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Chu: We don’t understand the “bumps and wiggles” of climate change, but oh yes, it’s happening
Hot Air ^ | 12:46 pm on April 12, 2012 | Erika Johnsen

Posted on 04/13/2012 1:27:29 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

The Obama administration was more vocal about the supposedly dire need to combat climate change toward the beginning of their oh-so-eminent reign, with President Obama out championing the cause at such august events as the U.N. climate conference in 2009. There’s been a bit of a lull in their alarmist-enthusiasm rhetoric in the past year or so (maybe they’ve figured out that concern for climate change is a luxury good during times of economic recession), but it looks like they may be thinking about bringing back the meme to help sell their horrendous energy polices in the run-up to November.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Wednesday that scientific evidence of climate change is getting more and more powerful, comments that come as global warming legislation remains moribund in Congress and Environmental Protection regulations are facing ongoing GOP assaults.

“Over the last couple of years, the dispassionate, hard science evidence has been mounting, increasing,” said Chu, speaking at an energy forum hosted by The New York Times.

Chu noted that “we don’t understand everything” and that in past years scientists have actually underestimated the pace of some changes, including sea level rise.

“It is rising even faster than we thought. The number of violent rainstorms have increased faster than we thought,” he said at the event in New York, adding that though there are “bumps and wiggles” that are not understood, trends are clear in the long term.

Funny — I thought the rising sea levels were supposed to have wiped out polar bears by now, or something?

For what feels like the umpteenth time: nobody is denying that climate change exists. Planet earth is not and never has been a static place. But is human activity contributing to climate change at an exponentially unsustainable rate, hurtling the world toward unprecedented large-scale catastrophe? Hmm…

During a speech at Tufts’ law school last month, Sen. John Kerry voiced his consternation with what he called the “flat-earth caucus” of the U.S. Congress constantly standing in the way of President Obama’s environmentalist ambitions. “You can’t talk about climate now,” Kerry lamented. “People just turn off. It’s extraordinary. Only for national security and jobs will they open their minds. …The irony is that we used to be a nation that valued science. We have become a nation that is now discarding science.”

Well, guilty as charged! Yes, conservatives are finally vocalizing the idea that ‘science’ is not a sacred cow immune from politics, but rather that science is perfectly capable of being corrupted and is governed by a set of incentives. Incentives such as – oh, I don’t know – chasing government grants and lobbyist money, perhaps? And boring, non-catastrophic science doesn’t rank highly on the government-handout to-do list, as it doesn’t whip the public into the suitable frenzy. Contrary to the doomsayers’ claims, more and more “heretics” are emerging from the scientific community to point out how politicized the issue of climate change has become, and a growing faction agrees that the 21st century hasn’t actually produced any measurable warming.

The prospect of battling with those darn obstructionist Republicans didn’t deter President Obama from requesting a nice $770 million chunk in foreign aid to combat climate change in developing countries (but then, his entire 2013 budget was a flippant political stunt that won approximately zero votes, so, wash). Despite the fact that we cannot afford even these tidy little earmarks, this appeal to the environmentalist lobby’s bid to shape and control how other countries develop is selfish, elitist, and ignorant. Wealthier societies are healthier societies, and discouraging the proven routes to prosperity in weaker nations in order to furnish laboratories for environmentalist pipe dreams is a waste of money that does nothing to contribute to global economic growth and accomplishes little to help lift people out of poverty and misery.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Science; Weather
KEYWORDS: chu; climate; climatechange; climategate; climategate2; giss; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; hansen; jameshansen; stevenchu

1 posted on 04/13/2012 1:27:39 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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fyi


2 posted on 04/13/2012 1:29:06 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yup. He’s correct.

Just a couple of months ago it was cold as heck.

Now, it seems to be warming up and the robins are back.


3 posted on 04/13/2012 1:31:33 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

$770 million chunk in foreign aid to combat climate change in developing countries

for what air conditioning ? combat climate change ,these people should leave their cave for a few hours a day


4 posted on 04/13/2012 1:34:54 PM PDT by molson209
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Chu: We don’t understand the “bumps and wiggles” of climate change, but oh yes, it’s happening

of course it is. It was 36 degrees over night and today it is 65 degrees. We had sleet 2 days ago and on Sunday it is supposed to be 80 degrees.


5 posted on 04/13/2012 1:35:54 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
And here in usually sunny southern California,...we are having rain and thunder.

We thought the rainy season was over.

6 posted on 04/13/2012 1:38:28 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Astronaut Walter Cunningham disagrees
7 posted on 04/13/2012 1:40:44 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The climate hasn’t stopped changing since the earth was a molten rock. Why would it be any different now?
Of course there’s climate change. It never stops.


8 posted on 04/13/2012 1:40:46 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Open letter to Chu:

Hello Dr. Chu,

I’ve known dozens of brilliant PhDs with no common sense whatsover. Thank you for being another shining example of politically motivated idiocy.


9 posted on 04/13/2012 1:43:39 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
And we're going to have rain 2 weekends in a row. It is not supposed to rain on weekends and sunny during the week. Somebody has got their signals crossed!
10 posted on 04/13/2012 1:43:46 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: All
Related threads:

The Right Stuff: what the NASA astronauts say about global warming

And :

NASA rebellion on global warming [Anti-Hansen letter signed by 50 astronauts, etc,]

Abd:

NASA swipes back at former astronauts over climate change

11 posted on 04/13/2012 1:44:25 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

12 posted on 04/13/2012 1:48:14 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: fishtank
Chu may have won a Nobel Prize in solid state physics, but he is most certainly a leftist ideologue. He surely knows that much of what he says is scientific nonsense. so he says it for other reasons.
13 posted on 04/13/2012 1:52:41 PM PDT by Reily
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for the link to the video.


14 posted on 04/13/2012 1:54:53 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: Reily

Just why does che despise the scientific method? Why does he bate facts and logic? Nobel or not he is a useless poltroon...at best.


15 posted on 04/13/2012 1:57:07 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Reily

Just why does chu despise the scientific method? Why does he hate facts and logic? Nobel or not he is a useless poltroon...at best.


16 posted on 04/13/2012 1:58:31 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
It was 36 degrees over night and today it is 65 degrees. We had sleet 2 days ago and on Sunday it is supposed to be 80 degrees.

Forecast is the same for me. What a coinkydink :)
17 posted on 04/13/2012 1:59:21 PM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Revoke the man’s Nobel. He has no sharper a scientific mind that my 2 y/o granddaughter.


18 posted on 04/13/2012 1:59:57 PM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: jimfree
He has no sharper a scientific mind that my 2 y/o granddaughter.

Your giving him a lot of credit...
19 posted on 04/13/2012 2:04:57 PM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Climate change has happened since the beginning of time....You dumb idiots......


20 posted on 04/13/2012 2:08:23 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Chu is showing his incompetence. Even the IPCC has conceded that there is no existing climate model which projects an increase in extreme weather. None. This is entirely a figment of the imagination of scam artists and their media flunkies and their brain dead zombie disciples.
21 posted on 04/13/2012 2:13:11 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Chu’s no dope. He knows perfectly well what has been going on for a long time regarding earth studies.


22 posted on 04/13/2012 2:23:13 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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To: ogen hal
Not to sound too McCarthyite here but he could be a PRC “Agent-of-Influence”. Think about it who benefits from a US economy shackled with AGW regulations. China and other 2nd and 3rd world countries not only have said no but hell no regarding AGW regulations. Even countries that have signed the Kyoto accords either wiggle our through “exceptions” or plain ignore the regulations. This stuff cripples us and empowers them. As long as Chu passes no classified information he is breaking no law.
Of course it simply could be he is a plain old left wing fruit cake; the Paul Krugman of Physics. Top drawer in a narrow specialty but otherwise an let wing ideologue in everything else.
23 posted on 04/13/2012 2:27:32 PM PDT by Reily
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24 posted on 04/13/2012 6:01:05 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

He’s lying, and he knows he’s lying. But it’s for a good cause, so it’s OK. That’s how liberals think.


25 posted on 04/14/2012 2:07:43 AM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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