Yeah Al, cool it…
Hollywood has a thing for Al Gore and his three-alarm film on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won an Academy Award for best documentary. So do many environmentalists, who praise him as a visionary, and many scientists, who laud him for raising public awareness of climate change.
But part of his scientific audience is uneasy. In talks, articles and blog entries that have appeared since his film and accompanying book came out last year, these scientists argue that some of Mr. Gore’s central points are exaggerated and erroneous. They are alarmed, some say, at what they call his alarmism.
“I don’t want to pick on Al Gore,” Don J. Easterbrook, an emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University, told hundreds of experts at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. “But there are a lot of inaccuracies in the statements we are seeing, and we have to temper that with real data.”
Mr. Gore, in an e-mail exchange about the critics, said his work made “the most important and salient points” about climate change, if not “some nuances and distinctions” scientists might want. “The degree of scientific consensus on global warming has never been stronger,” he said, adding, “I am trying to communicate the essence of it in the lay language that I understand.”
Translation:, science smience, I am trying to wake people up here. What is a little hype and exaggeration when I KNOW the danger is real.
Criticisms of Mr. Gore have come not only from conservative groups and prominent skeptics of catastrophic warming, but also from rank-and-file scientists like Dr. Easterbook, who told his peers that he had no political ax to grind. A few see natural variation as more central to global warming than heat-trapping gases. Many appear to occupy a middle ground in the climate debate, seeing human activity as a serious threat but challenging what they call the extremism of both skeptics and zealots.
Kevin Vranes, a climatologist at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, said he sensed a growing backlash against exaggeration. While praising Mr. Gore for “getting the message out,” Dr. Vranes questioned whether his presentations were “overselling our certainty about knowing the future.”
Ya think Kevin? This is far from settled science people. In Fact, I do not believe there is anything we can do about global warming. We certainly should not destroy the world’s economy over a bunch of chicken littles.
If you are really worried about CO2 in the environment, grow plants, because they EAT CO2 and turn it into oxygen!! You know it is ridiculous, when the NY Times is reporting on this story!
Please people, do you trust these people to tell you the weather next week???? How can you trust them to predict anything many years in the future?
Sadly, in character…
From the Boston Globe:
US Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has so politicized the Justice Department that he should step down for the good of the nation, the Senate’s third-ranking Democrat said yesterday.
Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York called for the resignation in light of recent disclosures about the FBI’s improper use of administrative subpoenas to obtain private records and the controversy over the firing of eight US attorneys in December.
Schumer, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, charged that under Gonzales, the Justice Department has become even more politicized than it was under President Bush’s first attorney general, John D. Ashcroft.
“This department has been so political that I think for the sake of the nation, Attorney General Gonzales should step down,” Schumer said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
He said Gonzales, who previously served as White House counsel, “is no longer just the president’s lawyer but has a higher obligation to the rule of law and the Constitution.”
Appearing on CNN’s “Late Edition,” Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democrat of Delaware, another Judiciary Committee member, said that “Gonzales has lost the confidence of the vast majority of Americans.”
This is ridiculous! Doesn’t anyone remember when Bill Clinton fired 93 U.S. Attorneys so he could appoint U.S. Attorneys he wanted in their place?
Gonzalez fired 8 for goodness sake! I am sick and tired of the screaming from the democrat party. I was hoping they would stop this nonsense once they became the majority. But noooo, they are still behaving like petulant children.
Yeah, we need to do something about thhose Bush tax breaks…
From the AP:
The nation’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.5 percent in February even as big losses of construction and factory jobs restrained overall payroll growth. Wages grew briskly.
The latest snapshot, released by the Labor Department on Friday, offered a picture of an employment climate that remains in fundamentally good shape despite slower job growth in part due to bad winter weather in parts of the country, economists said.
The slight decline in the politically prominent jobless rate, from 4.6 percent in January, came as hundreds of thousand of people left the work force, a development that economists also believe was related to the bad weather in February that made it difficult to get out and look for jobs.
Employers, meanwhile, added 97,000 new jobs to their payrolls in February, the fewest in two years, as bad winter weather forced construction companies to slash 62,000 jobs, the most since 1991. Factories, feeling the strain of the troubled housing and auto industries, also continued to cut jobs. They eliminated 14,000 positions last month.
On a more encouraging note, job gains in the previous two months turned out to be stronger than previously estimated. Employers added 226,000 new jobs in December, versus the 206,000 last estimated. Payrolls grew by 146,000 in January, up from a previous estimate of 111,000.
The new tally of jobs added to the economy in February was close to economists’ forecast for a gain of around 100,000. They had predicted the unemployment rate would hold steady at 4.6 percent.
Workers’ wages grew quickly last month.
Average hourly earnings rose to $17.16, a 0.4 percent increase from January. That was slightly faster than the 0.3 percent gain economists were expecting. Over the 12 months ending in February, wages grew by 4.1 percent.
In other economic news, the
Commerce Department reported that the trade deficit narrowed to $59.1 billion in January as U.S. exports climbed to an all-time high.
This all sounds very good to me. Add to that, the record amount of revenue coming into the tax coffers and it is like magic!
Hey Democrats, maybe you can learn from my gran pappy, IF IT AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT!
From The Las Vegas Sun:
In a direct challenge to President Bush, House Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday requiring the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the fall of next year.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the deadline would be added to legislation providing nearly $100 billion the Bush administration has requested for fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
She told reporters the measure would mark the first time the new Democratic-controlled Congress has established a “date certain” for the end of U.S. combat in the four-year-old war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,100 U.S. troops.
Pelosi made her announcement as Senate Democrats reviewed a different approach – a measure that would set a goal of a troop withdrawal by March of 2008. Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada called a closed-door meeting of the rank-and-file to consider the measure.
In the House, Pelosi and the leadership have struggled in recent days to come up with an approach on the war that would satisfy liberals reluctant to vote for continued funding without driving away more moderate Democrats unwilling to be seen as tying the hands of military commanders.
Yeah, notice it is always spring of 2008 being discussed. Ask yourself why? It is simple the Dems do not believe that the country will elect a democrat President if we are still at war. These people are political hacks, who do not care about the security of this country and they have a political investment in losing this war.
To make the overall measure more attractive politically, Democrats also intend to add $1.2 billion to Bush’s request for military operations in Afghanistan, where the Taliban is expected to mount a spring offensive.
The bill also will exceed Bush’s request for veterans’ health care and medical programs for active duty troops at facilities such as the scandal-scarred Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington.
Democrats also are including funds for a health care program for low-income children. The program is popular among governors of both political parties, but the administration has not signaled its acquiescence to the additional money.
As described by Democrats, the legislation will require Bush to certify by July 1 and again by Oct. 1. whether the Iraqi government is making progress toward providing for the country’s security, allocating its oil revenues and creating a fair system for amending its constitution.
They said if Bush certified the Iraqis were meeting these so-called benchmarks, U.S. combat troops would have to begin withdrawing by March 1, 2008, and complete the redeployment by Sept. 1.
Otherwise, the deadlines would move up.
If Bush cannot make the required certification by July 1, troops must begin a six-month withdrawal immediately. If Bush cannot make the second certification, the same six-month timetable would apply.
The legislation also requires the Pentagon to adhere to its existing standards for equipping and training U.S. troops sent overseas and for providing time at home between tours of combat.
Pelosi said the provision was designed to make sure the government would “not be sending our troops into battle without the proper training, the proper equipment.”
Yet it also permits Bush to issue waivers of these standards. Democrats described the waiver provision as an attempt to embarrass the president into adhering to the standards. But they concede the overall effect would be to permit the administration to proceed with plans to deploy five additional combat brigades to the Baghdad area over the next few months.
I predict this will not pass and that will mean that they have de-funded the troops.