Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Energy, Global Warming, Junk Science, The United States, United Nations | Tags: Going Around Congress, Ignoring the Constitution, The United Nations
The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, which is silly enough, but he wants to do it without ratification from Congress. One little problem:
Under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.
To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions. The deal is likely to face strong objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill and from poor countries around the world, but negotiators say it may be the only realistic path.
How interesting that someone who liked to proclaim himself a scholar of Constitutional Law, should, after swearing an oath on the Lincoln Bible to “the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” be so determined to get his own way that he is willing to defy the Constitution in case after case. It is more than ignoring his oath, it is a matter of character. This is a man who cannot be trusted because he does not keep his word.
The New York Times casually notes that President Obama ignored the legislative process in his domestic climate-change agenda as well.
In seeking to go around Congress to push his international climate change agenda, Mr. Obama is echoing his domestic climate strategy. In June, he bypassed Congress and used his executive authority to order a far-reaching regulation forcing American coal-fired power plants to curb their carbon emissions. That regulation, which would not be final until next year, already faces legal challenges, including a lawsuit filed on behalf of a dozen states.
Doesn’t matter who disagrees with him, he’s right and you are wrong. He is the President of the United States, and he cannot be opposed.
Does anyone believe that the president has spent even five minutes studying up on global warming or climate change? He’s probably talked to Al Gore, and Science Advisor John Holdren, and all his backers and bundlers who have gotten rich off of the taxpayer money he has poured into energy scams and failed renewable energy projects. But actually looking into the science? Not a chance. Global Warming is for the Left the best chance of establishing social justice in the world. They believe because the Left believes. It is a religion, a matter of faith. As James Delingpole says:
First, they are determined to misrepresent this as a party political issue – in which ignorant, ideologically motivated, Big-Oil-funded Republican “denialists” are willfully and perversely obstructing the perfectly sensible climate policies fully supported by all Democrats. This wasn’t true in 1997 when the Senate voted down the first attempt at a binding international climate treaty – Kyoto – by 95 to 0. It isn’t true today.
Second, it refers to “established climate science” as if – to quote Al Gore – the science on global warming were “settled.” This was a risible notion even at the height of the global warming scare back in 1992 during the Rio Earth Summit when for a period global mean temperatures were actually rising but when scientists couldn’t agree why. It is even less plausible now, given that as all half-way serious scientists – alarmists and realists, alike – now acknowledge there has been no global warming in over 17 years.
Climate change, or global warming, does not even show up on the list of concerns of the American people. I don’t know if “naming and shaming” will convince anyone. The American people aren’t all that impressed with the United Nations either.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Environment, Global Warming, Junk Science, The United States | Tags: National Interagency Fire Center, President Barack Obama, Science Advisor John Holdren
Here’s a new video from the White House, (sorry, I can’t embed it.) President Obama’s Science Advisor Dr. John Holdren explains—in less than three minutes — how climate change is making America’s wildfires more dangerous and why we must act now.
President Obama is deeply in awe of Dr. Holdren. He said breathlessly the other day that when he had a question about anything about science, he could just call up Dr. Holdren and he would explain it. “And he’s a real Physicist,” Obama said.
From the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho: “Outside of the West Coast, there is very little forest fire activity in the U.S. this year. Burn acreage is much less than half of normal.”
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Forest fires are caused by lightening strikes, or occasionally by careless campers. They are not caused by global warming.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Environment, Global Warming, Junk Science, Liberalism, Media Bias, Science/Technology, The United States | Tags: Emotionalism Sells, Extreme Weather Events, Global Climate Disruption
Anthony Watts pointed out that the warmists are increasingly using emotionalism as a motivator for their concern about “global warming.” Language games are an important part of the leftist tool kit. First example is the change from “global warming” to “climate change”— somewhat necessary since it hasn’t warmed in over 17 years, but the climate is always changing, as you probably noticed last winter when the Great Lakes froze over. Anthony quotes Sean Long from the Media Research Center — headline:
Network Coverage of ‘Extreme Weather’ Up Nearly 1,000 Percent
Ten years ago ABC, CBS and NBC barely used the phrase, now they go to extremes despite scientific disagreement.
A “bizarre cold snap” is hitting the U.S. and the media have already begun to draw comparisons to the polar vortex. It is only a matter of time before the networks resume panic over “extreme weather.” …
The networks have worked tirelessly to promote the idea that extreme weather events were more common than they actually have been. What used to just be called weather, is now extreme. On May 6, 2014, NBC White House Correspondent Peter Alexander told “Nightly News” viewers to “just think of all the extreme weather headlines in the last months. Floods, tornadoes, record cold and record droughts.”
ABC correspondent Dan Harris announced on Feb. 22, 2014, “Good Morning America” that “much of America [is] dealing with extreme weather right now. A really nasty mix of twisters, high winds and flooding rains.” (Whole story here.)
Climatologist Dr. John Christie has looked back as far as the 1850s and found there to be no trend in hurricanes. There has not been a single major hurricane (over category three) to hit the United States in seven years. Hurricane Sandy was a minimal hurricane.
The drought in California is not “the worst drought on record” but consistent with previous California droughts. Watch for the emotional words. They are used on purpose. Remember “polar vortex?” There are fewer tornadoes. Floods are not increasing. Dr. John Holdren, Obama’s science advisor, introduced the phrase “Global Climate Disruption” in a presentation at the Kennedy School of Government in 2007, although at that point it hadn’t warmed since 1997:
“Global warming is a misnomer,” said John P. Holdren, speaking at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Kennedy School on November 6. “It implies something gradual, uniform, and benign. What we’re experiencing is none of these.”
Holdren also urged the United States to spearhead this effort, going from being a “laggard in climate policy to being a leader.” Once that happens, he said, the rest of the world will follow suit.
Surely you didn’t think that it was accidental that the entire “endangered species” bit has been portrayed only with particularly attractive species — baby harp seals, polar bears and the ever so cute cubs. We’re suckers for that stuff.
Haven’t you noticed that the influx from Central America are “innocent children,” despite all evidence to the contrary? And now the left is describing them as “our children.“
Another of today’s headlines on Watts Up With That:
“Told ya so —Washington Post links Ebola to Climate Change”
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Energy, Global Warming, Junk Science, Liberalism, Politics, Science/Technology | Tags: EPA's C:ean Power Plan, Junk Science, Unworkable Policies
President Obama tried to pressure “climate change deniers” in a recent interview. He said that most CEOs in the United States are paying attention to climate change, and they are more concerned with the administration’s climate policies than with debating the science. What they want is some certainty about the regulations so they can start planning. They have to make capital investments and have to look at investments for 20 and 30 years out. They have to know if we are putting a price on carbon? Are we serious about this?
“But none of them are engaging in some of the nonsense that you’re hearing out of the climate change [deniers},” Obama said.
The president drew a stark contrast between the questions CEOs are asking about his carbon pollution limits on existing power plants and the attacks from Republicans in Congress who say the standards will devastate the economy and businesses.
Companies like General Mills, Microsoft, IBM and Coca-Cola have joined efforts to mitigate climate change. Some oil companies like Shell have also joined others in supporting strong cuts to greenhouse gas emissions.
Obama said that CEOs always complain about regulation, but that his “policies have produced a record stock market, record corporate profits, 52 months of consecutive job growth, 10 million new jobs, the deficit being cut in half, an energy sector that’s booming, a clean-energy sector that’s booming, a reduction of carbon pollution greater than the Europeans or any other country.” He added:
I think you’d have to say that we’ve managed the economy pretty well and business has done OK.
This is so delusional, you just have to wonder. We are also told that he doesn’t talk to anybody outside of his closest advisers. Certainly he has no understanding that his job growth does not compensate for the new people who are entering the job market and those who have given up and are no longer looking. The situation is getting worse, not better.
Nobody is a “climate change denier.” Climate change is always going on and the planet warms and cools in cycles that are not yet well understood. What we do deny is that the slight increase in warming — less than 1° in a century —is anything to get excited about. The planet has been far warmer in the past, and the Medieval Warm Period which was much warmer, was the finest climate known to man. The Vikings settled in Greenland and built farms. Wine grapes grew in northern England, and the fine climate meant the fend of the Dark Ages and the flowering of the Renaissance.
Today there has been no warming for over 17 years, for the sun has gone quiet. The greens insist that warming will mean more hurricanes, more tornadoes, more forest fires, rising oceans, the list of things that are or will be caused by
global warming climate change is unbelievably long, and fairly amusing.
A dozen states filed suit on Friday to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enacting its “Clean Power Plan.” These are the new rules that would put many coal-fired plants out of business, and hundreds of people out of their jobs. The EPA held hearings last week for the public about the plan. Four hearings, nationwide. In Pittsburgh thousands of coal workers turned out to register their objections to the Obama administrations intentions.
Leading industry groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Mining Association, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and more, have told the EPA that their new climate regulation is “not workable.”
“There is obviously going to be legal action in the future,”said Jay Timmons, CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers. “We would like to see the rule altered and see the agency stop and listen to constituents and the consumers that will be most impacted. But assuming all things stay as they are, then we’ll see some action in the courts.”
The Clean Power Plan is a very bad regulation that has far more negative results that the EPA understands. If the climate is actually cooling, and last winter was a preview, then America will need more electric power, not less. Coal-fired power plants currently provide about 40 percent of our electricity needs, reliably and cheaply. Retrofitting those plants to meet EPA standards may mean that most will shut down because the possible retrofit is too expensive. Big jumps in the cost of power on top of big jumps in the cost of health care may be, to use a favorite theme of the left — unsustainable. Increases in the cost of energy means inflation as the cost of everything goes up dramatically. The Left does not understand incentives, and they really don’t understand, nor look for, unintended consequences. They still do not understand that wind and solar are simply unworkable and can never produce any significant part of our energy needs.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Environment, Freedom, Global Warming, Junk Science, Politics, Regulation | Tags: Great Basin Tribes, Shoshone - Bannock - Paiute, The Federal Nanny-State
Sigh. “The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to spend up to $450,000 in taxpayer dollars to teach Native American tribes in the Great Basin region “climate adaption plans” for their hunting, fishing and gathering activities.”
Just what we need, a bunch of bureaucrats from Washington want to teach Native Americans how to adapt to global warming as it affects their hunting, fishing and “gathering activities.”
Due to climate change, the natural landscapes are becoming impacted,” and the “traditional practices for hunting, fishing, and gathering for ceremonial purposes” can potentially create further impacts,” according to BLM’s Cooperative Agreement announcement.
“It is important to educate those who are engaging in these gathering activities to reduce impacts on public lands. If tribes are able to develop adaptation plans for their gathering activities, they would have a process to follow that could reduce negative impacts on the landscape,” the Request for Applications (RFA) explains.
Todd Hopkins, GBLCC’s science coordinator, said that the climate change adaptation training is focused on Great Basin tribes because they are “Place-based and their gathering is very much traditional in a sense that they use certain traditional foods and resources at certain times of the year, and because of climate shifts they are more impacted than other folks who may, say, go hunt in another place.
“President Obama announced the Tribal Climate Resilience Program in July. As part of this initiative, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will “dedicate $10 million in funding for tribes and tribal organizations to develop tools to enable adaptive resource management, as well as the ability to plan for climate resilience.”
“Tribes are at the forefront of many climate issues, so we are excited to work in a more cross-cutting way to help address tribal climate needs,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in the White House statement announcing the program. “We’ve heard from tribal leaders loud and clear: when the federal family combines its efforts, we get better results – and nowhere are these results needed more than in the fight against climate change.”
Did you ever hear such a foolish bunch of bureaucratese? “Gathering activities.” Is that the Shoshone-Bannock pow wow? I’m not sure when the camas is in bloom, or when you dig for roots, but the huckleberries ripen about August 15th. I don’t know if they get to shoot bison any more, probably not. “Climate resilience, indeed. Adaption plans. These people and their ancestors have been living on the land for ten thousand years, and don’t need bureaucrats to show them how to do it. The tribes get $90,000 for the first year, but I don’t know if it’s enough for forcing them to sit through more of this nonsense.
The photo is of the Shoshone National Forest, which is not a part of the reservation, but the land where Shoshones, Paiutes and Bannocks have made their home for a very long time.
Filed under: Africa, Developing Nations, Environment, Foreign Policy, Global Warming, Junk Science, Science/Technology | Tags: A Cooling World?, Misguided Advice for Africa, Secretary of State John Kerry
John Kerry went off on an extended rant at a panel on “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate” at the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit on Monday.
Eight thousand children die every single day. Around the world, one in eight people suffers from chronic hunger, and in sub-Sahara Africa that number regrettably is one in four. So looking to the future, it’s only going to be more difficult to bring these numbers down.
He said the seven billion people the world struggles to feed today will be nine billion by 2050, more than half of which is set to occur in Africa. And climate change will make confronting world hunger even harder. The effects of climate change, he said, are already being felt around the world.
We’re not talking about some distant future. We’re not talking about some pie in the sky, unproven set of theories, as they were in the earliest days of population growth or other challenges that we face. The impacts of climate change are already being felt everywhere in the world. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, and everywhere in between and around, and they are only going to get worse,” he said, noting that will continue to be the case unless world leaders are able to reach an agreement in Paris next year at the UN conference on climate change.
“All you have to do is look at the extreme conditions that farmers are dealing with around the word. Hotter temperatures, longer droughts —like in California for instance and other parts of the world — unpredictable rainfall patterns,”
All you have to do is look at our ocean, the same carbon pollution that drives climate change is literally changing the ocean’s chemistry,” he said, arguing that it is among the difficulties fish populations are facing.
Kerry went on to say that the increase in carbon is not only detrimental to the amount of food available, but it is also making what is available less nutritious.
Drought, storms, monsoons, hurricanes, tornadoes and unpredictable rainfall patterns, are weather, not climate. Climate is a statistic involving worldwide temperature.
CO², carbon dioxide, is one of the building blocks of life, and a natural fertilizer for plants. It makes plants grow. One of the reasons we have been able to feed growing numbers of the world’s population is that slightly increased CO² has helped plants to grow and flourish. It helps to make plants more resistant to drought. If Mr. Kerry wants to grow more food on the same amount of land, the worst thing he could do is to try to cut back on what he mistakenly calls “carbon pollution.”
Norman Borlaug, the Father of the Green Revolution, was one of the great figures of the 20th century. He saved hundreds of millions of lives by producing new varieties of plants and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for averting malnutrition and famine. From 1950 to 1992, the world’s grain output rose from 692 million tons produced on 1.70 billion acres of cropland to 1.9 billion tons on 1.73 acres, an increase of more than 150 percent. His innovations have helped to feed the world. Not enough for the left, which marches and demonstrates against GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods, just as they are out there demonstrating against nonexistent “carbon pollution.”
There was a video, but I couldn’t listen to it myself, let alone push it on you.
Filed under: Politics, Science/Technology, Domestic Policy, Environment, Global Warming, Energy, Junk Science | Tags: Senator Patty Murray, Silly Talking Points, Global Warning Fraud
A leaked memo from Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) obtained by the Washington Post tells her Democratic colleagues how to start talking about how climate change will hurt the federal budget. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Her memo, and somebody thought it was so humorous that they leaked it to the Washington Post, details how global warming impacts will affect four key sectors of the federal budget: disaster relief; transportation and infrastructure; national security; and agriculture. In the first term the Obama administration spoke of the “green jobs” and other important benefits that would come from curbing greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. We know how well that worked out. There really weren’t any “green jobs” unless you add in bus drivers, accountants and garbage men. And the failed companies and bankruptcies are testimony to a big sector of bad ideas and immense costs.
What is particularly interesting is the visible proof that Democrats get their talking points and ideas from each other. Nobody ever bothers to study up on the facts or the evidence. If you were going to offer your political party the information and talking points with which you hope to triumph at the polls, wouldn’t you be inclined to study up a little to get the very choicest and most useful points? Or at least find out if it’s true.
California Governor Jerry (Moonbeam) Brown just spent some time in Mexico doing PR for California, and he said we should be preparing for masses of Mexicans flowing North across the border to escape the punishing heat of global warming. Murray’s memo said:
“Climate change, if left unaddressed, will both weaken economic growth and impose additional direct budgetary costs on the federal government,” Murray wrote in the memo sent out Friday. “As a result, climate change poses an increasing threat to the federal government’s already challenging long-term fiscal outlook.”
Murray’s memo puts a lot of focus on budgetary impacts due to “extreme weather” — a major talking point of President Obama during his second term. Murray argues that global warming will increase extreme weather events, like hurricanes and droughts, therefore increasing disaster relief, infrastructure and other types of spending.
“Without action, climate change will undoubtedly affect our country’s ability to produce goods and services, costing jobs and weakening growth,” Murray wrote. “These effects are already being felt due to events such as Hurricane Sandy—which was estimated to have caused $65.7 billion in economic damage—as well as the massive droughts gripping parts of the country.”
Basic fact: “extreme weather events” are weather, not climate. Climate is a statistic composed of world-wide temperatures. There has been no warming at all for 17 years and 10 months, since September 1996. None. The sun has gone quiet.
- Antarctic Sea Ice at Record Levels in July
- Arctic Sea Ice Extent Remains Highest in a Decade.
- Death Valley sets summer cool temperature record.
- Coldest July on record in Terre Haute. Indiana
- Lake Superior “appears to be about 20°F colder than end of July 2012.
- Montgomery Ala. shatters 1889 cold record by 7° F.
- “Julember’ in Italy: Temperature 10°C below seasonal average.
- Climate Science Wrong for 120 years
Climate models relied upon by scientists and governments may be greatly overstating the warming that has occurred since the late 1950s, argues a paper analyzing the discrepancies between modeled and observed temperatures.
The paper, which was published in the journal Environmetrics, found that observed temperatures differed greatly from modeled temperatures in the tropical lower troposphere and mid-troposphere.
“Over the 55-years from 1958 to 2012, climate models not only significantly over-predict observed warming in the tropical troposphere, but they represent it in a fundamentally different way than is observed,” says Ross McKitrick, economist with the University of Guelph in Canada and co-author of the study.
The EPA is hot on the trail of coal-fired power plants with the intent of eliminating any trace of emissions of CO², under the (mistaken) assumption that CO² is the cause of global warming. Wind is intermittent, and a wind farm requires 24/7 backup from a conventional power plant. The cost of electricity skyrockets as a coal-fired plant is re placed with an inefficient wind farm and a power plant to back it up. Result — energy poverty. People unable to afford keeping their homes warm in a colder climate. Apparently wind turbines don’t operate well in cold weather.
I wrote about New England’s problems with power shortages. Now, thanks to misguided regulations from the EPA we may have energy poverty across the country just as the climate is getting colder and people need more cheap, reliable coal-fired energy.
Weather kills 2,000 Americans a year; cold is top culprit: ‘Of the 10,649 deaths attributed to the weather, about 63% were tied to exposure to the cold or hypothermia.’
The EPA is playing political power games. They cannot produce the science they claim is behind their increasing regulations, and they lie about what will happen in the future. Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring. When they claim to know, they prove their incompetence. They refuse to consider cost or job losses in their calculations, which makes them worthless.