Recently, the Obama Ministry pitched EPA’s Clean Power Plan. It claims to be a measure that will save lives and keep Americans healthy, and thus, garner three to nine dollar returns in health care savings on every “invested” dollar. All this is possible by taking strong, decisive action against the common foe. That’s right, we’re going up against the global specter of Climate Change. Finally, we’re back to leading the world! (More on this later.) Now, when our President says we must help “to prevent the worst impacts of climate change”, what does that mean?
It really still means combatting global warming, regardless of the fact that global satellite measurements show there has been negligible increase in global temps for 18 years. No wonder they upgraded from the confines of “warming” to the new improved “Climate Change”. It’s far easier to expand cause and effect into daily headlines of wildfires, droughts, floods, and violent storms. And the media just loves the conflation of weather events with catastrophic climate change! The common task at hand is to link industry, mass consumerism, and the inequities of a capitalist system to the calamity du jour.
Since about everything we humans do to sustain life involves the production of CO2 (including breathing) why not tap CO2 as the culprit of all-time calamities? But first, we need to frame this substance in eco-speak and call it “carbon” so as to make the imagery more akin to Darth Vader than a clear, life-giving, non-sequitur pollutant the average human breathes 8,409,600 per year.
Rarely would anyone argue that our climate doesn’t change. Where observers part company pertains to the reasons why and the mechanics of how our climate is affected. The computer modeling of CO2 as the primary factor keeps falling apart while the empirical (measured) data comports with our common sense that a lot of factors affect the weather short term and long term. Naturally, this broadened perspective doesn’t deny CO2 a role in occupying .04 percent of the earth’s atmosphere. It’s just a stretch to place this trace atmospheric gas atop the marquee.
In Appendix 1 of his cheekily titled How to Cure a Climate Change Denier, Paul Caruso lays out a seven-page list of climate influences. He borrows freely from Anthony Watts‘ evolving article that cites multiple links under every category and sub-category. Headings include Earth’s Rotational Energy, Gravitation, Solar Energy, Geothermal Energy, Biology, and Atmospheric Composition. It’s a ridiculously complex, convoluted morass of influences not even IBM’s Big Blue or Watson could cipher.
Yet here we are with politicized science gaming the befuddled with claims that a fractious little molecule can and will (according to their precise computer calculations) run roughshod over all the other variables and be that knob on the wall that, if we act now and act big, we might be able to save the planet by adjusting the knob and… voila! Reduce the global temp downward by .01 degree celsius (.018 F). The head of the EPA was forced to admit this before Congress.
So we have to ask ourselves, what is really going on here with the latest Clean Power Plan edicts? Why expend billions of dollars, decimate industries with feckless regulations, capriciously discount the loss of jobs, trigger severe hikes in electricity, heating, and transportation, and choke off the very resources that promote and sustain human progress?
Even the National Black Chamber of Commerce agrees it will effectively harm minorities and the poor. It doesn’t make sense. Unless, of course we ponder what Mark R. Levin rightly frames in his new book, Plunder and Deceit, as a “degrowth agenda”. That does make sense if the goal is to form an enviro-statist regime that’s running the entire show. It’s the UN’s favorite MO : Act Locally–Rule Globally. And talk about building a Progressive 5-star legacy by setting the example for other nations at the Paris climate confab in December!
Coda: When the Obama Ministry links increasing rates of asthma with the effects of climate change, it hearkens back to Obama’s anecdote of his daughter, Malia, having an asthma attack at age four. He claims it got him thinking about how, as a caring parent, he should see what he could do to clean up the environment. That was thirteen years ago. He was still smoking. Odds are, if anything contributed to his daughter’s ailment, it was his own “dirty” habit.
For a futuristic venture into what a Green Global, enviro-statist regime portends pick up a copy of Mountain Whispers – Days Without Sun here.
What’s your take on all of this? Let me know in the comments!