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December 2011

Warm Winter in Minnesota – Could it be 11 Year Solar Cycle?

This mild winters seem to have a correlation to the eleven year solar cycle or sunspot cycle. If you look at this chart you will see the the solar activity goes up and down like a yoyo on an eleven year cycle. I was looking for it it in 2010 and it didn’t happen but sure enough one year later we get a little break from the sever winter weather that we usually get here up in good old Minnesota. So hope to see you on the golf course real soon.

The NDAA Repeals More Rights

The PATRIOT Act, as bad is its violation of the 4th Amendment, was just one step down the slippery slope. The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) continues that slip toward tyranny and in fact accelerates it significantly. The main section of concern, Section 1021 of the NDAA Conference Report, does to the 5th Amendment what the PATRIOT Act does to the 4th. The 5th Amendment is about much more than the right to remain silent in the face of government questioning. It contains very basic and very critical stipulations about due process of law. The government cannot imprison a person for no reason and with no evidence presented or access to legal counsel.

Shutting down power plants: Imaginary benefits, extensive harm

Emissions of mercury and other air toxics from power plants have been declining steadily for decades, as older generating units have been replaced with more efficient, less polluting systems or retrofitted with better pollution control technologies. While a few older plants still violate EPA’s draconian proposed rules – the new rules are not based on credible scientific and epidemiological studies.

Mosquitoes Modified with ‘Lethal Gene’ to be Released in the US

The mosquitoes are genetically modified with a gene designed to kill them unless given an antibiotic known as tetracycline. Offspring of the GM mosquitoes will receive this same lethal gene which will kill the offspring before it can ever reach adulthood. As more genetically modified mosquitoes mate with wild mosquitoes, the idea is that more and more offspring will be produced with the lethal gene, thereby reducing the mosquito population.

Climate crackdown

In these emails individuals such as the University of Pennsylvania’s Michael Mann also talk about “the cause” they feel they are advancing. Moreover, these exchanges make it abundantly clear that the experts who’ve been conducting climate research (and writing reports about that research for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) have privately expressed doubts about the robustness of many of their findings.

New approach to climate deniers: Launch them into space!

“Our biggest problem is to deal with the skepticism and denial of the cult-like lemmings who would take us over the cliff,” said Brown, a Democrat, eliciting cheers and laughter from an audience of roughly 200 policymakers, businessleaders, and activists. “The skeptics and deniers have billions of dollars at their disposal … But I can tell you we’re going to fight them every step of the way until we get this state on a sustainable path forward.”

Congress Bans Ban On Light Bulbs!

Congressional Republicans dropped almost all of the policy restrictions they tried to attach to the bill, but won inclusion of the light bulb provision, which prevents the Obama administration from carrying through a 2007 law that would have set energy efficiency standards that effectively made the traditional light bulb obsolete.

Canada: First out of a sinking Kyoto ship?

“Every car, truck, ATV, tractor, ambulance, police car,” he elaborated in a media briefing, before giving another equally unpalatable option of closing down the country’s entire farming and agricultural sector and cutting heat to every home, building and factory.

Swamps Cause Global Warming

Want to stop Global Warming? I’ve got some swamp land I can sell you. Heard this on NPR this morning, now swamps are causing global warming. The Greens normally love wetlands, but now they want to flood them and grow weeds to stop global warming and to make millions of …

Global warming forgotten in 2012 race

Since the last election, the science surrounding global climate change has been tainted by scandal, while economic realities have become all too clear. We need an environmental policy that is no longer connected to global weather maintenance. Pursuing the global remedies that the left wants includes giving money to other countries and raising American families’ power bills. We can’t transfer green technology money to Solyndra, much less to foreign countries.