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—Daniel J. Boorstin

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Carter and his symbolic solar panels.Carter and his symbolic solar panels.What is it about the weather that compels our government to ineptly dictate how we produce electricity and consume energy? This a worthwhile question to ask on August 4, the anniversary of the day in 1977 that President James Earl Carter signed legislation creating the brand-new, Cabinet-level Department of Energy.

When it comes to energy fecklessness, which was very costly to the Democratic party in the revolutionary election of 1980, Barack Obama’s policies are in Mr. Carter’s league. With global warming at the top of the president’s agenda and at the bottom of the electorate’s, a similar result may be brewing.

Billionaire Tom Steyer Using His Super Pac to Oust Florida's Governor

Gov Rick ScottGov Rick ScottFrom the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting:

Money aimed at ousting Gov. Rick Scott because of his views on climate change has begun trickling into Florida’s gubernatorial race.

Months ago, The New York Times reported that a liberal one-issue Super PAC planned to spend $100 million on fighting candidates around the country that are against taking action on climate change. One of the main candidates in the crosshairs of this political action committee is Scott.

According to Matt Dixon with The Naples Daily News, the money is now coming into the state.

San Francisco-based NextGen Climate Action Committee last month gave $750,000 to its Florida committee, the first contribution in the state. On its website, Scott is listed as one of seven Republican candidates the group is targeting.

Toledo Water Pollution Not Due to Climate Change

Satellite image of algae bloomSatellite image of algae bloomAt The Guardian, Suzanne Goldenberg has a story stating that “the toxins that contaminated the water supply of the city of Toledo—leaving 400,000 people without access to safe drinking water for two days—were produced by a massive algae boom.” Goldenberg’s story blames climate change on the water pollution, as exemplified by the article’s title: “Farming practices and climate change at root of Toledo water pollution.”

Within the story, Goldenberg claims that “the current bloom of microcystis is concentrated in Maumee Bay in Lake Erie’s western basin, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A second, smaller bloom has appeared in Sandusky Bay. The main cause for such algal blooms is an overload of phosphorus, which washes into lakes from commercial fertiliser used by farming operations as well as urban water-treatment centres. Hotter and longer summers also promote the spread of the blue-green scum.”

IMF Plan To Raise Taxes On Fossil Fuels Has It Backward

IMF headquartersThe International Monetary Fund is calling for higher energy taxes for environmental reasons. At a moment when the U.S. is rethinking its Ex-Im Bank, maybe it's also time to examine the IMF's usefulness.

The IMF has just released a book "Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice," in which it advocates setting taxes on fossil fuels "at a level such that energy prices reflect their associated environmental side effects."

The IMF seeks to offset the external effects of energy use such as "environmental degradation, higher food prices" and "the threat of climate change."

Central planners have never gotten the price of anything right, and their hope to accurately set the price of fossil fuels will have the same result. They will muddle the market, and their errors will be mostly felt by consumers paying artificially high prices.

Leaked Memo Gives Away Dems’ ‘Extreme Weather’ Talking Points

Patty MurraySen. Patty MurrayDemocrats are working hard to convince the public that regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions are necessary to avoid economic and ecological catastrophe, according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post.

The memo from Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, tells members how to talk about global warming’s budgetary impact. The memo details how “disaster relief; transportation and infrastructure; national security and agriculture” will all be affected by global warming, reports the Post.

“Climate change, if left unaddressed, will both weaken economic growth and impose additional direct budgetary costs on the federal government,” Murray wrote in the memo sent out Friday. “As a result, climate change poses an increasing threat to the federal government’s already challenging long-term fiscal outlook.”

Seriously? MSNBC segment claims that climate change could make a real ‘Sharknado’ happen

sharknadoDuring Wednesday’s edition of “News Nation” with Tamron Hall on MSNBC, a guest actually claimed that that climate change could make a “Sharknado” happen.

Hall was speaking with the kitschy film’s writer, Thunder Levin, and in referring to the film asked, “How does someone create something as original as this?”

Levin’s reply might have some people doing a double take.

“You know we just felt it was time that the world was alerted to the perils of global warming and bio-meteorology, so it was just a matter of doing our research and getting the facts out to everybody,” he said.

Homeland Security agents seize couple’s Land Rover in ‘SWAT-style’ raid

LandRoverIllegal immigrants may flow into the U.S. unfettered, but don’t even think about trying to bring in a vehicle that does not meet the Environmental Protection Agency‘s safety and emissions standards.

That is, unless you want to be on the receiving end of a Homeland Security SWAT-style raid on your home.

A North Carolina couple purchased a Land Rover Defender over the Internet last year, a model that typically doesn’t meet stringent EPA guidelines, WBTV reported.

According to the CBS affiliate, there is a “quirk in the law” that allows vehicles 25 years old or older, and some importers will change the Vehicle Identification Number to meet this requirement.

Green MP Caroline Lucas Tries to Keep Science Out of Climate Science

Caroline LucasCaroline LucasGreen MP Caroline Lucas has written to Labour leader Ed Miliband to protest that one of his MPs, Graham Stringer, has been telling the truth about climate change.

The letter, an apparent attempt to get Stringer sacked from his position on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, begins:

I'm writing with regard to yesterday's report from the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee on climate science and the 5th assessment report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

I'm sure that we will both welcome the Committee's unambiguous endorsement of the integrity of the science and the compelling case for urgent action to cut carbon emissions and secure a global climate deal.

West Virginia official challenges EPA power plant regulations

Gina's climate McCarthyism hearings continue in W. Virginia.Gina's climate McCarthyism hearings continue today in downtown Pittsburgh.The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants drew harsh criticism from one of West Virginia’s top officials Thursday.

“Whether this administration chooses to recognize it or not, the fact is coal powers nearly 40 percent of our electricity in the country. It’s not going anywhere,” said Natalie Tennant, West Virginia’s Secretary of State, during the first day of a two-day public session the EPA is holding on the proposed Clean Power Plan in downtown Pittsburgh.

The hearings continue today. Similar public hearings have been held in Denver, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

The ‘Gore effect’ turns ugly – CNN climate bias revealed

Bill Weir. Used to wait tables and now a CNN mouthpiece. Bill Weir. Would you kiss your mother with that mouth?You know of the “Gore effect“, Wikiepedia describes it as  “…an informal and satirical term which alleges a causal relationship between unseasonable cold weather phenomena and global warming activism”, so it was appropriate to apply to the situation where the Gore’s Climate Reality Project group tried a political ploys that looked stupid: “I’m Too Hot” trucks and offers of free ice cream to this week’s Environmental Protection Agency hearings on power-plant emissions…when it was 58 degrees and raining. Obviously, CNN’s Bill Weir doesn’t understand satire, much less how to be a professional journalist.

From Mediaite:

It’s safe to say CNN anchor Bill Weir is not a fan of climate change deniers.

On Thursday, the Twitter account for Fox Nation, a blog run by Fox News, tweeted a link to a post headlined, “Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore’s Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings.”

Climate Science Wrong For 120 Years

cartoon-gw fairyPredicting the end of the world is part of the human condition, people have always been convinced Doomsday was just around the corner. From the soothsayers of Roman times casting their runes and reading animal entrails predicting global apocalypse to the soothsayers climate scientists soothsayers of the 21st Century casting their digital runes and predicting global apocalypse.

Despite the passage of 20 Centuries the modern day rune casters are no more accurate than their distant ancestors were, the expensive and religiously revered “Computer Models” have yet to predict any event that has actually happened, yet their erroneous results still trump observed empirical evidence.

Panic in “Sustainable City”

agenda21The attacks came fast and furious, from March through June. A coordinated attack to vilify, ostracize and neutralize efforts by local citizen activists who are standing in opposition to Agenda 21 and its policy called Sustainable Development. The terms “conspiracy theory,” “extremists,” “fear mongers,” and “far right,” are all over these obvious attempts to smear any opposition to the agenda of the Sustainablist planners that now swarm over nearly every community in America.

It started with the American Planning Association (APA) delivering yet another report in a continuing effort to understand the fierce opposition to its “innocent,” “locally- driven” programs. Apparently it is a mystery to the APA why there would be opposition to its plans to reorganize entire communities which sometimes result in turning people’s lives upside down.The APA has done a series of studies over the past few years in an attempt to find a way to silence or counter our opposition to planning. The latest report, issued in March, 2014, entitled “The Actions of Discontent,” was perhaps the most honest of the reports the APA has issued, when it said the opposition to planning is “marked by deep philosophical differences between activists and planning proponents…” That’s certainly better than saying we’re just nuts, unlike most of the usual attacks against us.

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