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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.”



2.3 Million Medical Identities Have Been Stolen From ObamaCare’s Required Computerization of Hospitals and Doctors’ Offices by The Elephant's Child

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Perhaps you remember back when the Democrats were pushing ObamaCare through Congress and nobody had read it, but they were sure it was going to be wonderful. They would put the brightest and most educated people in charge of your insurance, and open new agencies and add new regulations and it would be ever so much more efficient and bring prices down, and if you liked your doctor you could keep your doctor, and everything would cost 20% less. Uh huh.

One of the big ideas that was going to save great quantities of money and make everything more streamlined was to put everyone’s medical records online. Computerized records meant each doctor and nurse or technician could quickly access your full records.

So anybody and everybody in any clinic or hospital could access a patient’s entire medical history? Unintended consequences! Republicans cried. Identity theft, accessing prescriptions, dangerous, not well thought out.

Democrats never understand consequences, particularly anticipating what they might be, and taking care to think things through.

It has taken hospitals years to get each examination room and office outfitted with a computer with a stand and a keyboard that doesn’t take up much room, yet is networked with the whole local medical complex, and it has cost them millions. My hospital finally has it all completed and working efficiently though it has taken several years. Doctors now commune with the computer instead of the patient, but the computer doesn’t complain about aches and pains.

The problem is that each hospital or medical complex hired their own computer experts and paid millions for their systems and getting them up and working — but they don’t work together with other hospitals and clinics and complexes who had different experts do their systems.

The big idea that there would be one national system where the wise and powerful government could access all those records to see what the statistics from the whole country pouring in to Washington would teach them about the real health of the people and what could and should be done. Quite a few people weren’t so sure that Washington DC was any solution to the national health anyway.

Not going to happen in any case. I’d love to see a total on how much this bright idea cost the nation’s hospitals. Unintended consequences indeed!

What has happened and what will happen is exactly as they were warned: 2.3 million  (2,317,969) medical identities have been stolen. Thieves are using others’ insurance information to pay for their own medical visits or drugs. Most victims do not find out about the theft until an average three months later. Or when they notice unusual charges on their billing statement. The Poneman Institute said:

Unlike credit card fraud, victims of medical identity theft in our study had to pay an average of $13,500 to resolve the crime. In some cases, they paid the healthcare provider, repaid the insurer for services obtained by the thief, or they engaged an identity service provider or legal counsel to help resolve the incident and prevent future fraud.

More than $10,000 to pay because someone stole your medical identity? Better check with your medical provider or local hospital to see what they are doing about the problem.



Still Searching Desperately For a Legacy by The Elephant's Child

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Rarely do American Presidents display the raw willfulness that President Obama did Monday in rolling out his plan to reorganize the economy in the name of climate change. Without a vote in Congress or even much public debate, Mr. Obama is using his last 18 months to dictate U.S. energy choices for the next 20 or 30 years. This abuse of power is regulation without representation.

That’s from the Wall Street Journal, in an article suggesting that States should just refuse to comply with Obama’s lawless power rule. The so-called Clean Power Plan commands states to cut carbon emissions by 32% (from 2005 levels) by 2030. The final rule is 9% steeper than the draft the EPA came up with in June 2014. The Journal says “The damage to growth, consumer incomes and U.S. competitiveness will be immense — assuming the rule isn’t tossed by the courts or rescinded by the next Administration.”

Since the beginning of electrification, States have regulated their own power systems. Now the EPA is attempting to nationalize power generation and power consumption. In order to meet the EPA targets, states must pass new laws or regulations to shift their energy mix from fossil fuels, subsidize alternative energy, improve efficiency, impose a cap-and-trade-program, or all of the above. This is not about the climate, for it will have not the slightest effect on the climate, but about power and control.

The climate is always changing. Always has, and nothing Obama can do will make it stop. There is no such thing as “carbon pollution.” Carbon dioxide (CO2) is what we exhale every time we breathe. It is plant food. We are carbon lifeforms. Remove the carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and we have no lifeforms. If Obama’s Climate Action Plan — a 17% reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 — were to be implemented immediately, what temperature reduction would that yield by the year 2100? The answer: 15 one-thousandths of one degree. Too small to be measured.

The Obama administration sent out an e-mail to announce his announcement of his Clean Power Plan “a historic step in the Obama Administration’s fight against climate change.” Lo and behold in the first three sentences, the urgent need for such a plan is “in the past three decades, the percentage of Americans with asthma has more than doubled.” The EPA, which cannot produce the science on which they supposedly depend for their regulations, always puts asthma as the top harm to “our children.” Nobody suggests that carbon dioxide is responsible for children’s asthma — a child’s natural exhalation of CO2 is causing their asthma? Please! But doctors don’t know what causes asthma, and the EPA attempts to scare people into line.

Barack Obama is apparently a believer. He expects the seas to start rising by feet, not millimeters as they are doing. He believes that if he can start the climate returning to pre-industrial age clean air, that will be a part of his great legacy. He’s depending on the 21st conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris this December to get all the nations to sign on.

Obama is planning a trip to the Alaskan Arctic to “call attention to the effects of global warming.”Michael Bastasch at the Daily Caller estimates that the flight in Air Force One will emit about 161 metric tonnes just for the trip to Elmendorf Air Force Base, equivalent to what 22 homes emit  from burning electricity every year or the annual emissions from driving 33 cars. He’s also going to visit the Pope who is urging Catholics to sign on to global warming panic.

“Climate Change Business Journal estimates the Climate Change industry is a $1.5 trillion dollar escapade, which means four billion dollars a day is spent on our quest to change the climate. That includes everything from carbon markets to carbon consulting, carbon sequestration renewables, biofuels, green buildings and insipid cars. F or comparison global retail sales online are worth around $1.5 trillion. So all the money wasted on the climate is equivalent to all the goods bought online.”

Renewables: wind and solar, require 24/7 backup from a regular power plant. Wind is intermittent, solar is diffuse, the sun sinks beneath the horizon at night, and there are clouds. These drawbacks cannot be removed by technology, it’s the nature of the source. If you remove taxpayer subsidies, wind and solar shut down, because they can’t operate without subsidy.

The Climate Crisis industry is a war on capitalism, on hydrocarbon energy, on poor, minority, blue-collar and working class families — and on the most powerless, destitute, deprived, diseased families on Earth. The goal is social justice, political power and control. Don’t let them get away with their lies.



After Over 20 Years in Government, Why is Hillary So Unprepared for Questions? by The Elephant's Child

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When you are running for the office of President of the United States, you get asked questions. Hillary has attempted to avoid answering any questions whatsoever, but that will just last so long, even with a partisan press. She was asked this week about Planned Parenthood, and her response was cautious:

“I have seen pictures from them and I obviously find them disturbing,” Mrs. Clinton said in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader. She followed that with a cloud of verbiage:

“Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to answer questions. I think there are two points to make,” Clinton said. “One, Planned Parenthood for more than a century has done a lot of really good work for women: cancer screenings, family planning, all kinds of health services. And this raises not questions about Planned Parenthood so much as it raises questions about the whole process, that is, not just involving Planned Parenthood, but many institutions in our country.”

“And if there’s going to be any kind of congressional inquiry, it should look at everything and not just one part of it,” she said.

The idea that Planned Parenthood is a “women’s health organization” is clearly bunk. They do abortions. They are the highest-volume practitioner of abortions. They do not do cancer screenings, they do not do mammograms, they send people to clinics where they can get a mammogram, and where they can get help to pay for it. They don’t have the necessary equipment to do mammograms. It’s very expensive.

The claim that harvesting aborted fetal tissue for medical research is a good thing is immoral. There was a time when researchers thought that fetal stem cells would overcome the any problems of rejection in patients. That has proven not to be true, and new techniques of using one’s own stem cells have been successful.

There is much more to be revealed. We are told there are nine videos. The Planned Parenthood claims of “heavily edited video” that distorts the position of the person who is speaking is nonsense, as the entire videos were released at the same time as those edited for release

But then, Hillary has long been a great admirer of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, a fashionable position for Democrats, but she was also big on population control, controlling birth rates, that couples should have to get a license to have a child, that no one should be allowed more than one birth, and that large families were immoral. She also wanted to get rid of the unfit or defectives.

“The president certainly will not support another effort by Republicans to try to defund an organization that offers important and needed health-care services to women across the country,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, echoing the Planned Parenthood publicity.

(Not “needed health-care services” All they do is abortions)



The Secret Life of Carbon Dioxide by The Elephant's Child

Here is Patrick Moore again, this time explaining the science of carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, it is a dangerous pollutant, and a greenhouse gas that must be eliminated. Au Contraire! The radical zealots who inhabit the hallowed corridors of the Environmental Protection Agency apparently weren’t paying attention in high school Biology.



Sometimes Complaints Are Heard, And Action Is Taken. And Sometimes Not. by The Elephant's Child

The company behind the Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students released a revision to the standards for the AP U.S. history Thursday morning, after significant complaints from conservatives who claimed the redesigned course framework, released last year, presented American history in far too negative a light.

A new section on the concept of “American exceptionalism” has been added, and some names that were omitted from last year’s framework, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and John Adams, have been added. Old white men, I presume. This was a sticking point for critics, who objected to Founding Fathers being omitted and negative aspects being more emphasized than positive ones. The new framework pares down last years Thematic Learning Objectives from 50 to 19, according to a College Board official. Dr. Ben Carson said the curriculum was so anti-American that students who complete it would be “ready to sign up for ISIS.”

The Leftist domination of our colleges and universities is problematic. The nonsense about “microaggressions” and “triggering” isn’t dreamed up by the students themselves, that’s what they learn there. Here’s an article about Freshman reading choices for 2015, from the Pope Center, with summer reading programs from North Carolina universities.

Unfortunately, colleges often use their summer reading programs not to help students make the leap to the higher standard of scholarship that should be demanded of them at the collegiate level, but to expose them to books that may influence them to adopt the political agenda of the left. …

Especially popular this year are books centered on victimhood or identity struggles of various kinds. There may be good cause to learn about those topics, but when they become the dominant trend for summer reading programs over multiple years, one starts to wonder what really is the intent of these programs. Such consistent pounding away at similar themes, given the entire vast array of books from which to choose, suggests the programs are meant to introduce students to a certain worldview, and the reading program is just the convenient and seemingly scholarly way to do so. 

 



It’s Panic Time At Planned Parenthood! by The Elephant's Child

Planned Parenthood is in full panic mode. The organization’s involvement in the trafficking of aborted baby organs has gained so much attention in the news, and in Congress, that Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, felt compelled to appear on ABC’s This Week on Sunday to defend the organization.It didn’t really go well.

Richards claimed repeatedly that the videos that have been released were heavily edited, but the full versions were released at the same time as the condensed versions. Richards also claimed that Planned Parenthood does not receive any financial benefit for “donating” fetal human organs for biotech research. She claimed it was just the cost of shipping the fetal material to the research institutions. But their own officials make it clear that this is not so. Medical sources say the need for fetal specimens for “research” is outdated and stem cell research is concentrating on adult stem cells, though some haven’t updated their research methods.

Screen-Shot-2015-07-26-at-6.41.14-PM-489x650It has also been reported that Planned Parenthood is advertising for paid demonstrators — “Activist Jobs”to “earn $1,600 – $2,500 a month to oppose attacks on healthcare access, expand reproductive rights and keep birth control affordable.”

Planned Parenthood has hired the Democratic SKDKnickerbocker PR firm to handle the public relations effort surrounding the growing organ trafficking scandal.

The group has circulated a memo to reporters and producers late Monday to discourage them from airing the undercover videos, claiming they were obtained under false identification and violated patient privacy. If you wonder why some liberal outlets are avoiding the story completely — that’s why.




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