Kerry Channels Muller

Right now on CSPAN-2, Sen. Kerry is giving a presentation on Global Warming. He had a long bit that was ‘channeling Muller’ via the newspaper article. Now he’s gone on to the usual list of Horror Stories (from pine beetles to coastal flooding to ice calving).

Hearing him attempting to describe sunlight reflection off of light objects and absorption in dark ones was painful. His direct equating of “The Greenhouse Effect” and real greenhouses showed complete lack of understanding of real physics. Among other humorous bits was the assertion that “there was no internet prior to” the mid-90s. ( I think he said 93-94; and he did tack on a ‘being commercialized’ at the end – probably suspecting he was being a bit bogus). Guess all those leased lines I bought in the ’80s and all those email and internet “netnews” servers being set up and all was just not “commercial” (despite what my boss said when I brought my budget for approval..) Guess in his “mind” the internet began with the founding of Amazon and nothing came before.

At any rate, most of his rant seems aimed at justification of a “price on carbon” and the fantasy that somehow this would reclaim the solar market from China. He spent some length of time going on about how China has risen from about nearly nothing to dominance of the solar market in the last few years and how the USA is now single digit percents (though he gave numbers to them). So he has discovered that Chinese Merchantalism lets them dominate and consume any manufacturing market it wishes. He lamented the transfer of technology we created to China and the loss of jobs. All well and good. Then he asserts that a “price on carbon” would fix it as the whole reason we don’t have our fair share of this multi-trillion $$$ market is only due to not taxing our energy supplies more. Just crazy talk.

(I got the impression that he and / or his friends were surprised that their solar investments had not been the expected cash cows and were looking for a way to juice them… at tax payer / rate payer expense…)

Mr. Kerry: Raise the COSTS of doing business here, more business goes to China. Raising the costs of energy will send things, like silicon refining and fabricating that are energy intensive, to markets where energy costs are lower. Your proposed cure is, in fact, the poison.

He then went on at some more length about how important it was to address all the usual litany of Global Warming.

His portrait of Muller was as a converted skeptic. Lots of emphasis on his degree and position. Lots of emphasis on the number of peer reviewed papers. Exhorting his colleagues to “read the peer reviewed” literature. Just soo “drink the cool-aid”…

That these kinds of folks want MORE power and control, not less, is the problem. Somehow we need to find a way to quarantine them away from control over commerce or our economy is doomed. “Tax beatings will continue until business morale improves” is just broken.

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14 Responses to Kerry Channels Muller

  1. Julian Jones says:

    … yup, as you say “MORE power and control” is what is driving this ‘mess upon a mess’ that our globalist ‘culture’ has become.

    Revealing the true cost of real power (energy) should be a way to cut through the cr*p – but even here we’re walking through mirages and minefields … I promote some of the most expensive power technology here in UK – small hydro; yet paradoxically – it produces the cheapest electricity. It typically takes 7-10 years to repay capital costs – but then gives upwards of 90 years of very low cost power (while dramatically aerating and cleaning rivers for big biodiversity benefit) – all completely unacknowledged by Govt – primarily it seems because the benefits flow to individuals & communities – not major corporate interests.

    The true cost of hydrocarbons & nuclear might be better measured in the corrupting effects of such concentrated sources of power … There has been a long history of the Energy Industry sabotaging renewable energy potential in UK – with Government sanction, for over 30 years.

    The Energy Technology Support Unit (ETSU) was set up in 1974 as an agency on behalf of the UK Department of Energy; its function was to manage research programmes on renewable energy and energy conservation, but it was operated by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and based at Harwell.

    Prof Salter’s ‘Duck’ (1974) a very promising wavepower device was an early ‘victim’, once it was shown to produce electricity cheaper than coal – ETSU mis-estimated the cost of building it by more than double the actual cost. Support was ended.

    And so on – ANYTHING that threatens the existing power status quo, as we have seen with small hydropower, agriculture – incredibly even our public health – is discredited or unsupported.

    We live in a very sick culture now; our science is thus largely phony, as is our economics.

    We’re led by the deluded, apparently …

  2. Otter says:

    If he’s so upset about jobs going overseas, why is he so hot to get a carbon tax in place?

  3. jim2 says:

    Kerry’s lucky if he can figure out where to pee.

  4. R. de Haan says:

    The converted skeptic (Muller) story is going global and plasters MSM headlines all over the place. Romney will sucker the USA into the carbon tax walhalla. Besides bombing Iran and herassing the Chinese the introduction of a “global” carbon tax will be is primary mission.
    We’re trading one AH for another and still dare to call it elections.

  5. adolfogiurfa says:

    I think they should better try with “global warming” last disguise:”Sustainability”, it has a more wider acceptance….though the whole thing has not enough stamina nowadays after its greatest preacher just disappeared, don´t know if just evaporated as CO2 or tried to climb to the top of his famous “hockey stick” running away from some inconvenient english Lord.
    Anyway the issue seems to be an old and boring tale that nobody believes in it anymore.

  6. John F. Hultquist says:

    Kerry never gets anything right. The full Moon isn’t until the 2nd and he is out howling his nonsense. The Moon is in the sign of Aquarius and one of the elements is astrology. Such is needed to explain why the folks in Massachusetts first elected him (1984) and continue to do so.

  7. Petrossa says:

    At least there is Christy testifying at a senate hearing. Common sense has to win sometime.

  8. Pascvaks says:

    There’s a pardox out there I can’t figure out. How in the world do states with average, everyday, normal, smart, God fearing people elect idiots like Kerry, and several more that could be named? There’s either something in guys like Kerry that I can’t see or hear, or there’s something in those average, everyday, normal, smart, God fearing people in those other states that make them vote for idiots. Like I said it’s a paradox I just can’t figure out.

    PS: Isn’t Global Warming on HOLD? I thought the graph had ‘flat-lined’ the past several years. If Kerry’s talking about it, I must be right.

    PPS: The solution to Global Warming is Term Limits! Indeed, Term Limits would solve a number of very expensive problems and put real people back to work.

  9. Gary says:

    It’s simple, really. The benighted citizens of Massachusetts vote on emotion and loyalty. They are multi-generational Democrats who want to feel good. It’s a tradition which they are constantly reminded of. They are persuaded by the comforting promises of their politicians and are unable to translate the failure of policies into votes for the other guy because the politicians glibly blame the other guy. Too few voters want to support the side being (unjustly) blamed. The politicians are helped in large measure by a co-conspiring press that fails to challenge them — unless they are the other guy, who gets hammered long and hard. These people actually are “smart” — for the short term, at least — because they know who is in control and delivers the goodies. They perpetuate the status quo because it works for them.

  10. Pascvaks says:

    Gary –
    Thanks! I was beginning to think there was something in the water;-)

    PS: Someday, there otta’ be a law… well… well, you know, there just otta’ be a law to stop this kind of stupidity. Maybe we need to start glumping Senators by region, instead of New England having so many, two for each state, maybe we ought to just give them 2 for the whole Northeast;-)

  11. P.G. Sharrow says:

    @Pascvaks; You may have something there! The ones we have had from here in California for the last 30 years have been worse then useless. Just a part of the problem. What we need is some that would be a part of the solution. Term limits, Term limits, Term limits. Politicians are disposable, Not irreplaceable. They need to be fired regularly, If they don’t want to go use a cannon. ;-) pg

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    My solution is simple: Each state keeps it’s two Senators. ONE is elected by the cities. The other one is elected from the non-incorporated areas…

    Suddenly the Farm Country of California would get a bit of representation…

  13. Gary says:

    My wife’s view on term limits is swear them in and then drag them out and shoot them.

  14. E.M.Smith says:


    That would work as long as you don’t replace them until the next election ;-)

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