Could John McCain be watching GreenWatch? McCain economic adviser Steve Forbes dropped all sorts of hints on Glenn Beck that McCain's proposed cap-and-trade system, which would implement an unprecedented tax increase to combat an issue based on shaky science, is about to go the way of the Dodo bird:
Our message is getting to him. As we said in our petition, McCain is an honorable man, and when presented with the facts about the unsettled science surrounding climate change and the stagnating effects enacting a cap-and-trade system would have on the American economy, he'll have no choice but to make the right decision and scrap his faulty plan before it even gets off the ground.
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Most Egregious Claim of the Week:
Laurie David is the ex-wife of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld creator Larry David, and has become a self-appointed spokeswoman of sorts for the green agenda. She has also become a fairly reliable source of outlandish claims regarding the consequences and effects of global warming. She may have topped herself this week.
I wish I could say I made that up, but she seems to believe it's true. I know what you're thinking: What's the big deal? Who cares what she says about some stupid jellyfish? Why even bother bringing it up?
The problems is that this story, and countless stories like it, re-enforce the false notion that the science of global warming is settled, and the only discussion left to have is how best to combat it. Sure, Ms. David's claims of jellyfish stings are silly and absurd, but not all such claims are that way. Sometimes they're far worse. For example, there's Johann Hari, writing in The Independent, a British newspaper, who believes global warming will have far greater repercussions than just a little redness and swelling. He compares it to a weapon of mass destruction kept by Al-Qaeda in a secret cave, and says that global warming:
"...doubles the intensity of hurricanes, causing them to drown a US city and kill nearly 2,000 people. It turns Spain and Australia dry in the worst droughts on record. It makes the oceans acidic, killing essential parts of the food chain. It is causes these acidic seas to rise and wash away whole nations like Bangladesh and Tuvalu. And if the machine is left switched on for too long, it will drown London and New York and Lagos and Kinshasa too."
These claims are utterly preposterous: Hurricanes are not made stronger by global warming, Australia has had record rainfall in some regions this year, Bangladesh is actually gaining land, and New York is in no real threat of being drowned, unless Mr. Hari is confusing reality with the 2003 blockbuster, "The Day After Tomorrow."