The profits of doom

obama whcd“Doomsayer” is probably not on Al Gore’s resume but it’s as descriptive as “almost president.” It perfectly describes the attention he has attracted in the decade since he took to the stage at the Sundance Film Festival and set off global warming fears with his agitprop film, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

“Humans may have only 10 years left to save the planet from turning into a total frying pan,” one terrified reviewer, who is presumably still unfried, put it. Humankind has blown past the point of no return that he said would render the damage from man-made greenhouse gases irreversible. Yet the world continues to turn, not burn. Atmospheric anxiety has subsided, despite all that Hillary and Bernie can do to keep it alive, and Americans have moved on to more immediate issues, such as who’s likely to win the Super Bowl on Sunday.

The people just aren’t that into Al and his scam. A YouGov poll of 18,000 men and women finds that only 9.2 percent of Americans rate climate change, the latest euphemism for global warming, as the most serious issue facing the world. Instead, 28 percent of Americans rank radical Islamic terrorism as the greatest worldwide concern. The only country with a wider yawn of skepticism is Saudi Arabia, where the oil economy produces jobs and wealth.

The poll confirms that Americans are of like mind with the rest of the world, 25 percent of whom put terrorism at the top of their list of worries. Climate change comes in third at nearly 13 percent, behind poverty, hunger and thirst at 15 percent. If there’s a lesson here, it’s that a doomsayer’s work is never done.

There is a truth that many Americans, including Mr. Gore, may find more inconvenient than global warming: Implementation of the Paris United Nations climate change agreement that President Obama endorsed in December which likely will cost a lot more than the expected $12.1 trillion over the next 25 years. That’s a finding by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Ceres, a coalition of investors and environmentalists. Beyond the $100 billion that wealthy nations are expected to chip in annually to pay for clean energy projects in developing countries, annual investments of $484 billion are needed to build the solar, wind and green fuel infrastructure that the global-warming lobby says is necessary to limit the rise of the Earth’s temperature to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100. That’s 75 percent more than current annual global expenditure of $276 billion.

Since global warming is not a hot-button issue on Main Street, private investment money won’t go to renewable energy projects unless governments guarantee profitability of otherwise unprofitable ventures. With congressional collaboration, President Obama engineered tax credit extensions for wind and solar industries with the passage of the Omnibus spending bill in December. “Why would we want to pass up the chance for American businesses to produce and sell the energy of the future?” he asked.

Subsidizing “the energy of the future” means that it can’t compete with the energy of now. Since everything the government spends comes from the pockets of taxpayers, the president wants to pay for global-warming initiatives with money collected from Americans who don’t share his obsession with the profits of doom.

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    William Bill Fish

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    Interesting that Republicans don’t read history and are destined to repeat it! Ever heard of Nero playing his violin while Rome burned? Republicans burning their fossil fuels while the globe is fries!

    Wonder how much Koch Bros & Exxon have invested in renewable energy? The renewable energy market is surging! http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5855 Get your money out of fossil fuels now. Renewable energy to lead the energy market! https://www.iea.org/newsroomandevents/pressreleases/2015/october/renewables-to-lead-world-power-market-growth-to-2020.htmlb

    It’s time to put down the violins and stop watching Rome burn! http://www.desmogblog.com/2015/03/10/booming-u-s-renewable-energy-sector-growing-faster-expected and http://www.computerworld.com/article/3014130/sustainable-it/renewable-energy-passes-the-50-mark-for-new-us-electricity-capacity.html

    “An asshole is someone who selfishly pursues his or her own ends, even if it means inconveniencing or harming those around them. If politicians who would accelerate extinction in the name of financial gain don’t qualify as grade-A asshole, then we don’t know who does.” http://www.alligator.org/opinion/editorials/article_bb4d7e5c-5b5c-11e5-9205-df8631541577.html

    The deniers appear to believe “If we pretend it isn’t happening, will it go away?” “Rather than ignore the science associated with climate change predictions, one house of the US Congress attempted to ensure that the appropriate science on climate change would simply be discontinued.” http://thebulletin.org/climate-change-if-we-pretend-it-isn%E2%80%99t-happening-will-it-go-away7333 The deniers jump all over the models predicting climate change but when asked to produce a counter model, they can’t do it!

    Keep playing the violins and keep your head stuck in the sand, it won’t be you who suffers but future generations. Your great great grand kids will find your graves and pee on them, that is if they aren’t under water or in the middle of a desert.

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    JayPee

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    Smelly “ryby or hryby” returns again. Nothing to say, but keeps talking anyway.

    Profoundly extolling ” eternal truths ” of no foundation or substance.

    So rants the fool much to the glee and hilarity of the gallery.

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    amirlach

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    [quote] “Rather than ignore the science associated with climate change predictions, one house of the US Congress attempted to ensure that the appropriate science on climate change would simply be discontinued.” [/quote] You mean those failed “predictions”? Not one has been skillful.

    And you sources? LOL… Desmog? Run by a convicted internet fraudster?

    And really, if renewables are so great, investors will move there all on their own despite what the Koch Brothers say or do.

    Your fact free, pure projection filled post is worth a laugh though.
    [quote]Interesting that Republicans don’t read history and are destined to repeat it! Ever heard of Nero playing his violin while Rome burned? Republicans burning their fossil fuels while the globe is fries![/quote]

    Got news for you Wee Willy, the globe is not frying as “predicted”. The CAGW Models have been invalidated by observation. In other words, they have failed testing by the “Scientific Method”.

    Cause when your “prediction is wrong, your “theory” is wrong.

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    Charles Higley

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    “Humankind has blown past the point of no return that he said would render the damage from man-made greenhouse gases irreversible. “

    This has absolutely no basis in fact of any kind. And being strictly his opinion, he has no way to rationalize this statement to make it any better than cow droppings.

    There are no tipping points in climate as, if there were, we would have tipped many thousands of years ago. Duh.

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    David Lewis

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    The only thing burning as the violins are playing is money, and it is Obama who is playing the violin.

    As a reminder, disastrous anthropological climate change is a fraud. It is all based on the UN climate models which are running three times hotter than observed data. The period from 1910 to 1941 had 40% of the warming blamed on man yet it was before the significant build up of green house gasses. The climate models don’t even come close to working when applied to that period.

    The huge amount of $12.1 trillion going to climate change is needed for real problems, many of which the public isn’t aware of because climate change has dominated the headlines. The Midwest will run out of its main source of irrigation water. If solar patterns repeat and a mini ice age comes there will not be enough food to feed everyone. Of course poverty is a big problem.

    Anthropological climate change is the only justification for renewable energy since it is by far the most expensive major energy source. When it becomes obvious to all that the UN climate models are wrong, the renewable energy industry will crash, making it a bad investment.

    Just to be accurate, Nero did not fiddle while Rome burned. He directed fire teams and did all he could to save it.

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    Bill Vancouver

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    There’s something fishy about Fish. Appears to be a paid CAGW hack. There has been no global warming for almost 2 decades according to RSS, UAH, and balloons. All alarmist catastrophic disasters are proving false. The “Green” hysteria has turned into a $1.5 trillion industry, much of which is being subsidized by government funds. Back in 1983 the wind industry asked for government funding through the end of the decade. 30 years later they want permanent subsidizing. CAGW is a very expensive hoax.

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    amirlach

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    If ol Fishy Bill is paid for his completely fact free ramblings and Pure Projection. Good on him.

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