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True Believers Just Believe, They Don’t Do Their Homework by The Elephant's Child
December 10, 2020, 9:12 pm
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What happens is that we get to imitate California’s reprehensible governor Gavin Newsom, who has been having major problems with power outages and forest fires. California has experimented hugely with wind and solar and learned that they not only don’t work but are remarkably costly. (See Ivanpah) Cost everybody involved enormous sums of money, accomplished nothing, except to kill large numbers of birds. I’m reluctantly coming to the understanding that Democrats just can’t be bothered to study up. They believe their own cherished beliefs, or perhaps just what other Democrats have to say, but they can’t be bothered to study up on the subject. But then, perhaps the reluctance to look things up is why they are Democrats in the first place. So look forward to more forest fires and more blackouts, because that is what Joe Biden’s policies portend. is a fairly new website featuring the writers and editorial folks from Investors Business Daily. Good website. Today, under the headline “Despite What Biden &CO. Say, There is No Such Thing As A Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax”, they wrote:

Joe Biden is a climate change true believer, stating repeatedly human fossil fuel use is undeniably causing catastrophic climate change, which poses an existential threat to human existence. The names Biden has floated for his Cabinet picks and key appointees, such as Janet Yellen for Treasury Secretary, Anthony Blinken as Secretary of State, and former Secretary of State John Kerry as his special envoy on climate, reflects his commitment to imposing drastic policies to fight climate change

As with fanatics, true believers, and zealots throughout history, the fact that data indicate he and his appointees are wrong – climate change, while occurring, is not catastrophic – does nothing to dissuade them from their blind faith that apocalyptic anthropogenic climate change must be stopped at all costs. …

Among the policies Biden and company have embraced for years to fight climate change is taxing carbon dioxide emissions, in short, a carbon tax. Sadly, a number of old mossback, Rockefeller Republicans have also embraced the myth of the carbon dioxide tax. While they profess the carbon tax is a way to fight climate change, in reality it is, as so many policies are, simply another way for elites to accrue more power for themselves, exerting ever greater control over the lives of the common folk — the hoi polloi, Joe and Jane six-pack – whom they disdain.

Why such climate concern does not extend to investigating the science remains a mystery, but being utterly convinced that you are right seems to preclude such a plebeian idea as looking things up. Unfortunate.

The West Coast Is On Fire by The Elephant's Child
September 11, 2020, 8:01 pm
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Very, very smoky today. I live on the side of a hill that slopes down to a golf course, then rises up on the other side. Can’t even see the other side today. Somewhere around 10 blocks away, I guess. The birds are hunkered down in the bushes somewhere. Haven’t seen any today.

I’ve looked at forest maps, USFS maps and some have all the fires so close together that you can’t figure out just where they are. We were told that a great smoke cloud was moving north last night, but it’s not at all clear what the origins are. There’s a range of mountains, or several ranges that move from Canada on down to Mexico. Reportedly, we have imported fire fighters from all over the world to help fight the fires. Everybody is babbling about climate change, which is nonsense. The Climate has been changing for millions of years. It isn’t suddenly haywire because of “fracking” which has been a boon, supplying us all with plentiful natural gas. which is a good thing.

Visit Dr. Roy Spencer’s  website. He runs the satellites that measure the temperature of the world for NASA,  with Dr. John Christy at Huntsville, Alabama. He has a dandy introduction to  “Global Warming 101” and “Global Warming: Natural or Manmade“. There are other valuable websites in the sidebar. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, they say, but there is so much hype floating around! Joe Biden cannot seem to decide whether he is banning fracking (deathly in Pennsylvania) or not. Kamala Harris is all for banning it. Earlier Biden was for the whole “Green New Deal”. It’s hard to get a firm grip on the big picture which is the extent to which our economy depends on power, and the simple fact that windmills and solar arrays which do produce bits of power romantically, cannot possibly power a modern society. The environmental bunch are beginning to recognize that perhaps there is something to nuclear power, but not ready to adopt it just yet. Chernobyl, you know.

I grew up in the mountains of Idaho at around 4000 feet, on 400 acres that butted up against National Forest. The Picture on the August 30 post about “What Do You Mean Free” is of a lake in the Seven Devils Mountains that form the border between Idaho and Oregon and the eastern rim of Hell’s Canyon, of the Snake River, which flows north to join the Columbia River at Lewiston. The picture is, I think, of the she Devil, but there really are seven of them. Beautiful country.

The problem is forest management. Forests need thinning, and “environmentalists” don’t like logging. They have romantic ideals of pristine forests undisturbed by nasty humans, free of campers and tents and campfires so they can feel noble about their caring. And ordinary people feel a need to get out in the woods, where the loudest noise is the water flowing against the rocks in the river. That’s Granite Creek above.

We just need a little extra wind to blow all this stuff out to sea.

ADDENDUM: Another day, and the sky is not quite, as the song goes – a bright canary yellow, more like mayonnaise. No trace of the more familiar blue, and we don’t need wind, but a good rain storm. Looks like we’ll have to wait till the end of the week for that, if the forecast holds true. Smoky air, not a good day for being outside. I should probably add that this has nothing whatsoever to do with “climate change” that popular much ado about nothing. Just normal forest fire.

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