Climate Hail Mary by Inept Cities

Some cities in deep financial straits due to their own mismanagement are hoping to bail themselves out by suing oil companies.

Several are in California where the current governor blames droughts, fires, and mudslides on climate change.

So Governor Brown is a role model for all politicians how to scapegoat nature instead of taking responsibility for their own failings as leaders.

As I have long said, COP stands not only for UN Conference of Parties but also for the ultimate political COP-Out. (Note: A “Hail Mary” is a desperate football pass into the end zone as the game ends.)

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Google’s global warming search bias

The rumor that Google has tuned its search algorithm to work against the skeptics of climate change alarmism appears to be true.

Searches on prominent skeptics systematically yield more negative attacks than positive information. This cannot be an accident. It may well be illegal, given Google’s deep financial interest in alarmism.

It all started when I did a Google search on myself. This is not something that I usually do, but I was dealing with some new people and I figured they might look me up, so I looked to see what they would see. What I found was startlingly negative.

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Congress About To Approve A Slew Of Green Energy Taxpayer-Funded Handouts

You’re paying for someone else to own this.

Congress is expected to pass a budget deal that would extend energy tax benefits that have been derided by conservatives as wasteful, including subsidies for electric motorcycles, energy-efficient homes and biofuels.

The Senate will soon vote on legislation to fund the federal government through March 23 and avert another shutdown. In addition, the budget deal would lift spending caps on government spending for two years.

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Historic Energy Milestone: U.S. Oil Output Surges To Record Highs

US crude oil output surges to new all-time record highs in January. It’s a great day for the US energy industry, a great day for the frackers, and a great day for American-style capitalism. The record high oil production this year further solidifies America’s new status as a world energy superpower in a new era of US energy abundance. — Mark J. Perry, AEIdeas, 7 February 2018

The historic and economic significance of the record high oil output goes beyond just reaching a new energy production milestone. While that milestone is certainly important, it also reveals important lessons about American-style capitalism and the American ‘petropreneurs’ who risked their reputations and fortunes, and spent decades trying to “crack the shale code” that finally allowed them to extract oil and natural gas trapped in shale rock miles below the ground when everybody, including the large oil and gas companies, thought that was a crazy and futile exercise. — Mark J. Perry, AEIdeas, 7 February 2018

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Big Green pushes global wealth redistribution and ending fossil fuel use

Fossil fuels have lifted people out of poverty and saved more lives than money.

The environmental movement wants to make the rich West much poorer so that the destitute can become richer.

Rather than improve the plight of the developing world through such crucial projects as constructing an Africa-wide electrical grid, environmentalists say significant progress will have to wait until the improvements can be sustainable–meaning that billions will have to remain mired in poverty to “save the Earth.”

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1.5 degrees of climate madness

The international climate machine is about to achieve a new degree of alarmist absurdity, basically speeding up as they hit the wall. It is all about the Paris Climate Agreement targets and it is kind of fun to watch. Here’s how it goes.

The Agreement has a hard (and silly) target of limiting future global warming to two degrees C above what are called pre-industrial levels.

But there is also a softer (and sillier) target of 1.5 degrees. As usual with international agreements, the language is vague, but all the countries say they will go for two but try for 1.5.

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Solar jobs in California plunge after long, rainy winter and fewer handouts

California’s solar power industry, a source of steady job growth since the depths of the great recession, has started to shrink.

The number of solar jobs in the state fell more than 13 percent in 2017, an annual survey released Wednesday found, as issues ranging from regulatory changes to a long, wet winter stunted sales.

“It was a tough year, with all of these things combined,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar & Storage Association lobbying group. “Each one of them, individually, is not the end of the world. It’s the aggregate hitting us all at once.”

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L.A. Mayor Garcetti’s ‘Green’ Agenda Results In BMW Boondoggle

The real winners are BMW.

Ever since Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a $10 million pilot program to supply LAPD with hundreds of electric BMWs, he has boasted about building the most extensive city-owned fleet of pure battery vehicles in America.

However, some of those green energy cars stay parked in a garage collecting dust, rarely used for official business – taxpayer money that appears to have been spent to meet idealistic goals laid out in Garcetti’s long-term environmental vision.

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Power Bills Begin to Drop Because of Tax Cuts for Utilities

Power companies and the states where they do business say consumers will see lower utility rates due to the tax law from congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump that went into effect Jan. 1.

The Republican tax law reduced the federal corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Utility companies say they want their savings to benefit consumers, although few specifics on changes to typical bills are available.

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Fake Nobel Prize Winner Blasts Museum For Ties To Billionaire Climate Skeptic

Michael Mann

A climate scientist infamous for incorrectly claiming he once won the Nobel Prize is criticizing a museum for not being faithful to the truth and facts because of its association with a billionaire climate skeptic.

A so-called climate denier does not deserve a leadership position at the American Museum of Natural History, according to Penn State University professor Michael Mann. He was referring to Rebekah Mercer, a wealthy conservative who sits on the museum’s board of trustees.

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Is Scott Pruitt Bringing Armageddon to the EPA?

Some professionals at EPA are glad President Trump withdrew the US from the ineffective Paris climate accord. EPA head Scott Pruitt (right) agrees.

According to two former Administrators, current federal Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has set the agency back by anything from several years to as much as three decades due to “regulatory rollbacks, mass attrition, and budget cuts.”

That sounds ominous. It isn’t.

At present, the EPA is operating under FY2017 funding levels. While projected FY2018 funding cuts will be substantial, they have not yet taken place.

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Partisan Fights Over Science Funding Likely to Reemerge on Capitol Hill

Last year, Reuters showed that the final findings issued by IARC left out key research showing Roundup wasn’t carcinogenic.

A long-simmering partisan feud over the role of science in government research, regulatory decisions, and funding will come to the forefront again when the House Science Committee meets Tuesday for a hearing on the most widely used herbicide in the world.

The hearing, titled “In Defense of Scientific Integrity: Examining the IARC Monograph Programme and Glyphosate Review,” could have extended impacts on how the federal government funds scientific research and how that research is used.

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