We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Algore got so many innocent and well-intentioned but scientifically-uneducated people upset with his fear-mongering silliness. It's a damn shame. Those with a familiarity with how science works, and who had no political agenda to drive, just stood back and watched bemusedly.
If not carbon dioxide, what does "drive" climate? I am glad you are wondering about that. In the short term, it is ocean cycles, principally the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, the "super cycle" of which cooling La Niñas and warming El Niños are parts. Having been in its warm phase, in which El Niños predominate, for the 30 years ending in late 2006, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation switched to its cool phase, in which La Niñas predominate. Since that time, already, a number of interesting things have taken place. One La Niña lowered temperatures around the globe for about half of the year just ended, and another La Niña shows evidence of beginning in the equatorial Pacific waters. During the last twelve months, many interesting cold-weather events happened to occur: record snow in the European Alps, China, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the Rockies, the upper Midwest, Las Vegas, Houston, and New Orleans. There was also, for the first time in at least 100 years, snow in Baghdad.
If Lefties want to take over the world's economy, they need to try Plan D.
Expecting Al Gore to apologize for the Great Global Warming Con is equivalent to expecting the sun to stand still in the sky. This disingenuous man went down to his basement to pout after he lost the election [at least, according to his wife Tipper] and started pawing through his college era papers, and devised this whole scam to bolster his unjustifiable sense of superiority over The Peasants, us, the great unwashed who refused to elect him even though he was obviously superior to his opponent.
He found his stalking horse, James Hansen, who does know enough about science to know there is never a "consensus" and with promises of grant money and fame traduced him into supporting the CO2 falsehoods.
Historians 100 years from now will look back in wonder at how easily the general public was deceived. As P.T. Barnum justly remarked, "There's a sucker born every minute." Oh, yeah.
Too many preaching bickering theorists not enough pragmatics. Sooner or later the Yellowstone supervolcano’s gonna blow or the sun’ll inexplicably brighten for 500 years, or something, and we’re gonna need some good ideas about what to do (and no, soylent green is not an option).