American Elephants


President Obama Doesn’t Know How to Create Jobs, But He Sure Knows How to Destroy Them! by The Elephant's Child

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, today made final her determination that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare and therefore must be regulated under the Clean Air Act.

This destructive ruling has been in the works since last April.  It begins a torrent of crippling new regulations of the American economy and the way people are allowed to live.  Ms. Jackson supposedly has a masters degree in chemical engineering, and knows better.  The decision is pure politics, for there is no science there.

The U.S. Senate failed to pass a cap-and-trade treaty in time for the climate change extravaganza that opens in Copenhagen today, leaving the administration with nothing but the promise of another presidential speech to take to the festivities.

The Clean Air Act is decades old, and was never intended to apply to carbon. This is a political ultimatum.  This regulation will impose taxes and regulation across the entire economy, and will accomplish what Obama’s persuasion could not.  It is meant to force Congress to adopt the cap-and-trade that they have so far rejected.

The Obama administration has already told Congress that it will regulate greenhouse gases unless lawmakers deliver a cap-and-trade bill to his desk.

Under the Clean Air Act, any “pollutant” that “endangers” human health and welfare and which is regulated for stationary and mobile sources, becomes subject to National Ambient Air Quality Standards.  Taken to the extent mandated by the Clean Air Act, the EPA  would have to order the closure of most industrial suppliers and users of conventional energy.  Small business would be affected, as millions of buildings emit the designated 250 tons of a pollutant.  Operating permits would be required.

Carbon dioxide, of course, is not a pollutant.  It is a colorless, odorless gas that you exhale every time you inhale.  It is a natural fertilizer for plants.  It is not a cause of “global warming”, and we are actually far short of the optimum amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

As has been increasingly demonstrated in the last two weeks, the science is far from “settled,” and there is certainly no “consensus.” Copenhagen delegates are doing their utmost to pretend that ClimateGate never happened, but out in the real world, IT experts are looking at the computer code and pronouncing it unprofessional, sloppy, crude, and laughable.  Yet that code is the source for all intimations that global warming is something we need to be alarmed about.

It will take a long time for final proof that the whole thing was a fraud and a scam.  But it really is too late.   The cat is out of the bag.*

[*That traditional saying does not refer to a kitty in a sack; but to a cat-of-9-tails, kept in a bag on shipboard until it came out for punishment in the Royal Navy — a flogging.]



Here is the Essential Point: by The Elephant's Child
December 8, 2009, 2:52 am
Filed under: Junk Science, Politics, Science/Technology | Tags: , , ,

Victor Davis Hanson, writing in the Corner at National Review Online Monday said:

Once upon a time, scientists, unlike prophets, were inductive. They sought to interpret evidence in empirical fashion, rather than twist it to “prove” preexisting suppositions. The Enlightenment taught them to welcome transparency and free expression, not (as in the Medieval Age) to form cabals to hound out heretics. Public intellectuals and grassroots activists were devoted to promoting proven ideas, rather than making fortunes through the shrill advocacy of unproven ideas. In the age of cynicism, penances were sold to sinners to allow them without guilt to satisfy appetites that conflicted with their doctrine; by contrast, the lives of moralists reflected the simple creed they advocated for others. Governments acted on scientific consensus, not theories that were the most favored or trafficked in popular culture. Debates, not propaganda cinema or cheap invective, adjudicated honest disagreement; people of the lab and library, not Hollywood celebrities and rock stars and their wannabes on campus, informed the public about scientific dispute.

How strange: This was to be our new age of science; instead, we are getting alchemy, the inquisition, and the reign of the superstitious.




Promises, Promises, Promises! by The Elephant's Child

How can one resist posting on this? The Obama administration, you know — the folks who promised the most transparent government ever — held a workshop on government openness.

On his first full day as President, Obama told government offices that “The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails. The government should not keep information confidential merely   because officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.”

The workshop on openness was closed to the public and to the press.




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