American Elephants


Russian Heat Wave and Fires Blamed on “Secret” U.S. Climate Change Weapon. by The Elephant's Child

Russia has had a bad time this summer with record high temperatures and forest and peat fires.  Now a Russian political scientist has claimed that the United States may be using secret climate-change weapons to alter the temperatures and crop yields of Russia and other Central Asian countries.

Andrei Areshev, deputy director of the Strategic Culture Foundation wrote in a recent article that: “At the moment climate weapons may be reaching their target capacity and may be used to provoke droughts, erase crops and induce various anomalous phenomena in certain countries.”

Publications throughout Russia have carried the article including International Affairs, a journal published by the Foreign Ministry and by the state-owned news agency RIA Novosti.

In the article, Arshev cited suspicions about the High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program (HAARP), funded by the U.S. Defense Dept. and the University of Alaska.  HAARP, long a target of conspiracy theorists, analyzes the ionosphere and seeks to develop technologies to improve radio communications, surveillance, and missile detection.  Arshev claims its true aim is to create new weapons of mass destruction “in order to destabilize environmental and agricultural systems in local countries.”

Mr. Areshev”s article also targeted an unmanned spacecraft X-378 , and orbital test vehicle the Pentagon launched in April.  The Pentagon calls it a prototype for a new “space plane” that could take people and equipment to and from space stations.  Areshev, alleges that the X-378 carries “laser weaponry” and could be a key component in the Pentagon’s climate-change arsenal.

The Pentagon could not be reached for comment.



Here’s Why We Like Marco Rubio So Much: by The Elephant's Child

(h/t: National Review)



Very Careful Language that Avoids Controversy. by The Elephant's Child

As I was saying about euphemisms:  The Associated Press Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production Tom Kent sent the following note to the staff covering the New York City mosque story.

Here is some guidance on covering the NYC mosque story, with assists from Chad Roedemeier in the NYC bureau and Terry Hunt in Washington:

1.  We should continue to avoid the phrase “ground zero mosque” or “mosque at ground zero” on all platforms.  …The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area.  We should continue to say its “near” ground zero, or two blocks away.

The whole note is here.  It goes on to say that “Muslim prayer services have been held since 2009 in the building that the new project will replace.  The proposal is to create a new, larger Islamic community center that would include a mosque, a swimming pool, gym, auditorium and other facilities.”

Apparently anywhere that Muslim prayer services are held becomes a mosque. The other facilities are several floors of offices that will be engaged in efforts to spread Sharia law in the United States.  That — I find troubling.



Who’s Extreme? by The Elephant's Child

(h/t: National Review)



Obama’s National Bankruptcy Strategy. by The Elephant's Child

President Barack Obama’s National Security Strategy of 2010 is a much longer document than George Bush’ 2006 edition, and that was longer than his 2002 edition. There are parts of it that are quite revealing about focus and priorities.  The document says that:

Climate Change: The danger from climate change is real, urgent, and severe. The change wrought by a warming planet will lead to new conflicts over refugees and resources; new suffering from drought and famine; catastrophic natural disasters; and the degradation of land across the globe. The United States will therefore confront climate change based upon clear guidance from the science, and in cooperation with all nations—for there is no effective solution to climate change that does not depend upon all nations taking responsibility for their own actions and for the planet we will leave behind.

Home: Our effort begins with the steps that we are taking at home. We will stimulate our energy economy at home, reinvigorate the U.S. domestic nuclear industry, increase our efficiency standards, invest in renewable energy, and provide the incentives that make clean energy the profitable kind of energy. This will allow us to make deep cuts in emissions—in the range of 17 percent by 2020 and more than 80 percent by 2050. This will depend in part upon comprehensive legislation and its effective implementation. (…)

Transform our Energy Economy: As long as we are dependent on fossil fuels, we need to ensure the security and free flow of global energy resources. But without significant and timely adjustments, our energy dependence will continue to undermine our security and prosperity. This will leave us vulnerable to energy supply disruptions and manipulation and to changes in the environment on an unprecedented scale.

The United States has a window of opportunity to lead in the development of clean energy technology. If successful, the United States will lead in this new Industrial Revolution in clean energy that will be a major contributor to our economic prosperity. If we do not develop the policies that encourage the private sector to seize the opportunity, the United States will fall behind and increasingly become an importer of these new energy technologies.

We have already made the largest investment in clean energy in history, but there is much more to do to build on this foundation. We must continue to transform our energy economy, leveraging private capital to accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies that will cut greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency, increase use of renewable and nuclear power, reduce the dependence of vehicles on oil, and diversify energy sources and suppliers. We will invest in research and next-generation technology, modernize the way we distribute electricity, and encourage the usage of transitional fuels, while moving towards clean energy produced at home.

This is the clearest and most complete statement that we have had from the Obama administration of their views on climate change, and it is frightening.  In their world, ClimateGate never happened, contrary science does not intrude, the IPCC is not discredited, and evidence that global warming is a natural phenomenon is false.  Robert Bryce, editor of the Energy Tribune and author of Gusher of Lies and Power Hungry says:

Energy independence is hogwash.  From nearly any standpoint— economic, military, political, or environmental — energy independence makes no sense.  Worse yet, the inane obsession with the idea of energy independence is preventing the US from having an honest and effective discussion about the energy challenges it now faces.

Mr. Bryce adds that:

[N]one of the alternative or renewable energy sources now being hyped — corn ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, wind power, solar power, coal-to-liquids, and so on — will free America from imported fuels.  America’s appetite is simply too large and the global market is too sophisticated and too integrated for the U.S. to secede.

All of Obama’s policies are intended to force us to forego fossil fuels, and into forms of energy that simply will not work.  Wind power must be backed up 24/7 with energy produced by fossil fuels because wind turbines produce energy only when the wind is blowing at the right speed, which happens less than 1/3 of the time.  Solar energy is produced only when the sun shines , not at night, and not on cloudy days.

It may be worth some investment to search for alternates, but for the foreseeable future we are dependent on fossil fuels.  Obama is so anxious to be the president who brings about the “clean energy economy” that in a recession, with deep unemployment, he is attempting to force it on an unwilling population in order to bring about his vision.  But there will be no green energy jobs unless the government pays for them, and they will kill  (according to Spain’s experience) 2.2 jobs in the regular economy for every green job, because of the higher cost of energy.  It bankrupted Spain.




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