RUSH: "US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday the Obama administration wanted to paint roofs an energy-reflecting white, as he took part in a climate change symposium in London. The Nobel laureate in physics called for a 'new revolution' in energy generation to cut greenhouse gas emissions." You know, the air is fizzling out of the global warming movement. ABC's going to be running a show by Mike Judge that's going to be making fun of an environmentalist nut family in the Midwest. It's an animated series. But there are other bits of evidence that the bloom's off the rose. People just don't have the same energy to join the environmentalist wackos as they once did and they're doing everything they can to reinvigorate interest in this movement because, of course, it will also advance big-governmentism, statism, socialism, whatever you want to call it.
However, Steven Chu said, even if we paint every roof white, "there was no silver bullet for tackling climate change, and said a range of measures should be introduced, including painting flat roofs white. Making roads and roofs a paler color could have the equivalent effect of taking every car in the world off the road for 11 years." Now, would somebody explain to me how he knows this. They just throw these statistics out. If we paint every roof in America white -- well, yeah, every flat roof -- and that's another thing. Why does the roof have to be flat? White is white, the sun's up there, the sun shines down on a flat roof or an angled roof, what the hell difference does it make? Every roof has to be flat, and if we paint every roof in America white, it's the same thing as taking every car in the world off the road for 11 years. If that's the case, what would you rather do, paint your roof white or have the government own General Motors and Chrysler and make a bunch of little Podunk cars you don't want to drive. If we can do something that will effectively remove the carbon emissions of every car on the road for 11 years, then why are we do anything else? Why are we doing cap and trade? Why are we getting rid of SUVs? Why are we doing anything else?
They don't want to stop at roofs. Making roads and roofs a paler color could have this effect. "It was a geo-engineering scheme that was 'completely benign' and would keep buildings cooler and reduce energy use from air conditioning." How much paint is this going to take, by the way? How much of a footprint does paint manufacturing leave? Here's the real question about this. I need a scientist to answer this for me. I understand how clouds at altitude can help reflect the heat. But I want to know how something white on the surface of the planet, where does that reflected heat go? If the road is white, and the heat reflects, aren't you going to boil if you happen to be walking on it in the summertime? Where does this reflected heat go? Are we being told here that reflected heat is not damaging at all but direct heat is? It seems to me if we had global warming wouldn't we want dark roofs to absorb the heat? Yeah, it may be cooling your house a little bit, but… This is all such gobbledygook.
This is all so irrelevant, and I have a companion story to illustrate this. Well, I don't know the website. I apologize for that. It looks like it's a National Review website but I'm not sure. The author of this is Greg Pollowitz. "It turns out that three huge proponents of the idea to paint the town white are former colleagues of Secretary Chu from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and they're looking for their share of stimulus loot. Why does LBNL need to share in the stimulus funding, exactly? How complicated can the proposal be? Buy paint. Buy rollers. Paint roof." Why do you need a whole lot of money for this? But they are looking for grants, and this is the dirty little secret, ladies and gentlemen, of the entire environmentalist wacko movement. The proponents, be they from science, be they from the lay community, are all looking for money. They're looking for donations; they're looking for grants from the government to advance a cause. They're looking for money and whatever it takes to get the money they will claim they're researching, and then of course they'll be duty-bound to produce the results that the grantor wants.
So we gotta go out and paint roofs white, and that's the only story -- you have to go to a blog to find out why. The Drive-Bys, in reporting that Steven Chu wants you to paint your roof white don't tell you why. "Oh, you save the planet." They don't tell you that two of his colleagues are behind the ruse in order to get stimulus money, stimulus money which is supposed to be creating new jobs. How is that stimulus money working for you, if you're unemployed? How is that hope and change working for you? So now environmentalist wackos want their fists on the stimulus money under the guise of saving the planet with white roofs.
From Politico.com: "Rural Democrats are threatening to vote against climate change legislation," cap and tax, "unless the EPA halts new proposals that could hamper the development of corn ethanol." Ethanol has the Democrats by the short hairs the same way the unions do. It doesn't work, it is ineffective, and rural Democrats say they're going to vote against tax and change, the Markey bill, cap and trade, they're going to vote against it if anything is done to change ethanol subsidies.