Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Energy, Junk Science, Law, Progressivism, Regulation | Tags: American Industry Revolt, EPA Power Grab, Unworkable Climate Plan
American industry has a message for the Environmental Protection Agency: your new plan for climate regulation is “not workable.”
The Partnership for a Better Energy Future, which represents 140 organizations, sent a letter to EPA chief Gina McCarthy Monday night calling on her to extend the public comment period for the new rules, make drastic changes to the proposal and hold more public hearings across the U.S.
“We are all going to tell the EPA that this regulation is simply not workable,” Jay Timmons, CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), said on a call with reporters Tuesday to promote the industry push against the rules.
The EPA said it will hold four public hearings across the country on its proposal which mandates that by 2030 states cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels.
Not enough! according to Timmons, the CEOs of the Chamber of Commerce, American Petroleum Institute, the National Mining Association, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and more groups as well.
“There is obviously going to be legal action in the future,” Timmons said. “We would like to see the rule altered and see the agency stop and listen to constituents and consumers that will be most impacted.”
“But assuming all things stay as they are, then we’ll see some action in the courts,” he added.
“Already, we have received nearly 300,000 comments on the proposal. In the first 25 business days following the proposal, we have met with 60 groups and we are continuing our outreach through the 120-day comment period,” Purchia said.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Energy, Environment, Junk Science, Liberalism, Media Bias, Progressivism | Tags: An EPA Power-Grab, Misguided Regulation, Obama's Cimate Action Plan
This gorgeous landscape comes from the Great Lakes last winter. As the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan is passed on to all departments in the government, the Department of Energy, Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Defense all have programs to promote the presidential Climate Action Plan. But it is the EPA that is working hard to fulfill their Clean Power Plan. Another stupid attack on the American economy.
Just last week, the governors of the six New England states met in emergency session at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire to discuss the potential full-scale power shortage that seems to be coming. They asked the premiers of five of Canada’s provinces to attend the meeting. If New England is going to get electricity from anywhere, it’s probably going to be from north of the border.
New England has been on a hell-bent drive to rid itself of any form of “dirty” non-renewable energy, and has been closing down coal-fired and oil-fired power plants for the last decade. In 2000, 18 percent of New England’s electricity came from coal and 22 percent from oil. Today it’s 3 percent coal and 1 percent oil. Natural gas has risen from 15 percent to a vulnerable 52 percent. But there is a major problem. New England doesn’t have the pipelines they would need to bring in natural gas.
Eastern Pennsylvania is only a short distance from Connecticut and Massachusetts, where fracking has put Pennsylvania into third place for overall energy production. A proposal from a Huston company to expand its existing pipeline from Stony Point, New York has met with angry resistance from New England greens. They are still fighting global warming and dirty fossil fuels.
Last winter when the real record low temperatures hit, there wasn’t enough gas to go around. Utilities that provide home heating have long-term contracts, and first call. Power plant operators frantically bid against each other for what was left. Prices went from $4 per mBTU to $79 per mBTU. In 2012, New England spent $5.2 gillion on electricity in the whole year. Last winter they spent $5.1 billion just in the first four months.
The CEO of the Independent Systems Operator of New England which runs the grid begged the region not to close down Vermont Yankee and Brayton Point, but the faith in Environmentalism runs deep. You can store up supplies of coal, but you can’t store natural gas, and wind turbines shut down in cold weather. They only got through last winter by regularly importing 1,400 megawatts from Indian Point, the two nuclear power plants on the Hudson in New York. But New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and most of the state’s Democratic politician are trying to close down Indian Point as well.
In the next two years New England will be closing down 1/10th of its power capacity because — environmentalism. It’s a religious faith, which they falsely assume to be science. Cold kills a lot more people than heat ever does. The last of the four coal-fired plants at Salem Harbor is due to be shut down because it cannot meet the EPA’s new regulations.Brayton Point, the largest remaining coal plant will be closed for the same reason. A constant barrage of protests and legislative attacks has persuaded Mississippi-based Entergy to close the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Station, a reactor that supplies 75 percent of Vermont’s power and four percent of the region’s power— free of “carbon pollution.”
Canadians are developing huge dams in James Bay and are eager to sell electricity to Americans. That means building transmission lines down from the north, but of course environmentalists are opposed to that too, and trying to block any line in every way they can come up with. We’re in for cold winters as far as we can see, which isn’t far as we cannot predict the future, nor can the computer programs of climate alarmists. As far as predictions go, the Farmer’s Almanac may have a better record than the IPCC computers. We’ll see.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Junk Science, Liberalism | Tags: A Rogue Agency, Blocking EPA Regulationi, The Environmental Protection Agency
House Republicans have passed a $30 billion spending bill to fund the Interior Department and the EPA. It is designed to block a whole bunch of looming regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency that clearly exceed the agency’s authority.
Republicans on the Appropriations Committee pushed through the Interior and environment funding bill over the objections of Democrats who said it was full of “veto bait” and handouts to big business. This is the seventh and last of 12 annual appropriations bills. If it is passed by the House, Harry Reid has not yet acted on a single appropriations bill and President Obama would most probably refuse to sign it.
The bill tackles the EPA’s twin draft regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants— a proposal to reduce “carbon pollution”from power plants, and another for future plants offered earlier. It also targets the EPA’s “Waters of the United States” rule designed to grab authority over every trickle of water that might eventually run into “navigable waters” over which they actually do have authority in the Clean Water Bill.
There is no such thing as “carbon pollution.” The carbon dioxide that they chase so aggressively is simply a natural fertilizer for plants. It’s also what you exhale. It is not the cause of global warming and has kept climbing slightly even as there has been no warming for over 17 years. The climate is always changing. It has been far warmer in the past, and far cooler as well. If they shut down every coal-fired plant in the country, it wouldn’t make the slightest bit of difference.
Like so many other agencies of this administration, the EPA has lost documentation of the science behind their grope for more power. The climate is currently cooling. Perhaps you noticed the Great Lakes freezing over this last winter. Some claim we may be entering a new little ice age, but contrary to the IPCC, we can’t predict the future. In any case it seems remarkably stupid to work so aggressively to shut down the power plants that are burning the cheapest fuel, and keeping our energy costs down, while they keep people warm in winter.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) announced that “this bill was designed to protect nature, if not for nature’s sake, then for our sake.” So glad our politicians are so well-informed.
Rep Nita Lowey (D-NY) said the cuts would endanger communities at the behest of big business. Oh, and how does that work?
Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) accused the administration of being “hell-bent” on adding layer after layer of harmful red tape. No other agency has done more to inflict this type of pain than the EPA.”
The EPA has been shot down in the courts over and over for exceeding their authority. This bill will probably go nowhere, but if Republicans can exercise the “power of the purse” to cut off their funding, it would be of great benefit to the people of the United States.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Environment, Junk Science, Military, Politics, Regulation, The United States | Tags: Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wildfire Season
The president has asked Congress for an additional $3.7 billion to “comprehensively address this urgent humanitarian situation” at the border. The request includes $615 million for emergency wildfire suppression activities operations starting in 2015.
Fire season is upon us, and there are fires burning in California, Oregon and Washington state, but perhaps, the Wall Street Journal says, the Obama administration could start by getting its own agencies off the firefighters’ backs. The Defense Department has had a fit of environmental consciousness which is disrupting disaster efforts in peak wildfire season.
The Pentagon decided to suspend the program that supplies federal equipment to states for fighting wildfires. DOD suspended the program because the equipment did not meet the latest federal emissions standards. Emissions? in the case of wildfires? Emitting, spewing CO² by the ton and they are worried the EPA will come after them for tailpipes that aren’t up to date? Forest fires are major air-polluting events. You can see and smell the smoke for miles and miles.
There are two programs, the Federal Excess Personal Property Program and the Firefighter Property Program that each year loan local firefighting units more than $150 million of equipment that the federal government no longer needs. Involved are trucks, pumps, generators, engine parts and are a lifeline for small all-volunteer fire departments that can’t afford $500,000 for a new tanker. The vast majority of the wildfires that local units fight are on public lands.
The DOD suspended the transfer of trucks and generators, many of which were made for the military with diesel engines that don’t meet the EPA’s latest emissions standards. The Defense Logistics Agency realized they weren’t abiding by a decades-old agreement with the EPA to abide by the standards of the Clean Air Act. So naturally they just suspended the program.
Well, enormous outcry, forests burning, the DOD decided the EPA grants a “national-security” exception to the standards rules for transferred military equipment. The agencies have decided the program restart should come with —new regulations— including the requirement that local firefighters track and return every piece of equipment so the feds can destroy them.
Good grief. Don’t let a diesel truck emit any carbon while fighting a thousand-acre forest fire. Priorities. The Bureaucrat is required to follow the rules of the bureaucracy, and not ask annoying questions. When it gets this bad, you know the government is too big to function.
Filed under: History, Humor, Intelligence, Movies, Science/Technology | Tags: Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg, Triceratops
This picture was posted on Facebook, and many viewers were outraged that at a time when there is so much going on in the world, some idiot hunter was slaughtering, um, peaceful rare animals. If you recognize the face of the man, Steven Spielberg, and the animal, Triceratops, all becomes fairly clear. The director posed with a prop from Jurassic Park. The Daily Caller summed up the rage of some of the commenters:
“That’s Steven Spielberg, director of Jurassic Park!” one user wrote.
“I don’t care who he is he should not have shot that animal,” another responded.
“Steven Spielberg, I’m disappointed in you. I’m not watching any of your movies again ANIMAL KILLER,” commented another.
“Disgraceful. No wonder dinosaurs became extinct. Sickos like this kill every last one of them as soon as they are discovered. He should be in prison,” another followed up.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Junk Science, Law, Politics, Regulation | Tags: EPA Power Grabs, The Clean Water Act, The Federal Rogue Agency
Right before the July 4th weekend, when nobody was paying attention, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has added a new regulatory weapon to its arsenal.
In a Federal Register notice on July 2, (you always check the Federal Register right before a 3-day weekend, don’t you?) the EPA stated that by the authority of the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA) of 1996 it had issued a proposed rule that “will allow the EPA to garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.” According to the Treasury Department, under DCIA, such debts include “unpaid loans, overpayments or duplicate payments made to federal salary or benefit payment recipients, misused grant funds, and fines, penalties or fees assessed by federal agencies.
The EPA explains that, “Prior to the enactment of the DCIA, Federal agencies were required to obtain a court judgment before garnishing non-Federal wages. Section 31001(o) of the DCIA preempts State laws that prohibit wage garnishment or otherwise govern wage garnishment procedures.” It’s worth repeating just part of the list of debts for which wages may be garnished under the DCIA: “fines, penalties or fees assessed by federal agencies.”The EPA rule also states that, “we view this as a noncontroversial action and anticipate no adverse comment.” Consequently, the rule continues, “This direct final rule is effective September 2, 2014 without further notice unless EPA receives adverse comments by August 1, 2014.” (emphasis added)
Andy Johnson is a local welder in Unita County, Wyoming. The EPA has issued an “administrative order” that he destroy a pond he painstakingly built on his own property or face $75,000 a day, for violating the Clean Water Act. This is the same amount that the EPA was threatening the Sacketts with, after they declared the lot where the Sacketts were building their home between two lots that already had homes, a wetland. The EPA claimed the couple could not even challenge their ruling, they just had to pay it. That one went to the Supreme Court where the Sacketts won a unanimous decision.
Mr. Johnson’s pond is not polluted, wildlife enjoy it, it is on Mr. Johnson’s own property and he even sought regulatory approval from the state for his private effort to improve the environment. But he did not get a permit from the Corps of Engineers, and thus finds himself under the heavy thumb of the EPA. The EPA claims jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act which gives the EPA jurisdiction over the navigable waters of the United States. This is where it gets remarkably dicey. Mr. Johnson’s stock pond (there are exemptions for stock ponds) takes water from Six Mile Creek, a perennial tributary of the Blacks Fork River, which is a tributary of the Green River “which is and was at all relevant times a navigable, interstate water of the United States.” The fact that waters from Six Mile Creek might eventually flow into the Green River, does not make Six Mile Creek navigable waters. The EPA has been anxious to claim jurisdiction under that law back to every stream, rivulet, and trickle that eventually flows into their navigable waters. Your downspouts may be next, if they get away with this.
The EPA has ordered Mr. Johnson to submit within 30 days a plan prepared by a consultant that asses the impact and provides a restoration plan and a schedule that requires all restoration work to be completed within 60 days of the plan’s approval.Three Senators have fired off a letter to the EPA, and as the EPA gave Mr. Johnson only ten calendar days to respond to their compliance order, suggested that the EPA respond to them within a similar timeline.
The EPA said that if it receives no adverse comments by August 1. the direct final rule will go into effect. Which would give them free rein to go after whoever they choose and garnish their wages without a court ruling — which in a free society should be unthinkable. This rogue agency has been slapped down by the courts over and over, but keeps seeking more power. I am only partially kidding about your downspouts. I would suggest that you submit an adverse comment. These power grabs need to be stopped in their infancy. Here’s a model from the Heritage Foundation.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Environment, Junk Science, Politics, Regulation | Tags: America's Breadbasket, California's Central Valley, Environmentalist Drought
You have undoubtedly noticed rising prices at the grocery store. Bacon aficionados have certainly noticed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday predicted that fruit and vegetable prices will rise by 5% to 6% this year due to lower production in California’s great Central Valley. California has just endured one of the driest years on record— but much of the blame lies directly on extreme environmental policies.
More than half of the nation’s fruits and vegetables, most of the lettuce, berries and tomatoes come from the Central Valley. This year federal water regulators cut farmers’ allocations of water to zero because of a long bout of dry weather. Farmers had to pump groundwater, and many saved their groundwater supply for fruit and nut trees that take years to come to full production.
About 500,000 acres of land lay fallow this year. This didn’t have to happen. The state could have stored up more water from the wet years, but they flushed 800,000 acre feet into San Francisco Bay last winter and another 445,000 acre feet this spring to “safeguard” the “endangered” delta smelt, a tiny 3 inch bait fish endangered by pumping at the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta which under the Endangered Species Act must be protected at any cost. Last winter, when 300 smelt were snared in the pumps, regulators ordered that a deluge of melted snowpack from the Sierras be discharged to the ocean rather than delivered to farmers. That amount of water would have irrigated 600,000 acres of land and been enough for 3 million households.
The Endangered Species Act has an outstanding record of stopping projects, being used as evidence in endless lawsuits, costing billions, but accomplishing nothing whatsoever as far as actually “saving” endangered species. The slaughter of birds of prey, and songbirds chopped up in wind turbines or cooked in solar arrays, on the other hand, does not trump the small amounts of expensive “renewable” energy that environmentalists keep hoping will
The California Farm Bureau estimates conservatively that the average American family will spend about $500 more on food this year as a result of crackpot environmentalism. That’s added to the increased price of gas, higher electricity bills, and higher premiums on your health insurance.
ADDENDUM: There’s more. Henry I. Miller writes in the Wall Street Journal that Santa Cruz, Mendocino and Marin counties in California, have banned a proven, modern technology that could conserve vast amounts of water. The technology is genetic engineering at the molecular level, or gene splicing. Plant biologists have identified genes that regulate water use and transferred them into important plant crops. The new varieties grow with smaller amounts of water or lower-quality water, such as that higher in mineral salts. Irrigation accounts for roughly 70 percent of the world’s fresh water consumption.
In Egypt, Miller says, researchers have shown a decade ago that transferring a single gene from barley to wheat, the plants can tolerate less watering for a longer period of time. The new drought-resistant variety in some deserts can be grown with rainfall alone, and in a conventional field requires only one-eighth as much irrigation. For a country like Egypt that regularly has trouble feeding their own people, this is am enormous benefit.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Energy, Environment, Junk Science, Politics, Progressivism, Regulation | Tags: Another Crooked Agency, Can't Produce the Science, No Climate Benefits
Now it’s the EPA!. The Environmental Protection Agency has joined the IRS is claiming they cannot produce incriminating information from their computers because of a 2010 computer crash. Hey, it’s working for the IRS. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) threatens to hold the EPA in contempt of Congress if it fails to turn over subpoenaed communications with the White House— subpoenaed in November.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy confirmed to the House Oversight Committee Wednesday that her staff is unable to provide lawmakers all of the documents they have requested on the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, because of a 2010 computer crash.
“We’re having trouble getting the data off of it and we’re trying other sources to actually supplement that,” McCarthy said. “We’re challenged in figuring out where those small failures might have occurred and what caused them occur, but we’ve produced a lot of information.”
The revelation came less than two weeks after IRS officials told Congress that Lois Lerner, the official at the center of the controversy over the targeting of conservative tax-exempt groups, also suffered from a hard drive crash that makes it difficult to comply with records requests.
The House Oversight Committee has reason to suspect that Philip North, who worked for the EPA in Alaska decided in 2009 that the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay should not be allowed, before the agency even began to investigate if there were any negative effects on the environment. Committee staffers have been trying to interview North for over a year, but he has been in New Zealand and refuses to cooperate.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said the Federal Records Act requires agencies to maintain all records, which includes emails. Administrator McCarthy admitted “we may have some emails that we cannot produce that we should have kept.”
Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has questioned EPA Administrator McCarthy’s assertion that the debate on how much the climate is changing, the role of humans if any, is over, and no one should question her agency’s actions, or the “confidentail research” it uses to justify multimillion and billion dollar clean air rules. If you question that you are
racist, a denier at war with science.
This should alarm every citizen. The EPA funds the scientific research it uses to support the regulations it issues. The EPA has issued 2,827 new final regulations since Obama took office on January 20 , 2009. The EPA picks the usually agency-funded, but supposedly independent scientists who review the regulations. When the regulations are challenged, the courts defer to the agency on the science. But the agency refuses to make public the scientific research it uses.
The House Science Committee has passed The Secret Science Reform Act which requires that EPA regulation should be based on legitimate science and data that are open to the public.
Gina McCarthy sees this as a threat. Speaking to the National Academy of Sciences in April, she defended her agency’s need to “protect data from those who are not qualified to analyze it. So the EPA decides who get to look at the “scientific research they use, research paid for with public funds, appropriated by Congerss on behalf of American taxpayers. Unbelievable.
In the announcement of the EPA’s 645 page Clean Power Plan, Ms. McCarthy claimed “The science is clear. The risks are clear. And the high costs of climate inaction keep piling up.”
The Institute for Energy Research says “The EPA’s Power Plant Rule: All Economic Costs; No Climate Benefits.”
On June 2, 2014, at President Obama’s direction, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed rule mandating carbon dioxide emission cuts for existing power plants. This rule is designed to comply with the president’s plan to make electricity rates “necessarily skyrocket” by reducing the use of coal-fired electricity generation from existing power plants—one of the cheapest sources of electricity generation. While the rule will result in increasing electricity rates, the rule will not have any material climate benefit despite the fact that the climate is the justification for the rule.
Just one more crooked government agency, abusing the public trust, recklessly issuing regulations to accrue power to itself.
Being enpowered by Congress to keep the navigable waters of the United States clean, they have attempted to control any discharge of water in the drainage ditches beside the road, in the flow of rainwater as part of the “navigable waters” because that water would eventually flow into something navigable since all wates eventually flow to the sea.
President Obama’s misguided effort to shut down coal-fired power plants will not only “skyrocket” electricity rates, but will make every product made in the United States cost more. These efforts will garner him Tom Steyer’s promised 100 million, but cost the American economy another lost 200,000 jobs. And what happens when winters get colder and people can’t afford to heat their homes?
It is all about politics, and only about politics. Obama has brought Chicago politics to the federal government. Crony capitalism. Give your donors what they want, spend the money to stay in control and reward your donors and repeat endlessly, as it all slips gradually into totalitarianism and one party rule.
Filed under: Africa, Cool Site of the Day, Heartwarming, Science/Technology | Tags: A Black Rhinocerous Calf, Saving Endangered Species, World Zoos Breeding Efforts
On Sunday, May 25th, a Black Rhinoceros was born at Zoo Miami. This little girl weighed 122 pounds. Black Rhinos are highly endangered as they continue to be poached at alarming rates in Eastern and Southern Africa.There were once over 100,000 running wild in Africa— within the past century, those numbers are down to an estimated 5,000. They are killed for their horns which are prized in some eastern cultures for medicinal purposes and as status symbols. Sad.
Here she is with mom. Check out all the babies at zooborns.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Freedom, Junk Science, Law, National Security, Politics | Tags: Another Big Obama Mistake, Oil For the Lamps of China, The Enbridge Northern Gateway
Like so many other governments, our friends to the north have given up on the Obama administration. Canada is tired of waiting on the Obama administration to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Ottawa has approved a pipeline to Canada’s west coast.
Six months ago, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said his government needed an answer on the pipeline from President Obama”even if it’s not the right one,” as he told a U.S. Chamber of Commerce audience. Canada could not “continue in this state of limbo.”
The State Department has given it a green light, said it is not an environmental menace, and approved the Keystone. Rejecting the pipeline is a major mistake. The Keystone XL would carry crude oil from Alberta’s oil fields to the U.S. Gulf Coast for refining and distribution. It would be a major boost to the American economy and our dismal job situation. If Canada goes ahead with the construction of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline they just approved, that business is lost. The oil will be shipped to Asia from a supertanker port on the West coast.
A completed Keystone could cut by 40% our reliance on Venezuela or the Middle East. It offered 20,000 new jobs, 13,000 in construction and another 7,000 in manufacturing parts. All told, according to our State Department, the project would create 42,000 new U.S. jobs, half from construction and the remainder from the economic stimulus created by the project.
But there’s another side to the story. Even the New York Times writes of hundreds more deaths and thousands more injuries over the course of a decade. Without the pipeline, companies will continue to move the oil by rail. Ironically, the radical environmentalists who have been actively protesting the Keystone XL, are now panicky about oil trains. There was the 2013 oil train derailment and explosion in Lac-Mégatic, Quebec, that killed 47 people, and in April, a train carrying oil derailed in Lynchburg, Va., caught fire and spilled 30,000 gallons into the James River, forcing the evacuation of 350 people.
Radical environmentalists from the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club, and others tried to link findings to the issue of whether Canadian oil sands should be developed at all. They continue to assume that solar and wind can replace the nation’s energy supply, but they’re getting a little nervous about bird kill in the wind turbines and burning up in the solar arrays.
For President Obama, politics trumps all other concerns. Billionaire Tom Steyer has promised $50 million of his own money and another $50 million raised from his buddies if the Democrats support the war on climate change throughout the coming election. Tom Steyer is opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline. $100 million for Democrat coffers trumps a mere 42,000 jobs.
And further, the head of a leading environmental group calls job losses from the Obama’s administration’s new anti-carbon regulations from the EPA as “collateral damage.” A study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that the new EPA regulations will destroy approximately 200,000 mostly blue-collar energy jobs, reduce the U.S. GDP by about $50 billion a year, and cost families thousands of dollars over the next decade in higher energy costs.
William Becker of the Climate Action Project has praised the new EPA regulations (which will do nothing whatsoever to prevent climate change) to stop climate change, and wrote that “there is nothing explicit in the [administration] plan to mitigate or adapt to the economic disruption the clean energy transition will cause for coal and oil-country families.” These families thrown out of work, he wrote, are “an evolutionary step in technology and the economy” and a move toward “economic progress.” He offers the potential of yet another governmental job training program as a sop for the families of workers whose lives are turned upside down by the fantasy of “renewable energy” and green jobs.
Well, oil for the lamps of China, 200,000 more lost jobs, and the president uses executive action to allow the spouses of all H-1B visa holders to work if they so desire. And if you have lost a job, or have given up looking — you’re just collateral damage in the search for a brave new ‘renewable’ future for the radical greens, and collateral damage in the need for that $100 million Tom Steyer has promised.
Politics is everything. The chaos in the Middle East has to wait till Obama has a few more fundraisers. A golf game on a splendid private course trumps making boring decisions anyway. There is an election coming up and although Obama’s poll numbers are in the tank, he still believes he is doing a splendid job. New press secretary Josh Earnest just dismissed the entire IRS scandal as “a Republican conspiracy theory.”
Pipelines, by the way, are way safer than oil trains. The picture above is of a November, 2013 derailment of crude oil tank cars in Aliceville, Alabama. The fire was still burning 18 hours later. The oil spill was partially contained by a beaver dam in the marsh. No report on the beavers.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, Environment, Global Warming, Junk Science, Science/Technology | Tags: A Promising Future?, Commencement UC Irvine, Global Warming & Illegals
President Obama spoke to the young graduates at the University of California, Irvine, in a commencement speech asking them to join his fight to control global warming and to welcome young illegal immigrants into the country.
One of the most significant long-term challenges that our country and our planet face (is) the growing threat of a rapidly changing climate,” the president said “The overwhelming judgment of science, accumulated and measured and reviewed over decades, has put that to rest. The question is whether we have the will to act before it’s too late.”
He also said that denying climate change is like saying the moon is made of cheese. Bad metaphor. He was speaking to a crowd of about 30,000 at the ceremony in Irvine, and said “I want to tell you this to light a fire under you.” He keeps trying but the people just aren’t interested. They care about jobs and the economy.
Ice on the Great Lakes still around in May and June? Do you believe your eyes or what I tell you? The West Point commencement speech on foreign policy, tepidly received by the graduating cadets, didn’t exactly fill the graduates with enthusiasm for the promise of their coming military service.
Will the graduates at Irvine rush to recycle, line up to enlist in the battle against any possible intrusion of the Keystone XL pipeline into the continental United States with all the jobs it has to offer? Poor kids are undoubtedly graduating with huge loans to pay back and not a lot of hope for the kind of jobs that will help to pay them off.
Obama has clearly swallowed all of the propaganda about global warming without ever making the effort to look into the science. He flunks Climate Science 101. James Dellingpole —who does look into the science — takes on some of his more outrageous statements.
As Anthony Watts says, there is a large and fast-growing body of evidence, well understood by many distinguished scientists and economists, that the catastrophic man-made global warming problem that Obama wants to solve as part of his “legacy”simply does not exist. And for the American people it ranks at the very bottom of problems they worry about.