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Global warming comes to Florida

Dateline: Orlando, Florida

Caution, bridges freeze before roadways. Although that statement is second nature to those of you who live in New England, it is not something you expect to hear on an Orlando radio station.  But, strangely enough, it was echoed repeatedly here this morning.

By 7am a bizarre (for here, that is) mix of rain/sleet/snow started falling while temperatures hovered around 32 degrees.   Luckily, for reasons I cannot begin to fathom, I saved a pair of somewhat bulky (but none the less warm) ski pants,and two pairs of leather ski gloves.  If we are fortunate, the high temperature today will reach around 40 degrees, with low morning temperatures the next two mornings predicted to be 27 and 24 respectively.  The race now is to get the citrus off the trees before that happens.  I learned from a grove owner this week that if the citrus trees themselves are damaged by a hard frost, it can take up to five years before the trees start producing fruit again.  That’s five years of watering, and fertilizing with no income from the grove.

I know I will get no sympathy, nor do I expect any, from those of you who are accustomed to this weather.  However, in the forty something years I have lived in Florida, this is the second worst winter I remember, and, it’s only early January.  Maybe, if we could get Al Gore to do a fly by in his corporate jet leaving a massive carbon footprint, perhaps this would all go away!

Seriously, though, isn’t it about time that we put this global warming/climate change hoax to bed?  If the recent disclosure of e-mails on this subject didn’t convince you it was a hoax, perhaps snow in Orlando will.

Farms to forests – climate legislation economic impact

Another good example of how government regulation – in this case climate change legislation – can have unintended consequences, specifically higher food prices. Read more

Insecure global warming lefties attack filmmaker Phelim McAleer

So tell me lefiteis, if the science is settled, and you are secure in your facts, why is it necessary to attack Phelim McAleer when he offering an opposing view. Actually Phelim is the journalist who confronted Al Gore once before on global warming here. Read more

“Climate change”: show me the money Update: Hillary to the Rescue

This would be comical, were it not so tragic. On Monday, the leaders of the G-77 walked out of the Copenhagen summit dealing with “global climate change”.  They only left for several hours before returning, but, why they left is telling. Read more

Al Gore’s Poetry Encore

How did I miss this? My bad. From this morning’s CBS Early show, host Harry Smith asks Al Gore to read the poem in his book. (from Newsbusters). Read more

Al Gore the poet

The self-proclaimed non-poet reads his poem on CNN.

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English Lord suggests progressive airline fees to fight climate change

If you fly more, you must be rich. Since you’re rich and fly more, you should be penalized by the government and pay higher taxes on your airline tickets. These types of taxes are designed to slow down or cripple the economic engine of the world, and Lord Turner, the chairman of some climate committee does not care.

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Climate Research Director to skeptics: Prove man isn’t causing global warming

This is how desperate they have become. The interim director of the CRU at East Anglia University (interim because the director was asked to step aside while he’s being investigated for manipulating data) told CNN John Roberts yesterday that while the Climategate e-mails have proved troublesome, they do not prove that man is not causing global warming. Read more

Climategate hits the streets – Video Al Gore confronted

The Global Warming Zealots continue to dismiss the East Anglia e-mails as an anomaly … in other words “fake but accurate” … but the flood gates have opened and the GW ship is taking on water faster than the sea levels are rising, which is not hard, may I say.

The science is proper and this is about a small fraction of research on the issue, said Holdren, a physicist who has studied climate change.

“The e-mails do nothing to undermine the very strong scientific consensus … that tells us the earth is warming, that warming is largely a result of human activity,” said another government scientist Jane Lubchenco. A marine biologist and climate researcher, she heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The e-mails don’t negate or even deal with data from both NOAA and NASA, which keep independent climate records and show dramatic warming, Lubchenco told members of the House global warming committee.

But this is not going away anytime soon. Jim Hoft at Gateway posts: Last week, a group called “We Are Change Chicago”, confronted Al Gore on the e-mails at a book signing. Crazy stuff.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwkR3uuZMIM

For those of you who need a primer, I saved this article from CBS a few days ago because it clearly outlines how these e-mails are so much more than an anomaly. They represent research, or lack there of, from a group that is at the very core of the IPCC reports and thus the Dems efforts to control our energy future.

The leaked documents (see our previous coverage) come from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in eastern England. In global warming circles, the CRU wields outsize influence: it claims the world’s largest temperature data set, and its work and mathematical models were incorporated into the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2007 report. That report, in turn, is what the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged it “relies on most heavily” when concluding that carbon dioxide emissions endanger public health and should be regulated.

Last week’s leaked e-mails range from innocuous to embarrassing and, critics believe, scandalous. They show that some of the field’s most prominent scientists were so wedded to theories of man-made global warming that they ridiculed dissenters who asked for copies of their data (“have to respond to more crap criticisms from the idiots”), cheered the deaths of skeptical journalists, and plotted how to keep researchers who reached different conclusions from publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

Save this one … it’s full of good stuff.

Kill the messenger – Boxer ignores content of Climategate e-mails

Apparently, the culture of “moral equivalency” reaches even into the Senate. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) thinks the real tragedy and crime of Climategate is not the content within the e-mails, rather the way they were accessed and released. She wants Congress to investigate the hacker.

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