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Get ready. Here it comes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid revealed today that he has a draft cap-and-tax monstrosity in the works. The Dems are gearing up for debate this month. Or rather, "debate." Remember what Democrat Max Baucus said about his own colleagues -- they don't know "what the heck" they are doing as... Read More
In his widely-panned, bloodless Oval Office address Tuesday night (did I call this last month or what!?), President Obama tapped his Navy Secretary Ray Mabus as the new oil spill recovery czar. Doesn't he have enough to do leading the Navy? More to the point, as my latest column below points out, don't we have... Read More
Scroll for updates... I'm still on my family vacation, but wanted to pop in to spotlight today's important Senate battle over the EPA war on carbon. It's a subject we've covered here over the past year (reminders here and here that opposition to the Obama regulatory power grab is crossing party lines). The Hill reports... Read More
"Uhhhhhh..."
A cringe-inducing moment for GOP Rep. Frank LoBiondo, who confuses the 1st Amendment with Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution when confronted by a voter at a town hall meeting. Next time, spare yourself the added embarrassment and just say: "I don't know." Hat tip: The Hill (which hat tips Paul Mulshine of the... Read More
Ladies and gentlemen, I call your attention to the key passage in unrepentant Climate Change Republican John McCain's Senate floor statement yesterday on cap-and-trade. Note well (hat tip: Edward John Craig/Planet Gore): More than three months after the ClimateGate scandal broke and despite relentless new disclosures every week about the fraud, misconduct, and distortions that... Read More
I called ClimateGate "the global warming scandal of the century" back on November 20. Deeper and deeper it goes. Over the weekend, University of East Anglia global warming cultist Phil Jones conceded that there has been no statistically significant warming over the last 15 years: The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose... Read More
The Massachusetts Miracle wasn't just a wake-up call for Democrats. It was a wake-up call for Big Government Republicans, Business-As-Usual Republicans, McCain Republicans, and Climate Change Republicans. Lindsey Graham is all four, of course. In October, he penned an enviro-nitwit op-ed with John Kerry signing on to the Democrats' massive cap-and-tax plan. He's singing a... Read More
Three items for you about Michael Mann, ClimateGate bully/eco-con artist... 1) First, watch the news report from Pennsylvania -- where Mann is under investigation by Penn State: Background from the Commonwealth Foundation. They've called for an independent investigation and expose Penn State's conflicts of interests in the matter. 2) The Foundry flags Mann's $514,000 stimulus... Read More
Frosty.
Who's in the mood for some Dean Martin? The Copenhagen debacle has me singing, "Let It Snow:" President Obama delivered a stinker of speech -- yawn -- panned by his former Euro-groupies whose Obama-philia has chilled considerably. Obama managed to cobble a "feeble" agreement that he is, of course, calling "unprecedented." Obama leaves the snow-covered... Read More
Hmmmm. Left-wing radical billionaire George Soros has injected himself into the Copenhagen climate change talks. He is riding to the "rescue" of negotiators at loggerheads over the pricetag of global regulatory intervention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Look: The $10 billion a year proposed by rich nations to help the poor adapt to climate change... Read More
Al Gore is on his ClimateGate whitewash mission -- and, as usual, ManBearPig isn't going to let inconvenient facts get in the way of his eco-crusade. He talked with Slate magazine's John Dickerson and repeatedly pooh-poohed the scandalous ClimateGate e-mails as "more than 10 years old," "over 10-year-old e-mails," and "an e-mail exchange more than... Read More
Add another global warming lie to the stinking green heap: EPA chief Lisa Jackson has denied that the greenhouse gas endangerment finding had anything to do at all with the Copenhagan climate change conference. Nope, don't question the timing of the EPA's war on carbon. Pure coincidence. Except... Jackson herself said the exact opposite in... Read More
Eco-czars of the Obama administration, activate! Form of...a corrupted "scientific" finding on greenhouse gas "public endangerment." Timed for maximum impact on the Copenhagen global warming treaty talks, the Obama EPA is set to announce that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, paving the way for the green bureaucrats to radically regulate emissions. Keeping an... Read More
Make sure you keep this list of 56 newspapers handy when looking for thorough, fair coverage of the ClimateChange scandal. These are 56 newspapers that you cannot trust on the issue: Today, the eco-herd of papers published a collective editorial whipping up hysteria over the issue in the face of massive data manipulation, suppression, and... Read More
The chill wind of ClimateGate has blown over Al Gore's $1,200-per handshake lecture at Copenhagen. He has canceled the hot-air hoedown. ClimateDepot dubbed the crumbling global warming conference next week "Nopenhagen." Blow, winds of change, blow: Former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday abruptly canceled a Dec. 16 personal appearance that was to be staged... Read More
Another gargantuan reason, in the wake of ClimateGate, to call the whole damned thing off: When an estimated 16,500 delegates, activists and reporters descend upon Copenhagen Monday for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, a lot of hot air will follow. The U.N. estimates the 12-day conference will create 40,584 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents,... Read More
Graph via Steve McIntyre My syndicated column today looks at the global warming cultists in the Obama administration who are working overtime to paper over the ClimateGate scandal. Yesterday, Phil Jones, the head of the U.K.’s Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia stepped aside while the university investigates. Penn State prof Michael... Read More
Inconvenient data.
"Document dump" is the operative word of the month, isn't it? We had another holiday weekend document dump of visitor logs from the White House, which included these trips: Holdren, of course, is the population control freak/global warming zealout/science czar -- who, as I noted last week, is smack dab in the middle of the... Read More
Ah, science czar John Holdren. He's been hyping climate change catastrophe since the 1970s, has been a master of stonewalling critics of his population control zealotry, and knows how to hide behind friendly water-carriers in the media. So, you won't be surprised to learn he is smack dab in the middle of the exploding ClimateGate... Read More
Yeah, you better pray. I blogged the ClimateGate scandal last week. It keeps going -- and growing. There are calls on both sides of the pond for an investigation into data manipulation. A former British lord is demanding an independent inquiry: This morning Lord Lawson, who has reinvented himself as a prominent climate change sceptic... Read More
Inconvenient truth.
The EPA has two more whistleblowers in its own ranks calling out the agency's flawed agenda and the cap-and-trade monstrosity. You'll recall the case of Alan Carlin, whose research critical of the outdated data used in EPA's "public endangerment finding" on greenhouse gases was stifled by EPA. EPA lawyers Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel have... Read More
Hey, there, lonely girl.
Remember the Barbara Boxer eco-power grab I told you about this morning? (Here.) Well, Babs "Don't call me ma'am" Boxer went ahead with the markup "hearing" on her global warming bill despite the absence of all but one Republican (George Voinovich). She sat alone during markup doing nothing for 15 minutes. I obtained photos and... Read More
Welcome to the era of "bipartisanship." Republican participation be damned. Welcome to the most deliberative body in the world. Full deliberation be damned, too: Six ranking Republican U.S. senators Monday warned the head of the environment committee that pushing ahead with a vote on a landmark climate bill this week would "severely damage" the chances... Read More
"What is the truth?"
Lord Christopher Monckton, former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, spoke at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN last week on the UN Climate Change treaty scheduled to be signed in Copenhagen in December 2009. He was hosted by the Minnesota Free Market Institute. Minnesota Majority posted the video of his speech, entitled "Is Obama Poised to... Read More
I hate to say "I told you so." But, well, I told you so. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham has signed on to the Democrats' massive green redistribution scheme masquerading as a planet-saving, national security-enhancing "energy independence" scheme. Can John McCain and the rest of the Climate Change Republicans be far behind? First, a quick trip... Read More
I said it last month and it bears repeating: Beware the Climate Change Republicans. Are you ready for the latest signs of capitulation by GOP global warming preacher Sen. John McCain and company? 1) Senate Dems opening to nuclear as a path to GOP support, 60 votes 2)
Expensive eco-hysterics take to the Senate floor today. Democrat Sens. Barbara Boxer and John Kerry are set to unveil their "climate change" plan this morning. The Institute for Energy Research has posted the two advance drafts of the bill and provides helpful analysis. Except, of course, for the parts where Boxer and Kerry have inserted... Read More
The Energy Secretary is going to take away your car keys or something if you keep acting like unruly "teenage kids" and oppose the cap-and-tax agenda. Read the whole thing, and note this: There's "very little debate" inside your own administration, Secretary Chu, because dissenters will get crushed.
Gird your loins, taxpayers and ratepayers. Sen. Barbara Boxer is readying her cap-and-tax monstrosity, and she is hoping to soften opposition among Climate Change Republicans. E&E News reports on the latest maneuvering, via Matt Dempsey at the US Senate Cmte on Environment and Public Works: The Senate climate debate has largely been in standby mode... Read More
I didn't think GOP cap-and-tax 8'er Rep. Mark Kirk, who is running for Barack Obama's Senate seat in Illinois, could be any lamer on the issue than he already was. I was wrong.
War on watchdogs.
Over the past two months, I've chronicled the plight of EPA whistleblower Alan Carlin at the hands of Team Obama's dissent-stiflers. My friends at the Competitive Enterprise Institute first blew the lid on the story and continue to monitor the war on EPA watchdogs. The latest development? EPA may get rid of a key internal... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti GOP Rep. Dave Reichert is a real piece of work. The Republican cap-and-tax 8'er from Washington state apparently went to a GOP conference meeting this week and showed the audience a pop music parody video that substitutes Lady GaGa's famous "Just Dance" chorus with the words "Just Tax." Rep. Reichert was... Read More
Check this out. GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe wonders why Democrat Gov. Bill Ritter would support cap and tax given the heavy fiscal toll it would impose on Colorado. Inhofe: "Are you here supporting Waxman Markey today?" Watch the answer:
"Centrist" Democrats in the House say they oppose the government health care takeover plans of their leaders and their president. They're barking loudly, demanding major amendments to protect small businesses and taxpayers. But do the Blue Dogs have any bite? Or will they be bought off like many of them were on cap-and-trade and Porkulus... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Last week, I noted that Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk's vote for cap-and-tax was a factor in the state GOP delegation refusing to endorse him for a Senate run. Guess he's not getting the message: After much waffling, he has decided to launch his candidacy on July 20: ***Media Advisory*** Kirk to... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Illinois media outlets are reporting that GOP Rep. Mark Kirk -- a member of the GOP Cap and Tax 8 -- is dropping out of the running for President Obama's Senate seat. I say good. The Republicans need a candidate who can actually distinguish himself from his job-killing, junk science-peddling opponents.... Read More
Keep melting the phones.
Photoshop: Leo Alberti Evidence that the global warming zealots are feeling the heat: The Senate Democrats have decided to delay action on cap-and-tax until after the August recess. Your calls and faxes are not in vain. Keep it up: Hey, GOP Cap-and-Tax 8'ers, feeling pretty stupid right about now? *** Reminder of cap-and-trade contacts: Start... Read More
From Sen. James Inhofe: What does it mean? The truth about the cap-and-trade farce revealed: Send this to the GOP cap-and-ta
I noted last week on Twitter that if Cap and Tax becomes law, Americans will need to prepare for the Retrofit Police, the Lightbulb Brigade & Obam-odometers. Jimmie Bise takes an in-depth look at the retrofitting provisions of the House cap-and-trade bill -- Section 304. Read the whole deal here. Excerpt: Here's what the Democrats... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Reader Tim in Bonney Lake, Washington forwarded me his e-mail exchange with GOP Cap-and-Tax 8-er Rep. Dave Reichert. Definitely worth sharing, because it reflects a sentiment that hasn't died down since the cramdown two weeks ago: Hi, Michelle - I'm a Dave Reichert constituent. The day of the vote on cap... Read More
Photoshop: Leo Alberti We celebrated our freedoms this Independence Day. Now, it's time to fight for them. Hope you are feeling energized. There is much work to be done. On the front-burner: Defeating the cap-and-tax bill. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee begins hearings on Tuesday. Spruiell and Williamson have an excellent rundown of... Read More
Photoshop: Leo Alberti Like my friend Kirby Wilbur in Seattle said, cap-and-tax is a "make or break" issue for many, many grass-roots limited government activists. You wouldn't know it from the national media, but there have been and will continue to be cap-and-tax protests at congressional offices across the country. Some small, some large, all... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti I'm hearing from many old friends and readers that GOP Rep. Dave Reichert in Washington state is in hot water over his cap-and-tax vote. KVI talk show host and GOP activist Kirby Wilbur says the vote was "make or break" for grass-roots conservatives in the 8th district. Party precinct officers, donors,... Read More
Transparency my foot.
When I live-blogged the House debate on cap-and-tax last Friday, I noted the existence of a "placeholder" in the bill. Rep. Joe Barton mentioned it was unprecedented to have such a mechanism (allowing bill-writers to insert language to be determined after the law was approved) in a bill up for final passage. Later, I noted... Read More
Killing cap-and-tax won't happen without massive resistance and persistence. Gird your loins and get on the phone next week. Via the Tulsa World, Sen. Inhofe says it's "dead in the water" -- notwithstanding the arrival of a new clown in town:
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