RUSH: Hey, Dean? Dean, I need you to go back to the archives and post something right now at RushLimbaugh.com. By the way, Koko's on sick day today. Koko's got a bad, bad, bad cough and whatever else, so Koko Jr., Dean, is running it. This is a story from February 7th of 2014. I wonder how many people will remember this. February 7, 2014, two years ago coming up on two years ago, the headline, New York Times: "The End of Snow?"
"Over the next two weeks, hundreds of millions of people will watch Americans like Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin ski for gold on the downhill alpine course. Television crews..." Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. And they go to on talk about all the Olympic events that had to be canceled because of lack of snow, lack of snow is a big problem, lack of snow all over the world is because of climate change and global warming and could we be at the beginning of the end of no snow? The end of snow. "The same could happen in the United States, where in the Northeast, more than half of the 103 ski resorts may no longer be viable in 30 years because of warmer winters." The end of snow, New York Times, February 7th, 2014.
RUSH: I saw the funniest thing over the weekend during show prep. When was this? It was on, I guess, Saturday. Here we have this major blizzard that has stormed the Northeast. Two years ago, the New York Times had a story in which they're serious about "the end of snow" because of climate change and global warming. At the time they wrote it, the key slopes were empty and bare -- or way, way, way below normal. And so (capitalizing and politicizing everything, which the New York Times does) it became a big story essentially saying that we're looking here at the end of snow.
Very soon, in the next 20 years, it could be the end of snow.
There might not be any more snow!
Well, which is absolutely flat-out ridiculous. It is worse than journalistic malpractice. It's just flat-out ridiculous. But like every other one of their global warming predictions, it's years, decades down the road. It's not tomorrow or next year. So the snowfall from this blizzard of this past weekend cannot be said to have discredited their story. In the meantime, in an effort to "save the planet," these truly wacko leftists have invested in solar power and wind power and all these supposed "renewables," which there really isn't. It's not really possible.
But it sounds good, and it sounds clean, and one of the things that the wacko environmental left has done in the pursuit of wind power is to build these gigantic windmills that need turbine engines to move them in case the wind doesn't. What do you do if there isn't any wind? And if that's all you're relying on, what do you do for electricity? Well, you have to have a little turbine up there. Relying on what? Fossil fuels in order to turn the windmill, to propel it. They look like giant, giant airplane propellers.
I'm not even gonna get into how many birds die with these things. I have a picture here of one of these windmills that was frozen solid during a recent winter blast. What to do? You know what they had to do to get it working? It was iced up. There was ice all over the blades. There was ice all over the motor. The blades had been rendered so heavy because of all the additional ice that had frozen on them that the wind -- even strong wind -- could not turn them. So what they had to do, they had to gas up helicopter; then they had to turn on a giant water heater.
Then they had to load hundreds of gallons of hot water in a giant pot, a helicopter big enough to get the thing off the ground. They had to fly over the windmills and dump the hot water from the giant pot being towed by the helicopter on the propellers of the windmill farms to get the ice off of them so that they could once again begin to turn. Do you realize how much, according to the wacko left, "wasted energy" was involved in making their precious windmills work again? I have here a picture of it, and it's got a quote from Albert Einstein imposed over the picture.
The Einstein quote is: "Only two things are infinite: The universe and human stupidity," and he is exactly. And he is exactly right. So you have a helicopter that's burning aviation fuel. It's hated. It's just, "Oh, God, it's fossil fuel like gasoline! Yuk." Hot water. It required a massive heater to heat the water. I mean, we're talking about... What was the temperature, 25, 26 degrees? They had to heat the water and keep it hot enough that it would remain hot while being lifted by the helicopter high enough, and then they had to have somebody good aim on the helicopter dumping the water on the frozen windmill.
And this is just one thing. Actually, it's a spray. They have like a fire hose up there that's connected to the hot water container that they control from the cockpit of the helicopter. But it's just absurd, just literally absurd stuff. And if there were no fossil fuels, if the leftists like Obama had succeeded and there wasn't any way to get a helicopter off the ground and there wasn't a way to heat the water because we had not used those sources anymore, then people that depend on wind power for their electricity would have been frozen to death. And this is called innovation and forward thinking.