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Hurricane Sandy reawakens global warming nuts

Al Gore hears the globeYou knew it was coming. Sandy, the hurricane-turned-super-storm, brought out all the global warming doomsayers, beginning with their nutcase-in-chief, former Vice President Al Gore.

Forget that in Climategate, it was discovered that the Climate Research Unit was cooking the books in an all-out effort to “prove” global warming.

Forget the fact that the United Kingdom’s Met Office quietly released a report last month indicating that global warming — whether manmade or natural — came to a screeching halt 16 years ago.

Forget the fact that temperature changes on the planet Mars pretty much mirror those here on Earth.

And forget the fact that long-range weather forecasters, including uncannily accurate Joe Bastardi of WeatherBELL, maintain that Sandy was long overdue.

Instead, liberals would have us focus on the words of tabloid climatologists like Gore who are better versed in hyperbole than they are in hurricanes.

Gore posted in a blog Tuesday saying Sandy positively proves that “dirty energy makes dirty weather.” And in celebration, he’s scheduled an event called “24 hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report.”

On the day of Gore’s event, a group of climatologists and meteorologists will offer a counter to each of his assertions on WUWT-TV. Short for “What’s Up With That?,” WUWT is a web site created by California meteorologist Anthony Watts and dedicated to scientifically refuting global warming proponents, data and theories. WUWT won the 2011 Bloggies for best science blog.

Sandy also reawakened U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. Waxman’s name may ring a bell from three years ago, when he co-sponsored the proposed Waxman-Markey bill. Officially called the American Clean Energy and Security Act but commonly known as cap-and-trade, it squeaked through the House but was stopped dead in its tracks at the Senate door.

Cap-and-trade was the vehicle President Obama wanted to use to bankrupt the coal industry. When that failed, he set the Environmental Protection Agency after them.

Waxman and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., wrote in a letter Wednesday to U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, “Hurricane Sandy is exactly the type of extreme weather event that climate scientists have said will become more frequent and more severe if we fail to reduce our carbon pollution.”

OK, guys, click your heels three times and repeat after me: Global warming ended 16 years ago.

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