27
Feb
08

Global Warming My Ass!

Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966. The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January “was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average.” China is surviving its most brutal winter in a century. Temperatures in the normally balmy south were so low for so long that some middle-sized cities went days and even weeks without electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy to repair them. There have been so many snow and ice storms in Ontario and Quebec in the past two months that the real estate market has felt the pinch as home buyers have stayed home rather than venturing out looking for new houses. In just the first two weeks of February, Toronto received 70 cm of snow, smashing the record of 66.6 cm for the entire month set back in the pre-SUV, pre-Kyoto, pre-carbon footprint days of 1950. And remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its “lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past. The ice is back.

So I swiped this from the National Post. I’m not really advocating for the fact that global warming exists or doesn’t. What I do believe in my heart of hearts is that global climate is a very complex, fluid system that is currently beyond man’s ability to understand or influence. With all due respect to the inventor of the Internet: Mr. Gore, you are an alarmists poo blossom that has absolutely no proof whatsoever that what humans have done has altered the climate in any way and that we can do will have any effect, as well. Matter of fact, all you carping about alternative fuels may have caused the recent massive jump in tainted beef production:

Fascinating piece in Consumer Reports looking at why “more than 25 million pounds of beef believed to be tainted went to market in 2007, up from less than 200,000 pounds the year before.” It seems that at least one theory is that the blame can be traced to increased production of ethanol. According to the story, “Government regulators and beef industry officials have been scrambling to explain the increase in beef contamination. Among the theories: rising oil prices have encouraged greater production of ethanol, which creates a corn byproduct that increasingly is being used as cattle feed. This feed appears to make the animals’ digestive tracts even more hospitable breeding grounds for the toxic strain of E. coli bacteria, says Kenneth Petersen, an assistant administrator in the Office of Field Operations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Droughts in some regions might also have contributed to the survival of more virulent forms of the bacteria, and better investigation methods now can link far-flung cases of beef contamination to a single cause.

Saving the world, one diarrhea cramp at a time…

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