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The Day After: Newsom Not Recalled, Taliban Promise to Help Biden with Climate! by The Elephant's Child
September 15, 2021, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , ,

Somehow, yesterday’s post didn’t get posted, so we can go directly to today’s update. California Governor Newsom did not get officially recalled, unfortunately, and California Democrats are trying to figure out how to ban recall efforts. Pity. Lousy governor, but politics will often triumph over plain old common sense. The train to nowhere will continue going nowhere, the needed cleanup of forests won’t happen, the water problems will continue, but I have no vote. I have lived all over California in 6 or 7 cities all over the state, and loathed the state generously over the years.

General Milley will be retired, court-martialed, or simply fired in short order. Congress has informed President Biden that they are not going along with his big spending dreams, and I don’t know what’s happening with the unbelievably stupid taxpayer money going to Afghanistan nor to the Afghan refugees being imported here. Latest reports have over a thousand Americans left behind in Afghanistan. Veterans have drummed up rescue efforts, but are not receiving any help from our State Department, which is apparently more afraid of annoying the Taliban than in getting our citizens out. File this whole thing under Badly Handled Mess. But the Taliban did promise to help President Biden with his climate concerns.

And as with so many other things, President Biden’s climate concerns are misplaced. The Earth is not overheating, The climate is controlled by the actions of our sun. CO2, carbon dioxide, is a natural fertilizer for plants, and even Afghanistan has had unusually bountiful crops.

Most forest fires are caused by lightening strikes, you can check that out with the U.S. Forest Service online, and learn where fires are and what their prospects are. I can look out of my window here, to the South where I get a view of distant trees and if they look smoky, I know there are fires in the Cascade Range. Growing up, one of my closest friends was daughter of a Forest Ranger, and ran a station. We got to ride the horses, or fish in the creeks in the meadows that were the beginnings of a major river. If you have never been to a Forest Service Lookout, inquire about visits. They can be very interesting, and they are located on major peaks where you can see for miles and miles.

Do You Live on the Coast of California? They’re Coming for You! by The Elephant's Child

The California Coastal Commission is set to empower local governments to pursue eminent domain to take 1,100 miles of coastline in order to prepare for sea level rise. Local jurisdictions will implement a “managed retreat” policy that will allow taking and demolishing coastal homes and businesses.

This will allow communities to dismantle and relocate power plants, 250 miles of highway, 1,500 miles of roads and 110 miles of railway.

This battle is going to be fun, when the state tries to take Environmentalist Tom Steyer’s coastal property, in the name of saving the rest of California from the horrors of global warming and its sea level rise.

Scientists are not sure that there is any rise in sea level at all. What little discrepancy they see may simply be coastline shrinking.

Roy Spencer PhD. noted recently that “Climate Models are warming the Global Lower Atmosphere 67% Faster than the average of 9 Observational Datasets.”

In the last 40 years, the discrepancy between models and observations for the globally-averaged lower atmosphere looks like this:

ADDENDUM:  If you are not a climate scientist, and I am not, you may not be used to reading graphs and grasping all their information. Do notice that this particular graph covers the last 40 years and notice just how much warming there has been. Run for the hills! As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims, we just have five years left before the ultimate catastrophe. I don’t know how they can measure a sea level rise that small. Just a tiny bit over 6/10ths of one degree Centigrade?

About Immigration: Victor Davis Hanson by The Elephant's Child

California: A Failing Utopian Vision by The Elephant's Child

California is becoming the most watched state in the union. The worst-managed state. threatening secession, or division, insisting on whatever the rest of the country is doing, they will go in another direction. And Washington State is trying to follow in their wake,

Here’s Victor Davis Hanson trying to explain what’s gone wrong and why. Our most populous state, a sanctuary state, broke, and people and businesses are fleeing the state for anywhere where taxes are lower and housing costs are sane. People are living in motor homes, sheds, turning a single apartment into a dormitory. Facebook and Google are apparently building a new town to house their workers.

Once California Was an Island, Off The Coast of Nova Mexico by The Elephant's Child
February 1, 2018, 9:57 pm
Filed under: History, Latin America, Mexico | Tags: , ,

I thought you might be interested in these historic  maps showing California as an island, off the coast of Nova Mexico. I don’t know the year, but they are writing in Spanish, rather than Aztec symbols, You can see notations for Apaches, Zunis, and Navajos so some exploration had been done. I don’t see any prominent illustration of the Missions, but I can’t read the small print.

I have resisted any snarky comments. You probably should too. :>)

California Is Determined to Stop Global Warming In It’s Tracks by The Elephant's Child

cowsYou have probably learned by now that the great state of California has determined to advance it’s fight against global warming by a serious effort to reduce emissions from bovine flatulence. Yes, cow gas.

Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. Methane is released when they belch, pass gas and make manure.

“If we can reduce emissions of methane, we can really help to slow global warming,” said Ryan McCarthy, a science adviser for the California Air Resources Board, which is drawing up rules to implement the new law.

Livestock are responsible for 14.5 percent of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, with beef and dairy production accounting for the bulk of it, according to a 2013 United Nations report.

California is a the nation’s largest dairy farming state, and dairy farmers are not taking this lying down. This will drive up costs when farms have struggled for five years with drought, low milk prices and rising labor costs. The state has set up $50 million to help dairies set up methane digesters which capture the methane from manure in large storage tanks and convert the gas into electricity. Farmers, who probably understand the cost analysis better than state bureaucrats, say this is not nearly enough to equip the state’s roughly 1,500 dairies. More dairy farmers will move out of the state, following other businesses that are leaving California in droves for states where they are better treated.

The difference this will make with climate issues, probably not measurable, but hope is eternal. Governor Brown’s high speed rail doesn’t seem to be going anywhere at enormous cost. The giant Ivanpah solar project has been a flop. In the wake of the election, some Californians demanded that California secede from the Union, apparently unaware of the results of the last time States decided to secede. That demand led to suggestions that California rejoin Mexico, and good riddance, but Californians didn’t like that either. The  “Golden” State continues in its drive to make itself unpopular.

All Because of Democrat Talking Points! by The Elephant's Child

California Governor Jerry Brown, sometimes referred to as “Governor Moonbeam,”is at it again. He wants to control greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the climate change agenda of the country’s most prominent Democrats. They have pledged to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050. They’ve given this the clever slogan “80 by 50.”

Earlier this month, by just two votes the Assembly rejected SB32 which would have required the state to reach 80 by 50. Pushing the bill was the state’s Democratic leadership, the governor and  U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. President Obama has repeatedly endorsed the plan as have all of the candidates for the Presidency except Jim Webb.

What, asks Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute, would this mean to real people, or the citizens of California? Residents of California would be asked to night1emit less carbon dioxide than do the current residents of North Korea. Surely you have seen the satellite pictures of North Korea at night. That one bright spot is undoubtedly Kim Jong Un’s palace.

Wind and s0lar energy cannot accomplish the desired reduction — they require vast acreages of land and 24/7 backup from a conventional power source.  Nuclear energy would do the trick, but Democrats and environmentalists are totally opposed to nuclear energy, and building nuclear energy plants is not cheap. Germany estimates that for them to reach the 80 by 50 target would cost another $1.3 trillion. For us it would be over $5 trillion.

That brings us to an interesting article from Phillip Rucker of the Washington Post. He asks if Democrats and Republicans are talking about the same country? Of course we are not. Democrats follow Democrat talking points. They all march to the same tune. They are interested in income inequality, although their policies do nothing to reduce it. They simply accept climate change as a crisis, not because they have ever looked into the science, but because they just accept Democrat talking points as gospel. They care desperately about workplace equality for women, although equal pay for equal jobs has been the law since 1963. Other than a campaign issue, they don’t pay any attention to the law anyway. Women in the White House are paid less for the same job, as are, I have read, women in Hillary’s campaign.

On climate change, I refer you to my previous post, about 20 scientists  asking that climate deniers be prosecuted for their beliefs. It turns out that the organization responsible for the letter to the President asking for skeptics to be prosecuted is almost entirely funded by U.S. taxpayers. Scientists with the Institute of Global Environment and Society gets millions from taxpayers, and the lead scientist gets a six-figure salary for part-time work.

On top of that, we have the Associated Press changing the language. The AP announced today that it will no longer use the terms “climate change deniers” or “climate change skeptics” to refer to “those who don’t believe the world is warming or don’t accept climate science.”

The wire service sets the style standard for many news organizations. They announced they will refer to “individuals who reject climate change” as “climate change doubters” or “those who reject mainstream climate science.”  Oh please! Could I possibly ask for a better demonstration of why I seldom pay attention to news from the Associated Press? The American people’s trust in Mass Media has returned to an all-time low at 40% who believe the news is reported fairly and accurately.

The scientists who do not accept the work of the IPCC, don’t accept it because it is not correct, and designed for a political point, not a scientific point. The earth is always warming and cooling as it has done for millions of years. We have had periods much warmer than today as the Medieval Warm Period when grapes grew in England, and the Vikings farmed in Iceland. It’s known as the finest climate ever, and led to the Renaissance. We have also had Ice Ages, and more recently the Little Ice Age in the 1800s.

Another day, another battle over whether of not climate change is a catastrophe. Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has filed Articles of Impeachment against EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, with 20 other members of Congress because she committed perjury and made several false statements at multiple congressional hearings, and as a result is guilty of  high crimes and misdemeanors.

States That Adopted Aggressive Climate Policies Are Paying a Heavy Cost. by The Elephant's Child

The U.N.’s IPCC may have been thoroughly discredited, and the scientists behind its alarmist assessments disgraced; but the governments who were alarmed by their pronouncements aren’t going to give up either easily or gracefully.  It is really embarrassing to have to admit that you have been had.

The scientists falsified the data, refused to share data, and attempted to keep those scientists who did not support their alarmist position from publishing or being heard.

European governments were investing in clean, green, wind farms, in solar arrays, new regulation and lots of bragging about their efforts to live up to their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.  Congress had made it clear to the Clinton administration that it would not consent to any treaty that would damage the U.S. economy.

Governors, however, were concerned about being seen as laggards and uncommitted to saving the planet.  A number of states decided by 2007 that in spite of the discredited Bush administration, they just had to get with the program, and if Bush wouldn’t sign Kyoto or pass cap-and-trade, they’d just do it on their own.They had plenty of environmental activists advising and urging them on.

There had, of course, been no warming of the climate since 2001, but they certainly weren’t going to listen to any “Skeptics”, who, their activist advisers assured them, were simply a bunch of nutcases  funded by “big oil”.

The notion that Oregon, for example, could make the slightest difference to carbon dioxide emissions, or that carbon emissions had anything to do with a globe that wasn’t warming, was not anything that crossed anyone’s mind. States and cities went to work to do good climate works that would show how forward thinking they were, and surely it would impress voters.

Flash forward to 2010, and all that money that states have invested in things green, the programs, the policies, has become a burden.  No state has embraced the green lifestyle and green regulation as enthusiastically as California, and no state has suffered so much from their foolish investments.  Nor are they about to admit anything.

The Great Central Valley has some of the worst unemployment in the country.  Farms are damaged from drought caused by environmental protection for a supposedly endangered minnow. The High-Speed Rail project is supposed to save energy, reduce emissions although it clearly won’t do any such thing.

People are leaving California.  The outflow from 2000 – 2009 has been 1,509,000.  Businesses are moving out.  The Green Party had a registered membership of 158,000 five years ago or.95 percent of the electorate, but it has shrunk to .66 percent.  Unemployment in the state is 12.5, 3% higher than the national average.

“California is likely to see modest job losses in the near term from its aggressive climate change policy due to higher energy costs and other factors, the state’s independent Legislative Analyst’s Office said.”

They are beginning to talk about it though.  Reuters says “hotly debated”, but California is still attempting to cut its “greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.  At least Arizona was smart enough to get out of the Western Climate Initiative.

Nanny State Alert by Emerald City Elephant

Terminating liberty. Caleeforneeah has declared war on the dastardly trans-fats.

I would like it very much if someone of the liberal persuasion (and, yes, this is one of the many instances in which Schwarzenegger divorces himself from conservatism and embraces liberal policy) could explain to me why they — not everyone else — but why they personally need the government to tell them what they can and cannot eat.

Update: As if the Nanny-Statism isn’t bad enough, it turns out, as usual, there’s no scientific basis for the hysteria in the first place:

The FDA, after spending years reviewing all available evidence on trans fats, said in its July 9, 2003, 260-page ruling (Docket No. 94P-0036), that any fears of a public health concern from the small amounts of trans fats in our diets were not supported by the evidence. These fatty acids haven’t been shown to be better or worse than any other dietary fat. The FDA expert panel specifically stated that trans fats needn’t be eliminated from the diet and they refused to establish a daily recommended intake due to lack of evidence. They agreed to add trans fats to food labels, but only after explaining it was only in response to a relentless, decade-long activist campaign. But those labels are being used by certain interests as proof that trans fats hold some health danger that’s imperative to control. [read more]

Arrrgh! At what point do Americans get fed up with losing their liberties to hysterical liberal overreaction to junk science?

It all makes sense now! by Emerald City Elephant

No wonder Democrats want to spend billions on homes in foreclosure!

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