Al Gore Might Be Getting Weirder, But the Weather Isn’t

Al Gore Might Be Getting Weirder, But the Weather Isn’t

By Doug Powers  •  February 12, 2011 12:49 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Al Gore blamed the nasty late-January/early February winter weather on global warming, in spite of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Environmental Protection Agency predicting warmer winters with less snow.

With an additional inconvenient truth for the Goracle, Anne Jolis writes in the Wall Street Journal about the Twentieth Century Reanalysis Project. The project is analyzing atmospheric circulation from 1871 to present to determine if blizzards, cyclones, heat waves and deep-freezes are are worsening. So far that doesn’t seem to be the case:

As it happens, the project’s initial findings, published last month, show no evidence of an intensifying weather trend. “In the climate models, the extremes get more extreme as we move into a doubled CO2 world in 100 years,” atmospheric scientist Gilbert Compo, one of the researchers on the project, tells me from his office at the University of Colorado, Boulder. “So we were surprised that none of the three major indices of climate variability that we used show a trend of increased circulation going back to 1871.”

In other words, researchers have yet to find evidence of more-extreme weather patterns over the period, contrary to what the models predict. “There’s no data-driven answer yet to the question of how human activity has affected extreme weather,” adds Roger Pielke Jr., another University of Colorado climate researcher.

And this whole time I thought Al Gore was a fool to spend millions of dollars on an seaside mansion after predicting the oceans would rise and alter the world’s coastlines, but it turns out he must have known all along that he was just blowing hot air.

Re-packaging and re-selling global warming to an increasingly skeptical America may be one of the first assignments of Gore’s new Chief News Officer, and they’ll have to do it one viewer at a time — almost literally.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Obama’s budget proposal in La-La- Land

Obama’s budget proposal in La-La- Land

Rick
Moran

 

The marvel is that his administration says stuff like
this with a straight face. Politico’s Playbook:

-A senior administration official says the budget includes “$1.1
trillion in deficit reduction [over 10 years], with two-thirds of it from cuts.
By taking a responsible approach to get us to live within our means and invest
in the future, the budget will get us to a place by middle of the decade where
we are no longer adding to our debt as a share of the economy and the government
is paying for what it spends (‘primary balance’).”
N.Y. Times’ Jackie Calmes: “The budget
confirms that Mr. Obama is not taking the lead in embracing the kind of
far-reaching deficit-reduction plan recommended in December by a bipartisan
majority of his fiscal commission. It proposed saving $4 trillion over a
decade.”
WashPost’s Shailagh Murray and Lori
Montgomery: “Obama would reach his target in part by raising taxes, an idea that
Republicans refuse to consider. … The White House proposal … would barely
put a dent in deficits that congressional budget analysts say could approach $12
trillion through 2021.”

I have to say that the GOP is only marginally better in approaching our
titanic deficits. At least they refuse to raise taxes and have offered a serious
proposal to cut $100 billion right away from the budget. And there are
individuals here and there in the Republican party – Paul Ryan comes to mind -
who have a clear eyed view of what must be done to get us back to fiscal
sanity.
But it is depressing to contemplate that the meager, almost non-existent cuts
the president proposes is considered by the administration to be enough so that
the “government is paying for what it spends.” Only in the La-La Land of Obama
does trillions in deficits come close to government living within its means.
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky

Obama’s simple-minded relativism

Obama’s simple-minded relativism

Keith
Riler

 

Dumb multiculturalism is the Obama Administration’s
foreign policy in the Arab world.  From Barack Obama’s Cairo
speech
:

Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation …
over another will inevitably fail…. America does not presume to know what is
best for everyone….
Robert
Gibb’s recent comments
indicate the same weak thinking.  He opined that the
new order in Egypt “has to include a whole host of important non-secular
actors.”
It is very clear Barack Obama as yet has no intention of encouraging the
higher and better road when it comes to international relations and the spending
of our tax dollars on international aid.
At the very time that Merkel,
Cameron
and Sarkozy
have recognized the need to steer cultures into the melting pot of freedom and
classically liberal thinking, the Obama administration has doubled down on the
cowardice of avoiding an opinion (voting present) and being willfully blind to
the tenets of America’s greatness.  Of all the great occasions not to follow
Europe’s lead, this is not one.
Perhaps our ocean-defended borders sustain this weak thinking by mitigating
the inflow of sharia-loving immigrants, but a “whatever” foreign policy is no
way to advance the absolutes of human rights and freedom.
If the recent rhetoric is any indication, expect no leadership from the
Obama Administration in excluding totalitarian or illiberal influences from the
new and developing Egypt.
As a result, this Administration’s simple minded relativism will leave the
door wide open for the best organized groups, at the moment the most
organized
of which is the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

McConnell says Obama agenda is `over’

McConnell says Obama agenda is `over’

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press                    Bruce Schreiner, Associated PressSat Feb 12, 11:47 pm ET

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Saturday that President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda is “over,” but said GOP lawmakers are willing to work with the White House to do what they “think is right for America.”

In a speech Saturday night to a GOP crowd in his hometown, the Kentucky Republican derided Obama for performing “Clintonian back flips” to portray himself as a moderate, but said it’s yet to be seen whether the new tone is “rhetoric or reality.”

McConnell, who in the past has touted his ability to bring federal spending to Kentucky, took a hard line on cutting federal spending. He said the Democratic president’s credentials on spending and debt “are horrible, and he earned it.”

But McConnell said that congressional Republicans — who took control of the House and increased their numbers in the Senate following last year’s election — are “prepared to do business” with Obama.

“And to the extent that the president wants to do what we think is right for America, we won’t say ‘no’ simply because there’s an election coming along,” said McConnell.

After the fall elections, McConnell was criticized for saying his No. 1 goal was to make Obama a one-term president. But he later worked with the president to push through an extension of Bush administration tax cuts, including for top-earners.

Still, McConnell drew cheers from the partisan crowd when he declared: “The legislative agenda of Barack Obama is over.”

McConnell also laid out the strategy of Senate Republicans, saying, “Whatever the House can get out of the House with a majority vote is the goal of the Senate.”

While Republicans remain in the minority in the Senate, McConnell said Democratic senators facing re-election next year have a political motivation to join GOP lawmakers in pushing for spending cuts.

“We’ll see how many of them come over and join us and begin to tackle our annual deficit,” he said.

McConnell said the national debt has grown rapidly with the stimulus spending under Obama, and yet national unemployment remains stubbornly high.

McConnell warned that cutting federal spending won’t come without some pain.

“Everybody is going to have to do with less if we’re going to get this job done,” he said. “And we need to get it done.”

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