Goodbye to Obama’s “Clean” Power Plan

The Obama presidency was an era of bureaucratic overreach.

No bureaucratic agency was more arrogant, or heedless of its legal boundaries than EPA.  No Obama regulation would have been more ruinous than the so-called “Clean” Power Plan.  The “CPP” was so egregious that the Supreme Court put it on hold.  Good thing.

This week Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that EPA is scrapping the CPP.

This is big.

CFACT has been been exposing and fighting this destructive plan since its inception.

EPA devised its authority for the CPP by converting 80 words in the Clean Air Act into 2,690 pages of regulations and appendices. The unprecedented plan required that utilities return the nation’s overall CO2 emissions almost to 1975 levels, while our population grows by a projected 40 million.

The CPP would have cost a fortune to tax and ratepayers and would have chased still more American manufacturing jobs overseas.

CFACT’s Adam Houser attended the announcement and posted details at CFACT.org:

“The Affordable Clean Energy rule — ACE — gives states the regulatory certainty they need to continue to reduce emissions and provide affordable and reliable energy for all Americans…  The contrast between our approach and the Green New Deal, or plans like it, couldn’t be clearer. Rather than Washington telling Americans what type of energy they can use, or how they can travel, or even what they can eat, we are working cooperatively with the states to provide affordable, dependable, and diverse supply of energy that continues to get cleaner and more efficient.”

While the federal government loosens the regulatory screws on our energy economy, state and local governments are moving in the wrong direction.

The New York legislature adopted a whopper.  We posted details at CFACT.org:

The New York State Legislature just passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law. This measure contains new mandates for the state to eliminate net carbon emissions in the next thirty years, by 2050, equal to just 15 percent of the 1990 levels. By 2040, just two decades from now, 100 percent of the state’s electricity generation is supposed to come from “renewable” resources, such solar and wind power.

The new law also authorizes numerous state agencies to issue regulations to achieve greenhouse gas emission limits that govern nearly every aspect of the private economy, including energy, health, housing, transportation, agriculture, economic development, and utilities. And, the new climate law also must be considered when agencies issue any permits, contracts, licenses “and other administrative approvals and decisions.”

Climate change policy now governs everything in the state of New York.

New York had better watch out.  Business owners and the middle class are fleeing states like California that impose unaffordable energy and climate policies.  If New York’s not careful Wall Street and the rest of it producers could very well shrug and bid the Empire State adieu.

In short, this week saw a huge step in the right direction at the federal level and a huge step in the wrong direction in New York.

America needs an affordable, abundant energy future.  When energy costs rise, people and businesses vote with their feet.

Policymakers take notice.

INTEL REPORT: Energy News from the Middle East

ENERGY NEWS

MBS-Egypt TV talk show host Amru Adeeb, in his show al-hakayya (the story) aired on MBS- Egypt on 15 June, reported that Egypt is becoming an “energy hub for Europe as well as Africa.”

In this context he noted that Egypt has signed a deal to deliver natural gas to Europe, and plans are underway to export electricity directly to Europe.  This project will entail laying underwater cables from Egypt to Cyprus, from Cyprus to Crete, and Crete to Greece from where the energy could be fed to all of Europe.

On the same program, the Egyptian talk show host also reported on friction developing between France, Greece, and Cyprus on one side, and Turkey on the other side, over natural gas wells in Cypriot waters.  France has a deal with Cyprus allowing it to drill for natural as in Cypriot waters (which Greece also supports, as “Big Brother” to Cyprus).  However, as reported previously, Turkey has also started drilling in Cypriot water, and this without permission from the Cypriot government.  France then, recently ordered Turkey to withdraw from Cypriot water.

On 16 June, Erdogan, in a speech to supporters, indicated that the entire Eastern Mediterranean was Turkish territorial waters.  Erdogan then belittled Cyprus as being inconsequential and threatened to use military force to ensure “Turkish rights.”

COMMENT:  Meanwhile, not only is the U.S. completely AWOL on this issue, but it still lusts to sell this #1 state sponsor of terrorism powerful F-35 jets!

Make no mistake about it, Turkey’s annexation of chunks of N.W. Syria and occupation of chunks of N.W. Iraq (all reported earlier), while the U.S. whimpers its approval and the rest of the world looks the other way, has only whetted the appetite of this fascist state to make ever more encroachments on its neighbors’ territories and rights in the same way that Europe’s acquiescence to Hitler’s early belligerence led to WWII.

Turkey’s current ongoing harassments against Greece and its little brother Cyprus needs to be seen in that light, and if the West does not come down hard on Turkey for this, we’ll all be sorry later.

On another matter, on 16 June, Amru Adeeb commented on the UAE’s minister of foreign affairs visiting Egypt to meet with President as-Sisi so as to obtain reassurance on Egypt’s commitment to the defense of the Gulf states.  Adeeb was dismissive of that saying that as-Sisi’s position has always been clear:  “Egypt is totally committed to the defense of its Gulf Allies.  The security of the Gulf states is Egypt’s security.”

COMMENT:  The visit of the UAE FM at this time to obtain Egyptian reassurance should be seen in the context of the rising tensions in the Gulf due to Iran’s increasingly belligerent behavior.

Also, on 16 June, Adeeb commented on a report aired on rival al-jazeera where an Egyptian professor cast dispersion on the four rashideen (the first four Caliphs, called the “rightly guided ones by Muslims).  According to this professor, these four “rashideen” were not the “rightly guided ones” tradition claims, but were in fact spies for the Quraish which the Quraish had embedded into Muhammad’s entourage.

The MBS-Egypt talk show host Adeeb, who is usually rather animated anyway, really went ballistic over this saying it was going to cause fitna (stark disturbances) all throughout the entire Islamic world.  Then he went on the castigate Qatar (which hosts and supports al-jazeera) of not only causing fitna, but of supporting terrorism.

COMMENT:  The so-called “four rightly guided Caliphs” are Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, and ‘Ali.  The real problem that Muslims have with these four rashideen is not so much that the four rashideen might have been spies for the Quraish, but that they never existed.

These four Caliphs, according to Islamic mythology, are the ones who engineered the expansion of the early Caliphate after Muhammad’s death, giving the Arab/Islamic empire control over all of the Levant, Egypt, most of North Africa, and most of what was once the Persian empire.

If that were true, one would expect that the contemporary histories of all of those literate countries would have made some mention of this.  After all, we have Egyptian Coptic writings of that era in our museums as well as Syriac-Aramaic histories, Greek-Byzantine histories, Persian histories . . . and yet none of these sources speak a single word of any of these four “rightly-guided ones.”  Oh, they do talk about the Arab and “Saracen” conquests of their lands, but nary a word about these supposedly great historical figures.

That is because they never existed!  The entire “history” of the origin of Islam and its early expansion was back-written decades later, in the very late 7th and early 8th centuries . . . and it is all, or mostly all, fiction.

Therefore, I submit that this interview on al-jazeera by this Egyptian intellectual is exactly the sort of thing needed by the entire Islamic community.   Causing such a ruckus as it did, it might actually lead to increasing numbers of Muslims to begin to question other assumptions “tradition” has foisted upon them.  And, these questionings and discussions are exactly what are needed to begin the process of veering towards a reformation/restructuring of Islam–without which Western Civilization will go the way of the Byzantine and Persian empires.

Also, I think that we need to give Egypt’s President as-Sisi some credit, despite his heavy-handedness against the Muslim Brotherhood and other political opposition, for creating an atmosphere where issues of this sort can be broached by intellectuals and public figures without fear of legal repercussions from the state (though such individuals still have to fear assassination from the Brotherhood’s thugs.

Energy & Environmental News

For the full version of the latest Energy and Environmental Newsletter, please clickhere. To review some of the highlights, see below.

The response to our Net Local Economic Report for wind energy has been very supportive (Outstanding, Amazing, Sensational, Excellent, etc.). Please carefully look it over, and then pass it onto citizens being threatened by that scourge. (Make sure that the revision date is 6/13/19 or later, as updates have been made!)

Our Winning webpage is an outline of what citizens should do to maximize their chance of success in dealing with a proposed wind project. We just added a new link to outline what conscientious local legislators should do in the same scenario.

A serious national security matter is wind energy interference with military operations. Please watch this new short video on that important issue.

My vote for the two most outstanding articles this cycle were both written by international environmental leaders: Michael Shellenberger and Bjorn Borg.

Regarding the current Newsletter, since there is such a diversity of interesting material, I’m subdividing the most noteworthy articles into seven categories…

Energy Economics —

Energy: Rare Earths —

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Energy Misc —

Global Warming (AGW) —

The UN Extinction Report—

Misc (Education, Science, Politics, etc.) —

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Library Censors Climate Best Seller

A library has refused to shelve Gregory Wrightstone’s best-selling book Inconvenient Facts — The Science Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know, despite his being one of Northland Public Library’s own local authors!


Have you got your copy yet from the CFACT store?


Bias and censorship in schools, universities and the media have become massive problems.  Apparently libraries are not immune.

Climate censors don’t fear misleading information from climate skeptics.  They fear the straight facts that debunk Team Warming’s own campaign of exaggerations, deceptions and outright lies.

Gordon Tomb edited Wrightstone’s book.  We posted his report at CFACT.org:

Apparently in defense of climate orthodoxy, the Northland Public Library of suburban Pittsburgh has banned from its shelves a best-selling book by a nationally recognized local author.

In a May 29 letter to local author Gregory Wrightstone, library executive director Amy Steele said a committee of three librarians had “concluded your book does not meet our standards.”

The book, “Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn’t Want You To Know,” disputes claims that global warming is largely a man-made phenomenon threatening the health of people and the environment. Asserting that current temperatures are neither unusual nor unprecedented, the book describes carbon dioxide as a “miracle molecule” whose increased levels have benefitted plants and made Earth greener.

The book has received rave reviews from readers, including respected scientists. Sales of the book have skyrocketed in recent months, reaching as high as #10 in overall Amazon sales as recently as March and #1 in sales in five categories.

Imagine a court system where only the prosecution is allowed to present its evidence.  Soviet Russia worked that way.  You can face that kind of “justice” in countries like China or Iran today.

The unimpeded exchange of information is vital to the functioning of a free society.

If the deluge of climate alarm we encounter every day in the media would hold up to critical scrutiny, warming campaigners would have nothing to fear.

It doesn’t.  That terrifies them. That’s why they want to shut Gregory Wrightstone up.

Don’t let them.

RELATED ARTICLE: Debunked: CO2 will not cause a food shortage

Green Energy Costs Navajos Jobs and Cash

Markets are efficient.  Bureaucrats are not.

That reality becomes all too painful when left-wing ideologues use government to control our energy.

The Navajo Nation is bracing for a shocking blow to its well-being.  The largest coal-fired electricity plant in the western United States is scheduled to shut down in December.  That will cost the Navajos 900 quality jobs and blow a $58 million plus hole in their budget.

“Are we ready for the shutdown?” asked delegate Nathaniel Brown at a special council meeting, “I don’t think we are. We stand to lose a lot, our children the future generation.”

The Navajo Nation posted a press release last week calling on its people to tighten their belts.  Read it at CFACT.org:

Facing these financial times, we as the Nation’s leaders cannot continue the grandiose spending habits of old. The response to such spending by the people is the 2010 Initiative and it will be used should the need arise. As expressed here we must find a new way to provide services to the people while being mindful of the fiscal trust the people have given us. I trust the Legislative and Judicial Branches will join the Executive Branch in protecting the finances of the Nation and plan for our children’s future while caring for our elders.

After dealing this blow to the Navajo economy and the West’s power grid, global warming campaigners are offering their same-old solution: they’ll make it all better with solar.  Sounds good, and some of the Navajo have bought in.  Wait until the long-term realities of intermittent solar kick in.  The grid will be weaker and unreliable, and the jobs won’t be coming back.  The Navajos are looking to federal funds to keep them going.

Meanwhile CFACT senior policy analyst Bonner Cohen reports at CFACT.org that Texas’ Navarro College said no to a planned solar farm once they did the tough math and realized that the project would have showered funds on the developer, while giving the college next to nothing.  “During the discussion on the company’s request, Board Member Todd McGraw said he had never seen a company ask for tax abatements when its project would create only two full-time jobs.”

Left-wing policies sound good during the sales pitch.  All too often it takes years for the damage to take its toll.  Navarro College figured it out in time.  Will the Navajo?

Global warming policies don’t alter the temperature of the Earth, but they do hurt people and communities, including Native Americans.

RELATED ARTICLE: Coal plant closure to cost Navajos tens of millions and 900 good jobs

BREAKING: 1.4 Million Acres of Public Land Opened for Hunters, Anglers [Video]

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt joins Cam to announce newly opened areas for hunters and fishers. Originally aired on Cam & Co 06/05/2019.

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Canada’s Peoples Party: ‘Climate change alarmism is based on flawed models that have consistently failed at correctly predicting the future.’

The People’s Party of Canada has taken a stand to put science back into public policy on global warming/climate change. According to the People’s Party of Canada website:

The policy debate about global warming is not grounded on science anymore. It has been hijacked by proponents of big government who are using crude propaganda techniques to impose their views. They publicly ridicule and harass anyone who expresses doubt. They make exaggerated claims to scare people. They even manipulate school children, getting them to pressure their parents and to demonstrate in the streets.

We see that the hijacking by “proponents of big government” has found a home in the Democratic Party with the introduction of the Green New Deal.

The People’s Party of Canada presents these Facts:

Climate change alarmism is based on flawed models that have consistently failed at correctly predicting the future. None of the cataclysmic predictions that have been made about the climate since the 1970s have come true. No new ice age. No steady warming in direct relation with increases in CO2 levels. No disappearance of polar ice caps. No exceptional rise in ocean levels. No abnormal increase in catastrophic weather events. No widespread crop failure and famine.

In fact, CO2 is beneficial for agriculture and there has recently been a measurable “greening” of the world in part thanks to higher levels. Despite what global warming propaganda claims, CO2 is not a pollutant. It is an essential ingredient for life on Earth and needed for plant growth.

Public policies that the People’s Party have take include:

A People’s Party government will:

  • Withdraw from the Paris Accord and abandon unrealistic greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
  • Stop sending billions of dollars to developing countries to help them reduce their emissions.
  • Abolish the Liberal government’s carbon tax and leave it to provincial governments to adopt programs to reduce emissions if they want to.
  • Abolish subsidies for green technology and let private players develop profitable and efficient alternatives.
  • Invest in mitigation strategies if problems arise as a result of any natural climate change.
  • Prioritize implementing practical solutions to make Canada’s air, water and soil cleaner, including bringing clean drinking water to remote First Nations communities.

These policy positions mirror those taken by President Trump and his administration.

Watch this video titled “Svensmark: The Cloud Mystery” to learn more.

For more documentation on the fraud of anthropocentric climate change, read “‘Global Warming’ Scare Is Population Reduction, Not Science.”

RELATED ARTICLE: There Is No Evidence Weather Is Increasingly Threatening to Human Lives

Don’t Let Climate Change Alarmism Ruin Your Future

Many people today, especially the young, are making some terrible long-term decisions, and it’s because they assume that the “experts” are right when it comes to catastrophic man-made global warming. They buy the notion that we only have 12 years of life left on earth:

  • Many of them are not investing for their future. Why should they, if they have no future?
  • Many are experiencing depression because of climate change.
  • Many are choosing to not have children, so they can save the planet. And they’ll miss out on those experiences, as well as the joys of one day being a grandparent.

Last week, Marketwatch.com (5/23/19) published an article entitled, “Young People Blame Climate Change for Their Small 401(K) Balances.” They write, “Some 88% of millennials—a higher percentage than any other age group—accept that climate change is happening, and 69% say it will impact them in their lifetimes. Engulfed in a constant barrage of depressing news stories, many young people are skeptical about saving for an uncertain future.” The article notes that this bad news also negatively impacts their mental health.

Why not….if the “experts” are right? The Guardian.com reported last year (10/8/18): “We Have 12 Years To Limit Climate Change Catastrophe, Warns UN: Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC.”

The article notes the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns of food scarcity, droughts, floods, rising seas impacting 10 million people worldwide, and an increase in poverty—unless we get climate change under control.

Recently, Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg made the cover of TIME (5/27/19) over this issue. She is “on strike for the planet”—until more governments take climate change more seriously.

But the Bible tells us: “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17). Sometimes the “experts” get it wrong. Dr. D. James Kennedy reminded us that the experts say everything. We must choose our experts wisely.

One geoscientist who does not agree with the climate change alarmists is author Greg Wrightstone. He says, “What they’re predicting and what’s actually happening are 180 degrees opposite.” Wrightstone has 35 years of experience of studying the earth as a geologist. He’s written the book, Inconvenient Facts: The Science that Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know. Wrightstone is also an expert with the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.

I interviewed him on my radio show. He told me of an example of a failed prediction by climatologists, “In 2005, the UN announced that there would be 50 million plus climate refugees by the year 2010….They have a history of making these projections.”

Then he adds, cynically, “They need to make it 30-50 years in the future and not just ten because if it was 30 years, everybody would be dead or no one would remember.”

Wrightstone said of our planet, “We’ve been warming for 300 years. We’ve been adding CO2 in earnest in the last 60 or 70 years, shouldn’t we see something negative? But instead we see an earth and a humanity that are thriving and prospering. The earth is greening. That is what is actually happening.”

He said that when you look back at history, the warming trends, like the one we are currently in, have always led to huge prospering of civilization with bountiful crops. There was plenty of food for everybody. “You didn’t have to worry about grubbing for your next meal.”

He adds, “It was the cold periods, where crop failure, famine, pestilence, and mass depopulation took place. That’s exactly the opposite of what we’re being told.”

I asked him if CO2 is our enemy or friend? Answer: Friend. He called it, “the miracle molecule.” He said that climate change alarmism revolves around “a demonization of carbon dioxide.”

Greg Wrightstone is far from a lone voice. Recently, on his Fox-TV program, Mark Levin interviewed Patrick J. Michaels, a climate specialist who has taught at the University of Virginia for 30 years.

Michaels said this in reference to the climate change computer models which are done by governments: “There are 32 families of computer models that are used by the United Nations, each government sponsored. All of them are predicting far, far too much warming. The disparity between what’s been predicted to happen…and what is happening continues to grow.”

The models get it wrong, says Michaels, because they are “fudged.”

Wnd.com also reports (5/23/19) that a top climate scientist, Professor John Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, testified recently to Members of Parliament in a meeting at Westminster: “It’s warming up there, but at only about one third of the rate predicted by the models.” Therefore, the models cannot be trusted.

Tragically, many millennials are selling their future short by believing a giant hoax.

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Recent Energy & Environmental News

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Since there is such a diversity of interesting material this cycle, I’m subdividing the most noteworthy articles into four categories…

Energy

Global Warming (AGW)

The UN Extinction Report

Misc (Education, Science, Politics, etc.)

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TODAY’S GUESTS AND TOPICS

Phil Kerpen, Founder and President of American Commitment. Prior to joining American Commitment, Kerpen was the principal policy and legislative strategist at Americans for Prosperity. He previously worked at the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute. Kerpen is also a nationally syndicated columnist, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the book Democracy Denied. How Obama is Ignoring You and Bypassing Congress to Radically Transform America. TOPIC…Crazy subsidies!! $7,500 per car that electric vehicles!! 

Sandy Rios is Director of Governmental Affairs for the American Family Association, one of America’s largest, pro-family grassroots organizations. Based in Washington, DC, she is host of “Sandy Rios in the Morning on AFR Talk” which can be heard on nearly 200 stations through the American Family Radio Network. TOPIC…Trump saying no deal to Nancy! after her “Cover Up” accusation!!

In Another Reversal, Apple Allows App Countering Climate Alarmism

Apple’s on-again, off-again relationship with an online smartphone application that challenges global warming alarmism is back on.

The app, Inconvenient Facts, is available again in Apple’s App Store, much to the delight of the geologist who inspired it.

“I thought that it was entirely political,” Gregory Wrightstone, author of the book “Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know,” said of Apple’s original ban of the app in March. “I still don’t know, but we are back up and available.”

The book by Wrightstone, who has more than three decades of experience as a geologist, serves as the source of information on the app.

As The Daily Signal previously reported on Apple’s decision to backpedal on offering the app, Wrightstone points out that the board of the California-based tech giant includes former Vice President Al Gore, a leading proponent of the view that mankind’s activities propel dangerous climate change.

Apple initially approved the Inconvenient Facts app for sale on its iPhones on Feb. 3, then reversed itself and pulled the app March 4.

“In their rejection, Apple blamed several factors,” Wrightstone said in an email to The Daily Signal. “One was lack of compelling content. Another was limited functionality and use of the iPhone features.”

“The limited functionality meant that it was an app that could be web-based,” he said. “So, we added the phone component so that you can take a picture using the app and your camera, and we added an I LOVE CO2 banner at the bottom of the photo. My app developer and partner thought that might do the trick.”

The Daily Signal sought comment from Apple’s media relations office by phone and email, but the company had not responded by publication time.

For more than two months, the app remained available to Android users through the Google Play Store, where it has been downloaded about 16,000 times.

Apple reinserted the Inconvenient Facts app into its App Store on May 17, making a total of 60 facts about the climate change debate from Wrightstone’s book available to Apple users as well as Android users.

Complete with data, charts, and videos, the facts challenge the premise of alarmist theories linking man-made carbon dioxide emissions to dangerous levels of global warming or climate change.

Gore’s campaign to convince the public that rising levels of carbon dioxide could trigger catastrophic global warming was the subject of the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth” and the 2017 follow-up An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

The Daily Signal also sought comment from Gore via Delaware-based Carthage Group LLC, with which he is associated, and from the Climate Reality Project, which he founded. Neither organization had responded by publication time.

Karl G. Kowalski, Wrightstone’s app developer, told The Daily Signal that he isn’t clear on why Apple decided to readmit the Inconvenient Facts app.

“They generally only tell you why they reject something, not why they approve of it,” Kowalski said in an email, adding:

There’s a lot of posts about the inscrutableness of Apple’s approval/rejection process.

I’m glad we’re alive at Apple again. Of course, the work is never done! So, I’ll be thinking about other ways to increase features in the app, so we can dodge the next Apple review.

One addition to the app is what Kowalski and Wrightstone call  a Model of Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Induced Climate Change.

“This MAGICC is an important concept of just how tiny any reduction in warming would be for any given reduction in CO2,” Wrightstone said.

The feature models how much various reductions of carbon dioxide in the U.S. would curtail increases in temperature.

Wrightstone’s online commentary demonstrates the utility of the MAGICC feature in critiquing a “Climate Action Plan” rolled out in April by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat.

Wrightstone found that Wolf’s proposed 80 percent reduction in CO2 for Pennsylvania would avert only 0.0023 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050 and 0.0061 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100.

“This extremely small effect should be a very important component in the discussions on whether to impose the significant burdens of the Climate Action Plan on the state and its citizens,” Wrightstone writes. “The justifications for imposing this plan are flawed, the costs and regulations are economically crippling, and the result is a temperature reduction so low that it is indistinguishable from zero.”

Users of the app simply tap on it to activate the features, including these “inconvenient facts”:

  • “First and foremost, CO2 is plant food.”
  • “140-million-year trend of dangerously decreasing CO2.”
  • “Recent inconvenient pause of 18 years in warming, despite rise in CO2.”
  • “The current warming trend is neither unusual nor unprecedented.”
  • “Cold kills far more people than heat every year.”
  • “There are more polar bears now than we’ve had for 50 years.”

Information about Wrightstone’s book and the app may be found at inconvenientfacts.xyz and on YouTube and Facebook.

COLUMN BY

Kevin Mooney

Kevin Mooney is an investigative reporter for The Daily Signal. Send an email to Kevin. Twitter: @KevinMooneyDC.

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Some Recent Energy & Environmental News

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Since there is such a diversity of interesting articles, I’m subdividing the most noteworthy material into four categories this issue. A new entry is the recent UN Extinction Report, where the originating UN agency is apparently competing with the IPCC to see which one can cause the most speculative consternation.

Energy

Global Warming (AGW)

When the GOP rolls out climate policies, it endorses the Left’s assumptions

Short good video: Bad Data

Short video: Antonin Scalia – On American Exceptionalism

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VIDEO: The Green New Deal Is a ‘Guise’ to Usher in Socialism, Lawmaker Warns

Members of the conservative Republican Study Committee say Democrats’ Green New Deal would be an economic wrecking ball.

“This is something that should concern every single American, because it will impact their pocketbooks. It will impact their families. It would, in a literal sense, change the very nature of our country,” Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said Tuesday in an interview with The Daily Signal for the group’s second episode of “Elephants in the Room” on Facebook Live.

“It is a guise, I think, to usher in the principles of socialism,” he added.

“Elephants in the Room,” launched April 9, is a live series hosted by The Daily Signal, where Republican Study Committee members address pressing issues of the day.

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who has sponsored the Green New Deal, is headlining a rally May 13 in Washington, D.C., in support of the legislation.

The Green New Deal, introduced in the form of a nonbinding resolution Feb. 7, would, among other things, “phase out conventional fuels (that is, oil, natural gas, and coal) by 2030 … ; implement a federal jobs guarantee; retrofit all U.S. buildings; overhaul transportation with high-speed rail; and provide universal health care,” Heritage Foundation scholar Lee Edwards wrote in a recent commentary.

The GOP group has released a “13-page takedown” of the Green New Deal. The document notes that one of the main goals of the Green New Deal is to “meet 100 percent of power demand through zero-emission energy sources,” but it points out that only 17 percent of the country’s energy generation comes from renewable sources.

“We are ‘all-of-the-above’ folks” supporting a wide range of energy sources, Johnson said. “We believe not only in the president’s vision for energy independence, but energy dominance. We achieve that … through private-sector innovation, not government regulation.”

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., the co-chairman of Congressional Republicans’ House Energy Action Team, said the Green New Deal would dismantle the gains the economy has made as a result of President Donald Trump’s policies.

“For the first time in my lifetime, we have jobs seeking employees, versus employees seeking jobs, and so, Trump policies, Republican policies, with taxes and with energy, have actually worked in this economy, and I don’t know why the Democrats would want to throw cold water on a robust economy,” Duncan said.

Johnson said the Green New Deal would force the American people to make drastic adjustments to their lifestyles to pay for the legislation, which he said “would do nothing” to improve the environment.

“Twenty-four percent of low-income families, they would have to make changes to cope with this. Twenty-four percent would have to go without food for a day, 37 percent would delay receiving medical attention, 34 percent would miss filling medications, and 23 percent would keep home temperatures at an unhealthy range,” Johnson said, citing figures from the study committee’s background paper, dubbed “A Greedy New Steal.”

Duncan said his Republican colleagues should instead be more focused on ways the country can capitalize on its abundant natural oil and gas reserves to promote energy independence and dominance.

“Energy dominance, being a nation of [exporting] crude oil and natural gas is not talked about enough by Republicans,” Duncan said. “We are not just meeting our domestic needs now. We have a surplus, and we are able to send it around the globe to improve the lives of people in poverty right now, in Africa or Third World countries.”

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Rachel del Guidice is a reporter for The Daily Signal. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Forge Leadership Network, and The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. Send an email to Rachel. Twitter: @LRacheldG.

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VIDEO: Morano responds to Rolling Stone attack

When the UN released a report claiming we are in for mass species extinction, CFACT’s Marc Morano checked the facts, posted them at Climate Depot and spoke about what he learned on Fox News.

Rolling Stone Magazine does not want you to hear what Marc learned.  They called him a “quack,” and demanded he be censored and silenced.

Marc responds:

I had just authored a special report with dissenting scientists of the UN report. As I said on Fox News, “The UN has juiced up the issue and put themselves in charge of solving. That’s called a self-interested lobbying organization.”

Dr. Patrick Moore is an internationally recognized environmentalist and co-founder of Greenpeace.  Morano reports that:

Moore bluntly mocked species extinction claims made by biologist Edward O. Wilson from Harvard University. Wilson estimated that up to 50,000 species go extinct every year based on computer models of the number of potential, but as yet undiscovered species in the world. Moore: “There’s no scientific basis for saying that 50,000 species are going extinct. The only place you can find them is in Edward O. Wilson’s computer at Harvard University. They’re actually electrons on a hard drive. I want a list of Latin names of actual species.”

The UN has made a specialty of hysterically demanding it be given vast sums of money and repressive bureaucratic control to combat climate and ecological Armageddons that exist only in the virtual world of its computer models.  When analysts like Marc Morano point out that real world observational science and environmental history fail to support the UN’s claims, the media and pressure groups demand they be silenced.

In its coverage of the UN species extinction report, CNN dredged up serial alarmist Paul Ehrlich, who wrote The Population Bomb in 1968.   Ehrlich has been predicting the end of the world over and over again for more than half a century.  Morano reminded everyone that Ehrlich may have one of the longest losing streaks of failed predictions known to science.

Bad science must be challenged by hard facts.

All voices must be heard… including Marc Morano’s.

RELATED ARTICLE: Rolling Stone mag rips Morano as a ‘quack’ & slams Fox News for allowing him on about UN species report – Morano responds

Media recycle climate species ‘extinction’ fears – Dredge up discredited Paul Ehrlich for interviews

The UN has now officially expanded its mission now to include the “climate change” species extinction scare. The UN is once again calling for putting itself in charge of “solving” the newly hyped species “crisis.” “A huge transformation is needed across the economy and society to protect and restore nature, which provides people with food, medicines, and other materials, crop pollination, fresh water, and quality of life,” according to the new UN report. The AP quoted one of the activist scientists claiming “this is really our last chance to address all of that.” Hmmm. This is the same tactic the UN has used on climate for years. See:Every climate summit is hailed as the ‘last chance!’

This latest report has been touted as the IPCC for nature by the UN. “The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) included more than 450 researchers who used 15,000 scientific and government reports. The report’s summary had to be approved by representatives of all 109 nations,” the AP reported. Let’s repeat, “The report’s summary had to be approved by representatives of all 109 nations.” The same hijacking of science by politicians and UN bureaucrats that has always occurred in the UN IPCC climate reports. See: UN’s alleged scientific process features “government officials” having a say in each line of the report’s summary

But this is not the first time we have warned. As early as 1864, “tipping points” about the “extinction of the species”were issued.

But despite a massive track record of scientific failure about climate and species “crises” the UN, the media and the usual suspect scientists like failed overpopulation guru Paul Ehrlich are at it again.

(Why has Al Gore has gone silent on the extinction scare of polar bears? Gore featured the bears in 2006 film, but they were completely absent in his 2017 sequel. The reason?New Study: Polar bears ‘thriving’ as their numbers may have ‘quadrupled’ – Attempts to silence research)

Watch CNN clip – May 6, 2019: 

See: UN report urges ‘action’: Biodiversity crisis is about to put humanity at risk – 1 million species at risk of annihilation

Climate Depot’s Response – Some excerpts from Marc Morano’s new book, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change.”:

Coming Soon: The ‘IPCC for Biodiversity’ – ‘On May 6, long-awaited assessment of State of Nature will be released’ — Stay tuned to hear what it concludes’ – Answer? We are all going to die! Pay up!

Greenpeace Co-Founder mocks human extinction claim: ‘We are presently the most successful species on the planet’

Greenpeace Co-Founder & Ecologist Dr. Patrick Moore challenges specious species claims: ‘That is so 1970s. Paul Ehrlich is pathetic and has been crying wolf for decades. While he pontificated doom for starving millions in the 1970 from his Ivory Tower at Stanford.’

See: 1972 Article Unearthed: ‘Worse than Hitler’: ‘Population Bomb’ author Paul Ehrlich suggested adding a forced sterilization agent to ‘staple food’ and ‘water supply’ – Warned of ‘Unpredictable climatic effects’ — Called on U.S. to ‘de-develop’

2012: Time for Next Eco-Scare: ‘As the global warming bubble deflates, another scare is being inflated – species extinction’– ‘History shows that it is the destiny of most species to be destroyed by periodic natural calamities or competition from other species…No species has an assured place on Earth. Some species can adapt and survive – those unable to adapt are removed from the gene pool. Because of Earth’s long turbulent history, most species surviving today are not ‘fragile’ …

Moore, in an interview with Climate Depot, refuted the claims of the species study. “The biggest extinction events in the human era occurred 60,000 years ago when humans arrived in Australia, 10-15,000 years ago when humans arrived in the New World, 800 years ago when humans found New Zealand, and 250 years ago when Europeans brought exotic species to the Pacific Islands such as Hawaii,” Moore explained.

“Since species extinction became a broad social concern, coinciding with the extinction of the passenger pigeon, we have done a pretty good job of preventing species extinctions,” Moore explained.

“I quit my life-long subscription to National Geographic when they published a similar ‘sixth mass extinction’ article in February 1999. This [latest journal] Nature article just re-hashes this theme,” he added. Moore left Greenpeace in 1986 because he felt the organization had become too radical.

This is not the first time Moore has gone to battle over alarming claims of species extinction. In the 2000 documentary “Amazon Rainforest: Clear-Cutting The Myths”, Moore bluntly mocked species extinction claims made by biologist Edward O. Wilson from Harvard University. Wilson estimated that up to 50,000 species go extinct every year based on computer models of the number of potential but as yet undiscovered species in the world.

Moore said in 2000: “There’s no scientific basis for saying that 50,000 species are going extinct. The only place you can find them is in Edward O. Wilson’s computer at Harvard University. They’re actually electrons on a hard drive. I want a list of Latin names of actual species.” Moore was interviewed by reporter Marc Morano (now with Climate Depot) in the 2000 Amazon rainforest documentary:

Environmental activist Tim Keating of Rainforest Relief was asked in the 2000 documentary if he could name any of the alleged 50,000 species that have gone extinct and he was unable.

“No, we can’t [name them], because we don’t know what those species are. But most of the species that we’re talking about in those estimates are things like insects and even microorganisms, like bacteria,” Keating explained.

UK scientist Professor Philip Stott, emeritus professor of Biogeography at the University of London, dismissed current species claims in the 2000 Amazon rainforest documentary.

“The earth has gone through many periods of major extinctions, some much bigger in size than even being contemplated today,” Stott, the author of a book on tropical rainforests, said in the 2000 documentary.

“Change is necessary to keep up with change in nature itself. In other words, change is the essence. And the idea that we can keep all species that now exist would be anti-evolutionary, anti-nature and anti the very nature of the earth in which we live,” Stott said.

2012: Time for Next Eco-Scare?! Obama follows lead of green movement and demotes global warming –UN now says case for savingspecies ‘more powerful than climate change’

Flashback 2011: Next Eco-Scare is Here! ‘Biodiversity’: ‘The new Big Lie’: The green movement is ditching ‘Climate Change’ in favor of species extinction fears

2010: Next Eco-Scare is Here! ‘Biodiversity’: ‘The new Big Lie’: The green movement is ditching ‘Climate Change’ in favor of species extinction fears –‘The independent platform will in many ways mirror the UN IPCC’ and ‘provide gold standard reports to governments. ‘Gold standard’, eh? Now where have I heard that phrase before? — Suddenly it becomes clear why they kept Pachauri on at the IPCC. Because the IPCC simply doesn’t matter any more’ — ‘Not only does the great big new Biodiversity scam already have its own IPCC but it even has its own pseudoeconomic, panic-generating Stern Report.’

This is not the first time we have warned. As early as 1864, “tipping points” about the “extinction of the species” were issued.
“As early as 1864 George Perkins Marsh, sometimes said to be the father of American ecology, warned that the earth was ‘fast becoming an unfit home for its “noblest inhabitant,”’ and that unless men changed their ways it would be reduced ‘to such a condition of impoverished productiveness, of shattered surface, of climatic excess, as to threaten the depravation, barbarism, and perhaps even extinction of the species.’” – —MIT professor Leo Marx

Round-up of the failures of Paul Ehrlich

In 1974, Paul Ehrlich told the U.S. Senate he wouldn’t bet a nickel U.S. still around in 1994

Ehrlich to U.S. Senate 1974: ‘If we have 20 years — which I wouldn’t put a nickel on — but if we have 20 years, we’re already 10 years too late in starting to do something about it.’ – ‘One of the big problems is how do you generate a feeling of urgency…’

‘If bad weather continues in the Midwest this year, and if the monsoon should fail this year in India, as it might, then I think you’re going to see the age of scarcity and many of the changes I’m talking about coming on next winter.’

Paul Ehrlich’s Epic Fail: Why The ‘Population Bomb’ Never Exploded

Flashback: ‘Accurate Tribute to Paul Ehrlich: ‘Mad…Kook…Lunatic…Disgraced…Worse than Hitler…fear-monger…parasite on Academic system’

Flashback 1980: Paul Ehrlich calls oil ‘a resource which we know damn well is going to be gone in 20 or 30 years’ (By year 2000 or 2010) – Ehrlich 1980: ‘Do we really want to threaten to blow up the world over a resource which we know damn well is going to be gone in 20 or 30 years anyway?’ – ‘Every country is now overpopulated.’ – ‘There is a finite pie. The more mice you have nibbling at it the smaller every mouses’ share.’

Overpopulation Guru Paul Ehrlich: ‘Climate Change’ Will Force Humans To ‘Eat Bodies of Dead’

Ehrlich predicts: Humans must soon begin contemplating “eat[ing] the bodies of your dead” after resources are depleted. Ehrlich claimed that scarcity of resources will get so bad that humans will need to drastically change our eating habits and agriculture. Instead, we will soon begin asking “is it perfectly okay to eat the bodies of your dead because we’re all so hungry?” He added that humanity is “moving in that direction with a ridiculous speed.” And clearly, this man knows “ridiculous.”

1972 Article Unearthed: ‘Worse than Hitler’: ‘Population Bomb’ author Paul Ehrlich suggested adding a forced sterilization agent to ‘staple food’ and ‘water supply’ – Warned of ‘Unpredictable climatic effects’ — Called on U.S. to ‘de-develop’

In 1974 Senate testimony Holdren proposed ‘limits both on population size and materials use per person’

Flashback 1974-John Holdren testifies before Congress abt need for “population limitation & redistribution of wealth” – John Holdren 1974: ‘I find myself firmly in the neo-Malthusian camp’

NYT mocks Paul Ehrlich’s Overpopulation Fears: ‘Apocalyptic predictions fell as flat as ancient theories about shape of the Earth’ –

NYT:

‘In the 1960s, fears of overpopulation sparked campaigns for population control. But whatever became of the population bomb?’ …’One thing that happened on the road to doom was that the world figured out how to feed itself despite its rising numbers. No small measure of thanks belonged to Norman E. Borlaug, an American plant scientist whose breeding of high-yielding, disease-resistant crops led to the agricultural savior known as the Green Revolution.’

[ … ]

‘Fred Pearce, a British writer who specializes in global population. His concern is not that the world has too many people. In fact, birthrates are now below long-term replacement levels, or nearly so, across much of Earth, not just in the industrialized West and Japan but also in India, China, much of Southeast Asia, Latin America — just about everywhere except Africa, although even there the continent wide rates are declining. “Girls that are never born cannot have babies,” Mr. Pearce wrote in a 2010 book, “The Coming Population Crash and Our Planet’s Surprising Future”.

Warmist Paul Ehrlich on Rush Limbaugh’s and James Inhofe’s lack of fear of trace amounts of CO2: “They’re killing our grandkids”

PAUL EHRLICH BOMBS AGAIN: ‘In the more than four decades since The Population Bomb was published, the number of people inhabiting the Earth has more than doubled, but the death and poverty rates have dropped, and life expectancy has increased. Not only are we feeding more people than ever before, we’re doing it with less land’ – Meet the old  ‘consensus’, the same as the new ‘consensus’ — we’re all doomed! ‘Fears of overpopulation and its effect on the Earth’s ability to sustain human life peaked in the late 1960s and early ’70s, when the scientific ‘consensus’ was that overpopulation would result in large-scale famines. Paul Ehrlich, in his book The Population Bomb — which predicted that ‘hundreds of millions of people will starve to death’ in the ‘70s — articulated many of these concerns.

Ehrlich’s predictions proved false.’ ‘But Ehrlich did not learn his lesson: He is one of the scientists behind a statement titled, ;Scientific Consensus on Maintaining Humanity’s Life Support Systems in the 21st Century,’ which was recently released by the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB) — a working group of natural and social scientists at Stanford University. The report argues that “the evidence that humans are damaging their ecological life-support systems is overwhelming” and that “human quality of life will suffer substantial degradation by the year 2050 if we continue on our current course.’

Paul Ehrlich admits it: ‘I am an alarmist. My colleagues are alarmists. We’re alarmed, and we’re frightened’ – Earlier this month, the biologist Paul Ehrlich used a similar defense after co-authoring a study that warned of a coming “annihilation” of vertebrates. “I am an alarmist,” Ehrlich told the Washington Post. “My colleagues are alarmists. We’re alarmed, and we’re frightened. And there’s no other way to put it.”

Flashback WaPo: Earth is on its way to the biggest mass extinction since the dinosaurs, scientists warn – Ehrlich said the point of the research is exactly that — to cause alarm. “I am an alarmist. My colleagues are alarmists. We’re alarmed, and we’re frightened. And there’s no other way to put it,” he said. “It’s largely a political and economic problem. We have a government that’s doing everything they can to push these things in the wrong direction. We have economists who think they can actually grow forever in a finite planet.”

How They Sold Paul Ehrlich’s ‘The Population Bomb’ – Threats of famine, dead children, bombs, nuclear war, & oblivion

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