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Obama Takes Cheap Shot at FL Gov. Rick Scott During Sparsely Attended Everglades Speech

President Barack Obama could not resist taking a cheap shot at Gov.Rick Scott (R-FL) while he was visiting his state, Wednesday afternoon.

The thinly veiled insult came during his sparsely attended speech at the Florida Everglades, which only a small handful of Floridians attended.

The speech was televised by Al Jazeera America but none of the major cable news networks, according to Mediaite. 

Global warming more modest than IPCC's worst-case scenarios

earth sunA study published this week in the peer-reviewed journal 'Scientific Reports' revealed that global warming is not progressing at the rate suggested by the worst-case computer models released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The study, which was led by Patrick T. Brown of Duke University, examined 1,000 years of temperature records that showed global warming was not progressing as fast as it would even under the most severe emissions scenarios as outlined by the IPCC.

The study showed that "natural variability in surface temperatures, caused by interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, and other natural factors, can account for observed changes in the recent rates of warming from decade to decade."

A Challenge From Climate Change Regulations

power linesAs President Obama prepares to unveil his climate change regulations on coal-fired power plants, the nation’s electric utilities are preparing to transform the system that keeps the lights on in America. But some companies fear that in the process, the lights may go out.

This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a final set of rules aimed at forcing electric power companies — the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions — to cut them 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The Obama administration has consistently used 2005 as a baseline year for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Study reveals, Global warming not progressing as fast as depicted in worst-case models

satellite weatherA new study has revealed that global warming is progressing at a moderate rate than the scenarios depicted in the worst-case models outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

A new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records suggests global warming is not progressing as fast as it would under the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The study led by Duke University showed that natural variability in surface temperatures, caused by interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, and other natural factors, can account for observed changes in the recent rates of warming from decade to decade.

Stop 'global warming' hysteria

BorderPresident Barack Obama celebrated Earth Day at the entrance of Florida's Everglades National Park.

"Climate change is threatening this treasure and the communities that depend on it, which includes almost all of South Florida. And if we don't act, there may not be an Everglades as we know it," Obama said. "Climate change can no longer be denied... And action can no longer be delayed."

Sunday, in advance of his trip. the president said because of global warming "rising sea levels are putting a national treasure, and an economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry, at risk,"

Debate on the Merits, Anyone?

no free speechMarching under the banner of “transparency,” there is a growing movement in the U.S. to limit truly free speech. The movement claims to be attacking “dark money,” but the reality is that its adherents want to shut up its ideological opponents. Independent expressions of support or opposition for candidates or political issues are marginalized by irrelevant questions about funding sources. Honest research and well-formulated arguments are denounced as “biased” or “untrustworthy” because of who the donors are rather than based on the merits of the arguments presented.

5 Things You're Not Likely to Hear About on Earth Day

cartoon Earth DayPresident Obama flew down to Florida this Earth Day to give his umpteenth speech on climate change. That means he'll have added something like 94 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere on his round-trip 747 flight to decry CO2 emissions.

In any case, as with every Earth Day, the public gets an annual dose of fear and loathing about the environmental dangers facing our planet. Well, here are some inconvenient facts environmentalists aren't likely to tell anyone. (Keep in mind that all the data come from official government sources.)

1) The air is dramatically cleaner. IBD called this "the EPA's dirty secret about the environment" -- namely, that every type of harmful air pollution it measures is dramatically reduced over the past several decades, to the point where most are at or below the government's current standards. This decline came amid gains in GDP and increases in population, making them all the more remarkable. And they will continue to fall, even without any new rules, as the economy continues to improve its efficiency.

Earth Day Wrap Up: What a disaster

Obama’s Earth Day Flight Emits More CO2 Than 17 Cars Would In A Year
President Barack Obama’s trip to see Florida’s Everglades for Earth Day has racked up quite the carbon footprint. Using government estimates, his one day trip emits as much carbon dioxide as 17 passenger vehicles do in one year of driving. Read More

Global Warming Pause Will Impact UN Climate Agreement

cold earthThe global temperature standstill will make it easier for governments to delay any painful decisions and will allow for a toothless UN climate agreement in Paris, says Dr Benny Peiser

The planet is currently in the midst of a so-called warming pause, with satellite measurements showing that the surface temperature may not have risen for just over 18 years.

Despite this apparent hiatus in temperature rising, leaders from around the world are due to meet in Paris later this year for the United Nations Climate Summit.

The leaders are expected to reaffirm their target of keeping the global average temperature within 2°C of pre-industrial levels.

Jeb Bush Gets A Bit Heated Up By Carbon Dioxide

"Jeb Bush by Gage Skidmore 3" by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jeb_Bush_by_Gage_Skidmore_3.jpg#/media/File:Jeb_Bush_by_Gage_Skidmore_3.jpg"Jeb Bush by Gage Skidmore 3" by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsIs Jeb Bush trying to alienate the Republican-conservative base even more than he already has? His comments about climate change and carbon dioxide emission cuts sure make it look that way.

Speaking last week at a New Hampshire event, Bush said, "The climate is changing" and expressed his concerns about it.

Though he lamented the "hollowing out of our industrial core" and the "hollowing out of our ability to compete in an increasingly competitive world," he at the same time said that we should "be cognizant of the fact that we have this climate change issue and we need to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions."

The White House is Lying About Climate Change and Health

houseLet us begin with the understanding that there is no connection between the climate and health. The climate is something measured in decades and centuries, so what happened in the last century has nothing to do with whether you are sneezing today.

The weather surely can help generate health problems. For example in the northeastern states, the Lyme disease season is beginning. Between 1992 and 2010 reported cases of Lyme disease doubled to nearly 23,000 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but CDC officials believe the actual number of those infected may have been three times that number.

Electric vehicles lose their buzz (and sales)

ev charging stationCCD Editor's note: Even with the Feds giving EV buyers $7,500 in tax credits, after the initial thrill wears off quickly, so do the supposed gains. Obama's big push for 'sewing machines on wheels,' and his disdain for compressed hydrogen fueled vehicles, is another reminder that people want cars that can travel more than 100 miles, require low maintenance, and can be filled up in in a few minutes. From the Detroit News (h/t Gator):

It's a buyer's market for drivers interested in new or used electrics and hybrids.

Sales of new electric cars and hybrids, according to automotive research and shopping site Edmunds.com, are at their lowest level since 2011 — the first full year of sales for the groundbreaking Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Nissan's all-electric Leaf. So carmakers are paring prices in an effort to get them moving.

Furthermore, motorists who leased those first-generation cars, and have decided not to buy them, are turning them in. They're on dealer lots with still relatively low mileage, and at prices considerably cheaper than the new ones.