Gore: Making it personal

I was sent this email (below) from Al Gore’s Repower America Campaign, with a request to “make it personal” by writing to every representative. Apparently they are worried about that dastardly oil lobby again. This paragraph caught my eye:

Writing these letters is easy and important — and we’ll show you how. We will provide sample letters, talking points, and your Senator’s address — all you need to bring is a passion about the climate crisis and a commitment to America’s clean energy future.”

Well gosh, I can play letter motivator like Gore and play that game too. Here’s your chance to “make it personal” and write your own letter to the editor, and/or letter to your Senator. Unlike Gore’s followers, I won’t offer helpful hints, talking points, or sample letters, because you see there’s a backchannel network for newspaper editors to flag such letter campaigns so they don’t get published.

But if you write your own letter, in your own words, with no common talking points, or fill in the blank forms, chances are your letter will get published. As for legislators, they generally don’t read them, they just count “for and against” on issues. Just write what you know and are concerned about. Send the same letter to both. You can use the links provided by Gore’s website for mailing addresses.

WUWT readers have plenty of material to work with, have at it if you wish, and feel free to post letters in comments here. Or not. I’m only pointing out an opportunity, don’t feel obligated.

Here’s Gore’s call to action, WUWT has more than 10,000 visitors a day, so it should be easy to outdo their effort. Funny, they still think he’s the Vice President. – Anthony


Dear Friend,

On Monday, Al Gore made an impassioned call-to-arms for a clean energy revolution.More than 10,000 supporters like you joined the Vice President on a call to discuss the next steps in our fight for strong climate and clean energy legislation. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown shared his positive perspective on prospects for bill passage in the Senate this spring, the need for grassroots supporters to get involved right now, and the difference you’re already making.

Listen to highlights from Monday’s call with Al Gore and take action for a clean energy revolution now!

The U.S. Senate is in the process of drafting clean energy and climate legislation. But with lobbyists from big oil and their front groups whispering in Senators’ ears every day and corporate polluters pouring millions of dollars into ads, we have to fight back with all our strength to make sure we pass a strong bill this year.

We’ve heard directly from Senate offices that one of the most meaningful and effective ways to deliver a message to our elected officials is with a handwritten letter. And by sending a personal letter, we’re demanding that our Senators respond. Which is why we’ve set an ambitious goal: delivering over 150,000 handwritten letters demanding the Senate pass a strong bill this year!

Will you take a few minutes to listen to an update from Al Gore and write your Senator a personal, handwritten letter in support of strong clean energy and climate legislation?

Make it personal. Help us deliver over 150,000 letters for clean  energy.

http://cpaf.repoweramerica.org/lettersn

If there’s one thing our elected officials cannot deny, it’s the voice of their constituents.

Writing these letters is easy and important — and we’ll show you how. We will provide sample letters, talking points, and your Senator’s address — all you need to bring is a passion about the climate crisis and a commitment to America’s clean energy future.

So please take just a few minutes and write your Senator today.

Help us reach our goal of 150,000 handwritten letters demanding a strong clean energy and climate bill this year.

The time is now. The revolution has arrived. And the voice for change is yours.

So please, make sure our Senators know that this time, it’s personal.

Thanks for all you do,

Dave Boundy

Campaign Manager

The Climate Protection Action Fund’s Repower America campaign

Paid for by the Climate Protection Action Fund
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93 thoughts on “Gore: Making it personal

  1. The common sense of Nixon’s “silent majority” will save us from the abyss; of this, I am confident, and I don’t worry.
    good night all

  2. Dear congress/senate person (is that PC enough?):
    You may not be aware of this but we have 5 to 6 decades of natural gas that we can now get access to with shale gas technology. While not perfect it does give us the following: 100% reduction in mercury, 99% reduction in nitrous, 40% reduction in sulfur and 33% reduction in CO2 compared to coal.
    To top it off it is available right where we need it the most in the northeast of the country! Can you believe our good fortune? We get jobs here developing it, money stays here using it and it is cleaner than the coal we now use.
    We should be looking into thorium reactors over the next 50 years because uranium is running out and eventually the natural gas will too.
    So in the mean time could you tell Al Gore to shove the carbon tax where the sun don’t shine and just get on with using the shale gas we have?
    Thanks

  3. These people are like a tsunami. The waves just keep coming and coming, hoping to wear people down. Working the phones and emails on healthcare for 3/4 of a year, now amnesty, then cap and tax…

  4. Unfortuneately my senatorial representative is Dick Durbin so it’s sort of pointless to send a letter of anything. But maybe we could replace those terrorists at GITMO with CO2. By the way, I actually did send a handwritten letter to my congressional rep, Lipinski, about Waxman/Markey. Guess what? No reply. But then, my letter wasn’t about reducing our carbon footprint; quite the contrary. So I guess a handwritten letter isn’t all that important after all.

  5. Algore.
    The most confused evah. Romm, Algore and James Hansen are having a horrible year. How about the blizzard in the plains. Gore flakes galore.

  6. I think I’ll write them to tell them that if they vote for this crap I’m going to take all my government tax cuts, cash for clunkers, house purchase rebates, solar panel and inslation upgrade rebates… and donate it all to their opponent next time around
    /sarcoff

  7. “Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown shared his positive perspective on prospects for [a climate] bill passage in the Senate this spring, …”
    After expending all their political capital on getting socialized medicine, I doubt that it will be easy to push through any climate control legislation. But then…if all the past rules are replaced with what we have seen transpire with healthcare … anything is possible!
    In my opinion the legislative branch has been overreaching its consitutional limits. If this continues, we may have to have the judicial branch put the House and Senate back where they belong – in D.C. and out of our pocket$.

  8. @ Tom Judd (21:18:14) :
    Actually, Tom, those are the people who need to get letters contrary to their view the most. It is possible to become out of touch just by being in Washington, and forget that there is a large block of population that doesn’t feel the same way you do. A la Durbin.

  9. Sorry Al. You don’t get to waffle out of your climate crisis with a “repower clean energy blah blah” campaign because you’re stuck with AGW. That is your only issue. You invented global warming and you willingly played lap dog for the morally corrupt “climate scientists” who manipulated “science” to prove it. Now that it has all but collapsed, do us a favor – suck it up and own your part.
    IF you are willing to come forward and admit that the “climate crisis” is a fevered figment of your and your comrades’ imagination – THEN you can pitch a new campaign based on clean energy blah blah. In other words Al, straighten up and accept responsibility for sending the world on a hysterically expensive, unethical witch hunt against CO2 and the human beings that emit it. IMO, you are a self-righteous misanthrope deserving of absolutely nothing but the derision you are getting from me. Sorry Al. That’s just how I feel about people who attack my people.
    So, like they say in the game… Good luck pal.

  10. Tim (20:57:33) :
    “You may not be aware of this but we have 5 to 6 decades of natural gas that we can now get access to with shale gas technology”.
    Hello Tim,
    Our shale gas reserves will last much longer than 5 to six decades.
    Between 200 and 250 years is a better estimate.
    Besides that a new coal to oil technology has been developed that enables us to produce gigantic amounts of oil at a price of $28 per barrel.
    http://www.heliogenic.net/2010/02/24/new-coal-to-oil-process/
    This will enable us to skip the conventional nuclear power generation and make the jump to fusion. Fusion will enable us to perform the process of molecular engineering to create any resource we need.
    The spin off from this process will provide us the energy to generate electricity and enable us to cope with the onset of the next ice age.
    For now the availability of shale gas will kill wind and nuclear energy simply by price. Some US producers have said they can make money at $1MMBTU or below, especially considering how close new supplies are to population centers.
    Peak oil and the demonizing of fossil fuels is the other great scam besides AGW!
    Gore makes use of the peak oil and energy independence argument to make his point for wind and solar.
    These arguments now have turned into lies as well.

  11. Big oil isn’t big any more. By far the biggest oil companies are national oil companies now. A national oil company (NOC) is an oil company fully or in the majority owned by a national government. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, NOCs accounted for 52% global oil production and controlled 88% of proven oil reserves in 2007.
    Due to their increasing dominance over global reserves, the importance of NOCs relative to International Oil Companies (IOCs), such as ExxonMobil, BP, or Royal Dutch/Shell, has risen dramatically in recent years. NOCs are also increasingly investing outside their national borders.
    It looks like no nothing Al is pandering to public prejudices but he knows even less about oil than he does about climate.

  12. Jeez – how stupid are the masses that Gore can claim as his own?
    Gaia doesn’t have a bank account. Even if you are the most rabid warmer you might ask yourself… How much CO2 has been taken out of the atmosphere for the hundreds of billions we have ‘paid’ to the cause. You may truthfully arrive at the answer … not one ppm and then see that ‘Al’ has a much bigger house and Lear Jet than you do. To paraphrase “Father Ted Crilly” .. “the money was just resting in my account”.
    Thieves all.

  13. Dear (Senator, Representative, Mom),
    I am writing you because I am deeply (troubled, religious, in debt). I am shocked that our (world, country, family) has (ignored, squandered, magnified) our situation to the point that (humanity, WalMart, Tiger Woods) is on the precipice of destruction.
    If you are in any way (responsible, intoxicated, fashion conscious), you will realize that (immediate action, a large government check, a cute intern) is essential if we are going to be able to pass on our (planet, man cave, stamp collection) to our children and grandchildren.
    Thank you for your (prompt attention, cavalier attitude, base venality) regarding this matter.
    Sincerely,
    JE

  14. I wonder if the folks that write letters for Al know they are helping to make him very wealthy.
    From here (next to last paagraph)
    http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2009/08/17/astroturfing-the-climate-bill/tab/article/
    There’s Repower America, which is funded by the Alliance for Climate Protection and its lobbying arm, Climate Protection Action Fund. It’s chaired by former Vice President Al Gore and much of the funding comes from the renewable and clean-energy holdings Mr. Gore has as a partner in venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, or KPCB.

  15. This is a kind of incredible attitude from such a superficially powerful person as Gore is – sending spam and encouraging to send similar spam with hysterical pseudoscience. One can’t fail to notice that Gore acts just like when he promoted ManBearPig:

    Why would nobody listen to him? In some sense, the work of a generic alarmist website such as RealClimate.ORG is more influential and more professional than what the ManBearPig is doing, despite his hundreds of millions.

  16. Jeff Alberts (21:52:08) :
    Uranium is running out? I don’t think so. At least not in any meaningful way.

    Gee, and here I thought I heard that if we actually start reprocessing old nuclear fuel in this country, as opposed to chucking it deep underground, we would have enough fuel to power the US for a century without digging up any new uranium.
    I’m probably exaggerating that a bit, but possibly not by much.

  17. Anybody else notice how the logo looks more like REPO America? That’s more accurate, no? Is Gore telling us something…

  18. R. de Haan (22:35:40) :
    “Besides that a new coal to oil technology has been developed that enables us to produce gigantic amounts of oil at a price of $28 per barrel.”
    The article simply links to itself at a different URL for a reference. If this were possible, oil wouldn’t currently be trading at $80 a barrel and Brazil and Russia wouldn’t be considering technologies for deep ocean drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ve long been staring at the shale in the Rockies and haven’t figured an economical way to harvest it.
    “This will enable us to skip the conventional nuclear power generation and make the jump to fusion.”
    Are you saying this will give us enough time to perfect fusion, or something else?
    “Fusion will enable us to perform the process of molecular engineering to create any resource we need.”
    Yes, as long as the only end result of the molecular engineering process you need is helium.
    “Gore makes use of the peak oil and energy independence argument to make his point for wind and solar. These arguments now have turned into lies as well.”
    The Alberta shale pits are an abhorrence, peak oil will become a fact as we’re consuming it logarithmically faster than it is produced, and the need for energy independence is not a lie, it’s good domestic policy.
    I’m going to wrap myself in an extra layer of tin foil tonight as I fear the electro-nuclear carbonization of the northern magnetic storms will be attenuated by the recent success of the Air Force in the AURORA project, and the anti-gravitonomical field array waves will flow over K.C. as I sleep.

  19. Jeff Alberts (21:52:08) : “Uranium is running out? I don’t think so. At least not in any meaningful way.
    From the IAEA
    http://www.iaea.org/NewsCenter/News/2006/uranium_resources.html
    Uranium 2005: Resources, Production and Demand – also called the “Red Book” – estimates the total identified amount of conventional uranium stock, which can be mined for less than USD 130 per kg, to be about 4.7 million tonnes. Based on the 2004 nuclear electricity generation rate of demand the amount is sufficient for 85 years, the study states. Fast reactor technology would lengthen this period to over 2500 years.”
    That was written in 2005, so already the Fast Reactor supply period is down to ‘over 2495 years’ …….

  20. All of these efforts are called “astro-turfing”. I suppose because this is anathema to ‘grassroot’ organizing? Of course, we all hailed HowAAAAAAAAAAAArd Dean’s ‘grassroots’ and Obama’s ‘grassroots’. It was all really national astroturfing to find a Presidential seat for someone. So, this poses the very poignant question: Are we turf or are we grass?
    If you decide to carry through, don’t use a form letter. Use a personally written letter.
    @ John Egan (22:58:05) :
    Maybe if your name was John Edwards, that letter would have been more accurate?

  21. Every letter, irate, cajoling, or outright condemnatory, I’ve sent to my Congresscritters on any subject at all has always resulted in my receiving a form letter thanking me for expressing my interest, since that particular subject was of vital concern to my Congresscritter, and would I please enclose a substantial contribution to my Congresscritters’ campaign fund in the enclosed envelope.
    *grumpf*
    Probably serves me right for keeping New Joisey as my home of record…

  22. “The time is now. The revolution has arrived. And the voice for change is yours.”
    —————
    The tag-line made me so angry for some reason.
    Money for the Climate Industry: The US government spent $79 billion on climate research and technology since 1989.
    Commissioner Bart Chilton, head of the energy and environmental markets advisory committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), has predicted that within five years a carbon market would dwarf any of the markets his agency currently regulates: “I can see carbon trading being a $2 trillion market.” “The largest commodity market in the world.” He ought to know.
    It promises to be larger than the markets for coal, oil, gold, wheat, copper or uranium. Just soak in that thought for a moment. Larger than oil.
    Barclays Capital, the Investment Banking division of Barclays Bank PLC, has been at the forefront of the emissions markets since the inception of the EU-ETS.
    Al Gore’s The Alliance for Climate Protection has selected The Martin Agency for its $100m global ad campaign. Y&R, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, and Crispin Porter & Bogusky also pitched for the account.
    —————-
    Some revolution.

  23. “But with lobbyists from big oil and their front groups whispering in Senators’ ears every day and corporate polluters pouring millions of dollars into ads, …”

    What ads?

  24. I live in Ohio and thus have the “privilege” of having Senator Brown (D) as one of our two Senators (this privilege is extended through the wonderful service of Senator Voinovich (R), but I digress …. actually, to continue to digress, we Ohioans deserve better than these two, but somehow we voted them into office.)
    Senator Brown is a loon. I write him often and as one would expect from an accomplice of Gore, his replies are arrogant, elitist, and show that he thinks he and big government know what is good for his little, uneducated citizens.
    Besides his push to support cap and trade, he cast the final and deciding vote to implement the $787B stimulus bill.
    We will be removing Senator Brown from office at the next election.

  25. As a precautionary principle, it might be wise to disbandon the UN as quickly as possible.
    Just to minimize the damage to our societies before too much damage is done.

  26. Dear Obama,
    how’s it going? Pretty bad by what we hear in the “old country”. It’s those two policies you are pursuing.
    One will help millions of poor Americans to have decent health care like the rest of the modern world. The other will cost a fortune, destroy the US economy so that almost none of you will be able to afford the most expensive healthcare in the world in terms of your** abysmal life expentancy which makes every other country in the world including the third world countries look good.
    There is not a hope in hell of both pandering to the Green lobbyists and getting modern health care in the US. Despite the suspect temperature data, we know the world has cooled this century and there is not a single prediction on the impacts which bares scrutiny – except the blatantly obvious like ice melts – although that is pretty laughable given the winter-of-snow-storm you met on the way back from JokenHagen.
    So, what are you going to be remembered for? The waste of trillions of dollars making rich people like Gore even richer, giving millions of Americans decent healthcare, or the US president who offered so much but delivered so little?
    regards,
    Mike
    **Obviously not your personal life expectancy.

  27. As a brit, if the West Wing has taught me anything it’s that the maps are wrong, you can make important decisions while power-walking and that the nominative ‘Mr President’ and ‘Mr Vice President’ are titles that stay with you forever.

  28. I’m not optimistic about fusion power. Went to a recent PPPL (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) talk and was once again told that magnetic confinement fusion power is 30-40 years away. Funny, but the is what I used to hear at UW-Madsion 30 years ago.
    I am enamored of the LiFTR (Liquid Flouride Thorium Reactor) technology. I am uncertain why this isn’t being pushed more. I think it is the uncertain regulatory environment. I asked this question on an upcoming Stossel program (Fox business News channel) on politics and science, but got back the unsatisfactory answer that if it is economically viable the free market will produce it.

  29. 2,000 AGW skeptics need to band together and respond in kind to neutralize this monster. I doubt that any of the persons who signed the UCSUSA statement are willing to significantly curtail THEIR energy usage.
    Scientists and Economists’ Call to Action
    The U.S. Scientists and Economists’ Call for Swift and Deep Cuts in Greenhouse Gas Emissions is a call to our nation’s leaders to require immediate, deep reductions in heat-trapping emissions that cause global warming. The statement is endorsed by more than 2,000 scientists and economists with expertise relevant to our understanding of the scientific and economic dimensions of climate change, its impacts, and solutions. This marks the first time leading U.S. scientists and economists have joined together to make such an appeal.
    The statement was released in March 2010 and delivered to every member of Congress. Endorsers from ten states personally delivered the letter to their Senators and Representatives, just as Congress is considering climate and energy legislation.
    [etc]
    The statement is at http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/g….

  30. @kadaka (23:12:19) :
    Gee, and here I thought I heard that if we actually start reprocessing old nuclear fuel in this country, as opposed to chucking it deep underground, we would have enough fuel to power the US for a century without digging up any new uranium.
    I’m probably exaggerating that a bit, but possibly not by much.
    – – – – – – –
    Kadaka, pls. explain how is it possible to extract anything useful out of spent fissionable material? I would think that if this was possible, that somebody would have figured out how to do it already.

  31. Does it matter to these liars that there is no such thing as ‘clean energy’ or ‘renewable energy’? What do they do, go out in the fields and harvest solar panels and windmills?
    And how much will it cost per kwh?

  32. “Well gosh, I can play letter motivator like Gore and play that game too. Here’s your chance to “make it personal” and write your own letter to the editor, and/or letter to your Senator….I’m only pointing out an opportunity, don’t feel obligated.”
    PLEASE, Feel Obligated!!! [you can be sure Al’s groupies will] If every citizen who disagreed with the global warming agenda wrote a letter to their two senators, the mail would probably be as deep as the winter snow was! Maybe we could close down Washington for a day.
    As Richard Lindzen has noted, “Global warming alarm has always been a political movement…” And that is where the battle will be won or lost. Most senators still don’t know the facts . INFORM THEM!

  33. “it’s personal”. Oh, it’s personal all right. Lying about a non-existent problem, frightening and brainwashing children, destroying the very foundations of science and scientific principles, forcing energy prices up, and threatening to make them go up much higher with terrible consequences for the economy, and by positing lies as the truth, declaring the “debate is over”, and denigrating, smearing, and name-calling those who dare disagree threatening the very foundations of Democracy is very personal indeed.

  34. The ‘Spin Doctors” at it again. Have to love the people in the background being paid big bucks for crap that touches your heart.
    If you don’t go for this garbage, your unpatriotic to your country, to your god, and to your soul.
    If your passionate about the cause like I am, you’ll bring Gore to the vet and put him down now. It is the only humane thing you can do. It will make your heart fly to know you have done the right thing.
    For your country, for god, and for yourself.

  35. here is my letter. not sure if i will get a response
    I am thinking about writing a message to my senator about this. Tell me if this sounds good enough.
    Dear senator,
    I am writing this letter to you to plead with you about not listening to the greatest fraud thrown on the people of this country and that is global warming or climate change or whatever the hell they change it to now. Contrary to the “science” that al gore speaks of, the earth has not warmed significantly at all over the last century. The work that Gore espouses comes from discredited scientists who either maniputlated data or lied about their work or even persucuted other scientists who do not believe in what they do. The fact is, CO2 is not a pollutant, and is not even a major greenhouse gas. The ice caps though they reached a low in 2007 have recovered completely. Record cold temperatures and snow falls have occured during the last two years showing there is no warming trend.
    Furthermore, the work by the IPCC has shown to be corrupted, not peer-reviewed and has pretty much shown to be incorrect in all aspects. The main driver of climate is solar activity and has nothing to do with man at all.
    furthermore, if the earth is in such a dire predicament, how come al gore has a 60,000 a year electrical bill? does not sound like Al gore is really too concerned about the environment? does it? Plus, Gore stands to make billions if cap and trade go through so he does have side interest in it.
    I plead with you senator, ignore this pompous fool and do what is right and vote against cap and trade and introduce the process of bringing up criminal charges against not only al gore, but mann, hansen and schmidt.
    kind regards,
    so how does this sound?

  36. It won’t matter. Someone in California called his representative to tell him to vote no on the health care bill, the intern hung up on him. He called again. She hung up on him again. This happened several times, finally the intern put the Capital police on him, accusing him of harassment. The man from California was actually a lawyer and would have none of that. Capitol police agreed with the man. Here is the link to the story.
    The point of this story is simple. Our representatives now only care what we have to say when it agrees with their viewpoint. Look at how the majority of Americans hate a bill that is longer than War and Peace and many in Congress are still going to vote for it. People protest in the streets daily to stop the bill, but Congress doesn’t care. It won’t matter. And that is so sad. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Everyone in Congress only cares about their opinion.
    Al Gore’s campaign will be successful because he is agreeing with most member of Congress. If the Republicans were in charge, his campaign would be a failure.

  37. Wow… Al Gore is making you send a letter…. for clean energy? I bet Al Gore drinks “Green Bull”

  38. here is my letter to the politicians:
    (please post it for me)
    I am a (semi-retired) chemist and I decided for myself to determine whether or not carbon dioxide (CO2) and our carbon footprint is really to blame for climate change as claimed. I guess I felt a bit guilty after watching Al Gore’s movie. But I could not find anything definitive that would prove to me that CO2 is to blame. In fact, I found that there is some untruth in Al Gore’s story. A lot of CO2 is dissolved in cold water and comes out if the oceans get warmer. Cause and effect, get it? Smoking causes cancer but cancer does not cause smoking. But Al made it look from the past that our CO2 output must be the problem. I also found that most people skeptical of AGW believe that our climate is more related to the sun and cloud formation (Svensmark’s theory). I have also taken to this belief now. I think even the ancients had experience with this and knew a bit about the various sun cycles and the influence of this on the climate (e.g. Gen. 41:26-27).
    I started my own investigations on global warming in October last year and I already compiled my final report. If you are interested in reading this, here are the results of my investigations/conlusions:
    FOR MY CHILDREN, & FAMILY AND FRIENDS LIVING IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE
    You may not know this. For a hobby I did an investigation to determine whether or not your carbon footprint, i.e. carbon dioxide (CO2), is really to blame for global warming, as claimed by the UN, IPCC and many media networks. I guess I felt a bit guilty after watching “An inconvenient truth” by Al Gore, so I had to make sure for myself about the science of it all. If you scroll down to my earlier e-mails you will note that I determined that, as a chemist, I could not find any convincing evidence from tests proving to me that CO2 is indeed a major cause for global warming. As my investigations continued, I have now come to a point where I doubt that global warming is at all possible…. Namely, common sense tells me that as the sun heats the water of the oceans and the temperatures rise, there must be some sort of a mechanism that switches the water-cooling system of earth on, if it gets too hot. Follow my thinking on these easy steps:
    1) the higher the temp. of the oceans, the more water vapor rises to the atmosphere,
    2) the more water vapor rises from the oceans, the more difference in air pressure, the more wind starts blowing
    3) the more wind & warmth, the more evaporation of water (evaporation increasing by many times due to the wind factor),
    4) the more evaporation of water the more humidity in the air (atmosphere)
    5) the higher the humidity in the air the more clouds can be formed
    6) Svensmark’s theory: the more galactic cosmic rays (GCR), the more clouds are formed (if the humidity is available)
    7) the more clouds appear, the more rain and snow and cooler weather,
    8) the more clouds and overcast conditions, the more radiation from the sun is deflected from the earth,
    9) The more radiation is deflected from earth, the cooler it gets.
    10) This cooling puts a brake on the amount water vapor being produced. So now it is back to 1) and waiting for heat to start same cycle again…
    Now when I first considered this, I stood in amazement again. I remember thinking of the words in Isaiah 40:12-26.
    I have been in many factories that have big (water) cooling plants, but I realised that earth itself is a water cooling plant on a scale that you just cannot imagine. I also thought that my idea of seeing earth as a giant (water) cooling plant with a built-in thermostat must be pretty original….
    But it was only soon after that I stumbled on a paper from someone on Wattsupwiththat who had already been there, done that …. well, God bless him for that!
    i.e. if you want to prove a point, you always do need at least two witnesses!
    Look here (if you have the time):
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/06/14/the-thermostat-hypothesis/
    But note my step 6. The Svensmark theory holds that galactic cosmic rays (GCR) initiate cloud formation. I have not seen this, but apparently this has been proven in laboratory conditions. So the only real variability in global temperature is most likely to be caused by the amount of GCR reaching earth. In turn, this depends on the activity of the sun, i.e. the extent of the solar magnetic field exerted by the sun on the planetary system. We are now coming out of a period where this field was bigger and more GCR was bent away from earth (this is what we, skeptics, say really caused “global warming”, mostly).
    But apparently now the solar geomagnetic field is heading for an all time low.
    Look here:
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/01/07/suns-magnetic-index-reaches-unprecedent-low-only-zero-could-be-lower-in-a-month-when-sunspots-became-more-active/
    Note that in the first graph, if you look at the smoothed monthly values, there was a tipping point in 2003 (light blue line). I cannot ignore the significance of this. I noted similar tipping points elsewhere round about that same time, (e.g. in earth’s albedo, going up). From 2003 the solar magnetic field has been going down. To me it seems for sure that we are now heading for a period of more cloudiness and hence a period of global cooling. If you look at the 3rd graph, it is likely that there wil be no sun spots visible by 2015. This is confirmed by the paper on global cooling by Easterbrook:
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/12/29/don-easterbrooks-agu-paper-on-potential-global-cooling/
    In the 2nd graph of his presentation, Easterbrook projects global cooling into the future. These are the three lines that follow from the last warm period. If the cooling follows the top line we don’t have much to worry about and the weather will be similar to what we had in the previous (warm) period. However, indications are already that we have started following the trend of the 2nd line, i.e. cooling based on the 1880-1915 cooling. In that case it will be the coldest from 2015 to 2020 and the climate will be comparable to what it was in the fifties and sixties. I survived that time, so I guess we all will be fine, if this is the right trendline.
    Note that with the third line, the projection stops somewhere after 2020. So if things go that way, we don’t know where it will end. Unfortunately, earth does not have a heater with a thermostat that switches on if it gets too cold. Too much ice and snow causes more sunlight to be reflected from earth. Hence, the trap is set. This is known as the ice age trap. This is why the natural state of earth is that of being covered with snow and ice. This paper was a real eye opener for me:
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/09/hockey-stick-observed-in-noaa-ice-core-data
    However, man is resourceful and may find ways around this problem if we do start falling into a little ice age again. As long as we are not ignorant and listen to the so-called climate scientists whose agenda’s depend on money. A green agenda is still useless if it has the wrong items on…
    Obviously: As Easterbrook notes, global cooling is much more disastrous than global warming….

  39. richard (03:12:54) :
    As a brit, if the West Wing has taught me anything it’s that the maps are wrong, you can make important decisions while power-walking and that the nominative ‘Mr President’ and ‘Mr Vice President’ are titles that stay with you forever.
    I miss TV’s Golden Age, when Soap Operas were only broadcast three hours per day, and never on weekends…

  40. Just as a side note, uranium is not “dug up” anymore. It is mined in the same way most sulfur is mined, which is in-situ. Water is pumped down to the ore body, and then pumped back up. The mineral is pulled out of the water, and then the water is pumped down again. This method creates remarkably little damage to the environment, as the water is recycled. In the case of uranium, this is done to protect miners from the side-effects of breathing in the dust created during conventional mining.

  41. Before the next election I think we’re going to have to resort to hiring a couple Witch Doctors to put a Voodoo curse on 560, or so, members of Congress. Always liked the one where they gave you a little doll that you stick needles in while watching them on TV at a live news conference and they suddenly start screaming and speaking a dialect of Caribbean French. But that many dolls is gonna cost us a lot of chickens.

  42. Why bother replying to Al $$$ Gore in any way,who is a proven anti science propagandist for the purpose of enriching himself and his friends at the expense of others?
    The real solution is to vote out the congressional morons who are so deep into the “green” propaganda in order to clear out the vomit and start over.The very fact that Cap & Trade baloney is not yet dead,is evidence of their emptyheaded thinking.
    The two senators in my state are more of the same brain dead believers in the stupid AGW hypothesis,to bother writing them letters.

  43. “toyotawhizguy (03:46:14) :
    […]
    Kadaka, pls. explain how is it possible to extract anything useful out of spent fissionable material? I would think that if this was possible, that somebody would have figured out how to do it already.”
    Maybe kadaka means reprocessing:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_reprocessing
    the german wikipedia has a nice picture about the fuel cycle
    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiederaufarbeitung
    Beware though that 90% of the waste still needs to be deposited as radioactive waste.

  44. Undertaking the massive job of converting the power grid alone in North America will require billions of dollars and decades of research, development and implementation. Sounds like a pretty lucrative contract for any company that is selected to oversee this “revolution.”

  45. The reason these folks are so organized and able to spend the time lobbying is because they are out of work and our nice President has extended their benefits for two years! Can you imagine having two years to sit on yer a$$ and do nothing but write letters and make phone calls for your parties benefit? It’s no wonder these people want healthcare to pass, they are among the 10% of Americans that lost theirs. And, with people like Al Gore reinforcing how the big bad corporate polluters and oil lobbyists are “whispering in the senators ears”, why wouldn’t these folks be appalled? Immigration reform? Yeah we need that too, just not what is being proposed. It goes on and on.
    Big Al is just trying to fill the millions upon millions he is losing due to the recession and the loss of value of the carbon credits in the Euro market. I cannot believe people blindly follow this guy. THe honorary Dr. Gore. Mr. Nobel Peace Prize.
    [snip]!

  46. I’m not an American citizen and I don’t live in America. However you said this..
    “Here’s Gore’s call to action, WUWT has more than 10,000 visitors a day, so it should be easy to outdo their effort. Funny, they still think he’s the Vice President.” – Anthony
    Don’t all presidents retain their title? Does it apply for vice presidents?

  47. I have no problem with people trying to clean up the environment,and we have undeniably benefited from the clean air act of 1970.
    But I do have a problem with people like Al $$$ Gore and his money making band trying to push environmental solutions based on the idea that CO2 is a ….. (snicker) “pollutant” and a powerful warm forcing gas (it is not).And that we are in grave danger of a ….. (LOL) run a way warming trend,that mythical “tipping point” that are invented (something that has not happened in only 600 million years of the past) by people with an obvious vested interest.
    I resent such people who are hijacking legitimate environmentalism and scientific activities to promote an insane greenie propaganda pursuit to enrich themselves.
    The very word “Green” now produces an automatic negative reaction in my head and I resent having such an emotion,all because of people who are perverting the entire concept of rational thinking for the purpose of meeting the needs of the FEW!
    I find the whole thing pathetic!

  48. I don’t think letters from either side are going to matter. President Obama has already made clear what he is going to do with global warming by his actions through the EPA. Even if politicians in Washington are unable to pass Cap N Trade laws it won’t matter. Obama will do what he wants through the EPA, regardless if it’s Constitutional or not. But who knows, maybe a succeeding President will undo that.

  49. Oh, I’ll write a couple, but I want you guys to know just how craven the
    AGW alarmists are.
    A nice young gentleman from thr Sierra Club knocked at my door one evening and asked me to sign a petition in favor of open spaces or somesuch.
    He showed me that certain neighbors had signed so I did.
    Later I started getting the Sierra club magazine, snet to my address but with the wrong name.
    Then I got a long letter from my Senator thanking me for the impassioned letter that someone sent him about “climate change” using my address
    and yet another variation on the same wrong name.
    I was pissed. My poitical voice had been hijacked.
    Someone was impersonating me and using my address to feign constituency and push an agenda I do not agree with.
    So I googled the fake name. It wasn’t fake.
    The name belongs to a well-connected West Coast Lawyer who represents the Audobon Society, Indian Tribes, and is a big member of the Sierra club.
    So I emailed him.
    He was nice about it but unconcerned that the Sierra club uses his name to legitemize their fake letter writing campaigns.
    I wrote to the Sierra Club. No answer. But they DID stop sending
    the glossy magazine with the pics of Polar bears on the cover.
    These f&&ks will hose you, steal your name, they will do any kind of underhanded trick to get THEIR point across because they know better than you what’s good for you.
    Can you say “Arrrggghhhh!” ?

  50. DirkH (09:03:46) :
    Maybe kadaka means reprocessing:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_reprocessing
    (…)

    Yup, that’s it! And from the brief reprocessed uranium article linked to there, one finds the link to the CANDU reactor article, said design being found in Canada and capable of rather directly using the “spent” fuel from US reactors. Here in the US we are spending money to bury money, and thinking it a good idea to spend more money on “clean renewable energy” instead! Madness!
    (…)
    Beware though that 90% of the waste still needs to be deposited as radioactive waste.

    Note how much of our “dangerous nuclear waste” is stuff like a pair of latex gloves that once touched a nuclear material sample. As I’ve heard many times before, the radiation levels from coal ash from power plants (and homes) are quite a bit higher than the threshold the NRC sets for declaring something nuclear waste. Imagine what we are doing to our landfills just from discarded smoke detectors, by NRC standards.

  51. Ref – Al Gore’s Brother (09:13:53) :
    “The reason these folks are so organized and able to spend the time lobbying is because they are out of work and our nice President has extended their benefits for two years! Can you imagine having two years to sit on yer a$$ and do nothing but write letters and make phone calls for your parties benefit?….
    Big Al is just trying to fill the millions upon millions he is losing due to the recession and the loss of value of the carbon credits in the Euro market…”
    _____________________
    Two points:
    a. I doubt that the folks who are benefiting most from extended unemployment benefits are making phone calls for Fat Albert and his “Global Climate Change” ponzi scheme. I doubt Fat Albert’s fat cat, super liberal, Commie friends need any benefits –at least the one’s who didn’t get wiped out by Maddof.
    b. I also find it hard to believe that Fat Albert lost any money on the recession or the loss of value of ‘carbon credits’ in the Euro market. This guy may look and sound stupid but that is just his cover. Don’t underestimate the Fat Man from Tennessee; he’ll be two steps ahead of the market and raking in the green stuff when Soros goes broke.
    Never underestimate your enemy or your brother, it can be costly;-)

  52. Tom Judd (21:18:14) :
    Unfortunately my senatorial representative is Dick Durbin so it’s sort of pointless to send a letter of anything.

    You think you have it bad …out here on the left coast I have Boxer, Feinstein, and Capps aka BFC. Sheesh!
    Sort of pointless as you say, but I write anyway. All I ever get back is “Thank You Pablum” lefty talking points.

  53. Ref – Marvin (09:41:14) :
    “Funny, they still think he’s the Vice President.” – Anthony
    Don’t all presidents retain their title? Does it apply for vice presidents?
    _________________________
    It’s more of a tradition thing. It might be a law -never know what they’re passing and signing unless it costs a trillion or more buckeroos anymore. But if you’re an “X” like Fat Albert, even tradition and the law go out the window. Bottom line – “There Can Be Only One”. Kinda like the King-Queen thing you folks have. Believe we learned that from y’all;-)

  54. Jeff Alberts (21:52:08) :
    R. de Haan (22:35:40) :
    kadaka (23:12:19) :
    Not A Carbon Cow (23:28:36) :
    Mike Jonas (23:42:25) :
    Dr. P (03:21:43) :
    toyotawhizguy (03:46:14) :
    sunsettommy (09:00:05) :
    DirkH (09:03:46) :
    ………………………………………………………………………………..
    Lawrence Solomon on nuclear:
    Environmentalism is the religion of the left, commentators often pronounce: “The Church of the Environment,”……But those on the right, particularly in the U.S., have their own dogma, one that is equally irrational and that also hurts their cause. The religion of the right is Nuclear Power…..Not one nuclear plant, anywhere in the world, has ever been built without government subsidies of some kind…..Commercial nuclear power is the most heavily subsidized industry in the history of the world and the single biggest money-loser in the history of business.…..the commercial nuclear industry was a creation of government, launched in 1953 by the Eisenhower administration’s Atoms for Peace program. As early as 1957, Eisenhower learned through a report for the government’s Atomic Energy Commission that nuclear power was not commercially viable…..Fifty years on and the industry remains commercially unviable…..the Obama administration announced a loan guarantee of $8.33-billion to build the first new U.S. reactors in nearly 30 years. “This is only the beginning,” Obama declared…..Only the beginning, indeed. If those loan guarantees prove sufficient to bring nuclear power back from the dead, electric utility ratepayers face surcharges that could exceed $40-billion per reactor over the reactor’s life…..But even these sums wouldn’t be enough to make nuclear power commercially viable…..nuclear power is uneconomic. That larding the nuclear technology undercuts more deserving technologies, present and future…..conservatives have a faith that conquers all, a faith in nuclear power that sweeps aside their lesser faith in the marketplace.
    http://network.nationalpost.com/NP/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2010/02/20/lawrence-solomon-faith-in-fission.aspx

  55. I must contradict my earlier post from yesterday. A letter actually is rather important (just not if you happen to have Dick Durbin as your senator.
    Years ago I did volunteer work for a politically active women’s rights organization. With my mind fogged over in a cloud of idiocy I actually thought it might be a good way to meet a young woman. Well, you know what the answer to that was (although the young ACLU attorneys we once met were quite attractive).
    I did learn a few things, however since we did lots of volunteer work for candidates favorable to their cause. And 1 thing I learned was that a politician considers a hand written letter to be worth 30-35 votes. That’s a far bigger impact than a simple phone call to their office which I believe is simply counted as 1 vote for or against. Now, I agree that legislators don’t read these letters and the staff probably reads no further than necessary to find out the position, they will assume that 30-35 voters hold the same position. And count it that way

  56. Pascvaks (10:27:36) :
    Ref – Marvin (09:41:14) :
    It’s more of a tradition thing.

    True dat.
    When introducing a former POTUS (or Veep) to a large gathering, use “Former President (or Veep)” and state his full name. At informal meetings, it’s permissible to address him personally as “Mr. President/Mr. Vice-President” when you’re speaking to him face-to-face, but Anthony is correct — Gore should have been identified as “Former Vice-President” in the e-mail.

  57. Here’s my personal letter:
    Dear Representative,
    The scandal that is ClimateGate, the IPCC, Al Gore, AGW and the entire ignominious charade, is collapsing. High priests Mann, Hansen, Schmidt, Jones are defrocked, caught diddling the data and covering it up. Most pathetic is papal Pachauri fighting to remain on his crooked throne. The IPCC is now an inept political liability and after prosecution of its key personnel must be dissolved for the betterment of mankind.
    The orthodoxy of the AGW church is sadly exposed. The fallow flacks that have looked the other way – government agencies, law enforcement, “science institutions” academics, are uncloaked by the hour. We are witnessing a colossal reformation… No, “reformation” is too generous. This is a wholesale dissolution of an old school brotherhood riddled with the cancer of corruption.
    It is a good task. It is a big church. And sweeping it clean will take a while. But Spring is upon us, and hope IS eternal. Let the sun shine in.

  58. I have to apologize to Dave F and F Ross for my comments regarding writing to the insufferable Dick Durbin. Dave F is entirely correct, Durbin does need to get letters. And I used to think I had it bad but F Ross has led me to believe I’m actually somewhat fortunate. Except something unfortunate has happened to all of us: Chicago style politics has now come to Washington.

  59. Tom Judd (10:44:54) :
    (…) And 1 thing I learned was that a politician considers a hand written letter to be worth 30-35 votes. (…)

    They also appreciate having the handwriting samples on file for comparison to any written death threats. 😉

  60. Dr. P (03:21:43) :
    “I am enamored of the LiFTR (Liquid Flouride Thorium Reactor) technology. I am uncertain why this isn’t being pushed more.”
    Because it costs more than mining uranium. But the Koreans are working on that to the limits of the treaty signed between them and the US. See here:
    http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf81.html
    As for waste reprocessing, that is done by the UK, Japan, Russia, and France, who do it for most other countries with commercial power plants. Another example of the US falling behind.
    “Lawrence Solomon on nuclear:
    “But those on the right, particularly in the U.S., have their own dogma, one that is equally irrational and that also hurts their cause. The religion of the right is Nuclear Power…..Not one nuclear plant, anywhere in the world, has ever been built without government subsidies of some kind…..Commercial nuclear power is the most heavily subsidized industry in the history of the world and the single biggest money-loser in the history of business.”
    That is innumerate baloney. Nuke power plants have a high cost to build and a low cost to operate compared to fossil burners, especially natural gas plants. Nukes have a gross income of about $4 billion per year and the loans are repaid from operating income. They need government loan guarantees because the private sector is afraid to invest in a new plant that may
    be stopped by an environmental lawsuit. It costs about $4B to build one most places around the world, and about twice that in the USA because of the legal system.
    There are currently 53 large nuke power plants being built around the world, and not a single one in the USA (if you don’t include the one TVA restart). Even the Ukraine has a higher fraction of its power generated with nuke plants than the USA in an effort to get out from under Russian gas imports. They even ran the other 3 units at Chernobyl for many years until EU accession rules forced them to shut down that old Soviet RBMK design. Yes, THAT Chernobyl, the one that had an accident with fatalities equal to about one average year coal mining.

  61. Awhile back, I sent this letter to the editor of my local paper here in SoCal, the Antelope Valley Press. It was published.
    An arm of the government has declared humans in the Sacramento Delta a hazard to smelt, so humans now have some sort of sin to atone for in doing everything possible to make life pleasant for the smelt, even at serious economic cost to humans. I hope the smelt are appreciative.
    Almost at the same time, a different arm of the government has declared a bi-product of human respiration (CO2) a hazard to humans.
    It seems logical then we could take care of two problems at once: stop respirating to reduce hazard to humans, thus reducing number of humans, thereby leading to a better environment for smelt! Additional benefit is humans won’t be around to feel guilty about smelt treatment in the past.

  62. Amino Acids in Meteorites (10:39:36)
    Dan in California (13:47:12)
    The fact that the Nuclear industry has been heavily subsidized is precisely the point that was emphasized on the Stossel show. But all of this went to 3rd gen plants, with large expensive safety equipment, higfgh pressure containment vessel and extremely dangerous waste products.
    In contrast the LiFTR technology is passively safe, low pressure (so much so that it can be aited colled and so does not need to be located near water), is unsuitable for nuclear weapons production, produces far less radioactive waste both in volume and in radioactive lifetime and can burn the waste of 3rd gen plants (bye bye Yucca mountain).
    See:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZR0UKxNPh8an actually burn the waste of the

  63. (sorry glitch)
    Amino Acids in Meteorites (10:39:36)
    Dan in California (13:47:12)
    The fact that the Nuclear industry has been heavily subsidized is precisely the point that was emphasized on the Stossel show. But all of this went to 3rd gen plants, with large expensive safety equipment, high pressure containment vessel and extremely dangerous waste products.
    In contrast the LiFTR technology is passively safe, low pressure (so much so that it can be air cooled and so does not need to be located near water), is unsuitable for nuclear weapons production, produces far less radioactive waste both in volume and in radioactive lifetime. It can also burn the waste of 3rd gen plants (bye bye Yucca mountain).
    See:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZR0UKxNPh8an actually burn the waste of the

  64. On Al Gores Blog – March 18, 2010:

    “Last Monday, women whose lives had been impacted by the climate crisis came to Capitol Hill to tell their powerful stories. For example, Marisa Marcavillaca of Peru told members of Congress:
    “Nature is disrupted. It rains when it shouldn’t rain.” Marisa Marcavillaca of Peru said through a translator. “We have freezing temperatures when we shouldn’t have freezing temperatures. Because our yields are down, it is difficult to feed our children.”
    Warmer temperatures in her farming area have spurred plant diseases, and the quality of agricultural seeds has degenerated, cutting into local women’s ability to earn a living, she said.”
    All over the world, people are feeling the impact of the climate crisis. There are defenders of the status quo who argue that solutions to the climate crisis will harm those living in poverty. These women are witnesses to the fact that just the opposite is true.”

    http://blog.algore.com/2010/03/witnesses_to_the_climate_crisi.html
    Lost in translation?

  65. I have a problem with my birdfeeder. A hugh bloated dove has set up shop under it and, by chasing off the other birds, hogs the seed knocked off the feeder.
    I have named him Fat Albert.
    I am not too worried. My intrepid cat, Killowatt, will sooner or later get him.

  66. stan stendera (18:12:04) :
    (…)
    I am not too worried. My intrepid cat, Killowatt, will sooner or later get him.

    It should just take an hour.

  67. John Silver (23:39:21) :
    It clearly says: Repo America.
    He’s got his Freudian slippers on.
    —————————-
    If you make the first few letters into an acronym you also get the ReAm Campaign. Truth in advertising is indeed refreshing to behold.

  68. 1) Jeff Alberts (21:52:08) : Uranium is running out? I don’t think so. At least not in any meaningful way.
    2) R. de Haan (22:35:40) : Our shale gas reserves will last much longer than 5 to six decades. Between 200 and 250 years is a better estimate.
    Besides that a new coal to oil technology has been developed that enables us to produce gigantic amounts of oil at a price of $28 per barrel.
    http://www.heliogenic.net/2010/02/24/new-coal-to-oil-process/
    A1) You are correct on the totals. I’m not saying there isn’t any to find and I’m not saying we won’t find it. The amount that can be economically mined fluctuates depending on who’s report you read. We haven’t done much if any exploration for conventional uranium sources in 30 years. Worst case scenario we can only economically mine and use what we have today (i.e. no new mines allowed to open etc).
    A2) I know. Geologists I know laugh when I say 5-6 decades but I’m assuming a worst case scenario. No advances in shale gas tech beyond what we have today, all coal plants taken offline, all nuclear plants at or past their original decommission date replaced with natural gas, no improvements in energy efficiency, no breakthrough tech seafloor natural gas recovery etc.
    Even in the worst possible case for both we still have 5-6 decades of a relatively clean fuel. The idea that we need a carbon tax is just laughable when you consider the amount of natural gas we have (amongst other reasons to be sure).
    By the way I’ve been a big supporter of the clean coal idea and I think it is very possible. From burning it in a pure oxygen environment and other approaches it could be great except for political reasons (i.e. CO2). It is insane but oxy-combustion of coal produces exhaust streams that are close to pure CO2. Harmful pollutants like nitrogen oxides, sulfur compounds, and mercury are virtually eliminated yet the “evil” CO2 prevents this from being considered.
    That is the great thing about natural gas. It removes and reduces a lot of real pollutants and the hallucinatory pollutant CO2 so it corners them into admitting that there is no real problem. Getting a nuclear plant online is similarly hard for political reasons whereas a natural gas plant is relatively simple technologically and politically.

  69. I am definitely also with Tim here. CO2 is good for life. The accusation that it causes warming is the biggest hoax this world has ever seen. We must just reduce the impurities in the fuel and improve the combustion so that we get less of the harmful substances,like SO2, CO, etc. I am not so sure about nuclear, especially what they are doing with the waste.

  70. Al Gore is the Vice President??
    Gee, I thought Joe Biden is.
    This seems like a Freudian slip, methinks

  71. Tim (21:42:46) :
    (…)
    Besides that a new coal to oil technology has been developed that enables us to produce gigantic amounts of oil at a price of $28 per barrel.
    http://www.heliogenic.net/2010/02/24/new-coal-to-oil-process/
    (…)

    WSJ, August 16 2006:
    South Africa Has a Way to Get More Oil: Make It From Coal
    Note: If WSJ makes a “subscriber only” type fuss, here is an alternate source (text only).
    Interesting article with some history of the process. Looks like what is already out there and producing is profitable and doing well.
    It Has One Major Drawback.
    It generates lots of
    EVIL CARBON DIOXIDE
    thus
    IT WILL DESTROY THE WORLD!
    Therefore the greenies won’t let us have any more of it, and will be taking away the little bit we have. Nyah-nyah!
    Remember, ALL fossil fuels are EVIL in ANY form, so we can’t have them. Didn’t you get you scientific peer-reviewed brochure from Al Gore explaining that? Better check your mailbox.

  72. There appears to be an all-out effort by the Warmist community to convince the public that it’s really a lot worse than they think, and getting really bad very quickly.

  73. Louis Hissink (00:27:05) :
    Al Gore is the Vice President??
    Gee, I thought Joe Biden is.

    Didn’t you get the memo? He’s been promoted to: President of the Planet
    This automagically gives him extraordinary powers, like upgrading the interior of earth’s temperature from mere thousands to millions of degrees.

  74. But if you write your own letter, in your own words, with no common talking points, or fill in the blank forms, chances are your letter will get published. </p?
    Actually, I have to respectfully disagree … and my disagreement is based on personal experience. Within the past 12 months, I have submitted at 25 letters to the editor of the newspaper where I live and none of them have been published. The reason why? None is ever given but it is painfully obvious. The message in each of my letters is something that goes against the grain of the newspaper’s agenda so they just flat won’t print it. Never think that these people play fair… Newspapers are good at playing a rigged game and can’t be trusted for a moment.

  75. I have the same experience as Vern. I also cannot get anything in a newspaper or magazine. I am pretty sure there are a number of reasons.
    the obvious ones
    1) left leaning media are usually also supported by ‘green” people, so they will take sides
    2) middle stream and rightwing newspapers and mags have to go with mainstream thinking, otherwise they might lose readers, hence, like many other big institutions they steer clear of controversial topics, if at all possible.
    3) a lot of money has already been invested in green technology that excludes the production of carbon dioxide. This will include your and my pensionfund money.
    Nobody will rock that boat too much.
    So we have to change tactics. we have to become more alarmist. We have to start warning that global cooling is coming. But what evidence do we really have that this is the case? What is happening with the sun (lately)?

  76. Bill Clinton does comedy at the annual Gridiron dinner:

    Elsewhere in his remarks, he noted he was speaking on the night before the start of spring, “otherwise known to Al Gore as proof of global warming.” Of the current vice president, he said: “Vice President Biden, God bless his mouth.”

  77. Oh noes! The Oil And Gas Is Running Out!

    If we stop using oil and gas, will it still run out?
    (I remember a time on TV shows when they would say ‘Your answer on a postcard, please, to…’)

  78. Gore and others are obviously trying to profit from the “believers”. His unintended service to humanity is that he has triggered a fraud so obvious that society will reign in abusers sooner than they would have if he, and Mann, et al, had been less overt.

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