Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Earlier this year the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said it was "90 percent likely" that man was having an impact on global temperatures. And dailytech.com reports an analysis of scientific papers in 2004 concluded that a majority of researchers supported what it called the "consensus view" that humans were effecting climate change.
But now a study of all research papers between 2004 and 2007 indicates only seven percent give an explicit endorsement of that so-called consensus. Forty-five percent give an implicit endorsement. But 48 percent of the papers are classified as neutral — neither accepting nor rejecting the hypothesis. And only one of the 528 papers reviewed makes any reference to climate change leading to catastrophic results.
At the Movies
The film contends that cutting fewer trees and using less wood would be beneficial to the environment. But Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore writes on Canada.com the opposite is true — that using more wood, and growing more trees — is a better plan. Moore says trees absorb carbon dioxide — convert it to wood — and that wood retains the CO2 when it is cut down. He says trees release the carbon dioxide only when they rot or burn.
Moore says increased use of wood could lead to less use of concrete, steel, and plastic — which produce large amounts of CO2 during manufacturing.
Charles in Charge
A few weeks ago we told you how Democratic House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel had pushed through a $2 million earmark for a building at New York's City College to be named after — himself.
Now Rangel's attorney has asked the Federal Election Commission for permission to use more than $64,000 in campaign funds to commission a portrait of Rangel — to hang in the Ways and Means Committee grand hearing room. The letter says the price tag is consistent with other top portrait artists and includes what it calls "a three-quarter body length size, important details, and a custom frame."
And the senior citizens of Putnam County, New York are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore. Government leaders have taken away something the seniors had taken for granted. Now the seniors are rebelling — signing petitions and making protest signs — and turning out 20 strong for a meeting of the county legislature's health committee.
They're not happy with the County Office of Aging — and here's why. It has removed the free day-old donuts and other baked goods from its senior centers, citing concerns the county could be sued if someone became ill from eating food that was not fresh.
—FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.