American Elephants

Doing “Stuff” By Executive Order: As Much As He Can Get Away With! by The Elephant's Child


The repudiation at the polls didn’t apply to Obama, you see. He’s the only one elected by all the people, so this mid-term election doesn’t affect him at all. He simply regards it as an opportunity to do all the stuff he wants to do.

Obama has made a “deal” with China in which the United States will double the pace of its carbon-dioxide reductions after 2020, with a goal of an overall reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions of between 26% and 28% by 2025, compared with 2005 levels. China will go on building coal-fired power plants at their current rate for 15 more years and then it will draw 20% of its power from “renewable sources.” This is supposed to be some kind of accomplishment?

Obama’s idea of international agreements seems to involve big American concessions in exchange for pretend compromises. That would be under the assumption that reducing “greenhouse-gas emissions” is a worthy goal. The past eighteen years of a total absence of global warming while CO² emissions have kept climbing would seem to indicate that the relationship is not what Mr. Obama assumes that it is.

Obama has spent six years celebrating and investing in “renewable energy” and it doesn’t work. When backed up 24/7 by conventional power plants, which is necessary, wind and solar produce some very expensive energy. Wind, by its very nature — even in very windy places —is intermittent. It does not blow steadily, but in gusts. A turbine needs a steady flow of wind to efficiently produce energy.  Every time the wind dies down, the power-plant has to produce the energy.  It doesn’t matter how high-tech the turbines get, or what elements of rare earths go into the construction, the problem is the wind itself.

Same thing goes for the sun. Although the wind may not die down at night, the sun does drop beneath the horizon. It’s called night. The sun is diffuse at best, and clouds interrupt the sunlight. In the world’s largest solar thermal array where five square miles of garage-door sized mirrors reflect sunlight on a central tower of tubes of water to produce steam to drive turbines — now finds NRG Energy, Google and Brightsource Energy having run through $1.6 billion worth of government guaranteed loans, having to pay back the government loan, and there hasn’t been enough sunshine. The electricity output is at least 40% below target, and they want taxpayers to bail them out. Google!

Now that we are enduring an arctic blast in many sections of the country with significant snow, Obama is ready to shut down the rest of the coal industry, sure that ending the emissions of CO2 from coal-fired power plants will stop the ceaseless increase in worldwide temperatures that is humanity’s direst threat. There has been no global warming whatsoever for 18 years and one month. There has been nothing in the warming and cooling of the climate, which always goes on, that has been out of the ordinary. All of the millions and billions spent on renewable energy have been just plain old waste.

Adding corn ethanol to our gasoline has devastated the food supply, raising the cost of food, while polluting more than gas without ethanol would. Farmers liked the requirement, for it got them more money for their corn crops, but the inflation in our grocery stores has been hard on a country where far too many are out of work and on food stamps.

Carbon dioxide is a natural fertilizer, and the increased CO² has meant increases in forest growth and in vegetation. The forests are “greening.” Obama keeps talking about “carbon pollution” although there is no such thing.

Politico argues that “President Barack Obama is prepared to spend the remainder of his term unleashing sweeping executive actions to combat global warming.

The coming rollout includes a Dec. 1 proposal by EPA to tighten limits on smog-causing ozone, which business groups say could be the costliest federal regulation of all time; a final rule Dec. 19 for clamping down on disposal of power plants’ toxic coal ash; the Jan. 1 start date for a long-debated rule prohibiting states from polluting the air of their downwind neighbors; and a Jan. 8 deadline for issuing a final rule restricting greenhouse gas emissions from future power plants. That last rule is a centerpiece of Obama’s most ambitious environmental effort, the big plan for combating climate change that he announced at Georgetown University in June 2013.

Well, Don Quixote Obama, banana republic dictator, embarked on a useless crusade to save the earth from non-existent warming.  Over the whole of the past century, the “global warming ” that so frightened the greenies amounted to about one degree. The panic existed only in the computer programs devised by scientists who were operating on grants and prestige generated solely by those very computer programs. Perhaps the problem was the programs — GIGO.

The EPA is another question. A rogue agency that acts on made-up statistics, has lost the science on which their policies depend, and works closely with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and other radical green outfits.

American business groups are preparing to the extent they can for an onslaught of regulation, mostly from the EPA.  Good grief, even Dentists are bracing for new pollution rules. The EPA is targeting the excess mercury often used in dental fillings, and is seeking to have dentists filter out the substance when dumping into the water supply. The agency estimates the rules would cost the dental industry between $44 million and $49 million. The agency will claim that it is a danger to human health. The EPA is a danger to human health. The cost of going to the dentist will go up, more people will avoid treatment — probably a lot more harm than any excess mercury in unused dental amalgam. Tom Sowell pretty much nails it:

When Obama made a brief public statement about Americans being beheaded by terrorists, and then went on out to play golf, that was seen as a sign of political ineptness, rather than a stark revelation of what kind of man he is, underneath the smooth image and lofty rhetoric. …

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that every other country’s going to say okay.” …

In short, Americans are undeservedly prosperous and selfishly consuming a disproportionate share of “the world’s output” — at least in the vision of Barack Obama.

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