Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge
which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control.

–Martin Luther King, Jr.

No one showed up for California's green jobs rush

solar arrayIn 2012, California voters were peppered with grandiose promises, such that they could not resist approving Proposition 39. The measure, created and backed by wealthy environmentalist Tom Steyer, sought to raise taxes on corporations and use the money to fund green energy projects in schools.

He promised it would create 11,000 new jobs each year. What could go wrong?

There are inherent problems with the idea of green public-works projects, and still more problems with tax hikes. But this plan had the benefit of at least being elegant and simple. All of the facilities slated for green-energy improvements would be government-owned and government-run. There would be no NIMBY-style community pushback, nor significant added costs to ratepayers. Districts could apply for funds and choose projects that met their needs. If any such program could work, this was it.

Environmentalists Use 21 Children To Sue Obama Over Global Warming

"<a href="">NASA Scientist James Hansen Arrested</a>" by <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="">tarsandsaction</a> - <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="">NASA Scientist James Hansen Arrested</a>Uploaded by <a href="//" title="User:PDTillman" class="mw-redirect">PDTillman</a>. Licensed under <a title="Creative Commons Attribution 2.0" href="">CC BY 2.0</a> via <a href="">Commons</a>."NASA Scientist James Hansen Arrested" by tarsandsaction - NASA Scientist James Hansen Arrested Uploaded by PDTillman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.Environmentalists and a former NASA climate scientist are using 21 children to sue the federal government for allowing the burning of fossil fuels and “knowingly” harming future generations by causing global warming.

The intent of the lawsuit: to force the U.S. with a court order to phase out fossil fuel use and reduce atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million by the end of the century.

“For over fifty years, the United States of America has known that carbon dioxide (‘CO2′) pollution from burning fossil fuels was causing global warming and dangerous climate change, and that continuing to burn fossil fuels would destabilize the climate system on which present and future generations of our nation depend for their wellbeing and survival,” reads a lawsuit filed by Earth Guardians on behalf of 21 children allegedly being harmed by global warming.

“As a result, Defendants have infringed on Plaintiffs’ fundamental constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property,” the eco-lawsuit reads. “Defendants’ acts also discriminate against these young citizens, who will disproportionately experience the destabilized climate system in our country.”

BBC Breaks Impartiality Rules On Climate And… Ooh Look! A Performing Dog!

dog performsThe BBC has been caught red-handed breaking its own rules on impartiality by running a series of green propaganda documentaries funded by the United Nations on its BBC World News channel.

But you’d never guess this from the way the BBC has reported on the story about its censure in a report by the broadcasting regulator Ofcom. Instead, like a laser, it has focused on what it considers to be the only important bit of the report, viz:

Commercial rival ITV should have made it much, MUCH clearer to viewers that the amazing, performing dog which won Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year was in fact two amazing, performing dogs. That’s because there was one trick – walking the tightrope – that the main amazing, performing dog Matisse couldn’t do. So it had to be faked using a Matisse lookalike called Chase, who had trained for years and years after being inspired by watching an acclaimed arthouse documentary called Dog On Wire.

Britain Sides With Eastern Europe On Non-Binding Renewables Target

wind tower-axBritain and Germany will line up on opposite sides of a European Union green energy debate starting next month on how to meet agreed renewable fuel targets for the next decade. The 28 member states agreed climate and energy goals last October, but to make it easier to get a deal, the decision went only as far as a framework. So far, the 2030 renewable goal is binding only at EU-wide level and the challenge is to ensure it is met as the bloc as a whole cannot be fined for infringement. Germany, which is pushing through its Energiewende, or shift from nuclear to green energy, wants binding laws. In the opposite camp, Britain aligned with the Czech Republic in a joint paper urging a “light-touch and non-legislative” approach. --Barbara Lewis, Reuters, 19 August 2015

America’s big ‘green’ wrecking machines

editorial cartoon“If you have no conscience, no morals, no aesthetic sensibility, no understanding of free markets; if you hate wildlife, people and the natural landscape; if you loathe private property… then the ... wind industry is undoubtedly the place for you.... Only the Taliban at Bamiyan or ISIS at Palmyra can really come close to matching the wind industry’s scorched-earth zeal...” ~ James Delingpole

The destruction of rural America is ongoing, thanks to those who continue to push industrial wind energy as a fantasy-cure for the alleged problem of “Climate Change.” 

$Trillions have been spent on ‘renewables’ worldwide, yet carbon dioxide has not been significantly reduced, while rural America is paying the ultimate price. Our countrysides, wildlife and Constitutional private property rights are being sacrificed on the altar of “green” energy … for no net benefit

U.S. taxpayers and ratepayers need to awaken to the environmentally destructive wealth transfer and corporate land grab that is industrial wind energy, before more of our priceless American countrysides and wildlife are destroyed.

EPA's global warming rule will kill state jobs

Coal-fired power plant. That white stuff is water vapor.Coal-fired power plant. That white stuff is water vapor.The federal Environmental Protection Agency issued its final global warming rule for coal-fired power plants recently. If allowed to go into effect, the rule will kill Wisconsin factory jobs and force families to pay more for their electricity.

There are many reasons why the EPA's rule is bad for Wisconsin and our country, but for the sake of brevity, I have boiled the list down to the top five reasons it will be a self-inflicted wound on our economy and global competitiveness.

1. The rule will be extremely costly. Previous estimates from state utility regulators predicted total costs ranging from $3.4 billion to $13.4 billion for Wisconsin power plants. The final rule actually requires stricter emission targets for Wisconsin, thus driving energy prices higher. These higher costs will be paid by every family and business in Wisconsin that uses electricity.

'Old Farmer's Almanac' Predicts Brutal Winter – Frigid, Snowy

old farmer's almanacAl Gore must be fuming that he has no control over the content of the Old Farmer's Almanac. Guess how long it will be before the alarmists say it's because of global warming? One...two...three...: From NewsMax:

A brutally cold winter with a lots of snow for much of the U.S., even in places that don't usually see too much white stuff, is being predicted by the "Old Farmer's Almanac" – not to be confused with its younger rival "The Farmer's Almanac."

Look for above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for much of the northeastern New England states; icy conditions in parts of the South; and frigid weather in the Midwest. Even the Pacific Northwest will get hit; the snowiest periods will be in mid-December, early to mid-January and mid- to late February, the oldest almanac predicts.

The New King Coal: George Soros

coal terminalpredicted in this column last week that the left wasn’t going to kill off the coal industry so much as it was going to steal it. That prediction is already becoming true courtesy of billionaire George Soros.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Act filings indicate that Soros has purchased an initial 1 million shares of Peabody Energy and 553,200 shares of Arch Coal, the two largest publicly traded U.S. coal companies. As pointed out last week, both companies have been driven perilously close to bankruptcy by the combination of President Obama’s “war on coal” and inexpensive natural gas brought on by the hydrofracturing revolution.

Obama Declares War On Natural Gas

Natural Gas and methane chartYou really have to hand it to the green zealots who populate the Obama White House and the Environmental Protection Agency. Their quest to destroy the fossil fuel industry is relentless and all too effective.

The damage that the Obama administration is willing to do to "decarbonize" the American economy apparently has no limit.

This latest fossil-fuels assault comes just two weeks after the administration announced new environmental rules that will take a wrecking ball to America's coal industry. Those rules are designed to reduce coal production by about one-third over the next two decades and will destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs and raise the electric utility bills of most American families.

WOTUS: Woe to us

drainage ditchUnless a federal judge issues a preliminary injunction, the definition of the “Waters of the U.S.” will change radically on August 28. The change will give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate the water in your backyard – even water that might be in your backyard only because of a heavy rain. Even “any area where agencies believe water may flow once every 100 years,” says West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Thirty-one states, in four districts, have filed motions with the federal courts to block the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) from enforcing the new “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule, which represents a dramatically new interpretation of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

L.A.’s Got Balls: Here’s One Answer to the Drought

ballsLos Angeles officials have decided manmade plastic can help their city’s water supply survive the effects of manmade global warming.

Ironic, no?

Whether it’s the best or the worst of life, it always rolls downhill, and so have 96 million plastic balls rolled into the Los Angeles Reservoir, creating what one supporter of the plan told the New York Times is “the world’s largest ball pit.”

The last 20,000 of the balls were rolled into the reservoir Aug. 10, completing the $34.5 million project.

EPA makes a mess out West

animas riverA calamity occurred this month in southwest Colorado. It was precipitated by contractors working for the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA was trying to clean up pollutants at a long-retired Colorado gold mine and in the process released highly contaminated waste water, three million gallons of it, into the Animas River. The toxic sludge, colored bright yellow, has since traveled through portions of Colorado and is headed into New Mexico where it joins the San Juan River, then through Utah and on to the Colorado River in Arizona.

6,000 Square Miles Of England Earmarked For Shale Exploration

huntHouseholds across an estimated 6,000 square miles of England – an area the size of Yorkshire – are expected to learn within days that their areas have been earmarked for possible fracking. Ministers are preparing to award energy companies licences to explore for shale gas and oil, in an attempt to kick-start the fledgling UK fracking industry. Estimates suggest there could be 1,300 trillion cubic feet of gas trapped in the rocks deep beneath the Bowland. If just 10 per cent could be extracted, it could meet Britain’s annual gas demand for more than 40 years. --Emily Gosden, The Daily Telegraph, 14 August 2015