Strib notes T-Paw’s 180 on climate change

MORNING EDITION

Jeremy Herb of the Strib picks up on T-Paw’s interview with the Miami Herald. Says Herb: “Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s position on climate change has now shifted from ‘one of the most important issues of our time’ to questioning whether humans have had any effect on climate change at all. In a wide-ranging interview with the Miami Herald, Pawlenty said that ‘the weight of the evidence is that most of it, maybe all of it, is because of natural causes. But to the extent there is some element of human behavior causing some of it — that’s what the scientific debate is about.’ It wasn’t too long ago that Pawlenty took a much more muscular approach to climate change. Shortly into his second term as governor, the Minnesota Republican made a big push for clean energy.” You gotta love T-Paw, he keeps moving.

Over at The American Spectator, Paul Chesser observes T-Paw’s latest pirouette and says: “I’ve been tough (I think) in challenging former Minnesota Gov. (and now presidential candidate) Tim Pawlenty​ about his past support for cap-and-trade and policies to constrain carbon dioxide emissions. In December 2009, when he first started visiting New Hampshire, he was still talking like CO2 was pollution, and still failed to remove his state from the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Accord. … So now he doubts the mirage of ‘scientific consensus,’ seems to understand the climate realist perspective, and challenges the stupidity of overhauling the economy to address the dubious ‘problem.’ That’s a lot of progress, and now it seems there’s some consistency in his views.” I love the part where the “climate realists” apparently doubt “CO2 [is] pollution.”

Apropos of the news recently that the conservative ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is involved in a process that presents corporate-written legislation to willing legislators all across the country, Jon Collins of the Minnesota Independent reports: “Two Minnesota lawmakers are attending a conference hosted by a controversial corporate nonprofit that critics say allows corporations unrestricted access to state lawmakers, as well as the ability to draft bills without public disclosure. State Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake) is the state co-chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Minnesota. She and state Rep. Ron Shimanski (R-Silver Lake) are attending the six day conference in New Orleans. Kiffmeyer told the Minnesota Independent that it’s mostly an opportunity to meet and learn from other state legislators across the country. But critics say that the organization is more like a corporate ‘bill mill,’ which allows corporations to write legislation that is then funneled to state capitols across the country without the public knowing that companies that would benefit had a hand in writing the bills.”

Another mortgage scam … busted. Wendy Lee of the Strib writes: “The Minnesota Department of Commerce has accused an Eden Prairie company of defrauding about 200 homeowners on loan modification services. The state alleges that Modify My Loan US charged homeowners advance fees of $2,000 to $2,950 for loan modification services and did not give promised refunds when service wasn’t provided. In total, the department said, Modify My Loan fraudulently charged the homeowners $362,203 in fees.”

The bankruptcy of Home Valu continues to ripple through vendors and contractors. The Strib’s David Phelps says: “Vendors, suppliers, contractors and others who did business with the home-decorating firm in the three months before it dived into Chapter 7 bankruptcy will likely have to return sizable portions of disbursements they received to the trustee overseeing and liquidating the Home Valu estate. … Home Valu and its predecessor company, Plywood Minnesota, were run for decades by former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz and his family until they were forced into liquidation early last year by suppliers who hadn’t been fully paid. Because Home Valu was insolvent in the months leading up to its forced bankruptcy, the trustee has the right to recoup any payments the company made in those final three months to satisfy other creditors in the bankruptcy proceeding, according to bankruptcy law.”

We are so proud. One of our own is climbing the charts for the most Awkward Family Photo in America. Says Amy Nelson in the PiPress: “Never underestimate the power of KFC bucket-hats and matching tube socks. That’s the lesson a St. Paul man learned recently after he submitted a family portrait to the Awkward Family Photos website for an awkward family vacations photo contest. Among the thousands of entries, Derek Larson’s image was chosen as a Top 20 finalist and is currently in second place in online votes. The grand prize is $15,000 and a two-week trip to Hawaii. The public can vote for their favorite photo through Tuesday.” Here’s a link.

Under the heading of “Just So You Know,” LA is moving toward OK-ing that $1.5 billion football stadium. Says Neil de Mause on the blog Field of Schemes: “AEG’s $1.5 billion plan for an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles cleared its first hurdle yesterday, as the city council’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Downtown Stadium and Convention Center voted 4-0 to recommend approval of the city’s memorandum of understanding with AEG. … In the NFL, where local TV and ticket revenue is a drop in the bucket compared to the national TV contract, playing in a big market like Los Angeles isn’t a huge advantage for an owner. (This is in part why L.A. lost its two teams in the first place to smaller markets in St. Louis and Oakland.) A new stadium is a draw — but only because of the new revenue streams it would create, and in an AEG stadium, much of that would be dedicated to paying off the stadium costs. In the end, then, the question will be whether an AEG stadium can be lucrative enough to pay for itself and generate extra cash for both its owner and an NFL franchise. It’s certainly possible — it did work in New Jersey for the Giants and Jets, on more or less the same model (mostly private funding, leavened with tax kickbacks). But just because L.A. gets a new stadium deal is no guarantee that it’ll get a new team.”

Keith Ellison gets his hands slapped by MPR’s PoliGraph judges. Writes Catharine Richert: “ ‘This is the first time in the history of the United States that a debt ceiling increase, which is a routine thing, has been linked to deficit cuts, right — and budget cuts,’ he said. ‘This is the first time.’ Several lawmakers, including Ellison, have repeated this claim. And they’re all wrong. … 1985: As part of a $175 billion debt limit increase, Congress first approved the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act. While there were no specific spending cuts outlined in the legislation, the language set deficit reduction targets. Across-the-board cuts were built into the bill to keep the deficit from exceeding those targets — much like the triggers in the most recent debt deal. 1997: Former President Bill Clinton struck a deal with congressional Republicans to cut a net of $122 billion in mandatory spending over five years and raise the debt limit to $5.95 trillion from $5.5 trillion as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/05/2011 - 09:03 am.

    Certainly can’t deny that TPaw has a scientific background!
    His positions on climate change can best be described by Schrodinger’s Uncertainty Principle (a basis of quantum theory) which states (with appropriate political oversimplification) that one can never be sure whether a cat in a sealed box is alive or dead.
    The same might be said for TPaw’s political future.

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/05/2011 - 09:11 am.

    It’s nice to know that Rep. Shimanski and Rep. Kiffmeyer, together with the Minnesota Republican Party which they represent so well,…

    rather than going to the trouble of examining the issues in Minnesota, then crafting their own bills to address those issues (you, know, actually representing the people who elected them and dealing with their issues),…

    are off at the ALEC meeting getting their marching orders for the next legislative session from their corporate masters,…

    and bringing home fill-in-the-blank, pre-constructed bills designed to give Minnesota’s wealthiest corporations a free hand to pollute as much as they want and to rip off their customers with NO recourse available or allowed (you know, TORTE reform?),…

    not to mention a collection of bills likely designed to force women out of the workplace and back where they belong, barefoot and pregnant at home and under the thumbs of their male “masters” (no matter how abusive),…

    all of which will be pushed, under the dual rubrics of moral purity (as in God will be SO much happier with us when women are fully subjugated and therefore will reward us with massive prosperity),…

    and “the better business climate” the Republicans have been pushing down our throats for the past 30+ years, which has never had any result but to further impoverish the poor and middle class while massively enriching the already fabulously wealthy.

    As far as I’m concerned, any bill whose basic ideas can be traced to ALEC should be tossed out of consideration before it’s even introduced, and any legislator attempting to introduce such a bill should be exposed and excoriated for representing, not his/her constituents here in Minnesota, but corporate masters.

  3. Submitted by Lance Groth on 08/05/2011 - 12:24 pm.

    I got a chuckle out of this bit:

    “…now it seems there’s some consistency in his views.”

    Consistency in Pawlenty’s views? Well, yeah, I guess, if consistently holding your finger up to the wind and tacking hard whichever direction it seems to be blowing counts.

    This man doesn’t firmly believe anything, except that he wants to be president.

    By the way, has anyone thanked Pawlenty for Moody’s downgrade of Minnesota? It’s for his budget strategy (sadly continued in 2011) that they’re punishing us.

  4. Submitted by Roy Everett on 08/06/2011 - 05:32 am.

    The paradox of the CAGW scam is that it remains strong in California, Australia and some parts of the USA, where at least the population can choose between political parties’ views, whereas it has all but collapsed in the EU, where all major political parties adhere to it even though the population has rejected it. The one-party EU is heading for total economic collapse as it drifts more and more to the Soviet economic model, a collapse which could give rise to serious civil unrest; at least the USA electorate have a choice.

    Once the temperature data fraud had been exposed around 2008-9, including the Texas “warming” and Minnesota “cooling”, and the errors in physics and computer modeling had been located long before then, I had been expecting that the whole mess was an academic and scientific muddle and would quietly expire. I had not realized at that point how much investment, pension funds and political power had become built on the scam, and how it had become too big to fail. Yet fail it must, as not only has CAGW spawned an ephemeral financial bubble without any underlying reality or tangible assets but it has seriously damaged the future ability of the USA to provide cheap reliable power to industry and domestic users. Each month that goes by these days sees another wheel fall off the bandwagon, and the Salby presentation in June and UEA and Penn State FOI requests in July are milestones in this decay. H L Mencken was right about his imaginary hobgoblins!

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