2020-12 DECEMBER

People for the West -Tucson

Newsletter, December, 2020

PO Box 86868, Tucson, AZ 85754-6868

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Real environmentalism can go hand in hand with natural resource production, private property rights, and access to public lands


Is the year 2020 becoming Orwell’s 1984? Consider:

Thomas Sowell: “Experts are often called in, not to provide factual information or dispassionate analysis for the purpose of decision-making by responsible officials, but to give political cover for decisions already made and based on other considerations entirely.”

James Madison, the primary author of the U.S. Constitution, knew that all democracies had a serious vulnerability

by Cliff Mass

A vulnerability revealed by his study of how democracies fail, and discussed in several of his writings, including Federalist No. 10. Madison found that most democratic societies were ended by mobs, or what he often called factions. Such mobs or factions, often representing the majority, inevitably attempted to suppress differing viewpoints, gathered state power to themselves, and used intimidation against opponents. He noted that democracies rarely die from outside attack; instead, they die from the dominance of an unfettered majority, which often falls under the control of an authoritarian leader or leadership group. (Read more)

[Note: Cliff Mass was a meteorologist on public radio station KNKX in Seattle. He was fired because of his politically incorrect views on climate. Read his blog: https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/ ]

The ‘Great Reset’: Rule by Unelected ‘Experts’ – COVID-Climate Technocracy has arrived – ‘The danger of letting lab coats run the world’ – Special Report

by Marc Morano

The COVID-19 lockdowns and suspension of liberties have only emboldened climate campaigners to achieve their progressive vision of having “the masses” lives planned, monitored, and controlled for their “safety” — all in the name of “science.” The very real threat of oppressive rule by unelected experts in government is now threatening to engulf the world due to the ongoing COVID lockdowns and “phased reopenings.”

‘Compliant’ public is a grave danger to liberty

“If one lesson from the pandemic is that taking serious action in a timely manner is key – then shouldn’t this also be true in terms of climate change?” asked the Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle at G7 Speakers’ Meeting in 2020.

Speaker Hoyle was amazed at how “compliant” the public was in accepting COVID lockdowns “No-one could ever imagine that we would be wearing masks so readily and that we would all be so compliant,” he said. “People were prepared to accept limitations on personal choice and lifestyle – for the good of their own family and friends.”

Hoyle claimed that the climate “tragedy is that unlike the pandemic, the climate crisis is not simply an external threat, but one in which we have had a clear hand”. He said: “In other words, it seems that we have brought this on ourselves. While this is again sobering, surely, it is in our hands to rescue it, if we have got the will to do it?”

The “will to do it” means the public has to prepare for climate lockdowns since they were so “compliant” in accepting the COVID lockdowns. A compliant public and ambition politicians and bureaucrats are a grave threat to liberty. The COVID lockdowns are being hailed by climate activists across the spectrum as a model for the coming climate lockdowns. (Read more, 50 pages) ☼

More brain washing:

Children and the Insect Apocalypse

by Jim Steele

The American Psychological Association reports young people are suffering from “a chronic fear of environmental doom”. A recent national survey reported “eco-anxiety” is causing 43 percent of our youth to feel hopeless. Psychologists warn such hopelessness leads to suicide, drug addiction and anti-social behavior. Why such eco-anxiety? Their hopelessness is driven solely by media narratives. Young people lack the scientific knowledge, lack years of observation, and have yet to acquire the critical thinking skills needed to detect any ecosystem collapse. Its headlines like the Guardian’s, “Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature”, that induce paranoia that “insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, and threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”.

In contrast, most scientists studying insects readily admit science lacks the data to make such apocalyptic claims. Science has only identified about one million of an estimated 6 to 10 million insect species worldwide, and only a small percentage of those named species have enough data to evaluate their biology, behavior, or changes in abundance. Nonetheless “the last 3 years have seen a global outbreak of media headlines predicting a global insect apocalypse” and scientists are concerned that such “confusing and inaccurate science” will negatively affect support for insect conservation”. Many have published critiques exposing “the insect apocalypse myth.”

How do we protect our children from succumbing to bogus “chicken little science”? We must teach them to be good critical thinkers. My parents always warned, “believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.” The world’s oldest scientific motto advises, “Take no one’s word.” To maintain objectivity, us scientists were advised to entertain “multiple working hypotheses”. Likewise, adults must teach children to question all fearful claims. But due to the politicization of science, many adults refuse to read anything outside their beliefs. Many indiscriminately share catastrophic headlines without any critical analysis. For the sake of our kids’ mental health, many “psychologists warn parents and guardians against being climate change alarmists.” (Read more) ☼

Some real science:

Posts from TWTW: The Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) publishes a newsletter every Monday called “The Week That Was, TWTW” You can read it here: http://www.sepp.org/ At the site, click on “The Week That Was” to get a list of and links to the newsletters. Each newsletter has introductory remarks by SEPP president, Ken Haapala, followed by links to scientific publications and to many recent stories about climate and energy.

From TWTW 10-31-20 (link)

by Ken Haapala

Herein is the “fatal flaw” of the climate science industry led by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its followers such as the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). They ignore the decades of extensive research into greenhouse effect done by physicists and others who are not part of that establishment.

Based on experiments starting in 1859, Irish physicist John Tyndall explained that certain gases absorb infrared radiation, of longer wavelengths than visible light, going from the earth to space. These gases keep the nighttime temperatures of earth far higher than they would be otherwise, thus keeping the land masses from extreme freezing temperatures at night. Without this effect, it is doubtful complex vegetative and animal life would exist on land. His calculations have been refined, but Tyndall recognized that water vapor was the most important greenhouse gas. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is secondary.

Number of the Week: 2%. It is worth repeating, according to reports by W & H above, and others, a doubling of today’s CO2, and associated increase in water vapor, will not reduce infrared energy flowing from the surface to space by more than 2 %, and may be far less. Thus, there is no run-away greenhouse, no tipping point, no climate crisis, etc.

From TWTW 11-14-20 (link)

by Ken Haapala

For the past two weeks TWTW has described work by W. A. van Wijngaarden and W. Happer (W & H), on the thermal radiation of the five most abundant greenhouse gases. The most abundant greenhouse gas, water vapor, and the second most abundant, carbon dioxide, are extremely saturated. This means that with the possible exception of polar regions, it would take major increases in the concentrations of these gases in the atmosphere to have a significant impact on global temperatures. For carbon dioxide to have a significant impact on temperatures, it would require burning of more fossil fuels than are known to exist.

The findings of W & H are backed by the temperature trend findings of John Christy and Roy Spencer. The atmosphere of the globe is warming very modestly, not significantly. Further, the atmospheric “hot spot” above the tropics suggested by the climate models is not to be found. Thus, increasing greenhouse effect is not to be feared. The global climate models that produce results of significant warming are out of date. Yet, US modelers ignore the physical evidence of what is occurring in the atmosphere, thereby ignoring their obligations to the public. Modelers in other countries may have similar obligations, which are ignored as well. Consequently, all such models are out of date.

Censorship: Unfortunately, scientific journals have been censoring valid papers submitted to them that question the theme that carbon dioxide is causing dangerous warming. This politicized censoring has been a difficult problem since the 1990s. The flow of scientific information to the public is being highly restricted for political reasons. For these reasons, blogs and “preprints” that have not undergone official “peer review” are becoming more common. In many cases “peer review” is about the same as “approved by the censors.”

Study: More CO2 Will Have Little To No Impact On Global Warming

By David Wojick, Ph.D

Precision research by physicists William Happer and William van Wijngaarden has determined that the present levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and water vapor are almost completely saturated. In plain language, this means that from now on our emissions from burning fossil fuels could have little or no further impact on global warming. There would be no climate emergency. No threat at all. We could emit as much CO2 as we like; with no effect. (Read more) (Read full paper – 38 pages, lots of math) ☼

The Guardian UK: Joe Biden’s $1.7 Trillion Investment Could Reduce Global Warming by 0.1C

By Eric Worrall

Biden’s policy of a target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and plans for a $1.7 trillion investment in a green recovery from the Covid crisis, would reduce US emissions in the next 30 years by about 75 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide or its equivalents. Calculations by the Climate Action Tracker show that this reduction would be enough to avoid a temperature rise of about 0.1C by 2100. (Read more) ☼

For an easy to understand review of climate issues see my post:

https://wryheat.wordpress.com/2019/01/03/a-review-of-the-state-of-climate-science/

Biden’s Climate Road Map Is A Recipe For Energy Disaster

by Anthony Watts

The Sabin Center for Climate Change at Columbia Law School in New York published Climate Reregulation In A Biden Administration, detailing a litany of executive actions, changes to the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Forest Service, Housing and Urban Development, and the Small Business Administration that would essentially wipe out everything Trump has accomplished in making policies on energy, cars, public lands, forests, and housing more sensible.

If the road map is followed by Biden, the result will be more regulations, more taxes, and higher energy bills for the average American.

Biden vowed to rejoin the Paris climate deal on his first day in the Oval Office. The Paris Agreement, little more than a wealth redistribution scheme to make prosperous nations pay for imagined “climate damages” to impoverished countries, would not actually have any real effect on global climate, even if somehow all the participants actually met their pledged goals.

2015 peer-reviewed study by Dr. Bjorn Lomborg demonstrated that the Paris Climate Agreement would have virtually no effect on the future global temperature. (Read more) ☼

Economy-Wide Electrification Costs between $18 and $29 Trillion, New Study Says

by Tim Benson

A new state-by-state analysis of the cost of transitioning the entire power supply to a 100 percent carbon dioxide emissions-free energy, made up largely of solar and wind power with battery backup, estimates the direct capital costs of such an effort would range between $18 trillion and $29 trillion. (Read more) ☼

Arizona regulators give tentative OK to new clean-energy rules

by David Wichner

Arizona’s state-regulated electric utilities will be required to get 100% of their power from carbon-free sources by 2050 and at least 50% of their power from renewable sources by 2035, under new rules tentatively adopted Thursday by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

In amendments to a package of clean-energy rules still awaiting final approval, the commission also voted to require major utilities including Tucson Electric Power Co. and Arizona Public Service Co. to cut their carbon emissions in steps to 100% by 2050. (Read more) ☼

John Kerry admits US and other industrial nation emissions cuts are pointless

by Marc Morano

John Kerry, Biden’s new climate czar made these remarks at the 2015 Paris climate conference:

“The fact is that even if every single American citizen biked to work, carpooled to school, used only solar panels to power their homes – if we each planted a dozen trees – if we somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions – guess what? That still wouldn’t be enough to offset the carbon pollution coming from the rest of the world. If all the industrialized nations went down to zero emissions – remember what I just said – all the industrial nations went down to zero emissions, it wouldn’t be enough – not when more than 65 percent of the world’s carbon pollution comes from the developing world.” (Read more) ☼

The Green New Deal Can’t Break The Laws Of Physics

by Mark P. Mills

The Green New Deal has at its core an impossibility in physics: the idea of “free” and “renewable” energy. The monetary, environmental and geopolitical costs of energy technologies all derive from nature’s constraints. And the physics of all energy sources, whether wind and sun or oil and gas, share the same core features. All exist in nature, for free. But that’s irrelevant. One has to pay landowners (private or governmental) to access locations where useful resources are located. Then one purchases machines, built from materials extracted from the earth, in order to convert any resource into a form that can be delivered to people. Since all machines wear out, there is nothing truly “renewable” about any of them.

Thus, the invisible elephant in the room with a Green New Deal, whether implemented by federal or state governments, is the staggering quantity of stuff that needs to be mined in order to build all the green machines, and where that mining and processing happens.

Consider the ever-popular electric car. In a recent report for the Manhattan Institute, I took a look at the physical realities of these increasingly popular vehicles and found they weren’t as eco-friendly as they purported to be. The one million electric vehicles (EVs) now on U.S. roads (courtesy of billions of dollars in subsidies) account for just 0.5% of America’s cars but contain, for example, more cobalt than one billion smartphones. In general, fabricating a single EV battery, each of which weighs about 1,000 pounds, requires digging up roughly 500,000 pounds of materials. That’s more than a 10-fold increase in the cumulative quantity of materials (liquids) used by a standard car over its entire operating life. (Read more) ☼

New Little Ice Age Instead of Global Warming?

by Dr Theodor Landscheidt

Analysis of the sun’s varying activity in the last two millennia indicates that contrary to the IPCC’s speculation about man-made global warming as high as 5.8° C within the next hundred years, a long period of cool climate with its coldest phase around 2030 is to be expected. It is shown that minima in the 80 to 90-year Gleissberg cycle of solar activity, coinciding with periods of cool climate on Earth, are consistently linked to an 83-year cycle in the change of the rotary force driving the sun’s oscillatory motion about the centre of mass of the solar system. As the future course of this cycle and its amplitudes can be computed, it can be seen that the Gleissberg minimum around 2030 and another one around 2200 will be of the Maunder minimum type accompanied by severe cooling on Earth. This forecast should prove skillful as other long-range forecasts of climate phenomena, based on cycles in the sun’s orbital motion, have turned out correct as for instance the prediction of the last three El Niños years before the respective event. (Read full paper – 15 pages) ☼

VIRUS STUFF:

CDC Admits: No Conclusive Evidence Cloth Masks Work Against COVID

by Raven Clabough

In a recent report in Emerging Infectious Diseases, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests what experts have stated all along: There is no conclusive evidence that cloth masks protects users from coronavirus, especially since most people do not use them correctly and do not keep them clean.

There is increasing evidence that cloth masks not only may be ineffective against stopping coronavirus transmission, but that they may actually increase the spread of the virus, as well as worsening other health conditions. (Read more) ☼

States Are Using Wrong Test for COVID

In an interview on October 28 with North Dakota radio host Scott Hennen, Dr. Debora Birx acknowledged PCR tests are unable to distinguish between the active infectious virus and viral debris. (Read more) ☼

“Remdesivir for COVID-19” Study accidentally proved effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine

by Leo Goldstein

The use of Remdesivir for COVID-19 was authorized by the FDA based on a single RCT, conducted by NIAID with the participation of Gilead Sciences, the exclusive manufacturer of Remdesivir. A final report from this study was published on October 8, five months after the drug’s authorization. The final report shows that at least 35% of the patients were treated with Hydroxychloroquine, probably with Azithromycin. The data in the final report suggests that Hydroxychloroquine, not Remdesivir, was the main factor benefitting the patients in this study. Nothing in the study supports the hypothesis that Remdesivir is an effective antiviral for SARS-COV-2. (Read more) ☼

Vindication of HCQ

Because of the medication’s politicization, and the pernicious tendency for dissenting perspectives to be silenced during the pandemic, data supporting hydroxychloroquine’s effectiveness have been almost inaudible. But a recent analysis pooling together results of randomized clinical trials testing hydroxychloroquine’s use in early COVID-19 infection should substantially raise the volume. (Read more) ☼

44,000 Scientists, Public Health Experts, and Clinicians Sign a Declaration That States Lockdowns Don’t Work

by Cap Allon, Electroverse

At the start of the year, if you asked members of the public “should we implement face masks/lockdowns to fight a particularly nasty strain of flu?”, their answers would generally be along the lines of “of course not” and “I’ll accept the risk”. Today, however, as the calendar flips to November, the results of a highly effective brainwashing campaign are on show, and a-scared-out-of-their-wits majority (or is it a noisy scared-out-of-their-wits minority?) are now in full favor of such oppressive, economy-wrecking measures, believing them to be key to their survival despite there being ZERO scientific backing behind them.

See the Great Barrington Declaration, co-authored by three professors from Oxford, Harvard and Stanford universities — dismissed as ‘emphatically false’ by UK politicians, yet signed by more then 44,000 scientists, public health experts, and clinicians so far, including Nobel Prize winner Dr Michael Levitt.

The declaration states: “Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice. Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed. (Read more) ☼

Parting Thoughts:

“Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.” —David Burge, 2013

“We must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1961

“Socialists desire to practice legal plunder, not illegal plunder. Socialists, like all other monopolists, desire to make the law their own weapon. And when once the law is on the side of socialism, how can it be used against socialism? For when plunder is abetted by the law, it does not fear your courts, your gendarmes, and your prisons. Rather, it may call upon them for help.” —Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

“Extreme taxation, excessive controls, oppressive government competition with business … frustrated minorities and forgotten Americans are not the products of free enterprise. They are the residue of centralized bureaucracy, of government by a self-anointed elite.”—Ronald Reagan

“Your children’s children will live under communism, You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we will keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find you already have Communism. We will not have to fight you. We will so weaken your economy, until you

will fall like overripe fruit into our hands. The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” – Nikita Khrushchev, September 29, 1959

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