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Can You Remember December When You’re Roasting in July? by The Elephant's Child


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.

New study : “Climate Models Overestimated Global Warming For The Last 55 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.

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Fucking up the economy increases dependence on government.


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