American Elephants


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.



Some Remarkably Bad Ideas from Democrats by The Elephant's Child

We are not alone in our annoyance with the Media and the folks producing the news the Media write about. There’s a lot of disagreement. But then the problem is not those who disagree, it is simply the fact that we are all human, and basically hard to get along with. Unfortunately that isn’t really fixable. We have trouble getting along with our own family, let alone a bunch of strangers who are saying and doing things that we disagree with completely.

•Harry Reid, former Democrat Senate Majority Leader says that the Democrats are heading down the wrong path by pushing “medicare for all” and the decriminalization of illegal border crossings.

•James Piereson, writing in City Journal says “Economic indicators point to continued, moderate growth, despite the prognostications of the pundit class. and the volume of these forecasts is driven by partisan hopes that and economic downturn presents the best opportunity to defeat President Trump next year.”

•Conservatives tend to argue that “green” energy (wind and solar) is unreliable, inefficient and virtually useless, even if we accept the climate change gospel. But far from being
well-intentioned, “green” energy is the great corporate scam of our age.

•In a piece titled “The Left’s Vile Smear of America’s Founding,” Rich Lowry takes on Beto O’Rourke for the claim that “This country, though we would like to think otherwise, was founded on racism, has persisted through racism and is racist today.”

• In Issues and Insights, the Editorial Board points out that “Solar Energy is Good for Virtue Signaling and Not Much Else.” New excellent website founded by the former writers at Investors Business Review.

• The Wall Street Journal notes that “more Americans are defaulting on their student loans, and that government budget gnomes have vastly underestimated the future taxpayer charge.” The Congressional Budget Office in 2010 forecast that eliminating private lenders would save taxpayers $58 billion over 10 years.” Pure fantasy.

• And from Victor Davis Hanson: “Progressive Democrats Renounce Their Former Selves.” “Not long ago, the current presidential contenders opposed open borders, sanctuary cities, and federal funding for abortion. Now they can’t move left far and fast enough. Rarely have we seen an entire primary field of candidates scrambling to renounce all their past identities and agendas — and to do so unapologetically, abruptly, and vehemently.



Websites for Those Who Just Want to Know a Little More. by The Elephant's Child

Yesterday, American Greatness (good website) published a directory to good climate information “A Directory of Inconvenient Climate Information Websites” which those of you interested in being informed might find useful. Most of the websites listed in the sidebar on the front page also have long lists of good websites. Possibly they are all hoping that some of our more loudmouthed congressional representatives would notice and decide that they might need a bit more real information, but probably not. Facts are just so inconvenient when you have emotion to wave around instead.

You also might be interested in receiving a once a week email from SEPP, the Science and Environmental Policy Project, (sepp.org) comes on the weekend with the week’s news. You can sign up there. Read through this week’s, and see if you find it useful.



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.



No, The End of the Earth is Not Imminent by The Elephant's Child

I don’t know just what spurred me to visit the U.S. House of Representatives online yesterday, but I did. (http://www.house.gov.) I was curious about what the Democratic House was doing in the wake of AOC’s Green New Deal, and all the Democrat presidential candidates seeming to think saving us from catastrophic climate change was a big electoral issue.

I’m a confirmed skeptic, partly because I grew up in the mountains, largely outdoors, and very familiar with weather and wildlife, and my mother was my Biology teacher. I had a good grasp of photosynthesis. I’d been snowed in, without power, flooded, had lightning strike quite close, killed a rattlesnake and had to deal with a lynx trying to kill my dog, among other events. So don’t try to tell me that the world is ending in just 15 years. Of course it’s an effort to get rid of capitalism. The climate is just fine, warming and cooling as it has done for hundreds of thousands of years.

If you want an interesting exercise, go to the house website, and click on committees, and select the one on climate. Good grief! That is really discouraging.

Here is Dr. Richard Lindzen, one of America’s most revered scientists.



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.




%d bloggers like this: