RUSH: We’ve had an accumulating Global Warming Stack for the past couple of days. Let’s get to it.
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RUSH: This is the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and the Wicked Witch of Wherever, one of three tunes in our Global Warming Update Theme. …From Canada, the University of Waterloo Weather Station says it’s the coldest February they have ever tracked. By the way, they had to cancel another global warming hearing in Washington yesterday because of a snowstorm. The Roanoke, Virginia, Times, quote: “We may be living in cold historic times. It has been the coldest February on record at Roanoke, Virginia.” Nature always gets the last word. Algore and his carbon offsets, the Inconvenient Truth propamentary. All this hysteria out there on global warming, and it is freezing. It was 12 degrees in New York yesterday. It was a record at JFK two days ago, 13 degrees, breaking the previous record set in 2003. So the cold continues.
From the UKs Daily Mail. “Global warming: The Bogus Religion of Our Age.” This is a column by professor Richard Lindzen, who is a professor of meteorology at MIT. Why, he’s a scientist! Why, he’s an MIT scientist! Why, he’s a professor of meteorology at MIT, and he doesn’t believe global warming is manmade! A scientist who disagrees with the consensus. (Gasp!) How can this be? I am, of course, particularly personally excited to see this religion component of global warming pick up steam. The first person to make this analogy was Michael Crichton, brilliantly so in one of his many speeches — and the comparisons that he makes, that global warming is a religion and all other articles of faith, is profound. It inspired an equally profound monologue by me on the same subject some weeks ago, which is always available at RushLimbaugh.com.
Let me just share with you some of the closing paragraphs of Richard Lindzen’s piece in the Daily Mail. “Genuine science is about gathering evidence and testing the veracity of theories, not cheerleading for a particular ideology. That is what is so disturbing about the current debate on global warming. Healthy skepticism, which should be at the heart of all scientific inquiry, is treated with contempt. Far from being the powerful masterpiece that Blair claimed, Stern’s report is manifestly incompetent. It is another dodgy dossier, where assertions are presented as facts and data is twisted to suit a political purpose. I agree with the economist critic who noted: ‘If a student of mine were to hand in this report as a masters thesis, perhaps if I were in a good mood, I would give him D for diligence, but more likely I would give him an F for fail.’ We are shifting away from science and into the realm of religious fanaticism, where the followers of the creed, brimming with self-righteous fury, believe that they are in possession of a higher truth.
“Like a religion, environmentalism is suffused with hatred for the material world and again, like religion, it requires devotion rather than intellectual rigor from its adherents. It is intolerant of dissent; those who question the message of doom are regarded as heretics, or ‘climate change deniers’, to use green parlance. And, just as in many religions, the route to personal salvation lies in the performance of superstitious rituals, such as changing a lightbulb or arranging for a tree to be planted after every plane journey. What is so tragic is the way that this dubious ideology has achieved such dominance in our public life. Politicians love the green agenda, of course, because it means more control, more regulation, more taxes, more summits, and more opportunities for displays of self-important zeal. The tragedy is that the likes of Sir Nicholas Stern are using bogus science to push forward this agenda.” This is Professor Richard Lindzen who is a Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
By the way, for those of you in Rio Linda, ‘meteorology’ is not the study of meteors. It’s the study of weather. A lot of people get confused about this who have not benefited from a higher education. ‘He questions, or laments, that it is tragic the way this dubious ideology has achieved such dominance in our public life. ‘No, it’s not mystifying at all; it’s not curious at all. It is reaching such status that it is tragic.” He’s right about that. It is easy to explain. It’s a typical tactic used by the left. It is fear. It focuses on the young. You play Algore’s movie in grade school, in junior high and high school classrooms, and the kids get scared to death. You show pictures misleading people about polar bears dying and little kids say, “We’re killing the animals, mom! We’re killing the animals! We gotta stop it.” Little kids watch this movie, and they come home and they tell their parents. I’m getting e-mails from them: “What can I tell my kids, Rush? They’ve come home after they’ve seen the Algore movie, and they’re scared to death. They think we’re destroying the planet.” So you target the young and you use fear. It’s just like the old threat of a nuclear Holocaust and so forth.
I remember when I was growing up in the fifties. When I was not yet ten years old, we had these drills. We had to actually hide under our little desks in order to replicate what we should do if a nuclear bomb went off. Hide under the desk, duck and cover, and this sort of thing. How absurd, how ridiculous was that? We had backyard bomb shelters, and of course that was a more legitimate threat — given the Soviet Union and so forth — than this global warming business. That would be immediate destruction. Nobody is claiming there will be immediate destruction of anything by global warming, even the biggest proponents. They’re giving themselves so many years so they cannot be accused of being wrong within anybody’s lifetime here. It’s perfectly understandable how this stuff works with me. You get people. You make it part of the education establishment. You teach it with authority — not as a theory, and not as an idea, but something that is actually happening. People, they just slough it up. People want doom and gloom. They want to be told the world is ending, and some people love being guilty.
I don’t understand this, but some people almost take virtue in being guilty of doing horrible things, because it gives them a chance to repent. It gives them a chance to overcome; gives them a chance to change their ways and do something right and feel good about themselves. For some reason people love being told they’re to blame for disaster and they’re to blame for tumult and chaos. It’s human nature. As passive and as weak a society as is evolving in this country, with priorities all out of whack, it makes perfect sense to me how this stuff is sold. But I’m going to tell you something: I think we’re in the process of rolling it back. There is more and more scientific outburst in opposition to this and more and more people are starting to question it. People are starting to make fun of the changing of lightbulbs and the Algore movie and so forth.
This is not going to be the slam-dunk that they thought. That’s why Algore had to go out the other day and say (paraphrased), ‘Hey, look, any news that presents both sides of this is biased, because there isn’t a second side.’ He actually said that on Tuesday after the Academy Awards. The NOAA group, the satellite information service, the National Climate Data Center has summarized February, the average temperature in February 2007, 32.9 Fahrenheit, that is -1.8 Fahrenheit degrees cooler than the 1901 to 2000 twentieth century average, the 34th coolest February in 113 years. The temperature trend for the period of record, 1895 to the present, is 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit per decade. It’s freezing out there, a cold, cold February everywhere — and nobody is saying, ‘Well, what does this mean for global warming? What does this mean?’ I guarantee you, when we get to June and July and we have a couple places in the country that are a little hotter than normal, they say, ‘Global warming, global warming, global warming! Yeah, yeah, yeah!’ Here we have people freezing their tooshes, and nobody in the Drive-By Media and nobody in the global warming crowd says, “Eh, what about this?” If it’s this cold and if we’re destroying the planet and if it’s a crisis, how can this be happening?
RUSH: According to PETA — that’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — on March the 6th, a couple days ago, they sent a letter to former vice president Algore ‘explaining to him that the best way to fight global warming is to go vegetarian, and they offered to cook him faux fried chicken as an introduction to meat-free meals. In its letter, PETA points out that Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth — which starkly outlines the potentially catastrophic effects of global warming and just won the Academy Award for ‘Best Documentary’ — has failed to address the fact that the meat industry is the largest contributor to greenhouse-gas emissions,” i.e., cows. “In the letter, PETA points out the following: The effect that our meat addiction is having on the climate is truly staggering. In fact, in its recent report ‘Livestock’s Long Shadow — Environmental Issues and Options,’ the United Nations determined that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined.”
Well, have you seen Algore lately? He’s not going to go vegan or vegetarian, nor is he going to stop eating beef — and the last thing he wants is a liberal group out there telling him the thrust of his movie and propaganda misses the point.
RUSH: One more item from the Global Warming Stack. ?You?ve heard of green cars, green tourism and green weddings. Now Canadians should ready themselves for green sex. For those who like to make love to the soundtrack of the global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth…? My lord. Are there such people? I don’t know what the soundtrack is because I can’t hear it anyway. Music I’ve never heard, I can’t recognize. Have you guys seen Algore’s movie in there? Do you know what the soundtrack is?
Can you imagine people? Ugh!
?For those who like to make love to the soundtrack of the global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Greenpeace has released a list of strategies for ‘getting it on for the good of the planet,’ suggesting ‘you can be a bomb in bed without nuking the planet.’ TreeHugger, an online magazine edited by Ontario’s Michael Graham Richard, has just published a guide on ‘how to green your sex life.’? These people are idiots. Total, blithering idiots. ?The famed adult store Good Vibrations announced last week they would no longer sell sex toys containing phthalates, controversial chemical plasticizers believed by some to be hazardous to humans and the environment alike.? We’re talking dildos! They’re no longer going to sell dildos that are not environmentally safe.
(For those of you in Rio Linda, I’m confident you don’t need a definition here.)
?And throughout Canada and the U.S., people who want to pleasure the planet can now buy everything from bamboo bed sheets to organic lubricant and ‘eco-undies.’ ‘Green living is getting sexy,’ says Jacob Gordon, author of TreeHugger.com’s recent green guide for the bedroom. ‘Even a year ago, people wouldn’t have been nearly as receptive to this kind of thing. But, as the importance of living green gains traction in our culture, people are willing to take things like that a lot more seriously.’ Most environmentalists will agree the mainstream success of the Al Gore vehicle An Inconvenient Truth has helped give climate change the pop-culture sheen it’s currently enjoying. Indeed, global warming is a cause to which everyone from Diesel apparel to Vanity Fair magazine and Starbucks are pinning their marketing efforts,? because they realize what a bunch of saps their audience is!
They realize what a bunch of saps left-wingers are. It’s like this stupid red campaign. You know, make your product red; go out and sell it. A bunch of liberals will go buy it and tell ’em you’re going to send the proceeds off to Africa for some cause. Then you find out they don’t raise much money at all, but that doesn’t matter, because it’s not the results that matter in liberalism. It’s the good intentions. ?’It feels like people are just waking up to the fact the planet is suffering under our uses of it,’ says Rebecca Denk, business manager for the adult toy store Babeland. The U.S. company, which sells to Canadians via Babeland.com, just introduced an ‘Eco-Sexy Kit’ featuring?? Well, now I can’t tell you what this is. ?A soy massage candle, a natural lubricant with no animal-testing or derivatives, and condoms. ? ?We have to look at every piece of our lives including our sexuality and ask, ?how is this healthy for me and how is this healthy for the planet??? says Dink. ?Hopefully we’re all becoming better global citizens.? Jacob Gordon notes there’s even an ecofriendly adult website dedicated to naked vegetarians, appropriately called veg porn.? Snerdley, that might be up your alley, “an ecofriendly adult website dedicated to naked vegetarians” called “veg porn.”
I don’t know. It’s beyond description, folks. These are blithering, blithering idiots.
RUSH: We go to Denver. This is Bill. Glad you called, sir. It’s nice to have you on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Thanks a lot, Rush. I really wanted to get on because I was in Washington earlier this week for an industry meeting. We have routine reports, including environmental reports, and global warming was a key topic. I raised a question about skepticism and scientists speaking out, and it was just said, “Look, the response was by our own people is that there are so many pieces of legislation being introduced that the train has left the station and all we can try to do from an industry viewpoint is to try to mitigate the impact,” and I’m asking you and others who are listening, you scientists, keep speaking out! The view in Washington is the train has left the station. We’re going to have taxes. We’re going to have this and that, and it’s just a question of what form and how far the train goes. It’s a desperate situation. We cannot wait. By summer, he said that we’re going to have legislation.
RUSH: Oh, we already do have regulations and legislation, and I’m sure more is coming. But it’s not too late to stop the brunt of this.
CALLER: I hope not. We need everybody to speak out, really. Your vehicle is the best vehicle to get the word out.
RUSH: Well, it’s what we do on this program. We sound the alarm bells and we warn people about what’s happening. I think we have pretty good potential here. I’m not under any delusions here that we’re going to be able to totally, totally roll this back, but look, this is classic liberalism, and it’s also classic big-governmentism. When you have all of these scare tactics, and when politicians — whose primary job is to get reelected and in many cases, way too many cases, that means to pander. Why do you think these corporations are “going green” and all this other stuff? It’s because they think there’s an idiotic customer base out there that’s going to respond to it. Some of it may be ideological but a lot of it’s business.
In terms of what’s happening in Washington, all this attention being focused on it now, and politicians don’t want controversy and they don’t want to be thought of as missing the train or missing the boat on something, and so they have to act concerned. So this is an inertia that sweeps everybody up. This has been going on for 20 years. But it’s never too late to oppose this stuff. That’s like saying, “Look, too many people believe that the Soviet Union is no big threat, that the biggest threat is Ronald Reagan and the biggest threat is America.” It’s never too late to keep fighting and defeat this stuff. This is a great illustration. This is what it’s always going to be like with liberals. There’s never going to be a day where we raise the flag of victory and they raise the white flag of surrender. It’s never going to be the day because that’s not who they are.
They’re never going to quit. They’re never going to stop. So it’s a constant battle, and in my mind it involves educating the American people and making them curious and question things; making them skeptical, as much as possible. But it’s certainly worth it, folks, because we’re talking about the kind of society we’re going to have. We’re talking about liberalism and how big the government’s going to get and how much liberty and freedom is going to be taken away from us; how many taxes we’re going to have to pay as increases in order to be punished for all the so-called damage that we’re causing to the rest of the world. This is very, very serious, and it will result in tremendous losses of liberty and reductions in the advancement of lifestyles and so forth, if there are no brakes put on it. There will be brakes put on it. They’re not going to get away with this hook, line and sinker.
We have a couple global warming calls, one of them bouncing off the latest Sports Illustrated. I don’t know if it?s the Swimsuit Issue. I’ve seen a picture of the cover and they’ve gone totally environmental wacko. They’ve gone totally green, Sports Illustrated. (Scientist Debunks It) ?As global warming changes the planet, it’s changing the sports world. To counter the looming environmental crisis, surprising and innovative ideas are already helping sports adapt.? The stuff has hit Sports Illustrated and it shouldn’t surprise you. I’ve told you that sports journalists are every bit as lib as any other journalists are, and SI is under the TIME Magazine umbrella, so it shouldn’t shock or surprise you. But it’s interesting because there’s no curiosity among reporters. There’s just accepted religious belief, accepted theory not based on science at all.