American Elephants

If this doesn’t make you laugh, you have no sense of humor. by The Elephant's Child
February 22, 2009, 10:10 pm
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Bad Science, Bad Politics, Bad Results. by The Elephant's Child

“Obsessive” doesn’t even begin to describe Dr. James Hansen, the Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. (GISS)  Since  trumpeting the cause of global warming before a sweltering Congress in the late 1980s, on the hottest day of summer, he has been an indefatigable agitator on behalf of climate crisis.

He is a government employee, but he has been well rewarded by sources outside of the U.S. government for his climate activism.  In 2001, he received a Heinz Foundation award that included a $250,000 payment for promoting global warming.  Investors Business Daily has reported that Dr. Hansen has been funded by George Soros’ Open Society Institute by $720,000 to encourage his advocacy of the global warming cause.

Now James Hansen has endorsed the Capitol Climate Action in “mass civil disobedience” at the coal-fired Capitol Power Plant in Washington DC.  He says:

The Capitol Climate Action comes not a moment too soon.  For more than thirty years, scientists, environmentalists and people from all walks of life have urged our leaders to take action to stop global warming; and that action has yet to come.  The world is waiting for the Obama administration and Congress to lead the way forward on this defining issue of our time.  They need to start by getting coal out of Congress.

A recent op-ed by Dr. Hansen in the Guardian newspaper in the U.K. proclaimed that Coal-fired power stations are death factories, and the trains carrying coal to them as “death trains.” In October of 2007 he stated to the Iowa Utilities Board that:

If we cannot stop the building of more coal-fired power plants, those coal trains will be death trains — no less gruesome than if they were boxcars headed to crematoria, loaded with uncountable irreplaceable species.

He has called for the trial and prosecution of energy company executives.  Elements of carelessness and hype in the promotion of climate change have alienated increasing numbers of scientists, as well as evidence that the planet is actually cooling.  He has called for the trial and prosecution of energy company executives.

Coal-fired plants currently contribute 48.4 percent of the Nation’s electric power.  Nuclear plants contribute 19.4 percent and 21.4 percent comes from gas-fired plants.  Ordinary hydroelectric power provides 6.4 percent of the total, and all the other “renewables” — wind, solar, geothermal and biomass generate the remaining 3.1 percent of electric power.  The assumption among activists that 50% of our power needs can be supplied by “renewables” is simply a Utopian pipe dream.

A recent article in Der Spiegel reports that Germany’s renewable energy companies are a tremendous success story.  Roughly 15 percent of the country’s electricity comes from renewables, but there is a catch — all the renewable energy produced by the nation’s windmills has not prohibited the emission of a single gram of CO2.  The amount of CO2 contributed by human action is simply too small to measure.  And there is another catch.  In spite of the EU emissions trading system and massive government subsidies and taxes, power plants simply cannot meet their government mandated limits on CO2.

But never mind.  The Capital Climate Action isn’t about saving endangered species or preventing CO2 emissions, or ending the threat of rising sea level, or even the ‘niceness’ of clean energy.  As the sponsors and endorsements make clear, it is about “social change”, and “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” and “climate justice”.  That’s why it is endorsed by the SDS, Code Pink – Women for Peace, Washington Peace Center, Network of Spiritual Progressives, the Hip Hop Caucus, Greenpeace, the Ruckus Society, Global Exchange and other far-left activists.

The global warming case is breaking down in the face of a political “consensus” about climate policy that is simply collapsing.  Europe is admitting that their cap-and-trade policies don’t work and are far too costly to be tolerated.  Targets for emissions are not achievable, and the public no longer believes.  Hence the desperate effort to stir up support.

The whole global warming hoax was never about saving the earth in a biological sense. It was about saving the earth from Capitalism and Liberty and Democracy, from free trade and  free people.

The brilliant folk who run the world’s Non-Governmental Organizations are much better suited to be in charge and manage the affairs of the world.  Just ask them.

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