Carrying through on his promise, the President has vetoed the Keystone XL bill. The right wing will now go nuts, as usual.
I’ve had this blindingly stupid post at Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy hate site open since yesterday afternoon, trying to figure out how to write about the sheer idiocy of not understanding how important the basic biological process of pollination is to the human species and its food supply, but I remain gobsmacked that people can actually be this deliberately ignorant of issues that affect every part of their lives: ‘Can’t Make This Up!’ Obama Admin’s Laser-Like Focus on This Is Beyond Parody.
You don’t even want to look at the comments.
Just a day after the House voted largely along party lines to gut the Antiquities Act (222-201, with all but 10 Republicans approving and 3 Democrats crossing over to approve), a Texas Republican is looking at gutting the whole purpose of national parks by opening up the parks to oil and gas drilling.
Texas Congressman Wants National Parks Opened To Drilling http://t.co/Tn1mP81mFL
The Antiquities Act is the law that allows the President to designate lands for protection as a national monument or national park. It’s been used by 16 presidents since Teddy Roosevelt established the first national parks more than 100 years ago.
The Republican moves are absolutely asinine. These parks are part of our legacy and heritage, and these guys want to drill and spoil the very land that had been previously set aside in perpetuity.
As it is, drilling is going on in close proximity to the parks. On my drive through the area around Moab to Canyonlands Islands in the Sky District and Dead Horse Point State Park, there were signs of drilling everywhere (2003 image courtesy of Getty Images). There were pipelines being laid, and drilling rigs, which have to locate the oil before the pumps can be installed, were being erected at any number of vista points - and this is along the designated scenic byway (I’ll have to locate photos I took of the active drilling operations).
A great segment from Rachel Maddow digs into the ridiculous anti-science positions of right wing quack Jerome Corsi — specifically, his latest book about “abiotic” oil — and segues into the even more outrageous and disturbing fact that top Republican officials in North Carolina believe in the same pseudo-scientific quackery.
This is one of the most troubling things about today’s Republican Party — the nearly universal reactionary anti-scientific craziness, often driven by religious fanaticism.
This page at the Organizing for Action site really brings home the horrifying extent of Republican anti-science climate change denial, and it’s not just spin — it’s a truly mind-boggling collection of verbatim quotes from 109 congress members: Call Out the Climate Change Deniers.
A stunning display of deliberate ignorance.
Remember when creationist Gov. Bobby Jindal said the GOP needed to stop being the “stupid party?”
How’s that going?
The best thing about the Earth is if you poke holes in it oil and gas come out.
A beautifully polished example of motion graphics used as a tool to communicate important information, from the Post Carbon Institute.
I seriously designed and animated half of this piece at the seriously fun Monstro for the seriously serious Post Carbon Institute.
Producer: Dalton Crosthwait
Design & Animation: Alexander Perry, Michael Wilson
Sound: Ben Roider
The following is a message from Post Carbon Institute:
In recent months we’ve seen a spate of assertions that peak oil is a worry of the past thanks to so-called “new technologies” that can tap massive amounts of previously inaccessible stores of “unconventional” oil. “Don’t worry, drive on,” we’re told.
We can fall for the oil industry hype and keep ourselves chained to a resource that’s depleting and comes with ever increasing economic and environmental costs, or we can recognize that the days of cheap and abundant oil (not to mention coal and natural gas) are over.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media and politicians on both sides of the aisle are parroting the hype, claiming — in Obama’s case — that unconventional oil can play a key role in an “all of the above” energy strategy and — in Romney’s — that increased production of tight oil and tar sands can make North America energy independent by the end of his second term.
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In the span of just a few years, Berkeley Prof. Richard Muller went from being a climate change skeptic to a believer that humans are responsible for climate change. The reason: overwhelming evidence.
My total turnaround, in such a short time, is the result of careful and objective analysis by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, which I founded with my daughter Elizabeth. Our results show that the average temperature of the earth’s land has risen by two and a half degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years, including an increase of one and a half degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.
These findings are stronger than those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations group that defines the scientific and diplomatic consensus on global warming. In its 2007 report, the I.P.C.C. concluded only that most of the warming of the prior 50 years could be attributed to humans. It was possible, according to the I.P.C.C. consensus statement, that the warming before 1956 could be because of changes in solar activity, and that even a substantial part of the more recent warming could be natural.
Our Berkeley Earth approach used sophisticated statistical methods developed largely by our lead scientist, Robert Rohde, which allowed us to determine earth land temperature much further back in time. We carefully studied issues raised by skeptics: biases from urban heating (we duplicated our results using rural data alone), from data selection (prior groups selected fewer than 20 percent of the available temperature stations; we used virtually 100 percent), from poor station quality (we separately analyzed good stations and poor ones) and from human intervention and data adjustment (our work is completely automated and hands-off). In our papers we demonstrate that none of these potentially troublesome effects unduly biased our conclusions.
The historic temperature pattern we observed has abrupt dips that match the emissions of known explosive volcanic eruptions; the particulates from such events reflect sunlight, make for beautiful sunsets and cool the earth’s surface for a few years. There are small, rapid variations attributable to El Niño and other ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream; because of such oscillations, the ‘flattening’ of the recent temperature rise that some people claim is not, in our view, statistically significant. What has caused the gradual but systematic rise of two and a half degrees? We tried fitting the shape to simple math functions (exponentials, polynomials), to solar activity and even to rising functions like world population. By far the best match was to the record of atmospheric carbon dioxide, measured from atmospheric samples and air trapped in polar ice.
While specific weather phenomenon (such as Hurricane Katrina) can’t be attributed to global warming and there’s real need to be skeptical about claiming specific instances are attributed to climate change, the carbon dioxide curve can better describe what’s going on in the climate than anything else - observed temperatures and their rise hew closely to carbon dioxide rise in the atmosphere.
Fox Nation reported that green activists supposedly trashed Fort Mason park on Earth Day (this past Sunday). Does it surprise anyone that the story was picked up by right wingers without actually checking the veracity of the story?
Fact was that there wasn’t any Earth Day activities scheduled for the park, but there was a party at the park the day before.
Fact checking, my ass.
SFist’s photos of a messier-than-usual aftermath at Fort Mason last Saturday got the right wingers frothing at the mouth, apparently. After the story was picked up by the Huffington Post, conservative bloggers from the Gateway Pundit and Fox Nation seized the opportunity to repurpose a couple photos along with an entirely fabricated story pinning the blame on Earth Day partiers and “Green Activists.” Here’s how the story appeared on Fox Nation:
Green Activists Trash Park on Earth Day
Happy Earthday everybody! This was the scene at Fort Mason park in San Francisco after Earth Day activists were through partying ….CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS
The click-through link leads you right to our original post. In case you were wondering where the scores of Tea Party commenters came from. Meanwhile, over at Gateway Pundit, they’ve got even more headshaking for San Francisco, which if these folks are to be believed is a city 100% composed of irresponsible and hypocritical Green Activists (emphasis, theirs):
It Figures… Green Activists Completely Trash Park on Earth Day
Leftists will be leftists…
It doesn’t matter if they’re at an inauguration or an annual event praising Mom Earth, they will trash the place and expect YOU to pick up after them.
And this was on Earth Day. Unreal.
To set the record straight here, the people partying on Fort Mason Green last Saturday would hardly identify themselves as part of any particular group that promoted anything other than getting drunk on cheap beer. There was no organized Earth Day celebration, and (perhaps more to the point) the partying occurred on April 21st. Which would be the day before Earth Day, for those keeping score at home. [emphasis added
Let’s recap. The trash wasn’t necessarily from any Earth Day activities at the park, but was from events the day before - as sfist reported when it came upon the trash piles.
If anything, sfist was doing its own impression of the crying Native American by noting the juxtaposition of the trash piles with Earth Day. And sfist made it abundantly clear that the trash was from the day before when they posted this story on April 22:
Just when we thought our faith in the drunkards had been restored, we spotted this disaster area left behind after throngs of Marina District revelers took their overconsumption outdoors yesterday afternoon.
Yesterday afternoon in this case is Saturday, April 21 - not Earth Day.
Other parks in San Francisco were trashed the night before, but volunteers came out on Earth Day to help clean them up.
That’s a reading comprehension fail.