“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

Reid blocks GOP bill mitigating EPA’s new carbon emissions rule

cartoon-reid-coalSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday blocked a Republican attempt to pass legislation aimed at protecting coal mining jobs from the the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon emissions rule.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R ) has warned the EPA rule will kill jobs in coal mining states like his home state of Kentucky. In response, McConnell has proposed the Coal Country Protection Act, which would require the government to certify that the rule does not hurt jobs, GDP or electricity delivery, and that it doesn’t raise electric power prices, before the rule can take effect.

When McConnell asked the Senate to quickly pass his bill on Wednesday, Reid blocked it.

White House 'sanitizes' transcript of Gina McCarthy's Live Q&A on Reddit

ginafromtheepaGina McCarthy, head of the EPA, took to reddit yesterday to answer questions about the EPA's job-killing rules via a "live" Q&A with reddit users.

She must have had a great time because a transcript of the event actually made it to the White House blog. Except most of it didn't. And not for the myriad reasons you'd expect (profanity, racial slurs, insults, etc…).

So here's a quick peek at some of what they didn't post of the lively exchange between Gina from the EPA and reddit users.

nudave: Why do you think climate change has become the partisan issue that is has recently? Do you think we have a chance of moving away from the politicization of science in the foreseeable future?

Luvvies unite against shale gas, jobs, cheap energy and economic growth

Sir Paul McCartney, creature from HellSir Paul McCartney, creature from HellA bunch of self-important luvvies has signed a letter calling for a moratorium on Britain's barely nascent fracking industry. (H/T Bishop Hill)

The list of contributors is like a Who's Who from Hell.

They include:

Michael Mansfield QC - champagne socialist lawyer; champion of every bankrupt liberal cause ever

Katharine Hamnett - once tried to upset Margaret Thatcher by wearing a t-shirt saying in big letters that she didn't like Pershing missiles

Helena Bonham Carter - murdered Dobby the house elf

Russell Brand - literally constructed by the Devil from his own toe-jam, belly-fluff and stray pubic hair

Dana Nuccitelli - spoof Guardian "columnist", rumoured to be the creation of Craig Brown, designed to satirise the wilder fringes of environmentalist lunacy

Putting the kibosh on coal country

cartoon-epa-coal-jobsJust when our economy is shrinking, President Obama wants to impose harsh environmental rules that will kill jobs, raise energy costs and impose new burdens on business.

One week after the government said the U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter for the first time since 2011, Mr. Obama is calling for severe, new coal-emissions rules that many Democrats in Congress say will hurt their states and the economies thereof.

They will result in widespread job losses with estimates of up to a half-million workers, and likely much more than that if the new rules are fully adopted. Those jobs would come, first and foremost, from coal-mining states, but also from many industries that are heavily dependent on coal for their energy needs.

EU eyes export help for coal-fired power plants

Coal Fired Power PlantEuropean makers of coal-fired power plants could get financial help to export the equipment, according to a Commission policy paper, flying in the face of environmental opposition to any form of subsidy for coal.

Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, emitting around twice as much carbon dioxide as gas when used to generate power.

As a result, the European Union is phasing out subsidies for domestic coal plants by 2018 in line with its efforts to take a global lead in the fight against climate change.

But a paper prepared by officials from the European Commission trade department says export credits, or preferential loans to help cover exports costs, should be continued for the most modern coal plant technology.

China Denies U-Turn On CO2 Emissions

Beijing, China SmogLife in Beijing, China"It’s not the case that the Chinese government has made any decision. I’m not a government official and I don’t represent the government." -- Professor Jiankun He, director of the Low Carbon Economy Lab of Tsinghua Universtiy and deputy director of the National Expert Committee on Climate Change, 3 June 2014

China Denies U-Turn On CO2 Emissions
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 3 June 2014

[Yesterday] morning, a Chinese climate adviser announced that the country was going to limit its carbon dioxide emissions. Now he has backed down and says: “That was just my personal opinion. What I have said does not represent the view of the Chinese government.”

Warmsit Self-Destructs with Solar Power Distribution

Solar Power Distr.Our friend, Max Potter, has expressed his theory of how the atmosphere works and I hope to share his view with you that he wrote to me in an email many moons ago.

So here is Max’s explanation:

Most of the energy radiated by the sun is in the band of the electromagnetic spectrum we see as light, because the Sun is very hot ("white hot"). This is not absorbed by any of the gases in the air (it is absorbed by soot or dust particles but that is a different matter). This light is mainly absorbed by land, sea etc and converted to heat (vibration of molecules). When the energy is reradiated it is emitted as much lower frequency infrared (below or lower frequency than red). It is this infrared radiation that is absorbed by the "greenhouse gases" (including water vapour), which warm the atmosphere

Max Potter email 4/11/2012

Let us take his first sentence. As we can see by the diagram above, 5% is ultraviolet, 43% is visible light and 52% is near infrared. (Near-IR is the scientific way of expressing incoming infrared.). So that is the Solar Power Distribution, which Max has this very day agreed.

Blue Collar Democrats Fear Midterm Elections Punishment, Loss of Senate

cartoonA new Obama administration proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants prompted an immediate backlash from Democrats in conservative-leaning states Monday, underscoring how the president’s energy policy will become a major front in the battle for control of Congress this fall. --Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, The Washington Post, 3 June 2014

Obama’s emissions policy shines a spotlight on a growing division within the Democratic Party: the disconnect between donors who live in big cities on the coasts and elected officials who have to balance budgets and create jobs in energy-producing states. --Reid Wilson, The Washington Post, 2 June 2014

'Clean Energy' Ruined Spain; now Obama is Dragging the US Over the Same Green Precipice

cartoon-epa rules"Feeding the masses on unicorn ribs". That was how Walter Russell Mead once poured scorn on Obama's misbegotten attempts to revive the US economy by creating five million "green jobs."

Mead was quite right, of course. And there was plenty of evidence to back him up, such as the 2009 report by a Madrid university professor Gabriel Calzada Alvarez that for every expensive "green job" created by government subsidy, 2.2 jobs were destroyed in the real economy.

The Obama administration responded as only the Obama administration knows how: by calling in its left-wing attack dogs. Friendly organisations including George Soros's Center for American Progress and various well-funded wind industry lobbyists were recruited to monster this unhelpful evidence, which was dismissed for its "lack of rigor."

EPA carbon proposal faces major hurdles

eternal clockThe carbon rule that the Environmental Protection Agency issued Monday is President Barack Obama’s last best hope for a legacy on climate change, and could fulfill environmentalists’ hopes for dramatically lessening the United States’ reliance on coal.

But first, the proposed rule has to overcome some obstacles: the courts, the states, opponents in Congress and whoever occupies the White House after 2016.

The rule’s other big enemy could be the clock.

The regulation would require states to cut carbon emissions from existing coal- and gas-fired power plants an average of 30 percent below their 2005 levels by 2030. It would have widely differing effects on each state, which could choose from many options for complying — including joining cap-and-trade networks, encouraging energy efficiency or relying more on natural gas, nuclear, solar or wind.

EPA Plan Stokes Posturing in Mid-Term Elections

obamaPresident Barack Obama's plan to reduce carbon emissions is escalating environmental policy fights in energy-rich states, home to many of the marquee races that could determine which party controls the Senate after November's elections.

Democrats running in conservative-leaning states in Appalachia and other energy-producing areas quickly distanced themselves from the draft rule released Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposal aims to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants by an average of 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Predicting the Weather? The Climate? You're Kidding, Right?

cartoon-wheres-the-truthWith some of the most sophisticated computers and satellites at its disposal, the U.S. Weather Service cannot tell you with any certainty what the weather will be in your area two weeks from now. It’s not that they don’t give forecasts beyond that a good try, but when you have to work with computers that cannot determine cloud formation and cover, significant factors, you have to just make your best guess.

Since the 1980s, following a decade in which an ice age was being predicted, the global warming charlatans operating out of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change began to generate predictions of an eminent and threatening period of warming for the Earth and, of course, former Vice President Al Gore became the Predictor-in-Chief for that while also becoming a multi-millionaire doing so.

Obama keeps pledge to bankrupt coal industry

china-coalA Chinese coal worker.In a blatant attempt to please the obstreperous environmental groups and keep his campaign pledge to bankrupt the coal industry, Obama's EPA has released a set of capricious mandates for fossil-fueled power plants that will cut jobs, raise electricity rates, and force power plants to close across the country.

In 2008, President Obama campaigned that,“If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can.  It’s just that it will bankrupt them. Under my plan, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” He said this to the liberal San Francisco Chronicle editorial board in seeking their endorsement.

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