December 18, 2014

Cuomo to Upstate New York, Especially Its Blue Collar Workers: Drop Dead

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:56 pm

The news:

New York Gov. Cuomo moves to ban fracking

New York officials on Wednesday moved forward with an effort to ban fracking across the state, citing excessive environmental and health concerns.

… A ban would end the state’s current six-month moratorium on fracking.

The process of fracking involves shooting a mix of pressurized water, sand and chemicals to split rock formations to release natural gas and so-called tight oil.

The widely used, deep-drilling process has resulted in a surge in domestic-energy production and has created millions of new jobs.

However, state and local governments are pushing for bans over the health and environmental concerns, including the potential for earthquakes and the contamination of natural water supplies.

New York sits atop the Marcellus shale formation, which stretches 600 miles along the Appalachian Basin and is rich in natural gas deposits.

Fracking supporters immediately expressed opposition to the state’s plan.

“Today’s action by Governor Cuomo shows that New York families, teachers, roads and good-paying jobs have lost out to political gamesmanship,” said Karen Moreau, of the New York Petroleum Council, an arm of the American Petroleum Institute, which represents some of the world’s biggest energy companies.

American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson:

Despite intense efforts to discover actual negative health effects from fracking, none has been found. Oh, there’s that movie Gasland showing flames being lighted from a water faucet, but that was exposed as a fraud, since the natural gas in the water pipes predated fracking. But Cuomo is demanding proof of absolute safety, an almost impossible standard that is applied to almost nothing.

But it’s a standard which, if universally applied, would prevent all future progress.

December 16, 2014

Politico Mag’s Peterson Falsely Contends That Louisville’s Air Quality Has Worsened

In a December 9 article at Politico Magazine went after Louisville’s “urban heat island” problem, where “a city’s center experiences significantly hotter temperatures than its less-developed surroundings.”

In doing so, Peterson rolled out some very questionable statistics. But it’s her contention that “As pollution and stagnant air bake in the sun” in the city’s heat island, “air quality worsens” that was really over the top. If that statement were true, Louisville’s air quality should have deteriorated as its heat island problem has grown. The truth is, as Powerline’s Steven Hayward demonstrated yesterday, that the Derby City’s air quality has significantly improved.

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November 24, 2014

Top Google Engineers Throw Up Their Hands on Renewables, Ignore Nuclear Power

As of 5:30 p.m. ET today, a search on “Koningstein” at the Associated Press’s national web site returned no results.

That’s an indication that the wire service’s globaloney-believing pseudo-science reporters are still trying to figure out how to respond to a November 18 article in the IEEE Spectrum by Ross Koningstein & David Fork, a pair of Google engineers tasked by the company in 2007 to “tackle the world’s climate and energy problems.” The pair, whose active work on the project at Google ended in 2011, have concluded, as succinctly stated in the UK Register (HT Instapundit), that renewable energy sources “will never permit the human race to cut CO2 emissions to the levels demanded by climate activists.”

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October 24, 2014

Grimes Says She’s Won’t Be ‘Bullied’ by McConnell … or Chuck Todd

Imagine the pile-on that would be occurring from other members of the nation’s establishment press if a Republican or conservative U.S. Senate candidate went after an individual member of the press as Alison Grimes just has against NBC/MSNBC reporter Chuck Todd. The “How dare you?” cries would be everywhere.

It’s hard to see how employing such a tactic works to get votes, but Grimes, the Democrats’ candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, seems to think that acting as if she’s standing up to playground bullies might get her some mileage. Todd, along with incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, is one of the supposedly all-powerful bullies. Video follows the jump:

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September 26, 2014

Green Hypocrisy, Exposed by the Blaze

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:13 pm

Amy Holmes utters a great potential headline during this presentation — “Lifestyles of the Clean and Famous,” except, of course, they’re not really clean:

These folks would surely exempt themselves from any legal restrictions to be imposed on the rest of us.

September 21, 2014

NYT, AP Ignore Large Contingent of Socialists and Far-Leftists in NYC Climate March

At Tea Party and conservative events, the press routinely seeks out any shred of evidence of far-right extremism, racism or even uncivil behavior exhibited by attendees. If found, it then tries to portray even one or a few such people out of thousands as somehow typical.

Rallies in support of liberals’ pet causes get a completely different treatment. The press almost invariably ignores rampant left-wing extremism clearly on display. Sunday’s “Climate March” in New York City, along with other smaller marches in other parts of the world, exemplifies the blatant double standard. The Blaze, Gateway Pundit, and others reported no shortage of Gotham protesters often uncivilly advocating an end to capitalism and its replacement with “a socialist future.” The Associated Press and the New York Times ignored it all.

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September 16, 2014

Passages of the Day: On ‘Climate Change’

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:47 am

From the New York Post:

Oregon-based physicist Gordon Fulks sums it up well: “CO2 is said to be responsible for global warming that is not occurring, for accelerated sea-level rise that is not occurring, for net glacial and sea ice melt that is not occurring . . . and for increasing extreme weather that is not occurring.”

Al Gore was right in one respect: Climate change is a moral issue — but that’s because there is nothing quite so immoral as well-fed, well-housed Westerners assuaging their consciences by wasting huge amounts of money on futile anti-global-warming policies, using money that could instead go to improve living standards in developing countries.

It’s all a bunch of globaloney.

September 6, 2014

WSJ: Whatever Happened to Global Warming? (Answer: There Hasn’t Been Any For at Least 15-19 Years)

Matt Ridley, at the Wall Street Journal on Thursday (bolds are mine):

Whatever Happened to Global Warming?
Now come climate scientists’ implausible explanations for why the ‘hiatus’ has passed the 15-year mark.

On Sept. 23 the United Nations will host a party for world leaders in New York to pledge urgent action against climate change. Yet leaders from China, India and Germany have already announced that they won’t attend the summit and others are likely to follow, leaving President Obama looking a bit lonely. Could it be that they no longer regard it as an urgent threat that some time later in this century the air may get a bit warmer?

In effect, this is all that’s left of the global-warming emergency the U.N. declared in its first report on the subject in 1990. The U.N. no longer claims that there will be dangerous or rapid climate change in the next two decades. Last September, between the second and final draft of its fifth assessment report, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change quietly downgraded the warming it expected in the 30 years following 1995, to about 0.5 degrees Celsius from 0.7 (or, in Fahrenheit, to about 0.9 degrees, from 1.3).

Even that is likely to be too high. The climate-research establishment has finally admitted openly what skeptic scientists have been saying for nearly a decade: Global warming has stopped since shortly before this century began.

First the climate-research establishment denied that a pause existed, noting that if there was a pause, it would invalidate their theories. Now they say there is a pause (or “hiatus”), but that it doesn’t after all invalidate their theories.

Alas, their explanations have made their predicament worse by implying that man-made climate change is so slow and tentative that it can be easily overwhelmed by natural variation in temperature—a possibility that they had previously all but ruled out.

In other words, even if man is contributing to “global warming,” Mother Nature compensates, and makes that contribution irrelevant.

So please explain why we’re supposed to revise the entire (largely, or at least when successful) capitalism-based world order in favor of a one-world government-managed carbon tax, carbon-trading, and wealth redistribution scheme? The “scientists” have just so much as admitted that none of it is necessary, because it wouldn’t accomplish anything meaningful.

The answer is that “global warming” aka “climate change” aka “climate disruption” has been a computer model-driven, media-assisted hoax oblivious to reality. Its credibility has been highly suspect since at least since the turn of the century, and is now in tatters.

And the “pause,” by some estimates, is closer to 19 years.

August 30, 2014

Arctic Ice Cap Expands by 41 Percent in Two Years; Al Gore Thought It Might Be Gone by Now

Ice, ice baby. That’s what they have a lot more of in the Arctic.

The UK Daily Mail, one of those British tabloids the left has despised going back to the Clinton administration and its paranoia about a right-wing media conspiracy, reports from authoritative sources — the kind the U.S. establishment press uses when it seems to support the hoax known as human-caused global warming — that the Arctic ice cap has expanded rapidly in the past two years. In doing so, it has made up all of what was lost between 2009 and 2012 with a slight margin to spare. Seven years ago, former Vice President and leading global warming false alarmist Al Gore predicted that “It could be completely gone.” Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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July 31, 2014

CNN’s Bill Weir Directs Profanity at Fox Nation Tweeters Mocking Mild Weather at a ‘Climate Change’ Meeting

Filed under: Economy,Environment — Tom @ 2:50 pm

You might think that an anchor at an also-ran news network in the cable ratings race would be trying to learn about and adapt to what Number 1 is doing to draw its far larger audience.

That’s what happens in virtually every other business: If your competitors start outperforming you, you try to respond and then one-up them in some way. There are two major exceptions. One involves businesses protected by cronyism, which instead try to drive out competitors through government regulations and political favors (e.g., the established taxi companies trying to stop Uber). The other is the liberal wing (i.e., most of) the national news business. Their response is to keep doing what they’ve been doing all along, while bitterly attacking those who are taking away their business and their audience. As an example, let’s look at this still present tweet from CNN Anchor Bill Weir (profane word actually present in the original tweet was massaged; HT Mediaite):

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June 30, 2014

Imagine That: 45 Days After Predicted ‘Irreversible Collapse,’ Antarctic Sea Ice Sets New Record

Hank Paulson, whose claim to fame in the public sector is panicking and browbeating the nation and its Washington politicians into accepting the Troubled Asset Relief Program in late September 2008, and who just two weeks later “put a (figurative) gun to the heads” of large-bank CEOs to “persuade” them to accept federal “investment” in their enterprises, has re-emerged to tell us, according to the Hill, that “Republicans are ‘ready for a serious discussion’ on climate change.”

As a reminder, in 2007, the late Robert Novak wrote that Paulson “contributed to Bill Clinton in 1992, Democrat Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign, the feminist Emily’s List and Wall Street’s favorite Democrat, Chuck Schumer,” before financially supporting George W. Bush in 2004. Paulson was also “regarded in his own administration as less a true Republican secretary than a transition to the next Democratic Treasury.” One of Paulson’s current assertions parrots global warming alarmists’ claims in mid-May that that a serious and supposedly irreversible collapse of Antarctic Sea ice will catastrophically raise worldwide sea levels. Over the weekend, meteorologist Joe Bastardi, Chief Forecaster at WeatherBell Analytics LLC, relayed some very inconvenient data (bolds are mine):

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NYT: Scientists ‘Startled’ at Great Lakes’ Rise; Another Warmist Prediction Is Biting the Dust

UPDATE: Long-time commenter Gary Hall has provided a link to a chart with 95 years of Great Lakes temperature data.

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An undated but clearly recent page at the National Wildlife Federation breathlessly warns readers, in a section entitled “Threats from Global Warming,” that “Lake Erie water levels, already below average, could drop 4-5 feet by the end of this century, significantly altering shoreline habitat.” A Thursday Huffington Post Canada Business entry observed that “the (Great Lakes) basin has experienced the longest extended period of lower water levels since the U.S. and Canada began tracking levels in 1918.” Of course, it’s because of “climate change.”

Friday, Julie Bosman at the New York Times reported (HT Powerline) that “The International Joint Commission, a group with members from the United States and Canada that advises on water resources, completed a five-year study in April 2013 concluding that water levels in the lakes were likely to drop even farther, in part because of the lack of precipitation in recent years brought on by climate change.” But the reason Bosman was on the story is because — fortunately for area residents, but unfortunately for “startled” global warming adherents claiming to be “scientists” — Great Lakes sea levels are rising again (bolds are mine throughout this post):
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June 28, 2014

As Wind Farm Gets Permit to Kill Eagles, AP’s Scott Smith Claims Wind Energy Has ‘Exploded’ Under Obama

In a Thursday evening writeup about how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow a California wind farm to “become the first in the nation to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades,” reporter Scott Smith at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, took a big gulp of his hi-test White House koolaid and wrote: “Under President Barack Obama, wind energy has exploded as a pollution-free energy source that can help reduce the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.”

As we approach 18 years of no global warming, poor Scott probably has no idea, after decades of effort and tens of billions of dollars in tax credits and other subsidies, how insignificant wind energy remains in the grand scheme of U.S. energy production. So let’s help him.

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June 3, 2014

Politico Pair Produces 5,900 Words of Puff on ‘Less in Control’ Obama; All Scandals Except HealthCare.gov Go Unmentioned

For evidence that no one looking for objective reporting should seriously consider reading output from the Politico, look no further than the 5,900-word puff piece propagated by Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein on Sunday.

Their “Special Report: The Obama Paradox” told readers what that President Obama supposedly “recognizes that he is less in control of the Washington agenda than ever in his presidency — a reality that has left him deeply frustrated at times.” Meanwhile, the EPA is going wild with carbon regs in the name of the “climate change” hoax, federal regulators are harassing banks and their customers who operating legal businesses in Operation Choke Point, and immigration policy has been unilaterally hijacked. And in a final irony, as the Politico pair were putting their handiwork to bed, Obama was conducting a prisoner swap — one soldier whose loyalties are questionable for five hardened terrorists — while violating a law requiring him to notify Congress of what he was going. “Less in control” my foot. Instead, we are seeing usurpation of authority by Obama and his executive branch.

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May 30, 2014

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Too Rolling Stoned’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.