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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Using Environmentalists' Argument Against Them

This is shrewd.  University Distinguished Professor and C. C. Garvin Professor of Geochemistry in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech, Robert Bodnar, takes the argument that environmentalists use to stop the production and use of fossil fuels and jams it down their throats in support of nuclear energy.

I love this:

Lift the moratorium on mining uranium
Roanoke Times op/ed

Today, more than 50 percent of U.S. electricity is produced by coal-burning power plants, and in 2008 the nation's coal-fired plants generated more than 2.1 billion metric tons (approximately 4.7 trillion pounds) of carbon dioxide emissions.

Some have argued that the increased carbon dioxide emissions pumped into the atmosphere are responsible for global warming, and this has led to calls to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

One solution to the increased carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants is to increase our dependence on the so-called green energy resources. Green energy resources include solar, wind and nuclear. Of the three, nuclear is the only one capable of producing sufficient and continuous amounts of electricity to meet base load needs.

Many Americans are rightfully concerned that the U.S. now imports about 57 percent of its crude oil at a cost of about $190 billion in 2009.

Lifting the moratorium on uranium mining will encourage mining companies to explore for uranium in Virginia. This could lead to Virginia becoming the Saudi Arabia of nuclear fuel and contribute significantly to Virginia's and the nation's economy and to national security by eliminating our foreign dependence on uranium. [link]
Go nuclear!  It's the green thing to do!


* Alas, it's wishful thinking.  There are just too many Luddites, tree-hugging nitwits, and frightened, ignorant peasants out there to ever allow for the mining of uranium here in the Commonwealth.  Three-eyed babies, streams glowing in the dark, dogs sleeping with cats, and all that.

Can You Prove That?

From a Roanoke Times editorial this morning:

"Unemployment benefits are among the most effective of stimulative spending."

The same was said of Obama's now-infamous "stimulus" plan that managed to take unemployment, with the infusion into the economy of nearly a trillion dollars in "stimulative spending," from 5.2% to 9.4%.

You'd think recent history would mean something to these jokers..

So Shut Up

From a Roanoke Times editorial this morning:

"There's a lot of political noise about global warming, but the science is clear and unequivocal: The globe is warming, and that warming is most likely caused by human activity."
Adjective: unequivocal
1. Admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion

Tell it to the more than 700 international scientists who are in dissent over man-made global warming claims.

Just another Republican dead horse.  Get out from behind that curtain, Toto.  Nothing to see or discuss.  Shut up.  Move along.  You must have ... faith ...

It Was All a Lie

And to prove it, just ask Obama:
Changing Stance, Administration Now Defends Insurance Mandate as a Tax
By Robert Pear, New York Times

Washington — When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”

In a brief defending the law, the Justice Department says the requirement for people to carry insurance or pay the penalty is “a valid exercise” of Congress’s power to impose taxes.

While Congress was working on the health care legislation, Mr. Obama refused to accept the argument that a mandate to buy insurance, enforced by financial penalties, was equivalent to a tax.

“For us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase,” the president said last September, in a spirited exchange with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News program “This Week.”

When Mr. Stephanopoulos said the penalty appeared to fit the dictionary definition of a tax, Mr. Obama replied, “I absolutely reject that notion.” [link]
Obama rejected that notion.  So was he ignorant of basic definitions of words or was he intentionally deceiving the American people?

In either case, that which he said wasn't the case is the case.  Taxes are going up as a result of ObamaCare being implemented.

When you can't trust your government, all hope is lost.

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Or, in the case of the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) latest claim: manipulation in, desired finding out.

You saw the headline:

June was the hottest on record worldwide, federal data shows [sic]

But a trained and experienced eye looking at that federal data produces this summation:
NOAA’s Jan-Jun 2010 Warmest Ever: Missing Data, False Impressions

The problem with the above map: data quality and data manipulation.

It is clear from the following sections that NOAA performs manipulations to create false impressions from the data, including assigning temperature increases were there is zero data. [source]
Read Anthony Watt's blistering analysis of NOAA's propaganda-posing-as-scientific-evidence.  It's devastating.

And remember, NOAA is paid for by you and me.  Perhaps, if our employees there don't straighten up, it's time to shut it down.

He Could Have Made a Difference

Half white.  Half black.  And president of the United States.  Barack Obama could have truly been the "post-racial president."  Instead he decided to wear the black part of his ancestry on his sleeve.

And the rest is history:

Obama's the "most" racial president
By David Limbaugh, Washington Examiner

While President Obama has touted himself as a post-racial president, he has built a record demonstrating precisely the opposite. Is it Obama's bitterness, or is the incessant playing of the race card by him and many of his supporters merely calculated political exploitation -- or both?

Let's look at a non-exhaustive list of examples ...

It turns out that others are noticing this above-described phenomenon, as well, as a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll revealed that fewer and fewer people believe Obama's presidency has advanced racial relations -- 4 in 10, compared with 6 in 10 when he was inaugurated.

This is a very sad turn of events in this nation. [link]
It might have been different.  Dare I say it?  There might have been hope realized that America was finally putting racial animus behind it.

But no.  Obama has stoked the fires and fanned the flames.

Race relations now seem set back twenty years.

Hope and change?  Well, we sure got the change part.