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Gov. Inslee Wants to Save Us From Global Warming With a New Carbon Tax! by The Elephant's Child

While everyone’s attention was consumed with the Parkland, Florida shooting, we apparently had a visit from former Secretary of State John Kerry to advocate for our Washington governor Jay Inslee’s bright idea of a carbon tax.  Stupid tax, and extremely bad timing. The vote on the school levy here in King County was on Tuesday, the 13th. Don’t know how that has turned out yet, but it is close. They wanted lots of money to build new schools and give all the kids their own laptops. The following day, the new property tax bills arrived. Don’t try to tell anyone that those dates were an innocent accident. Adding another huge tax may seem like a good idea to the Democrats who always like higher taxes, but there are limits. The beautiful state of Washington is following California down the drain.

At the request of Gov. Jay Inslee, former US. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the state Capitol on Tuesday Feb. 13, to advocate for the governor’s proposed carbon tax.

Flanked by Inslee and several prominent Democratic lawmakers outside of the Capitol Legislative Building, Kerry Argued that, in the absence of action on climate change from President Donald Trump, states such as Washington need to independently pursue carbon-pricing  systems and investments in sustainable energy. “Washington has an opportunity to lead here and I can tell you that, as a former Secretary of State of our country, that the world is looking to the United States, the world believes in us and in what we’re trying to do” Kerry said.

The climate of the Earth has been changing for millennia. We have had warm periods and ice ages. The only place where there is dangerous carbon buildup making the climate warm alarmingly is in the computer programs of the climate ‘scientists’ who got new labs and assistants from government grants as a result of their computer results.

Unfortunately, we still can’t predict the future, and the Earth seems to be cooling slightly at present. Please pause and watch this video from Dr. William Happer, one of our most distinguished climate scientists.

Carbon dioxide, which we exhale, has increased slightly and caused a great greening of the earth. Better crops, forest growth, fewer starving people, fewer dying children. The polar bears are just fine and multiplying nicely. Consult Dr. Susan Crockford, expert on all things polar bear, excluding the goofy costumes worn by lefties at climate get-togethers.

Governors have been assisted over the years since 2008 or 09 by the guidance of the Center for Climate Strategies. I copied this bit down back in 2009:

You ration energy use and coerce the public into major lifestyle modification and we’ll help you to inflate your reputation with media attention and praise as a pragmatist.

They came from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, offering software and training for quantification. tool kits, online resources, case studies, fact books, policy and practice manuals and guides on approaches. They added access to a professional network of peers list serves, newsletters, conferences, workshops and training workshops for staff and elected officials to implement long term emission reduction strategies and notice of grant opportunities.

The cities got CCP—Cities for Climate Protection, advocating a 20¢ tax on paper and plastic shopping bags (failed) to generate $10 million for the city to take effect 1/1/09.

I don’t know if they are still around and advising the governor and the City of Seattle, but they were in 2009. I have seen no signs that anyone in governance in our state is out there studying up on climate science, nor anyone even vaguely interested in just why President Trump would dare to ban our participation in the revered Paris Climate Accords. The answer is quite simple. At the end of the next 100 years the change in climate due to the Paris Climate Accords would be completely negligible.  But they were never intended to make a difference to the climate, only to transfer money from the rich nations to the poor, and promote world government.

You have probably noticed that those who advocate controlled borders and effective immigration laws are now referred to as “Nativists” and “Nationalists” and even more derogatory epithets. They seem to have declared war on us. At some point we should probably wake up and take notice.

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Study: thanks to fracking, we don’t need Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) to meet Paris climate target

“The U.S. has already come quite far in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The biggest driver of lower carbon dioxide emissions has been declining natural gas prices, which has allowed the industry to replace coal-fired power plants economically with cleaner natural gas power plants–and without a costly regulatory mandate,” said Jeffrey J. Anderson, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy.

So not only did we accomplish their goals without even trying or spending trillions of dollars, we did it with … the method liberals hate the most, fracking. Placing a euphemistic name on an additional tax may fool the rubes, but it isn’t doing anything but employing more bureaucrats to spend more money.


Comment by dscott

But isn’t more carbon in the atmosphere actually a good thing? Greening the planet and all that. I believe that nurserymen keep their greenhouses up to 1,000 ppm (I think that’s right, but didn’t look it up) Matt Ridley has written a lot on the greening of the planet. The developing countries don’t have vast scientific edifices and are fearful on the basis of the loud leftist voice saying global warming is going to do us all in.
I remain fascinated with the left’s need to believe in what they are told by their political party without any evidence whatsoever. They operate on talking points, and those who quit the party usually do so because they had an accidental encounter with reality.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

Carbon tax in #waleg appears dead. Dems don’t have the votes. D’s Have slim majorities in both house/senate
50-48, 25-23 with all republicans opposed


Comment by Douglas Allen

Oh I do hope so. Right on top of the school levy and the huge property tax increase they might get quite a negative reaction. Inslee has the presidential bug, I believe, so he’s trying to get national attention.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

We know AGW is a fraud, it shouldn’t be surprising that enterprising con artists and ethically challenged greedy people.

Surprise! Spiegel Online Slams Profiteering From Climate Alarmism… Munich Re Admits: “No Climate Signal”

Spiegel Online published two days ago an excellent article by science journalist Axel Bojanowski on the widespread “disinformation surrounding climate change” and the profit made from the hyping and exaggeration of weather extremes.

Examples cited are the Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Railway), the reinsurance industry, foremost Munich Re, and alarmist climate scientists such as Potsdam Institute’s Stefan Rahmstorf.

All have been playing it loose with the data on weather events and exaggerating (at times grossly) and with the aim of deriving profit, Spiegel reports.

The surprising thing is the German MSM is actually exposing the fraud. This isn’t the first time Munich RE has been suggested as an early green profiteer.


Comment by dscott

The Germans have had an encounter with reality in the failure of sun and solar to keep them warm in the winter at a price they can afford. There have been reports of energy poverty for several years. France has nuclear power, but is Germany prevented from nuclear energy by WWII surrender? I think so, and much of the rest of Europe has been subject to Putin’s control of the natural gas spigot.



Comment by The Elephant's Child

Thanks for the link, I haven’t been there recently. So many good websites, so little time.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

When AGW isn’t quite Global… Is it still Global Warming when significant parts aren’t warming? Here in lies the fraud perpetrated upon the taxpayers by the grant supported (rent seekers) scientific community.

Greenland, Antarctica And Dozens Of Areas Worldwide Have Not Seen Any Warming In 60 Years And More!

Since the neither Greenland or Antarctica have warmed since 1870, the very places where warming is supposed to show up first, then how does one fool the decision makers? By creating an average of an average by including and excluding outliers. GAT is an average of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, which are in turn averages themselves…of many locations but not ALL of them.


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