Shun the global warming extremists

"We really snookered this time, buddy."“We really snookered this time, buddy.”It’s on the order of craziness, this scuttling of the XL Keystone pipeline, but that’s not where overreaching global-warming alarmism can do the most harm.

How about criminalizing free speech? How about saddling the nation with anti-warming policies whose primary effect will be economic hurt? How about an upcoming international conference on climate that could keep the undeveloped world undeveloped as the developed world regresses?

None of this is to say that global warming is an issue with no serious questions requiring rapt attention. The worry is that apocalypse-fearing absolutists are the ones dictating policies that not so coincidentally are despotic, hurtful and poorly justified. For years, scientists have been researching the proposed oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, yet how much attention have screeching opponents paid to the findings? Virtually none.

That’s because the volumes of research indicated that the pipeline would be plenty safe and would add scarcely a blip to greenhouse gas emissions. Proponents of the pipeline noted that others would use the oil if we didn’t, also pointing out that the pipeline would create jobs and provide an energy safeguard if Middle East turmoil tightened up the oil market.

None of this stopped President Barack Obama from barring the door, just as respect for basic foundational principles did not stop New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman from pursuing a criminal investigation of ExxonMobil.

The accusation against ExxonMobil is that it knew global warming was a danger while it advanced another message for the sake of enriching itself. The fact is that ExxonMobil and the thousands of scientists it employs have openly concurred with a great many other scientists who conclude that greenhouse gases are contributing to a warmer planet, although they do not believe in catastrophic consequences that can only be addressed by measures that might themselves beckon catastrophe.

The ExxonMobil investigation and various allegations against it are absurd, but “absurdity” is an inadequate term to describe thuggishly oppressive moves intent on squashing open discussion. There go our chances for balanced decision-making and something more: the heart of democracy. It’s an outrage some justify by some saying, yes, we should allow differing opinions, but not opinions that visit harm on us.

What they don’t get is what the 19th-century philosopher John Stuart Mill so aptly stressed, namely that the idea that an opinion will be harmful is itself a fallible opinion. And just as an alarmist can fear horror if we do not massively curtail fossil fuels lickety-split, others can fear horror if we do.

Now we get to President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce CO2 emissions dramatically over the next 15 years. One thing it will certainly accomplish is taking money out of pockets as electricity prices go up. This economic assessment comes not from right-wing groups but from an agency in the Energy Department, just as the Environmental Protection Agency agrees the plan will reduce warming by only a tiny fraction of a degree by century’s end.

The main excuse left standing is that Obama can use the plan to engender similar policies by the dozens of nations that will be attending the U.N. climate conference in Paris beginning Nov. 30. But too many new rules of the alarmist kind could mean economic choking for one and all — and, again, we have the prospect that nothing much will have been achieved environmentally. The Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg has argued that plans to help poor countries utilize renewable fuels won’t improve their conditions otherwise but rather just let them sit where they are.

There are answers, as in what the free market has been doing to supply us with more natural gas, in finding ways to adapt, in new technologies that could snatch carbon dioxide from the air or finally give us commercial nuclear fusion, further research giving us better understanding and shunning the absolutists.

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    Amber

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    The global warming industry is a criminal organization .
    It’s main purpose is to facilitate the removal of money from some for redistribute to conmen promoters and the UN . Everything else is secondary .

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    Amber

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    Kerry’s threat to anyone not drinking his global warming cool-aid explains fully why American citizens
    wish to retain their right to own guns .
    When the green gestapo start showing up at doors people who value freedom of speech are going to be glad they kept a deterrent

    Sounds like Kerry is trying to write his own job description because they believe the fix is in .
    Travel around the globe to sprinkle cash and buy favour with those “undeveloped countries ” before someone else does . Harden up those assets against
    the effects of…” global warming “. Really ?

    What planet does this guy really live on ?

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      prestigio

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      think

      he came close to being
      potus
      regardless w’s esteem level
      thank g-d for w

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    Me

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    The difference between! Like always being prepaired and expecting it from someone else, or negative vs positive, negative looks at what may happen and preps, positive looks at it’ll all work out in the end because someone else did the preps. But then you have those that take advantage of the preps, the ones that can adapt and they are the takers yet again because they were positive and never have to look out for them selves, let others do that for them.

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      And I can hear it now, but global warmingclimate change ones are the ones saying this or that will happen and they are preps now. Exactly they are the preps now for them selves now. All their predictionsprojections has resulted to what yet? Exactly! Nothing! They just keep moving the goalpost down the timeline with maybe’s and posiblies or might happen and could happen with the IF’s? How many years was it now? and they are still doing the same?

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        It’s gotten to the point, where they have been wrong so much on their predictions, they now morphed it to projections. And the bullshit they were claiming over 30+ years ago, has now been moved to their projection of what may happen. And yet farther down the road, and yet again to the point that their now so called projections are to the point that now they will never be around to be held accountible for their actions of their so called science. Because it was never actual science. Science is to produce and to be able to be reproduceed or to be proven otherwise. When they hide their findings or methods, that isn’t science. Any time they hide their research, be skeptical. If their science was so solid, they wouldn’t need to hide anything. It would be solid and speak for it’s self all on it’s own.

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          Me

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          And for any of the so called ahteist or agnostics out there! if you don’t believe in the bible and god then why do you believe in this? Because I don’t, anymore than I believe in that religious BS. BS is BS no matter how it is served. Think about that! If you can still think for your selves?

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            Me

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            PS! People hiding things and others beliveing in people like they are better, like royalty! Someone has been hideing something and maybe spreading a disease.

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            Me

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            Now? Until that is proven, then there is no need to panic. Unless you are maybe one of those that maybe involved with some male star? Ya see how them weasel words work, but then again, if they were anywhere near your girlfriend or better half and they were star panty struck, and had to have at that hollywood royalty? :LOL: then it sucks to be you!

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            And yes, what happened in France, those will pay, that isn’t new, but only to the libertards because they still think BS global warming is the main threat. And you will never convince them otherwise. the LSM and their higher learning instatutions keep telling them other wise.

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