It’s official. The Obama administration will not be influenced one iota by the recent brouhaha caused by the hacked emails of some of the world’s top climate scientists; emails that strongly suggest a conspiracy among said scientists, exaggeration of their data, possibly illegal destruction of inconvenient data, resistance to disclosure, data manipulation, and private admissions of flaws in their public claims, among other things.
Ms. Browner said the only people who still doubt global warming is happening and that humans are to blame are “a very small group of people who continue to say this isn’t a real problem, that we don’t need to do anything.”
She also said the e-mails are only trickling out, and that the entire set hasn’t been released.
Ms. Browner initially shrugged when asked about the e-mails, saying she didn’t have a reaction. But when a reporter followed up, she said she will stick with the consensus of the 2,500 climate scientists on the International Panel on Climate Change who concluded global warming is happening and is most likely being pushed by human actions.
What about the 30,000 scientists who don’t agree with that consensus? Oh yeah…they’re deniers so they don’t count. The science is settled. The 2,500 said so. See how that works? Peer review means, *only peers who agree with us* when an ambitious socialist agenda is on the line.
…at least according to Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe who yesterday said:
“Ninety-five percent of the nails were in the coffin prior to this week. Now they are all in.”
If any politician might be qualified to offer last rites, it would be Mr. Inhofe. The top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee has spent the past decade in the thick of Washington’s climate fight. He’s seen the back of three cap-and-trade bills, rode herd on an overweening Environmental Protection Agency, and steadfastly insisted that global researchers were “cooking” the science behind man-made global warming.
I hope to God Inhofe is right about this, but one has to keep in mind that cap and trade is a policy very near and dear to Obama’s heart:
Obama began last year promising the editors of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’d bankrupt one sector of the economy:
Let me sort of describe my overall policy.
What I’ve said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else’s out there.
I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.
William Teach argues that cap and trade is not dead – not by a long shot.
More bad news:
Obama’s trip to Copenhaen is back on, and
…Obama has changed his mind again and Copenhagen is back on. He traveled to China last week and apparently has a deal with them that include serious commitments to reduce carbon emissions. And a top UN official has predicted success in Copenhagen, with a formal treaty to follow within six months. So it seems we have a slight delay but the treaty is still on the table.
On a side note, the new European Union President Herman van Rompuy said last week, “The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step toward the global management of our planet.” This statement only mirrors what Lord Monckton stated in his warning for America two months ago. But is anybody even listening?
Good news: Thanks to the CRU hacked emails, Americans are waking up to the fact that global warming alarmism is a scam.
Bad news: The socialists driving it don’t care.
Johah Goldberg is suggesting a new strategy for Republicans running for office in 2010: Promise to repeal the disastrous bill. He speaks specifically of ObamaCare in this instance, but it should apply to all the Dems’ ruinous policies:
Republicans should promise to repeal “Obamacare” if they get a congressional majority in 2010. As National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru argues, that way moderate Democrats won’t be able to run away from their votes come 2010. They’ll be on notice that this will be the campaign issue of the election. And moderate Republicans will be on notice to resist the temptation to tinker with Obamacare rather than defenestrate it once it’s passed.
Sure, I’d rather see this health-care proposal die stillborn (and that’s still quite possible). But if it passes, the upside is that Americans will finally be given a stark philosophical choice on a fundamental issue. That’s much rarer than you might think (recall that the Iraq War and the bailouts were bipartisan affairs).
Obamacare is a vast, deeply polarizing demonstration project for progressive ideas. It is terrible policy, but because I think it’s terrible policy, it may well result in a beneficial backlash. “Example is the school of mankind,” proclaimed Edmund Burke, “and they will learn at no other.”
Democrats insist they’re pushing for health-care reform against a political headwind because “history” compels them to. Republicans are standing athwart “history” yelling, “Stop!”
Politically, one side will be proved right, and the side proved wrong will pay a staggering price. Everyone’s all in.
No more reaching across the aisle….stand firm, and hold the line, Republicans. America’s survival depends on you
RS McCain thinks that Cap and Trade is a goner.
This is kind of obvious, isn’t it? Once the fraudulent “science” behind the global warming scare was exposed, Al Gore became the Piltdown Man of American politics and that whole Kyoto-style agenda was as obsolete as the mullet and parachute pants.
I wish I could be that optimistic.
But we are dealing with really determined people. Look what happened to ACORN’s federal funding ban.
Andrew Breitbart (via Twitter) thinks Global warming is down and has other targets in mind:
GlobalWarming down. ACORN down-ish. Lets take on SEIU, political correctness (cultural Marxism) & totalitarianism in Hollywood next. Game?