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Slumping Gingrich promises sharper counter-punch
Reuters ^ | Tue Dec 20, 2011 | Mark Felsenthal

Posted on 12/20/2011 4:13:51 PM PST by presidio9

Slipping in polls under an onslaught of attacks, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich promises to wage a sharper and more aggressive campaign in the final two weeks before Iowa kicks off the party's nominating race.

Gingrich says he will be quicker to respond to attacks and more agile in getting his message across to voters who may have lost faith in him after rivals launched a withering barrage of criticism of his past as a Washington insider.

A 44-stop bus tour in the run-up to the January 3 Iowa caucus, daily calls with supporters to respond to new criticisms and another round of television ads will be cornerstones of the response by Gingrich, who will focus most of his efforts in Iowa for the next two weeks.

"I think a certain amount of drop in polls was to be expected given the amount of negative campaigning that has been going on," said Linda Upmeyer, the Iowa House Republican leader and the state chairwoman of Gingrich's campaign.

"But there are a lot of people out there who have not made up their minds yet," she said. "The challenge is to make sure that people have accurate information, and to get them the facts as quickly as we can."

The question for Gingrich will be whether he has enough time to rebound in the two weeks left to campaign in Iowa or if he has begun a political free-fall that will be hard to stop.

"The problem is he has probably waited too long," said Craig Robinson, former political director for the Iowa Republican Party. "This is the frantic finish. The clock might run out on him."

Gingrich, the former

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1 posted on 12/20/2011 4:13:55 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

The real Newtie was the one sitting on the couch with Nazi (No oil for YOU!) Pelosi.


2 posted on 12/20/2011 4:17:04 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: presidio9
The question for Gingrich will be whether he has enough time to rebound in the two weeks left to campaign in Iowa or if he has begun a political free-fall that will be hard to stop.

The problem is simple: If not Newt, who? The bench is empty.

3 posted on 12/20/2011 4:20:03 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: presidio9
Slipping in polls under an onslaught of attacks,...

Oh PAWLEEEEEZE.....

Reuters ^

Should have known.

4 posted on 12/20/2011 4:22:41 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: presidio9
"I think a certain amount of drop in polls was to be expected given the amount of negative campaigning that has been going on

Waaaaaaah.

5 posted on 12/20/2011 4:24:23 PM PST by Huck (No.)
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To: Paladin2
The real Newtie was the one sitting on the couch with Nazi (No oil for YOU!) Pelosi.

Sounds like you are content to listen to talking points, instead of finding out for yourself what really happened there.

6 posted on 12/20/2011 4:25:04 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Huck
Waaaaaaah.

Weren't you a big Herman Cain supporter a couple of weeks ago?

7 posted on 12/20/2011 4:26:08 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9
December 1, 2011

“I’m going to be the nominee,” the former Speaker told ABC News. “It’s very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I’m going to be the nominee.”

TAPPER: “How do you respond to Republicans who say if you don’t draw distinctions with Mitt Romney and others who are attacking you, if you don’t point out their perceived vulnerabilities, Barack Obama and the Democrats sure aren’t going to share that same reluctance and you are doing Obama a favor by staying positive?”

GINGRICH: “They are not going to be the nominee. I don’t have to go around and point out the inconsistencies of people who are not going to be the nominee. They are not going to be the nominee.”

TAPPER: “You are going to be the nominee?”

GINGRICH: “I’m going to be the nominee. It’s very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I’m going to be the nominee. And by the way I don’t object if people want to attack me, that’s their right. All I’m suggesting that it’s not going to be very effective and that people are going to get sick of it very fast. And the guys who attacked each other in the debates up to now, every single one of them have lost ground by attacking. So they should do what they and their consultants want to do.”

Same old ****... different day.

LLS

8 posted on 12/20/2011 4:26:32 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: presidio9

The reason that Gingrich is slipping in IA is simple. He has no money and he has no real group of troops there to build support. If he had money to respond to Paul’s ads, he may have stopped this hemorrhage earlier.


9 posted on 12/20/2011 4:28:06 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lexinom
If not Newt, who?

There are three types of people attacking Gingrich right now:

Liberals.

Romney Supporters.

People too stupid to understand that the only person they are helping is Romney.

10 posted on 12/20/2011 4:28:18 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

No I adamantly opposed Cain.


11 posted on 12/20/2011 4:31:26 PM PST by Huck (No.)
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To: presidio9

I want someone to ask poor little Newt about his upcoming global warming book. His co authors are promoting it but I don’t believe I’ve heard him mention it even once.


12 posted on 12/20/2011 4:32:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Lexinom
The problem is simple: If not Newt, who? The bench is empty.

If you check the RealClearPolitics average, it appears that Romney and Paul are getting the displaced Newt votes. That means the establishment was wise to attack Newt since they want Romney, but FReepers were stupid to attack Newt cause they are only helping Romney and Paul.

13 posted on 12/20/2011 4:32:07 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Why Ron Paul Can Never Be President In 12 Quotes

Not winning Iowa will not be the end of Newt Gingrich. He was always focused on SC & FL. The dumbasses who post about him talking about the frontrunner conveniently forget that at the same time he was talking about being "six weeks ahead of where [he] thought he'd be."

Ron Paul has ZERO chance of winning the nomination.

14 posted on 12/20/2011 4:32:07 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: LibLieSlayer
Gingrich: "And by the way I don’t object if people want to attack me, that’s their right."

Gingrich is a liar.

15 posted on 12/20/2011 4:33:19 PM PST by Huck (No.)
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To: Huck

That’s right. You’re a liberaltarian, am I right?


16 posted on 12/20/2011 4:33:34 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

I’m an antifederalist.


17 posted on 12/20/2011 4:34:23 PM PST by Huck (No.)
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To: presidio9
That attitude is exactly why republicans are more comfortable in the minority and it is exactly that attitude that keeps boehner and mcconnell from taking on obama and his attacks directly in the press. Some of us are raising hell because hell needs to be raised. Some of us see the charade... and we are tired of the beltway way. It does not make us stupid... it makes us Conservatives with a different view of what needs to be done to actually salvage what we can of what is left of our Republic. I respect the fact that you disagree... and I will not make unkind remarks because you do disagree.

LLS

18 posted on 12/20/2011 4:35:21 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: presidio9

Go Newt!


19 posted on 12/20/2011 4:36:01 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Huck
I’m an antifederalist.

Is that the name Ron Paul supporters are hiding behind these days? Why can't you people just be honest?

Of that's right: It's because 80% of the electorate knows that you are all full of crap.

20 posted on 12/20/2011 4:37:54 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: LibLieSlayer; presidio9

“....I respect the fact that you disagree... and I will not make unkind remarks because you do disagree....”

That’s a great statement, LLS.

Wish we all would.

The demslobs are laughing their asses off over the bickering out here.

They hate us all equally at the end of the day. We shouldn’t help them do their job by ripping at each other.

They’re the enemy, not us.


21 posted on 12/20/2011 4:41:14 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: presidio9
I've never voted for Ron Paul. In my view, he's not fit for national office. If I were to vote for him this year, it'd be a first, and it'd be a simple protest. But even then, he'd probably lose out to Bugs Bunny (meaning I'd rather write in Bugs).

So, that means you are the one who is full of crap.

22 posted on 12/20/2011 4:41:19 PM PST by Huck (No.)
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To: cripplecreek
I want someone to ask poor little Newt about his upcoming global warming book. His co authors are promoting it but I don’t believe I’ve heard him mention it even once.

I'm not aware of any upcoming book. Are you referring to "Contract With The Earth," which was published in 2007, two years before the East Anglia University scandal?

Have you read it? Do you know what's in there?

23 posted on 12/20/2011 4:41:27 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

This conservative is still voting for Newt...the only Republican in the field who has any business thinking they have what it takes to run a country.


24 posted on 12/20/2011 4:41:45 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Paladin2
While others will scream about the media and talking points, I'll provide some actual facts in Newt's own words.

Gingrich Frontline interview

"I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there's a package there that's very, very good. And frankly, it's something I would strongly support." he said.

He then went on to criticize Bush for backing off the pledge.

"If he had instituted a regime that combined three things I just said -- mandatory caps, a trading system inside the caps, as we have with clean air, and a tax incentive to be able to invest in the new technology and to be able to produce the new technology -- I think we would be much better off than we are in the current situation," Gingrich said.

Two months later, Gingrich took part in a debate with Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts about environmental matters. Gingrich was slightly less gung-ho about cap and trade than he had been on PBS, but his message of "urgent need for action" on environmental dangers was clear.

"We should address it and we should address it very actively," he said in the debate, citing a UN report documenting the earth’s rising temperatures. "The … consensus is that humans have contributed to that. I don't think there's any consensus that we are the only contribution, but there is a clear agreement that human activity has helped increase the level of warmness."


25 posted on 12/20/2011 4:42:08 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Lexinom

“The problem is simple: If not Newt, who? The bench is empty”

As plain as that.


26 posted on 12/20/2011 4:43:02 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: Huck
OK, I'm done playing 20 questions with you. Believe it or not, I can't keep track of where every joker on this website is hiding his cards. So tell me: Which candidate ARE you supporting?

If you are supporting none, and attacking Mitt Romney's competition, you are effectively supporting Mitt Romney.

27 posted on 12/20/2011 4:44:22 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: cripplecreek
He then went on to criticize Bush for backing off the pledge.

Before the East Anglia info became public? So five years ago...

28 posted on 12/20/2011 4:45:45 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: presidio9

I’m talking about his book tentatively titled “Environmental entrepreneurs” Written by Newt Gingrich, Terry Maple, and Katherine Hayhoe. Maple says the book is due out early in 2013.


29 posted on 12/20/2011 4:47:03 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek
Gingrich Frontline interview

Perhaps you should actually read the interview before quoting it. In it, Gingrich reiterates his opposition to Cap & Trade. The quote you are providing is based on a hypothetical. The questioner was asking about Cap & Trade as compared to CAFE standards, and Gingrich was picking what he saw as the lesser of two evils.

30 posted on 12/20/2011 4:47:27 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Huck
He is a progressive liar to be exact. Actually... he flips so often you have to check his position daily to be certain.

LLS

31 posted on 12/20/2011 4:50:00 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: cripplecreek
I’m talking about his book tentatively titled “Environmental entrepreneurs” Written by Newt Gingrich, Terry Maple, and Katherine Hayhoe. Maple says the book is due out early in 2013.

So now we're dealing with a book that NOBODY has read yet, and probably isn't even finished. What we have is a title. Is see nothing wrong there.

Do you have a problem with free market solutions then?

32 posted on 12/20/2011 4:50:32 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: ez
I am not going to tell you not to. All that I can do is warn from my perspective... and hey if I am wrong... fine... but I am convinced that newt is bad medicine... and my biggest concern is that I do not trust him.

LLS

33 posted on 12/20/2011 4:52:00 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: cripplecreek
Newtie certainly did much good with the "Contract with America".

Is he a Conservative? Apparently NOT.

TEA Party adherent/supporter? Don't think so.

34 posted on 12/20/2011 4:52:14 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: LibLieSlayer
Attitudes? Bwahahahahaha, pots 'n kettles raging forth!

Here's your sign:

Isn't that you, third from the top, down left, at the nine-thirty position?

35 posted on 12/20/2011 4:57:04 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: presidio9
Do you have a problem with free market solutions then?

Lets take a look at the environmental entrepreneurs and what they've done for America so far. There's Solyndra, they did real well for themselves didn't they. The Chevy Volt has been a rousing success. And how bout that wind energy.

The simple fact is, that no matter how desperate you are to hide these things, the media will be leaking details of the new book when its most effective for them to do so.

BTW why don't you take a look at Maple and Hayhoe to see what kind of people the co authors are.
36 posted on 12/20/2011 4:59:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

The examples you are referring to are specifically NOT free market solutions.


37 posted on 12/20/2011 5:02:29 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: cripplecreek

Have you read the book? do you know the globe has warmed over many years? that is a fact. Not due to humans but the climate does change and will continue to change.. creating islands that never existed...you do also know about the ice age? and entire continents covered with ice and uninhabited? you do know that the United Kingdom was under ice at one time?

The liberals are the ones with the greenie groups that are even impacting the UN...Newt said conservatives should have a voice at the table. He also said he will abolish the epa and have other solutions through technology and science..it is called progress.


38 posted on 12/20/2011 5:04:02 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: NFHale
I just decided that I was going to moderate myself and become less abrasive when engaged in debate. It accomplishes nothing and when we have to rebuild this republic... and IMHO there is no way around the fact that a few minor tweaks will NEVER fix things... we are going to have to turn back 100 years of progressive cancer to save America. Some of these FReepers are going to be there working shoulder to shoulder in fighting our domestic and foreign enemies while returning this great Republic to her rightful world leadership position. Real FReepers are never enemies... we can differ and those differences should be debated and argued but we don't have to use long knives. It will never stop altogether as emotions sometimes overrule civility... but let cooler heads prevail.

Now when it comes to obama and the nazicrats... I WANT TOTAL ALL OUT VICTORY AND I WANT TO DESTROY ALL DIM CANDIDATES AND BATHE IN THE WAILING OF THEIR WOMEN AND THE LAMENTATIONS OF THEIR CHILDREN.

LLS

39 posted on 12/20/2011 5:04:22 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: presidio9

presidio9, maybe Huck is Ann Coulter incognito. Notice he she or it doesnt name their candidate.


40 posted on 12/20/2011 5:07:26 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: MHGinTN

Well I made you laugh... that’s a start.

LLS


41 posted on 12/20/2011 5:07:50 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: presidio9

Reuters publishes another misleading headline over a misleading pile of rhetoric.


42 posted on 12/20/2011 5:10:13 PM PST by familyop ("Nice girl, but about as sharp as a sack of wet mice." --Foghorn Leghorn)
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To: presidio9

Newt and Bill Clinton are on O’Reilly tonight.....


43 posted on 12/20/2011 5:11:32 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: LibLieSlayer

“...HE WAILING OF THEIR WOMEN AND THE LAMENTATIONS OF THEIR CHILDREN....”

Ahh...the Conan Method!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkSFIWzi7aA

!


44 posted on 12/20/2011 5:12:52 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: katiedidit1
presidio9, maybe Huck is Ann Coulter incognito. Notice he she or it doesnt name their candidate.

Ann Coulter wants Chris Christie to be president some day. That is the only reason that I can think of for her to abandon all her principles and get behind Romney.

I can forgive her for hating Gingrich. The man has a 40 year public history, and there is a lot to disagree with (btw, "Global Warming" is not a big one with her). I just wish she would tone it down a bit. For her sake. If he does win the nomination, she will have zero credibility, and might as well take a four month vacation at the end of next year.

45 posted on 12/20/2011 5:14:30 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

GO NEWT! Kick Mitts butt. Tell it like it is with Mitt trying to have it both ways. Mitt is nice when the camera is on but his surrogate PAC is doing the dirty campaigning with Mitt trying to be above the fray. I believe that is being two face.


46 posted on 12/20/2011 5:18:32 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: familyop
Reuters publishes another misleading headline over a misleading pile of rhetoric.

The MSM is conveniently forgetting that winning Iowa was never part of the Gingrich strategy. He was always going hardest after SC. Two weeks ago, he became the frontrunner, and said he was "Six weeks ahead of where [he] thought he'd be." Then Ron Paul, who has zero chance of winning the nomination, spent his huge war chest attacking Ginrich in Iowa, and Gingrich fell back into the pack there. And this is supposed to be some huge setback.

The story there is that Paul is conceeding the nomination to Romeny, and attacking his competitors, so that he can stay relevant and preach his idiotic message for as long as possible.

47 posted on 12/20/2011 5:22:47 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

Exactly!


48 posted on 12/20/2011 5:34:58 PM PST by CainConservative
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To: presidio9

Sorry, her comments on supporting Paul are too far out there for me. No forgiving the shrill shill on my part. Newt taught geography and history. He has studied both for years.
It is a fact that the earths climate has changed over eons...it always will. I am not blaming man for it but even I know history shows changes in land, continents and species.


49 posted on 12/20/2011 5:36:53 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1
He has studied both for years. It is a fact that the earths climate has changed over eons...it always will. I am not blaming man for it but even I know history shows changes in land, continents and species.

Keep in mind that Gingrich has been asked about this repeatedly for a decade now. His position has always been that "We don't know what is causing it."

Personally, I don't know what to think. I believe that there are some problems with how scientists are currently measuring the planet's temperature versus even 50 years ago. If they say that CO2 levels are going up, based on ice core samples, I can accept that with the caution that we know that research HAS been falsified for political agendas. And we also know that any increase in CO2 should be taken care of by increase green plant activity. And we don't really know that the types of increases people are talking about have any real effect on global temperatures.

In short, I'm with Newt on this one: Ignoring scientific research jest because we don't agree with the researchers politically is stupid. There may or may not be something going on, but we need to know a lot more.

50 posted on 12/20/2011 5:46:33 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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