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RUSH: Dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut — trumpet fanfare means an update’s coming, and you guessed right, Paul Shanklin here as Algore, Ball of Fire.

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Who’s listening now, really, that’s the big question.

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All right one more time there, Algore, let ‘er rip.

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Ah, you may have heard about this already, but you haven’t heard what I think about it. The City of Denver is gearing up to fight global warming. This is from the Rocky Mountain news today. ‘Denver is gearing up to fight global warming, and residents may soon be asked to make personal sacrifices to help save the planet. Their goal is the equivalent of taking 500,000 cars off the road. The new plan is aimed at making Denver a national leader in reducing gas emissions that have been linked to global warming, giving a major push to alternative energy, stepping up recycling and changing building codes to encourage energy conservation. But the proposal also contains some ideas that may be unpopular, such as penalizing heavy users of electricity and natural gas and basing auto insurance premiums on the number of miles traveled. … Much of the city’s plan involves finding ways to encourage energy conservation by mandating efficiency standards for new construction and setting standards for older homes that would be enforced when the home is sold. The city also would give incentives for carpooling and the use of hybrids,’ ten-dollar-a-month trash would be something they’re thinking of doing. They’re claiming that their era of denial now is over. ‘Denver is joining a host of cities that are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including Seattle, Portland and Chicago.’

The Kyoto accord fell apart. Have you noticed the Drive-By Media is not talking about what happened in the G8? They drove right on by. They didn’t stop, they didn’t report, and do you have any idea why? Because Putin had his lunch handed to him by George W. Bush, and so did the Kyoto accord. The Kyoto accord standards were supposed to go into effect in 2012 and the nations that have signed it said, ‘All right, we’ll move it back to 2050.’ Well, wait a minute f this is so serious, if we’re on the cusp of destroying ourselves, how can we wait ’til 2050? It just got blown away. So while reason is asserting itself in a number of places, people who live in Denver are not going to put up with this. It is just hilarious and absurd at the same time to believe that cities, individual cities of people can affect the climate, can affect the weather. It’s not possible. We don’t have this kind of power. Now, if somebody wants to say, ‘Well, Rush, they’re just trying to clean things up out there, less pollution.’ Well, fine, but it’s still ridiculous. But they’re not saying it to clean up pollution. They’re doing it to reduce carbon dioxide footprints and to affect the climate. This is audacious in its arrogance and conceit.

Meanwhile, the truth about Denver. This is a story from Channel 7 news and it’s from June the 8th, so just three days ago. They had the coldest June morning in over 50 years last Friday, the coldest June morning in 50 years. There was frost out there and then they come up with this global warming stuff shortly after it. In fact, you go to the National Weather Service forecast office and look up Denver, go to climate records and so forth, you’ll find that nine of the 12 warmest years for Denver since records have been kept, were before 1955. This is sheer idiocy. This is what liberals do. Somebody sent me a note. ‘Rush, you need to synthesize for people the definitions of liberals and conservatives, because the difference is just too complicated.’ All right, let me give you a very simple one. Liberals want to run everybody’s life. Liberals want to run your life and everybody else’s life. Conservatives have no interest in running yours. We want to be in charge of our own, and you can do what you want to do, but liberals have to run your life. This story out of Denver is a classic illustration of how most people, as far as liberals are concerned, don’t have the slightest idea how to live responsibly, to do things right, and so government has to step in and take over.

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