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Will New Jersey Do the Right Thing On Cap-and-Trade?

From the Americans for Prosperity Blog comes the item below.  Mr. Lagerkvist was on Fox News last evening outlining AFP’s fight to not only obtain information about this in NJ, but also to overturn it there and keep it from spreading across the Country.  NJ elected Chris Christie to eradicate this sort of secrecy and corruption that continues to steal wealth from all of us.  Time to act, Governor Christie!

By Phil Kerpen
Published August 04, 2010 | FoxNews.com

Cap-and-trade is stalled in Congress but it’s already up and running in 10 Northeastern states – and it isn’t pretty. With a drumbeat building in New Jersey for repeal of the state cap-and-trade legislation and attention in the global warming debate being increasingly focuses on the states, this could be a key turning point in the state-level fight over global warming taxes.

Mark Lagerkvist of New Jersey Watchdog has blown the lid off the secretive – and possibly corrupt – working of the so-called Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, pronounced like the name Reggie), the nation’s only currently-operating cap-and-trade scheme for greenhouse gases and the model for a the proposed national program.

Read the rest at FOX Forum.

Read more: http://www.americansforprosperity.org/080410-will-new-jersey-do-right-thing-cap-and-trade#ixzz0vjdht3rp

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WAITING FOR GODOT: THE OBAMA AGENDA


In the play, “Waiting for Godot”, a couple of characters perpetually await the appearance of a “God-like” figure who never arrives.  Is life presently imitating art?  We should be so fortunate.

Tomorrow, the much-advertised “Healthcare Summit” will occur, weather permitting.  (Aside: Have you noticed how many recent meetings and announcements have been either canceled or postponed due to unusual winter snows in Washington, D. C. lately?  It’s enough to make one wonder if God is judging these goings-on and finding them wanting).  So what will result from this latest “summit”?  What will the Republicans do?  The Democrats?  The President?  We are waiting…

In climate change news, the Senate had a hearing on the budget for the EPA today.  During the hearing, Bernie Sanders, Independent Socialist from Vermont, compared climate change skeptics to Nazi appeasers.   Shouldn’t all this climate change nonsense be dead by now?  Is a Cap and Trade bill and/or extensive regulation by the EPA still possible?  We are waiting…

Meanwhile, Ben Bernanke testified in Congress today on the economy.  On the one hand, after being pushed by Barney Frank, he stated that the stimulus worked—sort of.  On the other hand, he opined that it is necessary to address the ballooning deficit, sooner rather than later.  Monty Pelerin at American Thinker believes that Mr. Bernanke will need to decide quickly whether to allow spending to continue, or to shut off the spigot.  James Srodes at the American Spectator simply thinks we should all be ready to begin the “Great Recession of  2011-2012”.  We are waiting…

The waiting  for jobs is increasingly trying the patience of all. But the $35 billion “Jobs Bill” (read son-of-stimulus) that passed the Senate this week does no more to create private-sector jobs than did its useless “mother of all stimuli”.  After all, if $862 billion of spending had little affect on job creation, how could spending 4% of that amount help now?  And, why is it that we need this extra spending bill at all, when the balance of the first stimulus has not been spent yet?

The curtain has indeed risen on a play that seems to have too many acts to count.  We keep waiting… but not for much longer.

Filed under: POTUS, U.S. GOVERNMENT, , , , ,

GOING NUCLEAR! So, what’s the catch?

President Barack Obama announced $8.3 billion US in loan guarantees on Tuesday to help build the first U.S. nuclear power plants in nearly three decades, a move he says “is only the beginning.”  So reports Canadian CBC News.  This sounds like (suspiciously) good news.  So, what’s the catch?

First of all, public funds will be used to guarantee 80%, or more, of industry loans in the case of default.  In an industry that has had both loan repayment and cost overrun problems in the past, a loan guarantee of this type puts the taxpayer at risk.  (I thought Obama wanted to avoid risk, hence all of the regulation of the financial sector!?!)  Furthermore, the nuclear energy industry has other demands it wants the Government to meet.

The industry also continues to press for regulatory changes to speed the time it takes the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to approve a nuclear application. Industry officials say the long process of winning regulatory approval discourages potential investors. Utilities like Constellation and Exelon, which operate nuclear plants, also continue to press for a cap-and-trade bill that would give the plants a competitive advantage over coal and natural gas plants that emit carbon dioxide. And Connaughton said the industry would press for an even higher level of loan guarantees. “

Second, Obama pointed out in his announcement that constructing nuclear power plants will create crucially necessary jobs… in about two years.  Ummm, guess we hope people can hang on for that long?

Then there is the problem of storing the waste generated by nuclear energy production.  Since Mr. Obama closed the Yucca Mountain long-term waste storage facility, what are we to do about the ‘waste’ problem?  Carol Browner, Energy Czar has the answer.  Yesterday, she explained about “on site” storage and that it was a “very safe” way to store nuclear waste.  Yet, in January 2006, she was far from definite about the safety of using the Yucca Mountain facility.

Carol Browner expressed reservations about using nuclear power because of the so-called ‘waste’ problem at the C-Span-televised 35th anniversary meeting of former EPA administrators in January, 2006. On January 19, 2001, Clinton EPA Administrator Carol Browner moved to finalize stringent water radiation exposure standards for Yucca Mountain to the White House for signoff.”

Finally, Mr. Obama intimated that now that he has agreed to constructing new nuclear energy plants, he  expects the Republicans to work with him in a “bi-partisan manner” to pass a Climate/Clean Energy Bill.
Can we say “quid pro quo”?  At this point, Republicans have nothing to lose by supporting Mr. Obama’s nuclear power initiative while at the same time opposing any Cap and Trade Bill.  After all, we will have no energy benefit for a number of years from nuclear plants, but we will all immediately, and negatively, be impacted by a Cap and Trade Bill.

NOTE TO SELF:  If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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A LATE ENTRY

Although it is only available on Amazon.com as a pre-order, (I have it on my wish list), the book by Lord Nigel Lawson, An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming, may be the definitive book on “Global Warming” and its attendant flaws and ideology.

Below, I have reprinted an extensive review of the book that appears on Amazon.com.  After reading through the review, you may want to place it on your wish list too.

A Ph.D in Global Warming
By Ted Baiamonte (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This book is an extremely rational look at global warming that ultimately asks the reader, although not explicitly, to consider why human-kind still has a pronounced, if not suicidal, collectivist, and socialistic instinct when in all of human history only freedom has produced salutatory results. As the world socialistically unites around global warming here is the heart of Nigel Lawson’s thoroughly footnoted and brilliant argument. It should encourage you to read the book, and then go on to read more about this incredible issue that so threatens the capacity for reason which we have so painstakingly developed over the centuries.

1) “The 21st century standstill [ 8 years of temperature decline], which has occurred at a time when global CO2 emissions have been rising faster than ever, is something that the conventional wisdom, and the computer models on which it relies, completely failed to predict.” (page 6)

2) “They [The Hadley Centre] now forecast that, after an unpredicted, almost decade-long lull global warming will resume in 2009 or thereabouts”. ( page 7)

3) “For the United States, only three of the last twelve years emerge as among the warmest since records began; and the warmest year of all was 1934.” (page 9)

4) “two thirds of the Green house effect…. is water vapor….Rather a long way behind is carbon dioxide the second most important greenhouse gas.” (Page 10)

5) “….the science of clouds, which is clearly critical (not the least because water vapor [the major component], as we have seen, is far and away the most important contributor to greenhouse gases is one of the least understood aspects of climate science.” (page 12)

6) …the mediaeval warm period, a benign time when temperatures were probably at least as high, if not higher than they are today ….during the Roman period, it was probably even warmer….vineyards existed as far north as Northeastern England.” [where they do not exist today] (page 16)

7) “……..the Greenland ice sheet appears to be melting, while at its centre, the ice is thickening. …all to easy for Al Gore to cherry-pick local phenomena which best illustrate their [his] predetermined alarmist global narrative”. ( page 19)

8) ” …..making a total increase of some 1.3 F [a prediction that is hardly alarming] over the [entire] 20th century as a whole. (page 10).

9) “…is it really plausible that there is an ideal average world temperature, which by some small departures in either direction would spell disaster? The average annual temperature is…41 degrees F in Helsinki… in Singapore…. 81 degrees F. Man can successfully live with that [ a 40 degree F difference].”

10) “…..polar bears, which have been around for millennia, during which there is ample evidence that polar temperatures have varied considerably” (page 30).

11) “Sea levels have, in fact been rising very gradually for as long as records exist, and there is little sign of any acceleration so far. …..may have been less in second half of 20th century than first.” (page 31)

12) “to assess the cost of climate change [assuming climate change] in the absence of adaptation is about as sensible as assessing the risk of catching pneumonia in London on the assumption that we all go out and about in the cold and the rain in our bathing costumes. Yet to a considerable extent that is just what the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change) does.” (page 39)

13) “The Dutch managed [sea level rise] even with the technology of the 16th century.”( page 42)

14) Seven out of 10 [of the worst hurricanes] occurred before 1975.” (Page 50)

15) “…the overwhelming land-borne mass of polar ice [that could effect sea levels] ..is over Antarctica, not Greenland in the North….where the ice sheet is growing” (page 51).

16) “the Gulf Stream [ the ocean conveyer of warm water that Al Gore says may freeze England if interrupted by warming]…is largely a surface current, and thus a wind driven phenomena..[not related to warming].” (page 52)

17) “China’s….annual increase [in emission will] …. far exceed the UK’s total annual emissions.” [China will] increase its power-generating capacity each year by roughly the equivalent of Britain’s total capacity.” (page 55)

18) “On the one hand you [the world] increase the production in China, and on the other you criticize China on the emission reduction issue, so it is unfair.”……”targets should be in terms not of greenhouse gas production but in terms of gas consumption.” (page 56)

19) “It was calculated at the time that if every signatory ratified Kyoto and subsequently met its emission target, [none of the signatories actually did meet their targets] the world’s temperature by 2100 would be 0.1C/0.2F less than would otherwise be the case – a trivial amount”. ( Page 59)

20) “According to the Hadley Center, only by a reduction of about 70% [nearly impossible] in [global] carbon dioxide emissions would we be able to stabilize its concentration in the atmosphere,” ( page 65)

21) “…indeed in 2007 China suspended its production of ethanol for this reason..[ higher food costs, consumes more energy than produces, uses land and rain forests]. ( page 68)

22) “….cap and trade is arbitrary and distortionary covering some admissions and not others….anti competitive, since permits are issued to existing emitters, and not new entrants…scores badly on transparency.. lends itself to lobbying, corruption and abuse.” ( page 74)

23) “…India and China have made billions by building factories whose primary purpose is to produce greenhouse gases, so that carbon traders in the rich world will pay to clean them up.” ( page 76).

24 “.. [A largely gov’t and bureaucracy free carbon tax such as an increase in the gasoline tax, not cap and trade] ..is the only practical means of discovering how expensive carbon needs to be in order to stimulate the changed behavior necessary to stabilize emissions…if that is the objective.”

25) …” saviors of the planet [climate warriors] are, in practice, the enemies of poverty reduction in the developing world. [due to the tremendous costs] (Page 106)

26) “With the collapse of Marxism, those who dislike capitalism..and the United States… have been obliged to find a new creed. For many of them, green is the new red.” ( page 101)

27) “In primitive societies it was customary for extreme weather events to be explained as punishment from the gods for the sins of the people,” ( page 102)

26) “Capitalist rationality does not do away with sub-or super-rational impulses. It merely makes them get out of hand by removing the restraint of sacred or semi-sacred tradition.” (Page 104). also printed to TheIntellectual Republican, http://www.thedumbdemocrat.blogspot.com, Ted Baiamonte

Filed under: indoctrination, liberal activism, , , , ,

Do smoking guns cause global warming, too?

Link below to Ann Coulter’s witty take on “Climategate”.

Do smoking guns cause global warming, too?.

Filed under: brainwashing, cap & trade, climate change, indoctrination, liberal activism, media, , , , ,

THE OBAMA ALPHABET

Now that it is post-Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas season,  it might be time for a bit of light-hearted fare.  After all, “’tis the season to be jolly”.  The following is the “Obama Alphabet” as it has been taught over the past year.  Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list, so feel free to add to it.  Above all,  have some fun–fa la la la la.

A is for:

ACORN, Afghanistan and Arts Propaganda

B is for:

Banking regulation, Beer Summit, Blame Bush and Blue Dogs

C is for:

Cap and Trade, Card Check, the Chicago Way, China, Climategate, Civility, Congress and Czars

D is for:

Date Night, Democrats, Distraction and Diversity

E is for:

Educational indoctrination and also for Energy Policy

F is for:

Failed policies, the FED and Foreign Policy

G is for:

Gitmo, Global ___(fill in the blank) and Government

H is for:

Healthcare Reform and also for Hidden Agenda

I is for:

Immigration, International Community, Insurance Companies, I raq and Iran

J is for:

Job Summit, Joker and Judiciary

K is for:

Kangaroo Court, Kool-aid and Korea

L is for:

Lawyer, Leftist, Lie and Limbaugh

M is for:

Mainstream Media, Mandates, Man-made Disasters and Military

N is for:

National Security, Nuclear Weapons and NYC Terrorists’ Trials

O is for:

Obama, Obamacare, Obamanomics, Obamaton, One World Government and Overseas Contingency Plan

P is for:

Post-partisan, Pelosi and Political Correctness

Q is for:

Quackery, Qualifications, Queen Elizabeth and Questionable

R is for:

Racist, Radical, Reactionary and Rule of Law

S is for:

Sacrifice, Science, SEIU, Slush Fund and Stimulus

T is for:

Tariffs, Taxes, Tea Baggers, Terrorism, Town Halls and Trips

U is for:

Unaccountable, Unconstitutional, Unemployed, Unions and Unprecedented

V is for:

Verbose, Victim, Victory Vicissitude and Vote

W is for:

War, Waterboard, Weakness, Whine

X is for:

eXit Strategy and also for (over) eXposure

Y is for:

Youth Corps

Z is for:

Zealot and also for Zigzags

So much to learn, so little time.  Go forth and become sapient!



Filed under: brainwashing, climate change, indoctrination, language, , , , , , , , , ,

CLIMATEGATE: Inhofe & Issa Investigate

photo by Associated Press

The media seems to be lagging somewhat behind on the “Climategate” story.  Although the internet is full of information, both broadcast and print media appear to be focusing more on either health care reform and/or the upcoming decision by the POTUS with respect to troop deployment and strategy in Afghanistan.

With the “Cap and Trade” bill still looming in the Senate, I believe that this story deserves much more exposure.  The Wall Street Journal is one news outlet that continues to carry the “Climategate” story forward.  If this house-of-cards is to utterly collapse, it will take Congressional investigations like the ones that Rep. Issa and Sen. Inhofe have announced, and these will also need continued coverage by the media.  Should you doubt this, look at the recent subdued responses to the outrageous behavior of ACORN.  Once the media spotlight was turned elsewhere, we have been minimally updated about its final disposition.

Indeed, it would be beyond imagining if the risks taken by those working to expose both the IPCC and their adherents, as well as ACORN were somehow swept into a dark corner, only to re-emerge to our future destruction.

BTW, for the more technically inclined Sparrows out there, Watts Up With That, has a great analysis of the code that appears in the CRU hacked files.  To me, this code is the best authentication of the files, as well as the best explanation of what CRU has been up to.  More on the code and what it could mean for the future of GW-driven carbon cap and trade is here.  Commentary on the time-line of the hack and analysis of file content is here.  Keep reading.  Keep this issue alive!

Filed under: ACORN, cap & trade, climate change, congress, liberal activism, media, U.S. GOVERNMENT, , , , , , , ,

AL GORE’S NEWEST CLIMATE HORROR BOOK-a scary fairytale

Here is the entire cover of Our Choice, Al Gore’s newest climate change book, (it folds out so as not to overly horrify young children if it is accidentally left out on a coffee or bedside table.)  Over at “Watts Up With That?” the original, non-airbrushed/photo-shopped, photo is shown in order to compare it against the book cover.  Hmmmm.  Here’s hoping that bookstores will shelve this tome under “Fiction” where it belongs.

In the meantime, it is encouraging that Australia has rejected “cap-and-trade”  legislation.  Below are a couple of the advertisements that were aired as the debate was occurring.  These, or something like them, would be heartening to see on American T.V.

The following videos describe in more detail the work of Dr. Miskolczi that is cited in the second Australian advertisement.  Good stuff for refuting the  specious arguments of Gore worshipers!

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OBAMA ADDRESSES CENSORSHIP IN CHINA WHILE GAGGING THE EPA AT HOME

Photo by Stephen Crowley/New York Times

(Photo by Stephen Crowley/NYT)

President Obama answered questions during a town hall meeting with future Chinese leaders at the Museum of Science and Technology in Shanghai on Monday.

 

SHANGHAI, CHINA — Mr. Obama addressed an audience of more than 400 Chinese university students from eight different Chinene universities at the Museum of Science and Technology yesterday.

At one point, Obama stated, in part,
“…I am a big believer in technology and I’m a big believer in openness when it comes to the flow of information. I think that the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes, because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable. They can begin to think for themselves. That generates new ideas. It encourages creativity.”

The president said that he has “always been a strong supporter of open Internet use. I’m a big supporter of non-censorship. This is part of the tradition of the United States that I discussed before, and I recognize that different countries have different traditions. I can tell you that in the United States, the fact that we have…unrestricted Internet access is a source of strength, and I think should be encouraged.”

In a jocular manner, President Obama then observed,
“I should be honest, as President of the United States, there are times where I wish information didn’t flow so freely because then I wouldn’t have to listen to people criticizing me all the time.”

He then stated on a serious note,
“I think people naturally,…when they’re in positions of power sometimes think, ‘Oh, how could that person say that about me,’ or ‘That’s irresponsible.’…But the truth is that because in the United States information is free, and I have a lot of critics in the United States who can say all kinds of things about me, I actually think that that makes our democracy stronger and it makes me a better leader because it forces me to hear opinions that I don’t want to hear. It forces me to examine what I’m doing on a day-to-day basis to see, am I really doing the very best that I could be doing for the people of the United States.”

Contrast these words, that purportedly express the beliefs, values and opinion of the POTUS, with what is happening to two EPA attorneys who are opposing the Waxman-Markey “Cap and Trade” legislation.

Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel wrote an op-ed piece that appeared in the Washington Post on October 31, 2009.   At the end of the article, there is a link to their site.  On their site is a discussion paper, as well as a video that is criticizes the “Cap and Trade” legislation now in the Senate.  However, the video is no longer accessible on their site, because the EPA demanded that they take it down, even AFTER they approved it.  It is still available here.

This latest move by the EPA is reminiscent of their action to muzzle another EPA employee, Alan Carlin, Senior Operations Research Analyst several months ago when he questioned “climate change” from a scientific standpoint.  (To refresh your memory on that instance of EPA censorship see Michelle Malkin’s blog here.)

Now,  re-read the remarks of the POTUS.  What are his real beliefs about free information flow and censorship?  To me, his “joking” remark is what rings true, i.e., he wishes that information was harder to access because then he would not be criticized “all the time”.  Well, Mr. President, it does seem that your EPA is definitely working hard to ensure that this desire becomes reality.  Our lesson?  Pay no attention to what Obama says.  Pay attention to what he does.

Filed under: cap & trade, censorship, INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE, language, POTUS, , , , , ,

“NOTHING LASTS FOREVER, EVEN COLD NOVEMBER RAIN”

(title of this post from a Guns n’ Roses song of the same name)

NOTE: The author of this post is Caesar 10044.  He holds a PhD in History.  These are his reasons why the current liberal ascendancy cannot last.

1) Barack Obama already appears haggard and joyless.  His lying is probably making him sick.  History will remember him as “Barack the Unready”.

2) Speaker Pelosi is already a laughingstock and will probably suffer a nervous breakdown out of fear of being caught-out in her lies, (a la Tell Tale Heart),

3)Rahm Emanuel is good at street fighting, but I predict that he will blow up at the wrong person at the wrong time.

4)Expect a backlash against paying the huge taxes and utility increases that the “Cap and Trade” Bill will establish.  (I believe that Al gore will eventually be discredited).

5)Should Health Care Reform pass, there will be a backlash against the taxes that will proceed the implementation of the actual Health Care.

6)It is heartening that the first, real bipartisan action is to have Congess compel Mr. Obama to remove his “czars”.  Without them, his power base is weakened.

7)There is a good chance that those radical Democrats, as well as the “Blue Dogs”, who voted for “Pelosicare”, will be looking for new careers in 2010.

8)As people see their own taxes rise, the public will demand that  Rangel and others who have not paid their taxes finally receive their just deserts.

9)People will finally become exasperated at not being able to tell jokes about Obama.

10)I believe that the Health Care Reform bill will be successfully be blocked in the Senate.

11)If a ‘second stimulus’ comes to pass, it will cause enough discontent that moderates and independents will start listening to the ‘Tea Party’ movement.

12)In the foreign policy area, Obama’s decisions about Afghanistan will continue to make him look weak.  If Iran develops a nuclear device, Obama will look even worse, especially with respect to our allies.  If Israel acts on its own and bombs Iran’s nuclear facilities, (as it did in Iraq), Obama will look even more ineffectual.  (Remember, Likud is in power.)

13)If Democrats are expected to “fall on their swords” on behalf of their Congressional leaders (who view them as expendable) the Democrat party will become even more divided and have a lack of trust within its ranks.

14)More young people than one would think do not want to be paying for something created by people who they are realizing lied to them about its benefits to them.  (Graduating college students are already realizing this.)

15)The recent Government take-over of the student loan industry, making no private loans available once “caps” are reached, means no Graduate School for many students.  Less education will make it harder for younger people to compete for jobs with 30-somethings.  It will be too late to blame Bush when they realized this.

16)Look at Great Britain and their “love affair” with Blair.  Now they are sick of Labour and cannot wait for their defeat.

17)People only tolerate corruption when times are good.  (Look up what happened to Bertie Ahern in Ireland if you don’t believe me.)

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Filed under: cap & trade, congress, economy, education, healthcare, INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE, LEGISLATION, national defense, POTUS, , , , , ,

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