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The EPA Strikes Out Again. The Clean Power Plan Will Prevent 0.03 Degrees of Warming by 2100. by The Elephant's Child

National Climate Change Certification SchemeThe Obama Administration recently unveiled the president’s “Clean Power Plan” — regulations to shut down more coal-fired power plants in favor of “clean” wind and solar. They are still sure that carbon dioxide, that stuff you exhale, that is plant food and essential to life is a “pollutant”— the zealots at the EPA weren’t paying attention in high school biology. Dr. Judith Curry, a climatologist at Georgia Tech said:

It has been estimated that the U.S. [climate plan] of 28% emissions reduction by 2015 will prevent 0.03 [degrees Celsius] in warming by 2100.

And these estimates assume that climate model projections are correct. If the climate models are over-sensitive to CO2, the amount of warming prevented will be even smaller.

The EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan aims to reduce emissions of CO2 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The EPA claimed all sorts of public health benefits (starting with asthma, it’s always asthma) but carefully avoids any mention of the rule’s impact on global temperatures.

The agency also justified the Clean Power Plan by claiming it would reduce asthma rates, which they say will be exacerbated by global warming. A White House fact sheet claims the rule will “avoid up to 3,600 premature deaths, lead to 90,000 fewer asthma attacks in children, and prevent 300,000 missed work and school days.”

(They always use asthma premature deaths because physicians do not know the cause of asthma.)

As far as the global warming thing goes — there has been no warming whatsoever for 18 years and 7 months. None. And things are just not lining up as the warmists expect them to.

Sydney Australia has snow for the first time since 1836. That ‘s the year when Andrew Jackson was president of the United States, Victoria was still a year away from being crowned Queen of England on her 18th birthday, and Davy Crockett died at the Alamo.

The Big Island of Hawaii had snowfall in July. There was also snowfall in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California in July. Antarctica has set a new record for ice extent in 2014 and continues to set records for the extent of ice around the southern continent.

Some solar scientists are projecting that due to changes in the sun’s cycles, the earth is likely to suffer from a “Little Ice Age” beginning around 2030. If this is the case, we will need to build more greenhouses, stop shutting down coal plants. Cold kills, and it’s not healthy for plant life either.

The reason is simple. The global warming agenda is not about the planet.

The head of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, readily admits that the real climate change agenda has nothing to do with the environment, but instead is about redistribution of wealth. “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves,” she says, “which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history.

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”


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“A White House fact sheet claims the rule will “avoid up to 3,600 premature deaths, lead to 90,000 fewer asthma attacks in children, and prevent 300,000 missed work and school days.””

This is a claim along the lines of “jobs created or saved” from the beginning of this pitifully bad administration (remember? the stimulus was supposed to be measured in jobs “created or saved”; in the end I think there were fewer than a hundred jobs “created”). Here we have something that will help “avoid” premature deaths; now how do you measure something like that? By not dying? And how does one define “premature” death?

Another case of claims that cannot be proven against a backdrop of predictions that won’t come to pass in a lifetime.


Comment by Lon Mead

If you go back through EPA regulations that have been proposed, you will find they always cite asthma attacks and dying children. Gina McCarthy, who has testified in several committee hearings (accidentally) made it pretty clear that she doesn’t know anything about the science of climate science. Took her a week to get out to see the yellow San Juan (?), Colorado (?) and she said, If I heard correctly, that the natural flow of the river would take care of the toxins.

Interior Sec. Jewell went to King Cove, Alaska where the natives wanted to grade a one way road to the airport so they could get emergency medical patients to a hospital, but Jewell wouldn’t allow it because it might disturb the birds. Premature deaths are those that are prevented only by the EPA getting its way. I’ve been a little surprised to see how very unpopular the EPA is.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

“I’ve been a little surprised to see how very unpopular the EPA is.”

Even among former employees. I have an aunt who was a site investigator for the EPA since the 70’s (one of her biggest cases was a chemical company in Louisiana that dumping corrosive waste on the roads in nearby parishes; it wasn’t hard to figure out after she went through two sets of tires on her rental car in a week and a half. Movies and TV shows have used that situation as a plot device, but it really happened, and it was my aunt that found it out and shut them down). She recently retired, and will tell anyone who asks that she thinks McCarthy is a moron – a political time-server with no real qualifications for the job other than being in favor with those in charge. My aunt is so embarrassed by the list of issues with the current EPA that she no longer tells anyone that she used to work there. She’s just “retired”.


Comment by Lon Mead

Please tell your aunt thanks for me. At one time the EPA did some good work cleaning up real pollutants. Noe they are a politics driven organization trying to gin up new laws out of thin air.


Comment by Phil Cartier

It would be my pleasure, sir.


Comment by Lon Mead

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