The State of Our Planet Is Better Than Ever

Posted on May 4th, 2015

Climate changingBy Stephen Moore

Recently the world celebrated Earth Day and to hear the experts like Usher and Al Gore tell the story, the planet is in a miserable state. We’re running out of our natural resources, we’re overpopulating the globe and running out of room, the air that we breathe is becoming toxic, the oceans are rising and soon major coastal cities will be underwater, and the Earth is, of course, heating up, except when it is cooling down.

This is perhaps the single greatest misinformation campaign in world history. Virtually none of these claims are even close to the truth—except for the fact that our climate is always changing as it has for hundreds of thousands of years. Read More..

The Whitehouse-White House Climate Change Inquisition

Posted on May 1st, 2015

Blown forecast global warmingEDITOR’S COMMENT: Several weeks ago, Democrat Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Barbara Boxer and Ed Markey sent Spanish Inquisition-style letters to universities that employ Dr. Willie Soon and other skeptics of the “dangerous manmade climate change” thesis, demanding information about the scientists’ funding. The senators were roundly criticized for their actions – prompting  Mr. Whitehouse to post an angry response on the Huffington Post, saying the criticism was unwarranted and unfair.

Paul Driessen’s article examines his complaints, the tenets of the climate change catechism, climatologist Judith Curry’s recent testimony before the House Science Committee, and the real problem of financial incentives and abuses in climate science: hundreds of billions of dollars spent by governments and special interest foundations to support alarmist science; bankroll renewable energy projects; further enrich billionaires like Warren Buffett, whose secretive funding of anti-pipeline campaigns means oil gets transported by his Berkshire Hathaway-owned railroad; and support reelection campaigns for political friends who keep the gravy train on-track. Read More..

Co-founder of Greenpeace Explains Why He Is a Climate Skeptic

Posted on April 23rd, 2015

Blown forecast global warming

By Rick Moran

Got yer dose of schadenfreud for the day right here…

The co-founder of the granddaddy of green groups, Greenpeace, explains in a Heartland editorial why he is a climate skeptic Patrick Moore, who left Greenpeace in 1986 because, in his words, it “took a sharp turn to the political left” and “evolved into an organization of extremism and politically motivated agendas,” pulls no punches when criticizing his former colleagues in the green movement:

I am skeptical humans are the main cause of climate change and that it will be catastrophic in the near future. There is no scientific proof of this hypothesis, yet we are told “the debate is over” and “the science is settled.”

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The Environmental Insane Asylum

Posted on April 22nd, 2015

Earth day alarmism environment by Eric Allie, Caglecartoons.comEDITOR’S COMMENT: Earth Day is today, and will mark the beginning of another month-long attempt at indoctrination and propaganda on the part of the environmentalists, the Obama administration, and those, very left liberals, who want to totally control our lives. This is actually an ALERT to be prepared for this onslaught! And, here is an insightful commentary to help you keep your sense of balance during this government and media offensive.

By Alan Caruba

Earth Day was declared in 1970 and for the past 45 years we have all been living in the Environmental Insane Asylum, being told over and over again to believe things that are the equivalent of Green hallucinations. Now the entire month of April has been declared Earth Month, but in truth not a day goes by when we are not assailed with the bold-faced lies that comprise environmentalism. Read More..

Debunked Again! Obama Claims Global Warming Gave My Daughter Asthma

Posted on April 13th, 2015

Obama Family in the Oval OfficeEDITOR’S COMMENT: I’m sure that by now you can immediately recognize the ongoing propaganda efforts and the falsehoods that are constantly made by our President, as soon as he starts speaking. This claim is another perfect example of his disinformation campaign, whereby he makes an untrue statement, that ‘science’ disagrees with, but he knows that his unfounded claim will still be featured by the mainstream media without any fact-checking or investigation. So, to that large group of uninformed voters, he will have succeeded in his efforts. False statements and untruths apparently don’t matter anymore! Read More..

Rain Dances in California

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

Obama Los Banos

EDITOR’S COMMENT: UPDATE: Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown ordered all cities and towns across the state to attempt to cut their water usage by 25% by imposing mandatory drought restrictions for the first time in California’s history. While this is a step in the right direction, this still leaves the bulk of water use by agriculture unaffected.

By Gilbert T. Sewall

Climate change posturing won’t provide long overdue water allocation reforms.

On February 14, 2014, President Barack Obama arrived on Air Force One in Fresno, California, with Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein aboard. They helicoptered to a 30-minute community roundtable in Firebaugh, 45 miles to the west. A half-hour motorcade then moved northwest to a Los Banos field for a photo op and official televised statement.

Joined by Gov. Jerry Brown, the President linked California’s lack of rain to climate change and carbon pollution.

The Democratic entourage, ringed by Secret Service, posed in the fallow field for Associated Press and the television cameras. It had no clue how to solve California’s water problems. It could have been doing rain dances, for all the good it was doing. Read More..

It’s Not “Global Warming.” It’s “Springtime.”

Posted on March 20th, 2015

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By Alan Caruba

After decades of environmental claims that “global warming” would plunge the planet into catastrophic harm to its human and other inhabitants—at the same time blaming humans for causing it—the sheer arrogance and ignorance of these claims always ignores the real power that is represented by the Earth itself and the beginning of Spring should be proof enough for anyone paying any attention.

This year, Spring begins in the northern hemisphere on Friday, March 20 at 6:45 PM EDT. In the southern hemisphere it marks the beginning of Autumn.

Spring manifests itself in ways we take for granted yet it is a combination of many events that should make us marvel if we gave them any thought. For example, where does all the snow go? The U.S. and the rest of the world set records of snowfall levels throughout Winter.

As noted by the U.S. Geological Service, in the world-wide scheme of the water cycle, runoff from snowmelt is a major component of the global movement of water.”

“Mountain snow fields act as natural reservoirs for many western United States water-supply systems, storing precipitation from the cool season, when most precipitation falls and forms snowpacksAs much as 75 percent of water supplies in the western states are derived from snowmelt.” Snowmelt ensures sufficient water for all of us and for the Earth that depends upon it for the growth of all vegetation.

How do the flowers know it is Spring? In a 2011 article for the Inside Science News Service, Katherine Gammon noted that “Just in time for the birds and bees to start buzzing, the flowers and the trees somehow know when to open their buds to start flowering. But the exact way that plants get their wake-up call has been something of a mystery.” A molecular biologist at the University of Texas, Sibum Sung, has been trying to solve that mystery and has discovered “a special molecule in plants that gives them the remarkable ability to recall Winter and to bloom on schedule in the Spring.”

Nothing on Earth happens by accident. It is a remarkable inter-related system to which we give little thought. The sheer power of all those blooming flowers and trees should tell us something about the power of Nature that dwarfs all the claims that humans have any influence whatever on the events of Spring or any other time of the year.

Then think about the role of the animals with whom we share the planet. In the Spring many come out of hibernation in their dens, while others such as birds make lengthy migrations from the warmer climes to those in the north. The huge migration of Monarch Butterflies should leave us speechless. Spring is a time when many animals give birth to their young.

Aurora Borealis

A sign of the Spring that leaves us breathless is the way it is the season for the aurora borealis. Dr. Tony Phillips of NASA notes that “For reasons not fully understood by scientists, the weeks around the vernal equinox are prone to Northern Lights. From Canada to Scandinavia they provide a great show.

“Such outbursts are called auroral substorms and they have long puzzled physicists,” says UCLA space physicist Vassilis Angelopoulos. They represent “a potent geomagnetic storm.” The equinox in Spring and Autumn is a time when magnetic connections between the Sun and Earth are most favorable.

One book, “Silent Spring”, by Rachel Carson, first published in September 1962, started the environmental campaign against pesticide use for any reason, leading most famously to the ban on DDT in the U.S. What Carson neglected to tell readers was how they were supposed to cope with the trillions of insects that come with the advent of warm weather.

No pesticide use does not mean less mosquitoes, less termites, less flies, less ants, or less of any other insect species and the diseases they spread, property damage, and the damage they cause to crops of all descriptions. And, of course, the much of the pollination of crops and other vegetation depends on insect species.

Carson’s claims of a silent spring bereft of bird species was a blatant lie. Rich Kozlovich, an authority on pest management, noted that “Bird populations were never so high in North America” despite the use of DDT and other pesticides. Carson’s claim about how the poor robin was going to disappear was not only wrong, she was deliberately lying.”

Carson was a science writer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and absolutely had to know that in 1960 there were 12 times more robins, 21 times more cowbirds, 38 times more blackbirds, 131 times more grackles, etc., compared to 1941 numbers.”

Spring is a time of renewal in the northern hemisphere and it occurs with enormous levels of natural power. Most people, however, are oblivious to that power as they enjoy the sight of flowers and trees blooming.

I could almost guarantee that you will read or hear about “global warming” or “climate change” being attributed to the arrival of Spring. Do yourself a favor. Keep in mind that those claims, like Rachel Carson’s, represent an anti-humanity, anti-energy, and anti-capitalism agenda of the environmental movement.

Instead, celebrate the seasonal renewal of life on Earth and give thanks for the energy that permits you to control the environment of the structures where you live and work, that provides you the means to get in your car and go anywhere, and that powers every device you use.    (my emphasis)

By Alan Caruba for Facts Not Fantasy

By permission Alan Caruba

Alan Caruba writes a daily post at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com

© Alan Caruba, 2015

EPA Wants to Monitor (Control) How Long Hotel Guests Spend in the Shower

Posted on March 20th, 2015

WAIMH Red ArrowEDITOR’S COMMENT: You may have read about this development recently, but here’s my take on it. I believe that most of us are concerned about wasting resources, such as our supply of water, and even though the EPA states that this is merely an attempt by the hotel guest to ‘monitor’ their shower water usage, you know what’s coming. Soon, these devices will be mandatory in in all our hotels, schools, gyms, and then our homes. The EPA has already invaded the areas of toilets, lighting, shower heads, hot water heaters, air conditioning, heating, lawn mowers, etc. Apparently, there is still no area that our federal government doesn’t want to be involved in, and effectively control that aspect of our lives!

By Elizabeth Harrington

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants hotels to monitor how much time its guests spend in the shower.

The agency is spending $15,000 to create a wireless system that will track how much water a hotel guest uses to get them to modify their behavior.”

“Hotels consume a significant amount of water in the U.S. and around the world,” an EPA grant to the University of Tulsa reads.Most hotels do not monitor individual guest water usage and as a result, millions of gallons of potable water are wasted every year by hotel guests.

The goal of the project is to change the behavior of Americans when they stay at hotels.

… The EPA is concerned that the average shower, which lasts just eight minutes, uses 18 gallons of water, and has asked Americans to reduce their shower length by at least one minute.

… The website, which is a project of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, also suggests watering plants with discarded cold water from showers that take a long time to heat up, and taking “navy showers.”

“The method requires three steps: 1) turn on water to rinse body and hair; 2) turn off water while shampooing hair and washing body with soap and washcloth; 3) resume water flow and rinse off all shampoo and soap,” the group said. “Using this technique, the total duration of water flow can easily be reduced to 5 minutes or less.”

Read all of Elizabeth Harrington’s comments from Washington Free Beacon about the EPA’s latest intrusion in your life here.

Barack the Magnificent

Posted on March 18th, 2015

His Kingdom Come

By Billie Blanco

Obama is a lawless leader, choosing to rule by memorandum, regulation and executive order — he is not a president; he is a king

Any treaty negotiated by a president and his minions must be approved by a two-thirds vote in the Senate. An accord bears no such restraints. The former is a legally binding agreement, whereas the latter is not. Barack Obama knows that any agreement negotiated with Iran, allowing them to continue enriching nuclear fuel for a weapon, will not pass in the Senate. 

An agreement with sunset provisions, allowing Iran after a certain period of time, the option of producing weapons-grade enriched uranium to build as many bombs it desires also doesn’t stand a chance in Congress. 

As a digression, the fact that Iran is the number one sponsor of terrorism worldwide and has never honored any agreement it has ever made, makes one wonder if Barry is patently naïve or simply challenged. 

Yet, an accord fits the bill for what Obama wants to accomplish. It may not be legally binding and the next president can easily opt out, but for the remainder of his presidency at least, he can force America to abide by its strictures and claim he solved the “Iran problem.” As far as the next president is concerned, it will already be too late, Iran will have joined the nuclear club and the world will be at the mercy of the mullahs. 

When the Shiite hits the fan, and a nuclear weapon is used on Israel or America, or perhaps Saudi Arabia, he will blame his successor for ruining the peace he bequeathed to the nation and the world.

For Barry, it’s all about recognition. He envies Lincoln for his brilliance, wisdom and wit and the way he transformed the nation. He wants that for himself, but the act of governing is such hard work, beyond his ability and desire. 

Yet, everything he does, freeing the slaves… oh snap, I didn’t mean “slaves,” I meant illegal immigrants, because everyone knows that if Barack Obama had been alive before the Civil War, he would have owned slaves himself — they would have made everything so much easier to do, and it’s not like they were people or anything.

In any case, everything he does, whether it is legalizing illegal immigrants, banning bullets, banning coal-fired plants, ignoring the law in so many little and large ways, all that “I am King Barack” stuff, has a masturbatory quality to it. He’s like that kid from that old episode of the Twilight Zone. You know it. The one where all the adults have to do as they are told or he wishes them into the cornfield.

In reality, the next 23 months will be all about him, how he sees himself and his legacy and his need to feel and be acknowledged as “transformational.” Curiously, it is his all-consuming need, and more curious still, he seems not to care one whit about the ramifications. If people have to die, then, it is a small price to pay for a world made over in his own image.

The key is to be around to help write history. It’s worked for him his entire life, why stop now? Barry is just waiting to put his thumb on the scale.

What power does Congress hold to prevent the next two years of presidential lawlessness? Surely, there is impeachment and the power of the purse. Yet these are wan weapons when compared to the power of the press, which has an almost cultlike investment in Barack Obama’s success. Scandal after scandal ignored, whilst constantly preaching everything is truly great, in not only America, but also the world. 

It may be a pretend world, but it is so carefully constructed with media spit and spin, even those who should know better have become convinced. All brought to you by King Barry, and don’t you forget it.

Just look at what our king has done in his first 6 years. Through Michelle’s school lunch program, he has decided what our children eat. Did anyone vote for Michelle? Was she ever elected to anything?  Why does she get to decide school menus? Why is a celery stalk and one peanut (originally it was 2 peanuts and a celery stalk, but she didn’t like the optic), the new school lunch?

Next up is energy. The EPA is now putting the finishing touches on the plan to save the world from global warming by tripling Americans’ electric bills and throttling business by raising the cost of energy. Barry does not like coal and the EPA, ever obsequious to Barry’s wants, wants to shut down all coal-powered electrical generation in America.

Coal-fired plants produce almost 40% of the nation’s electricity, and Barry… er, I meant the EPA, wants to shut them down.  Not to worry, the plan is to replace all that electricity with… well, nothing.  (Fracking? The same crowd has plans for that too.)

The president is planning an executive order banning 5.56mm M855 ammunition (green tips), the round most often used in the AR-15. The AR-15 is a very popular weapon for sportsman, used primarily for target shooting and almost never for hunting. It is rarely used in the commission of crime. But ban the bullets and you ban the gun. There you have it — Popeil’s pocket gun control and if the public accepts this, then perhaps he will think of a way to ban 9mm ammo.

You know, “Hands up, don’t make me shoot. This is my last bullet.”

Most egregious is his impending takeover of the internet. Talk about finding solutions to things that aren’t broken. No one yet knows his plans for the future web — it’s finished, but it’s secret. There are, however, two things that will be in the soup. You can bet your bottom dollar there will be more fees and more taxes. Render unto Obama what is Obama’s — and it’s all Obama’s, so shut up and pay.

The FCC wants to control access to internet bandwidth, who gets it, when and how much, as well as pricing, taxes and fees. Did I mention taxes and fees? But what Barry really wants is to control content.  Political articles such as this, most assuredly will not be allowed and I will be sent to a reeducation camp, where life is beautiful all day long.

It’s better this way, as our king burns the world down, it’s best that no one calls attention to it.

We should all just be happy that we live in the time of Barack the Magnificent. A failure to acknowledge the greatness he has brought to this humble nation, or disagreeing with anything he does will result in sanctions and penalties, consequences and repercussions

Of course, as always, we will still be free to do as we are told. 

King Barry… he’s generous that way.   (my emphasis)

By Billie Blanco for American Thinker

By permission American Thinker

www.americanthinker.com

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/03/king_barry.html#ixzz3TZuUlx4R

Think Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Was Outrageous? Check Out What He’s Doing at the EPA.

Posted on February 27th, 2015

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy with ObamaBy Stephen Moore and Kathleen Hartnett White

If you think President Obama’s unilateral exercise of executive powers granting near-blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants was an abuse of power, get a load of what this administration is doing over at the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan regulations are the most expansive and economically disruptive rules in four decades from an agency that is notorious for its reckless disregard for the financial consequences of regulation under the Clean Air Act.

The EPA’s rule aims to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants by 30 percent. That’s an enormous and costly burden on our power generating utilities. According to Energy Ventures Analysis, an energy research firm, the annual costs for residential, commercial and industrial energy customers in America would be about $173 billion higher in 2020 — a 37 percent increase. Average annual household gas and power bills would increase by $680 or 35 percent.

However, the overall reductions in the planetary volume of carbon-dioxide emissions would be microscopic — like trying to reduce the rise of the oceans with a syringe. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s own official number crunchers say that we must reduce global carbon-dioxide emissions by 80 percent over the next several decades to avert catastrophic warming. The EPA’s proposed cut would yield an immeasurable 0.018 degree Celsius cooling.

This is going to save the planet from catastrophe? Good luck.

For this imperceptible step forward, the new rule would expand federal control over electric power on a scale comparable to Obamacare’s transformation of health care but with a disturbing difference. At least Congress passed the Affordable Care Act — albeit without a single Republican vote — to overhaul the nation’s health care system.

By contrast, Congress has repeatedly rejected legislation to give the EPA the power to control carbon dioxide. Congress has rejected carbon taxes, the Kyoto Treaty, cap-and-trade schemes, and other regulatory measures that would harm jobs and the economy. Regardless of how one feels about global warming, this is hardly the way the Constitution intended for the really big decisions affecting our economy and livelihoods to be decided.

Most amazing of all is that we have here is an extraordinarily expensive rule, but the EPA can’t tell us what it hopes to accomplish.

Consider how the EPA almost comically keeps changing its story. Originally, the agency claimed that the power plan rule would prevent dangerous warming. The futility of even more unilateral and draconian carbon cuts while the rest of the world’s increasing emissions dwarf the symbolic reductions in the United States is almost universally recognized as having no impact on any global warming trends. Even more problematic for the EPA has been the 18-year lull in rising temperatures, which has turned “global warming” into “climate change.”

The new rule would expand federal control over electric power on a scale comparable to Obamacare’s transformation of health care.

Next in line was the EPA’s standard propaganda that the proposed regulation would prevent thousands of deaths. Yet, unlike pollutants listed in the Clean Air Act, carbon dioxide has no adverse health effects at ambient levels. Unlike smog, lead or carbon monoxide — all forms of pollution that have been dramatically reduced in recent decades — no one gets sick from carbon dioxide. So the health effects of the Clean Power Plan are trivial.

EPA has now conjured up a new rationale. In testimony before the Senate this past summer, Administrator Gina McCarthy stated that the Clean Power Plan has nothing to do with reducing pollution. “The great thing about this proposal is that it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control. It’s about investment in renewables and clean energy.” So now EPA is an economic planning agency.

But wait. This is the same administration that “invested” hundreds of millions of dollars into Solyndra, Fisker Auto, battery plants and other mega-green energy flops. After tens of billions of dollars of federal subsidies, the U.S. still only gets about 3 percent of its electric power from wind and solar power while natural gas — a clean and abundant fuel — has surged as a power source virtually without a dime of Ms. McCarthy’s prodding.

As an act of total desperation, the EPA is now playing the race card. The agency is adopting the theme that shutting down coal plants and other fossil fuel development is necessary to secure “climate justice for communities of color.” Ms. McCarthy pitched this gibberish in August: “Carbon pollution standards are an issue of justice. If we want to protect communities of color, we need to protect them from climate change.”

This is just short of derangement. “Communities of color” are poorer than whites. Blacks and Hispanics spend a larger share of their budgets on energy — the lowest income quintile spends well more than twice as much of its budget on utilities and home heating than do wealthy families. So imposing expensive green energy on racial minorities is a regressive tax on these families and communities.

None of this probably matters to a White House that has deluded itself into believing that if America jumps off the green energy cliff, China, and then India, Russia, Mexico, Indonesia and the rest of the developing world with more than 3 billion people will follow suit. Meanwhile, the EPA’s power plant rules are already throwing tens of thousands of coal miners and others out of work and into the welfare lines. How this promotes “justice” is anyone’s guess.   (my emphasis)

By Stephen Moore for The Daily Signal

By permission The Daily Signal

http://dailysignal.com

http://dailysignal.com/2014/12/07/think-obamas-executive-action-on-immigration-was-outrageous-check-out-what-hes-doing-at-the-epa/

Stephen Moore, who formerly wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal, is chief economist at The Heritage Foundation.

Kathleen Hartnett White is distinguished senior fellow-in-residence at the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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