Is The Next Big Climatologist Fight Over Beef?

That’s what Slate thinks, and they could be right

Last week the nation’s top nutrition advisory panel unveiled 500-odd pagesof advice for the federal agencies tasked with writing the nation’s dietary guidelines. Tucked among the usual recommendations—eat more fruit, vegetables, and whole grains; eat less fat, salt, and sugar—were a few small coffee- and egg-themed surprises and one giant green one. Americans, the panel said, should consider the environment when deciding what to eat and what not to.

If that sounds like common-sense advice, that’s because it is. Climate scientists and nutrition advocates have been saying it for years. But the simple recommendation may end up sparking Washington’s next knock-down, drag-out climate fight between Big Business and the Obama administration.

It’s common-sense advice to consider whether what you eat might add a nano-fraction or less of CO2 to the atmosphere? First world problem.

The climate case for such a suggestion has been well-covered by now, but a quick refresher: Livestock is responsible for 14.5 percent of the world’s human-caused emissions, nearly half of that coming from the resources needed to grow and ship the corn and soy that most of the animals eat, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. A meat-eater’s typical diet, meanwhile, is responsible for almost twice as much global warming as your typical vegetarian’s and almost triple that of a vegan, according to a report published in the journal Climatic Change last summer. That Oxford University study suggested that cutting your meat intake in half could cut your carbon footprint by more than 35 percent. Beef is particularly damaging to the planet. According to the National Academy of Sciences, it results in five times more GHG emissions than pork or chicken, while requiring 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water.

Not mentioned is that most of the GHGs are from methane, not CO2.

If Obama does decide to press forward, it will open up yet another front in Washington’s climate wars—with Republicans denying the science while decrying what they see as the nanny state run wild. That’s not to suggest Obama shouldn’t press forward—as my colleague Alec MacGillis has explained, the president’s come to terms with the fact that if he wants to go at all on climate, he has to go it alone—just that doing so will take political capital.

Of course, that’s navel gazing by writer Josh Vorhees, because Obama has made no statements whatsoever regarding this, but Voorhees desperately wants Obama to push for people to eat less meat.

When will Climatologists give up their own eating of beef?

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If All You See…

…is a horrible gun that may fire lead bullets which are bad for warming, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is IMABlawg, with a post on Greg Laden’s big denier list. Yes, I’m on it.

But, kudos to Mr. Laden for not blocking deniers, like many Climatologists, such as Michael Mann (who blocked little ol’ me on Twitter), and actually engaging them in conversation. I’ve had a few with Greg. Shockingly, we did not agree.

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Good News: Bitter Cold And Snow Doesn’t Invalidate Scorching Heat In The Future

Actually, no, it doesn’t. Of course, the way Warmists are positioning the issue is that your use of fossil fuels (which is immoral, you know, at least for you. Not for the Warmists, otherwise known as Other Guy Syndrome)

Cold weather doesn’t mean climate change isn’t happening

It’s hard to think about climate change while most of the country is in a deep freeze – the Great Lakes are almost entirely frozen over and people on the East Coast are tunnelling out of their homes. But while this part of the planet is freezing, other parts are baking, which is why climate change requires a global perspective.

A snowball was thrown in the U.S. Senate this week by Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a vocal climate change denier, in an attempt to show that the unseasonably cold weather outside is proof that humans are not making the planet warmer. What he was really showing is his ignorance about the difference between weather and climate.

The phrase “Climate is what you expect; weather is what you get,” invoked by climate scientists, means that the weather we see happening outside our windows is a short-term effect, while climate is a global average measured over a longer period of time. So to judge the planet by what’s happening in your own backyard is narrow thinking.

And, of course

But a recent experiment at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California has directly measured the warming effect of our carbon emissions, using data from instruments that measure the infrared radiation being reflected back to the ground by the atmosphere – the so-called greenhouse effect.

They found that the amount of radiation coming down increased between 2000 and 2010 in step with the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. So, the effect is real. And since we are continuing to increase our carbon emissions, change will continue to happen, like it or not, both warm and cold.

Interesting. The greenhouse effect is mentioned, and then blamed, due to fossil fuels, for cold. Cult.

Don’t forget, though, that the uber-crazy warmth is coming sometime. In the future. They’re certain. Because their models have been such successes.

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Europe Now Looking To Ban Halogen Light Bulbs

The Church Of Climatology is at it again

Now Europe wants to ban your halogen light bulbs: Sales could be stopped as early as next year as part of energy-saving drive

The sale of halogen bulbs which are used in millions of homes could be banned as early as next year as part of the EU’s energy-saving drive.

It follows the prohibition of traditional incandescent bulbs, which have been phased out in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Millions of halogen bulbs are sold in Britain every year, often for use in kitchen and bathroom spotlights. Any ban could consequently cause enormous inconvenience.

The European Commission and green campaigners say halogens are not much more efficient than traditional bulbs so should be replaced by energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs – known as CFLs – and LEDs.

Yet these alternatives can be as much as 15 times more expensive. There is the additional problem that some LEDs do not work with the dimmer switches and wiring circuits currently used by halogen bulbs, while CFLs can take up to five minutes to reach full brightness.

The Commission is scheduled to hold a vote in April as to whether they will ban the bulbs or not. We can all be pretty sure that they will vote to ban, which would take effect in 2016, or they could hold off the ban till 2018. The very fact that they are considering an alternate date should immediately let you know that this will pass.

Halogens are slightly better in saving power than incandescents, but not as good as LEDs and CFLs. They are used in automobiles as headlamps, providing excellent visibility, as well as for floodlights and watercraft. They are used in those little light pens doctors carry around. Heating elements in halogen ovens. Stage lighting. They’ve been adapted for homes.

They are also less expensive than LEDs and CFLs. And contain no mercury, as CFLs do. As for LEDs

But LEDs do have a dark side. A study published in late 2010 in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that LEDs contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially dangerous substances.

Personally, I avoid halogens, because they get much hotter than incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs. Adding heat inside is the last thing you want during a North Carolina summer. I usually purchase CFLs when possible, except for one lamp in which I use a 3 way bulb, and a few others which require specialty bulbs, such as the bulbs over the bathroom sinks, and a bug repellent one for the back door. But, that is my choice. Complete freedom of choice is apparently OK when it comes to abortion, but not light bulbs.

And all because of Hotcoldwetdry.

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ISIS Secretly Fed Murdered Son To Mother, With Rice And Tea

Monday morning is a good time for an absolutely disgusting story, right?

(UK Daily Mail) A British fighter who travelled to Iraq to stop the Islamic State claims the terror group fed a murdered kidnap victim to his own mother after she went to their headquarters and demanded to see him.

Yasir Abdulla, a security guard from Keighley, West Yorkshire decided to go to Iraq and fight against ISIS after hearing they came within six miles of taking control of his home village in Kurdistan, which he left in 2000.

It has been reported that the 36-year-old bought a set to combat fatigues online for £100 before going to Kurdistan and buying an assault rifle.

He then joined hundreds of other Kurdish and Peshmerga forces who are trying to stop the spread of ISIS by patrolling a ten-mile front line in Iraq.

Mr Abdulla returned to the UK last week but told The Sun how an elderly Kurdish woman, whose son was captured by ISIS and taken to Mosul, went to meet the jihadis to try and secure his release and was then fed his body.

The father of four told the newspaper: ‘She was determined to find her son and went to ISIS headquarters and asked to see him.

‘The ISIS men told her to sit down because she had travelled a long way and said she should have some food before they took her to meet her son.

‘They brought her cups of tea and fed her a meal of cooked meat, rice and soup. She thought they were kind.

‘But they had killed him and chopped him up and after she finished the meal and asked to see her son they laughed and said “You’ve just eaten him.”‘

Sadly, since we are talking about ISIS, the story is utterly and entirely believable right from the get go, rather than thinking that it is a tall tail.

During his time on the front line, Mr Abdulla revealed how ISIS are terrorising locals by calling them and threatening to kidnap them and bury them alive unless they surrender.

He also told of how the terror group kill prisoners they capture by throwing them on a ‘human bonfire’ and that he saw his own cousin killed in an ISIS attack.

Again, entirely believable.

Meanwhile, Iraqi forces, backed by Sunni and Shiite fighters, have launched an attack to retake Tikrit.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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How To Buy A Car

As you may have figured out, I’m a rather private person when it comes to me. I also tend to keep my blogging and Tweeting separate from Work Life. That said, you may know that I’ve been selling cars for over 4 years now, after having been in wireless from 1994-2010. And I did selling before that, too. Why am I bringing this up? Many customers ask me “what is the best way to buy a vehicle?”

Good question, and there are lots of answers. Most sites on the web tend to focus on “how to negotiate the deal”. Some people love negotiating, some hate it. Some prefer no haggle places. And so many seem to despise car dealerships. And the sales consultants.

Why? Starting out, there are many types of salespeople, just like there are many different types of customers. The two predominate ones are those who “are there to sell you a car” and those who “are there to help you buy a car”. Most of the bigger, more reputable companies teach consultants to be the latter (this applies in other sales areas, too). A modern sales consultant has to realize three things. First, the customer is the one with the money. This isn’t the 1980’s and earlier. Second, there are lots of places to go buy a car, including dealerships that sell the same car. Third, a consultant has to part advocate for the customer, part for themselves, and part for the dealership. They must find a win-win situation.

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If All You See…

…is wonderful beach from the 60’s that probably no longer exists because of extreme sea rise, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is protein wisdom, with a post on ball and chain government.

It’s 60’s week!

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Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Patriotic Pinup

Happy Sunday! Another gorgeous day to be an American. Though, a bit of frozen rain for me. A good day to have off. This pinup is by Romain Hugault, not help necessary.

What is happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. Right Wing News notes that the Jezebel hit piece on Scott Walker has been retracted
  2. Shot In The Dark wonders about the Cell Phone Neutrality Act Of 1987
  3. The Last Refuge has a Smidgen Alert
  4. The Other McCain notices an unfortunate metaphor alert
  5. The People’s Cube covers the Working Classes Prosperity Project
  6. Independent Sentinel wonders about a “country within a country”
  7. Black And Right notes ending slavery with a selfie
  8. Bookworm Room discusses the Party Of Poop
  9. Capitalism Is Freedom notes how wonderful Canada’s nationalized health system is
  10. Common Cents discusses the ISIS/Shades Of Grey SNL commercial
  11. DaTechGuy notes ISIS executing a gay man and the Left’s collective yawn
  12. Fausta has part 2 of Venezuela criminalizing dissent
  13. Fire Andrea Mitchell notes the Brits used torture to stop an Islamist bomb plot
  14. Flopping Aces hopes you dumbass liberals remember you voted for this
  15. And last, but not least, House Of Eratosthenes covers the cancer of multiculturalism

As always, the full set of pinups can be seen in the Patriotic Pinup category, or over at my Gallery page. While we are on pinups, since it is that time of year, have you gotten your “Pinups for Vets” calendar yet? And don’t forget to check out what I declare to be our War on Women Rule 5 and linky luv posts and things that interest me

Don’t forget to check out all the other great material all the linked blogs have!

Anyone else have a link or hotty-fest going on? Let me know so I can add you to the list. (BTW, since someone asked, the reason I leave links for the previous week up (or you might see a *) is because they are place holders for later in the day or for next weeks. Easier than rewriting all the time. Also, the listing order has to do with how they are added over time, not how good a post is. I just copy and paste from the previous week, then edit. If you see one of the *’s, go ahead and check out the blog anyhow, see if there is an update. I cannot update with my Android during the day.

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Bummer: By Almost Every Measure, Things Are Looking Good For Polar Bears

Another “OMG, Doom!!!!” talking point/prognostication from the World Of Climatology has bitten the dust

Polar bear population bounces back despite climate change warning

Dr Susan Crockford said: “On almost every measure, things are looking good for polar bears.”

In a report for the climate sceptic Global Warming Policy Foundation, she said: “Scientists are finding that polar bears are well distributed throughout their range and adapting well to changes in sea ice.

“Health indicators are good and they are benefiting from abundant prey. It really is time for the doom and gloom about polar bears to stop.”

Dr Crockford, of the University of Victoria in British Columbia added: “Polar bears are still a conservation success story. With a global population almost certainly greater than 25,000, we can say for sure that there are more polar bears now than 40 years ago.

“The global estimate is too high to qualify the polar bear as ‘threatened’ with extinction.”

Whelp, there’s that WAG talking point thrown off the cliffs. We’ve been treated to a litany of doom regarding polar bears (which are more than happy to attack and kill humans) and “climate change” for quite some time, but especially since Al Gore included the so-called plight of the polar bear in his idiotic movie “An Inconvenient Truth“. Yet, we keep finding that the reality bears little resemblance to the truth.

Let’s be clear: this doesn’t mean that the Earth is not in a warm period, one in which Mankind plays a small part, mostly through agriculture, landfills, UHI (Urban Heat Island Effect), and land use. It simply means that life adapts. Like it always has. Because the Earth changes. Always has.

BTW

All 50 states of America will see snow this week as the nation is plunged into the coldest month for decades.
For the first time since 2010, meteorologists predict two snow storms barreling through the country in the next seven days will engulf Florida – a usually snow-less state.

It comes as cold weather records continue to fall across the country, with February declared the coldest month in New York for 81 years.

The average temperature in the Big Apple over the last four weeks has been 24F – 11 degrees below normal. New York joins other metropolitan areas such as Chicago and Pittsburgh, which have also experienced their most frigid February in decades.

As the mercury continues to plummet, ice breakers are being deployed by the US Coast Guard to create ferry and shipping lanes along the Hudson River in New York and the Delaware in Philadelphia.

According to The New York Times, it has not been this frigid in New York since February 1934.

And the snow heading towards Boston could break the cities all time record for the season. Obviously, Cultists will blame this on “climate change”. They already are blaming “extreme” winter storms on too much heat. Perhaps we need to change what the definition of insanity is.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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If All You See…

…is the desertification of the planet in places that aren’t flooding, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is The Other McCain, with a post on feminists and witchcraft.

BTW, who wants to suggest a theme for next week?

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