Fossil Fuels Using Sheldon Whitehouse Threatens Of Reckoning On “Climate Change”

How often does Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) take a fossil fueled flight?

(The Hill) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse gave the 100th speech in his weekly climate change series on Monday, saying that there will be “a reckoning” on the issue.

“One day there will be a reckoning,” the Rhode Island Democrat said. “If we wake up, if we get this right, if we turn that ponderous balance of destiny in our time, it can be their reckoning. It does not have to be all of ours. It can be their shame; not the shame of our democracy.”

Despite the soft political language, this is clearly a threat to those who refuse to join the Cult Of Climastrology. This is what Progressives (nice fascists) like to do: threaten when they do not get their way. If you read his entire speech, you can see that this is, in fact, a threat, since it comes at the end of the speech where he spent quite a bit of time whining and condemning those who stand opposed to the CoC.

What’s my #1 reason?  Easy.  Rhode Island.  The consequences of carbon pollution for the Ocean State are undeniable.  The tide gauge at Naval Station Newport is up nearly ten inches since the 1930s.  The water in Narragansett Bay is 3-4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in the winter than just fifty years ago.

The official tide gauge in Newport shows a trend of 0.9 feet of sea rise over 100 years, being at an average of 2.74mm per year. This is entirely reasonable during a Holocene warm period. In fact, we would actually expect a higher rise, in the range of 16+ inches a year. Nothing he yammers about is proof of anthropogenic causation, just a mostly natural change in climatic conditions.

He doesn’t care: like any good fascist, he will threaten. Yet, he won’t change his own behavior.

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6 Responses to “Fossil Fuels Using Sheldon Whitehouse Threatens Of Reckoning On “Climate Change””

  1. JGlanton says:

    Liars lying to our own armed forces for personal gain. Shameless.

    The highest rate of tide gauge rise in that area was in the 1930s. These coastal tide gauges, especially the urban ones, measure land subsidence as much as sea level rise. Not really much scientific value except to tell you how high to float your docks.
    http://www.psmsl.org/data/obtaining/rlr.monthly.plots/299_high.png

  2. john says:

    JGlantont posses SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE unknown to most mortal men
    For the last 23 years the gold standard of sea level has not been tidal gauges
    Topex poseidon and jason are what modern scientists use.
    Teach this “Holocene warm period” what do YOU think is causeing it not volcanic activity or Milankovitch cycles and we are in a cool Sun period so what has caused the temps to go up?

  3. Liam Thomas says:

    Teach this “Holocene warm period” what do YOU think is causeing it not volcanic activity or Milankovitch cycles and we are in a cool Sun period so what has caused the temps to go up?

    You guys have the perfect Saul Alinsky Tactics down pat. Attack from a 1000 different angles and once they master one defense move on to something else. Never be cornered….never give a response to what YOU would do but rather make them defend their positions.

    We have defended ours a billion, nay a trillion times and still the Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals spews out.

    I have but one thing to say.

    If the temperature rises by 2 degrees in the next 100 years….Why is that a bad thing and what damage is it going to do to this planet?

    Lets see which rule you apply in responding to this question.

  4. Jeffery says:

    If the temperature rises by 2 degrees in the next 100 years….Why is that a bad thing and what damage is it going to do to this planet?

    Comment: Humanity will be fortunate if the Earth warms only an additional 2C in the next 100 years.

    Answer:

    http://www.climatecodered.org/2010/09/what-would-3-degrees-mean.html

    In the Pliocene, three million years, temperatures were 3 degrees higher than our pre-industrial levels, so it gives us an insight into the three-degree world. The northern hemisphere was free of glaciers and icesheets, beech trees grew in the Transantarctic mountains, sea levels were 25 metres higher [Climate Dynamics, 26, 249-365], and atmospherc carbon dioxide levels were 360-400 ppm, very similar to today. There are also strong indications that during the Pliocene, permanent El Nino conditions prevailed. Hansen says that rapid warming today is already heating up the western Pacific Ocean, a basis for a coming period of ‘super El Ninos’ [Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 103, 39, 14288-93].

    Between two and three degrees the Amazon rainforest, whose plants produce 10 per cent of the world’s photosynthesis and have no evolved resistance to fire, may turn to savannah, as drought and mega-fires first destroy the rainforest, turning trees back into carbon dioxide as they burn or rot and decompose [Theor. App. Climatology, 78, 137-56]. The carbon released by the forests destruction will be joined by still more from the world’s soils (see below), together boosting global temperatures by a further 1.5ºC [Nature, 408, 184-7]. It is suggested than in human terms the effect on the planet will be like cutting off oxygen during an asthma attack. A March 2007 conference at Oxford talked about ‘corridors of probability’ with models predicting the risk of the Amazon passing a “tipping point” at between 10 to 40 per cent over the next few decades. The UK’s Hadley Centre climate change model, best known for warning of catastrophic losses of Amazon forest, predicts that, under current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, the chances of such a drought would rise from 5% now (one every 20 years) to 50% by 2030, and to 90% by 2100.

    The collapse of the Amazon is part of the reversal of the carbon cycle projected to happen around 3 degrees, a view confirmed by a range of researchers using carbon coupled climate models. Vast amounts of dead vegetation stored in the soil – more than double the entire carbon content of the atmosphere – will be broken down by bacteria as soil warms. The generally accepted estimate is that the soil carbon reservoir contains some 1600 gigatonnes, more than double the entire carbon content of the atmosphere. The conversion will begin of the terestrial carbon sink to a carbon source due to temperature-enhanced soil and plant respiration overcoming CO2-enhanced photosynthesis, resulting in widespread desertification and enhanced feedback [Physics Today, http://www.aip.org/pt/vol-55/iss-8/p30.html%5D.

    And it’s already happening. A recent study found that the calculated increase in carbon lost by UK soil each year since 1978 is more than the entire reduction in emissions the UK has achieved between 1990 and 2002 as part of its commitment to Kyoto. As well, some recent studies suggest that the earth’s carbon sinks are smaller than expected and climate by century’s end could be on average up to 1.5 degrees hotter than current “business as usual” projections suggest [http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0503/p01s02-wogi.html]. New research published in “Science” in May 2007 suggests that the earth’s ability to soak up the gases causing global warming is beginning to fail because of rising temperatures, in a long-feared sign of “positive feedback” (Michael McCarthy, The Independent, 18 May 2007).

    Three degrees would likely see increasing areas of the planet being rendered essentially uninhabitable by drought and heat. Rainfall in Mexico and central America is projected to fall 50 per central. Southern Africa would be exposed to perennial drought, a huge expanse centred on Botswana could see a remobilisation of old sand dunes [Nature, 435, 1218-21], much as is projected to happen earlier in the US west. The Rockies would be snowless and the Colorado river will fail half the time. Drought intensity in Australia could triple, according to the CSIRO, which also predicts days in NSW above 35 degrees will increase 2 to 7 times.

    With extreme weather continuing to bite – hurricanes may increase in power by half a category above today’s top-level Category Five – world food supplies will be critically endangered. This could mean hundreds of millions – or even billions – of refugees moving out from areas of famine and drought in the sub-tropics towards the mid-latitudes. As the Himalayan ice sheet relentlessly melts with rising temperatures, the long-term water flows into Asia’s great rivers and breadbasket valleys — the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra, the Mekong, Yangtse and Yellow rivers — will fall dramatically. If global temperatures rise by three degrees, and that’s becoming the un-official target for western governments, water flow in the Indus is predicted to drop by 90 per cent by 2100. The lives of two billion people are at stake.

    As the Arctic continue to warm, melting permafrost in the boreal forests and further north in the Arctic tundra is now starting to melt, triggering the release of methane, a greenhouse gas twenty times more powerful than CO2, from thick layers of thawing peat. The West Siberian bog is estimated to contain 70 billion tonnes of CO2. Prof. Sergei Kirpotin, a botanist at Russia’s Tomsk State University, says: “There’s a critical barrier… Once global warming pushes the melting process past that line, it begins to perpetuate itself.” The West Antarctic ice sheet would likely to irreversibly melting.

    You have argued that the current warming is caused by the same processes that the above analysis describes will happen with an additional 2C warming.

  5. Liam Thomas says:

    OMG Jeffery….. Im dealing with freakin Idiots. Your quoting Hansen.

    Now bear in mind Im a geologist by trade.

    The Pliocene, 5.3 to 2.6 million years ago,* was a time of global cooling after the warmer Miocene. The cooling and drying of the global environment may have contributed to the enormous spread of grasslands and savannas during this time. The change in vegetation undoubtedly was a major factor in the rise of long-legged grazers who came to live in these areas. You know…giraffes and such.

    Additionally during the Pliocene epoch the current techtonic plates we now experience today were formed and molded. The earth during the Pliocene epoch was volcanically very active.

    During the Pliocene, large polar ice caps started to develop and Antarctica became the frozen continent that it is today.

    However let me ask you a question…..if we had only 400 ppm of co2 during this epoch…how is it that Polar ice began forming?

    Did you know that during this epoch:

    The Mediterranean Sea dried up completely and remained plains and grasslands for the next several million years. Another environmental change was the replacement of many forests by grasslands. This in turn favored grazing animals, at the expense of browsers.

    Did you also know that the event Hansen is describing took place during a time reference of about THREE MILLION YEARS?

    Did you know that we can be 3 degrees warmer by the end of the century and other then various climate changes the earth is going to look pretty much like it does today.

    You AGW crowd always want to take entire epochs of millions of years and compress them into a few decades and then scream were all going to die.

  6. buykinis says:

    I’d like to find out more? I’d care to find out more details.

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