Clueless or hypocritical? You decide.

July 15, 2009

Why on Earth is Human Rights Watch, supposedly one of the world's premier human-rights watchdog groups, going to Saudi Arabia -one of the world's worst violators of those same human rights- to ask for money? (And bashing Israel to ice the deal….)

That's like going to Al Capone to ask for a donation to the local Neighborhood Watch. Raised Eyebrow

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But the Goracle said the science was settled!

July 15, 2009

The climate alarmists’ vaunted computer models can’t even explain the past, yet they want us to cripple our future based on their models’ predictions:

“There appears to be something fundamentally wrong with the way temperature and carbon are linked in climate models.”

No one knows exactly how much Earth’s climate will warm due to carbon emissions, but a new study this week suggests scientists’ best predictions about global warming might be incorrect. The study, which appears in Nature Geoscience, found that climate models explain only about half of the heating that occurred during a well-documented period of rapid global warming in Earth’s ancient past. The study, which was published online today, contains an analysis of published records from a period of rapid climatic warming about 55 million years ago known as the Palaeocene-Eocene thermal maximum, or PETM.

“In a nutshell, theoretical models cannot explain what we observe in the geological record,” said oceanographer Gerald Dickens, a co-author of the study and professor of Earth science at Rice University. “There appears to be something fundamentally wrong with the way temperature and carbon are linked in climate models.”

Let me emphasize two phrases: "No one knows…" and "…theoretical models cannot explain…," yet Al Gore, James Hanson, and the Cult of Anthropogenic Global Warming shriek that we must do something now about a problem the source of which we do not understand and may not even exist at all. Their minions in Congress shoved the Waxman-Markey cap and tax bill, a disaster in the making, through the House, though there’s still hope it will die in the Senate. They’re demanding we give the Federal government vast control over the economy and that we impose expensive new taxes, cripple key industries, and that we (but not they) acquiesce to a reduced lifestyle, yet the computer models on which they base their demands are no better than a guess.

With Americans growing increasingly wary* of the likely effects of cap-and-tax, we may yet block this nonsense, but I fear it’s going to be, as Wellington said after Waterloo, a "near-run thing."

*(With apologies to Pollhater. Winking )