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With the release of the President’s report on climate change last week.  It seemed a good time to look back on the PBS Frontline episode Climate Of Doubt.  Want to find out how large segments of Americans are willing to ignore what could literally be a matter of life and death for future generations?  Check it out.

Remember a spill of sunshine is also known as a nice day.

From DailyKos…

BE in Union at the Scenic Regional Library (308 Hawthorne Drive) from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. TODAY!  PLEASE…see below, original email

invitation at end of this post:


I think it would be a good follow up to the June 29 PSC hearing and to keep

Claire’s feet to the fire. She has to have MO contacts to help stop the Labadie travesty

IF she chose.


[ a little jingle I've fantasized about any McCaskill demo we might stage some day:

Claire, Claire

We want clean air.

We won't get out of your hair

Until we get what's fair. ]



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From: “Brendan Fahey – St. Louis Office of Senator Claire McCaskill” <>

Subject: “Kitchen Table Talk” in Franklin County Hosted by the Office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

Date: June 24, 2013 3:00:20 PM CDT


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Dear Mr. Klinedinst,

My name is Brendan Fahey and I am a staff member for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, on behalf of the Senator, I will be hosting a “Kitchen Table Talk” in Union at the Scenic Regional Library (308 Hawthorne Drive) from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to reach out to you, to listen to your thoughts and ideas about federal policies and legislation and to take them back to the Senator.

These “Kitchen Table Talks” also serve, in part, to inform you of the services that are available through Senator McCaskill’s regional offices. The Senator’s staff throughout the state are able to assist you on a range of federal government issues. If you are currently having an issue with a federal agency, I will be happy to discuss that with you and put you in touch with the member of the Senator’s staff best suited to help with your issue.

Should you have any questions, please contact me at Brendan_Fahey@mccaskill.senate.govor by calling (314) 367-1364. I hope you will be able to join me in Union on July 2nd.


Brendan Fahey

Field Representative

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

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At a recent Romney campaign event one brave soul had the courage to hold up a sign that read, “End Climate Silence,”  and shouted “What about climate? That’s what caused this monster storm,” in reference to hurricane Sandy. Romney was frozen and clueless because he simply has no ideas beyond tax cuts for the rich. But I’m more interested in the crowd’s reaction. They shouted the protester down with chants of U.S.A, U.S.A, ripped the sign from his hands, and booed him out of the event, as if by doing so would make what the man just said completely untrue because … America!

Here’s the video …

It’s a modern-day rendition of Animal Farm by George Orwell. Remember that novella from your high school lit class? It examines the dangers of group think, indifference, ignorance, and myopia that occurred in the run up to the Stalin era.

We’ve just seen yet another unprecedented climate event devastate another large swath of the country. The evidence of man-made climate change has never been clearer. But instead of getting serious about it, these folks ban together and chant the equivalent of “Four legs good! Two legs bad!” It’s horrifying and depressing.

Important point: The precautionary principle or precautionary approach states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus, the burden of proof that an action is not harmful falls on those taking the action, not on science or the public being put at risk by the action.

Well known climate change skeptic, Anthony Watts, endorsed a new climate study back in March, saying …

I’m prepared to accept whatever result they produce, even if it proves my premise wrong. I’m taking this bold step because the method has promise. So let’s not pay attention to the little yippers who want to tear it down before they even see the results. I haven’t seen the global result, nobody has, not even the home team, but the method isn’t the madness that we’ve seen from NOAA, NCDC, GISS, and CRU …

But now that the study’s results are being made public and are statistically identical with those produced at NOAA, NASA, CRU, well …

I consider the paper fatally flawed as it now stands, and thus I recommend it be removed from publication consideration by JGR until such time that it can be reworked.

The former governor of Utah and current GOP presidential candidate has got some pretty crazy ideas …

In an interview on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Jake Tapper asked Huntsman about his shots at Tex. Gov. Rick Perry’s contention that evolution is “a theory that’s out there,” but not a sure thing, nor is the idea of climate change. Last week Huntsman tweeted his take, “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

OK. Jon Huntsman, you are crazy. Crazy to be running as a Republican in this day and age where anti-science ignorance is worn as a badge of honor.

Brian Nieves “Call Me Crazy” ringtone

Call me crazy but does the weather just seem to be getting more and more extreme every year? Extreme precipitation, extreme storms, extreme drought, extreme heat. What could be causing it? El Niño? La Niña? Sun Spots? NASA space debris? Biblical prophecy? One thing we know for sure is that it has nothing to do with the fact the humans are pumping 35 billion metric tons of CO2 into the Earth’s atmosphere every year. The fossil fuel industry can even back this up with scientific research it has funded that concludes it doesn’t does.

Brian Nieves “Call Me Crazy” ringtone

A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!

Note: This is an extended version of a letter to the editor that was published in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Watching the local TV newscasts about the widespread devastation in the St. Louis and surrounding areas it is not unusual to hear meteorologists casually reference some manor of divine intervention as a possible reason no one was killed by the extreme weather on Good Friday. But what you will never hear, as we witness what might turn out to be a record number of tornadoes for a single month in U.S history, and record rainfall from coast to coast, is any reference to global warming or climate change as a possible factor for the extreme weather itself.

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