American Elephants

Only a Tiny Amount of CO2, and They Want to Rearrange the Entire Economy! by The Elephant's Child
October 28, 2009, 3:12 am
Filed under: Energy, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , ,

The percentage of carbon dioxide (CO2) is the atmosphere is really very small.  The percentage of the CO2 that is derived from human causes is very, very small.  Most of the CO2 in the atmosphere rises from the sea and has nothing to do with people at all.

You know in the videos that you see about global warming, they always show great black factory smokestacks belching out grey-white clouds of horrible pollution?  Not pollution.  It’s water vapor — steam.  Most of the “greenhouse gasses” aren’t CO2 at all, they are water vapor in the form of clouds, mist and fog.

The Waxman-Markey House climate bill is estimated to cut Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by a cumulative $9.4 trillion by 2015.  Emission permit costs for energy  could top $300 billion a year by 2035. A typical family of four could pay $829 more annually just for electricity, and up to $4,600 for energy, food and consumer goods.

This is a massive wealth transfer to carbon traders, bureaucrats, activists and other preferred groups from hydrocarbon users.  Massive job killer.  According to European experience in Spain and Germany, the much touted “green jobs” come at the expense of two jobs in the regular economy for every green job.

All for perfectly natural global warming and cooling — which the planet has always done, warming and cooling.  It has been vastly warmer in the past— the finest weather known to man — and a lot cooler too.  This is a phony crisis, for a very tiny amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  Carbon dioxide is essential to life.  Without it, we wouldn’t be here.  Do you suppose that Waxman, Markey, Boxer and Kerry all flunked high school biology?

Cap and Trade: A $3.6 Trillion Tax On the Economy, for No Reason At All. by The Elephant's Child
October 21, 2009, 10:22 pm
Filed under: Economy, Energy, Environment | Tags: , , ,

Unquestionably, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  was formed to build the scientific case for humanity being the primary cause of global warming.  Such a goal is fundamentally unscientific, as it is hostile to alternative hypotheses for the causes of climate change.

The most glaring example of this bias has been the lack of interest on the IPCC’s part in figuring out to what extent climate change is simply the result of natural, internal cycles in the climate system.

Read that again, carefully.  It comes from Dr. Roy Spencer, a Principal Research Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He is the U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

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