Inhofe Exposes Another Epic Fail by Global Warming Alarmists Thursday

PRESS RELEASE  August 2, 2012

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Inhofe Exposes Another Epic Fail by Global Warming Alarmists

 

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The dumpster fire that caused the melting lights

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Washington, D.C. – Today the far-left blog Think Progress posted a photo (originally posted on KFOR’s facebook page) of street lights in Oklahoma that had melted, they claimed, because of extreme heat.  Global warming alarmist Bill McKibben took to Twitter immediately to publicize what he believed to be proof of global warming, tweeting to Senator James Inhofe (Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, “Senator Inhofe, God may be trying to get your attention. Check out this picture.”

Not long after the picture surfaced, Oklahomans posted comments on Think Progress’ blog saying that these lights had melted due to a fire – which makes sense considering that the two front lights were melted while the two back lights remained unscathed.  Once this news came to light, Think Progress immediately removed the post and provided an update that reads:  “After we published this piece, we saw reports from people on the ground in Stillwater that the melting streetlights were due to a nearby fire. The person who took the photo, Patrick Hunter, described the scene: ‘Being the person that actually took this photo, I’d say that this was due to a fire semi-close by coupled with the unbelievable heat we are experiencing.’ Still an amazing photo and not fake as many are saying on here. Enjoy!”

This afternoon, KFOR confirmed that the melted lights in the photo were not caused by hot temperatures but a nearby dumpster fire.

“Poor Bill McKibben – he’s been trying to get something to melt for ages but it keeps backfiring,” Senator Inhofe said.  “These alarmists never learn their lesson.  Remember Bill McKibben was the one who was going to melt a giant ice sculpture in the shape of the word ‘hoax’ on the national mall, but his group had to cancel because there wasn’t enough interest.  Now, after proclaiming that street lights in Oklahoma are melting because of global warming, we have confirmation that a fire caused this scene.  

“Amid the resurgence of hysteria from my friends on the left, I appreciated climatologist Dr. John Christy who testified this week before the Environment and Public Works committee saying that instead of proclaiming this summer is ‘what global warming looks like’ it is ‘scientifically more accurate to say that this is what Mother Nature looks like, since events even worse than these have happened in the past before greenhouse gases were increasing like they are today.’

“This isn’t the first time alarmists have tried these stunts and it certainly won’t be the last – when will they finally realize they’ve lost this debate?”

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sadbutmadlad

Sen Inhofe is basically saying “Bazinga!” to McKibben. 🙂

frozenohio

Answer: No they won’t ever admit to losing anything. The left never gives up. If this issue wasn’t so important, it would be a lot of fun to sit back and watch their antics.

RCS

I would say that you are lucky in the US because you have high profile sceptics in the Senate and in acadenia. Contrast this to the UK where every MP is a “believer” (with 3 honourable exceptions).
Europe is doomed to go through an increasing period of poverty and rocketing energy prices due the Global warming hysteria and there seems to be no mainstream politician who will stick his head above the parapit.

clipe

Ipso Facto

Matt

Comedy gold 🙂

Tim Walker

Eventually the left will just get another tool, something different to beat the drum about. It is really all about them finding the right scare topic, to get the world to let them have more power. Sounds like a good book or movie topic, except that it’s already been done. I’ll just have to stick with what I’m writing.

Charlie A

Trivial. Irrelevant to the scientific debate. But FUNNY!

grayman

Weepy Bill and Think Progress with the Gore all inserting their foot in their mouths. Talk about jumping the gun!

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7

Another reminder why it’s a really good idea to engage the brain before hitting “send”. Now I’m curious to know whether Bill McKibben really believes streetlights could melt in a Summer heat wave (maybe he knows the person with the city contract to supply them ???), or that he just believes that the general public will believe that, or possibly that he was simply so eager to ring any alarm on global warming that he didn’t think at all.
Now maybe these are new-fangled “green” streetlights which use CFL bulbs or LEDs and wimpy plastic covers, but for most streetlights in the US today the bulbs inside get much hotter than any exterior temperature ever recorded anyplace on this planet which actually has streetlights. Even with using cooler bulbs, streetlight covers tend to be fairly tough to resist casual vandalism.

Eric P. Grimsrud

Senator Inhofe, You have to be the most scientifically illiterate and brain-washed-with-oil excuse for Senator that the USA has ever seen. I wish that you would agree to take my “short course” on climate change that is available free of charge on my web site, ericgrimsrud.com. Mother Nature is going to do things one way – Her way – in response to the impacts of Man and the field of Science has historically provided our best means of predicting what that way is. Senator Inhofe, in addition to my website, read the position statements of all of the scientific professional organizations of your country. If you don’t, I need not wish your grandchildren to go to hell, they will because of their grandpa and his ilk.
Eric Grimsrud, Author of “Thoughts of a Scientist, Citizen and Grandpa on Climate Change”, website: ericgrimsrud.com

michael hart

In the UK, local governments have switched-off many street lights, ostensibly to reduce carbon emissions as well as saving money.
Truly, the lights are going out over Europe.

Think Regress headline: “UPDATE: In Oklahoma City, It’s So Hot And Dry There’s Mandatory Water Rationing
No they’re not; those are watering restrictions .. watering even/odd street addresses and certain days of the week on account of increased DEMAND by citizens to keep lawns green!
Silly alarmists; it’s like they just woke up today and traversed straight out of adolescence into senility (having skipped an intervening period of rational adulthood) …
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just say no to science

BUT…. the fire was caused by global warming just like all those forest fires.

James

Shocking propoganda. It is publicise, not publize.

James

Even worse it is propaganda.

PaulH

Considering they’ve monkeyed around with photos of polar bears and Photoshopped flooded homes, this should come as no surprise.

Berényi Péter

RCS says:
August 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm
Europe is doomed to go through an increasing period of poverty and rocketing energy prices due the Global warming hysteria and there seems to be no
mainstream politician who will stick his head above the parapit.
Now, Václav Klaus is pretty mainstream, isn’t he? While Europe is a bit more than its Western fringe. Mitteleuropa, anyone?

Gary Hladik

“Senator Inhofe, God may be trying to get your attention. Check out this picture.”
To quote a character wiser than I, “What a maroon!”

Tim Walker: “Sounds like a good book or movie topic, except that it’s already been done.”
Yep. Ming the Merciless to Doctor Evil. You only have to read a few of the plots and character quotes to realize how much of this has been predicted.

Theo Goodwin

Once again, the Left is incapable of accurate observation. Seeing a photo of two melted light covers next to two unmelted light covers, they conclude that Global Warming caused the melting. I would really like to know the thought process that took place from observation to conclusion.

Ally E.

Senator Inhofe is brilliant (in my humble opinion all the way from Australia).
Sanity spreads. The whole world is turning and waking up. This is exciting to watch. Yes, it may take an age, and yes, there is plenty of damage to repair, but it’s starting. As all countries are watching all other countries, it will spread and cannot be stopped. It’s already sneaking in everywhere. Skeptical views are getting into main stream newspapers here in Australia and I understand New Zealand has some good news, too, in their court case.
It’s happening, folks. 🙂

Thomas Spaziani

I know this may be a little OT. But NOAA has been touting this crazy drought for July being US wide.. Being an AZ resident currently tying to not float away by the amazing rains we have gotten. This graph showing AZ in a severe drought peaked my interest. http://www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_west.htm I looked at the rain totals for July throught AZ and most are above average.. Some by a lot. What gives? Did NOAA forget to check the rain gauges? Are they averaging that for the entire year?

That is all almost too good to be true !!!
Priceless !

Otter

eric grimsrude, you forgot your /sarc tag.

Gary D

@ Tim Walker
The left has a new drum to march to, sustainability. The left politicians have given up on Global Warming, it has played out its purpose of moving their agenda along. Obama’s last major energy speech didn’t even mention [Global] Warming. The left is now into wind power and solar because that is where the money is. And they call it sustainability as a handy catch phrase to sell it to the public.
My belief is that climate and global warming will soon be left to the scientists to sort out and all the alarmists will soon see their grants and paid vacations dry up unless they are wise enough to move to the new scam.
Alarmists – wise, not very likely.

upcountrywater

How far into data free kooksville zone will the, ignorance is bliss gang willing to go…. Only time will tell…. wowzer…SQUARED…

This is so stupid its hilarious!!! These people have lost it.

cui bono

Hilarious! The technocratic elite of Think Progress (sic) and the McKibbenites, who claim to know exactly what mix of solar and wind ‘power’ will save us all, have no idea about simple street lights!
Josh! Oh Josh!
PS: _Jim says (August 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm)
Think Regress headline: “UPDATE: In Oklahoma City, It’s So Hot And Dry There’s Mandatory Water Rationing”

That’s nothing. We had a full-on outdoor water use ban in parts of the UK until recently, despite the same parts of the UK being virtually underwater due to the wettest Spring evah.

Mike G

@RCS
AGW alarmism not withstanding, I’d say Europe is doomed, as you say, simply on the basis of its affection for socialism, progressivism, etc., and slogans such as “Forward,” which is a slogan for lemmings, best I can tell.
We seem to be similarly doomed, however.

Nerd

Eric P. Grimsrud says:
August 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm
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I see you went to University of Wisconsin, Madison. My brother went there for M.S. in physical therapy. Anyways, I’ve always found some people with Ph.D to be one of most most scientifically illiterate and brain-washed when it comes to nutrition.
Don’t be such cocky like that… There are people with ordinary people with undergraduate degrees or didn’t even finish college, etc can completely kick people’s asses with Ph.D.
Ph.D means nothing sometimes…
1) Sun scare… now we have a widespread vitamin D deficiency that is much more worse than trying to prevent skin cancer… Oh yeah, http://www.naturalnews.com/032202_vitamin_D_deficiency_disease.html considering that it came from University of Wisconsin, Madison!
2) Cholesterol and saturated fat causing heart disease… turned out to be completely false… it has much more to do with chronic elevated blood sugar level that leads to high small particle LDL level (doesnt show up on traditional calculated cholesterol test; only on NMR test) that speeds up plaque build up in the arteries.
I am sure there are many more examples but nutrition is what I am most familiar with.

George E. Smith;

“””””……sadbutmadlad says:
August 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Sen Inhofe is basically saying “Bazinga!” to McKibben. :-)…..”””””
I believe that “Bazinga !” is some kind of antisocial network app for your iPud .

OK S.

Well, it only got up to 113° here, today. Maybe we’ll break the 1936 records.
http://climate.ok.gov/index.php/site/page/climate_of_oklahoma/for_tourists_visitors_new_residents

The highest temperature ever recorded in the state was 120°F. This reading was first observed during the brutally hot summer of 1936: at Alva on July 18, at Altus on both July 19 and August 12, and at Poteau on August 10. In addition, Tishomingo observed 120°F on July 26, 1943.

George E. Smith;

“””””…..Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7 says:
August 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm
Another reminder why it’s a really good idea to engage the brain before hitting “send”…….”””””
Excellent advice; who for example, has green instant on CFL “bulbs” ? And have you ever noticed how easy it is to provide secondary optics for CFL bulbs, for excellent beam control.
I’d try GaN/InGaN LEDs , before I’d consider CFLs. Come to think of it, I think somebody else thought of that before I did.
George

theduke

What does McKibben think they are made of? Chocolate? What an idiot. They are a commercial-grade fixture fergawdsake. They probably wouldn’t melt at 300 degrees.

theduke

I just looked up the temperature needed to melt glass: 2600-2900 degrees F.

Louis

Global warming is worse than we thought. It is now causing dumpsters to spontaneously combust!

RCS
You do have Vaclav Klaus. Desmog clearly dislikes him so he must be good. PhD in economics.

George E. Smith;

“””””…..Eric P. Grimsrud says:
August 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm
Senator Inhofe, You have to be the most scientifically illiterate and brain-washed-with-oil excuse for Senator that the USA has ever seen. “””””
Well I wouldn’t be so flaming self promoting, as you are Mr Grimms; if you think Inhofe is illiterate (in any sense), you just haven’t listened enough to Senatore Babs (I worked hard for that Title) check bouncing expert , Boxer, who actually IS the Chairman of The Senate EPW Committee; and she is flatly as dumb as a box of rocks.
Senator Inhofe is one of only two Senators, who represent the State of Oklahoma, in the [Senate], and Oklahoma is known to be an oil and gas producing State; which is why he represents those people in his State.
If for example, he was from a different State like Vermont, he would likely defend the vandals, who go around mutilating Maple trees, for their sap; when the midwest States, can grow all the high fructose corn syrup the entire world needs for their pancakes.
It’s kind of the way government operates; working for the people who elected them.

ericgrimsrud

George, I also live in a fossil fuel state, Montana, but that does not mean I have to be brain-dead with respect to the harm CO2 emissions will be doing to our future generations. Eric

We need a good laugh, after that AWFUL Senate EPW hearing, plus now another fine upstanding, scientifically literate Senator introduces a Carbon Tax bill. Fun, fun, fun.

Global warming alarmist Bill McKibben took to Twitter immediately to publicize what he believed to be proof of global warming, tweeting to Senator James Inhofe (Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, “Senator Inhofe, God may be trying to get your attention. Check out this picture.”
Hey, Bill McKibben – it looks more like God may be trying to make you look like a fool.
Although, I’m not so sure you need God’s help.
LOL

leftinbrooklyn

The desperation of the alarmists is the gift that keeps on giving…

TonyG

Amazing how they just change the article, apparently remove the comments, and go on like nothing happened. A perfect example of Orwellian Doublethink at work.

philincalifornia

Eric Grimsrud, Author of “Thoughts of a Scientist, Citizen and Grandpa on Climate Change”, website: ericgrimsrud.com
+++++++++++++++
That website don’t hunt

leftinbrooklyn

As important as Watts et al 2012 is, THIS is the stuff that must reach the general public. Not to diminish your excellent work, but the back & forth of claims of contradictory evidence has become meaningless, I fear. Opinions about stuff like this, though, there can be NO doubt….

ChE

Sometimes all you can say is…
lulz.

Reg Nelson

Eric P. Grimsrud says:
August 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm
” . . . I need not wish your grandchildren to go to hell, they will because of their grandpa and his ilk.
Eric Grimsrud, Author of “Thoughts of a Scientist, Citizen and Grandpa on Climate Change””
======
If we’re all going hell, why should I be bothered to read your book. I think your marketing strategy needs some work.
Reg Nelson, Author of “Why Your Marketing Strategy Needs Some Work.”

ericgrimsrud

Reg, At my age I am no longer trying to “sell something” and realize that there are more important things that I can leave for my grandchildren than money. Why not have a go at my short course at ericgrimsrud.com – its free. Eric

Yancey Ward

Global warming has gotten so bad that it is setting random dumpsters on fire.[/sarcasm]

erik sloneker

@Charlie A who said :”Trivial. Irrelevant to the scientific debate. But FUNNY!”
The “debate ” is no longer scientific (that debate was won).
The debate is now political.

Eric P Grimsrud says on August 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm:
“Senator Inhofe, You have to be the most scientifically illiterate and brain-washed-with-oil excuse for Senator that the USA has ever seen. I wish that you would agree to take my “short course” on climate change that is available free of charge on my web site, —- —-.”
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I “like and admire” all you guys out there who have written courses on the physics and other related reasons as to how we humans have finally managed to warm the Earth’s surface and atmosphere by anything from 1 deg. C – and, potentially, right up to the melting point of Lead, and beyond. – Having studied your own courses, you have realized you have all become specialists. – Even on “the question of” who is “the most scientifically illiterate and brain-washed-with-oil excuse for Senator that the USA has ever seen” you are an expert. – Is “all that” because he (Senator Inhofe) hasn’t “taken your short course”, or did you use some other “Scientific Method” to come to that conclusion?

Michael Jankowski

It’s on the front page at Yahoo now…
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/oklahoma-hot-street-lamps-melting-203656312.html
“…It’s possible the heat itself isn’t responsible for the event — it’s being reported on Facebook that a nearby dumpster fire may have been the cause of the melting plastic light housings. Still, that dumpster fire was caused and aggravated by the record heat and dryness. And if dangerous, spontaneous fires aren’t reason enough to go green, we don’t know what is…”
How pathetic is our education system?