Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Love of Green

You've got to hand it to the Rs. They have discipline and they have focus. They love their money, and they don't mind telling a little story every now and then if it helps get the point over. Take the bowtie wearing baseball loving conservative George Will. His editorial on climage change in the Washington Post this week is a good example.

The column is mostly opinion, and the two facts he uses to bolster his opinion aren't bad. Unfortunately, they aren't true.

According to TPM, both of Will's major "data points" fall apart after a moment's scrutiny. Here's the first:

"According to the University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center, global sea ice levels now equal those of 1979."

But within hours of Will's column appearing, the ACRC had posted the following statement on its website:

"We do not know where George Will is getting his information, but our data shows that on February 15, 1979, global sea ice area was 16.79 million sq. km and on February 15, 2009, global sea ice area was 15.45 million sq. km. Therefore, global sea ice levels are 1.34 million sq. km less in February 2009 than in February 1979. This decrease in sea ice area is roughly equal to the area of Texas, California, and Oklahoma combined."

As for Will's second claim, he writes:

"According to the World Meteorological Organization, there has been no recorded global warming for more than a decade."

Yet, The WMO writes:

The long-term upward trend of global warming, mostly driven by greenhouse gas emissions, is continuing. Global temperatures in 2008 are expected to be above the long-term average. The decade from 1998 to 2007 has been the warmest on record."

Another big story telling R has now changed his tune:

Greenspan says recession will be 'longest and deepest' since '30s
Jeremy Gantz
Tuesday February 17, 2009

Eight months after he predicted the worst was over and the threat of recession receding, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said the current global recession will "surely be the longest and deepest" since the 1930s.

And, in comments to the Financial Times, he said he backed bank nationalization: "It may be necessary to temporarily nationalize some banks in order to facilitate a swift and orderly restructuring," he said. "I understand that once in a hundred years this is what you do." Nationalizations would "allow the government to transfer toxic assets to a bad bank without the problem of how to price them." clip

"I see no alternative to a set of heightened federal regulatory rules for banks and other financial institutions," Greenspan said in a Tuesday evening speech to the Economic Club of New York, Reuters reported. He said he was "deeply dismayed" to realize in mid-2007 that the premise that firms were enlightened enough to monitor their own risks had "failed." more

Meanwhile another storytelling R has her own money issues:

Palin must pay income taxes on thousands taken for expense money

It's not just Obama administration nominees who have tax issues."Gov. Sarah Palin must pay income taxes on thousands of dollars in expense money she received while living at her Wasilla home, under a new determination by state officials," the Anchorage Daily News reports.The paper adds, "The governor's office wouldn't say this week how much she owes in back taxes for meal money, or whether she intends to continue to receive the per diem allowance. As of December, she was still charging the state for meals and incidentals."

All of these folks have one thing in common.

Their love of green energy.

And it's not the green energy that will ultimately rebuild

our world and the new economy we must envision.

No, their Green is the color of money.

And in these days when our global community life is threatened,

their mantra is moronic.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's time to tell the truth about tax cuts. This phrase dominates political discourse and is coughed out every time a conservative public figure opens his mouth. It is treated like the basis of sound reasoning, yet no one points out what should be obvious - that "tax relief" and "tax cuts" are just code words for destroying the capacity of government to serve the public truthout dan

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off the wall question...

Did one of you go to university at vermillion around 1992?

i'll check back...


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