Saturday, December 19, 2009


Thoughts on President Obama's Copenhagen Speech

I've been trying to find out what happened in Copenhagen on Friday and it's beginning to look, although I hate to jump to a conclusion before all the facts are in, like the participants agreed to disagree and kicked the can down the road. But here is our President giving a decidedly uninspiring speech which I will mini-fisk.

We come here in Copenhagen because climate change poses a grave and growing danger to our people. All of you would not be here unless you -- like me -- were convinced that this danger is real. This is not fiction, it is science. Unchecked, climate change will pose unacceptable risks to our security, our economies, and our planet. This much we know.
We know no such thing. Climate change is real, but almost entirely natural--it happens all the time. It can be a danger. If, for example, we were heading back into another ice age, as we will one day, it might be cause for alarm, but to say with confidence that the recently feared change, warming, will be a grave danger is like looking at the entrails of sheep and lamenting our fate revealed therein.

Oh, but the President has pronounced it science, not fiction. But we know from years of study--Anthony Watts' survey of American sites for taking the atmosphere's temperature found that the overwhelming majority of which were producing a temperature record biased to warming and the huge drop off in the number of world sites (from 6000 to 1800 or so after the fall of Communism)-- that the ground based record, kept by the Warmie true believers, was suspiciously high. Now we know, from the whistle blower released East Anglia documents, that the Warmie true believers have indeed corrupted the data with computer programs which fudge it warmer, and then destroyed or lost the original data. We know that Russian scientists accuse the Hadley CRU located at East Anglia of cherry picking the warmest of the remaining Siberian stations to produce a warming that doesn't exist there. In short, the Warmie "science" of climate change (anthropogenic global warming from CO2) is more fiction than science. Our President ignores the unraveling of the hoax, as does the leftstream press.

The two satellite services are probably reliable, but only go back 30 years. That's one problem substituted for another's solution. They show a very minor warming in the 80s and 90s and a slight cooling thereafter. But back to the President.

So I want this plenary session to understand, America is going to continue on this course of action to mitigate our emissions and to move towards a clean energy economy, no matter what happens here in Copenhagen. We think it is good for us, as well as good for the world.
The clean energy economy (windmills and photovoltaics) is pixie dust solution, the power these worthless intermittent sources provide is tiny, but expensive, and the real power providers don't even consider them in their base power calculations. No wind generator has saved even a single lump of coal from powering the industrial nations, and will not in the foreseeable future.

But our President has very ambitious goals in mind.

And I'm confident that America will fulfill the commitments that we have made: cutting our emissions in the range of 17 percent by 2020, and by more than 80 percent by 2050 in line with final legislation.

This last is fantasy. We will need 50% more electricity by 2050 so, if we maintain a viable economy (a mere possibility under Democratic leadership) our CO2 emissions will go up, not down to 1913 levels. Of course we all know Obama is merely making promises he has no intention (or ability here) to keep. It's like he is in permanent campaign mode where all his promises contain short 'best used by' labels.

How can I say this? Behold:

The time for talk is over.
Yet, as is his wont, that is all he did, without apparent consciousness of the inherent irony.

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