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Climate is a Very Big Business. Keep That in Mind. by The Elephant's Child

NOAA has finally verified the fact, (proven years go by Anthony Watts of Watts Up With That.com), that poor siting of official climate monitoring stations has meant a record of more warming  than actually exists. Follow the link above to see a visual explanation of what is meant by “poor siting.” Several years ago Anthony sent readers of his blog out to take photographs of the  sites of weather monitoring stations. Some were surrounded by heat reflecting concrete walls, some next to trash burners and some where the exhaust from an air-conditioning unit blew directly. There had been talk of an Urban Heat-Island Effect, but NOAA was not prepared to acknowledge that it was important enough to affect their reporting.

Now the UN and the Media have dredged up the old species extinction fears. Climate change is going to mean mass extinctions of our wildlife and we have to do something right now! Been there, done that, but they dredged up the discredited Paul Erlich for interviews. We are discovering new species all the time. There are regular panics about a species disappearing, only to find that they simply moved. There may not be any on this side of the hill, but what about the other side? There are even scientists trying to bring back extinct species like wooly mammoths. I’m not sure that’s even a good idea.

The monkeys at the top of the post are tesulas from the Democratic Republic of Congo, newly discovered in 2012. If you enter ‘new species’ in the search bar over Bob Hope’s head in the sidebar, you will find others.

“Climate” is a very big business, wind and solar manufacturing is big business. Our Washington state governor Jay Inslee is running for the presidency on the issue of climate, and he just got the legislature to pass a bill that will eliminate all fossil fuels from state energy sources by 2045 so we can rely completely on “clean energy.” 2045 probably seemed distant enough that those who voted for that dumb bill wouldn’t be blamed, and left lots of time to change if it didn’t work out. Fortunately there is no particular interest in his climate campaign, even with the Green New Deal theme out there.

The United Nations is a very big business, and they need to be seen as doing good works, so addressing climate extinctions may well have goals beyond simply “saving species”.

The climate has been changing for millions of years. There is more CO2 in the atmosphere now than in any time in the past, but the planet has been cooling for years, so obviously the notion that carbon dioxide is contributing to dangerous warming may be incorrect. When climate change became a big deal, numbers of scientists in university disciplines found that they could propose an interesting project, and get federal grants to improve their labs and get assistants if they could write a good grant proposal. Many found that they could imitate the climate with computer programs designed to predict what the stock market might do under differing circumstances. They put in what they knew about the climate and some educated guesses, and some plain old guesses which supposedly lets them prognosticate about future warming and catastrophic decline of species. Actual measurements in the real world seem to work better than guesswork in a high-tech computer.

I make no claim of scientific expertise, I was an English major, but I do a lot of reading, which I recommend to the numbers of new Democrat candidates for the presidency. Helps to keep you from Green New Deals and catastrophic species decline and extinction, among quite a few other things.



Let’s all worry about Climate Change, and not notice major federal malfeasance by The Elephant's Child

The Democrat controlled House of Representatives is aiming to pass the “Climate Action Now” bill which is designed to prevent the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords. The bill is known as the Climate Action Now Act. Nancy Pelosi called William Barr a liar on Thursday. She even accused the Attorney General of committing a “crime”when he testified to Congress about a memo he issued outlining the main conclusions found in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Well, no he didn’t, and Mueller said that everything Barr reported was accurate, he just wished that he had included more. The Wall Street Journal said:

The real reason for Mrs. Pelosi’s slander is what else Mr. Barr said the last time he was before Congress. He said that spying on a political campaign was a “big deal,” that he thought the FBI did spy on the Trump campaign in 2016, and that he intends to find out what happened and why. Democrats want to intimidate him to drop this or discredit him before he can release his findings. …

There are also criminal referrals from Congress. These include one regarding dossier author Christopher Steele from Senate Judiciary Members Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.); one on former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr from the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s Mark Meadows (R., N.C.); and another from Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) of the House Intelligence Committee that includes eight people whose names are not public because the referral involves classified information.

Also potentially illuminating will be a pending report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz into possible Justice and FBI abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants.

There are layers and layers of deception and cover-ups and political prospects for the 2020 election involved. Democrats remain furious that Trump won the election, and they can’t seem to reverse it, or annul it, or change it. One would think that by now they would grasp that the people are a little dubious about letting one party stay around too long. They even regard the federal bureaucracy as something of a problem rather than our “ruling class,” as they seem to think of themselves. Democrat leaders on the left coast and in New Mexico and Colorado, by contrast, have enacted or are considering legislation to tax fossil fuel use; restrict coal, natural gas, and oil development; or mandate ever-greater amounts of renewable energy be imposed on ratepayers. On the East Coast, Democrat leaders in Massachusetts and New York have erected government roadblocks to new natural gas and oil pipeline construction. Democrats in these states are in the grips of climate change fever, passing legislation that will cost their states jobs and revenues, increase the price of energy for residents and businesses, and undermine Trump’s push for U.S. energy dominance (perhaps their true goal), all in the vain hope of controlling the weather 100 years from now.

Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez got a lot of media attention with her Green New Deal proposals, which seemed to be important because she got a lot of media attention, so all sorts of politicians have jumped on the proposals. New York Mayor DeBlasio is going to turn New York City into a Green New Deal City (good luck with the blackouts and soaring costs) and Beto O’Rourke said that we don’t have 12 years until it is all over—but only 5 years to Armageddon. So there you are. Heartland noted that:

Democrat leaders on the left coast and in New Mexico and Colorado, by contrast, have enacted or are considering legislation to tax fossil fuel use; restrict coal, natural gas, and oil development; or mandate ever-greater amounts of renewable energy be imposed on ratepayers. On the East Coast, Democrat leaders in Massachusetts and New York have erected government roadblocks to new natural gas and oil pipeline construction. Democrats in these states are in the grips of climate change fever, passing legislation that will cost their states jobs and revenues, increase the price of energy for residents and businesses, and undermine Trump’s push for U.S. energy dominance (perhaps their true goal), all in the vain hope of controlling the weather 100 years from now.

The climate has been changing for millions of years. It has been much warmer in the past and there have been ice ages as well. Warmer is better, as CO² and sunshine make the plants we depend on for food grow. There was the Little Ice Age from around 1300 to 1850 in two stages.

Eighteen hundred and froze to death”was the saying. 1816 was a year in which famine occurred in New England, remembered as “the year without a summer”, and “the poverty year”— a year in which average global temperatures were estimated to decrease by 0.7º F. -1.3ºF.  James Madison was president.  In April of that year, Mount Tambora errupted in a series of explosions that were heard hundreds of miles way.  A volcanic column of ash, pumice and debris shot into the air and fell to the earth, killing around 10,000 people. That was not caused by “climate change.” Nor was “climate change” responsible for the forest fires in Northern California this last year. That can be blamed on PG&E and poor forest control.

The CO² levels are currently the highest in the past 3 million years, but it hasn’t affected temperatures at all, as it is actually cooling, and we are entering another minimum with fewer sunspots.



We’re Living In a Golden Age Of Clean Energy by The Elephant's Child

The Green New Deal is not only a silly unserious proposal that has nothing to do with the environment but that to which they supposedly aspire, has already been accomplished by free market capitalism. Not in the wind farms where turbines may or may not be turning, but this is Seattle – and the solar cells aren’t doing anything either, it’s raining, and will be for the rest of the week. Where it has been accomplished is in the Permian Basin, the Bakken Formation, and the Marcellus Shale. The Fracking revolution and plentiful natural gas has meant we are living in a golden age of clean energy. As Jim DeMint has written today:

The natural gas revolution, made possible by both the discoveries of new reserves and the development of technologies to extract it from previously inaccessible deposits, has helped the United States cut pollutant emissions by 70 percent over the last three decades. Despite adding almost 100 million people to our population since 1990, an increase of 30 percent, even total carbon emissions have increased by only 2 percent. Greenhouse gas emissions are not just rising slowly. They are actually falling in recent years.

The left has long said we need to treat climate change and environmental protection as the moral equivalent of war. If that is true, where are the celebrations now that it is a battle we are finally winning? Why? Because when the facts do not fit with the liberal political narrative, they often print the narrative as fake news. Progressives said we need to find new, clean sources of energy to get us away from coal and oil. Well, we have. Natural gas is clean.

According to the climate group Carbon Brief, natural gas use has cut 50 percent more emissions than wind and solar power combined. Gas also has negligible local pollutants, 50 percent less carbon emissions than coal and 30 percent less than oil. What is not clean is the record on the left of opposing the development of natural gas-rich regions and the infrastructure such as pipelines that needed to further lower the costs of energy to consumers and the environment.

Somehow the Left operates on emotions and feelings – not so much on facts. What facts they need or find are meant to develop the feelings. I don’t quite understand how they think, but it doesn’t seem quite useful. but probably that’s just me. Very strange. Natural gas is a fossil fuel, by the way, but fossils are not involved.



Ocasio-Cortez Has Made a Delusional Little “Green New Deal” Film by The Elephant's Child

Oh my word. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made a little movie. It’s seven minutes long, and animated with quick watercolor sketches. The Federalist has posted it and I’ll introduce it with David Marcus’ comment:

In a new, seven minute animated video from The Intercept, narrated by and starring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) we are transported, via an NYC to DC bullet train, into the future. It is 2028, and what a world it is. On the downside, Hurricane Sheldon at some point left significant portions of Miami underwater, but on the bright side, former oil workers are planting mangroves under the direction of Native American elders. No, I’m not making this up.

Well, how nice of this young woman to save us all from a free and prosperous future, if we just reject all that in favor of a new form of Communism called the “Green New Deal.” Named supposedly in honor of the Old New Deal that was such a dreadful time for America. FDR won the election in 1932, but when he was inaugurated in 1933, he had no clue what to do about it, and embarked on an extensive era of experimentation that extended the misery of the Great Depression for at least seven years longer than it needed to be,  according to UCLA economists Lee Ohanian and Harold Cole. But then, as I keep reminding, Democrats just don’t understand free market economics.

The little video is mostly a celebration of the supposed brilliance and forethought of the very new congresswoman herself. You can forgive careless errors, but attempting to impose such extensive stupidity on the rest of the country is a bit much. But then the twenty or so Democrat candidates so far (with another ten or so waiting in the wings) are doing a marvelous job of opening their mouths and disqualifying themselves from consideration.

Do watch the whole thing, it’s only 7 minutes long, and necessary to understand what the whole bunch of Democrats are willing to sign up for.  What totally unbelievable ignorance. There is a long, long history of panics and delusions, many of the early ones caused by diseases that were not understood as catching an infection from another person , but as the act of some demon, or often as the work of a witch, some poor innocent woman who was burned at the stake in an effort to make the illness go away.



Patrick Moore, the Sensible Environmentalist by The Elephant's Child

Patrick Moore was one of the founders of Greenpeace, and deeply interested in saving the world’s whales when Japan was increasing their interest in whaling. Japanese whalers have for many years exploited a loophole in the founding treaty of the International Whaling Commission which allows whaling for ‘scientific research’. Whaling was a major industry, peaking in 1846 to1852 for whale oil, spermaceti oil and whalebone for ladies corsets. (think Moby Dick). The Japanese have announced a return to whaling in July of this year.

Moore came to environmentalism because of who he is and where he was born, and left Greenpeace because he is an honest man. He believes firmly that science and environmentalism can go together. He is not impressed with the Green New Deal, to put it mildly.



MIT Atmospheric Physicist Richard Lindzen Offers A Few Words by The Elephant's Child

Climate change is an urgent topic of discussion among politicians, journalists and celebrities, but actual climate scientists are not so much click-bait as real celebrities, and journalists seem more interested in click-bait than deeply informed commentary. We seem to be transforming into a society that values  popularity more than accuracy, or perhaps we always were, but it just wasn’t as obvious as it is today. Richard Lindzen is one of the most esteemed climate scientists in the world, and one to whom you should pay attention.



Four Climate Scientists Take On Climate Alarmism by The Elephant's Child

Seems like all the Democrat candidates so far, and there are a raft of them, are signing on to Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal”, a preposterous proposal that demonstrates nothing so much as evidence of never studying a subject at all before shooting off your mouth about something you know nothing about. Climate alarmism demonstrates the extent to which candidates will grab onto anything that seems like it might be a popular theme without actually giving it real thought.

They might have sought out information from some actual climate scientists, but wouldn’t have had the slightest idea how to go about finding one. So here you go.




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