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I’m Getting Really Tired of My Government Lying to Me! by The Elephant's Child
June 24, 2015, 6:37 am
Filed under: Global Warming, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , , ,

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told an audience gathered at a White House conference that “normal people.” not “climate deniers” will win the debate on global warming. This is not the first time she has said that distinguished scientists were  “not normal people.” And of course “deniers” is the usual crude leftist language.

McCarthy’s remarks came as she was talking about the reasons why the EPA put out a report on the negative health impacts global warming will have on public health. She said the agency puts out such reports to educate the public, not answer critiques from global warming skeptics.

Ms. McCarthy is an administrator, not a scientist, and it shows. The agency hasn’t yet been able to come up with the science on which their regulations are based. When questioned at hearings, she doesn’t have simple answers to simple questions. One of my personal irritations is the frequency with which they attempt to sell their power grabs by claiming the number of lives (usually children;s) they will save in the future because of their actions. That’s disgraceful, and pure hogwash.

More hogwash: The EPA has released a report claiming “global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will bring fewer extreme droughts, floods, storms and wildfires. The report claims cutting emissions would result in billions of dollars in benefits for the U.S. and save thousands of lives every year. Floods, storms and wildfires are not caused by climate, future benefits can’t really be predicted unless the computer climate suddenly developed astonishing new powers. Ms. McCarthy, like far too many federal bureaucrats is on a power trip to grab new responsibilities, more funding and a bigger agency. Here she goes again:

Regardless, the EPA says a global effort to cut emissions would result in about 70,000 fewer people dying from extreme heat and poor air quality in the U.S., less damage from flooding and storm surges on coastal properties and other weather events by 2100.

More interestingly, the EPA said global emissions cuts would mean an “estimated 40%-59% fewer severe and extreme droughts” in the U.S. by the year 2100. The report adds that in “the Southwest, the number of severe and extreme droughts is projected to nearly quadruple by the end of the century” if nothing is done. But with emissions reductions, “the incidence of drought is not projected to change substantially from present day.”

She added “We can save tens of thousands of American lives and hundreds of billions of dollars annually in the United States…” Hubris and hyperbole, and as I said — hogwash.

Speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco on Friday, President Obama warned “Well within our children’s lifetimes, on our current pace, the oceans go up maybe two, maybe three, maybe four feet.”

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One of the things I used to hear growing up in Texas is that Houston would be under water by the time I was 50. They have 5 month to go, better get a move on.

“…within our children’s lifetimes…”

Well, let’s see; Sasha and Malia are in their teens, so at this point let’s assume he’s talking about 60-70 years. Now let’s use Florida as our model, since that level of sea rise would devastate about 60-65% of the state (even though the coast of Florida that you see today is essentially unchanged from when Henry Flagler started building railroads and hotels in the 1880’s). What is Obama planning on doing to mitigate that level of sea rise? Build a wall? No, he says they can’t even build a fence along the Rio Grande. How about building and cultivating a dune system, like the Outer Banks in North Carolina does? Well, that could affect the ecosystem. Guess you’d better relocate the entire population of coastal Florida – only a couple dozen million people.

And how about Martha’s Vineyard, Obama’s fave vacation spot? The highest point on the whole island is 17 feet above sea level.

The thing is, it’s easy to use those numbers to scare people. Any place that’s near water and close to sea level (or in the case of Houston and New Orleans, below sea level!) has been hearing about how the oceans are going to rise up and flood them out for over a hundred years now.. Pretty much all of those places are still there.

Even in the Outer Banks (where I own a 2nd house), that set of barrier islands (essentially a giant sandbar) predates English settlement in the 1580’s. Channels open and close and the banks tend to shift somewhat (particularly below the Oregon Inlet down to Cape Hatteras), but that has more to do with a combination of erosion and sedimentation buildup than sea level rise (by the way, according to Dare and Currituck Counties and the U.S. Coast Guard, the mean sea level has risen less than half an inch since records started being kept by the U.S. Life-Saving Service (the direct ancestor to the Coast Guard) in the 1850’s).

Somehow, and this is not something that surprises me, I’m thinking that Obama either has bad information, or he’s just out-and-out lying. Again.


Comment by Lon Mead

The problem seems to be largely his science advisor, John Holdren, who Obama is deeply in awe of because “he’s a real physicist.” Holdren was associated with Erlich on the population explosion, and he and Erlich had the famous bet with Julian Simon about the decline and loss of a group of natural resources which they believed to be finite. They lost. The ocean is rising, but by centimeters, not feet. Pacific islands seem to be rising for the most part, not sinking. I think in that particular area, Obama just accepts what he believes to be the common wisdom. He’s wrong. Although I wonder about the extent of Leftist illusion that comes from their complete dependence on leftist talking points and avoiding any information from a “tainted”source on the Right.


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