American Elephants

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye by The Elephant's Child


Lisa Jackson, departing director of the Environmental Protection Agency, says she cringes whenever she is asked if President Barack Obama is serious about confronting climate change.¬† Of course he is, she tells them, “The president has been really clear…I’m not sure how much clearer he could be.”

Still she was ever so pleased when the president cited the threats posed by climate change so prominently in his inaugural address. his nod to climate change served as a “satisfying coda to a tumultuous tenure marked by clashes with Republican lawmakers and agricultural communities.” And clashes with the courts, who slapped down the EPA for its overreach regularly.

Jackson’s deepest regret, she said, is that she failed to reach out to rural, often conservative regions of the United States. As a result, she said, opponents were able to generate politically damaging rumors of looming regulatory crackdowns. “If I were starting again, I would from day one make a much stronger effort to do personal outreach in rural America.” Jackson said. Had I known that these myths about everything from cow flatulence to spilled milk could be seen as ‘the EPA is coming to get you,’ I would have spent more time trying to inoculate against that.” Oh yes, those ignorant rural people clinging to their guns and their religion.

Her signature achievement, she said, was the so-called endangerment finding that greenhouse gases pose a danger to human health, a formal declaration that paved the way for the agency to write the carbon-cutting rules. Too bad that  is all coming apart with more recent scientific findings.

Her tenure has been marked by repeated conflicts with scientific skeptics, and the courts. The IPCC is admitting that what small amount of warming there has been is caused by actions of the sun, not increasing carbon in the atmosphere. She has done a lot of damage to the economy, increased unemployment, damaged industries and the communities they supported, and all for nothing but a false ideology, and a power grab.

The top Swedish climate scientist, Dr. Lennart Bengstrom, just pointed out that the warming we have had is not noticeable. The warming we have had in the last 100 years is so small that if we didn’t have climate scientists to measure it, we wouldn’t have noticed.


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