2022-01 JANUARY

People for the West -Tucson

Newsletter, January, 2022

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


The global climate scam

by Jonathan DuHamel

As we enter the new year, we should be aware of, and oppose, the absurd policy of “net-zero”, i.e., eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. The claim that we can stop climate change is nonsense. By promoting more electricity generation from wind and solar installations, we will find that our electricity supply is put in danger of failing when we need it. Wind and solar take up vast quantities of land, destroys habitat, kills animals, and wind generation, especially, is harmful to human health. The powers that be think that tweaking one insignificant factor can solve our problems.

The information in the table below, derived from the Department of Energy, shows that our carbon dioxide emissions are an insignificant part of total greenhouse gases and will have no significant effect on global temperatures. (Read source material).

03-Antropogenic contribution to greenhouse effect

You will notice from the table above that man-made carbon dioxide constitutes just 0.117% of greenhouse gases. Reduction or elimination of that amount of greenhouse gas will not have any effect on climate. A similar situation applies to methane as well. The campaign to reduce use of fossil fuels, especially to generate electricity, is absurd and dangerous. The “net-zero” campaign is a scam. For more information, see my post:

The Broken Greenhouse – Why Co2 Is a Minor Player in Global Climate ☼

For problems with wind and solar generation of electricity, see:

Six Issues the Promoters of the Green New Deal Have Overlooked

STATE OF THE UNION

Regulation overload

The federal bureaucracy has grown into a monster: the Constitution was written on four pages (minus the amendments); the U.S. Code, the law Congress wrote, is 2652 pages; the Code of Federal Regulation, that is, the law of the Administrative State, written by unelected bureaucrats, approved by no one, accountable to no one, is 175,496 pages. (Source)

What the federal government should be doing:

The federal government exists to preserve life, liberty, and property, and it is instituted to protect the rights of individuals according to natural law. Among these rights are the sanctity of life; the freedom of speech, religion, the press, and assembly; the right to bear arms; the right of individuals to be treated equally and justly under the law; and to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor.

The federal government’s powers are limited to those named in the Constitution and should be exercised solely to protect the rights of its citizens. As Thomas Jefferson said, “The government closest to the people serves the people best.” Powers not delegated to the federal government, nor prohibited by the Constitution, are reserved to the states or to the people.

Judges should interpret and apply our laws and the Constitution based on their original meaning, not upon judges’ personal and political predispositions.

Individuals and families—not government—make the best decisions regarding their and their children’s health, education, jobs, and welfare.

The family is the essential foundation of civil society, and traditional marriage serves as the cornerstone of the family.

The federal deficit and debt must not place unreasonable financial burdens on future generations.

Tax policies should raise only the minimum revenue necessary to fund constitutionally appropriate functions of government.

America’s economy and the prosperity of individual citizens are best served by a system of free enterprise, with special emphasis on economic freedom, private property rights, and the rule of law. This system is best sustained by policies promoting free trade and deregulation, and opposing government interventions in the economy that distort markets and impair innovation.

Regulations must not breach constitutional principles of limited government and the separation of powers.

America must be a welcoming nation—one that promotes patriotic assimilation and is governed by laws that are fair, humane, and enforced to protect its citizens.

Justice requires an efficient, fair, and effective criminal justice system—one that gives defendants adequate due process and requires an appropriate degree of criminal intent to merit punishment.

International agreements and international organizations should not infringe on American’s constitutional rights, nor should they diminish American sovereignty.

America is strongest when our policies protect our national interests, preserve our alliances of free peoples, vigorously counter threats to our security, and advance prosperity through economic freedom at home and abroad.

The best way to ensure peace is through a strong national defense. ☼

The pandemic has taken us far from the Constitution

By Anthony Matoria

The United States Constitution contains three significant provisions that are notable for the principle that they represent. This principle is that burdens to be borne by the people should only be imposed by the legislative branch of government, and that the people ultimately determine whether those burdens persist. This fundamental concept has been severely tested in the current political environment. (Read more)

‘Pandemania’ And The Psychology Of Fear

By Jennifer Jones, American Thinker

America’s bipolar approaches to COVID—with one side seeking totalitarianism, health paranoia, and division, and the other side seeking personal liberty—remind us that the lessons of history are not easily learned. If we are to return to a normal America, one that encourages people to be mentally resilient when it comes to their physical health and is predicated upon health autonomy, we have very little time to stop the modern-day American despots.

The 20th century was defined, in significant part, by despotic leaders implementing propaganda campaigns to vilify certain groups of people deemed dirty or diseased. The despots didn’t accomplish these campaigns at once but, instead, did so slowly, by conditioning one group of people to believe their ills were caused by another group of people, while conditioning that second group of people to accept increasing levels of human rights violations. Leaders and governments, often working with the healthcare community, carried out campaigns to divide nations and eradicate those deemed “unclean” for the country’s “welfare” and the “future good.”

Today, the same divisive, unrelenting propaganda tactics that past fascists and tyrants used are producing a divided world and prompting actions by some that border on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). What was once considered hypochondriac behavior—masking, social distancing, and repeated hand washing—has become normalized. It identifies the good citizen, even in the face of a waning, weakened virus, heavily mutated from its original strain and far less deadly. (Read more)

A Constitutional Cure for Covid-19

by Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD

Covid, Covid, Covid. Variant, variant, variant. Trust me, I’m the government’s highest paid employee, and “I represent science.” Show your papers, wear a mask, take a shot or lose your job. And the beat goes on for an infection where 99.95 percent of infected persons under age 70 years recover. It’s becoming clear that Covid-19 is not merely a disease but an excuse to concentrate power in the government.

It’s time for the political histrionics to stop. Multiple studies have shown that the consequences far outweigh any potential (and illusory) benefits of masks, lockdowns, and school closures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director admitted that the current Covid-19 mRNA vaccines, while helpful in reducing deaths and hospitalizations, do not stop transmission of the virus.

The judicial branch is fighting back against the President’s attempt to jettison the Constitution’s separation of powers clauses, a large chunk of the Bill of Rights, and Supreme Court precedents on bodily autonomy with these mandates. On November 9th, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals put the OSHA mandate on hold. The Court reasoned that the mandate “threatens to substantially burden the liberty interests of reluctant individual recipients put to a choice between their job(s) and their jab(s).” And “the loss of constitutional freedoms ‘for even minimal periods of time … unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury.” (Read more)

Biden’s ‘Covid-19 Winter Plan’ Ignores Science

by David Catron, American Spectator

Last Thursday, President Biden announced his “COVID-19 Winter Plan.” Despite his claim that it will fight the disease with “science and speed,” it ignores virtually everything scientists have learned about coronavirus during the past two years. Indeed, it contains a number of elements that epidemiologists have denounced and that evidence has proven counterproductive. These include an irrational emphasis on vaccinating low risk children, the promotion of booster shots that the World Health Organization (WHO) has pronounced ineffective, travel bans that could very well jeopardize efforts to contain future outbreaks, and strident calls for private businesses to bully their employees into getting vaccinated. (Read more) ☼

Why Federalized Science is Rotten

by Ron Clutz

Less and less do the sciences serve as bulwarks of reason against political and corporatist aims. To the contrary, the sciences are becoming stridently politicized, acting as a vanguard for an authoritarianism of “expertise”. Increasingly, science is being used as a cloak to shield political agendas from normal scrutiny and debate, thereby betraying the scientific ideal. (Read more) ☼

So far, the only thing Joe Biden has built back better is the Taliban.

ENERGY

Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Files an Amicus Brief against EPA Overreach

On Dec 20, 2021 Doctors for Disaster Preparedness filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the biggest energy case in a decade, West Virginia v. EPA, No. 20-1530. DDP urges the Court to end the interference with affordable energy by the Environmental Protection Agency, which was never authorized by Congress.

The question presented in the brief is whether an administrative agency can unilaterally issue rules so far-reaching as to reshape the nation’s electricity grids and “decarbonize” any sector of the economy, with virtually no limit.

“Misuse of science for an agenda of political control is dangerous, and the sort of tyranny by factionalism that the Constitution safeguards against,” DDP argues. The faction of climate change activists seeks broad control of our entire energy sector without authorization by Congress.

“If current trends continue, a handful of unelected bureaucrats could virtually prohibit use of the combustion engine…, and average Americans will become dependent on government allowance of electric charging stations in order to merely travel from point A to B.” Americans would also be dependent on government for access to heating, refrigeration, and lighting, the brief notes. (Read more) (Read the Amicus Brief)

Complete Madness In The Biden Administration: Energy Policy

November 27, 2021/ Francis Menton

Is President Biden doing anything right? To this observer, his policies range from at best merely incompetent, to at worst malicious hatred of the country and people whose interests he was elected to advance. Somewhere in between those two extremes we have Biden’s energy policy. In this arena, appropriate adjectives would be inconsistent, incoherent, and destructive. Don’t even attempt to make sense of it. To summarize in one word, it is complete madness. (Read more) ☼

These twenty-five Biden administration policies are raising energy costs

from Americans for Prosperity

Here are 25 decisions the president has made over the last 10 months that have affected gas prices, home heating costs, and other energy-related burdens U.S. families and businesses face. (Read more) ☼

‘A Mad Scramble’: This Rare Mineral May Spell Doom For The EV Market

by Thomas Catenacci

Lithium — a mineral that is key for electric car batteries — continues to rise in price, jeopardizing the ongoing transition to renewable energy outlined by Western governments.

The cost of lithium has skyrocketed more than 250% over the last 12 months, hitting its highest level ever, according to an industry index from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence.

The average cost of an EV battery pack fell to $157 per kilowatt-hour, a measure of energy capacity, in 2021, the Department of Energy said in October. That means a typical EV battery is between $6,000 and $7,000, a BloombergNEF analysis showed.

The U.S. has roughly 750,000 metric tons of lithium that can be mined, but it produces very little and imports tens of thousands of metric tons worth from Argentina, Chile, China, and Russia, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Lithium Americas has proposed to mine lithium on a dormant volcano in Nevada. However, the firm has yet to mine any lithium due to pushback from environmentalists and ongoing lawsuits related to allegations that the federal government approved the company’s mining permit too quickly. (Read more)

The Biggest Corporate Welfare Recipients Ever

by Stephen Moore, TownHall

How much do solar, wind and electric vehicle companies get in federal handouts and tax loopholes in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill? Well over $100 billion in taxpayer largesse. If all the tax credits are included, that number could reach half a trillion dollars. No other industry in American history has ever received this lucrative a paycheck.

The folks at the Institute for Energy Research calculated that this is on top of the more than $150 billion in subsidies these industries received from Uncle Sam in the last 30 years.

So why do these renewable energies get so much money from Congress, and why do Democrats want to give them the biggest payday in the history of the Washington favor factory? Not because renewable has great promise. Thirty years after the handouts started, wind and solar accounted for less than 8% of our total energy production. It’s inconsequential. (Read more) ☼

Wind makes no meaningful contribution to the grid: The Ciccone/Lehr rule of thumb

By Dr. Jay Lehr

According to the American Wind Association, as we near the end of 2021 there are about 60,000 wind turbines operating in 41 states and two territories.

Let’s look at how the wind powers variable output affects the electric grid to which it is attached. Even at the best sites, wind may vary from minute to minute and hour to hour. The grid however must respond second to second to user demand. The grid dispatchers can not control wind power production any more than they can control user demand. Therefore wind power attached to the grid can not contribute to meeting demand.

All Solar and Wind Power on an Electric Grid Must be Backed Up With an Equal or Greater Amount of Fossil Fuel Power Running on Standby 100% of The Time.”

This standby power burns fuel continuously but its power is only needed to avoid the grids failure. So wind drives up the cost of electric power considerably, making all the wind power available from time to time to be useless. But the problem with wind is far greater than just its extravagant cost for nothing at all. (Read more) ☼

Why Democrats Are Intentionally Driving Up Energy Prices

by Josh Mandel

The Democrat agenda depends on deliberately driving up energy prices in order to make their green energy boondoggles appear less outrageously wasteful and destructive than they really are. That approach has been painfully obvious from the beginning of the Biden administration, which has done everything possible to drive up the cost of energy by throttling supply. (Read more) ☼

CLIMATE

Unsung Zeroes: The Top 10 Under-Reported Climate Flops of 2021

by Steve Milloy

The year 2021 may go down in history as the year that foretold the end of the climate idiocy movement — although the movement is unlikely to take the hint. This year witnessed the follies, failures and lies of climate idiocy laid bare for all to see — that is, if the media had actually reported them. So here are the 10 biggest failures of the climate movement in 2021. The only reason the climate movement survives past these flops is because the mainstream media keeps it afloat by failing to honestly report the news. (Read details here)

1. European wind failure causes disastrous global energy crisis.

2. Frozen Texas windmills causes blackouts that kill dozens.

3. COP26 fails to ‘consign coal to history.’

4. Biden’s war on fracking backfires — raises energy prices and emissions — and makes the US dependent on OPEC again.

5. Fraud Trifecta: Nature Conservancy sells phony carbon offsets to publicly traded companies.

6. Sen Manchin vetoes President Biden’s Clean Electricity Performance Program.

7. Western wildfires burn up Microsft’s carbon offsets.

8.Ex-Blackrock sustainability investing chief says ESG investing is nonsense.

9. Federal Reserve staff pulls rug out from Fed move into climate.

10. Americans are not interested in paying extra for climate. ☼

Glaciers Existing Today Were Absent For Nearly All Of The Last 10,000 Years

By Kenneth Richard

The cryosphere is failing to cooperate with the anthropogenic global warming narrative that says rising greenhouse gas emissions should be catastrophically melting Arctic ice. Evidence shows that in several places, glacial extent is larger that it has been in the past. (Read more) ☼

Mega-droughts and Mega-floods in the West All Occurred Well Before ‘climate change’ Was Blamed for Every Weather Event

By Anthony Watts

For those wondering about the recent heavy rains in the west, going from drought to deluge in a few short months, here’s some data and history to illustrate that it is nothing new, and it has nothing to do with the claims of a “climate change” influence. (Read more) ☼

Tornadoes

Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer: “The last half of the 65-year U.S. tornado record had 40% fewer strong to violent tornadoes than the first half. To claim that global warming is causing more tornadoes is worse than speculative; it is directly opposite to the clear observational evidence.” (Source) ☼

El Niño and La Niña May Influence the Climate More than Greenhouse Gases

by Ralph Alexander

The familiar El Niño and La Niña cycles are known to cause drastic fluctuations in global temperature, along with often catastrophic climatic effects in tropical regions of the Pacific Ocean. What is less well known is that the powerful ocean oscillations have been a feature of our climate for at least 20,000 years – that is, since before the most recent ice age ended. (Read more)

PC MADNESS

Coming Jan 2022: USDA’s Useless, Expensive ‘Bioengineered’ Food Label

By Cameron English, American Council on Science and Health

Beginning in January, we’ll see many more products in grocery stores carrying the USDA’s ‘bioengineered’ food label. The new labeling scheme was mandated by the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS), which Congress passed in July 2016. Much has been written about the law, but there are two points most relevant to us as consumers as the enforcement deadline approaches: the labeling regulations will cost billions of dollars, and the labels themselves will provide zero useful information about the safety or nutritional content of the foods we buy. This is quite frustrating, but there’s an important lesson to learn from this ordeal. Allowing environmental activists to dictate public policy has serious consequences, as we’re all about to find out. (Read more) ☼

Thoughts to Ponder:

“The brightest flashes in the world of thought are incomplete until they have been proved to have their counterparts in the world of fact.” – John Tyndall

“The inherent right in the people to reform their government, I do not deny; and they have another right, and that is to resist unconstitutional laws without overturning the government.” —Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” —Joseph Story (1833)

“The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” —James Madison (1788)

“No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.” —James Madison (1788)

“Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

“The forcings that drive long-term climate change are not known with an accuracy sufficient to define future climate change.” — James Hansen, “Climate forcings in the Industrial era”, PNAS, Vol. 95, Issue 22, 12753-12758, October 27, 1998.

“In climate research and modeling, we should recognize that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the prediction of a specific future climate state is not possible.” — Final chapter, Draft TAR 2000 (Third Assessment Report), IPCC.

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” – H. L. Mencken

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Our Mission

1) Support private property rights.

2) Support multiple use management of federal lands for agriculture, livestock grazing, mining, oil and gas production, recreation, timber harvesting and water development activities.

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.

Newsletters can be viewed online on Jonathan’s Wryheat Blog:

https://wryheat.wordpress.com/

 

See my essay on climate change:

https://wryheat.wordpress.com/climate-in-perspective/

and

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

 

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