The Push Becomes a Shove

obama wh.govIt was always going to be an uphill fight for the Left to achieve a consensus for not just the acceptance of their theory of global warming but their prescriptions to fight it, and Monday’s announcement of draconian EPA rules assaulting the electric power industry is proof that they realize the battle for public opinion is lost.

To have won on global warming, which obviously would have entailed our discussing the theory by its former name rather than its current formulation as “climate change” (does that not happen four times a year?), Barack Obama and his predecessors atop the effort to convince us to give up our modern consumerist lifestyle would have had to secure agreement on four bases crucial to the theory.

On none of the four have they managed to succeed.

First, proving that the planet is actually in the process of warming would seem to be crucial toward winning the argument, and this the warm-mongers have not done. In fact, while there are places around the globe in which high temperatures have been lately recorded the single most definitive record of global temperature comes from satellite readings — and those readings indicate Earth is no warmer now than it was 15 years ago. If global warming on a scale significant enough for consideration of changes in policy was actually happening, the warmists would be touting satellite data rather than ignoring it.

Over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz had the temerity to point this inconvenient truth out to the media, and the result was a cacophony of panicked hissing. Cruz’s statement will be proven a political highlight in the face of the EPA rule and the public reaction as its effects are better understood.

Second, having proved the planet was actually warming they would need to show the phenomenon was man-made. This is hard to do when it’s the production of carbon dioxide that is supposed to drive the warming of the planet, and at a time when China and India are driving a sizable growth of CO2 in the atmosphere (sizable being a relative characterization, that is; CO2 is a mere trace gas in the atmosphere) there is no warming to show. Further, we know that the planet has been considerably warmer than it is now at various periods of recorded human history despite the lack of industrialized economies and widespread use of fossil fuels — and so until the warmists can explain why Greenland is no longer green or why the winemaking industry in England isn’t what it was several centuries ago, they will fail to achieve consensus on the anthropogenic nature of the global warming which they cannot prove is occurring.

Third, the warm-mongers would do well to prove global warming is a bad thing, something they also cannot do. The places where “sea level rise” seems to be a problem are places where the land is either sinking or eroding due to basic geology, and from space the planet appears greener than ever in modern times. In fact, the presence of increased CO2 — known as plant food by another name — has been shown as a sizable benefit both to agriculture and forestry — and humans have always faced a greater danger of dying from exposure to cold than heat, so a warmer planet would necessarily have a net positive effect on human life.

And finally, even if the Left had not failed to prove the three points above, there is zero reason to believe that adopting a program of punitive socialism — interesting how that program is the prescribed course to save the world regardless of the threat to it, no? — in the United States and elsewhere in the West would have any real effect on CO2 emissions worldwide given the inevitability of economic development in China, India, and the rest of the Third World.

They have lost all four arguments. That is clear. Were it not, there would have been strong public and legislative majorities for saving the world.

Instead, there is only an undemocratic EPA rule being proffered by Obama this week, complete with the most laughable harangues reminiscent of the proverbial psychotic soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend attempting to head off the impending breakup with shameless plays for sympathy.

“We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, we’re the last generation that can do something about it,” he said. “We only get one home, we only get one planet, there’s no plan B.”

And a bit more: “I don’t want my grandkids not being able to swim in Hawaii or not to be able to climb a mountain and see a glacier because we didn’t do something about it. I don’t want millions of people’s lives disrupted and this world more dangerous because we didn’t do something about it.”

This, in service of a draconian plan designed both to avoid Congressional oversight and a court challenge, the major elements being:

• Forcing power plants, on average, to cut carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, with interim targets starting in 2022.

• Forcing all coal-fired power plants to install carbon capture and sequestration technology, which has not even been demonstrated to incur environmental benefits to offset the punitive cost associated with it.

• Forcing higher electric bills on consumers to such an extent as to incur a cumulative cost of some $2.5 trillion in lost economic growth.

This to avert what global warming “scientists” say is less than one-tenth of a degree of warming over the next 100 years.

And Obama’s global warming push is more than a shove. The EPA will demand immediate compliance by the power industry, setting deadlines for compliance and penalties so draconian as to impose unacceptably high stakes on utilities otherwise sure to reject the rule and take it to court. To do so and lose this time is a highway to receivership or bankruptcy, and that’s the way the administration wants it.

Not to mention that the administration has dispatched Americans United for Change, a MoveOn.org-funded Democratic Party shill organization, to launch attack ads against several state attorneys general who have vowed to fight the EPA rule on behalf of the state utility regulators who will become little more than lawn ornaments after it completes its task of usurping their power for Washington.

It’s tyranny, plain and simple. It must be stopped, or at least reversed by a Republican president taking office in January 2017.

But because this is what Obama and his people have had to resort to in order to aggrandize the EPA at the expense of federalism and the private sector under the rubric of what the president’s media flack Josh Earnest calling “striking a blow for climate change,” it’s also a sizable concession.

They have lost the battle of ideas. All that is left is to let slip the velvet glove and show the iron fist.

The “climate change” debate in America is over. Obama ended it this week. For that, and perhaps only for that, we should thank him as we commit to doing everything under the heavens to ruin his plans.

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    John from Michigan

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    Obama is determined to stop the global warming which ended in 1998. The modern Don Quixote, Obama is jousting at imaginary dragons that are really windmills. State governments have really no choice but to ignore the EPA and keep their reliable energy sources functioning. We, as a nation, simply cannot allow this dicta to become effective. It MUST be stopped.

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      JayPee

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      Is Joey Biden Sancho Panza ?

      I think Cervantes portrayed Panza as more intelligent.

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    GR82DRV

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    The far left knows that the jig is up for the global warming – turned climate change scam. They tried to bum rush the American public with a well-orchestrated and publicly mega-funded scientific propaganda effort.

    It didn’t work.

    Now Obama and his fellow travelers are forced to bypass the public and go straight to their unearned Marxist goals before the angry mob can find their torches and pitch forks.

    This could get interesting.

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      Me

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      Yeah, it looks that way, I said here before that the government will get their tax one way or another, it is just they wanted the public to go along with it.

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    Amber

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    Interesting how brave and self-righteous people get when they are heading out the door .

    Is a nice big fat job in the climate protection industry in the cards ? One world government is going to need a CEO .

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      Me

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      It’s on his bucket list of things to do.

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    GR82DRV

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    It is interesting to see how these slick climate hustlers set themselves up to profit off of their own decrees…

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      Me

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      They say never let a good crisis go to waste, and when there isn’t one they create one. Problem, solution, reaction.

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        JayPee

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        True, all the leftist pigs say it. But, criminal Eric Holder openly and PUBLILY said it.

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          Me

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          Rahm Emanuel said it, I added the part that when there isn’t one they create one. Because every one knows necessity is the mother of invention, so when they need that necessity they will create it. And then comes the problem solution and reaction.

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          Me

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          Eric Holder wanted to brainwash people on how they think about guns. A gun is a tool, how it’s used and by whom, is a different story.

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            JayPee

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            I think Holder said it. But Veni Veni Hemannuelle implemented it.

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            Me

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            You could be right, but I only heard that from Rahm Emanual.

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            Me

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            And for him to say that publicly is something, the question is where did he get it from?

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            JayPee

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            This is the way it is with all leftist extremist scum.

            They don’t need to have authority, they are authority and you will be subject to their dictates.

            This the definition of them

            THIS IS THE DEFINITION OF

            O’BAMA

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            Me

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            And that’s is why I said to you to think for your self. Look things up verify. And for those that don’t want to look at or watch the LSM, if you don’t you don’t know what is going on.

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            Me

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            The LSM are the feeders, you don’t have to trust them, but there are sheep thet suck up all their crap.

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            Me

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            Yeah my other post under this got moderated, but rest to sure when the LSM is telling a story constantly non stop and there is something else in the news going on, it is what it is. A distraction from what they don’t want you to focus on.

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            JayPee

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            Most people are incapable or don’t want to think for themselves. That’s why most everything on this site is so controversial.

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            Me

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            An example, Just lately, there was a story running about a flaperon washed up. Then there was some other pic displayed that it may be from that same disaster. Something that looked like aluminun with a red or redish orange plastic on it. Noted it was said to be not a part of the accident before as it was said to be a rice cooker, and the same again is happening just lately.

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            Me

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            They just can’t help them selves, the lies just keep being thrown out there.

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            Me

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            If I remember it correctly I think it was from that that german pilot that crashed in the his plain in the mountain killing everyone. That red or redish orange pic with aluminum that they shown just lately.

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            Me

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            ……….Plane……….

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            JayPee

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            Is there absolute proof that the flapper was part o the missing plane that whatever moslem pig group has to use as a WMD ?

            Which of course all leftist extremist democrats say have not existed for over twenty years.

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            Me

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            I didn’t say it was proof, I said it was a story the LSM was running about that flaperon, and they used another pic with some red or redish orange plastic on it, And it was noted that is was called a rice cooker. I remember seeing that before.

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            Me

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            It may be from a story about Mt.Everest. But I remember seeing hat pic before. Yet, used again here.

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    Amber

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    How can something so obviously contrary to the interest of USA citizen’s bi – pass the nations lawmakers .

    What are all these elected people for if a rogue FEDERAL Department, EPA, can try and impose $$$Trillions of dollars in added costs to tax payers utility bills ?

    Silence … Really ?

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    Amber

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    How can something so obviously contrary to the interest of USA citizen’s bi – pass the nations lawmakers .

    What are all these elected people for if a rogue FEDERAL Department, EPA, can try and impose $$$Trillions of dollars in added costs to tax payers utility bills ?

    Silence … Really ?

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    Amber

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    Obama wants his Grandkids to be able to swim in Hawaii . Was Hawaii planning on going somewhere in the next 20 years that the residents don’t know about ?
    Is it fair to assume his Grandkids (lucky them ) will be taking a solar canoe or will it still be one of those carbon spewing jets to Hawaii ?

    Kids in Chicago have a real HAWAII FIVE 0 in their back yards and they
    sure aren’t beaching in Hawaii .

    Nice to see that connection with the people the Democrats claim to represent .

    How about solving some real problems instead of the Earth Has a Fever SCAM .

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