RUSH: Boy, think about all of the impact that this snow and cold weather has to be having out there. I mean, there are a lot of places that are not used to this. Some places are and it isn’t any big deal. If they get 15 inches of snow in New York, big whoop. They get inclement whether like this in a lot of places, and despite the media, people are used to it.
But there are places that are getting weather that do not get it regularly and, as such, may not be prepared for it. Think of how many people may have died already and nobody knows about it 'cause the media's not interested. If this were a heat wave, whatever the number is, we'd know. They'd have a daily count up there on the screen, blame it on global warming.
But because it's happening here in a deep freeze -- I mean, you got the usual media people standing out in the snow telling us it's snowing. They’re standing out in the snow and they're telling us how hard it's snowing, which we can see. And then they're saying, “We're gonna get back inside real quick, we just wanted to show you,” even though everybody knows. And they're doing the usual, "Remember, now, if you get into a skid when you're driving, which you shouldn't be driving, but if you are, remember to turn into the skid. Don't hit the brakes. That will just make it worse. Pump the brake." They're doing all of that, 'cause they assume that everybody is stupid and dumb. But, you know, whenever there's a heat wave we're always told how many people it'll kill and then how many people have died. It’s just a thought experiment. Imagine if this were a heat wave instead of a cold snap, think about what the reporting would be like, think about all of the deaths that would be blamed on it. Just imagine how the news would be used to try to ram through a carbon tax or some other anti-global warming initiative.
I tell you, the Drudge page today: “Brutal weather intensifies, historic ice storm unfolds in South. Georgia warned catastrophic, at least 12 dead. Hospitalizations from sledding crashes, travel impossible, ice from Texas to North Carolina. Cars abandoned on snow-covered roads. Thousands without power.” No worry, Google's working on that with some solar panels. They're killing birds, but that's okay, they're gonna get you power in the next century sometime. Solar. They have these big towers out there in California, you ought to see this. You ought to see this, giant, in the picture I saw, three 750-foot-tall towers. They literally are killing birds in the thousands because these mirrors and the other aspects of the apparatus to create solar power are creating temperatures of a thousand degrees, and the birds are flying through there not knowing, and they're finding bird bodies with singed and burned wings and everything.
But, of course, it's okay to kill birds in the pursuit of solar power or wind power. I’ve got a story. I think it's an Investor's Business Daily story. I forget, but it's here in the Stack. It's a massive project, and of course it’s being funded by the government, 1.5 billion dollars or some such thing. It's incredible what this thing looks like. So they're working on getting you power in the California desert via the sun and mirrors and dead birds. If you're freezing, hang in there and be tough.
“Residents Cook Food in Fireplaces.” “City Fines Residents up to a Hundred Dollars for not Shoveling Sidewalks.” “Panicked Shoppers Fight Over Food.” “Up to 15 Inches in New York City.” “Snow Rage Afflicts Locals, Man Puts Gun to Plow Driver's Head.” “Psychiatrist: Tremendous Amount of Seasonal Affect Disorder.” And the biggie, “Valentine's Day Ruined.” Jeez. That's it. Valentine's Day ruined. “Thousands Lose Power in Eastern North Carolina.” It's just bad out there in a lot of places. It’s gonna be 73 here today. (interruption) What is it, Mr. Snerdley? Question? Right. In the immediate vicinity, a thousand degrees in the immediate vicinity, yeah. (interruption) All right, all right, all right, all right. Let me find it, let me find it here. Yeah, at a thousand degrees, it is no doubt heating the atmosphere and the environment.
RUSH: Here it is, folks. And the picture is so small, I could show it to you on the Dittocam. I guess I will. Here, let me turn Dittocam off and zoom in here. It's gonna be real tough for you to see this but you'll get an idea. This is in the California desert, all right?
Let me hold that. Okay. Yeah, I'll do my best to describe it. Okay, here we go. Dittocam on. Now what you're looking at there, that bright light in the middle is a giant mirror on top of a 750-foot tower -- and if you look in the upper left-hand corner, you'll see two more towers, and there's a mirror array on the ground and a circular array around each tower that you see. The sun hits those mirrors and starts rebounding, reflecting, and creates an atmosphere of a thousand degrees there -- and birds are flying through it.
Of course, they are unaware, and they are dying en masse. One of the companies doing this is Google. It's called BrightSource something, the name of the company doing this. I'm sorry, that's as close as I can get and that's as big as the picture is. So it's typical, what these people are doing here to try to combat global warming. "The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project -- At California's Ivanpah Plant, Mirrors Produce Heat and Electricity, and Kill Wildlife."
It's actually a Wall Street Journal story. "A giant solar-power project officially opening this week in the California desert is the first of its kind, and may be among the last, in part because of growing evidence that the technology it uses is killing birds. US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is scheduled to speak Thursday at an opening ceremony for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, which received a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee.
"The $2.2 billion solar farm, which spans over five square miles of federal land southwest of Las Vegas, includes three towers as tall as 40-story buildings. Nearly 350,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, reflect sunlight onto boilers atop the towers, creating steam that drives power generators. The owners of the project -- NRG Energy Inc. ..." So look, I don't know if you're aware of this. We've got people in America having fits over the stray dogs in Sochi.
NBC did a feature on the stray dogs -- the poor, hungry, starving, straggling stray dogs in Sochi. So Americans are organizing massive efforts to save 'em and bring them here. In the meantime, we are frying birds in an expensive, stupid effort to stop mythical global warming out in the desert. It's no problem, and nobody says a word except I, El Rushbo -- me, El Rushbo -- and it's gonna make electric bills skyrocket.
Those of you that are freezing and starving, I just wanted to show you the picture. Google and the gang are working on producing electricity for you outside Vegas in these giant towers.