Saturday, March 08, 2008

The Blizzard of ’08: Where’s Global Warming When You Need It?

Al Gore is full of sh*t!

There, I said it. I’m on record as saying it and I’ll say it again. Not immediately, but when the time is right.

I just spent over ninety minutes shoveling up to three feet deep of snow in places, just so I could get to church on time Sunday. Church as since been canceled and since I am currently working from home I really don’t have anywhere to be, but now I have the option of driving there.

This heavy snow is the end result of what is being called the blizzard of 08

Mostly an upper Midwest event, but even NASCAR in Atlanta had to be delayed due to snow.

Okay that’s just a few instances of cold weather, but if replacing light bulbs with those cork-screw dealies, and driving Priuses is the only way to keep the icecaps from melting, the oceans from engulfing our costal cities and to stop movies like “The Day After Tomorrow” from being produced.

Now either these environmental wackos are extremely effective and they have overshot their cause or this new trend of global cooling has solved everything or the whole premise of human activity widely affecting the global climate is totally ludicrous!

I vote for the latter.

Recently it has been confirmed by scientists monitoring the global temperature of the Earth that the past century of warming has been negated by the last twelve months of cooling. Also keep in mind we’re dealing with fractions of degrees here.

Al Gore and his crew will contend that industrialization of the western world has produced an excess of carbon pollution. This carbon pollution is a greenhouse gas that is causing the Earth’s temperature to ruse.

In a rebuttal to his movie “An Inconvenient Truth” the BBC has produced a documentary entitled “The Great Global Warming Swindle”. This documentary is more about science than advocacy and calls out the political motivation of Al Gore, Greenpeace and the rest of the environmental movement.

To repudiate Mr. Gore the researchers contributing to this BBC Production claim that while there is a coloration between carbon in the atmosphere and temperature change, environmentalists have the relationship backwards. Independently studied ice core samples, when compared with temperature records show that it is the temperature increase that comes first, before the carbon is released into the atmosphere.

This makes more sense than the supposed “Greenhouse Effect.” Think about it, what is the hottest thing in our solar system? Yes, the Sun (we would have also accepted Jessica Alba in a bikini as an answer)! The Sun is known to have a variance in it’s solar output, usually measured in the formation of something called sunspots. Astronomers have studied these for years, and the coloration between sunspots and temperature is amazingly accurate.

So where does the carbon come from? If you also look at commercial activity before during and after the “Little Ice Age” – a period of global cooling between 1600 and 1900 – shows that much more wealth was created in the warmer periods before and after, not during the cold snap. Progress and prosperity happen during warm times. Simply put: Life likes to be warm. Case in point, there are more species of life in the tropics than you find near the poles.
What happens is that when the earth warms, life prospers. Carbon being a byproduct of life (I’m currently creating carbon at the moment by exhaling) increases because there is more life on the planet during global warming.

There has been a lack of sun spot activity this year, and all of a sudden it’s cold! How cold? Well, here are some photos of the Blizzard of ’08. Enjoy!


Friday night after much of the first wave had finished

Saturday morning

My poor Flamingo!

And it just keeps coming!

I think we're going to have to cancel the BBQ!

Before Shoveling...

... and after! (my back is sore now)
That wall is a good three feet high!
Ironic, I have to dig out my shovel.


I'm not going anywhere anytime soon.
The children of the neighborhood built a cool snow fort with ice caves.
Had I actually had my feet touching the ground the snow would easially be up to my knees!

5 comments:

Tom said...

VERY IMPRESSIVE PICS!!

I know people who are also waiting for Global Warming... Here is a funny video of the candian stance on the question!
http://www.e-citizen.tv/wordpress/2008/02/23/video-rechauffement-drole-surf-canada-et-developpement-durable/langswitch_lang/en/

brewski said...

Specifically, the "consensus" about anthropogenic climate change entails the following:

1) the climate is undergoing a pronounced warming trend beyond the range of natural variability;
2) the major cause of most of the observed warming is rising levels of the greenhouse gas CO2;
3) the rise in CO2 is the result of burning fossil fuels;
4) if CO2 continues to rise over the next century, the warming will continue; and
5) a climate change of the projected magnitude over this time frame represents potential danger to human welfare and the environment.

These conclusions have been explicitly endorsed by:

Academia Brasiliera de Ciências (Bazil)
Royal Society of Canada
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Academié des Sciences (France)
Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (Germany)
Indian National Science Academy
Accademia dei Lincei (Italy)
Science Council of Japan
Russian Academy of Sciences
Royal Society (United Kingdom)
National Academy of Sciences (United States of America)
Australian Academy of Sciences
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts
Caribbean Academy of Sciences
Indonesian Academy of Sciences
Royal Irish Academy
Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Academy Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

In addition to these national academies, the following institutions specializing in climate, atmosphere, ocean, and/or earth sciences have endorsed these conclusions:

NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
State of the Canadian Cryosphere (SOCC)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Royal Society of the United Kingdom (RS)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS)

These organizations also agree with the consensus:

The Earth Institute at Columbia University
Northwestern University
University of Akureyri
University of Iceland
Iceland GeoSurvey
National Centre for Atmospheric Science UK
Climate Group
Climate Institute
Climate Trust
Wuppertal Institute for Climate Environment and Energy
Royal Meteorological Society
Community Research and Development Centre Nigeria
Geological Society of London
Geological Society of America
UK Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
American Association for the Advancement of Science
National Research Council
Juelich Research Centre
US White House
US Council on Environmental Quality
US Office of Science Technology Policy
US National Climatic Data Center
US Department of Commerce
US National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
The National Academy of Engineering
The Institute of Medicine
UK Natural Environment Research Council
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Council on Environmental Quality
National Economic Council
Office of Management and Budget
The National Academy of Engineering
The Institute of Medicine
UK Natural Environment Research Council
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Engineers Australia
American Chemical Society
American Association of Blacks in Energy
World Petroleum Council
The Weather Channel
National Geographic

The following companies agree with the consensus:

ABB
Air France
Alcan
Alcoa
Allian
American Electric Power
Aristeia Capital
BASF
Bayer
BP America Inc.
Calvert Group
Canadian Electricity Association
Caterpilliar Inc.
Centrica
Ceres
Chevron
China Renewable
Citigroup
ConocoPhillips
Covanta Holding Corporation
Deutsche Telekom
Doosan Babcock Energy Limited
Duke Energy
DuPont
EcoSecurities
Electricity de France North America
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand
Endesa
Energettech Austraila Pty Ltd
Energy East Corporation
Energy Holding Romania
Energy Industry Association
Eni
Eskorn
ETG International
Exelon Corporation
ExxonMobil
F&C Asset Management
FPL Group
General Electric
German Electricity Association
Glitnir Bank
Global Energy Network Institute, Iberdrola
ING Group
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Interface Inc.
International Gas Union
International Paper
International Power
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company
MEDIAS-France
MissionPoint Capital Partners
Munich Re
National Grid
National Power Company of Iceland
NGEN mgt II, LLC
NiSource
NRG Energy
PG&E Corporation
PNM Resources
Reykjavik Energy
Ricoh
Rio Tinto Energy Services
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Rolls-Royce
Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS Group)
Stora Enso North America
Stratus Consulting
Sun Management Institute
Swiss Re
UCG Partnership
US Geothermal
Verde Venture Partners
Volvo

In addition, the scientific consensus is also endorsed by the CEO's of the following companies:

A. O. Smith Corporation
Abbott Laboratories
Accenture Ltd.
ACE Limited
ADP
Aetna Inc.
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
AK Steel Corporation
Alcatel-Lucent
Allstate Insurance Company
ALLTEL Corporation
Altec Industries, Inc.
American Electric Power Company, Inc.
American Express Company
American International Group, Inc.
Ameriprise Financial
AMR Corporation/American Airlines
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Apache Corporation
Applera Corporation
Arch Coal, Inc.
Archer Daniels Midland Company
ArvinMeritor, Inc.
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Avery Dennison Corporation
Avis Budget Group, Inc.
Bechtel Group, Inc.
BNSF Railway
Boeing Company
Brink's Company
CA
Carlson Companies, Inc.
Case New Holland Inc.
Ceridian Corporation
Chemtura Corporation
Chubb Corporation
CIGNA Corporation
Coca-Cola Company
Constellation Energy Group, Inc.
Convergys Corporation
Con-way Incorporated
Corning Incorporated
Crane Co.
CSX Corporation
Cummins Inc.
Deere & Company
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Delphi Corporation
Dow Chemical Company
Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman Kodak Company
Eaton Corporation
EDS
Eli Lilly and Company
EMC Corporation
Ernst & Young, L.L.P.
Fannie Mae
FedEx Corporation
Fluor Corporation
FMC Corporation
Freddie Mac
General Mills, Inc.
General Motors Corporation
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Goodrich Corporation
Harman International Industries, Inc.
Hartford Financial Services Group
Home Depot, Inc., The
Honeywell International, Inc.
HSBC - North America
Humana Inc.
IBM Corporation
Ingersoll-Rand Company
International Textile Group
ITT Corporation
Johnson Controls, Inc.
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
KPMG LLP
Liberty Mutual Group
MassMutual
MasterCard Incorporated
McGraw-Hill Companies
McKesson Corporation
MeadWestvaco Corporation
Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc.
Merrill Lynch & Company, Inc.
MetLife, Inc.
Morgan Stanley
Motorola, Inc.
Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc.
National Gypsum Company
Nationwide
Navistar International Corporation
New York Life Insurance Company
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
Nucor Corporation
NYSE Group, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc.
Owens Corning (Reorganized) Inc.
Pactiv Corporation
Peabody Energy Corporation
Pfizer Inc
PPG Industries, Inc.
Praxair, Inc.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Principal Financial Group
Procter & Gamble Company
Prudential Financial
Realogy Corporation
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Ryder System, Inc.
SAP America, Inc.
Sara Lee Corporation
SAS Institute Inc.
Schering-Plough Corporation
Schneider National, Inc.
ServiceMaster Company
Siemens Corporation
Southern Company
Springs Global US, Inc.
Sprint Nextel
St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc.
State Farm Insurance Companies
Tenneco
Texas Instruments Incorporated
Textron Incorporated
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
TIAA-CREF
Tyco Electronics
Tyco International Ltd.
Union Pacific Corporation
Unisys Corporation
United Technologies Corporation
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated
USG Corporation
Verizon Communications
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Western & Southern Financial Group
Weyerhaeuser Company
Whirlpool Corporation
Williams Companies, Inc.
Xerox Corporation
YRC Worldwide Inc

Andy Z. said...

Nice cut & paste job there Brewski... I'm guessing you pretty much just repeat everything Al Gore says without questioning it?

Thanks for giving me a collective opinion of a bunch of grant seeking lab jockies (your "consensus"), and the end results of stock price manipulating PR pieces(your CEO list).

Just because you can name a lot of fear-mongering western-civilization haters doesn't mean they're right.

Anonymous said...

Your poor flamingo!!!! Funny!

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