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Al Gore Mentions Heartland, Tells 11 Falsehoods In Just 35 Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Al Gore hosted his annual “24 Hours of Reality” program this week. You might have missed it since Gore no longer has a cable network to show his Jerry Lewis-style telethon for the climate-alarmist set, but instead had to broadcast the whole thing online. Come to think of it, you probably also missed all the other “24 Hours of Reality” programs on his old, low-rated, bore of a network, Current TV.

  In the middle of his latest presentation, Gore mentioned The Heartland Institute and how our research ended up in a draft of some K-12 textbooks the Texas School Board is reviewing. Gore managed to pack in no fewer than 11 errors/lies/falsehoods about Heartland and the Texas School Board’s review of text books in just 35 seconds. Watch it for yourself (and read the breakdown of Gore’s dissembling and ignorance below). “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From The Heartland Institute

 

 

Mark Twain The Only Difference Taxman Taxidermist

 

 

 

 

“The only difference between the taxman and the taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.”

Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

 

UN REPORT TAKES THE STEAM OUT OF “CLIMATE CHANGE”

 

 

 

 

” The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released a report that doesn’t find much evidence of “climate change” or “global warming” based on human activity, but nevertheless rushes to assure readers that the problem is still serious.  Not so fast, says the Heartland Institute and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change it supports:

“Whereas the reports of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warn of a dangerous human effect on climate, NIPCC concludes the human effect is likely to be small relative to natural variability, and whatever small warming is likely to occur will produce benefits as well as costs,” the non-governmental panel announced, rolling out a hefty report with a succinct “summary for policymakers” to back up their claim.

In essence, the NIPCC is calling shenanigans on the United Nations panel, accusing them of “departing from proper scientific methodology.”

Global climate models produce meaningful results only if we assume we already know perfectly how the global climate works, and most climate scientists say we do not (Bray and von Storch, 2010). Moreover, it is widely recognized that climate models are not designed to produce predictions of future climate but rather what-if projections of many alternative possible futures (Trenberth, 2009). Postulates, commonly defined as “something suggested or assumed as true as the basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief,” can stimulate relevant observations or experiments but more often are merely assertions that are difficult or impossible to test (Kahneman, 2011). Observations in science are useful primarily to falsify hypotheses and cannot prove one is correct (Popper, 1965, p. vii).”

 

 

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Enough! Time To Stop The EPA!

 

 

 

 

 ” Today, The Heartland Institute is submitting to Congress more than 16,000 signed petitions demanding that Congress “rein in the EPA.” The petition recites EPA’s many sins against science and common sense committed during its campaign “to scare the American people into believing that their health, safety and even survival was at stake because of man-made global warming.”
It says “the EPA, having lost their war to scare America into giving them legislation that would allow them to seize control of virtually all energy production and use, are perverting the Clean Air law to give themselves unprecedented powers to regulate American society.”

The petition concludes saying “therefore, I call for deep cuts in the size, power and cost of the EPA.”

EPA wasn’t always so unpopular. It was created in 1970 to protect the air, land, and waterways of the U.S. from harmful pollution. Thanks in part to the agency’s efforts, Americans today enjoy a vastly cleaner environment — among the healthiest in the industrialized world. Yet over the years, EPA has become a rogue agency grasping for ever-more illegitimate power that does little or nothing to protect the environment. “

 

Illustration By Chip Bok

… Are a Failure

 

 

 

  ” And the credit is failing, because small employers aren’t using it. The Congressional Budget Office downgraded its estimated tax score in half, from $40 billion to $20 billion over the first decade of Obama’s law. The massive public relations blitz this spring by the IRS is more evidence. The final nail in the coffin, though, is Miller’s testimony cited above.

 

Small employers aren’t ignored by the healthcare law, however. They can look forward to a costly employer mandate, or a tax fine of $2,000 per employee if they don’t comply. They can expect to see their tax rate rise under President Obama’s budget, since he wants to raise the top two marginal tax rates (at which a majority of small employer profits face taxation).

That doesn’t even count the hike in the Medicare tax rate, which falls doubly on the self-employed. If a small employer is in the tanning industry or makes medical devices, there are special new excise taxes just on them.

“It’s more than a little amusing that the IRS is trying to pass the hot potato here,” said Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist. “They have the real-time data which must confirm what the rest of us know to be the case—this unused credit is a fig leaf, covering up the fact that there are 20 new or higher taxes on small employers and families in Obamacare.” ” 

 

 

Cartoon By Glenn McCoy