The climate fools rush in at the inaguration

From AP Video:

President Barack Obama is pledging to respond to what he calls “the threat of climate change.” He says that failing to do so would be a betrayal of the nation’s children, and of future generations. (Jan. 21)

Video and comments from Al Gore follows:

WUWT reader Chris Beal sends this in:

Al Gore Wrote Today:

In his second Inaugural address today, President Obama spoke powerfully and eloquently about the critical importance of solving the climate crisis. His forceful commitment to take action will rekindle the hopes of so many that we are at long last approaching the political tipping point, beyond which we will finally start transforming our economy to sharply reduce global warming pollution and safeguard the future.

President Obama Said in his speech today:

Here is the key section of an inspiring speech:

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries ­ we must claim its promise.”That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure ­ our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks.”

Ref:

http://blog.algore.com/2013/01/inaugural_address.html

UPDATE: Delingpole has a go at this ridiculousness here.

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Amr Marzouk

The Boris Johnston quote on your site an hour ago sums it up fully:
As a species, we human beings have become so blind with conceit and self-love that we genuinely believe that the fate of the planet is in our hands — when the reality is that everything, or almost everything, depends on the behaviour and caprice of the gigantic thermonuclear fireball around which we revolve.

PaulH

James Delingpole has a good write-up on Obama’s “war on reality”
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100199161/obama-declares-war-on-reality/
“Still, for all that, I applaud the President’s chutzpah and ingenuity. If you want to expand the size of government as much as he obviously does, there’s really no better way than to declare war on reality.”

Auto

Barmy O’Barrack again.

Tim Walker

Gotta find a barf bag quick.

Steve

The EPA is already out of control. 2nd term- the gloves really come off. Keep your powder dry and keep telling the truth, folks.

Regarding the Australian fires…
If the analysis of their intensity being caused by overprotection during the last few decades is accurate, I have to ask: Why didn’t they learn from Yellowstone? And, in a related vein, I *hope* that *we* learned from it… did we? I remember in the aftermath there was a lot of awareness of the unfortunate need for “natural fires” as part of the forestation cycle. Are we still showing awareness of that in our actions here or have we forgotten?
😕
MJM

Glacierman

“He says that failing to do so would be a betrayal of the nation’s children, and of future generations. (Jan. 21)”
But leaving them a bankrupt country is a great idea.

David L

He’s concerned about our children’s future? How about not bankrupting their future with his trillions of big government debt?

Keitho

But he knows he told a lie when he said more extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy because Sandy wasn’t out of the ordinary. Did he lie unknowingly as in “I didn’t know the facts” or did he deliberately lie because he knows but just wants to put this invented crisis to good use.
Either way it’s a big fat lie, and it will be shown to be so.

Mark and two Cats

…a betrayal of the nation’s children…
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Again with the children. I guess it wasn’t enough to use children as human shields for his gun control media event.
Reminds me of that Socialist Realism painting of Stalin: http://tinyurl.com/a4wtayt

Mark, you wrote, “Again with the children. I guess it wasn’t enough to use children as human shields for his gun control media event.”
Mark, “dragging out the children” is one of the strongest propaganda tools available. When I was working on my Peace Science degree (note: never finished the Ph.D. on that) I spent a lot of time examining different forms of propaganda and how it was used by various governments to get their populations to back war efforts. Hitler yelled about the Jews drinking the blood of Christian children, Saddam Hussein trotted out the little hostages and patted them on their heads, and GBush Sr. pictured the Iraquis as dumping premature Kuwaiti babies on hospital floors so they could steal the incubators and bring them back to Iraq on the “Highway of Death.” In the antismoking realm the use is so pervasive that I devoted an entire chapter to examining it in Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains, and I’ll be looking at it again for some of the secondhand and thirdhand smoke chapters in my next book. Basically it’s a fundamental abuse of our hardwired biological love-response to love and protect our children. It’s abusing our love of our children.
And the global warming crowd knows this perfectly well: just remember that TV commercial with the train coming down the tracks at the little girl, or the images the clean-air environmentalists grabbed from the antismoking campaigns showing little children with oxygen masks campaigning for politicians who’ll give them “clean air to breathe.”
It’s a cheap, easy, but very powerful propaganda trick, and people fall for it every time.
:/
MJM

EthicallyCivil

“more powerful storms” — AAAAAAAAUUUUUUGH! Why won’t that meme die?

I see no overwhelming science in support of alarmism. Maybe he doesn’t know about all the science that does not agree with him?

john robertson

Malice? Or Incompetence?

Neil McEvoy

Welcome to the asylum America.

Otter

So! How many new renewable energy companies has he chosen to go bankrupt, waste a lot of resources, go out of business and enrich their ‘green’ ceos?

Ken Hall

“In his second Inaugural address today, President Obama spoke powerfully and eloquently about the critical importance of solving the climate crisis. ”
So says the man with a bigger personal carbon Footprint than some countries, Al Gore!
WHAT CLIMATE CRISIS???? How the hell is being in the situation whereby the world is NOT warming up at all for 2 decades in any way a crisis?
DO these people not look at the data at all? THEIR MODELS ARE WRONG!

pete

“a betrayal of the nations’ children”
but spending trillions beyond what we can afford, saddling future generations with crippling debt, isn’t a betrayal?

Mark Bofill

““We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”
My apologies because I’m sure this has already occurred to … just about everyone out there who’s been awake for the last four years, but I can’t seem to stop myself from belaboring the obvious. Why is it again that saving our children and future generations from the threat of climate change, which may or may not have an impact a century or more down the road, more of a priority than saving our children in the decades to come from indentured servitude to pay back insane increases in federal deficit spending?

David L says:
“He’s concerned about our children’s future? How about not bankrupting their future with his trillions of big government debt?”
Willis Eschenbach had an excellent comment about that on another thread today:

Inexpensive energy is how the poor get out of poverty. The war on carbon is nothing more than the rich white folks’ war on the poor. Raising energy prices is the most regressive tax conceivable. It hits the poor harder than anyone. I suppose that might be OK if cutting carbon helped people in any way, but we don’t have any evidence that either the proposed danger is real, or that the proposed cure will do anything but cost money to no effect.
For me, making energy more expensive now, which is guaranteed to hurt the poor and is doing so as we speak, in exchange for the vaguest of possibilities of future help to the poor, is an obscene gesture by wealthy folks who will not be harmed. When fuel gets expensive, you can be sure Cassady Sharp won’t go hungry … and you can be damned sure that poor people will go hungry. But Cassady doesn’t care about the poor, she cares about carbon.
Pathetic. You guys are impoverishing the world’s poor through expensive energy, literally taking food out of the mouth of poor kids, and you want to claim that you are the compassionate caring ones?
Spare me. You are doing immeasurable harm and smiling all the way to the bank, it is sickening.

Willis posted it to the Greenpeace comments section, where it was moderated out of existence. But it is too good a comment to let their censors delete it completely from the internet.

JP

Don’t worry. In 5 years time, when the world is seeing late frosts and early snowfalls accompanied by brutal winters, the next President will promise to end this scourge of Anthropogenic Global Cooling. Additionally, he will demand higher regulations on fossil fuels in order to warm the planet.

Gerry, England

Just remind me again why you re-elected him? Oh, yeah, he bought off 47% of the voters so only had to dupe a further 4% and job done.
Keitho’s deliberations about him lying or being ignorant are just the same as we have over here with ‘Call me Dave’. Is he really so ignorant and ill-informed, or is he lying? And he must hire some dumb advisors if he isn’t lying as they are doing a poor job of advising him. Given that he is a politician, and as lying and cheating come naturally to them, I plump for that.

kcrucible

.”The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transfer of cash to Americans that supported my campaign.”

Philip Peake

@John Robertson: Malicious incompetence.

Moe

Thank God a leader listens to the professionals and not opinion writers on blogs. Finally we can get down and do something meaningful about the changing climate.

Andrew

Did I just see a man on TV rake in the biggest personal pension top-up in the history of the planet?
Facts anyone? http://www.clipular.com/c?1272633=uxyQDogrVLwqXRm229v3kq9OCds

The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley

A little OT, but here in England, we have taken a distinct disliking to Obama of late. He is ‘suggesting’ to our PM that we “must” stay in the EU. Whether one is in favour of that or not, we don’t take too kindly to someone who has an obvious disdain for Britain (due to his own family’s history) poking their nose in where it isn’t required. Amusingly, it seems to have had the opposite effect to the one he may of wanted. Some think that if he believes we should be in the EU then maybe it’s time we were out!

Gunga Din

john robertson says:
January 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm
Malice? Or Incompetence?
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Politics. Politics that is out for power over the people rather than power to serve the people.

The US president is suppose to get the best advise there is, so do not blame the president. It is those who provide the advice that have to make sure that they do best for their country and the president. If anyone is knowingly misinterpreting the available facts, for any reason whatsoever, then the consequences should follow.

William Astley

In reply to Obama’s “the threat of climate change.” He says that failing to do so would be a betrayal of the nation’s children, and of future generations.
The increases in atmospheric CO2 have not and will not cause dangerous warming, as the planet’s response to a change in forcing is resist the change (negative feedback). The IPCC models amplify the forcing change (positive feedback). he planet’s response to a change in forcing is to resist (negative feedback) the change by increase or decreasing cloud cover in the tropics thereby reflecting more or less sunlight off into space. A doubling of atmospheric CO2 from 280 ppm to 560 ppm by the end of this century will result in roughly 1C warming with most of the warming occurring at high latitudes which cause the biosphere to expand.
CO2 is not a poison. Greenhouses inject CO2 into the greenhouse to increase yield and reduce growing time.
The real crisis is massive public spending and a massive increase in taxes which will force all primary industry to leave Western Countries. The government does not have a magic wand. If the US follows California the US will be turned into an economic version of Spain, unemployment of more than 20% and massive public debit.
The schemes which are being proposed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are scams. The actual cost is four to five times greater (if the objective is actual reduce carbon dioxide emissions as opposed to spend money and change nothing except the cost of power) than what is proposed if one includes the costs for massive storage systems such a compressed air or liquid sodium batteries to enable wind power to be used without backup natural gas power plants. There is almost no net reduction in carbon dioxide emissions if backup natural gas power plants are used as compared to combined cycle gas plants which cannot be cycled due to efficient difference between combine cycle power plants (60% efficient) and conventional gas power plants (35 to 40%).
Those advocating for wind power ingeniously reference Denmark knowing full well Denmark is a small country, in location with high winds due to the proximity of the ocean and the arctic. Denmark is the Saudi Arabia of the Western world as it has a small population and large amounts of oil revenue to pay for wind farms. Denmark (population 5.5 million) uses the hydro electrical power of Norway and Sweden as a battery. Wind power requires a battery. Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, New York, Houston, and so on do not have a source of wind and even if they did could not possibly afford the cost for both wind generation and a storage system. Reality is reality.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-21/spain-risks-default-now-more-than-ever-buiter-says-tom-keene.html
Spain’s Default Risk Is Rising, Buiter Says: Tom Keene
Spain has never been so close to default and Greece, Ireland and Portugal may need further bailouts, Citigroup Inc. chief economist Willem Buiter said.
“Spain is the key country about which I’m most worried,” Buiter, a former Bank of England policy maker, said in a radio interview today on “Bloomberg Surveillance” with Tom Keene and Ken Prewitt. “It’s really moved to the wrong side of the spectrum and is now at greater risk of sovereign restructuring than ever before.”
Even if the Western governments had a magic wand to create the trillions of dollars to spend on scams and ignoring the fundamental engineering issues such as it takes roughly 170 years for the energy savings of high speed trains to offset to the energy required to construct a high speed medium distance train (think road bed and rails, electric lines, and so on.), assume the scams could reduce Western emission by 20% by say 2020, CO2 will continue to rise due the emissions of the Asia countries.

Charles.U.Farley

So an idiot really can be president.

When the technology becomes economically feasible, the US will be leading the way. Until then, it will only cost jobs.

Pamela Gray

If AGW proponents think us falling into the trap of God-complex thinking as Al Gore has painted us, they have only to look into the mirror. I once thought ol’ wooden head to be the leader of this snake oil wagon. Unfortunately our president is now the leader of this ill-fated desire to strip every man, woman, child, and their pets of individual rights and freedoms once guaranteed by the constitution he swears today to uphold. He is no better or brighter than the man that led his flock to their deaths waiting for some spaceship behind a comet’s tail. Wake up from this nightmare!
For those who think me a Neanderthal flat earther, yes we landed on the moon, the Earth is fairly round, a woman has a right to choose, consenting adults should be free to marry whomever they choose, and some religious folks hold too close to unsupportable myths as if they were real events and not symbolic stories, I also have three degrees and have published research in a major journal. And was at one time a liberal democrat. Obama’s misguided leadership made me change some of my political leanings, AND my vote!
But most important I do not blindly follow a charismatic leader. God forbid humans repeat that little bit of nasty history. In their misguided attempt to bring about their view of human utopia they killed the Anne Franks of this world.

crackpot

I am giving my most sincere condolences to the people of the US. Your new president has just evoked the most horrible nightmare upon you.
I wish you all strength, and abide the Constitution.
Greetings

Jim G

Gerry, England says:
January 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm
“Just remind me again why you re-elected him? Oh, yeah, he bought off 47% of the voters so only had to dupe a further 4% and job done.”
And that is the real depressing fact. There will always be scoundrels to take advantage of the people but when the people choose them outright, we have a real problem. It’s the educational system and the media that are doing the hard work for the left. They have put this in place over the past 50 or so years. People who do not get taught real history are doomed to repeat it.

Moe says:
January 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm
“Thank God a leader listens to the professionals and not opinion writers on blogs. Finally we can get down and do something meaningful about the changing climate.”
Moe, say Hi to Curly, Larry and Shemp for me.

michaeljmcfadden

Keitho and Gerry: The distinction I always draw in my own battles on this stuff is whether the researchers/politicians are (A) lying, or (B) inexcusably incompetent. Either A or B leads to the conclusion that they should be removed from their positions. Heh, I actually tried this approach about 8 years ago in a town in Ohio, and about a week after I sent my analysis to folks there the chief miscreant at the local Dept of Health resigned! I think it’s easier for people to accept that there might be a problem out there if they can accept it without committing themselves to actually calling someone a liar.
– MJM

theduke

Notice the subtle use of the D-word:
“. . . Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, . . . ”
He really is trying to pick fights . . .

Pamela Gray

One more thing. Though you may abore guns and the killing of animals, though you may be a vegetarian, though you may be no fan of the late Charelton Heston, please consider joining the NRA. As a political entity it may have the chops to derail this out of control speeding train bound for hell. I joined yesterday.

O Olson

Never thought the time would come when I would be glad to live and farm on the cold, white, north side of the line… goes to show we can all be wrong. My condolences to my American relatives and friends.

Jeff

Sometimes I wonder if Matthew 24:15-16 and Daniel 9:26-27 are actually referring to
“the desolation of the Obama nation” instead of “the abomination of the desolation”.
Throwing our children’s (and their children’s) money away on a non-problem with
no reasonable or verifiable science to back it up, and saying “the failure to do so
would betray our children and future generations” is indeed an abomination.
I’m not disputing the small, natural warming since the last ice age, but AGW?
Might as well blame the excess heat from pixie dust and moonbeams….
Energy prices have been rapidly climbing here in Germany (and EU in general),
due to supposed global warming. When the coming cooling hits, a lot of folks
are going to be unable to afford heating due to the higher energy costs
(based on false data/pretenses/what have you). In this case I can only
wonder who’s betraying whom….

Mike (from the high desert of Western Nevada)

1460 and counting to some real political climate change …

Jimbo

President Obama
“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”

Whenever people make sweeping statements like this I ask for peer reviewed evidence or cold, hard data from reputable sources. All I get is chirp, chirp.
Let’s take a look at boreal forest fires.

Future wildfire in circumboreal forests in relation to global warming
Abstract.
Despite increasing temperatures since the end of the Little Ice Age (ca. 1850), wildfire frequency has decreased as shown in many field studies from North America and Europe. We believe that global warming since 1850 may have triggered decreases in fire frequency in some regions and future warming may even lead to further decreases in fire frequency.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2307/3237261/abstract

More similar stuff.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/qj.776/full
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jastp.2011.01.021
http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/climatic-phenomena-pages/extreme-weather-page/

Lance Wallace

Yeah, too bad he is captive to his adviser on this one. However, did you notice the distinct sitting on the hands that ensued? Many louder roars of appreciation for other parts of the speech. Maybe he or his staff will notice that.

jorgekafkazar

Supposedly (I can’t find what words he said in the media) Obama just said something like: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Here’s a man who has just sworn to defend the Constitution. How many days will it take for him to resume his attack on the Constitution? Or how many hours? Impeachment is our only hope to remain free.

Bruce Cobb

It’s going to be a long four years. Thank god I didn’t vote for him at least. If Romney had been elected, the focus would have been on getting America back on track economically. Instead we have Obozo threatening to throw the economy an anchor by raising energy costs fighting a phantom menace. Hopefully, it’s just rhetoric on his part.

Spending money on combating global change will be totally ineffective, but it will make it easier for China to reach its ambition of becoming the world’s number one economy in the next four years. Catching up with China in the decades to come will not be as much fun as it was leading the world in the decades past. Good luck.

Joe Haberman

“judgment of science”?

@The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley says: January 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm
Agreed. This Brit says – Butt out, Obama.

Mark and two Cats

Pamela Gray said:
January 21, 2013 at 1:31 pm
…please consider joining the NRA. As a political entity it may have the chops to derail this out of control speeding train bound for hell. I joined yesterday.
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I don’t own any guns, nor do I want to, and I am not a “joiner”, but I joined NRA today. The republikans aren’t doing anything to rein-in hugobama, so I am supporting an organisation that is.

Bob Diaz

RE: President Barack Obama is pledging to respond to what he calls “the threat of climate change.”
Translation: Get ready for more taxes and regulations.