Beebe on Global Warming: ‘We Didn’t Listen!’

Gov. Mike Beebe: Blinding Me with Science
Gov. Mike Beebe: Blinding me with science

To follow up on our note below about Gov. Mike Beebe’s weekly radio news thingie: According to the AP’s Andrew Demillo, Beebe said Friday that he does not believe global warming is a hoax, and in fact he believes it to be “a threat.”

But perhaps more importantly, Beebe goes on to say he doesn’t believe state-by-state action will address this threat:

Beebe, however, said he doesn’t think the problem can be solved through individual state actions and said that measures such as a so-called “carbon tax” must be looked on from a national level.

“If there’s going to be a carbon tax, if there’s anything on fuel-efficient or lack of fuel-efficient cars, it’s going to have to be on a national basis,” Beebe said. “A state-by-state approach with it is not going to solve the problem.”

That sounds as if Beebe’s prepared to reject some of the loopier recommendations coming out of the Governor’s Commission on Global Warming, which seems more newsy to me than whether or not he believes global warming is a “hoax.” I don’t care what Beebe thinks about that, because he’s not a scientist.

I, however, AM a scientist, and have won numerous awards for science stuff, so if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to slip into my white lab coat, break out my beakers and bunsen burners, and get to the bottom of this once and for all.

Update: In Charlie Frago’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette story on this matter, he notes that Beebe said in December that Arkansas could probably afford to adopt “15 or 16” of the commission’s recommendations.  It was in that long Q&A published on December 21, which I had completely forgotten.

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15 thoughts on “Beebe on Global Warming: ‘We Didn’t Listen!’

  • January 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm
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    I am disappointed in your Kinkade. This was the perfect opprotunity to include a picture of Kelly LeBrock from “Weird Science” instead of some boring picture of Beebe.

    Anyway, for those of your breathless waiting, my summary of the show is up.

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  • January 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm
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    Now that you mention it, Jason, I’m pretty disappointed, too. Why I felt Beebe’s salt-cured mug was the proper image to use here, rather than a luscious Lebrock photo, is beyond me.
    D.

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  • January 2, 2009 at 9:31 pm
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    I always thought Beebe’s face looked more like my scrotum.

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  • January 3, 2009 at 10:08 am
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    So Beebe understands that a state by state approach will not solve global warming. Bingo. Now he if would just understand that a NATION by NATION approach will not solve global warming for the same reason.

    We should not tax ourselves so that the Russians and the ChiComs can pollute more.

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  • January 3, 2009 at 10:58 am
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    Can someone please explain to me how the planet went into and came out of ice ages long before man was here? And by the way, I just love how the PC terminology has recently gone from “global warming” to “climate change.” Oh my God, there’s dihydrogen monoxide falling and it’s all our fault! I’ve heard that dihydrogen monoxide in a frozen form is covering some northern states. When will it end?

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  • January 3, 2009 at 1:22 pm
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    Can someone explain to me how and why conservatives are now for One World Government as a way of combating climate change?

    Can someone explain to me how past ice ages prove that man cannot possibly do anything to affect the climate?

    Can someone explain to me why the Republican party is now so anti-science?

    Is it because of the failings of our education system, or is simply because it’s easier to repeat what Rush says than to think for oneself?

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  • January 3, 2009 at 2:31 pm
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    I can’t speak for the Republican Party, Joe, but I became “anti-science” after a bunch of street-tough scientists beat me up and stole my girl away from me. I started lifting weights and got a subscription to “Scientific American,” but it wasn’t enough to win her back. I was never the same. Damn you, Street-Tough Scientists!
    D.

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  • January 3, 2009 at 2:51 pm
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    Scientists get strong from toting all those heavy textbooks around, and those thick glasses often hide a steely determination to win.

    There is man, and then there is ubermensch, the scientist. Do not test.

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  • January 3, 2009 at 4:12 pm
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    I know you don’t like Mike Huckaby, but I can’t see him fallen for this global warming hoax, as Mike Bebee has. Just who are the advisers around Bebee, a bunch of left-wing alarmists?

    Granted that emergency anti-global warming — or to be more PC, anti-climate change — measures would greatly increase the powers of politicians and fatten tax coffers, but they all seem to ignore a growing sentiment in the scientific community — among scientists who don’t receive government grants to study the alleged problem, that is — is that all this global alarmism is a hoax.

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  • January 3, 2009 at 4:19 pm
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    Buck,
    I never said I don’t like Mike Huckabee. I just happen to like making fun of him. He’s good for laughs. You really shouldn’t personalize it. (I do hate his television show, because it is terrible.)

    Hard to say how Huck would handle the Global Warming Commission, but his Vertical Politics Institute site addresses the issue of global warming (kind of) here: http://tinyurl.com/8m4bob.
    D.

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  • January 3, 2009 at 9:06 pm
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    Al Gore has really stepped in it this time. He could have spent the rest of his global warming career collecting money by spreading fear over events that were a centure or at least half century in the future. Oh, but that wasn’t good enough for Big Al. He’s now told the biggest global warming whopper of his alarmist career:

    AL GORE HAS GUARANTEED THAT THE NORTHERN POLAR ICE CAP WILL BE COMPLETELY GONE IN FIVE YEARS!!!

    When I heard this I assumed it was a rumor started by skeptics to make Gore look bad. It wasn’t until I viewed the video that I realized what Gore had done. Gore has started a five year credibility countdown timer ticking and it’s up to all of us to make sure that he is held accountable and proven to be a fraud when his dire prediction aimed at drumming up support doesn’t come close to comming true.

    The mainstream media isn’t going to let this video see the light of day because they, unlike Al, understand the precarious position in which he has placed himself.

    It is therefore up to us to spread the word about Big Al’s prediction. He must be exposed for the fearmongering opportunist that he has become.

    To view the video, please visit the following site and click on the picture of Big Al holding up five fingers.

    http://www.hootervillegazette.com

    While visiting this site, you might want to watch a preview of the film “Not Evil, Just wrong” or watch “The Great Global Warming Swindle” which is found in the video section. Happy Viewing!!!

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  • January 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm
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    Say it ain’t so Joe!

    Are you saying that it’s good science to ignore past behavior? Studying prior behavior and patterns is fundamental in any scientific endeavor. It’s scientific fact that ice ages have come and gone long before AND since the arrival of mankind. So, clearly “climate change” CAN occur with or without our help. Could our actions be the tipping point for global warming, uh, I mean “climate change?” Possibly, but past behavior is the best indicator of the future.

    And to be perfectly clear, no, I don’t want cars, buses, factories, etc. spewing smoke into the air like I’ve seen in the more than 30 countries I’ve traveled to and/or lived in around the world. I don’t want to have to wear a mask to walk around outside as I’ve seen in Mexico City. I don’t want to have my eyes tear up and burn for 30 minutes like the time I drove past a chemical plant just outside of Santiago, Chile. I don’t want to see chemical foam on the closed beach like I saw in Guayaquil, Ecuador. I don’t want to see smoke billowing from factories like I saw near São Paulo, so thick that the locals jokingly refer to it as the “cloud factory.” And the list could go on for nearly every country I’ve been to.

    But I also don’t want the United States to be punished for our success. We already have some of the strictest standards in the world. For example, the Jeep Liberty diesel, which is made in Ohio, gets almost 30% higher gas mileage than the gasoline version, but it can’t be sold in the U.S. because of CAFE standards. It can, however, be sold in Europe and nearly every other country in the world because of their lower standards. It’s not that the Jeep Liberty diesel is bad, but rather our standards are comparatively extreme in some cases.

    I don’t know how old you are, but when I was growing up in the Dark Ages (1970s) scientists warned of the impending “ice age” that would “portend a drastic decline in food production – with serious political implications for nearly every nation on Earth.” – Newsweek April 28, 1975. It was drilled into us by our teachers. And then suddenly, after about 13 years of hard sell, the same scientists flipped and said that global warming was going to destroy the planet. And now we are in transition to the ever chameleon and indefinable “climate change,” whatever that means. Maybe we’re not supposed to know what it means.

    So, I think, maybe, just maybe, if we wait a little longer, the scientists will dust off the old ice age scare again. And maybe, just maybe, my early 1980s skinny ties will come back in style too!

    I’ve used up my monthly allotment David’s ink and it’s only the third of the month, so let me just say that one can be a conservationist without being an alarmist, à la Al Gore.

    P.S. I do think for myself and I work for a living, so I don’t have time to listen to Rush. And your “One World Government” sounds scary. I don’t think I’d like it.

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  • January 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm
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    I dunno DK, I’m thinkin’ that’s the kind of recycling the world could probably do without.

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  • December 4, 2009 at 7:09 pm
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    I quess Gov Beebe thinks your money belongs to someone else. John Coleman at KUSI explains Global warming from CO2 is science fiction. The sun causes warming and cooling, not even superman claims he can control the sun. What is the diffence from the ‘Tobacco Industry Cover-up of 1981 Passive Smoke Study Revealed” and Global warming industry, nothing, as we have seen in the last few days.
    John Coleman Video: http://www.kusi.com/home/78477082.html?video=pop&t=a

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