Shaheen is one of the herd on the matter of Global warming.
Jeanne Shaheen supports the goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and in the US Senate will push for a comprehensive plan to achieve that goal that includes economy-wide emissions reductions, aggressive research and development for new energy technologies, work with international partners to achieve global emissions reductions, and incentives for energy efficiency and clean alternative energy sources.
Isn’t it funny how global CO2 emissions have continued to go up for a decade, while the temperature is actually going down-see here, and here ? But Green Jeanne Shaheen doesn’t care about what the other side has to say, she just wants to implement her Greene agenda. “Senator” Shaheen would ignore any details that might prohibit her from toeing the party line which at its core is nothing more than a massive government control mechanism on the energy and economic output of America and a system of cap and trade that in Europe has failed to deliver on any of its promises. Does Jeanne care? Nope.
This (from the WSJ) matters, not at all, to our would-be Senator…
NASA now begrudgingly confirms that the hottest year on record in the continental 48 was not 1998, as previously believed, but 1934, and that six of the 10 hottest years since 1880 antedate 1954. Data from 3,000 scientific robots in the world’s oceans show there has been slight cooling in the past five years, never mind that “80% to 90% of global warming involves heating up ocean waters,” according to a report by NPR’s Richard Harris.
Which, I guess, puts her in this category of thinker…
A man (or woman) with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.
But man’s resourcefulness goes beyond simply protecting a belief. Suppose an individual believes something with his whole heart; suppose further that he has a commitment to this belief, that he has taken irrevocable actions because of it; finally, suppose that he is presented with evidence, unequivocal and undeniable evidence, that his belief is wrong: what will happen? The individual will frequently emerge, not only unshaken, but even more convinced of the truth of his beliefs than ever before. Indeed, he may even show a new fervor about convincing and converting other people to his view.
We have all experienced the futility of trying to change a strong conviction, especially if the convinced person has some investment in his belief. We are familiar with the variety of ingenious defenses with which people protect their convictions, managing to keep them unscathed through the most devastating attacks.
That quote is from Leon Festinger’s 1956 book When Prophesy Fails (Courtesy of Chris Horner over at Planet Gore) an sounds frighteningly appropriate to describe AGW alarmists some 52 years later.
It clearly explains the current devotion these folks have to the idea of Global warming as fact. New ‘facts’ just don’t matter. And neither does history.
History has shown us repeatedly that the purveyors of similar prophesy, all torn from the same cloth as the Global warming alarmists, were consistently wrong. They were wrong about hunger and starvation, crop yields, cooling, nuclear, the hole in the ozone, DDT, and a half dozen other apocalyptic prognostications, none of which has come to pass, and all of which were sold to us as gospel by the media. All of them required massive government action. Mandates, regulations, and an immediate change in the very fabric of our every day lives was all that would save us from imminent doom. So what does this prove? Well, we fell for the Ozone hole thing. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice…(?)
Despite their bad record (zero for six on my list alone) our would-be senator has still signed on to this alarmist dogma on what now appears to amount (again) to an another unsubstantiated hunch.
Shaheen exclaims that,
Reversing global warming is an economic, environmental and health imperative for New Hampshire. If we don’t act to reverse global warming, New Hampshire’s snow season is projected to shrink by almost 50 percent by mid-century, severely impacting our skiing and snowmobile industries.
Sounds serious; but Jeanne—more warming means more trees, which means more wood chips. Wouldn’t this accelerate your plan to make New Hampshire the renewable energy capital of America™? Wouldn’t that improve our yield from solar collectors?
No? Yes? It doesn’t matter.
The fact is that no matter what argument we make, the GW alarmists already have the answer. Have you heard? Cooling is now a sign of warming. Not that’s its cooling! But if it was, you know, cooling, that is clearly an indication of more warming to come.
No kidding, really? If it gets cooler, it will eventually get warmer?
Thank ‘Gore’ for Jeanne Shaheen.
Of course if you just happen to be the kind of person who thinks their Senator should be more open minded, you might not want Jeanne Shaheen to represent you. Her mind is already made up.