Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Lake Michigan Declining Water Level Not From Global Warming

That's a big oops.

Remember when that lake in South America vanished and people wanted to blame global warming, but it really just drained away? (The Warmenizers still blamed global warming because the natural ice dam melted) Envirobats have been blaming Lake Michigan's rapidly lowering water level on several causes, mostly thirsty Chicago or poor resource management, and then recently, global warming. Well, it turns out that a dredging way back in the 1960s is the main culprit, and some government types have known about it for decades.

Can we plug a big stopper in that hole already?

Emperor Chavez Dissolves the Senate

And all vestiges of the Old Republic were swept away. Not really, but it certainly looks like Chavez is pulling a "Castro" in Venezuela. Nationalizing big industry sectors, like Telecoms, Media, and Energy. Setting up one-party rule. And now trying to change the national constitution to wipe out term limits for the presidency, so that he could be dictator-for-life. If I didn't know any better, I'd say he's a Baathist. You know, like Saddam Hussein.

Combine this move with his South American regional power aspirations and his use of oil as a carrot, and it's all very troubling, especially for someone who claims to be against establishing an Empire like the "Great Satan" and its devil "Seenyor Boosh." All eyes will be on how the opposition will organize a counter to Chavez's referendum.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Pro and Con Global Warming Research Money

It's been a while since I've posted on Anthropogenic Global Warming. The hot air about it ever since the IPCC released its fourth assessment has been how best to ruin the First World's economy with one wealth redistribution scheme or another to level it down to the Third World's economy. Oh, you didn't know that the Marxists took over? I'm sorry, let me use their terminology. I mean, "Carbon Credit Cap and Trade Scheme" versus "Carbon Cap and Tax Scheme."

Anyway, the grand poobah of how to make money (oh wait, money isn't "made", it's either "stolen" from the poor, or "redistributed" back to them) off enviro-masochism, Al Gore, recently alleged that there's a coordinated effort to fund global warming denialists.

“There has been an organized campaign, financed to the tune of about $10 million a year from some of the largest carbon polluters, to create the impression that there is disagreement in the scientific community” about global warming, Gore said at a forum in Singapore.

The $10 million figure seems quite arbitrary, but take the $10,000 "bounty" that Exxon offered, and multiply it by how many "denialist" reports are out there, and you get the idea.

Comparisons to the Vast Rightwing Conspiracy notwithstanding, I wondered how much money is spent each year on the IPCC. Believe me, it took quite a bit of search parametizing to find it, especially given the U.N.'s penchant for lack of transparency on all things budgetized, but I did, in a news article on how the IPCC process works. (Emphasis mine)

The IPCC is a scientific panel created by the UN Environmental Organization (UNEO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Once every five or six years it issues a report summarizing the current status of research on climate change. It operates on a minimal annual budget of only €5 million ($6.8 million). To be able to fulfill its mandate, the IPCC is dependent on assistance from UN members. They finance the conferences and provide the scientists who, as authors, are responsible for the contents of individual chapters.

So, $10 million from the various polluting industries against just about $7 million to fund the IPCC, alone. How much funding per year goes to all research groups putting out the "consensus" papers? It's even money that someone will work out that figure, and I'm sure it will be just as arbitrary as the Goracle's figure.