Climate alarmism dominated the Obama era and run-up to Paris. But it’s at least as bizarre, dogmatic and intolerant now that: President Trump pulled the United States out of the all pain/no gain Paris climate pact; the US EPA is reversing anti-fossil fuel programs rooted in doom-and-gloom climatology; America is producing and exporting more oil, gas, and coal; developing nations are burning vastly more of these fuels; Poland is openly challenging EU climate diktats; and German, British Australian, and other politicians are voicing increasing concerns about job-killing, eco-unfriendly “green” energy.
Government auditors questioned more than $38 million spent on a Texas clean coal project, including $1.3 million spent on “questionable or prohibited travel-related expenses.”
Taxpayers were billed for “spa service, alcohol, first-class travel, limousine services, receipts in foreign currency, and business meals,” according to an Office of Inspector General audit released Tuesday.
An Obama-era career EPA official confirmed Thursday that Scott Pruitt needed a waiver for first-class travel after passengers consistently confronted the agency chief over his climate policies.
“He was approached in the airport numerous times, to the point of profanities being yelled at him and so forth,” Henry Barnet, director of the agency’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, told Politico. Pruitt’s use of expensive business flights for international flights have created media speculation.
The Trump administration must carry out the implementation of four energy efficiency regulations that it has delayed for more than a year, a federal court ruled Thursday.
The Department of Energy (DOE) wrote the rules and made them public in December 2016, under the Obama administration.
But when President Trump took office Jan. 20, 2017, his administration took advantage of a 45-day window for error corrections to review the rules and potentially scuttle them.
As climate-change lawsuits against the oil industry mount, Exxon Mobil Corp. is taking a bare-knuckle approach rarely seen in legal disputes: It’s going after the lawyers who are suing it. Exxon has even given that campaign a vaguely sinister-sounding name: “The La Jolla playbook.” —Bloomberg, 13 February 2018
For the second year in a row, “electricity is making up a smaller share of U.S. household bills than ever before,” a fact that can be traced directly to the fact that natural gas has retained its position as the No. 1 electricity generation producer in the U.S. in 2017. —Energy In-depth, 15 February 2018
If you thought the Great War, Stalin’s Purges or the Holocaust were bad, think Again. They pale in comparison with climate change, which the United Nations has dubbed “the greatest threat we have ever faced.”
Climate alarmists often fail to see the irony behind their own hyperbole. The more hysterical their claims become the more average, thinking citizens grow skeptical of whether things could really be as bad as certain environmentalists contend.
Scientists are baffled by the fact that their data tampering doesn’t match reality.
A new scientific study says surface temperatures in the Northeastern U.S. (Appalachian Mountains) have undergone a significant long-term cooling trend since the early 20th century, complicating the detection of a clear anthropogenic global warming (AGW) signal for the region.
According to Eck (2018), the two coldest Appalachian winters since 1910 were recorded in recent years (2009-’10 and 2010-’11), and 9 of the 10 warmest winters occurred prior to 1960.
It seems that alarmists get their exercise mainly by jumping to conclusions. Using datasets as trampolines they make great leaps of faith, oftentimes turning reality upside down in the process.
The latest example is the mass media excitement and exaggerations concerning sea level rise. Just consider the listing from Google News Feb. 13:
Miami could be underwater in your kid’s lifetime as sea level rise accelerates
Federal regulations may be hampering innovation in the Department of Energy’s national laboratories, through which the government invests in energy, science and weapons research, according to a new report from American Action Forum.
The national laboratories grew out of U.S. funded research into the atomic bomb. The labs are privately operated institutions that, like contractors, accept federal funding in exchange for government direction and regulation.
Dozens of lawsuits concerning man-made global warming were filed in U.S. courts last year, according to a new report.
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law found more than 100 lawsuits “raised claims concerning either the impacts of climate change or reducing GHG emissions” were filed in U.S. courts in 2017.
Most notably, seven California cities and counties filed suit against oil companies over alleged damages caused by man-made global warming.
After successfully getting former HHS Secretary Tom Price’s scalp over his so-called lavish travel expenses, the liberal left-wing media has now turned its microscope on EPA head Scott Pruitt.
The Washington Post went so far as to interview Captain Sully to find out if it was safer in first class than economy if there was a crash (which isn’t why he’s in first class). Having Pruitt booted from the EPA would make enviros, activists, and the liberal media happy but President Trump is standing by his administrator, who’s actually getting a lot done. From the Daily Mail:
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says he needs First Class airline tickets to stay safe as death threats against him mount.