Gore urges civil disobedience to stop coal plants

Gore urges civil disobedience to stop coal plants

Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:29pm EDT

By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental crusader Al Gore urged young people on Wednesday to engage in civil disobedience to stop the construction of coal plants without the ability to store carbon.

The former U.S. vice president, whose climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Academy Award, told a philanthropic meeting in New York City that “the world has lost ground to the climate crisis.”

“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,” Gore told the Clinton Global Initiative gathering to loud applause.

“I believe for a carbon company to spend money convincing the stock-buying public that the risk from the global climate crisis is not that great represents a form of stock fraud because they are misrepresenting a material fact,” he said. “I hope these state attorney generals around the country will take some action on that.”

The government says about 28 coal plants are under construction in the United States. Another 20 projects have permits or are near the start of construction.

Scientists say carbon gases from burning fossil fuel for power and transport are a key factor in global warming.

Carbon capture and storage could give coal power an extended lease on life by keeping power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere and easing climate change.

But no commercial-scale project exists anywhere to demonstrate the technology, partly because it is expected to increase up-front capital costs by an additional 50 percent.

So-called geo-sequestration of carbon sees carbon dioxide liquefied and pumped into underground rock layers for long term storage.

(Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Christine Kearney and Xavier Briand)


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Bill Clinton: I won’t dump on McCain



Bill Clinton: I won’t dump on McCain
Sep 24 04:21 PM US/Eastern

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Clinton says if Democrats want someone to dump on John McCain, he’s not the guy.Some members of his party have been complaining that Clinton has not been enthusiastic enough in his support for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, who defeated Clinton’s wife in the primary campaign, and heaping too much praise on McCain.

But Clinton told CNN’s “Larry King Live” on Wednesday that he doesn’t think “dumping” on McCain or his running mate, Sarah Palin, is a winning strategy. He said undecided voters aren’t interested in attacks but solutions for the problems they face.

“I just don’t believe that getting up here and hyperventilating about Gov. Palin, or Sen. McCain for that matter, is a productive use of a former president’s time and is not a vote-getter,” he said, adding that he admires McCain even though he disagrees with several of his positions.

Clinton said he and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, gave vigorous endorsements to Obama at the national convention last month and that Hillary Clinton has traveled extensively on Obama’s behalf. That includes a tour of Michigan on Saturday.

“I think you can argue that she has done more than all other runner-ups have in the Democratic Party in 40 years,” the former president said. “We have been quite clear on this. We’re not party-wreckers, and we believe that the country needs to take a different course.”
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Reid to McCain: Don’t Come Back to Capitol

Corrupted science revealed

Corrupted science revealed

Jerome J. Schmitt
Outsiders familiar with the proper workings of science have long known that modern Climate Science is dysfunctional. Now a prominent insider, MIT Meteorology Professor Richard S. Lindzen, confirms how Al Gore and his minions used Stalinist tactics to subvert, suborn and corrupt a whole branch of science, citing chapter and verse in his report entitled  “Climate Science: Is it currently designed to answer questions?”  His answer:  A resounding “NO!”

Detailing the corruption, he names a series of names.  Until reading this I did not know that


“For example, the primary spokesman for the American Meteorological Society in Washington is Anthony Socci who is neither an elected official of the AMS nor a contributor to climate science. Rather, he is a former staffer for Al Gore.” Page 5


Although a bit lengthy, this very important report is highly readable and revealing.  While some of the paragraphs are a bit technical, I encourage AT readers to wade through them because their purpose is to provide specific examples of how a radical cabal is forcing scientists to ignore or amend measurements that undermine the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming. Scientists are literally forced to include sentences in their papers that indicate their support of AGW, even if these sentences are non-sequiturs, or even if they conflict with the overall thrust of the paper. In this way, Al Gore’s uneducated political commissars are able to deliver the “consensus” he so craves.


How is this possible you might ask?  Prof. Lindzen gives considerable background history.


However, having been an undergraduate and graduate student in the hard sciences, and later a research collaborator with dozens of industrial scientists and university professors, perhaps I can shed some further light. Today’s scientists get to the top of their field by extreme dedication to their specialty involving inordinate focus and concentration that cannot tolerate distractions. The best scientists are constantly “at home” at their lab bench, with their instruments, analyzing data, teaching a few promising students and preparing publications.  Most scientists interact intensively only with other specialists in allied fields (“geeks”). 


Many scientists are naturalized citizens from Asia and Eastern Europe, unfamiliar and intimidated by American politics and government, to which they are dependent upon for visas and grant support.  Although all stereotypes are unfair to individuals, there is some truth to the one of the shy, retiring, absent-minded professor.  His or her absent-mindedness is most likely due to intense cogitation on a difficult scientific problem.  Their dealings with one another are only possible by maintaining extreme standards of honesty, integrity and open-mindedness to scholarly debate in search of the truth. The very qualities that make them good scientists and scholars thus leave them ill-equipped to deal with the raucous, underhanded, disrespectful, politically-motivated radicals unleashed upon them by Al Gore and his fifth column for a “hostile takeover” of their scientific institutions.


I naively thought that the National Academy of Sciences could impose some quality-control on an errant discipline.   Prof. Lindzen notes that event this august body has been penetrated by eco-activists by exploiting loopholes in its nominating procedures. 


Fortunately, in science “truth will out”.  The long term faith of the American public in science, a trust built up since WWI is at stake. Next it will be important to see whether a prominent scientific journal publishes this revelation.


As an aside, for those who have wondered how leftist cabals were able in the 60’s and 70’s to take over our universities’ humanity departments, the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities, Prof  Lindzen’s report lays bare the template for radicalization.

McCain Suspends Campaign to deal with Economic Crisis (Updated)

McCain Suspends Campaign to deal with Economic

 Crisis (Updated)

Rick Moran
In remarks made in New York City today, John McCain announced that he would suspend his campaign on Thursday in order to go back to Washington and work in a bi-partisan manner to solve the economic crisis.

It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the Administration’s proposal.  I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time. 

Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative.  I have spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to join me. 

I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself.  It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem. 

We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved.  I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night’s debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.

I am confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people.  All we must do to achieve this is temporarily set politics aside, and I am committed to doing so. 

Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time of crisis.   We must show that kind of patriotism now.  Americans across our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have prevented us from addressing our national challenges.  Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country. 

This is an eye opener. First of all, the Dems don’t dare call it a gimmick. McCain has effectively silenced the Democrats about the crisis for a few days.

Secondly, this is bold, decisive leadership – and McCain thought of it first so he gets the cookie. Obama is eating his dust right now and is no doubt kicking himself he didn’t think of it first. 

Third, this kind of surprise move will make the voters sit up and take notice. Some who may have been moving away from McCain will give him a second look. After all, we now have proof that in this race, there is one guy who talks about bi-partisanship and another who actually does something about it.

The last 8-10 days have not been good ones for McCain. He has slipped dramatically as his fortunes have matched those of the economic slide into crisis. With this decisive move, he gains back some of the momentum he lost and puts Obama on the defensive – exactly where he was when McCain was making so much headway after the convention.

For those who cynically see this as nothing but politics, I would disagree and say its about 75% politics and 25% vintage McCain. And while we won’t know for a few days, it could very well be that John McCain has once again – for the 3rd or 4th time – redefined the campaign and given himself a fighting chance to win it.

Update: Obama says “Debate is on”

Not sure how this is going to play but Obama has refused the offer to suspend his campaign:

Update: Obama says “Debate is on”

Not sure how this is going to play but Obama has refused the offer to suspend his campaign:

However a senior Obama campaign official said Obama “intends to debate. The debate is on.”…
Obama is willing to return to Washington “if it would be helpful.” But Obama intends to debate on Friday, an official said.
In other words, Obama refuses to cede the issue to McCain although let’s see how much pressure builds for him to call off the debate over the next 24 hours.

Allah actually points out why this move is bad for McCain:

He’s trying to siphon off some of Obama’s strength with voters on the economy, obviously, but er … at the expense of a debate on foreign policy that would have played to his own strength? What does McCain gain by steering the campaign towards an issue for which the public blames his party?

Good point. And if people think about it, they may give McCain the credit for being selfless that he is seeking.


The Mystery Candidate (Obama) and his Pals

The Mystery Candidate (Obama) and his Pals

Clarice Feldman
Stanley Kurtz, writing for NRO, reports more of his finds in the Daley Library holdings of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), including more evidence that Obama has not been forthright in explaining why he–with no background for the position–was picked to head the Board of the CAC

[quote] it seems clear that weʼre not being told the whole truth about who chose Obama to lead the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. In particular, the Obama campaignʼs claim that Deborah Leff and Patricia Graham may have put forward Obamaʼs nomination can no longer be taken as the last word on the subject. The Rolling letter strongly suggests that Obama and his allies are not being fully forthcoming on this issue, quite possibly in an attempt to disguise the fact the Bill Ayers had a substantial role in elevating Barack Obama to the chairmanship of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. More generally, in the immediate wake of my attempt to gain access to the CAC records, Rolling appears to have been maneuvering, both to block my access, and to make sure that the full story of who chose Obama as CAC head would not come out.


As it becomes obvious that there is a certain stench  about the CAC and Obama’s role in it, the Obama camp and its supporters keep trying to denigrate the story’s significance. It is significant because (a) Obama has left out this significant part of his life–his only executive experience–from both of his self-serving autobiographies ;(b) He has lied about his relationship to the head of its operating arm, Bill Ayers, unrepentant domestic terrorist;(c) It is the only evidence we have of his real educational agenda–using the public schools to advance a far left educational program, substituing real educations for the poor with leftist orientation and organizational skills.

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