A patient in a mental institution was being asked how he would earn a living if he were released, but every possible occupation he mentioned was knocked down on the grounds that given that he'd been a mental patient he might not qualify. When asked what his alternative would be, he answered, "Well then I'd do what I always wanted to do — be a teapot."
Having surprised many with his pragmatic choices for his Cabinet and other administration posts, Barack Obama suddenly veered off course and showed his teapot side.
In a video to be shown at a U.N. conference called to revive the discredited Kyoto Treaty approach, Teapot Barry declared that the science behind global warming "is beyond dispute and the facts are clear."
He went on to claim that "sea levels are rising, coastlines are shrinking, we've seen record drought spreading famine, and storms are growing stronger with each passing season."
Only a teapot can believe that the science behind the global warming hoax is "beyond dispute." Thousands of scientists disagree.
As Christopher Booker wrote in Britain's Telegraph on Nov. 28, "Far from the science being 'beyond dispute,' we can only deduce from this that Mr. Obama has believed all he was told by Al Gore's wondrously batty film 'An Inconvenient Truth' without bothering to check the facts.
“Each of these four statements is so wildly at odds with the truth that on this score alone we should be seriously worried."
Take Teapot Barry's rising sea levels claim, for example. Booker points out that while average sea levels are modestly rising, that aren't rising faster than they have been doing for three whole centuries.
In an interview available at www.iceagenow.com, Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner, head of the Paleogeophysics and Geodynamics department at Stockholm University in Sweden, past president of the INQUA Commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Evolution, and a leader of the Maldives Sea Level Project said he has been studying the sea level and its effects on coastal areas for some 35 years.
Dr. Mörner said: "You have to look at that in a lot of different ways . . . We can see that the sea level was indeed rising, from, let us say, 1850 to 1930 to 40. And that rise had a rate in the order of 1 millimeter per year . . . That ended in 1940, and there had been no rise until 1970 . . . There's no trend, absolutely no trend."
As for droughts, Booker notes that, "Far from global warming having increased the number of droughts, the very opposite is the case. The most comprehensive study (Narisma et al, 2007) showed that, of the 20th century's 30 major drought episodes, 22 were in the first six decades, with only five between 1961 and 1980. The most recent two decades produced just three."
Turning to hurricanes despite a recent press release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) claiming that 2008's North Atlantic hurricane season “set records,” NOAA admits that it only tied as “the fifth most active' since 1944.” Moreover, "NOAA's own graphs show hurricane activity higher in the 1950s than recently. A recent Florida State University study of tropical cyclone activity across the world shows a steady reduction over the past four years."
Despite claims that global warming is causing more frequent and severe hurricanes, hurricane expert Chris Landsea published a study on May 1 documenting that hurricane activity is no higher now than in decades past. Hurricane expert William Gray reported on April 27, that the number of major hurricanes making landfall on the U.S. Atlantic coast has declined in the past 40 years.
So where do all his pseudo-scientific misconceptions lead Teapot Barry? What is his solution to a problem that does not exist? Nothing short of economic suicide for the U.S.
Booker writes that Obama plans to introduce a "federal cap and trade system," a massive "carbon tax" designed to reduce America's CO2 emissions to their 1990 levels by 2020 and reduce them an additional 80 percent by 2050. Such a target could only be achieved by closing down a large part of the US economy.
That's in addition to spending $15 billion a year to encourage "clean energy" sources, such as thousands more wind turbines despite the fact that wind energy "is so hopelessly ineffective that the 10,000 turbines America already has, representing '18 gigawatts of installed capacity,' only generate 4.5 gigawatts of power, less than that supplied by a single giant coal-fired power station."
He speaks about allowing only "clean" coal-fired power plants, using "carbon capture" — burying the CO2 in holes in the ground — which would not only double the price of electricity, but the technology for which hasn't even yet been developed.
Booker concludes, "For 300 years science helped to turn Western civilization into the richest and most comfortable the world has ever seen. Now it seems we have suddenly been plunged into a new age of superstition, where scientific evidence no longer counts for anything.
“The fact that America will soon be ruled by a man wholly under the spell of this post-scientific hysteria may leave us in wondering despair."
Listen carefully and you might hear Teapot Barry singing that old ditty "I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle, here is my spout. When I get all steamed up, hear me shout . . ." global warming is what it's all about.
Phil Brennan is a veteran investigative journalist who wrote for National Review as Cato in the 1960s and served as a staff aide in Congress and in the United States Marine Corps in World War II. He authored a book on the Shroud of Turin as well as several other works with the late Ralph de Toledano. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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