December 7, 2009

56 Papers Issue Joint Editorial Demanding Action On ‘Profound Emergency’ in Copenhagen

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The earth is burning, the earth is burning! And it’s all our fault!

That’s the essence of an editorial slated to appear in 56 newspapers worldwide today, including at least one in the U.S.

Michelle Malkin pointedly notes that we aren’t likely to see much interest in ClimateGate out of these “Chicken Little” publications.

Here are some paragraphs from the very deep, very wide fever swamp, taken from the web site of the UK Guardian, which to no one’s surprise spearheaded the collective effort:

Copenhagen climate change conference: ‘Fourteen days to seal history’s judgment on this generation’

This editorial calling for action from world leaders on climate change is published today by 56 newspapers around the world in 20 languages

Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency.

Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. The dangers have been becoming apparent for a generation. Now the facts have started to speak: 11 of the past 14 years have been the warmest on record, the Arctic ice-cap is melting and last year’s inflamed oil and food prices provide a foretaste of future havoc. In scientific journals the question is no longer whether humans are to blame, but how little time we have got left to limit the damage. Yet so far the world’s response has been feeble and half-hearted.

…. The science is complex but the facts are clear. The world needs to take steps to limit temperature rises to 2C, an aim that will require global emissions to peak and begin falling within the next 5-10 years. A bigger rise of 3-4C — the smallest increase we can prudently expect to follow inaction — would parch continents, turning farmland into desert. Half of all species could become extinct, untold millions of people would be displaced, whole nations drowned by the sea. The controversy over emails by British researchers that suggest they tried to suppress inconvenient data has muddied the waters but failed to dent the mass of evidence on which these predictions are based.

…. the politicians in Copenhagen can and must agree the essential elements of a fair and effective deal and, crucially, a firm timetable for turning it into a treaty. Next June’s UN climate meeting in Bonn should be their deadline. As one negotiator put it: “We can go into extra time but we can’t afford a replay.”

At the deal’s heart must be a settlement between the rich world and the developing world covering how the burden of fighting climate change will be divided — and how we will share a newly precious resource: the trillion or so tonnes of carbon that we can emit before the mercury rises to dangerous levels.

Rich nations like to point to the arithmetic truth that there can be no solution until developing giants such as China take more radical steps than they have so far. But the rich world is responsible for most of the accumulated carbon in the atmosphere – three-quarters of all carbon dioxide emitted since 1850. It must now take a lead, and every developed country must commit to deep cuts which will reduce their emissions within a decade to very substantially less than their 1990 level.

…. Social justice demands that the industrialised world digs deep into its pockets and pledges cash to help poorer countries adapt to climate change, and clean technologies to enable them to grow economically without growing their emissions.

…. Many of us, particularly in the developed world, will have to change our lifestyles. The era of flights that cost less than the taxi ride to the airport is drawing to a close. We will have to shop, eat and travel more intelligently. We will have to pay more for our energy, and use less of it.

…. Kicking our carbon habit within a few short decades will require a feat of engineering and innovation to match anything in our history. But whereas putting a man on the moon or splitting the atom were born of conflict and competition, the coming carbon race must be driven by a collaborative effort to achieve collective salvation.

…. The politicians in Copenhagen have the power to shape history’s judgment on this generation: one that saw a challenge and rose to it, or one so stupid that we saw calamity coming but did nothing to avert it. We implore them to make the right choice.

Here is a graphic containing the mastheads of the 56 egregiously ignorant error emitters:

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I probably don’t recognize all of them, but I see one U.S. publication, The Miami Herald. Readers with keener eyes are welcome to identify any more U.S. pubs if they’re in there.

Read anything these publications produce on Climategate specifically or on the environment in general from here on out at your peril.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Uncle Sam’s Collections Crunch and Record Deficits Continue; Press Coverage Virtually Non-Existent

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Blogger Doug Ross got to the news of the Congressional Budget Office’s Monthly Budget Report (PDF) over the weekend, quite accurately observing that the establishment news coverage of its content barely existed.

The results of searches at the Associated Press’s raw feed page on “Congressional Budget Office” (not in quotes) and “CBO” confirm Doug’s observation, as no result returned relates to the CBO’s report.

The virtual non-coverage of the report may be due to the dire, dour news contained therein, as noted by Reuters, which at least had a story:

U.S. already $292 bln in the red this year – CBO

The U.S. government racked up a gaping shortfall in the first two months of this fiscal year after posting a record budget deficit last year, congressional analysts said on Friday.

In October and November, the government spent $292 billion more than it took in, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said.

That was even worse than the same period last year, when the government was on its way to posting a record $1.4 trillion deficit for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

A look at the cash collections detail shows just how dire things are on the receipts side (the incorporated November total matches CBO’s; current year info is from the final Daily Treasury Statements for October 2009 and November 2009; prior year info can be found searching the Daily Treasury Statement’s archives here):

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Keep in mind that CBO’s August projections assumed that Uncle Sam’s fiscal 2010 collections will be $2.264 trillion (PDF; go to Page X at link), or about 7.5% higher than fiscal 2009′s $2.105 trillion. To get there given October’s and November’s actuals, receipts during the rest of fiscal 2010 will have to be 11.1% higher than the last ten months of fiscal 2009. Putting it very politely, that seems quite unlikely.

It’s too early to say that this will happen, but if full-year receipts for fiscal 2010 come in 10% lower that fiscal 2009 — even that would be an improvement on the 13.7% decline posted thus far — the resulting $1.895 trillion in collections ($2.105 trillion x 90%) will be a whopping $369 billion short of what CBO projected ($2.264 trillion less $1.895 trillion).

On the spending side, CBO says that outlays through the first two months are $559 billion, meaning that the government has thus far spent more than double what it has taken in.

CBO’s monthly advance estimates usually closely track the actual Monthly Treasury Statements, which are released on the eighth business day of each month.

Meanwhile in Washington:

Words fail.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Lucid Links (120709, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:50 am

68 years ago today wasthe day that will live in infamy.”

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Two separate and independent sources claim that Air Tran Flight 297 out of Houston in mid-November was a terrorist dry run or at least a test of security seriousness. Given the common elements present in the renditions, the claim seems credible.

Another reason the claim seems credible is that the Associated Press’s rendition is so not credible (“a crew member asked a passenger to turn off his phone. [AirTran spokesman Christopher] White says that after several failed attempts by the crew member to end the conversation, the captain returned the plane to the gate.”). Sorry, I refuse to believe that the pilot aborts a flight because one guy is on his cellphone, or that the crew or another miffed passenger wouldn’t at some point take the phone and turn it off for him.

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The ClimateGate hits and other items making mincemeat of the idea that anyone has any real proof that the earth is unnaturally warming because of human-based causes keep coming, and the establish press largely continues to ignore them.

What follows is a small sample; it would take days to catalog all of it:

  • Researcher: NASA Hiding Climate Data. This is about far more than one country’s scientists.
  • From New Zealand (HT Watt’s Up With That via NewsBusters) — “NZ’s NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) accused of CRU-style temperature faking.” Quick hit: “The New Zealand Government’s chief climate advisory unit NIWA is under fire for allegedly massaging raw climate data to show a global warming trend that wasn’t there.” Money quote at Watt’s Up — “We have discovered that the warming in New Zealand over the past 156 years was indeed man-made, but it had nothing to do with emissions of CO2—it was created by man-made adjustments of the temperature. It’s a disgrace.” It’s actually much more than that.
  • BBC (see the vid at the link) — “the source code used in the CRU’s computer files is below commercial software standards, according to software engineer Dr John Graham-Cumming. From the vid: The source code is “not clearly documented, there’s no clear audit history of what’s happened to it,” and there’s an error in the code that will cause the program to “skip over data without any warning to the end user.” In other words, until comprehensively review line by line to prove otherwise, it’s rubbish.
  • From England“Met Office to re-examine 160 years of climate data.” Key item: “The new analysis of the data will take three years, meaning that the Met Office will not be able to state with absolute confidence the extent of the warming trend until the end of 2012.” I like the timing. Logic and intellectual honesty would dictate that even hardened alarmists wait until the results are released before attempting to change the entire world’s economic and political order in Copenhagen. Alas, neither is present as 1,200 limos and 140 private planes and their accompanying carbon footprints converge on the city, and Dear Leader has deigned to delay (HT RWV) his departure for Denmark until December 18, in an attempt to force some kind of closure at the end of the conference.
  • A Dutch Treat“Gore Wrong on Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Conclusions: 1) “The melting and freezing of moisture on top of Kilimanjaro appears to be part of ‘a natural process of dry and wet periods.’ The present melting is not the result of ‘environmental damage caused by man.’” 2) “DOSR (the Dutch Organization of Scientific Research) calls Al Gore’s iconic use of the melting cap of Kilimanjaro ‘unfortunate’ — since it now seems to be mainly the result of “natural climate variations.’” Just another inconvenient truth.
  • A small concession, with much more required — “UN climate chief: hacked e-mails are damaging.” He should have said “damning.”
  • Marc Sheppard at American Thinker“Understanding Climategate’s Hidden Decline.” It’s a read-the-whole-thinger. There are two key graphs. The first shows the previous millennium as commonly accepted until 1990 –

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    The second shows varying results of fudging by separate but apparently conspiring people to pretend that the historically chronicled Medieval Warming Period noted in the first graph never happened –

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Had enough yet? U.S. readers should be getting on the phones and filling the e-mail boxes of their representatives in Washington asking them how they can possibly believe anything about claims of human-caused global warming when the underlying data has been so compromised and so many of those involved have been shown to be utterly lacking in personal and scientific integrity. It might be a good idea to post any quotes obtained in whatever forums are available, especially from those who still insist on defending this nonsense.

UPDATE: From Charles Hurt at the New York Post

Some 40,000 tons of carbon will be spewed getting this crowd (in Copenhagen) together and keeping them in comfort.

That is the amount of carbon dioxide produced by more than 60 of the world’s smaller countries in an entire year — combined.

Despite the globalarmists’ claims, that in and of itself won’t do the world any real harm, but it is a pretty impressive display of hypocrisy.

What may do real harm is anything the attendees agree on that is considered binding.

Positivity: Local teen saves a life at bowling practice

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Elkhart, Indiana:

A local teen is being hailed a hero for her life-saving actions at a bowling alley.
Posted: 10:42 PM Dec 1, 2009

A local teen is being hailed a hero for her life-saving actions at a bowling alley.

Sixteen year-old Bethanie Riley is a junior at Northridge High School. She goes to the Elkhart Area Career Center for a few hours everyday. One of the program requirements was to be certified in CPR and first-aid. She never thought she’s be forced to take action two months later.

It’s always nice to learn some tricks from teammates who are a little bit more experienced but,14 year-old Victoria McCourt learned another unexpected lesson from Bethanie Riley at the bowling alley.

Victoria says, “She just knew what to do. She was there and just took her. She did a good job.”

Bethanie helped save Victoria’s mom’s life at a recent practice.

Lori says, “ I was watching them bowl. They were on their third game and that’s all I remember and the next thing I know I had someone in an ambulance asking me if I knew where I was.”

Lori McCourt has heart arrhythmia and has passed out several times before. Bethanie happened to look up when she saw Lori’s son panicked hovered over his mom.

Bethanie says, “I kind of tapped her on the shoulder and asked if she was okay and I asked twice and no response, so I lifted up her head and it was kind of turned blue and she was really red and hot, so I lifted her head back and opened up her airway.”

A week later, Lori is still bragging to everyone about how Bethanie saved her life and how knowledgeable she is about first-aid and CPR.

Lori says, “From what Bethanie told me, I was actually skipping beats when she was taking my pulse.” ….

Go here for the rest of the story.