mantra.

Senator Boxer, does it not concern you that the implied intent of the released emails points to FRAUD?

We are seeing agenda and ideology trumping the request for true scientific exploration.