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More Challenges to the Federal Government and the EPA. by The Elephant's Child

The House of Cards begins to fall.  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, with the support of new Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, has filed a petition with the EPA to reconsider its finding based on the acknowledgment of ClimateGate’s former CRU Director Phil Jones, to be very unsettled science indeed.

He has at the same time filed a petition with the Federal Appeals court requesting a review of the EPA finding.

The Richmond Times Dispatch clucked that “A commission appointed by previous Governor Timothy M. Kaine, a Democrat, found that global warming could spread disease in Virginia, threaten coastal areas and imperil native animals such as crabs.”

The panel, which included scientists, business people, lawmakers and environmentalists, unanimously adopted its final report in 2008.

The Director of the Virginia State Sierra Club, Glen Besa was horrified:

The attorney general is wasting taxpayer’s money on frivolous litigation…In effect, he’s questioning climate change.

Well, yes.  In the last five months it has become increasingly clear that climate change is a fraud. The Earth is cooling, not warming, and there has been no significant warming for the last 15 years.

The IPCC has been exposed as a political organization, in error about every aspect of climate science.  Carbon Dioxide, which is one of the basic building blocks of life, (no CO2 no life) is not a pollutant, and attempts to regulate it as such, are strictly political and have no basis in science.



Texas is Suing the Federal Government. by The Elephant's Child

More on the Environmental front.   Texas Republican governor Rick Perry is suing the federal government, challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s CO2 endangerment finding. From the governor’s press release:

The state’s legal action indicates EPA’s Endangerment Finding is legally unsupported because the agency outsourced its scientific assessment to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which has been discredited by evidence of key scientists’ lack of objectivity, coordinated efforts to hide flaws in their research, attempts to keep contravening evidence out of IPCC reports and violation of freedom of information laws. . . .

“With billions of dollars at stake, EPA outsourced the scientific basis for its greenhouse gas regulation to a scandal-plagued international organization that cannot be considered objective or trustworthy,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Prominent climate scientists associated with the IPCC were engaged in an ongoing, orchestrated effort to violate freedom of information laws, exclude scientific research, and manipulate temperature data. In light of the parade of controversies and improper conduct that has been uncovered, we know that the IPCC cannot be relied upon for objective, unbiased science – so EPA should not rely upon it to reach a decision that will hurt small businesses, farmers, ranchers, and the larger Texas economy.” (emphasis added)

The press release goes on to point out that Texas’ $106 billion agriculture industry, which represents 9.5 % of Texas’ total gross state product, would be disproportionately damaged by the proposed regulations, as well as the effects on business and the energy sector.  Ordinary Texas families would face an estimated $1,200 in increased annual living costs during a depressed economy.

In a sane world, the lawsuit should succeed. “Regulation” of CO2 would accomplish nothing except to destroy more jobs and deepen the recession. Carbon dioxide is not the cause of global warming, but one of the building blocks of life. The globe is not warming, but cooling, as finally even CRU’s Phil Jones has admitted.



Common Sense Trumps Environmental Fantasy. by The Elephant's Child

Arizona has pulled out of the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative.  In 2007 seven American states and four Canadian provinces got together in an initiative to reduce regional “greenhouse gas emissions” starting in 2012. Reality begins to intrude, for the initiative would accomplish nothing at great expense.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was first in line.  He insisted that “We cannot wait for the United States government to get its act together on the environment.  “He said the regional agreement “sets the stage for a regional cap-and-trade program.”

Things look a little different when the nation falls into recession and nobody seems to know what to do about it.  Anyone paying attention to the news is gradually becoming aware that the notion that we are doomed if we don’t act to “fight global warming” doesn’t stand up to accumulating evidence.

Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer issued an executive order saying that the state will suspend its participation in the emission-control plan or any program that could raise costs for businesses and consumers. The Governor also ordered the state’s Environmental Quality Department to reexamine the state’s stricter vehicle emission laws, based on California’s standards, fearing they would significantly raise the cost of new cars.

The regulations were put in place under former Democrat Gov. Janet Napolitano, now Secretary of  Homeland Security.

In California, Assemblyman Dan Logue is sponsoring an initiative for the November ballot that would halt action on the state’s global warming plan, until the state unemployment rate drops to 5.5% from the current 12.4%.

California State University Sacramento economists produced a study, commissioned by the California Small Business Roundtable, that found that costs for implementing the bill could easily exceed $100 billion.  By 2020, they found, the program would raise the cost of living by $7,857 per household per year.

Governors are often moved more by what their neighboring states are doing than by the opinions of their own citizens.  A “safety in numbers” kind of thing, or not wanting to look hesitant if the guy next door is doing something bold. Their grasp on power is usually brief and tenuous, and few are sure of what they are doing.  Across the country, Republican governors are showing the way.



CNN Poll: 52% Say Obama a One-Term BLUNDER! by American Elephant

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