080707 Marc Morano’s Round-up – July 8, 2007
Live Earth's DC concert called 'PR sleight of hand'
Excerpt: The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian had already scheduled a day of events -- including the Indian Summer
Showcase 2007, which appeared to be absorbed into "Mother Earth -- In
the Spirit of the Live Earth Concerts." There was already going to be
performances, drum circles and spiritual/environmental speeches by
tribal leaders. Al Gore and the Smithsonian's organizers just figured
a way to add Gore's overtly political address and the Garth
Brooks/Trisha Yearwood performance to an existing event.
Poor Johannesburg Live Earth turnout blamed on cold and snow
Excerpt: "We're expecting 10,000 here tonight. It's a bit chilly, and
we've had a strange winter... is it climate change? We had snow in
Jo'burg last week for the first time in 25 years."
Fifty bucks for a beer? It was Livid Earth in Sydney
Shanghai hosts low-key Live Earth concert
80,000 Scottish choose Live Perth over Live Earth
Prominent journal concedes global warming science is not settled
Excerpt: "Robert Charlson of the University of Washington, Seattle,
(is) one of three authors of a commentary published online last week
in Nature Reports: Climate Change. ... he and his co-authors argue
that the simulation by 14 different climate models of the warming in
the 20th century is not the reassuring success IPCC claims it to be."
"... In the run-up to the IPCC climate science report released last
February ... 14 groups ran their models under 20th-century conditions
of rising greenhouse gases. ... But the group of three atmospheric
scientists ... says the close match between models and the actual
warming is deceptive. The match "conveys a lot more confidence [in the
models] than can be supported in actuality," says Schwartz. [....]
Reuters: Earth underwhelmed by environment pop extravaganza
Excerpt: They rocked the world, but as the clean-up at nine climate
change gigs around the globe begins, many wonder if the galaxy of pop
stars did much to change it.
MTV Says Reaction To Live Earth Is Decidedly Mixed
Skeptical of Performers' Motives, Public Tunes Out Live Earth Event
Excerpt: The Live Earth concert promoted by former Vice President Al
Gore received plenty of media coverage and hype, but most Americans
tuned out. Just 22% said they followed news stories about the concert
Somewhat or Very Closely. Seventy-five percent (75%) did not follow
coverage of the event.
'Great Global Warming Swindle' producer says citizens are 'hostages to a hoax'
Excerpt: If greenhouse gases were causing the temperature to rise,
according to classic greenhouse theory, the rate of warming should be
higher in the Earth's troposphere (at least 10km up) than at the
But the opposite is true. All our satellite and balloon data tells us
that the rate of warming was higher at the surface. In other words,
observational data tells us, beyond any reasonable doubt, that
greenhouse gas did not cause the recent warming.
Australian scientist declares global warming not caused by greenhouse gases
Excerpt: "Scholarship is being driven by media and media attention and
this is a terrifying state of affairs." All the research is determined
by government, he said. "You can get all the money in the world if the
research you're doing is related to climate change... if you say
climate change isn't caused by man it's caused by the sun, it doesn't
get any money at all."
Democrat Energy Chairman Dingell floats sure to fail carbon tax to
shake up the political debate on global warming
Excerpt: Mr. Dingell, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on
C-Span, suggested that his goal was to show that Americans are not
willing to face the real cost of reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
His message appeared to be that Democratic leaders were setting
unrealistic legislative goals. "I sincerely doubt that the American
people will be willing to pay what this is really going to cost them,"
said Mr. Dingell,
Emission-lowering schemes could be bad for the planet
Tourist dies after falling into Congo volcano