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The President Hates Flowers and Birds. And Barry White.

It was so hot, they barely needed to wear clothes.

We here at Why Not Nashville? are in great spirits.  The flowers are blooming.  The bee’s are buzzing.  The birds are listening to Barry White to get themselves in the mood.  The weather is warm.  So warm in fact, that I was able to lose my shirt a few days ago and obtain my first sunburn of the summer…and it’s only March!  No snow.  No frost.  Nothing to make me wake up in the morning and say “crap, I’m going to be late because I have to scrape ice off of my car.”  If this is because of global warming, then sign me up for some mo’.

Just kidding.  It’s not because of global warming.  Oh, and I didn’t “lose” my shirt.  I voluntarily removed it so my pasty skin could reflect light onto all of those solar panels I had installed on my house.  Also, the chicks in the neighborhood enjoy me shirtless.  And really, who can blame them?

It’s convenient that I can worship at the altar of global warming because of all the global warming stuff that’s in the news right now.  For example, our unelected friends at the EPA are about to roll out their new power plant regulations that will effectively put a halt to the construction of new coal plants.

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said the new rule ‘captures the end of an era’ during which coal provided most of the nation’s electricity. It currently generates about 40 percent of U.S. electricity.

Of course, we don’t know how to replace that 40%, but whatever.

The power sector accounts for 40 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, and Brune said it is ‘the only place where we’re making significant progress’ in curbing greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change, adding that ‘at the same time, it’s not sufficient.’

If you’ve been paying attention to this blog for any period of time, you should know by now that I am of the opinion that “man-made global warming” or even “global warming” are politically-charged statements with little definitive science to back them up.  Yes, there are those who make their living off of federal grants truly do believe in the theory of global warming, but others aren’t so sure.  Take this professor of physics at Princeton, for example:

What is happening to global temperatures in reality? The answer is: almost nothing for more than 10 years. Monthly values of the global temperature anomaly of the lower atmosphere, compiled at the University of Alabama from NASA satellite data, can be found at the website http://www.drroyspencer.com/latest-global-temperatures/. The latest (February 2012) monthly global temperature anomaly for the lower atmosphere was minus 0.12 degrees Celsius, slightly less than the average since the satellite record of temperatures began in 1979.

So, temperatures worldwide have not gone up lately, and actually dropped a little since we started paying attention.  However, there has apparently been some warming…if you look back far enough.

There has indeed been some warming, perhaps about 0.8 degrees Celsius, since the end of the so-called Little Ice Age in the early 1800s. Some of that warming has probably come from increased amounts of CO2, but the timing of the warming—much of it before CO2 levels had increased appreciably—suggests that a substantial fraction of the warming is from natural causes that have nothing to do with mankind.

In other words, most of the warming occurred before the Industrial Revolution, when we started pumping CO2 into the atmosphere.  And this doesn’t even take into account how hot it is in those dinosaur movies, when there weren’t any people at all.

So, in light of the fact that science is sorta’ groping around in the dark with respect to the intricacies of our climate, while the circumstantial evidence certainly leans to the side of our carbon footprint not really making much of a difference, why is the administration going out of its way, even to the point of working around Congress, to shut out new coal plants?  If you’re looking for some super-secret answer to this question, you won’t find it here.  Barry’s a jerk.  That’s about it really.  He’d rather put people out of work/keep more people from working, while causing the cost of electricity to increase for everyone, all in the name of some questionable scientific theory.

Oh, and his big donors.  I almost forgot about that one.

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