Explain this, Rick Perry

WASHINGTON — Animals across the world are fleeing global warming by heading north much faster than they were less than a decade ago, a new study says.

About 2,000 species examined are moving away from the equator at an average rate of more than 15 feet per day, about a mile per year, according to new research published Thursday in the journal Science which analyzed previous studies. Species are also moving up mountains to escape the heat, but more slowly, averaging about 4 feet a year.

How not to win the GOP nomination

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman better stop sounding reasonable if he wants to win over the Tea Party crowd.

Can you talk a little bit about how you came to favor civil unions for gay couples?

I’ve always been in favor of traditional marriage and thinking that you open Pandora’s Box when you start to redefine it. But we’ve had friends who are gay and we’ve heard horror stories [about hospital visitation and legal rights], and I thought it was an appropriate time.

You also believe in climate change, right?

This is an issue that ought to be answered by the scientific community; I’m not a meteorologist. All I know is 90 percent of the scientists say climate change is occurring. If 90 percent of the oncological community said something was causing cancer we’d listen to them. I respect science and the professionals behind the science so I tend to think it’s better left to the science community – though we can debate what that means for the energy and transportation sectors.

hyperbole never helps

Talk about the politics of fear — Al Gore’s Armageddon speech yesterday served no purpose but to remind people what they don’t like about Al Gore.

Suddenly we have only five years until we’re swallowed by the oceans. While I’m no flat-earther when it comes to global warming, now is not the time to get hysterical. Gore’s “solutions” — or at least his time frames — are impractical and counterproductive.

Let’s stick to reality. And let’s hear from the scientists, not their self-appointed spokesman.

**To be clear, which I wasn’t, I support Gore’s call to end our reliance on carbon-based fuels. Climate change is a serious problem. Eh … never mind.

Honestly, I don’t know enough about global warming to opine. Most scientists say it’s occurring, and I believe them. Al Gore, on the other hand, is a politician, and while his crusade is admirable, he still gets on my nerves.

As P.J. O’Rourke once observed, if Gore had not been the son of a senator, he’d be working for some local government agency conducting sting operations on residents who mix paper and plastic in their recycling bins. Bush, meanwhile, would be the VP of the Crawford Kiwanis Club in charge of pancake breakfasts.

Noted and quoted, Manbearpig edition

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No matter what you think of Al Gore’s views (I suspect he’s more right than wrong, but prone to alarmist hyperbole), British journalist Mark Simpson nails the former veep’s biggest flaw:

It isn’t Gore’s vanity that is so impossible to stomach – it’s his total inability to own it. His vanity is the vanity of the ‘humble preacher’ – the deadliest vanity of all.

Noted and quoted, Manbearpig edition

ManbearpigNo matter what you think of Al Gore’s views (I suspect he’s more right than wrong, but prone to alarmist hyperbole), British journalist Mark Simpson nails the former veep’s biggest flaw:

It isn’t Gore’s vanity that is so impossible to stomach – it’s his total inability to own it. His vanity is the vanity of the ‘humble preacher’ – the deadliest vanity of all.

The most backward state in Dixie?

Watch out, Alabama! Georgia’s gunning for you.

While Florida and South Carolina have moved to address global warming, Georgia is seeking to discredit it.

“In the media, we hear the gloom and doom side,” said Rep. Jeff Lewis (R-White), chairman of the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee that held the hearing. “There is alternative information out there.”

You know, like the information disseminated by energy, utility and telecommunication companies.

The hearing was followed by a lunch for lawmakers, sponsored by Georgia Natural Gas and AT&T.

The most backward state in Dixie?

Watch out, Alabama! Georgia’s gunning for you.

While Florida and South Carolina have moved to address global warming, Georgia is seeking to discredit it.

“In the media, we hear the gloom and doom side,” said Rep. Jeff Lewis (R-White), chairman of the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee that held the hearing. “There is alternative information out there.”

You know, like the information disseminated by energy, utility and telecommunication companies.

The hearing was followed by a lunch for lawmakers, sponsored by Georgia Natural Gas and AT&T.

John Mayer: changing the world one uninspiring guitar riff at a time

I can’t figure out John Mayer‘s success. He’s on the cover of TIME magazine, appears onstage with The Police, is routinely shadowed by paparazzi — and for what? Making music for the Applebee’s crowd?

Mayer appeared at last weekend’s Live Earth festival and, as he wrote on his blog, the former Atlantan was geared for a revolution:

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With this kind of lineup, there’s no cause or crisis that wouldn’t be positively affected by an event of this scope. Live Earth isn’t a  show – it’s a showing, a presentation of an idea. Artists like us don’t just get together to each play 20 minute sets every weekend, you know. We’re also usually pretty sensitive about the order in which we take the stage, and I’ve got no problems with my 5:12 PM set time. The Police, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and yes, myself and my dumb face are all openers for the true headliner – the power to literally change the world’s mind. The star of the night is an idea, and all eyes will be on it.

And a soft-rock crooner shall lead them.

John Mayer: changing the world one uninspiring guitar riff at a time

I can’t figure out John Mayer‘s success. He’s on the cover of TIME magazine, appears onstage with The Police, is routinely shadowed by paparazzi — and for what? Making music for the Applebee’s crowd?

Mayer appeared at last weekend’s Live Earth festival and, as he wrote on his blog, the former Atlantan was geared for a revolution:

Johnmayer1sizedWith this kind of lineup, there’s no cause or crisis that wouldn’t be positively affected by an event of this scope. Live Earth isn’t a  show – it’s a showing, a presentation of an idea. Artists like us don’t just get together to each play 20 minute sets every weekend, you know. We’re also usually pretty sensitive about the order in which we take the stage, and I’ve got no problems with my 5:12 PM set time. The Police, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and yes, myself and my dumb face are all openers for the true headliner – the power to literally change the world’s mind. The star of the night is an idea, and all eyes will be on it.

And a soft-rock crooner shall lead them.

What have we done to deserve them?

“I’ve always been against the idea of rock stars lecturing people as if they know something the rest of us don’t – it looks arrogant.

“It’s not as if they have a private source of information. To state the obvious as if you are the only person that knows it is intellectually weak.”

–Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant, speaking out against this summer’s Live Earth concerts, headlined by Madonna.

What have we done to deserve them?

"I’ve always been against the idea of rock stars lecturing people as if they know something the rest of us don’t – it looks arrogant.

"It’s not as if they have a private source of information. To state the obvious as if you are the only person that knows it is intellectually weak."

–Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant, speaking out against this summer’s Live Earth concerts, headlined by Madonna.