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Archive for May, 2009


Posted by straight shooter on May 6, 2009 under Environmentally Speaking, General

There was yet another recently released report casting doubt on the impacts of global warming – specifically whether or not the historically low water levels in the Great Lakes were caused by human activities. Green Groups frequently cited the lower levels as a result of human activity and a portent of things to come. Henry Payne at Planet Gore offered an assortment of news stories to claim this …

  • April, 2003, Detroit News: “A group of scientists predicted that global warming will wreak havoc on the Great Lakes region . . . the largest single concentration of fresh water in the world.”
  • October, 2003, Detroit Free Press: “The idea that warming has benefits may be a particularly tough sell to Michiganders already disturbed by what happens when the Great Lakes drop near historic lows.”
  • April, 2007, Detroit News: “Data from a new United Nations report on climate change … strengthens scientific opinion that Michigan will see other dramatic effects in the coming decades: lower Great Lakes water levels, a dramatically receding Lake St. Clair. … “
  • May, 2008, Detroit News: “A report released by an environmental group warns that unless Congress acts to curb global warming, Great Lakes water levels will drop up to 3 feet; beaches will close more often, and fish and animal populations will decline.”

It turns out these warnings and reports were wrong …

  • A steady drop in water levels in Lake Michigan/Huron over the first half of this decade resulted from natural causes, not man-made ones, according to U.S. and Canadian researchers, noting that the past 18 months of rising waters could be an indication the lakes are headed back to normal levels.
  • Researchers working for the International Joint Commission this week released the findings of a two-year study on the St. Clair River and the amount of water running through it out of Lake Michigan/Huron. The study was launched to answer questions by lake shore residents who had watched the steady drop of water levels in recent years.
  • The study found that Mother Nature has been behind the changes under way in the last eight years. “It’s not ongoing; it has definitely stabilized,” said Ted Yuzyk, the Canadian co-chair of the study board, who added the changes have reversed in the last 18 to 24 months. “And it’s not human driven. This is more natural.”

This was a two-year comprehensive study with no political bias except to find the truth. Sadly, and predictably, green groups were up in arms over it.

The commission is not calling for any corrective action in the Lake Huron-St. Clair River now, which is not sitting well with members of the Canadian environmental group GBA Foundation … that funded its own study in 2004 to put the blame on human activity, and in reality was a conflict of interest.

“The fact that this report completely dismisses such an enormous increase in outflow and recommends that nothing be done about it is very disturbing,” said Roy Schatz, GBA’s founding president, in a press release when they didn’t get their own way with their warped research to twist the truth.

The report does not completely dismiss the enormous increase in outflow. Instead, it attributes it to a natural cause, using scientific evidence and the effects of this evidence’s impact, as opposed to manmade global warming.

For science to work properly, it needs to be allowed to be wrong, so that scientists can learn from their mistakes. The problem with the Radical Green Movement is that it can’t ever allow for the possibility that it could be wrong. The whole movement is based on the necessity of immediate action. Then when they are proved wrong it leaves them little choice but to attack and belittle deniers; which is as unscientific a response as there is … but one that is consistently utilized.

The US House has passed a new “hate crimes” law which is outright dangerous.

The recent killing spree by self-confessed white supremacist, Benjamin Smith, has prompted the State of Indiana to consider enacting “hate crime” legislation. Why is this necessary when first-degree murder is already considered a crime in all fifty states and warrants the death penalty in the state of Indiana. It seems that having one’s body pumped full of lethal drugs for the purpose of death is punishment enough! Will being convicted of a hate crime double the dosage?!

But hate crime legislation has nothing to do with law and justice. It’s an attempt by political action groups to squelch the First Amendment rights of anyone who dares oppose that particular group’s beliefs. Our country was built on the premise that every citizen with a soap box – or a computer – has an inalienable right to express his or her opinions freely. And so, conspiracy theorists, left-wing radicals, racists of all colors, and multi-level marketers of snake oil are allowed to share their view in the media, Internet sites and so on. And equally important Americans have the right (or used to) to accept or to peacefully challenge those opinions.

Hate laws attempt to criminalize thought! Yes, punish to the full extent of law white supremacists – or any other group of sociopaths – who kill their alleged “enemies” through the existing laws that are there for those purposes.

Some day our ideas and beliefs will be targeted and then criminalized by lawmakers who have buckled under the pressure of some powerful political action group who dislike our views and thoughts!  They will think their thoughts are the only “right” thoughts!”

Does that not sound dictatorial to you?  That’s because it is … right from the communist playbook.  You know the one that Hitler, Stalin, et all the dictators have used.

Think about it. Speak out about it.