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The Presidential Campaign Centered on Climate Ends by The Elephant's Child

Today’s good news: Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is dropping out of the Presidential race. He made the announcement on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Inslee had made Climate the centerpiece of his campaign, but just didn’t get any traction with voters in the early battleground states. And even more embarrassing, he is unlikely to qualify for CNN’s Climate Town Hall or the third presidential debate to be held next month, anyway.

Today’s bad news: He will announce tomorrow whether or not he will run for a third term.

“I’ve been fighting climate change for 25 years, and I’ve never been so confident of the ability of America now to reach critical mass to move the ball. I believe we are going to have a candidate to fight this battle. I’m inspired by the people I’ve met across the country, the young people in the sunrise movement, the climate strikers, these people give me confidence we can move ahead. I’m not going to be carrying the ball, but we’re going to make sure somebody is.”

Well, whether he wins another term or not, the climate will go on peacefully changing as it has done for millions of years. The idea that the earth is going to end in ten or twelve years if we don’t eliminate a benign gas that is, among other things, what we exhale is, at best, silly.

The trouble is that all the wind farms and “alternative energy” don’t work, and cost the taxpayers a bundle. A bunch of other potential candidates for governor have been waiting to see if Inslee will run again. I simply do not know if voters are particularly fond of Jay Inslee.

It seems that many people just believe because they heard people talking about it, and never, never bother to study up and see if it is true.



With the Climate Crisis, Its One Damn Thing After Another by The Elephant's Child

About the time one claim about Climate Change begins to fall apart, they seem to have another one ready. It’s meat! To save the planet we have to stop eating meat. All those animals that we raise for meat, especially cows, have a flatulence problem. A new UN Report takes aim at meat eating. The UN seeks expansion of their climate mandate to regulate what you eat. We have to have enough mandates to make the United Nations a busy and prosperous organization, so lifestyle controls seem worthwhile. Are you ready to give up Prime Rib in the interest of saving the planet? How about Porterhouse? Hamburgers? Bacon? (Yes, bacon comes from pigs.)

Climate activists cheer the UN report. “We need a radical transformation, not incremental shifts, towards a global land use and food system that serves our climate needs” And that will accomplish absolutely nothing. Al Gore, however, is poised to profit. He is the biggest investor in ‘Beyond Meat’. And watch out for Cory Booker, who I believe is a vegetarian.

You need something done, whether it is the need for a government, or an agency, and they need a big bunch of rules, and people to write the rules and administer the rules, and offices and departments, and first thing you know they are trying to control everything and you have to have a revolution to get rid of them, or at least put them under control.

The climate is always changing, as it has done for millions of years. It has been much colder in the past and much warmer as well. Scientists have just confirmed from their separate observations and figures that there was indeed a Medieval Warm Period, when the weather was much warmer than it is today, and wine grapes grew in England and wheat in Norway. In the 1800s  we had The Little Ice Age, when the common phrase was “1800 and Froze to Death”.

CO² is not a pollutant, but a natural fertilizer for plants. Nurserymen pump carbon dioxide into their greenhouses to make their plants grow healthy. The earth is greening, and the increased green can be seen from space.

Forbes Magazine just decided to censor a climate story journalist Doron Levin wrote for Forbes about the scientific research by Professor Nir Shaviv, an Israeli Astrophysicist, and  Professor Henrik Svensmark in Denmark to demonstrate the effect of cosmic rays on cloud formation.

The activists who want us to give up meat seem to be particularly interested in the nutritional value of insects, but have little concern for the birds destroyed by wind turbines and solar arrays.  So that’s the way of the world this second week of August, 2019. Go figure.

The Fact that the United States has reduced our “greenhouse gas emissions” more than any other nation, gets no mention at all.

ADDENDUM: I should probably mention, in case there are any Western ranchers reading this, that the picture is actually of Swiss cows, and  milk cows rather than range cattle, and I don’t know the breed, I just liked the picture. They are not responsible for porterhouse and/or prime rib, in which case you should look for Herefords.



Relax, The Climate Crisis Is Simply Not Happening! by The Elephant's Child

The Heartland Institute just held its 13th International Conference on Climate Change in Washington D.C. with an International group of speakers, featuring just the people we should be listening to. The scientific evidence indicates that the Climate Crisis everyone seems to be in a panic about simply is not happening.

The first science panel featured presentations by David Legates, PhD, Professor of climatology at the University of Delaware; Nir Shaviv,PhD, an astrophysicist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Roy Spencer, PhD, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Dr, Spencer showed that climate modelers built incorrect assumptions into their models, which then produce false results that suggest humans will cause dangerous climate change.

Climate models’ global average temperature projections are what proposed energy policy changes are based upon, but they produce twice as much warming as is actually measured by global satellites and the average of four reanalyses,” Spencer said. “Reanalyses are global data sets [which include] all the observations they [scientists] can find—surface temperatures, weather balloons, commercial aircraft, ship [measurements], buoys, a variety of satellites. …

“The reanalysis data sets agree with the satellites that the climate models are producing too much warming,” said Spencer.

On a second panel, Craig Idso, PhD, founder and chairman of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change cited data that showed people in countries that used fossil fuels at higher rates – experienced less hunger or malnutrition, have greater production of foods, have longer lifespan, lower infant mortality rates, and significantly higher per capita GDP than countries with less access to fossil fuels. Fossil fuel energy use is fundamentally linked to economic growth.

The Energy and Economics Panel, featured Kevin Dayaratna, PhD, senior statistician and research programmer from the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis, and Benjamin Zycher, PhD from the American Enterprise Institute spoke about the Green New Deal pushed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and endorsed by more than 100 Democrat or Independent members of the House and Senate, including all of those currently vying for the presidential nomination would cost trillions of dollars and provide little to no benefits whatsoever.

Dayaratna’s research indicates GND would result in an employment shortfall of 5.3 million jobs, a typical family for four would have a loss in income of $8,000 a year, amounting to a total loss of $165,000 per household through 2040. NOT exactly a winning issue.



Panic Time: Greenland Just Lost 11 Billion Tons of Ice in One Day! by The Elephant's Child

From James Delingpole:

Greenland just lost 11 billion tons of ice melted in one day because of this shocking weather event known as ‘summer’.

CBS News’s resident climate expert Ted Scambos thinks this is worrying, as does Bill McKibben Canadian alarmist and Minnesota senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar: “The climate crisis is happening NOW, I’ve been to Greenland and seen the ice sheet”

James adds: “Do you not realize that if the Greenland ice sheet goes on melting at this extraordinary rate, then within 12,500 years HALF of it will be gone?”

Paul Homewood adds: “The simple fact is that the Greenland ice sheet melts every summer, particularly when the sun shines. That’s what it does. And it grows back again in winter as the snow falls. Indeed, if it did not melt, it would carry on growing year after year.



Should You Panic About The Planet? If Not, Why Not? by The Elephant's Child

It seems that Google is sponsoring a climate camp for the well-heeled at a resort just out of Palermo, in Sicily. They are flying in in their private jets to the Palermo airport, or arriving in their large motor-yachts to demonstrate their concern for the climate and settle on just how few years we may have left before climate catastrophe. It’s all those dirty fossil fuels, you know. Need clean natural wind, clean natural sun.

Carbon dioxide CO², is not a pollutant!  If one remembers back to high school biology and photosynthesis, CO² is what we exhale. The plants in the world take in CO² and release oxygen, which we use in the air we breathe, and exhale the CO². The slight increase in CO² in the atmosphere means the greening of the earth, crops are growing, trees have more healthy leaves, the change in the greening earth can be seen from space. Hungry people are being fed with more bountiful crops.

NBC News Claim: ‘Climate scientists drive stake through heart of skeptics’ argument – New research shows that the recent rise in global temperatures is unlike anything seen on Earth during the past 2,000 years.

Reality Check: 

‘More than 700 scientists from 400 institutions in 40 countries have contributed peer-reviewed papers providing evidence that the Medieval Warm Period was real, global, & warmer than the present.

2019: Antarctica was warmer one thousand years ago — and life was OK

Something that seems to happen with some regularity is climate panics. Can start with some bad weather of some kind, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, hailstorms, wildfire, things that happen now and then from perfectly ordinary recognized causes, and some people decide it is but a harbinger of more and worse whatever. We just had an example in Northern California with wildfires blamed on climate change instead of the dry undergrowth gone unattended and Power company sparking wires. It is normal human instinct when something bad happens to want to blame it on a bigger trend, or a more dramatic cause. Tonight and tomorrow night, I think I read, we are expected to have a black moon, apparently a normal occurrence if not common. There were bad floods in the Midwest, from the Missouri River, I think. If a flood is a big one that takes out some of your buildings, you’re not likely to write it off as a common occurrence even if you have regularly had floods for years. You will find examples of all kinds of climate panics in the past.

I vaguely remember a story about a whole town of people who went out to the hillsides locally to wait out the night for the end of the world, back in the 1800s. And people on the west coast retreating to the hills for fear of a tsunami that never came.

For those who are fearing the warming of the climate, Minnesota’s 121-year-old  Cold Record has just been toppled.  Coldest July 30 since William McKinley was president. 37°F this morning.

And then we have the young Swedish climate wunderkid Greta Thunberg, who has aroused European kids to skip school to urge climate change because she is quite sure she can see CO² molecules in the air. Well, a university gave her a doctorate degree, and I think I saw that she is sailing to the Google event in Italy.

For the fearful, here is a good brief discussion of global warming from Dr. Roy Spencer who manages the satellites that measure the temperature of the troposphere around the planet.



Marc Morano Speaks at the Liberty Forum of Silicon Valley by The Elephant's Child

Here is Marc Morano with the speech he gave at the Liberty Forum of Silicon Valley —  a liberty minded group in California that talks back to the Silicon Valley Left. Marc Morano is the proprietor of the Climate Depot website, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change, and a consistent voice of sanity in the troubled world that produces nonsense like “The Green New Deal,” which isn’t about the climate either, but just another attempt to destroy Capitalism. He has testified before Congress, made speeches all over the world, and made a movie about the climate as well.

It’s a fairly long speech, but worth every minute. It’s deeply important to understand the Climate Change Freakout, and what it is really about.



Beware Ignorant Democrats With Big Ideas! by The Elephant's Child

When President Trump declared a “national emergency” to use money from the Pentagon to build the border wall, some warned that the Democrats could use the precedent for their own purposes.

Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have introduced a joint resolution declaring that the Climate Apocalypse is near, and demanding “a national, social, industrial and economic mobilization of the resources and labor of the United States at a massive scale.”

Yet Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer, who also introduced it, made his inspiration clear. “The national emergency is not the border, it’s the climate,” Mr. Blumenauer said on a press call. A Sanders spokesperson also drew the comparison, noting that, in contrast to Mr. Trump’s “phony national emergencies,” the Sanders resolution addresses a genuine “existential” threat.

Nothing will happen this Congress, but the resolution’s real point is to put down a marker for the Democrat they expect will be President in 2021. If he or she declares an emergency as Mr. Trump did, it could be used to justify extralegal executive actions that Congress has refused to pass.

This isn’t far-fetched given how the Democratic presidential contenders are proposing to kill the Senate filibuster, pack the Supreme Court and replace the Electoral College. They’re frustrated with the Constitution’s checks and balances, and an “emergency” finding is one potential way around them.

Haven’t all of the Democrat candidates signed on the AOC’s “Green New Deal”? I’m not sure of that, but I find the whole bunch completely disqualified from even being considered for higher office (of any kind) especially the presidency. A pretty scary bunch. You really have to be fearful of one whole degree of warming.




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