President-elect Obama and his fellow Dems are preparing to try and get us out of our economic slump by reproducing one of the key factors that DROVE US INTO the recession, artificially raising energy prices. Before they go ahead and legislate an even deeper recession I would like to bring up one salient point, ITS FREAKING COLD OUTSIDE !
As Brian Sussman pointed out on American Thinker this morning:
Last week, soon-to-be President Barack Obama met with former Vice President Al Gore to discuss global warming. In a brief presser following their closed-door rendezvous, Obama proclaimed, “the time for denial is over.”Ironically, as Obama yammered, Louisiana hurriedly prepared for a powerful cold front which would arrive the following night. The wintry storm ultimately dumped 6 inches of snow in Livingston Parish and dusted New Orleans with its earliest snowfall since records were accurately established in 1850. And the deep-south cold snap was not an isolated event.For most of the United States and much of the world, this has been one of the colder autumns in well over a decade, with reports of unseasonable snowfalls and plummeting temperatures from the American Great Plains to the Alps of Europe and into the inner reaches of Asia. Even China’s official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its “worst snowstorm ever” in October. In the U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years. In fact, it’s likely that 2008 will go down as the coldest year since in the United States since 1997.
On February 13th of last year the Midwest was getting hammered with an unusual dose of bitter Arctic air. Minneapolis, Minnesota, woke up to -4°. Chicago had snow and a temperature of 19°. So ferocious was the weather that Maryville College in St. Louis was forced to cancel its screening of Al Gore’s global warming manifesto, An Inconvenient Truth.
Obama’s plan to “stop global warming” is the same one that’s been touted by Gore, and identical to the plan rolled out last week by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Without a vote of the people or the state legislature, CARB approved a roadmap for how California would implement its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. It’s a liberty-sucking roadmap complete with new taxes, economic inflation and a heavy dose of Big Brother.
But what about all of that Carbon Dioxide?
CO2 accounts for less than 4/10000ths* of our planet’s atmosphere (.00036%). And what percentage of the miniscule amount of CO2 is produced by human activity, including the utilization of fossil fuels? According to a thorough analysis by the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center — a research wing of the U.S. Department of Energy — only 3.207% — all of this global whining over an atmospheric component so tiny, it is difficult to comprehend.
And how much has CO2 increased in the atmosphere over the past 150 years? Approximately 35%. A 35% increase and still the gas comprises less than 4/10000ths of earth’s atmosphere.
So I ask again. What the hell is going on here, it seems that the ONLY hot air is coming from the “Office of the President-elect”