United Liberty’s Top 10 Stories from 2009

It’s the last day of 2009. We made it through a crazy year that saw liberty put at risk on an all to regular basis. We decided the best way to recap the year was to take ten of 2009’s biggest stories and write a blurb about each one of them (we tried to keep it short and to the point).

Before you continue on, each of us here at UL want to thank you for a great 2009. We appreciate you reading. We’re planning for world domination in 2010 and hope that you’ll join in the fun.

So, here they are in no particular order, United Liberty’s Top 10 Stories from 2009.

Tea Party Movement (Brett Bittner): The wave of “hope” and “change” that swept Barack Obama into the Presidency of the United States closed out 2008 and opened the door to a new movement in American politics, the Tea Party movement.  I believe that his election was merely a catalyst for many groups of a conservative nature and strong views on limited government to unite to form one voice to stand up to the political status quo, calling out Democrats and Republicans alike for their affinity to grow the size of government to a breaking point.

Podcast: GOP “Purity” Test, ClimateGate, Afghanistan, GDP Growth?, Guests: Stephen Gordon & Shana Kluck

Editor’s note: We apologize if the quality isn’t that great. We recorded this on our usual software, but it crashed. We used a digital voice recorder as a “just in case,” and we’re glad we did.

Jason and Brett had the opportunity to visit with Shana Kluck and Stephen Gordon, partners with Forward Focus Media, the day after Thanksgiving to record this week’s podcast.

Together, they discuss:

Scientists casting doubt on climate change

It appears that scientists may be taking another look at whether the world is actually warming or not.

The United Nations climate panel faces a new challenge with scientists casting doubt on its claim that global temperatures are rising inexorably because of human pollution.

In its last assessment the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the evidence that the world was warming was “unequivocal”.

It warned that greenhouse gases had already heated the world by 0.7C and that there could be 5C-6C more warming by 2100, with devastating impacts on humanity and wildlife. However, new research, including work by British scientists, is casting doubt on such claims. Some even suggest the world may not be warming much at all.

“The temperature records cannot be relied on as indicators of global change,” said John Christy, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a former lead author on the IPCC.

While the climate alarmists often say winter weather is not an indiction that global warming doesn’t exist, it’s hard to to convince people when they see stories about snow in 49 of 50 states. Here in Georgia, we’re bracing for another couple inches. We may get one good snow every few years. We’re not used to two systems in the same weekend.

It does seem that the climate alarmists face a believability problem. Just 35 years ago, they were telling us to brace for another cooling period. Notice now how they are changing how they phrase their message. It’s no longer “global warming,” it’s “climate change.”

Whatever it is, it looks like the collectivists will have to find another means to convey their message.

Climate “deal” reached

“I am greatly relieved that the last-minute agreement President Obama negotiated is being widely described as ‘meaningful.’  When politicians call something ‘meaningful,’ that means it isn’t.” - Chris Chocola, President of the Club for Growth

Word came last night of a deal being struck at the United Nations conference in Copenhagen to scale back greenhouse gas emissions:

President Barack Obama said the United States, China and several other countries reached an “unprecedented breakthrough” Friday to curb greenhouse gas emissions - including a mechanism to verify compliance - after a frenzied day of diplomacy at the U.N. climate talks.

The agreement, which also includes the developing nations of India, South Africa and Brazil, requires each country to list the actions they will take to cut global warming pollution by specific amounts, a senior Obama administration official said. The official described the deal on the condition of anonymity because specific details had not been announced.

Under the agreement, the official said each country also will list the actions it will take to cut global warming pollution by specific amounts. The deal reiterates a goal that eight leading industrialized nations set earlier this year on long-term emission cuts and provides a mechanism to help poor countries prepare for climate change.

The deal, however, is non-binding and President Barack Obama knows he can’t get a treaty through the United States Senate, given that the can’t even get his cap-and-trade bill moved through.

So, yeah, this is much ado about nothing really.

Patrick Michaels discussed peer review of climate data

The Atlas Foundation is out with another video is Patrick Michaels of the Cato Institute on the ClimateGate scandal, the lack of review of data produced by purveyors of this junk science:

Quote of the Day: Climate alarmism

“I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous [global warming] is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.” - Al Gore, in an interview with Grist (May 2006)

The 12 Days Of Global Warming

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Calls for Investigation of Climategate Grow

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