The Golden state of California is impoverishing its citizens with higher prices for energy of all kinds -- and boasting of its energy "progress" which it is gaining at the expense of other states and even countries. While, thanks in large part to hydrofracturing technology, the U.S. has cut oil imports from 60% to just 28% of its total needs, California's oil production fulfills just 38% of its needs, and 29% of its electricity comes from out-of-state. Gasoline prices are the second highest in the nation -- and are projected to rise another 170% over the next decade. And Californians pay twice the national average for residential electricity.
CFACT rechristens Greenpeace ships "Propaganda Warrior" and "Ship of Lies"
Although “climate” is generally associated with periods of at least three decades, less than one and one-half decades following mid-1970s “scientific” predictions that the next Ice Age was rapidly approaching, the media trumpeted a new and opposite alarm…a man-made global warming crisis.
Today's Brussels news consists of the regular traffic jam, especially at Place Luxembourg, because of another tractor manifestation by European farmers. Really not news. Rather regular, by an interest group worried that the current budget process wont allow for the continuation of the economically, environmentally and inhumane Common Agricultural Policy, already accounting for close to half the budget.
The party season has started. In about a month, Rio will be crowded by politicians and hooligans for the mega environmental gathering, but allready next week, good old Hotel Maritim in Bonn will fill up with the usual bunch for yet another climate conference. Nothing wrong with Bonn, or Maritim for that matter, but don't people get bored? From the UNFCCC invitation: "The 36th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the fifteenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action...". That's just for starters, but [...]
by Einar Du Rietz The heroic boy scouts collected money, went to a village in deepest Africa and helped develop a well. A few month later, excessive use had dried it up and the final result was an extension of the desert. Examples of unintended consequences (and sometimes plain stupidity) in development aid are numerous, some probably myths by now. Distributing loads of pork to Muslim countries. Rushing factory building until the installation collapse on top of people. The literature is also quite extensive. A useful introduction, or summary may be this. Important to remember is that humanitarian catastrophes are [...]
by Einar Du Rietz Denmark, taking over the rotating EU presidency has outlined its priorities for the next half year. Not surprising, really, but still awkward. Reports Euractiv: "Environment Minister Ida Auken called for making energy efficiency legally binding, dismissing concerns that weak economies and the eurozone debt crisis would trump the environment in EU policy debates in the months ahead. 'It’s not enough to be focusing on the financial crisis right now, and then not look at just as important or just as severe a crisis - namely the environmental crisis,'she said at a briefing 12 days before the country's EU [...]
by Einar Du Rietz Wiser from the Copenhagen hysteria, all sides - except President Zuma, who is forced to show some enthusiasm, and in a way The Holy Father, who wants a "credible" outcome (nothing wrong with credibility) - seem to agree that COP17 in Durban wont accomplish anything. As for me, I'm content with that, but it's still fun to watch the show, including side appaerances from all places. Guess we can look forward to a lot of that. In the UK, PM Cameron's "Green Guru", Steve Hilton suddenly comes out as a realist, saying he doubts the entire Global Warming idea. Reports the [...]
by Einar Du Rietz Finally the trial against the hooligans posing a security threat to the Queen of Denmark during the Copenhagen conference is starting. Naturally, Greenpeace is doing it's best to ridicule the process, pointing out that "the eleven are also facing the obscure charge of having committed an offence against Denmark’s Queen." , "... dusting off of this little known and as far as we can tell never before used law". You might argue that it was unnecessary for the Royal Court to host a gala dinner for this obscure gathering, or that it was bad judgement in the first [...]
When I was a kid, we were told that pollution was the worst threat to the world. This pollution was also supposed to be caused by greedy capitalists. The absolute environmental catastrophes behind the iron curtain were yet to be witnessed. And all resources would end. According to the figures I was taught in school during the 70's, it would be impossible to write this. Or do anything else today. Then came the ozone layer. Anyone heard about that lately? And then the climate scare. The latter has probably been one of the most damaging political projects so far, and not [...]
The United States must learn from Europe’s mistakes – not repeat them ROGER HELMER, MEP Senator Harry Reid has repeatedly denounced opposition to carbon trading as “dangerous.” Senator Reid is wrong. It is the House and Senate climate and renewable energy bills that are dangerous. Fortunately, the recent elections and the ongoing dissension at the Cancun climate summit could bode ill for carbon trading, any successor to Kyoto – and renewable energy standards. Carbon trading is wrong on so many levels. First, there is a growing realization that the small changes we are seeing in Earth’s climate are entirely consistent with [...]
by Einar Du Rietz That the activities behind the scenes before, during and after last year’s circus in Copenhagen were everything from strange to dirty is no surprise. For example, CFACT Europe, together with the paper Berlingske Tiderne in Denmark, discovered the sudden shift in the official Danish attitude towards Dalai Lama, an apparent effort to offer the difficult Chinese delegation something to chew on. With the recent publication of the eneourmos amount of documents at Wikileaks, even more light is shed on the power play and virtual extortion to get tax money in so called climate aid. The UK paper, The Guardian – [...]
by Einar Du Rietz At the recent preparatory conference in Bonn, a gentleman asked me after a short discussion if this was “all about money”. To some extent I’m beginning to feel that he pin pointed the entire circus. COP 16 is kicking off in Cancun, and it’s amazing to read all the commentaries having one sole thing in common: The conviction that it will lead nowhere. Quite different from the general Hallelujah one year ago. But it is going somewhere. To South Africa, where COP 17 is already scheduled to occur in time for Christmas in a year. Conducting the [...]
by Einar Du Rietz How can we ever forget the Climate-gate scandal that erupted right in time for the Copenhagen debacle. Or fail to note that, interestingly enough, some of the more stunning revelations - Holland-gate etc - were made just after the conference. Now, during the count down for Cancun, it's worth the effort to try to recall the events of the past year, and what Climate-gate was really about. My admirable colleague, Professor Ingemar Nordin recently posted a reminderon the Climatescam site. Definitely worth reading. Nordin tracks back to some of the more peculiar early mail conversations revealed. - Few [...]
by Einar Du Rietz According to reports from the recent preparatory climate conference in China, the so called world leaders – most eager to show off in Copenhagen a year ago – are trying to avoid even showing up for the conference in Cancun, instead commissioning their ministers for environment to take the embarrassment. One enlightning report comes from Louise Gray, in the Daily Telegraph. Writes Gray; “There are fears that Cancun may not even meet the drastically low expectations of its participants, and that the UN-wide process of negotiation could be abandoned in favour of thrashing out an agreement [...]