| Feb 3, 2010
Where to start? After a State of the Union speech ranking among the longest in the last 45 years, what was said? Stay the course, in other words. Blame Bush, the banks and Congress for any failures, while taking credit for any success; scold the Supreme Court and lecture the rest of us. If we aren’t smart enough to understand his brilliant plans, he’ll just have to lecture us again. He’s getting so repetitious I’m looking for my HeadOn so I can apply it directly to where it hurts.
While patting himself on the back and pointing his finger at the rest of us, there was a soiled rag on the laundry list that sounded more like a line from a Jay Leno monologue then anything a serious leader would say seriously.
Even a room full of political hacks couldn’t help laughing when President Obama banged the gong one more time for the cap-and-trade boondoggle. When he tossed out a one-liner worthy of Conan O’Brien or Dennis Miller, “For those who have yet to believe the overwhelming scientific evidence that exists on climate change,” even those who can call themselves servants of the people with a straight face couldn’t help chuckling. The funny thing is he isn’t trying to be funny.
Man-made global warming is a confusion at best, a mistake at least and a scam for sure. The discredited progressives use it as a cover for the advancement of their collectivist agenda. They know trying to convince people to surrender their freedom just so they can be pampered commissars or tenured Congressmen would fail, so they either tug at your heartstrings or fog your thinking. While most of their redistributive class warfare schemes fit into the first category, man-made global warming fits into the second. Common knowledge and common sense refute this flimflam. However, some want a juicy exposé to expose this nightmare to the light of day. Here are some tidbits gleaned from articles appearing daily revealing the threadbare support for this movement made of whole-cloth.
The scientists in the eye of the Climategate e-mail storm broke the law when they refused to reveal the data. However, those who sought to distort the truth will escape prosecution due to the statute of limitations. This scandal has been growing since last November, when it was revealed that long hidden e-mails show researchers discussing how to manipulate historical temperature data, while at the same time refusing requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
Now there’s Glaciergate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was forced to apologize for claiming Himalayan glaciers could disappear within 25 years. They are also accused of exaggerating risks from tropical storms and hurricanes, as well as the destruction of the rain forest. This could be summed up as, “If their lips are moving, they’re lying.”
Why weren’t these hysterical claims discovered by any of the 3,000 scientists contributing to the IPCC report? The use of falsified data was no secret. Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the No. 1 climate change watchdog, knew that claims about melting Himalayan glaciers were based upon fictitious studies before the Copenhagen summit. The watchdog just forgot to bark and the IPCC’s bogus report served as one of the major justifications for draconian cuts in global emissions mandated by the Copenhagen Treaty. This is the report for which Al Gore – who also claims to have invented the Internet – won the Nobel Peace Prize. However, given that he won an Oscar for his docu-fiction An Inconvenient Truth, maybe there should be a recall of multiple models in this case, too?
As a final slap shot into the net of reality, the famous (or infamous) “Hockey Stick Curve,” which is the basis for so much of the man-made global warming frenzy, has been shown to be another fraud. According to McIntyre and McKitrick in Energy and Environment, the data upon which this inaccurate study is based contains “collation errors, unjustifiable truncation or extrapolation of source data, obsolete data, geographical location errors, incorrect calculation of principal components and other quality control defects.” The list of proponents of man-made global warming reads like a who’s who of America bashers. Recently, Osama Bin Laden announced his support for man-made global warming. At least the kook in the cave is honest enough to use the issue as a direct attack on America.
Reflecting on the President’s first State of the Union speech, perhaps the best thing President Obama could say would be to quote the great American philosopher Yogi Berra, “I didn’t really say all the things I said.”
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College and History for the American Public University System. http://drrobertowens.com © 2009 Robert R. Owens
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