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Al Gore: How Dare the Senate Vote on the Murkowski EPA Resolution

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From a fund-raising e-mail by Repower America, a group known primarily for its exhortations:

Yesterday, thanks to your hard work, the U.S. Senate did the right thing — voting with the climate science and against a resolution that would have stripped the Clean Air Act’s protections against climate pollution.

The Senate is to be commended for defeating Senator Lisa Murkowski’s disastrously misguided proposal. But the truth is, in the face of the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history, Senator Murkowski’s resolution never should have even reached the Senate floor.

It’s bad enough that some people want to debate this issue, now the Senate presumes to actually vote on setting environmental and economic policy? Outrageous! All power must rest with the EPA.

The full fundraising e-mail is here.

Doing for Energy and the Economy What Health Care Reform…

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Former Vice President Al Gore seizes on enactment of the health care law as the example of sweeping change he hopes to accomplish by limiting the emissions produced by economic activity.
In an e-mail to subscribers to the Repower America list, entitled, “The fierce urgency of NEXT,” the Veep says:

Health care reform is the law of the land, and its inspiring passage has made one thing clear: At this moment in America, sweeping change really is possible.

And sweeping change is exactly what it will take to address the climate crisis and fight for clean energy here at home and around the world.

That’s why we need to seize this new momentum right now. Repower America has a strong game plan to make this happen in the weeks ahead — but we can’t do it without your participation and your support.

In recognition of this crucial moment, a generous donor has agreed to match every gift we receive between now and midnight on March 31st dollar-for-dollar.

So donate now.

Redefining, Overheated

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Former Vice President’s Al Gore’s apocalyptic op-ed in Saturday’s The New York Times, “We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change,” has already produced worthy rebuttals of his scientific contradictions, notably this editorial in Investor’s Business Daily, “A Blizzard Of Lies From Al Gore.”

Gore’s rhetoric is also something to marvel at: “In fact, the crisis is still growing because we are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere — as if it were an open sewer.”

He’s talking about carbon dioxide, a gas, the product of respiration and required for life on Earth. No matter your view on anthropogenic global warming, trying to relabel CO2 as pollution and comparing its discharge to sewage discharge is an obvious attempt to deceive and confuse.

Gore quotes Winston Churchill to end his column, but his use of language is Orwellian: language corrupting thought.

UPDATE (11:50 a.m.): Trying to build on the NYT op-ed, Gore’s group, the Climate Protection Action Fund’s Repower America campaign, has been bombarding its email list with entreaties to contact U.S. Senators in support of some sort of global warming legislation. This morning’s e-mail from Dave Boundy, campaign manager, implores:

This morning we’re kicking off an all-out, bare-knuckled, three-day calling campaign to demand the strongest possible climate and clean energy legislation — with a goal of 20,000 calls from Repower America supporters alone.

With critical negotiations happening right now in the Senate over climate and clean energy and a bill due to be announced soon, lobbyists from big polluting corporations are scrambling to throw as much firepower as they can against a strong bill.

We have to fight back. Thousands of Repower America supporters like you have already pledged to call, and reports of calls from across the country are flooding in right now. Can you join them by calling now?

Twenty thousand calls doesn’t sound like a lot to us. And what the heck is a bare-knuckled calling campaign?

The e-mail is in the extended entry.

UPDATE (1:20 p.m.): Steven Hayword at the American Enterprise Institute observes, “Everything That’s Wrong With Al Gore in a Single Sentence,” with that sentence being: “From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption.” (Hat tip: The Chamber Post.)

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Pay No Attention to Senate EPW Vote to Restructure U.S. Economy

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The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Thursday voted out S. 1733, the Kerry-Boxer Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.  The vote was 11-1, with Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) voting no and Republican committee members absent from the vote in protest. (Chairman Barbara Boxer’s statement.)

But pay no attention to the bill that the committee acted on, the 959 pages of vast economic reordering via a cap-and-trade regime, programs, subsidies, regulations, directives, mandates and government. The real action is with the Kerry-Lieberman-Graham closed-door negotiating among staffers and outside interests. Former Vice President Al Gore is counting on the work to “produce a consensus bill before Copenhagen.”

It’s such as a strange process, one that seems to thumb its nose at the public. From “Democrats move on emissions bill“:

Charles T. Drevna, president of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, said he does not understand why Democrats are choosing to refine the climate bill outside of the committee.

“I always thought that was the chore of the committee,” said Drevna, whose industry is receiving just 2.25 percent of free pollution allowances. “It’s frustrating to see for whatever reason — political expediency, the Copenhagen deadline — [the panel] pass something out that all realize has no chance of passage.”

If political expediency means doing what’s necessary to give legislation a marginally greater chance of passage, that’s a good choice. But Tuesday’s election results represented a rejection of bigger government, economic overreach and official hubris. And the response with these legislative parleys is to embrace bigger government, economic overreach and official hubris — but behind closed doors!

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Doom! He Said Optimistically

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In Der Spiegel, “‘I Am Optimistic‘,” an interview with Al Gore:

SPIEGEL: The White House is currently dampening expectations, because if the American president travels to Copenhagen for the summit, the rest of the world will expect a binding agreement from the United States on emissions caps.

Gore: Yes, of course. President Obama has already enacted a binding set of regulations that require a cut in emissions. But the big difference will be whether or not the Senate legislation on climate change passes or not. I believe that the draft bill introduced by Senator John Kerry and Senator Barbara Boxer really does open up very new prospects. They are likely to add a title to the draft that expands support for nuclear energy. I also think they will add some provisions accelerating the substitution of gas for coal. Gas has only half the CO2 emissions of coal and two-thirds of that from oil. I think that will also generate more support and split the energy lobbies somehow. Therefore, I think there is a very real prospect that the legislation will pass, and that as a result, Obama will have the ability to go to Copenhagen with a more substantive position.

Al Gore, for Whom Global Warming Explains Everything

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The former vice president is doing it again, blaming every extreme weather phenomenon on global warming.

From his House testimony last Friday:

To bring an example of this home, 2009 saw the eighth “ten year flood” of Fargo, North Dakota, since 1989. In Iowa, Cedar Rapids was hit last year by a flood that exceeded the 500-year flood plain. All-time flood records are being broken in areas throughout the world.

Again, Mr. Vice President, the reason it flooded along the Red River this year was an early winter, a freeze up of the ground with high water content, followed by record snows. The Red River between North Dakota and Minnesota flows northward — into ice — through some of the flattest land in the world, created as the bottom of a glacial lake, Lake Agassiz.

You’re attributing record cold and snows to global warming. It makes no sense.

Using the remarks by the former Vice President and current scold as a starting point, the Heritage Foundation today analyzed the impact of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade legislation on such things as floods.

So what would Waxman-Markey accomplish? When the EPA released their report on the bill last week, they did not say. They only provided dubious claims about the costs of the bill. But other studies have estimated what the benefits of a Waxman-Markey like cap and trade regime would be. The result? Nothing. A study by MIT professor John Reilly found that if a Waxman-Markey like scheme worked perfectly, and other developed nations also cut their emissions too (which they have so far failed to do outside of the current global recession), global temperatures would only be reduced by 0.5 degrees Celsius. That is compared to the 0.8 degrees Celsius change we experienced last century.

In other words, Waxman-Markey will not prevent a single flood, wildfire, or hurricane. It will be completely ineffective. And at what cost to the U.S. economy. Newt Gingrich told the House committee Friday: “This bill is an energy tax. An energy tax punishes senior citizens, it punishes rural Americans, if you use electricity it punishes you. This bill will increase your cost of living and may kill your job.” On this point there was strong bipartisan consensus.

As it happens, President Clinton also blamed the 1997 floods on global warming. From the Cato Institute, 1998, “April 1997. Speaking about the Red River flood in North Dakota, President Clinton said that “every American has noticed a substantial increase” of similar events “in the last few years.” That flood was caused by the melting of excessive snow. If Clinton’s people had bothered to check, they would have discovered the shocking fact that the warmer the winter is, the less it snows! Further, all the predictions of global warming concentrate their heating in the winter in the middle of continents — that is, places like North Dakota.”

Disagreement is Not Denial

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From Agence France Press, “Obama vows to end global warming ‘denial’ after Gore talks

CHICAGO (AFP) — President-elect Barack Obama said Tuesday his administration would brook no further delay in tackling climate change after discussing global warming with former vice president Al Gore.

Sitting between Gore and his vice president-elect Joseph Biden following the hour-long meeting, Obama told reporters: “All three of us are in agreement that the time for delay is over. The time for denial is over.

“We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now, that this is a matter of urgency and national security, and it has to be dealt with in a serious way. That is what I intend my administration to do,” he said.

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senaor Jim Inhofe (R-OK), “UN Blowback: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims“:

POZNAN, Poland – The UN global warming conference currently underway in Poland is about to face a serious challenge from over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe who are criticizing the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore. Set for release this week, a newly updated U.S. Senate Minority Report features the dissenting voices of over 650 international scientists, many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN. The report has added about 250 scientists (and growing) in 2008 to the over 400 scientists who spoke out in 2007. The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.

The U.S. Senate report is the latest evidence of the growing groundswell of scientific opposition rising to challenge the UN and Gore. Full Report Set To Be Released in the Next 24 Hours – Stay Tuned…

The PlanetGore website (housed at NRO) has been especially provocative and persuasive the last several weeks, revealing the excessive and abuses of the global-warming scolds, bullies and censors.

It’s So Cold in Washington…

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That the NAM building was emptied for a fire drill…

And the followers of Al Gore and other climate scientists have scheduled a rally on Capitol Hill. From the Climate Action Now! site and e-mail alert.

Join us on Tuesday, November 18th at 12 noon as hundreds come together on Capitol Hill to call for Climate Action Now! We’ll be hearing from climate movement leaders like Bill McKibben, Mike Tidwell and Gillian Caldwell as we welcome our newly elected leaders and call upon President-elect Obama to attend the crucial United Nations Climate Conference in Poznan, Poland, in December.

Hundreds, eh? Used to be you could organize thousands, if not tens of thousands, for this sort of gig. Or at least claim you could.

As Iain Murray notes, the sponsors are a diverse group.

1Sky, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Energy Action Coalition, 350.org, Maryland Student Climate Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Pax Christi, USA, Oil Change International, League of American Bicyclists, Carbonfree D.C., Greenpeace, Oxfam America, Unitarian Universalist Association, Center for a New American Dream, Women’s Environment and Development Organization, Green DMV, Hip Hop Caucus, Friends of the Earth, Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Sustain US, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, International Rivers, Sojourners

Hip Hop Unitarian Bikers for Poznan!

In any case, it’s 35 degrees here in D.C., the coldest day of the season, thereby demonstrating empirically the “Gore Effect,” that is, all climate-related events invoking the spirit of Al Gore produce a substantial drop in temperatures.


Gore: To the Barricades! Everyone! (Well, Except Me)

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Al Gore, who once swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution, tells young people to break the law to stop construction of coal plants. The Wall Street Journal comments:

Speaking last Wednesday on a celebrity panel in New York, the Nobel Prize Laureate proclaimed: “If you’re a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration.” He added, “clean coal does not exist.”

Mr. Gore didn’t explain how far he thinks his young acolytes should go in their rage against the coal-burning machines that provide about 50% of U.S. electricity. Sit-ins? Marches against power plants? How about trashing power lines: What could he mean by “civil disobedience”?

Funny thing is, as the WSJ notes, the anti-coal campaigns often target new production that would replace older, more polluting power generation. Duke Energy’s Cliffside power plant would cut sulfur dioxide emissions by 80 percent and nitrogen oxide by 50 percent. To the ramparts!

In the Christian Science Monitor, columnist Eoin O’Carroll wonders why Gore is leaving it up to the young people to break the law. From “Does Al Gore think he’s too old for civil disobedience?”

Leaving aside whether breaking the law is ever justified, it seems odd that Gore doesn’t seem to include himself in the category of the “young people” he thinks should risk jail to halt global warming. After all, at age 71, Ghandi was arrested and served two years in prison. The US labor organizer Mother Jones was still facing charges of sedition in her 80s. Even TV president Martin Sheen, who is eight years older than Gore, managed to get himself arrested at an antinuclear action in Nevada last year, for what he says is the 65th time.

Guess there’s no “three-strikes you’re out” for trespassing.

In any case, it seems clear that Gore’s a dilettante when it comes to civil disobediance, not bothering to recognize its ability to persude rests in individual sacrifice, not endless Powerpoint presentations.

UPDATE: (10:30 a.m.) From The Chilling Effect: