People for the West -Tucson
Newsletter, November, 2021
PO Box 86868, Tucson, AZ 85754-6868
Real environmentalism can go hand in hand with natural resource production, private property rights, and access to public lands
STATE OF THE UNION
Does this sound like what is happening now?
Newspeak is a controlled language of simplified grammar and restricted vocabulary designed to limit the individual’s ability to think and articulate “subversive” concepts such as personal identity, self-expression and free will. Such concepts are criminalized as thoughtcrime since they contradict the prevailing orthodoxy.
Doublespeak is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language.
Doublethink is a process of indoctrination whereby the subject is expected to simultaneously accept two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in contravention to one’s own memories or sense of reality. Doublethink is related to, but differs from, hypocrisy. George Orwell coined the term doublethink (as part of the fictional language of Newspeak) in his 1949 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
We Are in This Conflict Whether We Like It or Not
by J.B. Shurk, in American Thinker
One of the few upsides to COVID-1984 [sic] is that authorities’ heavy-handed and seemingly irrational responses to the China Virus have provided ordinary people a crash course in identifying governments’ routine use of information warfare against their citizens. Propaganda is most effective when it is disseminated in small, continuous lumps over time so that should logical contradictions arise, they are small enough to be smoothed over and eliminated without a majority of people noticing. With COVID-1984, however, official propaganda has changed too fast for governments to hide glaring logical inconsistencies. People remember that “two weeks to flatten the curve” turned into two months and then into two years and counting. People remember that they were first told that cloth masks were entirely useless before being told that they were helpful before finally being told that they were mandatory. People remember that the idea of government-issued “vaccine passports” was mocked as a conspiracy theory only months before governments began issuing them. People can see that the same authorities who once promised that nobody would be forced to receive an experimental “vaccine” are now threatening unemployment and economic devastation upon those who refuse.
This is a war for hearts and minds now. Just as John Brennan and the CIA fed us a diet of Russia collusion for years in order to overturn the 2016 election, COVID-1984 is the smorgasbord of rancidness meant to turn our stomachs and convince us to willingly accept a future of servitude to the State. With each passing executive order or unconstitutional edict in the name of public health, the government is tightening its noose. It is a global heist of personal freedom before our eyes. The only way forward is not to look away; to recognize that “it can happen here”; and to realize that it is, in fact, happening. (Read more) ☼
The Ideology Behind Biden’s Disastrous First 9 Months
byVictor Davis Hanson
Sheer chaos and anarchy on the border? Afghanistan—the most humiliating defeat in recent U.S. military history? A labor-starved supply chain in shambles and holiday shelves emptying out? The worst inflation in 30 years that seems soon ready to match Carter-era levels? Gas hitting $5 a gallon with winter heating fuels soaring? Free-for-all looting in the major cities without consequences? Joe Biden’s policies and Biden himself diving in the polls? Never in recent American history has any administration birthed such disasters in its first nine months.
Yet most Americans are arguing not over the sheer chaos and disasters of the Biden administration, but rather how could such sheer pre-civilizational calamity occur in modern America? Were these disasters a result of historic incompetency? Or mean-spirited nihilism? Or a deliberate effort to create the necessary turbulence to birth a new American revolution? Or a bit of all three? (Read more) ☼
The Revenge of Supply
by John H. Cochrane
Policymakers should not have been caught off guard by surging prices and shortages of goods and labor. Practically the entire post-pandemic agenda is built around policies that stoke demand and discourage work, making supply-side constraints entirely predictable. (Read more)
See also: What Is the Root Cause of Our Supply Chain Problems? ☼
7 Ways Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Tax-and-Spend Bill Would Take Over Your Health Care
by Nina Owcharenko Schaefer, The Daily Signal
Slimming down the cost of the Democrats’ massive $3.5 trillion social-welfare spending bill is a compromise that misses the point. Opposition to the tax-and-spending bill is not just about cost, it’s about a policy agenda that shifts more power and control to the federal government and away from patients and families. The so-called Build Back Better plan, moving its way through the Democrat-led Congress, is jammed full of policy changes that drive the country closer to a government takeover of health care than ever before. Trying to slim down the cost or water down the proposals will not resolve those fundamental policy concerns. The following are seven ways it will be harder for you to keep your health plan, and make it more likely you’d get the subpar benefits that too many do already on government-run plans. (Read more) ☼
The Specter of One World Government Looms Large
by E. Jeffrey Ludwig
The U.N.’s Agenda 2030 is still in place, and the clock is ticking toward its empowerment — only eight years and two-plus months to go. This Agenda is for a new world government, which will implement the policies of the Agenda. This new government on our horizon explains many of the failures in policies in these first months of the Biden administration. The failures are based not so much on mistakes as on deliberate sabotage to weaken our country, dilute the power that undergirds our sovereignty, and prepare us to accept one-world government. (Read more) ☼
Vaccine Mandates Aren’t Biden’s Only Job-Killing Scheme
from The Heritage Foundation
Vaccine mandates imposed by hospitals have led many unvaccinated workers to leave or be terminated. Many companies remain perplexed about how to go about policing their workers’ health care, now that Washington has conscripted them as enforcement agents. The Biden administration should work to eliminate labor shortages, not worsen them. The Labor Department estimates that 10.4 million jobs remained unfilled in August, the most recent month for which figures are available, including 1.5 million in health care and social services. That same month, a record-high 4.3 million people quit their jobs. (Read more) ☼
A Few Steps More Toward Authoritarianism
by Rajan Laad
It may seem like stating what is blatantly obvious, but a free and democratic society is defined by the inherent freedoms and rights a citizen possesses. They are inherent because they are not given to citizens as an offering from the state, they belong to the citizens by virtue of their birth. The citizen owns the right to absolute freedom of expression without fear of repercussions. The citizen owns the right to protests without fear of repercussions especially if they witness their values or morals being trampled upon. The citizen owns the right to decide what to consume, which includes medicine or vaccines. The citizen owns the right to privacy in matters pertaining to health, finance, and personal activities. The citizen owns the right to move freely in public places. The state cannot revoke what it does not own and this categorically applies to the freedoms and rights of a citizen. (Read more) ☼
WHY? Democrats want to require vaccine passports for dining out; but don’t want to require ID for voting.
Why Is the COVID Case Count So High?
by Ted Noel
The CDC used to define a “case” as a patient whose characteristic signs, symptoms, and physical examination matched a disease. Labs were only done if clinically needed. Since the “pandemic,” however, the move to boost case numbers is everywhere. The CARES Act gives thousands extra to hospitals for every “positive,” with a big bonus if the patient’s shadow is seen in an ICU. It’s a classic “one hand washes the other scenario” between outside labs and hospitals. “If you give me more positive results, I get more money, so I’ll send more tests to you.” My hospital’s Medical Staff President flatly denied any CARES Act benefits at our 2020 Medical Staff Extravaganza, but the incentives can’t be denied. My hospital still sends “coders” out to demand that staff order COVID tests to get more payments. Put bluntly, there’s no way to know what any test means medically if the patient isn’t sick. But “positives” definitely mean money! The CDC definition of a “COVID case” is a political construct designed to funnel taxpayer money to favored individuals and institutions. It has nothing to do with the course of the disease. (Read more) ☼
Murder most foul
by A. Dru Kristenev
Premeditated murder, accomplished and attempted, may be a more accurate description of what is occurring in this nation and, within certain circles, on a global scale. Policies that are deliberately inducing illness and death have become institutionalized by the Biden administration in reaction to crises that are manufactured from domestic and international sources.
At the top of the list is the incursion of government mandates that purposefully restrict citizens from accessing simple and inexpensive therapies that expedite recovery from cold-like symptoms of the coronavirus commonly tagged Covid-19. Administrative responses to a virus sweeping the nation and the world has been to delegitimize and prohibit therapies that are proven to cut length and intensity of Covid infection.
Instead of promoting true healthcare, the Biden administration has pressured medical professionals and institutions to refuse any treatment outside of vaccination and acute care made necessary after ignoring the infection long enough for it to become life-threatening. The policy of denying access to reputable and proven therapies such as ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, quercitin, zinc and azithromycin protocols is tantamount to premeditated murder given that patients denied early treatment often end up on a ventilator, resulting in a death sentence. (Read more) ☼
Tyranny Negation with Nullification
by Dr. Brad Lyles
The alleged “Nullification Powers” of the individual States are likely the only powers capable of saving us in this age of a tyrannical, lawless and unconstitutional Federal Government. The power of the States to nullify unlawful Federal edicts is ostensibly hidden in plain sight within the single sentence that comprises the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the People.” (Read more) ☼
Those $4.5 trillion ‘infrastructure’ and ‘reconciliation’ bills are far more radical and dangerous than you think
by Seth Grossman
The premise of both bills is that by enjoying safe and comfortable lifestyles, we are causing floods, fires and droughts that are ruining the planet. They say this is because we are burning too much fossil fuel. The goal of both bills is to cut America’s fossil fuel use in half during the next nine years. If these bills become law, the federal government will heavily fine every power company that does not systematically shut down most of its coal, oil, and natural gas power plants by then. It would also pay billions as bribes to companies to build and use new solar panels and wind turbines instead.
The federal government would also pay people, businesses, and schools to buy electric cars, trucks, and buses. It would also pay for more solar panels.
This would permanently end prosperity in America. Solar panels and wind turbines cannot power a modern economy. The electricity they generate is too weak, intermittent, unpredictable, and unreliable. Solar and wind energy is often wasted. It cannot be stored when not needed. It saves little if any fossil fuel. That is because back-up generators must always be running to give the grid steady power whenever the wind stops, night falls, or a cloud goes by.
Nuclear power plants are a reliable, cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels. They provide 71% of the electricity in France. Of course, neither bill promotes new nuclear power plants.
(Read more) See also: President Joe Biden’s budget includes a provision that provides billions of dollars in cash to illegal aliens with children. (Link) ☼
Higher prices are the cost of Biden’s war on fossil fuels
by Peter Skurkiss
On the 2020 campaign trail, Joe Biden promised to create for America a green economy. He specifically mentioned that the way to do this is to denigrate fossil fuels. Behold what they’ve accomplished just on the energy front in just nine short months.
In January of this year until the end of September, the price of crude oil has jumped from $49.73/bbl to $70.15. This is a 41-percent increase, and this trend is not stopping. The current price of oil as of this writing is more than $80 a barrel. Oil is the main driver of gasoline prices. Accordingly, the average retail price of gasoline year-to-date has risen from $2.42 to $3.27 — a 35-percent rise.
The ripple effect of higher oil prices hardly ends with gasoline and diesel fuel. Plastics are made from oil. The higher the price of oil, the higher the cost of plastics…as well as the cost of processing the oil into plastics. This is not a trivial matter because plastics are everywhere.
Then there’s food. In the U.S., food is transported great distances from the farms to the processing plants and finally to the supermarket shelves. Higher transportation costs are incorporated into the price of food we all buy. Meanwhile, farming itself takes energy and petroleum-derived fertilizer to produce available crops at all.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the spot price per million Btu of natural gas has jumped 90 percent from $2.71 to $5.16. This will make it an expensive winter for heating our homes. Since natural gas is a main source of electricity, the cost of electricity will have to rise, too. And because electricity runs nearly everything, prices will necessarily increase across the board. All this can be laid at the feet of Biden and the anti–fossil fuel policies of his madcap administration. (Read more) ☼
The Real Cost of Government Mandated Wind and Solar
by Norman Rogers
The government and big financial institutions promote a fraudulent analysis of the cost of solar and wind electricity. Their narrative is that wind and solar are competitive with traditional fossil fuels and that the cost of wind and solar is rapidly dropping. Academics and the media amplify and spread the fraudulent analysis.
The basis of the fraud is a simple comparison of the cost per kilowatt-hour at the plant fence for electricity produced by wind or solar versus electricity produced by a traditional plant. Some or all of the massive subsidies for wind and solar are ignored in such comparisons. With such a rigged comparison, wind or solar may seem competitive.
A proper comparison reveals that wind or solar is five or even ten times more expensive than natural gas or coal electricity. To understand why this is so, we have to explain some basic facts that apply to either wind or solar. (Read more) ☼
Fossil fuels form the basis of our medical and food supply chains
by Ronald Stein
Under Biden’s plan to rid America of fossil fuels, such a plan would eliminate the medical industry that is totally reliant on the products made from petroleum derivatives, and eliminate oil-based fertilizers to grow the crops that feed the 8 billion on planet earth. Surprisingly, Biden must be oblivious to the consequences of his plan as efforts to cease the use of oil could be the greatest threat to civilization, not climate change.
Biden supports the end of fracking, oil exploration, and oil importing which cuts off the supply chain of crude oil to refineries. Without any crude oil to manufacture, elimination of the supply chain to the 131 operating refineries in the U.S. would eliminate that manufacturing sector.
Without refineries there will be none of the oil derivatives that are manufactured from crude oil that are the basis of more than 6,000 products in our economy and lifestyles.
Without the supply chain of crude oil, not only is the refining industry history, but the domino effects are the destructive impacts on the medical, food supply, electronics, and communications industries as they are all totally dependent on the products made from oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil. Any grade school educated kid can understand that breezes and sunshine, can only make weather-dependent intermittent electricity.
The medical industry is reliant on the products derived from the derivatives manufactured from oil that produce all the critical medical equipment like ultrasound systems, defibrillators, exhalation valves, inhalation valves, CT systems, X-ray, medicines, masks, gloves, soap and hand sanitizers for hospitals, and protective gowns, gloves and face shields gear for doctors and nurses. (Read more) ☼
Useless Green Energy Hitting The Wall
by Francis Menton
In the field of litigation settlements, people sometimes talk about a “win, win” scenario — a settlement structure where both sides can get some advantage and simultaneously claim victory. By that criterion, what is “green” energy (aka intermittent wind and solar power)? The public pays hundreds of billions of dollars of subsidies to get the things built, and in return it gets: sudden shortages and soaring prices for coal, oil, gas and electricity; and dramatically reduced reliability of the electrical grid, leading to periodic blackouts and risks of many more of same; and despite it all fossil fuel use doesn’t go down. It’s a “lose, lose, lose.” (Read more) ☼
Biden’s plan: Slash U.S. fossil fuels, rely on China for renewables
by Craig Rucker
Obsessed with man-made climate change, the Biden administration claims natural forces no longer play any role and blames every temperature change, hurricane, tornado, flood, drought and wildfire on fossil fuel emissions. It ignores forest mismanagement, the vital roles fossil fuels play in our lives, and the enormous ecological impacts that any Green New Deal would inflict. Team Biden is determined to eliminate oil, natural gas and coal in US energy – and mandate wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles and backup battery systems, while building no new nuclear power plants or allowing any US mining for the metals and minerals essential for those new technologies.
On the other hand:
China’s “peak carbon” plan is to install as much fossil fuel power as possible by 2030 and use that cheap, reliable energy to manufacture wind, solar and battery technologies for sale to the USA, Europe, Australia and Canada, bankrupting Western industries in the process. Its “green energy” plan is to rake in as many greenbacks as possible from these sales. China also intends to dominate global mining and processing for lithium, cobalt, rare earths and other raw materials required for “renewable” energy, defense, aerospace, communication and other high-tech applications. Ongoing discussions with the Taliban could soon give it access to the Bagram airfield and trillions of dollars in critical mineral deposits beneath Afghanistan’s rugged mountains. (Read more) ☼
Biden promoting environmental destruction and human rights abuses in new bills
by Dr. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris, Canada Free Press
By now, many people are aware of the mass slaughter of wildlife caused by industrial wind turbines. They are nothing less than bird and bat-killing machines that will drive some species to extinction. Yet, like his love of solar power and electric vehicles, President Joe Biden’s support of wind power is promoting some of the worst human rights abuses and environmental destruction in the world, all in the name of so-called “clean energy.”
In support of his Build Back Better plan and the infrastructure bill currently in Congress, Biden told a union audience in Howell, Michigan on Oct 5:
“This bill helps us get there in a way that creates good jobs, makes us global leaders of fast-growing clean energy industries, like electric vehicles, solar and wind power, battery power.”
Michael Moore’s new film, “Planet of the Humans,” demonstrates that, when you consider how these machines are made, wind and solar power, electric vehicles and batteries are anything but clean. They may very well be the dirtiest and most environmentally destructive energy technologies on the planet. (Read more) ☼
On the Inability of Wind and Solar Electric Generation to Power Modern Civilization
by Wallace Manheimer
Journal of Energy Research and Reviews, Page 51-63
There is a societal push to replace fossil and nuclear fuel, which currently generate ~ 85% of the world’s electric power, with wind and solar powered generation of electricity. However, there are significant physical, economic, reliability, and environmental barriers to this replacement. This paper discusses them and concludes that for the foreseeable future, we are stuck with the more conventional sources if we want civilization for the masses to survive. (Read full paper – 13 pages) ☼
Failure of Net Zero policy ‘virtually certain’, senior engineer warns
London, 11 October -Government plans to decarbonise the economy by 2050 are set for failure. That’s according to eminent engineer Professor Gautam Kalghatgi, who warns that politicians seem blind to the sheer scale of the project to which they have committed the country.
(Read full report – 26 pages) ☼
Europe’s delusional ‘green energy’ disasters
by Larry Bell
Europe’s anti-carbon policy offers ”Green New Disaster” lessons for America as soaring energy prices and crippling shortages have rippled across the Atlantic.
Efforts to meet their CO2 emission reduction commitments under the Paris Climate Accords through heavily subsidized wind and solar programs which don’t provide reliable round-the-clock power have succeeded only in making Europeans more desperately dependent on competitively scarce and costly fossil energy to power their grids.
The U.K. and Germany have become ever more dependent on Russian natural gas after banning hydraulic fracturing which now allows their rich gas shale resources to go to waste. Meanwhile, the Netherlands is shutting down Europe’s biggest gas field.
Electricity prices in the U.K. last month jumped to a record £354 ($490) per megawatt hour, a 700% increase from the 2010 to 2020 average. (Read more) ☼
Harm from war on hydrocarbons exceeds harm from climate change
by Ronald Stein
History tells us that four of the last five warming cycles occurred before humans and their kin were even around, suggesting the causes have got to be attributable to the Sun and Mother Nature.
Human beings were not present during any of those previous ice ages and warming cycles, but the SUN was here for ALL those worldly climate changes. Are we betting against the Sun? Today, President Biden has called climate change “the number one issue facing humanity”, implying that humanity is more powerful than Mother Nature and the Sun that caused the previous ice ages and warming cycles.
So, what if the earth is warming again? Two questions for the infamous “modelers”:
How many fatalities are projected of the 8 billion in a warmer climate with continued use of fossil fuels?
How many fatalities are projected of the 8 billion without the fossil fuels that were the reason the world populated from 1 to 8 billion in a period of about 200 years?
If we were to follow the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) led efforts to cease oil production, cease fracking, and stop importing crude oil, the supply chain to refineries will be terminated and that manufacturing industry will become history, i.e., no more fuels for transportation infrastructures, and no manufactured derivatives from crude oil to make the thousands of products demanded by worldwide economies and lifestyles. (Read more) ☼
Would More Electric Vehicles Be Good for the Environment?
From Competitive Energy Institute
The environmental advantages of electric vehicles (EVs) over internal combustion engine-powered vehicles are as obvious as the lack of a tailpipe emitting air pollutants and carbon dioxide, but there are environmental disadvantages as well. These disadvantages would become far more serious should policy makers choose to take EVs beyond their current niche status and make them a major component of America’s 17 million per year new vehicle market.
Producing a battery for an EV requires many mined materials, including lithium, cobalt, and rare earths. Most of this is mined and processed in nations like China, Congo, and Chile, where environmental standards are weaker than in the U.S. While America has deposits of many of the required materials, domestic mining is made difficult by environmentalist opposition, including by organizations that simultaneously advocate for more EVs.
Beyond the local impacts of mining and processing on land, air, and water, the energy that goes into making an EV battery is more than that needed for a conventional vehicle engine and results in greater carbon dioxide emissions during the manufacturing stage. This so-called carbon debt is incurred by each EV before it is even driven its first mile and may take years to repay.
Replacing gasoline with electricity as the energy source for personal transportation does not eliminate emissions of air pollutants and carbon dioxide so much as displace them. If coal-fired electricity were to continue to be a significant part of the generation mix, then the emissions reductions from the transition may be minor and possibly nonexistent. But even if a transformation of the vehicle fleet to EVs is accompanied by an equally difficult buildout of renewable electricity generation, there will still be significant environmental impacts.
Producing many more EVs will require dealing with many more spent EV batteries, which pose a number of environmental challenges beyond those associated with the lead-acid batteries in conventional vehicles. Recycling an EV battery is far from simple and poses a number of environmental tradeoffs.
Policy makers should consider these and other environmental costs before they take any steps towards locking the nation into a future of electric vehicles as a major means of transportation. (Read more) ☼
Water Vapor Rules the Greenhouse System
Just how much of the “Greenhouse Effect” is caused by human activity? It is about 0.28%, if water vapor is taken into account– about 5.53%, if not.
This point is so crucial to the debate over global warming that how water vapor is or isn’t factored into an analysis of Earth’s greenhouse gases makes the difference between describing a significant human contribution to the greenhouse effect, or a negligible one.
Water vapor constitutes Earth’s most significant greenhouse gas, accounting for about 95% of Earth’s greenhouse effect (4). Interestingly, many “facts and figures’ regarding global warming completely ignore the powerful effects of water vapor in the greenhouse system, carelessly (perhaps, deliberately) overstating human impacts as much as 20-fold.
Water vapor is 99.999% of natural origin. Other atmospheric greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and miscellaneous other gases (CFC’s, etc.), are also mostly of natural origin (except for the latter, which is mostly anthropogenic).
Human activities contribute slightly to greenhouse gas concentrations through farming, manufacturing, power generation, and transportation. However, these emissions are so dwarfed in comparison to emissions from natural sources we can do nothing about, that even the most costly efforts to limit human emissions would have a very small– perhaps undetectable– effect on global climate. Putting it all together: total human greenhouse gas contributions add up to about 0.28% of the greenhouse effect. (Source) ☼
Why Bad Climate Legislation Is Worse Than No Climate Legislation
by Michael Shellenberger
Progressives are angry that moderate Democratic Senator Joe Machin has reportedly opposed the inclusion of climate-related legislation in President Joe Biden’s budget “This is absolutely the most important climate policy in the package,” said Leah Stokes, a Canadian political scientist who helped write the legislation. “We fundamentally need it to meet our climate goals. That’s just the reality.” But that’s not the reality. The “Clean Energy Performance Program” is not needed to meet climate goals, and might actually undermine them. (See why) ☼
4 More New Reconstructions Affirm The Medieval Warm Period Was ‘Warmer Than Today’
From The NoTricksZone
1. The Eastern Russia region was 1.5°C warmer than now during the Medieval Warm Period. The modern warm-up began centuries ago and temperatures have declined in the last few centuries. Relative sea levels were 1 m higher than now 1,000 years ago.
2. Scientists use coral fossil evidence to suggest mean sea surface temperatures (SST) during the Medieval Climate Anomaly were “warmer than today”. At the two Indian Ocean study sites, there has been no obvious SST warming since 1982.
3. The modern (1994-2004) surface temperatures in the South China Sea are colder now than any time in the last 6000 years. Except for a brief interval ~500 years ago, SSTs have been consistently 2-4°C warmer than today since the middle Holocene.
4. Modern sea ice extent for Antarctica’s Ross Sea is more extensive today (and temperatures cooler) than nearly any time in 6000 years. It was warmer with less sea ice 1.6 to 0.7k years ago.
(Read more) ☼
EPA U.S. Heat Wave, Heat & Cold Death Rate Data Exposes & Destroys Biden & Democrats “Extreme Heat” Propaganda
by Larry Hamlin
Biden and his climate alarmist Democrats have falsely claimed that increasing heat waves in the U.S. caused by climate change require that new government actions will be needed to protect people from heat related illnesses with these heat waves leading to increased heat related deaths and emergency room visits.
The Democrats alarmists claims of increasing heat waves occurring across the U.S. because of climate change are unsupported by Biden’s own EPA data which shows that the U.S. in not experiencing increased occurrences or intensity of heat waves based on EPA’s 125 years of extreme heat event trending data across the U.S. from 1895 through 2020 as shown below.(Read more and see graphs) ☼
Radiative energy flux variations from 2000 – 2020
by Fritz Vahrenholt and Rolf Dubal
The warming of the last 20 years has its essential cause in the change of the clouds.
(Read more) ☼
2001-2019 Warming Driven By Increases In Absorbed Solar Radiation, Not Human Emissions
by Kenneth Richard
Three new studies affirm the increase in absorbed solar radiation associated with decreased reflection by clouds (albedo) has been the “root cause” of the positive Earth Energy Imbalance and global warming since the early 2000s. (Read more) ☼
Fighting Climate Change: Can We Humans Regulate Earth’s Climate?
A report from Friends of Science, Canada
Economic and Social Factors
Will the Paris Climate Accord Work?
The world’s largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters are now the developing nations, and they are far more interested in making reliable and affordable energy available to their citizens than in “saving the world from climate change.” It is only the OECD countries (Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the European Union) who seem intent on committing economic suicide.
Is Net Zero Possible?
The goal of achieving “net zero” is not achievable in Canada with any current or on-the-horizon technology unless Canadians sacrifice their social and economic well-being.
Can Electricity Replace Fossil Fuels?
The technologies to replace fossil fuels with reliable and affordable electricity do not yet exist. The conversion of heating, cooking, transportation, and industrial systems from fossil fuels to electricity would require truly enormous investments by homeowners, businesses, and taxpayers. Hydrogen can play a role in niche applications, but its physical characteristics make it wholly unsuitable as a replacement for natural gas or petroleum products.
Can We Succeed In Fighting Climate Change?
Climate change is affected by powerful, unpredictable natural factors; though human emissions and activity contribute to climate change, we are a small part of a complex climate picture. Earth’s climate has been changing for many millions of years and it will continue to change even if we stop burning fossil fuels. What we can do is adapt to extreme weather as we have successfully done to date (central heating, grid-scale electricity, insulated homes, dams etc.).
Should We Let Climate Activists Hijack Capitalism?
There is no reason whatsoever to suppose that governments and unelected bureaucrats can design, build, and operate Canada’s existing and future energy systems (through tax-subsidized schemes, incentives, bureaucratic agencies or Crown Corporations) more economically or more reliably than the private sector can.
Conclusions about Economic and Social Factors
We show that the aspirational slogans, like Net Zero 2050, advocated by the Environmental Interventionists are unachievable in the demanded timeframe. The proponents claim their policies mitigate against extreme climate/weather but have not demonstrated that such action is necessary or effective. On behalf of their citizens, political leaders in the OECD countries have a duty to re-examine the climate science in open debate.
The Climate Science
Can Carbon Taxes Control Weather and Climate?
Fuel use is essential for modern society and therefore ‘inelastic’ – a carbon-tax driven price increase does not reduce consumption. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is only one small element in the extremely complex climate system and is not the singular ‘control knob’ on climate.
Is Climate Science Settled and No Further Debate is Necessary?
Climate scientists with dissenting views have been shut out of the media. Recent research reveals that most alarmist peer-reviewed climate studies rely on an implausible emissions scenario and outdated science. The most advanced climate models (simulations) run far ‘too hot’, that is, they exaggerate the effect of carbon dioxide on temperature. Something is wrong with the models. Likewise, research into the Sun’s role in climate has progressed, showing it to be a more influential factor than carbon dioxide.
Can we live without CO2?
If the level of atmospheric CO2 were to fall below 150 ppm (~38% of present day), all terrestrial plants would die. All terrestrial life would follow soon thereafter.
Is CO2 Causing Extreme Weather Events or Rising Sea Levels?
While there are credible theoretical and observational studies showing that human CO2 emissions have contributed to a slight warming of the planet since the mid-1800s, there is no credible link between those emissions and extreme weather or rising sea levels. (Read more) ☼
Google to Ban All Advertisements on “Climate Denial” Content
by Cap Allon, Electroverse
Google has announced that it will soon prohibit all advertising on content that “contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change” — in other words, the platform is shutting down scientific debate in order to appease its totalitarian backers. Google’s advertisement ban, which will be implemented next month, targets “content referring to climate change as a hoax or a scam, claims denying that long-term trends show the global climate is warming, and claims denying that greenhouse gas emissions or human activity contribute to climate change.” (Read more) ☼
From Covid to Climate, Take Nobody’s Word for It — Including the ‘Experts’
by Gordon J. Fulks
From Covid to Climate, we like to imagine that those who hold themselves up as “scientific experts” know what they are talking about. But that is rarely the case. Experts probably have a perspective worth considering but not one that should be believed as gospel. A gaggle of experts chosen by someone with political motives certainly has no monopoly on the truth. In fact, political motives usually guarantee that “the science” is being so heavily misused as to be worthless.
So, how then do we grasp some measure of truth in a world awash with nonsense? That is easy. We ignore opinions and listen to the logic and evidence that knowledgeable people can present. Then we make up our own minds. (Read more) ☼
Here’s Why Climate Alarmists Are Ignoring All-Time Record Crop Production in India
by Vijay Jayaraj, The Western Journal
All-time record crop production in India belies the doomsday narrative of climate alarmists. To no great surprise, the U.N. and media ignore the remarkable achievement of this country of 1.4 billion people because it contradicts a political agenda pursued with religious fervor. Even as the world’s largest democracy enhances global food security, the media spread news of the U.N.’s “code red” for humanity over August’s specious report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that rising temperatures threaten the earth. In fact, India’s record food production contradicts claims about adverse climatic effects on crops. (Read more) ☼
Climate Alarmist Claim Fact Checks
by Joseph D’Aleo, CCM
Below are a series of fact checks of the 13 most common climate claims such as those made in the recently released Fourth National Climate Assessment Report. The authors of these reviews are all recognized experts in the relevant fields. For each claim, a brief summary of the relevant rebuttal is provided below along with a link to the full text of the rebuttal, which includes the names and the credentials of the authors of each rebuttal. (Read more) ☼
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New Study: CBD “Blocks” COVID-Type Diseases
Published on October 18, 2021
Written by John O’Sullivan
Safe and affordable CBD works against COVID19! New study shows Cannabidiol Inhibits SARS-CoV-2 Replication and Promotes the Host Innate Immune Response. No need to be jabbed with any risky mandatory vaccines then?
Published in the National Library of Medicine, the authors of the study report that:
“Our results suggest that CBD can block SARS-CoV-2 infection at early stages of infection, and CBD administration is associated with a lower risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in humans.”
(Link to article) ☼
THOUGHTS TO PONDER
“..no country can be well governed unless its citizens as a body keep religiously before their minds that they are the guardians of the law and that the law officers are only the machinery for its execution, nothing more.” – Mark Twain – The Gilded Age
“Critical Race Theory bastardizes the idea of equity by redefining it in terms of outcome. Equity, biblically, refers to the universal application of fairness without sinful bias or prejudice. Equity, in critical race theory, is based on precisely that — sinful bias and prejudice.” —Darrell B. Harrison
“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)
“One can ignore reality, but one cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” —Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” —Patrick Henry (1788)
“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” —Samuel Adams (1749)
“One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.” – by George Orwell
“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” —Benjamin Franklin (1759)
“It is bad enough that so many people believe things without any evidence. What is worse is that some people have no conception of evidence and regard facts as just someone else’s opinion.” —Thomas Sowell
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3) Support a balance of environmental responsibility and economic benefit for all Americans by urging that environmental policy be based on good science and sound economic principles.
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