Hump Day Hilarity

We have a double feature today. Josh and The One.

Josh writes: This is a tribute to Graham Stringer MP who is I hope going to be

very famous for this paragraph …

“There are proposals to increase worldwide taxation by up to a trillion dollars on the basis of climate science predictions. This is an area where strong and opposing views are held. The release of the e-mails from CRU at the University of East Anglia and the accusations that followed demanded independent and objective scrutiny by independent panels. This has not happened. The composition of the two panels has been criticised for having members who were over identified with the views of CRU. Lord Oxburgh as President of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association and Chairman of Falck Renewable appeared to have a conflict of interest. Lord Oxburgh himself was aware that this might lead to criticism. Similarly Professor Boulton as an ex colleague of CRU seemed wholly inappropriate to be a member of the Russell panel. No reputable scientist who was critical of CRU’s work was on the panel, and prominent and distinguished critics were not interviewed. The Oxburgh panel did not do as our predecessor committee had been promised, investigate the science, but only looked at the integrity of the researchers. With the exception of Professor Kelly’s notes other notes taken by members of the panel have not been published. This leaves a question mark against whether CRU science is reliable. The Oxburgh panel also did not look at CRU’s controversial work on the IPPC which is what has attracted most [serious] allegations. Russell did not investigate the deletion of e-mails. We are now left after three investigations without a clear understanding of whether or not the CRU science is compromised.”

…which he put forward as an amendment to the SciTech Report – see page 39,

for the UK Parliamentary SciTech review of the Climategate inquiries.



And this political cartoon was submitted in response to last night’s State of the Union speech by president Obama. Will the AGW proponents start using the “D” word for O?

As distasteful as that word is, many skeptics have been branded “deniers” for not taking climate as seriously as some people want. Will the greens now throw Obama under the bus in 2012 for not even mentioning climate in his speech?

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January 26, 2011 6:00 pm

Are the Lisbon conference attendees laughing? They should be. : )

January 26, 2011 6:01 pm

Are forest fires burning hydrocarbons releasing their pollutants into the atmosphere “Cleaner” than the burning of fossil fuels with their high tech scrubber technology?

January 26, 2011 6:04 pm

Are forest fires burning hydrocarbons releasing their pollutants into the atmosphere “Cleaner” than the burning of coal fossil fuels in power plants with their high tech scrubber technology?

January 26, 2011 6:14 pm

[snip -yeah just a little OTT – Anthony]
End of rant. My apologise if I pushed to far…

Tom Kennedy
January 26, 2011 6:34 pm

One aspect of the term “denier” in its association with the Holocaust is the indirect reference to a real poison gas Zyklon B.
Every time a warmer gets to elicit subliminal memories of poison gases by use of the “D” word a psychological point has been scored in what is not a game but war-by-other-means. Not only are the horrors of the ovens recalled but alliance of the “denier” with Naziism is implied, as well as suggesting profound societal disapproval and possibly threat of sanctions under the law.
Psychological technique to stymie dissent and create fear (check realclimate’s banner) is stock in trade with the warmers, which makes Mr. Stringer’s stand all the more courageous. Bravo Mr. Graham Stringer.

Brian P
January 26, 2011 7:05 pm

It’s nice to see a local lad quoted around the world. Graham Stringer is my MP and EX Leader of Greater Manchester county council.
As I recall, he has never pulled any punches when he sees wrong doing and is from the breed of politicians that is not afraid to say what he believes to be right… Sadly a dying breed in the UK and their replacements are nothing but overpaid yes (wo)men.

Bryan Clark
January 26, 2011 7:40 pm

If you AGW Boys & Girls out there currently think humans can stop Global Warming, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on how you would stop Global Cooling. Can you help me out on this?

Geoff Sherrington
January 26, 2011 8:19 pm

In Australia, the Prime Minister has just addressed the National Press Club about Federal responses to the floods in Eastern States. There is going to be a levy on those earning over $50,000 a year, to raise about 1.8 billion of a toal cost extimated at some 5.6 billion. But most interestingly, there are going to be cancellations or deferrals of a number of initiatives already commenced or commencing. These are mainly in the form of subsidies and they are taking a swipe at green things, like subsidies for electric cars, carbon capture and storage, domestic solar panels, I think from memory geothermal, plus a few other research proposals in similar vein.
There is a bit of commonality with the US President’s speech to the nation. However, our PM is still sticking to a price on carbon, so she’s not into the home turn yet. In a few months we will have greens with the balance of power in the Senate and they might well use this to cause her speech to be a swan song, though she talks like a duck.

Charles Higley
January 26, 2011 8:24 pm

We skeptics take climate seriously, we just do it real-ly.

King of Cool
January 26, 2011 8:32 pm

“In Australia, the Prime Minister has just addressed the National Press Club about Federal responses to the floods in Eastern States. There is going to be a levy…”
You mean you are going to have a carbon tax to stop the droughts caused by man made global warming AND a levy when you get floods instead of droughts!!!
The mind boggles. Who is running the show – Basil Fawlty?

Anything is possible
January 26, 2011 8:37 pm

Misread the title as “Hump day Hilary.”
I won’t try to describe the images THAT conjured up!
Psychotherapy begins tomorrow… (:-

James Sexton
January 26, 2011 8:53 pm

Nice one for Josh……..but the other one……bwahahahahahahahaha!
That’s gotta sting both the big O and his (former?) groupies.
I don’t care how anyone else looks at it, but the lack of “climate” issues in the state of the union, especially considering the source, is a momentous occasion. It is a signal of retreat.

Layne Blanchard
January 26, 2011 9:19 pm

Bravo for MP stringer. Every now and then you wonder if just maybe the light might come on for some cult members.
Re: the SOTU,
I’m not so sure the lack of talk of climate signals a true retreat, even with Browner unseated. It’s more likely a head fake to create complacency… facilitate a sneak attack.
If they were truly in retreat, they’d call off the EPA Rottweilers.

January 26, 2011 10:25 pm

Greg S. – my wife heard an ABC radio news item. She thought the PM said $60,000.
Anyway its a mixed bag – in the short run the tax will penalise the economy and will reduce spending by higher earners at a time the economy needs a short post-flood boost (very short term need).
Cancellation of useless subsidies is a move in the right direction.
However I gather she still intends to tax CO2 emissions if she can get that through parliament.
King of Cool – i think you missed the point – the proposed tax surcharge is to help pay for flood mitigation – the cost is beyond what state governments and local councils can afford and many home and businesse owners are unsured and have lost everything (house business premises – the lot).
The commonwaelth budget is in deficit, so the extra spending has to be paid for – the alternative of going further into hock would be quite manageable but political ideology by both government and opposition parties makes that unnecessarily difficult.
The proposed tax levy itself, is not intended to be an anti CO2 move.
The proposed tax levy, if enacted, would be on electricity generation, aluminium production and other “unnecessary luxuary” items.

January 26, 2011 10:29 pm

Opps – spelling again but i think you can understand that.
What is not clear is the last two lines.
I should have said:
“The proposed levy on CO2, if enacted, would be on electricity generation, aluminium production and other “unnecessary luxuary” items.”
Also, I presume on petrol and air line travel etc, etc.

January 26, 2011 10:32 pm

Oh and yes, Graham Stringer in the UK is a hero.
He is a model that should be followed by all Ausie politicans.

January 26, 2011 10:37 pm

Geoff Sherrington, you beat me to it!
Climate change was “the great moral challenge of our time,” now it seems our Labor Government has forgotten all about that. So now, on top of our Mining Tax, and our Carbon Tax, we will have a Flood Tax! What the bloody hell happened to our Budget Surplus???
Our Prime Minister’s name is JULIAR Gillard, and she is a feral Commie, right down to the reddest of red hair.
I wonder how our dear Greenies are going to take the dropping of their pet policies? Not lying down, I’ll bet. I can’t wait to hear Bob Brown (the guy who told the Coal Miners they should pay for the floods because it’s their fault), Leader of The Australian Greens, mind you – serial maniac, too… He will squeal like a stuck pig. I can’t wait! 🙂

Grumpy Old Man
January 27, 2011 12:39 am

Lack of climate issues in POTUS SOTU? Just consider for a moment what can be wrapped up under the sheep’s clothing of “Clean Power”.

Cecil Coupe
January 27, 2011 12:46 am

Let’s see if I understand the AU situation properly. Natural disaster occurs –> under insured citizens –> State/province out of money –>Federal government raise taxes to pay for the states to pay for the …
Welcome to the Twilight Zone of “climate justice”. You have a backdoor emergency carbon tax. In the USA, we are only one State default away from the madness.

John Marshall
January 27, 2011 1:44 am

I do not agree with Mr Stringer’s politics but I certainly agree with his science understanding and his assessment.

Paul Deacon
January 27, 2011 2:17 am

Josh – you don’t need the “He” in the caption. “Who cares wins” is fine. The SAS motto is “Who dares wins”.
All the best.

January 27, 2011 2:47 am

TimiBoy 10:37
“What the bloody hell happened to our budget surplus???”
John Howard’s government ran a tight ship and got you a surplus, so Australians voted for Kevin Rudd to spend it. Same as in Britain. We put Conservatives in to do the nasty things necessary to get us on our feet and get some money, then we vote in Labour to spend it all and ruin the economy, then we vote Conservative to…….. It’s been going on all my not-particularly-short life.

George Lawson
January 27, 2011 3:19 am

With no mention of climate change by President Obama in his speech, let’s hope that the British Prime Minister will take a lead from the President and stop all this silly nonsense about global warming, climate change, green issues, etc., etc., and get on with running the country and dealing with the real issues of which we in Britain have many. It is time for those in authority in all countries to put the ‘green’ pressure groups where they belong – at the very bottom of the pile – and stop pandering to their every whim and cause which these irresponsible groups attach themselves to. The British government should take President Obama’s lead and drop AGW from their agenda. If they do then other countries like Australia will quickly see the light, and the world will then be rid of some of the most expensive scams ever which would by now have been be perpetrated on mankind were it not for the the scam being exposed by the many sceptic scientists and enlightened websites like WUWT.

Green Sand
January 27, 2011 3:50 am

Every day from now on I will stand and salute Para 98.
“The voice of reason is seldom heard
But fear and ignorance have their say”
Ron Sexsmith
“Every Passing Day”

Iggy Slanter
January 27, 2011 4:31 am

Politicians are like Hobbits. You give them the Ring and they turn into Gollum.

Ed Moran
January 27, 2011 4:36 am

you’re right about the ease of hiding big issue and large sums of money but it is still a switch of major proportion for O not to mention the “climate crusade”.
I hope this is the light at the end of the tunnel.

Nicholas Harding
January 27, 2011 4:45 am

Just cleaned 2 feet of man made global warming evidence from my driveway. Fourth big storm of the winter here in Connecticut. Seems like the snow this season and winter 09-10 are a great deal like the snow I used to see when I lived in New Hampshire. Looks like it is almost time to adapt again by moving south. More evidence of global warming and man made climate change is expected next week. This is not the mild winter that we like in Connecticut with just enough snow to say we live in New England. The question is where to put the next snow falls.

David Ashton
January 27, 2011 5:01 am

Would just like to add that Graham Stringer is, unusally for a UK MP, a graduate scientist. He has a BSc with honours in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, where the Chemistry Faculty has had an excellent reputation for quality science for many years.

January 27, 2011 5:13 am

Paul, thanks…good point. Will change pronto

Mike Hebb
January 27, 2011 5:14 am

Global cooling is another threat but I’m afraid the solution is the same. Save all the fossil carbons and stop burning them now. When cooling threatens touch them all off to get that CO2 level up.

January 27, 2011 5:44 am

As a Kiwi of UK extraction who grew up as a proud Briton before the Brits decided they needed to be part of the Common Market more than they needed Kiwis, Aussies, Canuks, etc back in the 1960s, I have been quite dismayed by the lack of honesty of UK politicians I have observed since my temporary relocation to London almost a decade ago. I never thought I would see members of the House of Commons or the House of Lords jailed for crimes of dishonesty against those institutions, but even that has occured very recently.
Mr Stringer is the courageous exception – his proposed ammendment quoted above will ensure he goes down in history as a shining example of a truly honest and intelligent politician. The shame is that three other politicians voted that honest amendment into what they obviously hoped would be oblivion.

January 27, 2011 6:45 am

If a curious mind seeks to understand what the SOTU speech implied, the online Washington Examiner this week has run a multi-segment ‘follow the money trail’ of the Democratic party. The CEO of GE as jobs czar replaced the energy czar; look at GE’s investments, and political donations. Nothing has changed; it’s just semantics for reelection. Green crony capitalism with taxpayer (oops – I mean borrowed money) subsidies.

Laurie Bowen
January 27, 2011 7:46 am

“There are proposals to increase worldwide taxation by up to a trillion dollars . . . ”
That’s all fine and dandy . . . but, will that taxation be apportioned? Or will it be “without apportionment” which means they can “give” it to themselves (if they wish)!

January 27, 2011 7:57 am

Google hits for “Denier in Chief” start rolling in… an example.
The plutocrat-controlled NGO’s are warming up.

January 27, 2011 9:29 am

don’t forget that Browner just quit the WH as well … the warmers are in full retreat … run them down now, its our best chance ever to end this nonsense …

January 27, 2011 6:35 pm

I wouldn’t hold your breath for the current uk pm to move away from climate taxes… doesn’t his dad own a company that specialises in building wind farms?

JRR Canada
January 27, 2011 9:00 pm

Green energy is not going to work, an obvious observation I know, as without federal subsidies no solar panels or windmills.These systems never generate power when its dark(except in Spain) and freezingly still( like minus 30)As this magical thinking is going to cost us taxpayers way too much, we shall have to get the concept of retributive justice into the public debate. If persons in control of tax dollars spend foolishly,[ example clean green energy] and as a result we find ourselves freezing in the dark. Let it be known now that the fools will pay back the waste by their own physical effort by running on a human hampster wheel until they generate the missing kilowatts, every time the clean green machines fail to deliver. I envisage teams of ex politicians, acedemics and UN staffers running for their lives.This is social justice right?

Doug in Seattle
January 30, 2011 10:35 am

Perhaps its not too surprising that Obama is not raising the issue.
One of his promises upon election was to stop the seas from rising and to reverse the warming of the planet. This appears to have been accomplished.
You’d think that he would be taking credit for it though.

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