There were over half a hundred presentations made at the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change today, and here are some quick picks from just a few of them.
Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Chris Horner explained how liberals could sneak Kyoto II through the Senate by changing it from a treaty to an executive agreement.
California Congressman Tom McClintock let Al Gore have it for “jetting around the world in a fleet of Gulfstream Fives to tell people they need to feel guilty about driving to work.”
Professor Arthur Robinson also had some fun with the Goracle’s nonsense, aided by hysterical excerpts from the chief-alarmist’s own movie, but then got down to the serious business of energy rationing and the subsequent loss of freedom it would bring.
CEI Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis on George W Bush’s 2006 State of the Union assertion that America is addicted to oil: As soon as someone comes up with a more efficient fuel source than oil, we’ll switch to it.
CEI director Myron Ebell -- who attended last week’s alarmist attempt to disrupt the Capitol Power Plant in DC holding a placard declaring “Celebrate Oil” -- said of the 2008 Presidential election: The BAD news is that Obama won the election and there are more Democrats in Congress. The GOOD news is that John McCain lost the election as he’s the biggest supporter of Cap and Trade in the Senate.
Norwegian geologist Tom Segalstad gave us a lesson in the dubious integrity of ice-core samples from which scientists deduce atmospheric CO2 history.
ICECAP’s Joe D’Aleo opened with data integrity issues but soon moved on to make an extremely compelling argument against the greenhouse effect and for three natural climate drivers: Oceans, Sol, and volcanoes.
Ross Mckitrick blasted the idea of cap-and-trade systems based on predetermined carbon caps as betraying a complete lack of faith in their design. If the goal is to force down carbon output, he insists, then a “truth-based” floating cap determined by temperature is called for. Suggesting we force down caps regardless how temperatures react is a sign that they even they don’t believe their own rhetoric.
Dennis Avery reinforced his 1500 year climate cycle argument and its implications for the current warming period.
Dave Kreutzer shredded Cap & Trade and the farce that is “green jobs.”
Bennie Peiser, founder and proprietor of the fabulous CCNet, explained the political backlash European greenies are experiencing. It’s pretty bad -- Labor and green parties are seeing the amalgamation of the recession and green energy policies driving their core voters away.
WUWT’s Anthony Watts favored us once again with stories and photographs of misplaced Maximum-Minimum Temperature Systems (MMTS). He and his cohorts have photographed and analyzed 75% of the 1200 plus national weather stations, and the results range from bad to hysterically bad. One picture showed a station in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota where the thermometer was placed within feet of not one, but two air conditioner outlets. The fact this town reported temperature well above those of its neighbors didn’t seem to raise any red-flags with the good folks at NOAA.
Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, who once walked on the moon, had fun with the words of Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), who said after flying on space shuttle Columbia in 1986 that he had “seen global warming” from up there.
Marc Morano offered a fast-paced Powerpoint show that included some great quotes on the subject, from absurdly alarming (“office blocks of the future could be modeled on termite nests”) to chillingly telling (French President Jacques Chirac’s confession that the Kyoto Protocol was "the first component of authentic global governance.")
Larry Solomon declared us an atypical audience, as he normally spreads the word to groups that don’t know “deniers” even exist. And he reported that many within those groups find their anxiety over “global warming” quickly eased once exposed to cogent skeptical facts.
And that, in a sun-toasted nutshell, is why we’re here, isn’t it?