Globular Warmingists Have Good PR

30 04 2007

PR guru Dan Calabrese looks at the climate change spin cycle.

You use certain tactics to get the public to buy in to your message. One is to use celebrities and entertainers. Al Gore’s Live Earth concerts will do nicely. Millions will tune in (myself included; I want to see Genesis) and hear the message that we need to act now to save the planet. The artists they respect and admire will either be delivering the message or standing there applauding.

Another tactic is the trickle of news on the subject. In recent weeks, we have been treated to a veritable scare-a-day feast of global-warming-related headlines. One day global warming is going deplete the water in the Great Lakes. Another day it is going to change the sex of lizards. Then it’s going to make tropical fish bigger. Each headline results from the release of a new “study.” You think it’s a coincidence that a new one comes out every day?

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In PR, if you think you’re winning the debate, you proceed to the next step of marginalizing the skeptics. This step is fully in motion with the labeling of skeptics as “deniers,” a loaded word designed to evoke comparisons to neo-Nazis who deny the Holocaust. Mr. Gore was advocating as early as 1992 that major media should not cover “both sides” of the issue because to do so would give a false impression that there are two sides.

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Science has demonstrated convincingly that global temperatures have been rising for the past generation. I am not skeptical of that. But temperatures have risen many times in the Earth’s storied history – when there were no smokestacks, internal combustion engines or Bush administrations. Every single period of warming was followed by a period of cooling, even though the UN wasn’t there to regulate anything.

 

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Scary: This Blog Has 2,000 Hits

30 04 2007

To celebrate, I’m wearing this helmet from IowaPresidentialWatch.com.

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Thank you, gentle readers, for coming to visit.

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Comics Are Cool

27 04 2007

StripGenerator and I did this:

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Encore! Encore!

OK, if you insist. Let’s take a jab at Congress.

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If you’re so inclined, you can make your own strip by clicking here.

Huge Hat Tip:  The Jawa Report.





Wipe My *SS

26 04 2007

He may need decaf, but this guy nails Sheryl Crow, bigtime.





Shocker: Many “Offsets” Are Scams

26 04 2007

From the Financial Times, hat tip Jawa.

The burgeoning regulated market for carbon credits is expected to more than double in size to about $68.2bn by 2010, with the unregulated voluntary sector rising to $4bn in the same period.

The FT investigation found:

■ Widespread instances of people and organisations buying worthless credits that do not yield any reductions in carbon emissions.

■ Industrial companies profiting from doing very little – or from gaining carbon credits on the basis of efficiency gains from which they have already benefited substantially.

■ Brokers providing services of questionable or no value.

■ A shortage of verification, making it difficult for buyers to assess the true value of carbon credits.

■ Companies and individuals being charged over the odds for the private purchase of European Union carbon permits that have plummeted in value because they do not result in emissions cuts.

Francis Sullivan, environment adviser at HSBC, the UK’s biggest bank that went carbon-neutral in 2005, said he found “serious credibility concerns” in the offsetting market after evaluating it for several months.

“The police, the fraud squad and trading standards need to be looking into this. Otherwise people will lose faith in it,” he said.

Predictable gullibility.

Previous Inconveniences:

Buy This Tree Or I will Kill It 

Here’s A Zinger For Gore

Carbon Offsets, A Closer Look





Space Umbrellas, Sulphur Spreading And Ferrous Seas

25 04 2007

Industrial-grade crazy.

A sun-blocking disk would cover 106 sq. km, weigh 3,000 tonnes and spin continually. It would be built over time by a space shuttle. Construction would require one shuttle flight annually for 100 years.

Another proposal, which some liken to an artificial volcano, calls for controlled scattering of sulphur particles in the atmosphere, to reduce sunlight reaching the planet.

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Paul Krutzen has advocated this as the safest of unconventional techniques being considered, since natural volcanic eruptions are known to produce a cooling effect, which is reversible.

How about fertilizing the oceans with iron? Crazy as it sounds, it has been the subject of at least 11 studies.

Why don’t we just drop a giant cube of ice into the ocean every now and then? How about snow-blowers or a giant “shade wall” for every city?

Maybe we should start living underground, or underwater. Maybe scientists could increase our body temperature so it feels cooler.

Maybe we should hasten WWIII for the benefit of nuclear winter. Sure would cut down on consumerism.

Perhaps we could nudge the Earth farther from the sun. Maybe attract some large comet impacts since they are mostly ice.

I know a simpler solution. Ignore climate change alarmists.





Sheryl Crow Is One Square Chick

24 04 2007

It was a joke, she said. One square of toilet paper.

Bullpuckey… she lied to cover up the fact that she is a vacuous windbag who is clearly out of her depth. She should stick to the lackluster, depressive crooning that made her famous.

Want proof?

“Weather Channel”

Sunny morning
You can hear it
Siren’s warning
There is weather on both sides
And I know it’s coming
Just like before
There’s a black dog
That scratches my door
He’s been growling my name saying
You better get to running
Can you make it better for me
Can you make me see the light of day
Because I got no one
Who will bring me a
Big umbrella
So I’m watching the weather channel
And waiting for the storm
It’s just sugar
Just a pill to make me happy
I know it may not fix the hinges
But at least the door has stopped it’s creaking
I got friends
They’re waiting for me to comb out my hair
Come outside and join the human race
But I don’t feel so human
Can you make it better for me
Can you make me see the light of day
Because I got lab coats
Who will bring me a panacea
While I’m watching the weather channel
Waiting for the storm
You won’t want me
Hanging around the birthday pony
Even though it’s just a game
You know we are the same
But you’re the better faker.

More proof? Look at how she uses her creativity to express herself. <Snore>

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What’s that on her right hand? Eww! Is it…STINKYFINGER??

Oh, it’s a ring. Sorry.