Hillary Clinton has recently visited Greenland to experience firsthand “global warming.” According to James Taylor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites have shown minimal if any reduction in polar ice caps since 1979 when their satellites were launched. “Whole Viking villages built in Greenland 1,000 years ago during the Medieval Warm Period, remain buried under hundreds of feet of snow and ice.” (James Taylor, “Hillary Needs a New Global Warming Travel Agent,” Forbes, June 6, 2012)
Progressive liberals in lock-step consensus are not allowing the global warming cash-cow fraud to die in spite of the fact that thousands of real scientists have debunked the notion that humans, with their mundane activities, can cause the global climate to change. A whole industry of snake oil salesmen was born, waiting in the wings to get rich off the sale of carbon credits and the “green” and “renewable” energy. The renewable part is a fallacy in itself – once energy is spent, it cannot be renewed.
Always at the forefront of progressivism, California lawmakers signed into law Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32) called the California Global Warming Act of 2006, a blue print of the UN Kyoto Accord of 1997.
Californians are organizing a rally in Sacramento on August 15, 2012 to protest California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the planned auction of carbon credits as a commodity on November 14, 2012.
CARB operates outside legislative oversight like the EPA. The cap and trade program will be implemented under the leadership of Mary Nichols and eleven board members appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. Businesses will pay billions of dollars and pass the cost onto hapless consumers. (cfactsocal.org)
United Nations +20 Rio Earth Summit in Brazi
On the eve of the United Nations +20 Rio Earth Summit in Brazil, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has issued a 525-page report of “dire warnings” that the Earth’s strained environmental systems “are being pushed towards their biophysical limits.”
The doomsday picture includes but is not limited to the melting of the polar ice caps, deforestation of tropical jungles, loss of desert in Africa, out-of-control use of chemicals, and “emptying out of the world’s seas.” Rising sea levels, floods, droughts, collapse of fisheries, endangered coral reefs, endangered vertebrate species, doubling of greenhouse emissions, pesticide contamination, and other cataclysmic events are some of the consequences compiled in the last three years by a team of 300 UN commissioned researchers.
The upcoming conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro on June 20-22, 2012 will discuss four of the success stories (eliminating ozone depleting chemicals, phasing out lead in gasoline, more access to water supplies, research of marine pollutants) of the 1992 Rio Conference on Biological Diversity, while lamenting the lack of success in other areas.
President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic, a skeptic of global warming, told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that he would not attend the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Klaus’ 2007 book (“Blue Planet in Green Shackles – What is Endangered: Climate or Freedom?”) named environmentalism as the 21st century’s biggest threat to freedom, the market economy, and prosperity.” (Jennifer Rigby, The Prague Post)
“We have to say goodbye to unrealistic dreams of new sources of power and stop subsidizing these unprofitable sources by posing a burden on the consumer, either individual or corporate.” (President Vaclav Klaus, Energy Gas Storage Summit at Prague Castle, May 24, 2012)
“Change is possible,” says UNEP executive director Achim Steiner, “Given what we know, we can move in another direction,” away from the age of irresponsibility and towards global action. Is this global action changing fundamentally the way we live in order to accommodate the vision for the planet of a few environmental elites who would give precedence and rights to animals over humans?
If increased access to water is a success story, we must tell that to the people of Tombstone, Arizona, who were denied access to water following a devastating fire in 2011 that destroyed pipelines carrying water to a town of 1,600 residents. The only way residents were allowed to restore their water supply was with primitive tools and wheelbarrows, a herculean task since some sections of the pipes were buried under 12 feet of mud, following monsoon type rains and huge boulder fallout. The endangered Mexican spotted owl is why the EPA was imposing such stringent requirements. The reservoir is dry and the residents are running out of time to shore up their water supply before the new monsoon rains start.