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skrap 06/11/2010 4:25am

This just in: the last 12 months have been the hottest since records have been kept. The. Hottest. Ever.

Playtime is over. It’s time to solve this.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cmb-faq/anomalies.html

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skrap 06/11/2010 3:52am

And your opinion is based on what, exactly? Not science, surely! So… talk radio? Knee-jerk reaction?

“While volcanoes may have raised pre-historic CO2 levels and temperatures, according to the USGS Volcano Hazards Program, human activities now emit 150 times as much CO2 as volcanoes (whose emissions are relatively modest compared to some earlier times).”

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/pastcc.html

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skrap 06/11/2010 3:43am

If it’s the sun, then why are temperatures continuing to rise as the sun reaches its minimum output for its 11-year cycle? If it’s the sun, then why do global temperatures not track the 11-year output cycle of the sun?

Answer: It’s not the sun. It’s us.

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skrap 06/11/2010 3:41am

Ladies and gentlemen, the Dunning-Kruger effect in action!

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skrap 06/11/2010 3:32am

So, you consider the Clean Air Act an unnecessary faux-Green law? What level of death and disease from pollution is acceptable to you, and how should that level be achieved without government regulation?

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skrap 05/13/2009 1:47pm

“Is not considered a harmful element.”

By whom? Climate scientists long ago proved that as more carbon dioxide gets into the air, the climate warms. When we take coal, oil, and natural gas out of the ground and burn it, it increases the portion of the atmosphere made of carbon dioxide.

• The planet is warming, and that warming is caused by mankind’s burning of coal, oil, and natural gas.
• We are at a tipping point. If we quickly phase out the majority of the burning of these fuels, we can slow or stop the warming.
• If we do nothing, or not enough, the climate will significantly change, and it will be horrible for nearly everyone. Billions will starve. You may be one of them.

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skrap 05/13/2009 1:41pm

No, the target is any greenhouse gas, in particular carbon dioxide and methane.

skrap 10/13/2008 4:35pm

Frustrating that Eshoo, who represents the heart of silicon valley, would vote for the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, which will empowers the entertainment industry to control content via installing a cabinet level representative of their interests. That will certainly stifle legitimate uses of technology to view and collaborate on media in new ways, which is exactly where all the growth in consumer tech is today.

She’s slowly losing me as a supporter with votes like that.

skrap 02/12/2008 11:31am

The list of democratic senators voting against the Dodd amendment, from
http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2008/2/12/115245/547

Bayh (D-IN), Carper (D-DE), Conrad (D-ND), Feinstein (D-CA), Inouye (D-HI), Johnson (D-SD), Kohl (D-WI), Landrieu (D-LA), Lieberman (ID-CT), Lincoln (D-AR), McCaskill (D-MO), Mikulski (D-MD), Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE), Pryor (D-AR), Rockefeller (D-WV), Salazar (D-CO) Stabenow (D-MI), Webb (D-VA)

Obama showed up to vote…Clinton did not.

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skrap 01/21/2008 7:48pm

I agree, as long as we don’t pass any dumb price fixing rules, or other “relief”.

skrap 01/20/2008 9:37pm

EFF’s take: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/01/digital-theft-prevention-requirements-remain-higher-education-bill

skrap 01/20/2008 9:34pm

Ugh, pork for the music industry: “Each eligible institution participating in any program under this title shall to the extent practicable— […] (2) develop a plan for offering alternatives to illegal downloading or peer-to-peer distribution of intellectual property as well as a plan to explore technology-based deterrents to prevent such illegal activity.” Get that dumb language out of this bill!

skrap 01/20/2008 4:29pm

This bill is unnecessary. Most forms of violent protest are already illegal, as are vandalism, and conspiracy to incite any of the above. Why must we label these things as terrorism?

Not to mention that this bill blames the internet for “providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens.” You might as well blame cars for transporting terrorists, or the air for providing oxygen.

skrap 01/20/2008 2:44pm

This is an absolute no-brainer. Ensign has no suitable reason to hold up this bill.

skrap 01/20/2008 2:39pm

He talks a strong talk against government waste, and is liked by the National Taxpayers Union and Citizens Against Government Waste. However, at the same time, he blocked a bill which would require senators (incl. himself) to file their campaign finance statements electronically like everyone else. As a result, the FEC spends $250,000 reentering these senators’ paper reports. Talk about waste! Minus some points for this guy.

For the sunlight foundation’s take: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPURpyrl8Ro

skrap 01/17/2008 6:54am

I think he’s got it right: because of our subsidy system, the cheapest calories in the grocery store continue to be the least healthy. As long as we continue with that policy, we’ll be an obese, malnourished nation.


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skrap’s Supported Bills

Bill Status Last Action
S.223 Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act (110th congress) Introduced Apr 26, 2007
H.R.3685 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007 (110th congress) House Passed Nov 13, 2007
H.R.5214 Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act of 2010 (111th congress) Introduced May 06, 2010

skrap’s Opposed Bills

Bill Status Last Action
H.Res.888 Affirming the rich spiritual and religious history of our Nation's founding and subsequent history and expressing support for designation of the first week in May as "American Religious History Week" for the appreciation of and education on America's history of religious faith. (110th congress) Introduced Dec 18, 2007
H.R.2419 Farm Bill Extension Act of 2007 (110th congress) Bill Is Law May 22, 2008
S.1959 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Aug 02, 2007
H.R.4137 College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Aug 14, 2008
H.R.1955 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (110th congress) House Passed Oct 24, 2007
S.2248 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008 (110th congress) Senate Passed Feb 12, 2008
H.R.6304 FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Jul 10, 2008
S.3325 The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Oct 13, 2008
S.J.Res.26 A joint resolution disapproving a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act. (111th congress) Introduced Jun 10, 2010