Matt Patterson

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The world is not warming.

According to enviros, only Luddites and lunatics would believe such a ridiculous statement.  Well, now government scientists must be added to the list of the so addled:  Here it is, straight from the (high tech) horses mouth, a NASA report titled “Global Temperature in 2011, Trends, and Prospects”:

“Global temperature in 2011 was lower than in 1998.”

Oops.  There’s an inconvenient truth for you.

You can almost feel the disappointment seeping through their ink as major media outlets around the world are forced to report on a flurry of new data showing – horror! – the world may not be going up in flames after all. Yet still they cling to the hope that maybe we will burn up, that maybe this new data is just a fluke, a blip, an unnatural respite from Man’s descent into unnatural global conflagration.

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In my (only slightly) satirical column for the Washington Examiner today, I take aim at the hypocrisy and futility of the street-harassment/eco-activism that many of us encounter so often as we try and get to and from work.  The question, really, is this:  Do green activists do any good at all, or are they merely part of the (alleged) problem?  From the column:

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Climate scare-mongers love to hide behind the alleged scientific “consensus” that man-made carbon emissions are an imminent threat to the planet.  But to paraphrase Bertrand Russell, the number of scientists who believe a theory is irrelevant to its truth.  In fact, scientific consensuses have a long history of coming to ignoble ends, as I discuss in my column for the Washington Examiner today:

Once it was the unshakable belief of experts that the Sun revolved around the Earth.

This Ptolemaic model of the solar system, so-called after the 2nd century A.D. Roman astronomer who cemented the hypothesis in the Western mind, was for centuries considered so obvious and uncontroversial that to even suggest otherwise was to be accused of insanity, stupidity or heresy.

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It’s no secret that actors have superhero-sized egos – especially when they actually play a superhero.  Case in point:  Mark Ruffalo, who picked up an Academy Award nomination for his role in last year’s Oscar-bait The Kids Are All Right, and who has now thrown himself into the role of his career – The Incredible Hulk.

Ruffalo will be the latest actor to portray Marvel Comics’ Jolly Green Giant in next year’s big budget spectacular, The Avengers, which will bring the cinematic versions of Marvel’s characters, including Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man, together to save Earth from an intergalactic menace.

But Ruffalo the actor has an enemy in his crosshairs more insidious than any supervillain:  Hydraulic fracturing.  Yep, the process by which natural gas is extracted from rock via pressurized fluid, commonly known as “fracking,” has aroused the especial ire of the environmentalists, Ruffalo included. On November 30th The Capitol reported:

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In Saturday’s New York Post, I give a brief history of natural global warming and its inevitable benefits to humanity.  From the column:

“You can be forgiven if you didn’t know that we’re in the middle of an ice age right now, what with all the talk about global warming. But it’s true. We’re in what geologists call “the Quaternary glaciation,” an ice age that’s lasted for the past 2.5 million years.

Ice ages last a very long time, with periods of extreme cold punctuated by warmer periods, or interglacials. We’re in such an interglacial right now: The Holocene epoch began about 12,000 years ago. It’s best thought of as a brief respite from the most severe ravages of Quaternary ice.

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File under: “D’oh!”  From Discover Magazine’s 80 Beats blog:

“A new study published in the Journal of Climate claims that painting rooftops white—a method championed by energy secretary Steven Chu and others to combat climate change — only minimally reduces local cooling, and actually causes a slight increase in overall global warming.”

Yes, I know it’s hard to believe, but a harebrained, government-promoted scheme to alter the climate of the Earth with paint brushes may be backfiring.  Why?  Apparently, the global climate model used in the study (adorably named GATOR-GCMOM) found that;

“[W]hite roofs means less surface heat in cities (which is obvious enough to anyone who’s sat in a car with a black interior in the sun). Lower local temperature means less water evaporates and rises up to eventually form clouds, says lead author and Stanford University researcher Mark Jacobson. The decrease in clouds allows more sunlight to reach the Earth’s surface, leading to higher temperatures overall.”
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The most consistent and nauseating feature of the environmental movement is its profound narcissism, which manifests primarily in two ways:

1)  The belief that the mean global temperature of the current (or last) century is “the” correct state of affairs, any deviation from which is abhorrent and unnatural, and which must be maintained in perpetuity.

2)  The belief that they, the environmentally anointed, can understand – and effect – something as intricately complex as the climate of the entire planet.

Imagine some beings living some 635 million years ago when the entire planet was covered in ice, a recurring condition in Earth’s history known as “Snowball Earth.”  Imagine these beings saying, “This planetary ice cube is the natural state of the Earth, we must make sure it stays this temperature forever!”
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As a lifelong sufferer of asthma, I have always depended on inhalers to provide me with fast-acting, lifesaving medicine.  Fortunately, I am able to afford expensive prescription inhalers, but many Americans hit hard by the faltering economy are not so lucky.

Until now, however, there has been a cheaper option for low-income families—over-the-counter, epinephrine-based inhalers have helped an estimated 1-2 million people treat their asthma for about $20 per unit (the prescription brands can cost up to 3 times that amount).

But now thanks to our out-of-control federal government, low-income Americans will be denied this over-the-counter relief as of December 31.

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