Sorry, Prof. Mann, fossil fuels have allowed mankind to flourish

Climate activist Michael E. Mann believes Australia’s prime minister and America’s new president both pose an “existential threat” to humanity, thanks to their embrace of fossil fuels.

Mann, a professor of meteorology at Penn State, has co-written a Guardian op-ed opining about the Trump administration’s focus on an all-of-the-above energy approach that includes clean coal. Even though Trump made energy independence a tent pole in his campaign.

Mann is also worried that President Donald Trump will leave the Paris climate accord, even though it’s neither a treaty nor binding. He believes this is the direct opposite of President Obama’s global warming agenda, which focused on the “decarbonization” of the U.S. economy.

But this green agenda has hardly succeeded in recent years, with renewables increasing by only two percent since 2009 while costing taxpayers billions of dollars. It’s a harsh truth that compelled Obama to admit that natural gas is preferable to other choices.

Sticker shock

Nations that have employed widespread wind and solar farms, like those now in use in southern Australia, are reeling from sticker shock. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has begun a campaign to build more coal-fired power plants.

His actions come in response to the high electricity prices Australians are now paying. And renewables like wind and solar are proving unreliable, intermittent, and incompatible with traditional power grids.

Ironically, coal-fired power plants are now burning as clean as natural gas-fired plants thanks to advanced scrubbing technologies.

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    Amber

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    Michael who ? Should have lots of time to study tree rings and make better hockey sticks .

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    JayPee

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    ” EXISTENTIAL THREAT ” ?!

    What’s that supposed to mean?

    A threat that exists only inferentially in the mind of the perceiver ?

    Is Hair Maaahhhn now delving into the realm of metaphysics ?

    I never thought he was a real scientist.
    In my opinion, of course.

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    G

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    It seems like only yesterday the far left was calling for windmills and solar farms in order to make America, “energy independent”. After tilting at those fault prone windmills and swallowing scams like Solyndra, our country has very little to show for the trillions of dollars spent on this farce.

    Now that we have massive new oil discoveries and efficient extraction techniques available, we TRULY have energy independence within our grasp. Why then has the left suddenly abandoned their “goal” of energy independence?

    Could it be that they can’t line their pockets with taxpayer grant money if America succeeds? Could it be that true independence doesn’t correspond with leftist command-and-control economics?

    Hmmmm…

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      JayPee

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      You are A–H— Drewski and a proven liar, leftist shill.

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        G

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        Jaypee… Why this reply to this post? Confused…
        You need to re-read the post. Does this read like leftist nonsense?

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