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It Snowed in the Sahara Desert! by The Elephant's Child

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This image was taken Monday afternoon. The Sahara Desert experienced its first snowfall in 37 years. It is the first time since February 1979 that snow has fallen in Ain Sefra, Algeria. The last time it snowed in the area, the snow only lasted for about an hour. Told you it was getting colder.



Nobel Laureate Ivar Glaever “Global Warming Revisited” by The Elephant's Child

Nobel Laureate Ivar Glaever spoke at the Noble Laureates meeting on July 1, 2015, pointing out the mistakes which Obama makes in his speeches about global warming and shares other facts about the state of the climate. Dr. Glaever is a Norwegian American physicist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics shared with Leo Esaki and Brian Josephson for their discoveries regarding tunneling phenomena in solids.

He endorsed Obama, but now says: “Global warming is a non-problem. We have to stop wasting huge, I mean huge amounts of money on global warming. Glaever speaks with an extraordinary measure of plain old common sense, which doesn’t appear often in the debate on climate. And he’s correct. It is a religion, and as such, unassailable.

 



The Climate is Not Warming, it’s Cooling! by The Elephant's Child

President Obama knows full well that much of his legacy is going to be erased by the next administration. The Left is already raging over the nomination of Scott Pruitt, the former Attorney General of Oklahoma to head the EPA, and Former Governor of Texas Rick Perry to head the Energy Department. The EPA is struggling to flood the country with every rule they can squeeze out, and President Obama is not going to go quietly.

One of Obama’s final acts will be to try once again to shut down the fossil-fuel industry. He hopes to block the sale of offshore drilling rights in both Alaska and parts of the Atlantic, using a somewhat obscure 1953 law that allows the  president to make more or less  peremptory decisions on oil and gas leases off the coast. He is twisting the law to do so. Up till now, the law has been used sparingly to preserve coral reefs, walrus feeding grounds and marine sanctuaries. But then Obama has never had much respect for law or for the Constitution.

Apparently he wants to preserve his reputation as a champion of climate change. Yesterday he issued  new regulations on coal mining—if you recall, he said early on that he wanted to bankrupt the coal industry, which is already struggling, as are mining communities who have lost crushing numbers of jobs. Congress can reverse regulations proposed within the previous 60 legislative days. Federal rules on fracking on public lands will be reversed, and Republicans will have some allies across the aisle as well.

Obama recently gave his final address to the troops as commander-in-chief, so he blamed President George W. Bush, climate change and the Second Amendment as the reasons why ISIS (He calls it ISIL) keeps getting stronger.

When the all-encompassing panic about increasing CO2 in the atmosphere started it was thought that anything more than 350 ppm would mean catastrophe. But then it breezed  past 400 ppm with no problems and has continued climbing. And what happened? CO2 is a natural fertilizer for plants and essential to life. We have a greening world, increasingly able to feed the hungry. When was the last time you heard about famine (other than in Venezuela)?

The alarm about global warming exists only in the computer climate models, relied on by the IPCC. But once they had entered what we really know about climate, (and we’d made lots of mistakes, like thermometer locations next to air-conditioner vents or surrounded by concrete walls reflecting heat) and confusion about arctic ice that melts in the summer and grows in the winter, and no idea about the action and meaning of clouds.

Then there’s El Nino and La Nina. Currently there has been a record drop in global temperatures as the El Nino warming ends. “Global average temperatures over land have  plummeted by more than 1ºC since the middle of this year—the biggest and steepest fall on record. According to satellite data, the late 2016 temperatures are returning to the levels they were at after the 1998 El Nino. The earth is cooling—not warming.

In February, I think, of 2015, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nation ‘s Framework Convention on Climate Change admitted in a news conference that the goal of environmental activists was not to save the world from ecological calamity—but to destroy capitalism.

“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 at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

Well  yes, works well in Venezuela, and a few other such places.

Francis Merton, the Manhattan Contrarian has written a good summary.

Henry I. Miller at National Review: “Trump ‘s nominee for the EPA Administrator could—and should—abolish the agency.”

It ‘s going to be very interesting.



Green Dreams Cost the Democratic Party by The Elephant's Child

Patrick Moore was one of the co-founders of Greenpeace and is a former president of the organization. He has sharply and publicly differed with many of the policies of the Green groups, including Greenpeace itself, and is a spokesman for common sense.

From the Wall Street Journal’s “Notable & Quotable” column: Being Green Costs the Democrats

Josh Kaushaar: “Democrats Pay a Price for Being Green” in the National Journal on Dec.6:

Let me offer a piece of unsolicited advice, one that Democratic strategists have discussed privately but are reticent to promote publicly for fear of alienating green activists. Taking a more moderate stand on energy policy—whether it’s supporting the Keystone XL pipeline, championing the fracking boom that’s transforming regional economies, or simply sounding a more skeptical note on the Obama administration’s litany of environmental regulations—would do wonders for the Democratic Party’s ability to compete for the working-class voters who have drifted away from the party.



More Nominees For the Trump Administration by The Elephant's Child

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Donald Trump has nominated Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, as Secretary of State to wide praise from Republicans. He has broad  and remarkable international experience, a deep understanding of the global economy and personal relations with many state leaders throughout the world. Imagine, a Secretary of State who knows what he’s doing and understands the geopolitics.

President-elect Donald Trump wants Goldman Sachs president & COO Gary Cohn as the Director of his National Economic Council. Trump says that Cohn will put his talents as a highly successful businessman to work for the American people, growing wages for workers and stopping American jobs from going overseas.
Cohn said: “I share President-elect Trump’s vision of making sure every American worker has a secure place in a thriving economy, and we will be completely committed to building a nation of strength, growth and prosperity.”

President Obama felt that having served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was enough prior knowledge of world governments and geopolitics, so we got Hillary Clinton whose accomplishment was the air miles she racked up, and John Kerry.

Steven Mnuchin has been nominated as Secretary of the Treasury. He was Trump’s campaign finance director, and obviously highly successful in that job. Hillary raised and spent $1.2 billion, and Trump, in contrast, spent $616.5 million, and had $31.5 million left over. He is a former Goldman Sachs investment banker who has become a trusted financial advisor.

Ryan Zinke named as Interior Secretary is a first term congressman from Montana who will lead Mr. Trump’s efforts to open federal lands and water to fossil-fuel development and reverse many of the Obama administration nonsensical regulations.

Rick Perry who has been named as Secretary of Energy is the former governor of Texas. He served for nearly 15 years in the country’s biggest energy producing state. His record as governor was outstanding.

Andy Puzder has been named as Secretary of Labor. He is CEO of CKE Restaurant Holdings, parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, and has been a vocal advocate of cutting back the regulations that have stunted growth in the restaurant industry, and he has argued against raising the minimum wage higher than $9 an hour, and criticized the Affordable Care Act.

Wilbur Ross has been named as Commerce Secretary. He is a top economic adviser to Mr. Trump. He is chairman and chief  strategist of W.L.Ross & Co. a private equity firm and has extensive experience in corporate restructurings.

John Kelly,  has been named as Secretary of Homeland Security. He is a retired four star Marine General who directly supervised U.S. Operations in Central and South America as chief of Southern Command. His post involved monitoring drug trafficking and other smuggling activity around our southern border.

Linda McMahon has been named as Administrator of the Small Business Administration. She is the co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. and was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut, but very successful in building a business.

Elaine Chao has been named as Transportation Secretary. She was the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to the cabinet when she served as a very successful secretary of labor in the administration of George W. Bush. She is married to Majority Leader of the Senate Mitch McConnell.

Mike Pompeo has been named as Director of the CIA. He is a West Point graduate, first elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 as part of the tea-party movement. He is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Intelligence Committee, and was a member of the special committee investigating the 2012 attacks on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Michael Flynn has been nominated as National Security Adviser. He is a retired Army General who had served in top roles across the military as director of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and intelligence adviser to Gen..Stanley McChrystal in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Donald McGahn has been named as White House Counsel. He was the president-elect’s campaign lawyer and is a former member of the Federal Elections Commission. He is currently a partner at Jones Day in Washington D.C. where he has specialized on political law issues.

The Left, unsurprisingly, is having hissy-fits. Three Generals? During the campaign Trump was called “Hitler,” one of their usual epithets. Now its “Authoritarian.” From Bill McGurn at the Wall Street Journal:  (Talking Points)

From the New Republic: “Donald Trump Is Already Acting Like an Authoritarian.” National Public Radio: “Donald Trump: Strong Leader or Dangerous Authoritarian?” The New York Times: “Beyond Lying: Donald Trump’s Authoritarian Reality.” The New Yorker: “Trump’s Challenge to American Democracy.”

What’s striking here is that the same folks who see in Mr. Trump a Mussolini in waiting are blind to the soft despotism that has already taken root in our government. This is the unelected and increasingly assertive class that populates our federal bureaucracies and substitutes rule by regulation for the rule of law. The result? Over the Obama years, the Competitive Enterprise Institute reckons, Washington has averaged 35 regulations for every law.

The Left finds fault with any nominee who has not served in government as somehow not qualified. That pretty clearly demonstrates the mindset. The Left are proponents of big government, the better to regulate you with. They believe firmly in their own anointed superiority, and usually, never have worked in private business, and thus know how the deplorables out there should go about their lives.

Three Generals? Will they lead us to war? Oh please! Nobody hates war more than those who have experienced it. No experience in Government—that is a positive qualification.

Trump’s array of economic advisors are divided between those who believe in carrots and those who believe in sticks. One group rejects mainstream economic thinking and believes in eliminating trade deficits, and views taxes on companies that move jobs abroad as necessary sticks  to reduce a 15 year slide in income for middle class Americans. The opposing camp champions supply-side economics and believe in slashing red tape and taxes to make the U.S. a top destination for business is a worthwhile carrot. Then there’s a third group who aren’t particularly ideological. (I‘m an ideological  supply-sider)

Mr Trump’s supporters are probably equally divided. A lot of us want the EPA abolished. Is the Energy Department necessary? Is the Education Department needed? I suspect that it is unlikely that any agency will be eliminated, for all have their proponents, and for the Left—they are essential. Getting rid of a department approaches the impossible.

Trump has advocated eliminating Education. Each department has its own culture, many are long-standing and deeply entrenched.  Eliminating departments will take a back seat to Mr. Trump’s goal of growing the economy and putting America back to work. There will be more silly attacks from the Left, but the Right has not been this strong for 80 years. Progressives just haven’t figured that out yet.

Expect some bitter confirmation battles. They are outraged with the appointment of Scott Pruitt to the EPA, he is not only an attorney who has taken the EPA to court (on a lawsuit filed by 27 states against the EPA. Rex Tillerson (a businessman, an oil man? ), the Generals, and Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education who is a champion of charter schools and opposes Common Core. Major fight!  This is a group selected for their expertise and their ability to take on a fight to make a difference for the country. I’m impressed.



It isn’t About Tribal Rights, And It’s Not About the Water Supply by The Elephant's Child

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The protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline are, like so many protests these days, not about what they purport to be about. A piece in the Wall Street Journal clarifys the situation. The author, a resident of North Dakota who represents his state in the U.S. House writes:

Like many North Dakotans, I’ve had to endure preaching about the pipeline from the press, environmental activists, musicians and politicians in other states. More often than not, these sermons are informed by little more than a Facebook post. At the risk of spoiling the protesters’ narrative, I’d like to bring us back to ground truth.

It isn’t about tribal rights or cultural resources. The pipeline does not cross any land owned or controlled by the Standing Rock Sioux. The land in question belongs to private owners and the federal government.

The courts have rejected any claim that the tribe was not consulted. More than 50 tribes were consulted and resulted in 140 adjustments to the route. It’s not about the tribe’s water supply. The drinking water intake is about 70 miles downriver from where the pipeline is slated to cross the Missouri River, 100 feet below the river. Other pipelines cross the river upstream of the tribe’s intake, this one would run directly adjacent to a natural gas pipeline that already runs under the riverbed.

It is not about the climate. The oil is already being produced, and transporting it by train or truck is much more susceptible to accidents and spills. Trying to litigate historical grudges onto the back of a legally permitted river crossing makes no sense.

It’s largely about a White House attempt to build on their climate legacy by a president who doesn’t want to be bothered with the rule of law. ” That the economy depends on a consistent and predictable permitting regime seems never to have crossed the president’s mind.”

The signs of the protesters: “Water is Life”, “Don’t Take Our Land,” “Defend the Sacred,” “Oil and Water Don’t Mix” demonstrate the distance between the actual situation and the emotional supposed causes of the protesters. The tribe, flush with the attention they get from their protest, has even appealed to the UN Human Rights Council. Lots of theater, many teepees, tribal costume and celebrities turn up to get their pictures taken. This has been going on since August. They even ran a herd of buffalo through the area, but winter has arrived, and teepees are not nearly so comfortable in the snow.

Do read the whole thing. (Subscription barrier, but you can Google it) The battle continues in the comments.



Exposing the Left’s Sanctimonious Stupidity by The Elephant's Child

Tucker Carlson just said that this young woman was a candidate for Congress from the State of California. It is fascinating proof that those on the Left believe their own propaganda. They don’t investigate, they don’t attempt to study up and understand the mindset of the opposition. They know—because Leftist propaganda is, to them, infallible.

They do not question their beliefs, and what is “conventional wisdom” is as permanent and infallible for them as any history book or any scientific authority. She truly doesn’t know what Carlson is talking about, and having called Trump ‘Hitler’, his appointee a stooge, among other things, Steve Bannon a white supremacist and an anti-Semite, and accused Trump of hate speech—she doesn’t understand what Carlson means about irony.

This young woman demonstrates complete and utter idiocy. Her beliefs are provably nonsense, and thank heavens that she was not elected to anything. Obama’s legacy of demonizing anyone who disagreed with Democrats as racist, homophobic, sexist, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, racist, transphobic and spouting racist hate speech.

Perhaps that is why, when a Democrat wins the election, Republicans hunker down a little and study up to see where they went wrong, but I can’t ever remember or imagine a conservative response such as we have seen from the Democrats. If there was ever a demonstration, I missed it completely.

Hillary lost because she was a lousy candidate. She has wanted to be the first woman president, but never felt it necessary to build up a record of knowledge and accomplishment that qualified her for office. Her compulsive lying and record of graft in office were more than most could take, but to the left she would be the “first woman president,” and that was enough.

Obama remains personally popular. Nice looking, nice family. But he was an ideologue. For eight years he has encouraged those who demonize Republicans. He had the opportunity as the first black president, to improve race relations in America, instead, he suggested that anyone who disagreed with his policies was racist. He welcomed Black Lives Matter to the White House and urged them on, which has resulted in a horrendous death toll among American police officers.

The outcry among Leftists has been a constant shriek of “Racist, Sexist, Homophobe, Misogynist, Xenophobe, Fascist, Anti-Semite,” and of course the constant “Racist” over and over. It does get a little tiresome. But it is used in the absence of argument. That’s all they have—name-calling. They understand as little of the underlying issues as the unfortunate young woman in the video above.

She has no idea that simply stating “pollution” is not an argument. She called Trump “Hitler,” his appointee for EPA head as a stooge, a “puppet” of the evil oil industry, with no understanding that our civilization relies on the oil industry to provide the power that allows it to operate. Scott Pruitt was the attorney representing 28 states who were suing the federal government and the EPA for unlawful and illegitimate regulations. She had no understanding whatsoever that what she was engaging in was “hate speech” based only on emotion—no facts. There are no such things as “Climate Deniers,” only scientists whose work proves that the climate has been changing for millions of years, there is nothing that man can do to keep it from changing, and we just have to adapt. It is the need for panic that is denied. She has no idea that her proud degree in “Social and Cultural Analysis” left her a little short in the knowledge department.

It’s both a funny and a sad video. Will Democrats catch on and refuse to appear on Tucker Carlson’s show? Or is the chance to appear on national television just too enticing?




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