Federal agencies wrote a record breaking 81,611 pages of regulations last year to advance President Obama’s massive regulatory agenda which includes tackling issues from global warming to health care. (1)
“That’s higher than 2014 at 77,687 pages and higher than it’s ever been at 81,405,” wrote Clyde Crews, the vice president for policy at the free market Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Obama has lived up to his promise to use his ‘pen and phone’ to change US policy, issuing 29 executive orders and 31 executive memoranda last year. That’s on top of the 3,378 final rules issued by federal agencies like the EPA and the Energy Department. (1)
The climate alarmists have come up with a brilliant new excuse to explain why there has been no “global warming” for nearly 19 years.
Turns out the satellite data is lying.
And to prove it they’ve come up with a glossy new video starring such entirely trustworthy and not at all biased climate experts as Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann , Kevin “Travesty” Trenberth and Ben Santer. (All of these paragons of scientific rectitude feature heavily in the Climategate emails)
The video is well produced and cleverly constructed – designed to look measured and reasonable rather than yet another shoddy hit job in the ongoing climate wars.
Chandra Wickramasinghe and Fred Hoyle
In a CCNet-Essay written nearly 20 years ago, Sir Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe emphasised that mankind’s ability to inject greenhouse gases into the atmosphere was essential to “maintaining the present advantageous world climate, the opposite of what environmentalists are erroneously advocating.” A new study has vindicated their climate scepticism yet again. --Global Warming Policy Forum, 15 January 2016
Carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere could override other influences to make this the longest inter-ice age period in Earth history, they wrote in the journal Nature. Without human influence, the next ice age was probably about 50,000 years away anyway, wrote the team led by Andrey Ganopolski of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. --Agence France Presse, 14 January 2016
The puddle police are coming!With the support of 12 Democrats,the House has voted to overturn the EPA's attempt to seize control of virtually all waterways across the country. Let's hope this is the beginning of the end of federal overreach.
The federal government, using the EPA as its shock troops and the Clean Water Act as its warrant, has long had ideas about controlling privately owned land through the regulation of waterways. While the EPA has been acting with authority over "navigable waterways" since the 1972 Clean Water Act became law, it earlier this year extended, without congressional input, that authority through its "clean water rule."
Former Vice President Al Gore shocked Americans in “An Inconvenient Truth” when he said polar bears were drowning because global warming was melting Arctic sea ice, but now a new study shows that polar bears did just fine even when there was no ice covering the Arctic. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks released a study claiming the “stratigraphic record of the last 1.5 [million years] indicates that no marine species’ extinction events occurred despite major climate oscillations,” including periods where the Arctic was completely ice-free in summertime. “Some species thought to be dependent on summer sea ice (e.g., polar bears) survived through these periods,” write Thomas Cronin of the USGS and Matthew Cronin of the University of Alaska in their new study. --Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller News Foundation, 11 January 2016
During President Obama's final State of the Union (SOTU) address last night, he brought up a few key elements that have been part of his building a lasting climate legacy. One hot-button issue that is dear to Obama is global warming. He said to "feel free to question the science behind climate change," but doing so will leave you "pretty lonely" because "you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it."
President Barack Obama looked to the future Tuesday night in his final State of the Union address, touching on issues ranging from health care and the economy to climate change, terrorism and military strength.
Obama touted the achievements of his seven years in office, and outlined how he thought his policies will help Americans for years to come.
The president delivered the nationally televised speech to a joint session of Congress as well as members of his Cabinet, U.S. Supreme Court justices, military officers and dozens of special guests.
President Obama’s final State of the Union address was full of nonsense, especially on the matter closest to his heart — energy and the environment.
Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You’ll be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it.
If you put enough swill in the trough, Mr. President, the piggies will come running.
After President Barack Obama touted record-low gasoline prices during his tenure in his State of the Union address Tuesday, he quickly promised to make energy more expensive for Americans by making oil and coal “reflect the costs” of global warming.
“Now we’ve got to accelerate the transition away from dirty energy,” Obama said. “Rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future – especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels.”
Plug-in electric vehicles failed to win over U.S. consumers amid the auto industry’s record sales in 2015, as low gasoline costs and daunting sticker prices damped demand. Americans bought just 102,600 such vehicles in 2015, a 17 percent decline from the previous year, according to researcher Autodata. Persuading car buyers to choose electric got more difficult as gasoline slid to $2 a gallon by the end of last year. “Why should I go electric and pay more when gas is so cheap?” Ludwig Willisch, chief executive officer of BMW of North America, said in an interview. --Dana Hull, Bloomberg, 6 January 2016
No sooner did we praise Ted Cruz for standing up to Big Corn than word circulated that the Iowa front-runner was backtracking on his opposition to the ethanol mandate. Our praise is only slightly fainter, however.
The mandate is the federal rule requiring every gallon of gasoline to contain a blend of at least 10% corn-based biofuels. Almost all presidential aspirants go to Iowa at this time of the political season and pay homage to Big Corn and the ethanol lobby.
The heat is on! Not the unusual winter warmth in much of the United States – but the unrelenting heat generated by propaganda and pressure campaigns that the White House, EPA, Big Green and news media are unleashing in the wake of the Paris climate agreement … and as a prelude to the 2016 elections.
A recent Washington Post editorial laid out the strategy. The long-term warming trend is “concerning.” Maybe we can’t blame this year’s strong El Niño “squarely on climate change,” but “one paper” says the number of strong El Niño years could double. Obama’s “landmark” carbon dioxide regulations “played a key role” in securing an “unprecedented” international climate deal that could eventually compel all nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, to “avoid serious risks” of climate catastrophes.