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Earth Day: We are now told that obesity causes global warming. Maybe that’s why belief in human-caused climate change is at an all-time low. That and the fact that Antarctic ice is growing, not melting.

Over the past decade, as the earth cooled, the sun grew quiet and snow fell in Malibu, the disconnect between the computer models of Al Gore and the warm-mongers grew more apparent than ever. So much so that they started talking about “climate change” instead of “global warming.”

That way, everything from drought to floods was covered, even record cold winters and snowfalls.

Even that’s not working on an ever more skeptical public, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports national survey showing that just one of three voters — a new low — now believe that global warming is caused by human activity.

Nearly half (48%) believe the cause is naturally occurring planetary trends. Just a year ago, only 34% said warming was a natural phenomenon, while 47% said human activity was placing the planet at risk of disastrous climate change. That’s a huge shift.

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Interestingly, a growing number of Americans (58%) say we need to build more nuclear power plants, with 63% saying that finding additional sources of energy is more important than reducing the amount of energy Americans currently consume. They recognize that a growing economy requires more energy, not less, and that nukes are a pollution-free way of getting it.

Overweight people eat more steaks and burgers, we are told, and that means more cows and more barnyard emissions. They walk less and drive more, usually to fast-food emporiums, where every additional condiment brings us closer to planetary doom. The answer presumably would be fewer people, or at least more vegetarians.

Australian Antarctic Division glaciology program head Ian Allison says sea ice losses in West Antarctica over the past 30 years have been more than offset by increases in the Ross Sea region, just one sector of East Antarctica. “Sea ice conditions have remained stable in Antarctica generally,” Allison says.

So enjoy your burger and fries, and chill out. It’s the warm-mongers who are endangering us with their whoppers. And Happy Earth Day.

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Aron

Consider these three little factoids:
1. Most large animals are herbivores. Becoming a vegan is no guarantee of anything except lower blood iron levels.
2. A vegan also needs to eat more volume of food to meet protein and calcium requirements. It is increased protein and calcium intake, as well as sanitation, that has increased life spans considerably, the consequences of which are lower birth and death rates.
3. Those beloved polar bears and whales eat more meat than most carnivores. Should we force them to become vegan and have them pay some kind of penalty?

Tom in Florida

This is just another argument for universal health care and more control of our lives. If they can “prove” obesity contributes to AGW then they can claim the authority to keep everyone healthy, not for the individuals sake, but to save the world from AGW. Perhaps Demoliton Man was not just a fun movie afterall.

Great post!

Kip

Here where I work in NorCal we are celebrating ED (no, not THAT ED!) by having a huge BBQ where we will not only consume mass quantities of food but also expel mass quantities of CO2 in a variety of ways such as from the BBQ, opening cans of soda, people driving their vehicles from the parking lot up the hill to where the BBQ will be held and yakkity-yakkin’ with our fellow workers as well as having a couple of speakers yammer on about whatever it is they will yammer on about – all of us exhaling CO2 in the process. Should be fun….it is a nice day for it.

Ed Zuiderwijk

But vegetarians do fart more and contribute disproportionally to that other darling of the HGW mongers, methane.
Today I read for the first time in a leading UK newspaper about sea ice at Antartica:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/antarctica/5200229/Antarctic-ice-cover-increasing-due-to-hole-in-ozone-layer.html
Guess what: it has been growing for at least 3 decades, but that was due to the ozone hole. When that’s closed GW will catch up and all the ice will disappear. According to the pundits, that. It’s becoming increasingly funny to see them contorting in all kind of bends to still be able to warn about the coming doomsday.
Sometimes I wonder: will they have enough hats to eat on the day when even they will recognize how daft they are?

G Alston

Tom in Florida — Perhaps Demoliton Man was not just a fun movie afterall.
Indeed. It was half of a Nostradamus-like glimpse into the future, with the other half being “Idiocracy.” Have a Joy-Joy day.

Magnus A

A bit offtopic, but I registered on Facebook a few weeks ago, and I’m only member of the “Not Evil Just Wrong”-group. The film!
I’ve got a mail this morning about a screening in Washington tonight (where the film makers will appear). It’s 6.30 PM and there’s a mail address where those Facebook members (tip: sign up!) who wants to go and see the movie for free can get a ticket.
I should not give further details about it. Sign up the facebook group “NOT EVIL JUST WRONG – The True cost of Global Warming Hysteria”.
I mean anyone can be member in that Faebook group so I hope it’s okay to reveal this.

I have provided a link to a pdf of page 64 of Newsweek’s first Earth Day issue dated April 28, 1975. Its title is “The Cooling World.”
http://soslies.blogspot.com/2009/04/earth-day-giggles-and-grins.html

AGW will eventually go the way of the pet rock and the Macarena. And just like those fads, not fast enough to suit me.

The tide has been turning in the press alright but we have the national w. service buying up old household thermometers and giving out new ones probably graduated in 100’s of a degree F and Al Gore pressing to get rid of the Celsius scale to make the numbers bigger – all signs of a “sauve qui peut” (save what (who) you can) mentality. Anyway we will probably see articles like the following popping up everywhere:
http://lifestyle.sympatico.msn.ca/Years+of+Drought/Living/GivingBack/WV_years_of_drought.htm?isfa=1
I’ve worked in both East and West Africa over the years and when its the dry season in savannah country it looks like it was never green and when the rains come, it greens overnight. The first picture of a Kenyan village has greenery that tells me they weren’t “dry” when the picture was taken. The warmers didn’t choose their season very well for this shot. It looks like a normal remote village.
Anthony :
perhaps a post topic would be timely on the IPY. Why haven’t we been getting triumphant news from the IPY about the end of the world. If we had had a couple of warm arctic winters we would never have heard the end of them.

Sorry, Anthony, I don’t know how to get this to you except by comment. Interesting article on Universe Today:
http://www.universetoday.com/2009/04/21/despite-global-warming-wildfires-do-not-increase/
Go ahead and delete this comment once you have the link, since it’s not germane to this thread.

TERRY46

We are being told that green is universal.I don’t know about the rest of you but I was NEVER asked if I believe in the green movement .How did planting A garden become going green.My father in law has had one for at least 22 years,and he only has one lung due to cancer,and he’s never said anything about going green.We just enjoy home growm food and if it is universal why haven’t all of the other countries jumped on the bandwagon. Again as I have said before this nothing more than socialism and this id just the beginning.

Random thought,
Not only do fat people contribute more than their share of CO2 to climate change but so do people that live in cooler climates. A typical house in Phoenix contributes ~900lbs of CO2 per year vs. ~1300lbs for a house in the Northeast.
http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/magazine/16-06/ff_heresies_02ac
Clearly, people in northern climes should be paying a greater share of the tax burden needed to “fix” the planet. Obese people in northern cities even more taxes!
Now, Detroit is widely regarded as the fattest city in America.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/5137.php
And, everyone knows that the automobiles produced by Detroit are wrecking the ecosystem. Connect the dots! How much CO2 could be prevented from entering the atmosphere by simply abandoning Detroit?
Mr. Gore where are you on this important initiative?

On the subject of the goofy research concluding that obesity contributes to AGW, I think that as the brighter researchers in the AGW party start to have doubts, the field will more and more be left up to science clowns.

CodeTech

Personally, I refer to this as “hypocrite day”. I get to mock people who are completely clueless, just like “earth hour” participants.
On a tangentially related note, I STILL mock those who buy brand new vehicles and tell me my 22 year old car is harmful to the environment. Apparently these people believe cars are grown in a sustainable way in mountain meadows. Perhaps they don’t realize the massive emissions involved in actually building a vehicle, any vehicle, and certainly can’t comprehend that a 22 year old car can be properly maintained, getting excellent mileage with low emissions.
Nope, I get to watch the parade of SUVs going to the local parks to celebrate how “other people” need to clean up their impact on the planet. It’s always someone else, right?

Power Engineer

again….doom sells…good news doesnt. I still like the link to the site that was on here a while ago with links to all the different articles about stuf caused by global warming….there were a couple hundred articles on there…good stuff.

Magnus A

Washington people. Here’s a web page with all information on this free great Earth Day movie:
http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/pressroom/pressreleases/EarthDayMovie09.html
Wish I were there.

BTW. An inspiring Yahoo text! Hopefully the sleepy sun provide fairly cold temperatures, enough to change the common opinon on AGW and force our politiians to take a few steps back.

Texan99

Ed beat me to it. I was just reading this Reuters article: “Growing Antarctic sea ice linked to damaged ozone” — “An expansion of sea ice around Antarctica is linked to a hole in the ozone layer high in the atmosphere, according to a study on Tuesday that helps clear up a mystery about global warming.” Amazing how even cooling supports warming, as long as it can be attributed to bad Westerners. Do they even care about credibility any more? Are they just willing to say anything for the cameras?

Jack Green

Great article.
I like animals, they are delicious.

Robinson

the disconnect between the computer models of Al Gore

There are computer models of Al Gore? Are they like Pocket God on my iTouch? 😉

Kath

I expect that AGW’ers will keep on bleating about runaway global warming until they are finally proved right. When the Sun becomes a Red Giant.
I don’t have problems with recycling and keeping the environment clean and liveable. However all this CO2 is a pollutant and the cause of global warming has me really annoyed -to put it mildly-. I was watching a nice show on a public channel about the future of motor cars and, would you believe it, global warming is mentioned. That sort of thing just makes me want to go out and buy a Challenger R/T with a 5Liter V8 Hemi.
There is also an incessant AGW message on the Daily Planet science show on the Discovery Channel. I used to like that show in the past too. I hate it now. Any wonder that our kids are becoming paranoid about the future? Think of the children and let them enjoy their childhood while they still can.

John Egan

Let’s rewrite that 1970s song “Short People”.
“Fat people ain’t got no reason to live!”
But remember. It’s always darkest before dawn.
The Global Warmers have really jumped the shark.

bill tronson

I hate to say it but it doesn’t matter a whit as to what the facts are or what half the people think; the administration and their appointees are going to shove this agenda down our throats or up some other orifice.

Dennis

Slightly OT but the whole obesity/health/cost-to-society drive is falling apart. The excellent Junk Food Science blog recently had this essay concerning obesity vs. health problems: http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2009/04/does-it-really-matter-how-your-numbers.html (Hmmm. don’t know how to make that “click and go”).
Gradually the environmentalists are being proved wrong about everything (have they ever been right?) and shown to be simply another group of leftists power-grabbers.

John Galt

And here I thought overweight people were carbon sinks!
Has anybody thought of combatting AGW by putting people into pods and having them consume large amounts of food? When they die, their bodies are reprocessed into fertilizer for plants.
This will pull enormous amounts of carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it.

John Peter

I am not sure if this is relevant to the thread but I was amazed to discover this letter http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/reprint/markey_and_barton_letter.pdf on http://nzclimatescience.net/ from
The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley. He thoroughly carries out a demolition job on Hansen/Karl/NOAA/GISS/MANN etc. I wonder if his appearance in front of the committee and this subsequent submission will even be considered by U.S. House of Representatives Committee on
energy and Commerce. Maybe they are beyond reason or rational argument. I notice that a certain Anthony Watts is even quoted as having contributed a graph. I wonder if any of this site’s US contributors have any idea of the significance of such a submission and if eventually reason will prevail?

I read somewhere that all of humankind would fit into a cube 1 km square – fat folk and all. What impact?

Skeptic Tank

I have a thermostat in my house. It has a lot of numbers on it – 68, 69, 70!! … I don’t know how high it goes or how low it goes. How am I supposed to know where to set it? Well, the Government is going to tell me and relieve me of the decision. One less thing for me to worry about.
Have you ever gone to Lowes or Home Depot to get a light bulb? They have a wall of light bulbs!! How am I supposed to know which one to use? Well, the Government will relieve me of that decision too. Life will be simpler. I can’t take the pressure of exercising my personal liberties. For all the money I send to the Government, it’s the least they can do.

“Overweight people eat more steaks and burgers, we are told, and that means more cows and more barnyard emissions. ”
If the cows are the problem, shouldn’t we eat em faster?

Rhys Jaggar

Do I get enough carbon credits due to being thin that I can have a freebie flight to the US snowfields next winter?

rtw

Magnus A: You should make it clear that you are talking about the other Washington. There’s no screening tonight in DC, as far as I have been able to tell.

Robert Austin

What would Earth Day without the appropriate “Gore Effect”? Yes, I acknowledge that it is only our local weather and not global climate. Environment Canada says that the normal high for today in London, Ontario, Canada is 14 degrees C and the forecast high is 7 degrees C. The present temperature at noon is 4 degrees C. How do the AGW acolytes maintain their faith when nature keeps kneeing them in the ‘nads.

Cold Play

Yes the ice in Antarctica is increasing but this is because of the hole in the ozone layer and once the hole in the ozone layer is repaired the ice will melt rapidly.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/antarctica/5200229/Antarctic-ice-cover-increasing-due-to-hole-in-ozone-layer.html
“But the team from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and Nasa warned the ozone hole was only delaying the impact of greenhouse gases on the climate of the White Continent.
If ozone levels recover as expected over the next 100 years, thanks to the international ban on damaging CFCs, weather patterns will return to normal and Antarctic sea ice will shrink rapidly, they said.
Professor John Turner of BAS, lead author of the paper published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal, said the results underlined the complexity of climate change.” End of Extract
So all togefer (sic) Theres a hole in my bucket la lala. la lla la
Can anyone help?
If the Arctic is navigable to 81.5 Latitude what is the area of sea ice left.

Don Keiller

Ed, re your post about sea ice at Antartica:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/antarctica/5200229/Antarctic-ice-cover-increasing-due-to-hole-in-ozone-layer.html
The above requires that phasing out of nasty man-made CFCs will close the Ozone hole, but will it?
You should check out the following link.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/10/25/new-theory-predicts-the-largest-ozone-hole-over-antarctica-will-occur-this-month/
Don’t you just love these ecoMENTALISTs

Steve Burrows

Magnus A,
Thanks for the tip, I’ll be attending the showing!

“Overweight people eat more steaks and burgers, we are told, and that means more cows and more barnyard emissions
But they have enough fat as an energy reservoir for the cold times to come…

Perhaps all those green guys are really transgenic !!!

Aron (07:37:16):
Consider these three little factoids:
1. Most large animals are herbivores. Becoming a vegan is no guarantee of anything except lower blood iron levels.
2. A vegan also needs to eat more volume of food to meet protein and calcium requirements. It is increased protein and calcium intake, as well as sanitation, that has increased life spans considerably, the consequences of which are lower birth and death rates.
3. Those beloved polar bears and whales eat more meat than most carnivores. Should we force them to become vegan and have them pay some kind of penalty?

True… Besides, vegans substitute meat proteins with soya; however, soya can cause serious health problems; for example, soya contains glycosphingolipids which could reduce the risk of acquiring intestinal cancer; nevertheless, the problems with soya start here because glycosphingolipids cause Glaucher disease, which consists of important damages on liver, spleen, blood tissue, skeletal system and nervous system; the latter reduces life expectancies to only two years once the disease is acquired. Soya can cause breast cancer because it contains two phytoestrogens, genistein and daidzein, which are used as mimetic sexual hormones in cases of hormone therapy during menopause, instead of synthetic or animal estrogens.

And, as things go by, I can imagine the last WUWT post will read like this: The Gospel of Saint John…

Mark T

Eric Gallant (08:10:48) :
Clearly, people in northern climes should be paying a greater share of the tax burden needed to “fix” the planet. Obese people in northern cities even more taxes!

Oh, they will be. They are also largely in the AGW camp. When reality hits their pocketbooks in the form of doubled fuel costs for the winter, we’ll quickly see a drastic change in support for all the tax hikes “for the rich.”
Mark

Mark T

Adolfo Giurfa (09:44:50) :
But they have enough fat as an energy reservoir for the cold times to come…

Oooh, there’s my excuse. Now if I can just get the wife to accept this concept…
Mark

David S

And now for something completely different!
From WorldNetDaily:
California EPA to rule against ethanol.
Regulators conclude biofuel can’t help state reduce ‘global warming’
Source:
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=95745

Leon Brozyna

And on this day full of earth, let us not forget those fearless fools – I mean adventurers – in the great white expanse of the Arctic. I mean, of course, the Catlin team.
It looks like someone just noticed that their distance to the pole was all wrong – yesterday it was 551.16 km, today, without moving an inch, it’s now 583.38 km. Combined with the distance traveled of 341.14 km, it now totals 924.52 km; pretty close to the original distance of 928.52 km from their start point of 81° 40′ ((90° – 81.68°) * 111.6km/°lat = 928.5 km).
By the time they rescue the team well short of its goal they may have learned at least one important lesson – it’s not nice to fool around with Mother Nature. House rules apply and it’s her house – and the deck’s stacked in her favor.

Anthony… The news on obesity as cause of global warming is not new. It’s a recycled story. If I’m not wrong it was released in June 2008 because I touched the topic in my radio broadcast demonstrating the absurdity of this argument.
Nasif

David S

BTW What about all those pudgy polar bears? They’re two or three times the size of most chubby humans. Will the warmers have them moved to re-education camps where they will be taught to give up meat eating and learn to dine on the vegetation native to the region?

David S “California EPA to rule against ethanol.”
Perhaps authorities have detected drivers sipping their car’s fuel….

John F. Hultquist

Ed Zuiderwijk (07:49:39) : re: the link to the ice and ozone report
On a thread here not too long ago
http://wattsupwiththat.com/?s=%22ozone+depletion%22
a paper was mentioned that claims there are enough naturally occurring halogens (breakdown induces ozone loss) in the atmosphere and that their demise via cosmic rays triggers the waxing and waning of the ozone hole. So while the ozone hole may become smaller it will then again become larger — if someone is counting on it to close following the CFC scam, don’t bet on it. Original paper is here but is limited to just the science involved. There are space considerations on these “letters” and the topic is limited to the science, so no interpretation of the implications.
Correlation between Cosmic Rays and Ozone Depletion
http://www.science.uwaterloo.ca/~qblu/Lu-2009PRL.pdf

John F. Hultquist

Kath (08:45:22) :
“…makes me want to go out and buy a Challenger R/T with a 5Liter V8 Hemi.”
Go for it. Buzz is that Chrysler is about to be liquidated.

WakeUpMaggy

bushy (09:01:29) :
I read somewhere that all of humankind would fit into a cube 1 km square – fat folk and all. What impact?
One kilometer cubed?
I’ve been trying for some time now to calculate the space all humans would take up if each were given a square foot to stand on. Fat people can hold tiny babies.)
I always give up cuz I’m trying to do it while driving or otherwise occupied. Then I forget the numbers. Anyway I’ll bet you could put them all in Los Angeles or smaller. If you stacked them up in a cube……. each being five feet tall maybe and abut 100#, considering the number of children in the world. What is the volume of the average human?
Just for some perspective as gnats on the rear of an elephant, someone do the math OK?