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“The Greatest Strength of America is That People Want to Live There.” by The Elephant's Child
January 9, 2010, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Freedom, Heartwarming | Tags: , ,

Here is a very nice story, a paean to America, called “Going to America:  A Ponzi Scheme That Works,” from The Economist, of all places.  If you’re thoroughly tired of apologies for America, criticisms, and grumpiness in general, it is here. Enjoy.

[ADDENDUM:  Sorry, this link once worked, but is now behind a subscription.  I apologize.]

Here comes the “Green Job” Story Again. Subsidized. Temporary. Useless. by The Elephant's Child

President Obama announced yesterday an additional $2.3 billion in federal tax credits for creating approximately 17,000 subsidized temporary jobs in the “green energy industry”. The “green jobs” will cost $135,295 each.

Thomas Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, said:

Show me one other industry that requests and receives a nearly 30 percent taxpayer subsidy.  That’s what the wind and solar industries require — at a minimum — to exist. All the president did today is throw more money at an unproven technology that is not economically viable in the marketplace. Unfortunately, the only winners in this latest taxpayer giveaway will be Wall Street money managers and corporate interests in the wind and solar industry.

If the president really wants to create an environment that will foster economic growth and job creating, he need not look any further than the domestic oil, gas and coal industries.  These three industries and energy sources built this nation.  For the administration to continue to ignore this fact and to keep the vast resources that taxpayers own under lock and key at the Department of Interior is irresponsible and a disservice to the American people.

The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), if opened for business, would create over 1 million high-wage jobs.  It would reduce our dangerous dependence on hostile nations for their energy resources and spur economic growth across all 50 states. Development of these energy resources will create sustainable employment, not taxpayer dependent make-work jobs. (emphasis added)

The White House said the tax credits under the $787 billion economic recovery stimulus program that Congress approved last year.  The announcement came on the same day as the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the unemployment rate remained at 10 percent.  Approximately 85,000 jobs had been lost in December.

And we just finished explaining why subsidized temporary jobs were such a complete flop in Spain.  Oh, well!   Another payback for Obama’s environmental supporters.

The British Isles, Gripped in An Icy Blast. by The Elephant's Child
January 9, 2010, 2:19 am
Filed under: Energy, Environment, Global Warming, United Kingdom | Tags: , ,

This photo of Britain and Scotland was taken at 11:15 am Thursday by NASA’s TERRA satellite. It was featured in every British newspaper, and shows the British Isles blanketed with snow.

Some elderly Brits are burning books picked up at jumble sales, cheaper than firewood. It is very cold. Britain is suffering from over-reliance on green hysteria, and funds have gone to wind and solar energy that would have been far better spent on nuclear power plants. Some have warned of this approaching problem for years.

Britain’s wildlife is being pushed to “the brink of a crisis” as sub-zero temperatures grip the nation according to conservationists. This winter could be the single greatest wildlife killer of the new millennium.

Thousands of farm animals face being frozen to death as Scotland experiences its worst winter weather in almost 50 years, farmers have warned.  The prolonged Arctic blast is now the worst seen in Scotland since 1963.  The problem is particularly acute in the Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire and the Borders.

Meanwhile back at the Associated Press: “Such weather doesn’t seem to fit with warnings from scientists that the Earth is warming because of greenhouse gases.  But experts say the cold snap doesn’t disprove global warming at all — it’s just a blip in the long-term heating trend.”

“It’s part of natural variability,” said Gerald Meehl, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.  With global warming, he said, “we’ll still have record cold temperatures.  We’ll just have fewer of them”

“Deke Arndt of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., noted that 2009 will rank among the 10 warmest years for Earth since 1880.”

“Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past” claimed the Independent, back in March 2000:

Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer wintersproduce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

According to Dr. David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”
“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

Dr. David Viner has now become the “head of the British Council’s climate change programme” whatever that means.

From Anthony Watts:

[S]unspots are just one proxy, the simplest and most easily observed, for magnetic activity of the sun.  It is the magnetic activity of the sun which is central to Svensmark’s theory of galactic cosmic ray modulation, which may affect cloud cover formation on earth, thus affecting global temperatures.  As the theory goes, lower magnetic activity of the sun lets more GCR’s into our solar system, which produce microscopic cloud seed trails…in our atmosphere, resulting in more cloud cover, resulting in a cooler planet.

So there you go.  Climate science and climate hooey.  Take your pick.

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