- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 10, 2009

FATALLY FLAWED

“Ultimately the whole case for a Copenhagen treaty rests on the projections of the computer models relied on by the U.N.s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC). These show that, as CO2 levels continue to rise, so temperatures must follow, leading inexorably to catastrophe - unless mankind takes the most drastic action to cut down on its emissions of CO2,” Christopher Booker writes in the London Telegraph.

But, as more and more eminent scientists have recently been pointing out, the only reason why the computer models predict that rising CO2 must cause temperatures to rise is that this is what they were programmed to show,” Mr. Booker said.

“What world-ranking physicists such as professor Richard Lindzen of MIT and professor Will Happer of Princeton have been arguing is that the models are fatally flawed because they do not take proper account of all sorts of other factors which play a key part in shaping the worlds climate - such as shifts in ocean currents, the effects of magnetic activity on the sun and the ‘feedback from clouds and water vapor, far and away the most important greenhouse gas in our atmosphere, which counteracts any impact from the rise in CO2.

“The greatest ally this growing army of ‘skeptical scientists can point to is what has actually been happening to the climate in recent years. No one can predict with certainty where temperatures will be in 100 years time, but the one thing that is indisputable is that, as CO2 levels continue to rise, the trend in global temperatures has not recently been rising as the computer models predicted, but has been flattening out and even dropping.

“In other words, it becomes increasingly clear that the models were wrong - because their programming was biased according to a theory which now looks ever more questionable. Yet it is on their projections that the world is now faced with by far the most expensive set of measures ever proposed by politicians in history.”

BLAME GAME

“The other day, I wrote that President Obama has ‘run out of both charm and ideas.’ I was too kind,” New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin writes.

“To judge from the string of whoppers in his dreary jobs speech [Tuesday], he’s also run out of facts. And he’s still whining about the problems he inherited and blaming Republicans,” Mr. Goodwin said.

“He might as well be barking at the moon. That’s sort of what he is doing, because the American people are tuning him out at a stunning pace.

“The latest Gallup Poll gives him a record low 47 percent approval. Only 26 percent in another poll say he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Naturally, his press secretary attacks the pollsters, likening them to children with crayons.

“And Obama plunges on with his blame-game act. It’s tired, unpresidential and ineffective, all the more so because he’s banking on a bill of goods to prop himself up.

“The most egregious example came when Obama said [Tuesday] the $700 billion bank-bailout fund, or TARP, was ‘launched hastily under the last administration’ and was ‘flawed.’

“Here are the facts. George Bush was in the White House, but Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Obama himself, as a senator, voted for the bailout in October 2008. …

“The record is clear: The $700 billion bailout was crafted on a bipartisan basis, with Obama’s support and encouragement, and he has controlled most of the money. For him to now claim otherwise is disgraceful.”

BY THE NUMBERS

“It’s hard to imagine more dire news for the Democratic Party than the results of the most recent Ipsos-McClatchy poll,” Tom Bevan writes in a blog at www.realclearpolitics.com.

“According to the survey, the Democratic Party has suffered a serious decline in favorability over the past year. At the end of November, 2008, Democrats had a net +27 favorable rating (61 favorable/34 unfavorable). Today the gap is just +5, with 51 percent holding a favorable view of the Democratic Party and 46 percent holding an unfavorable view,” Mr. Bevan said.

“Things look especially bleak on economic-related issues. Consider:

“In the past year, the Democrats’ substantial lead over Republicans on the question of which party can do a better job of handling the economy has completely evaporated. Last November, Democrats held a 21-point advantage on that question, 58 to 37. Today their lead is down to just a single point, 40 to 39.

“On the issue of taxes, Democrats are now running 2 points behind Republicans after leading last year by a 17-point margin, 52-35.

“Ditto the issue of economic growth. A 30-point Democratic advantage last November is now a 3-point deficit to Republicans, 38 to 41.

“On the issue of making America competitive in the world economy, the Democrats’ 20-point advantage last November is down to just three.

“The biggest shift of all comes on the question of who can better deal with the federal budget deficit. Last year Democrats lead Republicans 56 to 26. Today, Republicans lead Democrats on the issue by a 41 to 34 margin - a net 37-point swing in just over twelve months.

“Lastly, on the issue of which party can do a better job of reforming the United States health care system, Democrats’ advantage over Republicans has gone from 39 points (62-23) last year down to just 4 points today (40-36).”

HUMBLING YEAR

“As the president approaches the end of his first year in office, the verdict of the public is clear: Barack Obama has performed poorly,” Peter Wehner writes at www.commentarymagazine.com.

“He has squandered the enormous goodwill he had. His actions have in many instances damaged his country, his presidency and his party. And the challenges ahead will only grow. The question is: will he? …

“His presidency, still less than a year old, is far from broken. But it has absorbed serious blows. And that memorable November 4 evening in Grant Park - when Obama seemed on top of the world, his party fully in command, liberalism on the rise, his supporters intoxicated by the margin of his victory - now seems like a lifetime ago. Reality has indeed intruded.

“His perceived strengths are now seen as weaknesses. Many of his supporters are dispirited. In the aftermath of the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, his partys skittishness has turned to deep concern. The GOP is energized and on the comeback trail. And Barack Obama, a man of almost limitless self-regard, has been humbled. He may not admit it, and he may not even know it. But it has been, in fact, a humbling year. The sooner the president understands that and understands why this moment has come to pass, the better it will be for him, and for us.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes.com.

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