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Will 'Climate Jihad' Bring Al Queda To Our Rescue?

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has called for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming, according to a new audiotape.

In the tape, bin Laden warned of the dangers of climate change and said that the way to stop it is to bring “the wheels of the American economy” to a halt. He blamed Western industrialized nations for hunger, desertification and floods across the globe, and called for “drastic solutions” to global warming, and “not solutions that partially reduce the effect of climate change.”

(Heart)Breaking News From The United States of Ostriches

The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies released the results of a new national survey on public responses to climate change. This report finds that public concern about global warming has dropped sharply since the fall of 2008:

* The percentage of Americans who think global warming is happening has declined 14 points, to 57 percent.

* The percentage of Americans who think global warming is caused mostly by human activities has dropped 10 points, to 47 percent.

* Only 50 percent of Americans now say they are “somewhat” or “very worried” about global warming, a 13-point decrease.

In line with these shifting beliefs, there has been an increase in the number of Americans who think global warming will never harm people or other species in the United States or elsewhere.

TV Weathermen -- the Carbon Lobby's "Useful Idiots"

TV weatherman John Coleman wrote that global warming “is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming: It is a SCAM.” Twenty-nine percent of 121 meteorologists agreed - not that global warming was unproven, or unlikely, but that it was a scam.  Just 24 percent of them believed that humans were responsible for most of the change in climate over the past half century [and] half were sure this wasn’t true.

Lindsay Censured by (non-Graham) Crackers

The Lexington County Republican Party in South Carolina voted late Monday to censure Sen. Lindsey Graham for his recent support for a compromise on cap-and-trade legislation.

The Lexington GOP is now the second county party organization in a matter of months to censure Graham after Charleston County leaders approved a similar resolution in November. But unlike Charleston County, Lexington is one of the most conservative counties in South Carolina and is considered a bellwether of Republican sentiment in the state.

Is Global Warming Making You Nuts? You're Not Alone!

Deadly heat waves, home-wrecking hurricanes, neighborhood-scorching wildfires: When you stop to think about it, global warming can be downright depressing. Now, scientists are starting to validate that feeling. According to accumulating evidence, climate change won’t just trigger new cases of stress, anxiety and depression. People who already have schizophrenia and other serious psychological problems will probably suffer most in the aftermath of natural disasters and extreme weather events.

Did Russia Hack the E-Mails to Scuttle Copenhagen?

The computer hack, said a member of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, was a highly sophisticated, politically motivated operation. The guiding hand behind the leaks, according to one allegation, was that of the Russian secret services.  

Much of Russia’s vast oil and gas reserves lie in difficult-to-access areas of the far North. One school of thought is that Russia, unlike most countries, would have little to fear from global warming, because these deposits would suddenly become much easier and cheaper to access.


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