February 28, 2014

Former Greenpeace Official: ‘No Scientific Proof’ of Human-Caused Global Warming; Press Ignores

Patrick Moore is one of the early members of Greenpeace, and was an important official in that organization from 1971 to 1986.

Moore is among the last people one might expect to be a “climate change denier,” as those who irritate us with the idea that human-caused global warming is “settled science” like to characterize people who disagree with them. But he is, as seen in Senate testimony earlier this week. The establishment press is ignoring Patrick; the few identified results at the link come from British newspapers and center-right outlets. An Investor’s Business Daily editorial yesterday highlighted what Moore had to say (bolds are mine):

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February 25, 2014

Leftists Try (and Fail) to Suppress Krauthammer’s ‘Settled Science Myth’ Column; Fox’s Kurtz Is Not Amused (and Shouldn’t Be)

It would be easy to dismiss the attempt by the leftist groups Credo Mobilize and Forecast the Facts to prevent the Washington Post from publishing Charles Krauthammer’s February 20 column (“The Myth of ‘Settled Science’”) as the whining of immature children who cover their ears and say “la-la, we can’t hear you, and we’re going to shut you up” every time they come across inconvenient facts.

Howard Kurtz takes the failed effort more seriously, and properly so, given that the petitioners are constantly trying to convince WaPo, the New York Times, and eventually the rest of the establishment press to do what the censors at the Los Angeles Times have already done: stop publishing any op-ed or letter to the editor from anyone they consider a “climate change denier.” Excerpts from Kurtz’s Monday “Media Buzz” post at Fox News, plus a Fox News Special Report video showing Krauthammer brilliantly summarizing his column in 89 seconds, follow the jump.

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February 23, 2014

Krauthammer: ‘Settled, Schmettled’

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:44 pm

Closed minds:

CNN — “And there are some stories which do not have two sides. The climate change debate is one of them.”

A sharp mind:

Charles Krauthammer (HT Heritage) —

Money quote: “So the arrogance of this is rather appalling. But worse is the application of it to our economy, shutting the coal industry, hurling us into mass transit, getting us out of our larger cars, all of this is driven by this ideology, which in and of itself is a matter almost of theology.”

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February 19, 2014

Press Outlets All Over Report on Milk Price Increases While Ignoring Larger Impact of EPA-Dictated Carbon Mandate

According to a USA Today item carried at ABC News, “Sixty percent of adults can’t drink milk.” In July 2012, the New York Times ran an item entitled, “Got Milk? You Don’t Need It.” But the last time I checked, everyone uses electricity to some extent.

I’m bringing up these points because, as a friend showed me earlier today, the establishment press has run stories galore in the past several weeks about increases in the price of milk, but, as I noted a couple of days ago, has paid virtually no attention to coming increases in wholesale electricity costs of up to 80% which are due solely to Environmental Protection Agency regulations requiring the use of unproven and not commercially available “carbon capture” technology.

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February 18, 2014

Barely News: EPA ‘Carbon Capture’ Rules to Increase Wholesale Electicity Costs by Up to 80%

You might think that journalists would consider the prospect of sharply rising electricity costs in a nation blanketed by an extraordinarily cold, snowy winter and buffeted by its accompanying high utility bills hugely newsworthy.

You would be wrong. Searches on the last name of Julio Friedmann, the deputy assistant secretary of the Energy Department who testified at a congressional hearing on energy costs and technology last week, return very few results (here and here), none from a major general circulation establishment press outlet. One business-oriented outlet, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, covered Friedmann’s testimony on the impact of the EPA’s new “carbon capture” rules. In doing so, reporter Mark Drajem included some incoherence and misdirection (bolds are mine):

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February 16, 2014

George Will, on ‘Climate Change’ and in General: When Pols Say ‘Debate Is Over,’ It Really Means ‘They’re Losing It’

On Fox News Sunday earlier today, George Will got in some tremendous rips at global warming/”climate change” alarmism.

Although Will’s criticism was primarily aimed at politicians, we cannot overlook the fact that their enablers in the establishment press have made their immature “climate denier” and “flat earther” name-calling rants possible by unskeptically allowing their so-called “settled science” to be seen as explanations for Britain’s recent floods and California’s droughts. President Obama is pushing the drought nonsense, when it’s bad man-made water policy which is to blame. Video and the relevant portion of the FNS transcript are after the jump (HT Mediaite; bolds are mine):

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January 7, 2014

These Are So Much Fun …

Filed under: Environment,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:34 pm

… and there are so many opportunities to use them on hapless progressives.

The latest installment of “Hitler learns” is “Hitler Gets Trapped in Sea Ice.”

Enjoy (Warning: R-rated language):

HT Powerline.

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UPDATE: Here’s an encore — “Hitler finds out he can’t keep his doctor under Obamacare” (this one is PG):

December 23, 2013

LA Times: Finally, There May Be an ‘Answer to the Koch Brothers’ — As If There Haven’t Been Dozens, For Decades

Did you know that the left has been almost completely starved for funding all these years? Why, there’s almost nobody out there providing seed money for “community organizers,” activists, and “advocacy groups” to offset the evil impact of the Koch brothers.

Continuing an establishment press heme going back at least to April, as NewsBusters' Tim Graham noted at the time, that's the impression one would get from reading Evan Halper's coverage of Tom Steyer, the left's most recent addition to what is really a decades-long line of deep-pocketed providers of the mother's milk of politics — and the guy sure knows how to pick 'em when it comes to identifying a pet cause (HT to Gary Hall; bolds are mine):

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October 27, 2013

Federal Solar Auction Gets No Bidders; AP (Just a Local Story) and Politico (Deceptive Headline) React Predictably

Green energy is supposedly the future. Why, solar energy will break out and become a major energy source any year now, or any decade now. Or maybe never. It has been the subject of national attention ever since President Obama made it a cornerstone of his 2008 presidential campaign. Of course, what Obama claims is in energy policy has worked out to be more a of a growth-constraining, government money-wasting endeavor than anything else.

The Denver Post carried the original story on Thursday of how the federal government’s first attempt at a solar auction went. The headline was accurate: “1st auction of solar rights on public lands in Colorado draws no bids.” That’s right. Zero. Post reporter Mark Jaffe’s first sentence was charitable but acceptable: “The plan to auction rights to federal land across the West for solar-power plants got off to a rocky start Thursday when no bidders showed up for the first auction in Colorado.” Too bad that two establishment press outlets which were in a position to communicate this news to the nation failed to adequately do so.

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October 1, 2013

AP’s Daly Hides Foiled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nominee’s Radicalism

On Tuesday, Ron Binz, nominated by President Obama to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, withdrew his name from consideration. Those who want to see the economy prosper should be relieved that the position described by Matthew Daly at the Associated Press as that of “the nation’s top energy regulator” won’t be occupied by a died-in-the-wool “renewable” energy radical.

The AP’s Daly somehow kept the word “carbon” out of his coverage of Binz’s withdrawal, even though, as the Wall Street Journal noted in a September 15 editorial which appropriately used the word 11 times, the man is obsessed with it to the point of wanting to establish, in the Journal’s words, a “carbon-free paradise.” Excerpts from Daly’s dodging, followed by additional ones from the Journal’s editorial, follow the jump.

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September 29, 2013

IPCC Global Warming Report Moves Former WSJ Weatherman to Tweet ‘Tears,’ Promise to Have No Kids, Never Fly Again

Whether the ice caps are melting and by how much may be debatable, but the debate is over as to whether former Wall Street Journal weatherman Eric Holthaus, who now works at Quartz (qz.com), has had a meltdown.

In a series of tweets on Friday afternoon (scroll down at link; HT Twitchy), Holthaus told the world of his reaction to the latest wave of hot air emanating from the Intergovernmental Governmental Panel on Climate Change, and actions he plans to take to respond to it (most recent tweet is first; underlines are mine):

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September 24, 2013

As IPCC Report Looms, AP Frames ‘Scientific Consensus’: ‘Humans Are Cooking the Planet by Burning Coal, Oil and Natural Gas’

It’s amusing to see how the left reacts when things don’t work out as predicted. Earlier today (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I noted how USA Today’s Kelly Kennedy described a major malfunction in Obamacare which will cause hundreds of thousands of children to go without health insurance next year as a “glitch.”

On the “climate change” front, those darned “glitches” abound. In an item today about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Karl Ritter at the Associated Press attempted to report on how the IPCC plans to address the fact that there hasn’t been any global warming, human-caused or otherwise, since the late 1990s. A hilarious headline spewed forth, followed by eruptions of ridiculous and hysterical words (HT James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web; bolds and numbered tags are mine throughout this post):

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September 8, 2013

As AP Hypes Models Claiming Global Warming Involvement in Fiercer Storms, UK Media Points to Massive Arctic Ice Cap Growth

As is all too often the case, in certain matters affecting things here in the United States, if we didn’t have news fron Britain, we wouldn’t have any real news at all.

Take “climate change” aka “global warming.” At the Associated Press, Seth Borenstein on Thursday hyped the idea that man-made global warming increased the likelihood of about half,” or six of 12, of “2012′s wildest weather events.” His “evidence”? Computer simulations. But on Friday, the UK Telegraph and Daily Mail took note of the cold, hard fact of growing Arctic ice cover, as well as its possible implications.

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September 1, 2013

IPCC Draft: ‘Extreme High Sea Levels’ Not Assessed, But Still Considered ‘Likely’

At the News York Times’s “Dot Earth” blog, Andrew Revkin reports that “the science on a connection between hurricanes and global warming is going in the opposite direction” — as in, the evidence that the connection between human-caused global warming (overgenerously assuming that there is any) and hurricane intensity or frequency of “heavy precipitations events,” as shown in a “snapshot” of a draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s upcoming report, is one of “low confidence.”

Fine, as in “It’s about time.” But at the bottom of that same graphic are findings relating to sea levels which appear to be laugh-out-loud funny.

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August 29, 2013

Al Gore’s Global Warming Desperation

Devastating news on the horizon for the climate change cult.

This column went up at FrontPageMag.com early this morning.

Those who are wondering why Al Gore chose to publicly resurface in a Washington Post interview last Thursday with that paper’s ever-pliable Journolist founder Ezra Klein only need to look in three places.

First, there’s the recently revealed empirical evidence that the “global warming” movement’s claim that climate change is causing increased extreme weather events isn’t true. Second, there’s a new summary of historical research which blows up the movement’s infamous core “hockey stick” chart forecasting unprecedented, accelerating warming. Finally, there’s a new report due to arrive in a month from an increasingly desperate United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In late September, the IPCC, laughably described by the wire service AFP as “an expert body set up in 1988 to provide neutral advice on global warming and its impacts,” will release its next set of “scientific data” to advocate for a worldwide carbon-tax regime. Gore’s mission is clearly to start greasing the skids for the IPCC’s next round of hysteria.

Gore told WaPo’s Klein that the earth is already suffering the negative consequences of failing to act against “global warming.” He claims that “every extreme weather event now has a component of global warming in it,” and that “the appearance of more extreme and more frequent weather events has had a very profound impact on public opinion in countries throughout the world.”

There’s no doubt that the worldwide press’s emphasis on “extreme weather events” has been greater. Virtually every such occurrence will cause one or more journalists, politicians or both to claim it as definitive or presumptive “proof” of the existence of “global warming” and the urgent need to combat it.

The trouble is, the actual occurrences of “extreme weather events” has not increased.
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