Archive for science over politics

Quickie: State Dep't. underestimated #KeystoneXL emissions, per study



Today's Quickie, via the Los Angeles Times:

Building the Keystone XL pipeline could lead to as much as four times more greenhouse gas emissions than the State Department has estimated for the controversial project, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change that relies on different calculations about oil consumption.

“The sole reason for this difference is that we account for the changes in global oil consumption resulting from increasing oil sands production levels, whereas the State Department does not,” wrote authors Peter Erickson and Michael Lazarus, scientists based in Seattle with the Stockholm Environment Institute, a nonprofit research organization.

Of course, who would trust a nonprofit, fact-based scientific organization when we can rely on the expertise of wealthy, self-serving TransCanada Corporate oil oozers?

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?


VIDEO: "If you value your life, please seek shelter from Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry leaves trail of death, Rubio sucks"


marco rubio sucks

Adam Mordecai  posted some brilliant video snarkitude at Upworthy that caught my eye:

There are members of Congress who don't understand or accept basic science concepts. This hilarious video is dedicated to them.

Dedicated to the ignorant, stubborn, backward, self-serving Republicans who lack foresight and continue to cater to Big Oil, Mother Earth and her inhabitants be damned.

This one is a must-watch:

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Mid Day Distraction- 3 y/o deaf boy hears dad’s voice for 1st time


Something in my eye. Via John.


VIDEO: Oops! Climate change denier Gov. Jan Brewer's caught-on-camera Moment of Cranky



At about :50, you can see a rather irked Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (or as my pal @Geoff9Cow likes to call her, Gov. Ashtray) didn't realize the KTVK-TV  camera was still rolling when she said, "Where in the hell did that come from?" in response to a question about climate change.

When she was asked about whether human beings have had any responsibility for giving Mother Earth a rising fever, she said:

“Everybody has an opinion on it, you know, and I probably don’t believe that it’s man made. I believe, you know, that weather elements are controlled maybe by different things.”

Climate deniers like Brewer are creating preventable disasters that will affect generations to come. And unbelievably, Neanderthals like these still hold positions of power:

Marco Rubio is unsure how old the Earth is. He is a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee.

Michele “Man-Made Climate Change is ‘Manufactured Science” Bachmann sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The soon-to-be forgotten moron on climate change, Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, sits on the Science Committee, as does Paul Evolution, Embryology and Big Bang Theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell, Climate Change is a Hoax” Broun.

Global warming skeptic Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) set to chair House Science Committee.

This is all just a bad dream, right? Please?