On climate-change policy, Noah is now more influential than NOAA

September of 2014 was the warmest September on the historical record.

The period from January to September of 2014 was tied with 1998 as the warmest such period on record.

And while official data from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) haven’t been released yet for last month, climatologists John Christy and Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama report that global temperatures for October were again the warmest on record for the month, tied with October 2012. That puts 2014 on track to be the warmest year in recorded history, and makes you wonder about people who write nonsense like this.

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

Meanwhile, in Washington, climate-change denier James Inhofe of Oklahoma is about to become chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Inhofe calls climate change a hoax, a conspiracy and an affront to God, and points to the Bible, more specifically to God’s promise to Noah in Genesis 8:22, as proof of his assertion:

“As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”

According to Inhofe, that verse means that it is impossible for mankind to affect the planetary climate. And no, I am not kidding.

In addition, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he will do everything possible to dismantle power-plant regulations and other steps taken recently by the federal government to reduce carbon emissions, including making  large cuts to the enforcement budget of the Environmental Protection Agency. He says his top priority is “to try to do whatever I can to get the EPA reined in.”

I’ve said it before and will continue to do so: Our grandchildren are not going to be very happy with us.

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GB101
GB101

We have the usual analysis here.  When the temperatures are high we are told it is due to climate change/global warming.  When we have a cold snap we are lectured about the difference between weather and climate.  

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Don't You People get upset about the shooting death sheetz.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

Jay is kind of late today. MSNBC was trying to debunk the statements made by Gruber so I am guessing that Jay is waiting for the DNC talking points. We shall see.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@RaindroidWillBoy @consumedconsumer @InTheMiddle2 whatever my friends. things change every year with health insurance policies - this is added, that is dropped. if you were paying attention you knew basically what was going on - it dripped out for a couple a years. stop your complaining and do something about it or kindly find something else to complain about.

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

@consumedconsumer @RaindroidWillBoy @InTheMiddle2 

If you choose to compare your guy to by your own measure of the worst president ever, your logic speaks volumes.  BUSH=OBAMA. Only difference is level of arrogance and interpersonal skills.

The logic of "at least we are not as bad as Bush" is sophomoric at best.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

Oh, God says we can't affect climate?  That's an odd statement. But now I see where many religious conservatives are coming from.  It's an affront to their religion to say that we have evidence of climate change over millenia and current climate change, when they believe that the earth is only 6000 years old. Their minds will not be swayed by evidence and logic. 


I like the Boy Scouts view better.  Leave the place better than you found it. 

Meaning - don't pollute so much!  Pollution leads to unhealthy citizens which leads to more healthcare costs, which are already spiraling upwards.   Less pollution means lower healthcare costs and healthier citizens. There IS a balance between regulations and health, and if some congressmen are in denial of that fact, then they should not be in power. 



consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

Question - why do conservatives so often fail to pay attention to the introductory phrase to anything important . . .


"a well regulated militia, . . ."


"As long as the earth endures . . ."


RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Just heard on tv a repub who was reelected to Congress state with a straight face that ONLY liberals have discussed the possibility of impeachment of President Obama. When stopped and ask "are you kidding?" by the interviewer, he responded at first repeating this claim and then finally stating that maybe A conservative did breach the subject...once.


My my what a Christian way of lieing!

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

well, firmly held religious beliefs - whatever those are - now trump actual science in cases before the SCOTUS, why should Congress be any different?

HeadleyLamar
HeadleyLamar

Executive action is required unfortunately on Climate Change. 


A bible verse quoting Republican Senate sure isn't going to do anything and the polluters themselves certainly wont either.



Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

What is this?  An attempt to deflect from the real story? 


The real story this morning is that we've worked out an agreement with the Chinese on a plan to address climate change. As Godless noted below, we'll see if they (and we) make good on it, but it's a start.


Your complaints about some guy's inelegant description of how the PPACA was written and legislated is yesterday's news. Actually it's a lot older than that, but for some reason some people decided it'd be useful to gripe about yesterday.


Are your rightie-sites still trying to milk it? Good luck with that...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

btw... even Drudgey-poo has that agreement (nearly) atop his html nightmare, this morning.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

What is this?  An attempt to deflect from the real story?

You know, the one where the Obamacare architect repeatedly gave speech's telling everyone how the law was written to deceive stupid voters.  That transparency would have killed the bill.

The Dems have a lot more pressing matters to save their party than belittling the Right about Climate Change.

Shall we publish tent folding procedures?

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@JohnnyReb


The ACA is legal.  Being a little biatch and crying about what they told you on talk radio will not change that fact.



KUTGF
KUTGF

@JohnnyReb  A consultant not the "architect".  But you really are upset he talked about you as a voter, right?

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@JohnnyReb the effects of climate change is a more pressing matter than pretty much anything either party might want to fund raise off at the moment. Besides, green house gases qualify as pollution and a nuisance on a nationwide scale. Long past time for everyone to have to pay the full price. 

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Jimmyliscious 

I'm sure that with the executive action Ocommie is about to enact

***

You ever taken an IQ test? 

How'd you do?

HeadleyLamar
HeadleyLamar

Its good to see the Chinese are realizing they cant just dump stuff in their air over and over with no consequences.


They realize if they don't do something now it might be too late.

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

I'm sure that with the executive action Ocommie is about to enact on emission restrictions on power plants and his assault on coal, energy users will be paying about 20 percent more. And I'm sure he'll sack the middle class for energy subsidies to the poor. Ocommie wants to eradicate the middle class and make us all dependent on the dems.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Jimmyliscious  Why yes you have figured it alllllll out.  Just the 1% will be left and the roses will still be here to smell. 

LeninTime
LeninTime

As I've said before, it would be interesting if there were just a single one of the right wing commenters here with the slightest difference in view on climate change. 

But there's not. 

Instead they maintain a solid front against the argument.

This on an issue that is highly complex and not directly related to politics and the economy. 

This basically proves the herd mentality of today's partisanship.

On complicated issues, people take their bearings from the signals their thought leaders give our, regardless. 

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@LeninTime It would be interesting if you didn't leap to the conclusion that there is not the slightest difference in view on climate change.

I know the difference between weather and climate and do not say we should do nothing.  

The issue is a mountain of theory based on a molehill of evidence, and we should take action accordingly.


straker
straker

Yes_Jesus


That Madonna thing is for your benefit.


Since understanding global warming is beyond your comprehension, maybe you'll understand this Madonna story.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

From above the page I'm looking at....

10 things Millenials Don't Understand About Madonna. 

Looks like we here on the Jay Bookman blog are expected to be tabloid readers. 

Your thoughts, Jay? 

Maybe you could tell me what Jesus would do? 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Yes_Jesus_Can  WWJD... sing like a virgin?  Hows that Jesus married with children thing coming? 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Good thing bamster is trying this eco-nonsense AFTER the election.  I'm sure he intended to do so. 

His population clearly understands the sham of "climate change" and would have shellacked demogogocrats even worse than they did. 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Our grandchildren cannot be happy that YOU, Jay Bookman, are intent on spending whatever inheritence they might have had, and they are learning, as this election has just now shown, that the (D) in front of a candidate's name means "Demagogue" more than anything related to "us, The People". 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Peachs,

While your posts are otherwise incoherent nonsense based on false premises, you do have a surprising element, a degree of neo-luddite urban chic in your writing that I think is catching. 

You related to Joe Biden? 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

The period from January to September of 2014 was tied with 1998 as the warmest such period on record.

(YAWN!)

Directive from Bamster bot #448, Department of information management, bamster protection and enemy mitigation:

Comrade, you better get this in Jay.  We've got "unexpected" cold weather already in the midwest, and it's on it's way south. 

Peachs
Peachs

It is amazing that this part of the country would believe that God is so upset with the evil in the world that he is willing to wipe out mankind with a flood, yet never think in modern day evil they may be a part of it. Like the butter lady, Mother Nature, use to say, it is not nice to fool nature, and for the future we will see something more tragic than Noah’s flood. People don’t like God in science, it is too exact, but as we have seen in the past so is God.

straker
straker

Big Energy will handle global warming exactly the way Big Tobacco handled the revelations that smoking is harmful.


They will vigorously deny any link to the warming and fight, in the courts, tooth and nail against any new regulations.This, along with no actions from India and China, will allow global warming to proceed.


All we peons can do is learn to adjust to a brave new world.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

from that Vox linkee:

By itself, this deal won't solve climate change — and it's arguably not yet ambitious enough. But it's a sharp break from the two countries' long stalemate on the issue. And the agreement could help nudge along the ongoing UN climate talks, which are supposed to culminate in a global deal on emissions in Paris by December 2015.


So, progress. Of the kind that the Inhofes of this world don't believe we need bother because Bible.


/drive-by

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@stands_for_decibels From the Vox linkee:

<i>What's more, China's pledge to get 20 percent of its energy from clean sources by 2030 is really quite audacious. "It will require China to deploy an additional 800-1,000 gigawatts of nuclear, wind, solar and other zero emission generation capacity by 2030 — more than all the coal-fired power plants that exist in China today and close to total current electricity generation capacity in the United States." That's staggering — and it remains to be seen if China can do all that.</i>

Progress of the kind that makes some think real progress has been made.  We'll see.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

I sure wish I could eat the fish I catch in Lanier and in the hooch.


No, no man-made issues here...

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@_GodlessHeathen_ @LordHelpUs From your article:  'However, two contaminants, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury, were frequently detected in significant amounts in a few species from some bodies of water in Georgia.'


Do you know how much of the PCB's and mercury are due to man?

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@_GodlessHeathen_ @LordHelpUs GH, I have not visited that site before and I thank you for the info.  I stopped eating fish from Lanier and the Hooch over a dozen years ago.  The reason for this is that I have pulled out so many that have weird lesions.  


When I was a kid, this never happened.


What do YOU think changed?

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@_GodlessHeathen_ @LordHelpUs Mercury and PCB's 'frequently detected in significant amounts' and you have "no idea."  You sir, are a dumb Bass...get it?