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Getting Tired of Green Lies? The Ice Is Not Melting. by The Elephant's Child

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Have you heard that the ice is melting at the poles in a clear sign of climate catastrophe? Last night I was listening to a podcast of the John Batchelor show, and heard an admiral saying how useful drones would be for patrolling the Arctic when it was ice free. Huh?

I was surprised that the idea that the ice at the poles is catastrophically melting has inflicted the military, and apparently military planning.  The ice freezes in the winter and melts some in the summer. Every year.

Ted Maksym, an oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts is going to get some grief from the global warming true believers for not adhering to the article of faith that man is overheating the Earth by burning fossil fuels.

Arctic sea ice has reached the largest December extent in a decade. Federal experts will not acknowledge this since their funding depends on a misinformed Congress and gullible public.

“The North and South Poles are ‘not melting,'”the British Express reported on Christmas. “In fact,” the Express said in its coverage of Maksym’s finding, the poles are ‘much more stable ‘ than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought.”

The ‘narrative’ in America is that the ice is melting, and you will find little confirmation in the media that that is not the case. Remember the “walrus scare,” the constant assertion that the polar bears are endangered, threatened, dying, suffering because of a lack of ice? It has been a constant story, enlivened by pictures of bears crouched on too-small bits of ice, looking pathetic. Well, never fear.

There is plenty of ice at the poles, north and south. Not melting.



More Abundance of Life: 221 New Species Discovered! by The Elephant's Child

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I have written several times about endangered species that have turned out not to be endangered after all, and even extinct species that turn out not to be extinct. It is a large and complicated Earth, and what seems to be missing in one place may well be abundant elsewhere. The environmental lobby wants desperately to endanger more  and find fewer to enhance their cause.

In 2014, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added a whopping 221 new plant and animal species to the Earth’s complex web of life. New species, previously unknown, include 110 ants, 16 beetles, 3 spiders, 28 fishes, 24 sea slugs, 2 marine worms, 9 barnacles, 2 octocorals, 25 plants, one waterbear, and one tiny mammal. More than a dozen Academy scientists and several dozen international collaborators described the discoveries — which have been published in 64 different scientific papers.

“Biodiversity scientists estimate that we have discovered less than ten  percent of species on the planet,” says Dr. Meg Lowman, the Academy’s Chief of Science and Sustainability. “Academy scientists tirelessly explore the unexplored regions of Earth — not only to discover new species, but also to uncover the importance of these species to the health of our natural systems.”

The picture is of the tiny new mammal, a sengi, or elephant-shrew, (note the long nose). He comes from the deserts of Namibia. There is also mentioned a gigantic worm-eel, at 55 inches long.  I once stepped on what I assumed to be a 2-3′ long piece of driftwood in the river, which promptly wiggled off and swam away. I had no idea that there were eels in my river. Scared the hell out of me.



The CPSC Wants to Wrap Christmas Up In Red Tape! by The Elephant's Child

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You remember, I am sure, that the  Constitution of the United States of America begins — “We the people.” That is a very big deal indeed, and sets apart our constitution from all others. It is also a reason why ours is the oldest constitution in the world.

That the power is invested in the people makes not the slightest bit of difference to the Left, who assume that our society needs to be controlled and regulated by themselves, because they are smarter than ‘we the people.’ Jonathan Gruber sort of let that slip out.

Christmas lights have become so affordable that even the humblest of homes is able to light up. Can’t have that. Federal bureaucrats are working to end this excess. They claim it will make us safer. Uh huh. Too many bureaucrats getting their ideas of reality from the movies. Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” who nearly electrocutes himself, starts fires, falls off the roof and short-circuits his whole neighborhood is not the average American male.  It’s a comedy!

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has decided to regulate first, explain why later. In October they proposed new regulations to outlaw strings of bulbs, lighted lawn figures, and similar items that they would declare as hazardous. The red-tape deals with certifying wire sizes , fuses, tensile strength of all “seasonal decorative lighting products.

The agency estimates that their proposed regulations would impact 100 million items per year with a market value of $500 million. Those items are already covered by safety standards and oversight. 3.6 million unsafe lights have been recalled under existing safeguards in place since 1974.

 So Why? They report 250 deaths from fires or electrocutions by Christmas lights. Not per year, but in the past 33 years of statistics. That’s 7 deaths per year attributed to fire or shock from Christmas lights. Eighty percent were back in the 1980s and 90s. There are some Chevy Chases out there. We all do dumb things.

In 2013 there was one death. No regulation can eliminate stupidity. No regulation can assure that no faulty product will slip through. Leftists do not understand ordinary humanity and what should be regulated and what should be dealt with by simply promoting common sense about lights and extension cords. The decline in accidents owes a lot to Underwriters’ Laboratories and more fire-resistant home-building standards.

Can this be another part in Obama’s drive to keep global warming from destroying the Earth? Could be. Most of his save the Earth policies are unrelated to reality. CPSC’s comment period ends on December 30th, so if you want to comment — do it now.




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