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Is the MSM beginning to get it? From Jack Cafferty via Watts:
As the debate continues about global warming, the month of December was the 14th coldest in 115 years in the United States… and some scientists insist the earth is entering a cooling trend.
Wind chills brought temperatures in the Dakotas to 50 degrees below zero, while record cold in parts of Florida is damaging some of the orange crops, and South Carolina called an early end to shrimping season.
Parts of Canada have seen actual temperatures of 30 below zero… And freezing temperatures and record snowfalls are pounding parts of Asia and Europe too.
Britain has experienced the worst snowfalls in half a century.
In India – it’s estimated at least 100 people have died due to the cold temperatures… with dozens more killed in Bangladesh.
In China and South Korea, heavy snow and unusually cold weather have brought chaos to travelers – blocking roads and trains, canceling flights. After one recent blizzard in Beijing – officials had more than 300-thousand people clearing the streets.
Meanwhile some of the world’s top climate scientists suggest this winter is only the start of a worldwide trend toward cooler weather, which could last for 20 to 30 years. They base their predictions on changes in water temperatures in the oceans
Let's avoid the alarmist's fallacy that one point makes a trend. We had a very harsh winter in Montana in 1996-1997, just before El Nino gave us a 1998 that has had the alarmists crowing ever since. I remember that last fall, some weather people were predicting a strong El Nino this year and it sure seems to have fallen through. So could the Ice Age. A mini-Ice-Age might be over before we're really ready to say it even began.
I remember reports from Winter 07/08 of pellets being hard to get. I'd get a firm commitment from your supplier to supply the fuel before investing in the hardware.
And the Biomass Crop Assistance Program passed by Congress in '08 will make it even harder:
QUOTE The federal government can provide up to $45 a ton in matching payments to businesses that collect, harvest, store and transport biomass waste to an authorized energy facility. That means sawdust or wood shavings may be twice as valuable if a lumber mill sells them to a biomass energy company instead of to a traditional buyer.:
After all, why allow people to heat homes in a carbon-neutral way when we can use their tax money to fund the carbon-intensive conversion of that biomass to transportation-fuel. We emit more carbon as a result, but at least we're doing something.
A point I've never understood in the whole "Climate Change" debate is why warming is necessarily a bad thing. It would seem it opens additional areas to cultivation and use. Isn't it a good thing if ice cover and glaciers are decreasing?
Whereas, global cooling is definitely a bad thing. Not much you can do when everthing is frozen. One of my uncles liked being a fireman in Alaska, because for much of the year there wasn't much you could do to fight fires when all the liquid water is in a frozen state. You basically got everyone out and watched it burn.
Hopefully, we're not getting what the Warmists have wished for by their silliness.