Here is Dana Milbank of WaPo celebrating the “retreat” of climate change deniers, “There is no denying it: Climate-change deniers are in retreat.” He concludes his op-ed piece by noting, “that corporations are becoming reluctant to bankroll crazy theories, the surrender of climate-change deniers will follow.” For Milbank this marks the historic turning point marking the collapse of flat-earth science “crazies.”
The AGW (anthropogenic (man-made) global warming) thesis was initiated by the United Nations environmental program that was established in 1972 and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) established in 1988. It got its biggest boost with the now discredited hockey stick model advanced by Michael Mann in 1999 and now has a distinctly religious fervor led by Al Gore and his acolytes including world leaders from English PM David Cameron to President Obama.
President Obama has made a not-so-subtle attempt to personalise his administration’s war on “climate change” by linking it with his daughter Malia’s asthma.
Nice try, Mr President. But the evidence just doesn’t stack up.
While it’s true that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the EPA’s Gina McCarthy and the Surgeon General Vivek Murthy have lent their ‘expert’ support to the ‘global warming means more asthma’ thesis, this is largely a case of doing their masters’ bidding.
Japan has 43 coal power projects either under construction or planned, representing combined capacity of 21,200 megawatts, according to a statement from the Kyoto-based Kiko Network. The projections would account for about half of what Japan could emit in 2050 under the current government’s target to cut emissions by 80 percent by that date, the group said. -- Chisaki Watanabe, Bloomberg, 9 April 2015
Japan has a new blueprint for its energy future, one that opens the door for a controversial return of nuclear power four years after the Fukushima accident took the country’s reactors offline. But even more noteworthy is that Japan now appears set to embrace a dominant role for dirty coal in the country’s energy mix for decades to come. Japan’s increased reliance on coal to 2030 and beyond contrasts with many European countries, which despite the global financial crisis and years of sluggish growth have continued to put the fight against climate change at the center of their energy policies. --Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy, 8 April 2015