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—Daniel J. Boorstin

An update on the Michael Mann vs Mark Steyn Trial of The Century

Ed Begley jrEd Begley jrFrom A Pongo for your Bristlecones via Mark Steyn's blog:

Readers have asked for an update on the upcoming Mann vs Steyn Trial of the Century, it now being over two years since Big Climate enforcer Michael E Mann decided to sue me for the hitherto unknown crime of "defamation of a Nobel Prize recipient". Rather than grind down what's left of the poor bleeding stumps of my book-signing fingers, I'll leave the typing to DC attorney Leslie Machado, who provides a précis of the story so far:

Mark Steyn (the other defendant), however, went a different route, firing his counsel, answering the complaint, and filing a counterclaim, alleging that the claim against him was "abusive litigation designed to chill freedom of speech and to stifle legitimate criticism of Plaintiff's work." (Steyn then filed an amended answer and counterclaim, here).

Mann – who had twice successfully defeated anti-SLAPP motions filed by the defendants – then filed his own anti-SLAPP motion against Steyn's counterclaim, alleging that it failed to state a claim for abuse of process or malicious prosecution. Steyn, now again represented by counsel, argued in response that his counterclaim did not assert claims for malicious prosecution or abuse of process, but instead asserted claims for: (a) an implied, private cause of action under the DC anti-SLAPP statute; (b) a constitutional tort; and (c) abusive litigation, all of which, he argued, survived the anti-SLAPP motion.

More B.S. about the Global Meaningless Temperature of 2°

thermometerIt seems as if a day doesn't go by when some media outlet trounces out the decree that we have to prevent the so-called 2°F rise in temperature by such and such a date to prevent our doom. As anyone with basic scientific knowledge knows, it's a meaningless number used to generated fear among the masses. From the Daily Journal:

Don't expect the landmark U.S.-China climate change agreement to nudge the world's rising thermostat downward much on its own, scientists say.

While they hail it as a start, experts who study heat-trapping carbon dioxide don't see the deal, announced Wednesday in Beijing, making significant progress without other countries joining in.

Does Obama Really Believe Global Warming is an Urgent Crisis?

JohnKerrySecretary of State John Kerry said that climate change is as urgent a threat as ISIS and Ebola, and must be addressed with “immediacy.”  President Obama himself said at this year's UN climate change summit that "the climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it".

If this is true, and who can doubt it, coming from two such honorable and trustworthy officials of the US government, then why did Obama and his loyal media puppets just do the happy dance over getting China to agree to slow down their ever-increasing emissions starting in 2030?  How much of a crisis is this, anyway?

What a deal! Obama vows greenhouse gas cuts now, China stops gas growth later

cartoon-kerry-wmdThe presidents of the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, announced an agreement Wednesday that they say is designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions believed by some to cause global warming.

As usual with Obama's international agreements, the United States gives away far more than does the other side. Obama committed the U.S. to reduce such emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels in the next 11 years. That's up considerably from Obama's 2009 goal of 17%.

China agrees to stop the growth of its emissions within the next 16 years, maybe a little sooner. No reductions. Just stop its increases. Such a deal!

In Obama's world of hot air, this agreement is a big deal for three major reasons. First, it appears to confirm what he and John Kerry have been going around saying, that global warming is the worst threat facing humankind in the future.

Climate deal: Barack Obama agrees with China to weaken the US

He's very very happy.He's very, very happy.China gets a good deal: permission to keep raising emissions for 16 years while the US - its great strategic rival - promises to make its electricity even dearer quicker:

Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Obama struck a deal Wednesday to limit greenhouse gases, with China committing for the first time to cap carbon emissions and Obama unveiling a plan for deeper U.S. emissions reductions through 2025.

China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, pledged in the far-reaching agreement to cap its rapidly growing carbon emissions by 2030, or earlier if possible. It also set a daunting goal of increasing the share of non-fossil fuels to 20 percent of the country’s energy mix by 2030.

Obama announced a target to cut U.S. emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, the first time the president has set a goal beyond the existing 17 percent target by 2020.

Being Anti-Energy is Being Anti-Humanity

Everything you need to know about how perverse and dangerous the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is summed up in its latest report. Released on November 2, it issued the same tired, old and untrue claims of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems”

The IPCC wants the world to stop using coal, oil and natural gas, saying that they must be “phased out almost entirely” by the end of the century. The report reeks of their contempt for humanity.

Losing electricity, no matter where you live, is losing every technology that enhances and preserves your life. You lose the ability to cool or warm your home, apartment or workplace. You lose the ability to keep food safe in your refrigerator and freezer. You most certainly lose the lighting. You lose the ability to turn on your computer or television. Indeed, to use everything you take for granted.

How big is the Sun?

sunThe Sun has a diameter of about 1,392,000 km (865,000 miles). Earth's diameter is 12,742 km (7,917.5 miles). The diameter of the Sun is thus 109 times as great as the Earth's diameter. http://planetfacts.org/how-big-is-the-sun-compared-to-the-earth/

That distance between the Earth and Sun varies between 91and 95 million miles. Yet today in my morning round-up, watching the news, I see that President Obama in Beijing has agreed with President Xi of China to curtail emissions of Greenhouse Gases by 29% by 2030! Have I got that correct? So he is going to curtail Water Vapor too, along with Methane and of course Carbon Dioxide.

US-China Climate "Statement Is No Breakthrough"

US-China-ny-postToday, the Presidents of the United States and China announced their respective post-2020 actions on climate change, recognizing that these actions are part of the longer range effort to transition to low-carbon economies, mindful of the global temperature goal of 2℃. The United States intends to achieve an economy-wide target of reducing its emissions by 26%-28% below its 2005 level in 2025 and to make best efforts to reduce its emissions by 28%. China intends to achieve the peaking of CO2 emissions around 2030 and to make best efforts to peak early and intends to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20% by 2030. Both sides intend to continue to work to increase ambition over time. --U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, 12 November 2014

Get Ready for Obama's Climate Offensive

meetingAfter last week’s GOP election wave, Barack Obama is desperate to prove he’s still relevant. And when a narcissist gets desperate, well, look out.

The president is set to issue a series of “sweeping” executive orders over the next few weeks, all meant to address allegedly man-made global warming – as some parts of the U.S. see record snow fall.

Politico reports, “The coming rollout includes a Dec. 1 proposal by EPA to tighten limits on smog-causing ozone, which business groups say could be the costliest federal regulation of all time; a final rule Dec. 19 for clamping down on disposal of power plants' toxic coal ash; the Jan. 1 start date for a long-debated rule prohibiting states from polluting the air of their downwind neighbors; and a Jan. 8 deadline for issuing a final rule restricting greenhouse gas emissions from future power plants. That last rule is a centerpiece of Obama’s most ambitious environmental effort, the big plan for combating climate change that he announced at Georgetown University in June 2013.”

The coming climate onslaught

penThe Obama administration is set to roll out a series of climate and pollution measures that rivals any president’s environmental actions of the past quarter-century — a reality check for Republicans who think last week’s election gave them a mandate to end what they call the White House’s “War on Coal.”

Tied to court-ordered deadlines, legal mandates and international climate talks, the efforts scheduled for the next two months show that President Barack Obama is prepared to spend the remainder of his term unleashing sweeping executive actions to combat global warming. And incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have few options for stopping the onslaught, though Republicans may be able to slow pieces of it.

China climate statement is no breakthrough

chinaThe joint statement by the United States and China on climate change, issued on Wednesday, is more important for its political and diplomatic symbolism than any practical effect it might have in reducing emissions.

The statement reiterates policies China and the United States have been developing on their own and contains no new binding limits on greenhouse emissions.

Instead it is intended to "inject momentum into the global climate negotiations and inspire other countries to join in coming forward with ambitious actions as soon as possible" ahead of the next multilateral climate summit in Paris in 2015.

Obama vows US will cut emissions by at least 26 percent over next 11 years

obamaPresident Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. has set a new goal to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by between 26 percent and 28 percent over the next 11 years as part of a climate change agreement with China. 

The new target is a drastic increase from earlier in Obama's presidency, when he pledged to cut emissions by 17 percent by 2020. By contrast, Obama's counterpart, Xi Jinping, did not pledge any reductions by a specific date, but rather set a target for China's emissions to peak by 2030, or earlier if possible. Xi also pledged to increase the share of energy that China will derive from sources other than fossil fuels. China's emissions have grown in recent years due to the building of new coal plants.