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The Amazing Arrogance of the Paris Climate Agreement | Jeffrey A. Tucker   1 comment

It was December 12, 2015, when headlines in the world’s leading newspapers, in implausibly bold type, celebrated the “historic” agreement in Paris between all nations of the world to curb carbon emissions and thereby stop climate change: or so they said, as if elites get to say what is and is not historic.

Source: The Amazing Arrogance of the Paris Climate Agreement | Jeffrey A. Tucker


The spin, like the agreement itself, was crammed down our throats.

Image result for image of paris climate change agreementEnergy stocks weren’t affected in the slightest by the diplomatic agreement.

I read the stories that day, and the next and the next, and the continuing coverage for weeks that nearly every reader – apart from a few dedicated activists and permanent regime bureaucrats – ignored. The stories appeared on the international pages and didn’t touch the business pages. Energy stocks weren’t affected in the slightest.

The stories had all the signs of dutiful public service announcements – “fake news,” as they say today – and they contained not a single quote from a single dissenting voice, because, of course, no respectable news outlet would give voice to “climate deniers.”


Let me pause to protest this “denial” language. It attempts to appropriate the widely shared disgust toward “Holocaust denial,” a bizarre and bedraggled movement that belittles or even dismisses the actual history of one of the 20th century’s most egregious mass crimes against human rights and dignity. Using that language to silence questions about an attempt to centrally plan the energy sector is a moral low that debases the language of denial.

This rhetorical trick reveals all you need to know about the desperate manipulation the climate planners are willing to engage in to realize their plot regardless of popular and justified skepticism concerning their regulatory and redistributionist policies.

And you wonder why many people have doubts about it.

And what are the specifics of that agenda? The Paris Agreement is a “voluntary” agreement because its architects knew it would never pass the US Senate as a treaty. Why? Because the idea of the agreement is that the US government’s regulatory agencies would impose extreme mandates on its energy sector: how it should work, what kinds of emissions it should produce, the best ways to power our lives (read: not fossil fuels), and hand over to developing world regimes billions and even trillions of dollars in aid, a direct and ongoing forcible transfer of wealth from American taxpayers to regimes all over the world, at the expense of American freedom and prosperity.

And you wonder why many people have doubts about it.

The Trumpist Reaction

Consider what else was going on December 12, 2015. Donald Trump was in the midst of a big battle for the Republican nomination. He started with 16 challengers to beat. He was widely considered to be a clownish candidate, a guy in it just to get press attention to build his business brand. Surely the American system of electoral politics, largely but imperfectly managed by responsible elites, would resist such demagogues. Besides, the media that trumpeted the Paris Agreement would be on hand to shame anyone who supported him. He couldn’t win.

The press mostly pretended that he wasn’t happening. The Huffington Post put coverage of his campaign in the humor section.

Obama would be our master and commander, ruling on our behalf, fresh off cocktail parties in Paris with the best and brightest.

And so President Obama came home from the Paris meetings to the acclaim of all the right people. He alone had made the responsible choice on behalf of the entire country: every business, every worker, every consumer, every single person living within these borders who uses some measure of this thing we call energy. He would be our master and commander, ruling on our behalf, fresh off cocktail parties in Paris where the best and brightest – armed with briefcases full of government-funded science – decided to give the Industrial Revolution its final comeuppance.

The exuberant spokespeople talked about how “the United States” had “agreed” to “curb its emissions” and “fund” the building of fossil-free sectors all over the world. It was strange because the “United States” had not in fact agreed to anything: not a single voter, worker, owner, or citizen. Not even the House or Senate were involved. This was entirely an elite undertaking to manage property they did not own and lives that were not theirs to control.

The Backlash

And then Trump spoke. He said that this Paris bit was a bad deal for Americans. We are already in a slow-growth economy. Now these global elites, without a vote from Congress, are presuming to mandate massive controls over the economy, hampering its productive sector which benefits everyone and transferring countless billions of dollars out of the country, with the acquiescence of the party in power.

Globalism and nativism are two sides of the same statist coin.

He spoke about this in a way that bested all his opponents. The entire scenario fed his America First worldview, that the global elites were operating as parasites on American prosperity and sovereignty. His answer was to put up the wall: to immigrants, to trade, to global managerial elites, and reclaim American sovereignty from people who were selling it out. It was another flavor of statism (globalism and nativism are two sides of the same coin), but it tapped into that populist vein of the voting public that looks for a patriotic strongman to save them from a distant ruling class.

Everything about the Paris Agreement seemed structured to play into Trump’s narrative of how the world had gone mad. And then he won the nomination. Then he won the presidency. None of this was supposed to happen. It wasn’t part of the plan. History took a different course from what the power elite demanded and expected to happen. Not for the first time.

How Dare Anyone Dispute Our Plans?

But the “globalists” of the type that tried to make Paris work have a stunning lack of self-awareness. They pretend to be oblivious to the populist resentment they breed. They act as if there is not a single legitimate doubt about the problem, their analysis of cause and effect, the discernment of their selected experts, or their proposed coercive solution. And there certainly isn’t a doubt that their mighty combination of power, resources, and intelligence can cause all the forces in the universe to adapt to their will, including even the climate that King Canute himself said could not be controlled by kings and princes.

These are all attempts to subvert the capacity of society to manage itself on behalf of the deluded dreams of a few people with power and their lust for controlling social and economic outcomes.

As with countless other statist plans over the last hundred years, they figured that it was enough to gather all the right people in one room, agree to a wish list, sign a few documents, and then watch the course of history conform to their wishes.

The Paris Agreement is no different in its epistemological conceit than Obamacare, the war on drugs, nation-building, universal schooling, or socialism itself. They are all attempts to subvert the capacity of society to manage itself on behalf of the deluded dreams of a few people with power and their lust for controlling social and economic outcomes.

Rejecting Elite Politics

How far are the Democrats from recognizing what they have done? Very, very far. John C. Williams, writing in the New York Times, has decried the “The Dumb Politics of Elite Condescension”:

“As a progressive, I am committed to social equality – not just for some groups, but for all groups… Everyone should have access to good housing and good jobs. That’s the point… Too often in otherwise polite society, elites (progressives emphatically included) unselfconsciously belittle working-class whites. Democrats should stop insulting people.”

That would be a good start. But it is not only about rhetoric. Policy preferences have to change. A global agreement that somehow binds entire countries to centrally plan and regulate the whole of a crucial sector of economic life that supports all economic advances of our time – at the very time when the energy sector is innovating its own solutions to carbon emissions in the cheapest possible way –  is certainly going to breed resentment, and for good reason. It is a bad and unworkable idea.

The backlash against globalism can be as dangerous as globalism itself.

Continued reliance on undemocratic, uneconomic, imposed strategies such as the Paris Agreement will only further feed the populist revolt that could end in the worst possible policy combinations of strong-man nationalism, nativism, protectionism, closed borders, and backwards thinking in general. No good can come from this. The backlash against globalism can be as dangerous as globalism itself.

You might think that the election of Trump would offer some lessons. But that is not the way the arrogant minds behind the climate agreement work. They respond by merely doubling down on disdain, intensifying their commitments to each other, heaping more loathing on the workers and peasants who have their doubts about these deals.

Trump and his ilk abroad, backed by voting masses with pitchforks and torches – and not a managed transition from fossil fuels to clean energy – are their creation.

Sliding mass threatens pipeline, Dalton Highway – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Local News   Leave a comment

MassSliding mass threatens pipeline, Dalton Highway – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Local News.

This is essentially a glacier with rocks and dirt covering it and, please note, it is NOT retreating.

The two stories running at the same time is interesting.

Alaska’s Weird Weather   Leave a comment

I know most people envision Alaska as a vast icefield 12 months out of the year, but the fact is we do get summer and in the Interior, you can get a sunburn and even, if you’re not careful, heat stroke.

The winter of 2013 was the winter that refused to end. It was still snowing in May. By snowing, I mean we were still shoveling and there were ski races for May Day. We hiked into our cabin site mid-May in tank tops because it was 60-odd degrees, but we were hip deep in snow. The ground was still frozen 18 inches down on Memorial weekend. The winter of 2013 was the winter of that refused to end.

It was followed by the best summer Interior Alaska has seen since I attained voting age. So 30 years. Imagine 20+ hours of sunlight with daytime temperatures in the 80s. The evenings don’t cool off because the sun doesn’t go down. You can read a book on your deck at midnight without a lamp. Some years we get a few days of that around the solstice (June 21), but this year, we had weeks of it and the “shoulder season” continued with temperatures in the 70s and virtually no rain. The military set fire to a forest to celebrate, but that was pretty much the only weather damper we had all summer. It didn’t even rain during the Tanana Valley Fair. It ALWAYS rains during the fair! It’s such an inside joke that when friends call from out of state who used to live here and ask how is the weather, if we say “it’s fair weather” they know it’s pouring. But it didn’t rain this year at the fair — at all.

And now it appears that this winter is never going to start. A week ago, it was so warm that my johnny-jump-ups came back for a false spring. It was 57 degrees on Monday. In my lifetime, I’ve known four Halloweens without snow. This would be one of them — assuming the snow holds off for another 12 hours.

For the record, I like snow, but am not unhappy with it being three weeks late. Also for the record, although I accept cold weather as the price for living near a vast wilderness, I could live without minus 30 below — for the entire winter. We still go out and enjoy the great outdoors to minus 20.

I believe in global warming. I think the worldwide temperatures are or have been on the rise. I don’t think human beings are having any appreciable effect on it. The scientists at the Geophysical Institute here at University of Alaska Fairbanks say the sun was getting warmer for a while, but was in a solar minimum for several years. Mars is undergoing the same warming followed by a cooling trend that we’ve been experiencing. The Vikkings farmed in southern Greenland a thousand years ago, too. Ships sailed through the Northwest Passage for a couple of summers in the 1880s. The planet has warmed before … and cooled. Ain’t nothing new under the sun.

Alaskans would benefit from global warming because it would lengthen our growing season, allowing us to be food self-sufficient. Sure, it would also melt permafrost and cause roads to heave and crack and houses to settle. That’s not new. That’s been happening here for the 100+ years English-speakers have been here to keep record. It happened before we got here, there was just no one to record it. Just as our ancestors adapted to this harsh land with its weird weather and strange soils, my generation needs to adapt to this less harsh land with its still weird weather and perhaps warmer soils. And just about the time we adapt, things will change as the sun goes through another cycle and we’ll need to dust off our memories to deal with the returned former conditions.

Every generation of mankind wants to believe that we are somehow living in a unique age that requires us to wrestle control of the environment. This delusion is not new to us. Not long after the Vikkings farmed in southern Greenland, the priests of the Alps started making offerings to the glaciers in hopes of stopping their advance into what had been productive farmland. It didn’t work because human beings are ants compared to the global climate.

Mankind has delusions of grandeur when we suppose we can control the environment. We can’t. The global environment is enthrall to the solar system. Anything we puny little ants do is the equivalent of trying to steer an aircraft carrier with a teaspoon. Even if we could nudge global temperatures in one direction or another, we don’t know if what we do would have a beneficial or negative effect. That forest fire the military caused this summer was partially caused by 50 years of fire suppression that left our forests full of a lot of fuel that burns very hot and is very hard to put out.  More often than not, when we mess with nature, we mess it up.

We should accept our status in the solar system and spend our efforts on adapting to whatever the environment does instead of trying to steer the Titanic with a teaspoon.

Posted October 31, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in Alaska, Climate change, Common sense

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Avoiding Customs Harrassment   Leave a comment

I picked up on this story and thought it was interesting.

The writer does a poor job here of journalism. His “hero” Chris Eaton is a foreign national whose name has been connected with eco-terrorism. Maybe he thinks the Esperanza is a cruise ship, but it was retrofitted to interfere and ram oil rigs in Artic waters, which is what it was up to in Alaska when he was on it. Actic oil drilling is not inherently unsafe, but it becomes unsafe when amateurs slam their ships into yours. Those are MY waters! I’d do more than detain him in Customs, if I had the power.

I have no problem with him designing encryption software, but I can see where the DHS might. They shouldn’t, because this sort of software shouldn’t be necessary if DHS, NSA, etc. were not snooping into our communications. However, in Mr. Eton’s case, I suspect he uses Cryptocat to talk with his fellow eco-terrorists.

Although I do not want to see our government harrassing American citizens, the fact is that the 911 attacks were made possible by lax border security. We need to get over this politically correct idea that anyone could be a terrorist. No, 90-year-old Irish-American grandmothers have never shown to be terrorists. Young men of Middle Eastern heritage have been. So have men and women who have piled onto Esparanza to make their eco-terrorism points in the Artic. Mr. Eaton can avoid such treatment in the future by not coming to the United States. Of course, I think his own country should probably have somewhat to say about his terrorist activities.

A Glimpse of My World   Leave a comment

Two weeks ago, it was snowing while we were picking out maple trees to plant. Two days later, we broke 40 degrees for the first time in 2013. Last Saturday we turned the garden and discovered frozen ground just 18 inches deep. The next day it was 102 degrees on our front deck where the 80 degree sun bounces off the light-colored paint. This week it was 80 degrees or more every day. Today, it was nearly 100 on the deck before I got too busy to pay attention.

Last Saturday, our trees were still in ice nap — just starting to set buds. Today, the trees are in full leaf.

This was an unusual spring in Alaska. It was about three weeks late; it lasted two days and then it was summer. Alaskans are used to weird weather. That’s what comes of living in an extreme climate. Last year spring came three weeks early. Next year … who knows?

The reason I share this with you is that there are so many in the world who want us to believe that the sky is falling. Unless you live in Oklahoma or Kansas this summer, it probably isn’t. Weather happens. Relax. Adapt. Build a storm shelter if you live in tornado alley. Buy a wood stove and stock up on birch if you live in Alaska. The world has been turning on its axis for a very long, long time and our ancestors were no more in control of the weather than we are. Accept that and get on with your life.

I’m taking a nice glass of lemonade out to the deck where it will still be 75 and sunny at 10 pm. Midnight sun, don’t you know? In fact, the photo of the park above was taken about 8 pm on a June evening. The sun was in the west, right about where the sun would set if we were in Seattle. Instead, the sun was two hand-breadths above the horizon. At about 11:30 pm, on the summer solstice (June 20-22), the sun dips below the northern horizon for 2 1/2 hours a night. It doesn’t get dark. You can still play softball or hike at midnight. About about 2 am, the sun come back up. I call it “sun dip”. The Alaska Goldpanners play a double-header entirely without artificial light on solstice eve. I saw the great Bob Boone (back when he was an unknown) hit a grand slam once right at the stroke of midnight. Just look at that sky at midnight!

It’s Gotta Be a Record!   Leave a comment

Two weeks ago it snowed here in Fairbanks Alaska.  That’s a friend of mine on a ridge line. Last weekend it was so cold we wore our winter coats to pick up spring trees. This weekend — right now, at 6:00 pm — it is 102*F on my south-facing deck and 77*F in the back yard.

Alaska’s springs are usually short, but we ordinarily have a one-month “mud” season that we call spring. This year we literally had spring in about four days. We have friends who still have snow on the  ground around their houses. We dug our garden this weekend and decided to set some posts for a pea trellis. We had to stop because the ground was frozen about 18 inches down. Ordinarily by this time in May the ground is thawed to about least eight feet.

If this is not a record for the shortest spring in Fairbanks history, I am stumped as to which year that might have been. And that all makes me wonder — why do we humans, especially we American humans, have such arrogance that we cannot conceive of the world operating without our control.

We don’t control the weather. We adapt to it. Global warming, global cooling, ups, downs, whirlwinds — we really don’t know what’s going to happen next year. The weather man is wrong 60% of the time. So, can we stop acting like we have awesome cosmic power and just adapt to what comes our way.

Environmental OCD   1 comment

I learned a few things in my 15-year stint as an administrator in a mental health center. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterized by doing the same patterns of behavior over and over again in the, usually, mistaken belief that you will somehow bring order into the universe.

Rich Trzupek’s insightful piece in the American Spectator (“Obsessive-Compulsive Environmentalism”) outlines how Big Environment is a well-financed industry, just another political player in the Washington establishment — like Big Labor, Big Business, Big Education, et al. — and as manipulative, shrill, and self-interested as anyone in DC.

Environmentalism for many of its members is also a religion, replacing the faith of our founders with concern for the spotted owl and the snail darter. The groups in the green lobby — The Sierra Club, Greenpeace, the Environmental Defense Fund, Friends of the Earth, etc., etc. — amount to upscale Earth worshipping cults, peddling eco-paganism to Lexus luddites. The meaning that traditional religion supplied in the past is pumped into otherwise vacant post-everything lives through competition to see who cares for the planet most. Care for the planet is expressed through support of fantastical policies that would destroy our economy without improving the environment.

Environmentalism is hardly an economic weakling. Ian Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute in The Really Inconvenient Truths reported that these eco-groups have hundreds of thousands of members each. The Sierra Club has more than two million members. All told, the eco-groups have annual resources n excess of a half billion dollars. This is not a group of dowdy bird-watchers. These folks have lots of money and enormous economic and political clout.

No one wants to step off this gravy train, even though America is a much cleaner place than it was in 1970, in many cases as a result of sound legislation forced through by environmental groups decades back when their goals and methods were more sensible. If America ever became so clean the entire continent could pass your mother-in-law’s white-glove inspection, no one in the Sierra Club would say, “Mission accomplished. let’s go play some softball.” Pollution and “the sky is falling” are too lucrative to admit success.

Great causes almost invariably evolve from a justified moral crusade, to a business, to a racket. Examples are the civil rights movement and the March of Dimes — both good causes that established a professional bureaucracy to reach their goals more efficiently and then, having reached their goals, had to find a reason for the professional bureaucracy to remain in place. Environmentalism has reached the racket stage, where the folks running the enviro-organizations grossly exaggerate environmental problems and make up new ones in order to keep the members worked up and the money rolling in. They use the most extreme and emotional rhetoric, combined with intense open hostility toward anyone or any group that opposes or even questions their fantastical agendas, which are based at least as much on left-wing ideology as on concern for the environment.

While some of the rank-and-file in the environmental movement are well-intentioned useful idiots, those in charge are far from looking out for Americans in general. Just look at the purple prose produced by some of their press efforts.

In a March 15 release, the Sierra Club urged President Obama not to support vehicles that use natural gas, asLNG is a fossil fuel and therefore evil, contributing to what enviros call “the climate crisis.” Sierra wants no new drilling for oil and gas and no fracking:

The President should instead go all in on electric vehicles and clean energy sources like wind and solar, while boosting common sense climate solutions like energy efficiency.

Yes, let’s ignore the fact that solar only works in places with year-round sun and the panels require a lot of fossil fuel to produce and that wind decimates local bird populations. Those are arguments for other enviro-groups, at future times.

Here are some temperate remarks by Sierra executive director Michael Brune on Congressman Paul Ryan’s proposed budget, which in enviro-think is nothing more than Republican’s perverse desire to pollute the planet:

With this budget, Paul Ryan is trying to revive the dirty fuels agenda that the American people rejected in last November’s election. It’s policy that nobody but the big oil and coal billionaires who bankrolled his campaign could love. Today, Ryan and Congressional Republicans released a budget proposal straight out of the polluters’ playbook — one that doubles down on dirty fuels, throws open the gates of our public lands to destructive drilling, mining, and fracking, and hands billions in tax breaks to the biggest oil companies in the world.

Wow, oil speculators are the boogeyman under your bed now. 
I guess I shouldn’t point out that a 51% majority is not exactly a mandate on green energy. Ouch! Was that a rock?

Catching his breath, Brune goes on:

Polls show the American people want investment in clean energy jobs and climate solutions. But instead, this proposal tries to gut our clean energy economy while decimating programs that keep our air and water clean and subjecting our families to more climate-poisoning tar sands, oil, and coal. Of course, if Paul Ryan listened to the American people, he might be in the White House right now. Instead, he’s doing the bidding of fossil fuel billionaires, forcing their reckless agenda into our national debate and forcing American families out.

I tried to find the polls. If a large number of Americans wish to dismantle the economy in the name of global warming, and wish to see more Solyndras, word has not reached me, but I live in Alaska, so maybe I don’t have access to the whole Internet. If someone has a link. you know how to reach me.

America has sufficient domestic oil and gas to tell the Saudis and the Venezuelans to have a nice day. Energy independence would be a good strong step toward economic growth. Thanks largely to policies pushed by the Sierra Club and like-minded organizations, we’re prevented from recovering and using a large fraction of these resources. A big part of our energy future, if we can sneak it past the granola crowd, is natural gas. The Sierra Club not only doesn’t want America to use natural gas, it doesn’t want us to export it either.

Sierra and other enviro groups worry:

that natural gas exports will raise domestic energy prices, disproportionately harming the middle class and manufacturing, while further exacerbating the climate crisis and leading to more dirty and dangerous fracking and drilling on our nation’s lands. The expansion of drilling and fracking will further pollute our air, water and put the health and safety of our communities at additional risk. Expanded drilling will also substantially increase emissions of methane, which is a powerful climate disrupting pollutant that puts the public at risk of worsening climate change.

Sierra Club fell in with the hysteria over sequestration, managing to fit this hustle into the group’s obsession with oil and gas. Somehow a 2% cut in the growth of government (not actual spending) is going to be the end of the world, so the club is apoplectic over the Keystone Pipeline:

Tonight, Congress failed to act to prevent massive cuts that will take a significant toll on critical programs that protect our air, our water, and American families while maintaining huge tax breaks for the oil and gas companies. This afternoon, the State Department released a cynical report in support of the dirty and dangerous Keystone pipeline, ignoring the stark effects it will have on the security of our nation and our planet. And, tonight, gridlock and obstruction by Congressional Republicans will result in new threats to our air, our water, our food, and our families.

From an earlier release:

This morning, 48 environmental, civil rights, and community leaders from across the country joined together for a historic display of civil disobedience at the White House where they demanded that President Obama deny the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and address the climate crisis.

Included in the civil disobeyers, in addition to Sierra’s Brune, were such “disinterested climate experts” as Julian Bond, Daryl Hannah, and a couple of the Kennedy clan. Speakers included such scientific clarifiers as the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, and a couple of Indian chiefs. I believe the 1st Amendment protects the right of Indian chiefs and hip hop advocates to speak their opinion, but what does any of this have to do with science or a reasoned argument about climate or tar sands?

Sierra has enlisted Nanny Bloomberg in its campaign against coal:

“If we continue to use coal, we will continue to kill our citizens,” Bloomberg huffed in a Sierra release. “With every 50,000 megawatts of coal taken off line, more than 3,600 deaths are prevented and $1.7 billion in healthcare costs are saved each year. I couldn’t be more proud of our work to ensure that all Americans have clean air to breathe.”

I couldn’t find the method he used to come up with those figures. Here the club high-fives Shell’s decision not to drill in the frozen north:

It is encouraging that America’s pristine Arctic has been given a reprieve and we are happy Shell has now officially recognized they cannot safely drill in the Arctic. Now, it’s time that the Obama Administration recognizes the same thing.

Just so you understand — Shell’s decision cost Alaskans about 1500 downline jobs for this year alone. In a state with only a half-million residents, that’s big. What’s more, Shell isn’t going away permanently. They’re just not drilling this summer. They admitted they couldn’t safely drill in the Arctic with ships that can pass the ridiculous air quality standards but not the more rigorous standards of the Arctic seas. They have ships that can do that, but they will have to retrofit them to pass the air quality standards. By that time, barring citizen action, the Sierra Club and friends will have had the administrative state tighten those standards to where human beings will violate the law by exhaling.

To show just how far Sierra’s concerns can drift from clean air, clean water, and the preservation of natural habitat, in January Sierra applauded John Kerry’s confirmation as Secretary of State because he will be, in Brune’s words, “our nation’s top climate negotiator. We are excited that he will bring his strong credentials on climate to the critical decisions facing our planet, including increasing access to affordable clean energy options and stopping the expansion of dirty tar sands and coal worldwide.”

Did the Obama administration re-write the Secretary of State’s job description when we weren’t looking? The last time I checked, he was supposed to be America’s chief diplomat, not a shill for the enviro movement.

Sierra has bought into and promotes all the unsubstantiated horrors climate change is supposed to bring, as this language from Brune demonstrates:

President Obama’s second term will be a pivotal four years in the fight against climate disruption. In his victory speech, the President invited a national climate conversation, but we also need swift, decisive action to prevent more erratic weather, super-storms, and wildfires.

I think it’s extremely arrogant to think that mere human beings can affect anything as large as the earth’s global environment, but hey, that’s just me. From another release:

2012 was the hottest year on record for our nation. It was a year rife with droughts, wildfires and extreme weather events like super-storm Sandy. In addition, the number of weather catastrophes driven by climate disruption across the world has tripled since 1980, with the greatest increases in North America. The situation is dire and requires nothing short of bold, decisive action by President Obama and our leaders to cut our addiction to fossil fuels and build a clean energy economy.

It snowed here in Fairbanks, Alaska on May 18 of 2013. Sorry if I don’t believe that 2012 was the hottest year on record. Can we place look at the records and maybe include the winter temperatures in that? I think if we do we’ll find there were a couple of years in the 1930s that were hotter.

And here’s how Brune, commenting on Mitt Romney’s nomination as GOP presidential candidate, put Hurricane Isaac at the feet of global warming:

Mitt Romney’s speech Thursday night marked an all-new low for the candidate. His comments added insult to injury for the millions of American families and businesses affected by devastating events like this summer’s drought and Hurricane Isaac. Make no mistake — we are witnessing the effects of the climate crisis today. Americans need bold action and solutions to mitigate the threats of climate disruption – not glib mockery and denial of the problem.

Brune of course was much more keen on Obama’s acceptance speech:

Whether it is reducing our national dependence on oil, putting Americans to work in clean energy jobs, or addressing climate disruption, the goals President Obama laid out tonight are those he has been working toward over the last four years. In the face of relentless attacks from dirty energy billionaires, President Obama has led the way for America to become the global leader in clean energy investment. Wind installations have doubled and solar has grown by a factor of five, putting hundreds of thousands of Americans at work in clean energy jobs. That is progress to be proud of and momentum that can only be seized if President Obama is re-elected.

No surprise then that Sierra and the rest of the enviro-groups endorsed Obama for re-election. Election night Brune had this cheery message: “Tonight’s victory isn’t Barack Obama’s — it’s the planet’s.”

Well-heeled Sierra Clubbers now make themselves feel better about themselves by spending most of their time attacking the very form of energy that has made long life and prosperity possible on the planet, and, ironically, has made the Sierra Club possible. It is the equivalent of the OCD sufferer who, fearing disease, washes his hands so often that he causes the skin to crack and peel, which opens him up to disease. The enviros are as sick and as obsessive as any I saw at the mental health center.

Global Temperatures   Leave a comment

I found this interesting bit of news buried on Page 28 of a transportation research document.

Despite the media hyperbole, it is an open secret among scientists and engineers that the climate shifts are a normal cycle the earth goes through.

As research explores these issues, many questions remain. Decade-to-decade warming and cooling trends, for example, complicate the forecasting to address these issues. Despite rising temperatures, climate models predict that parts of the globe will experience both long- and short-term cooling trends. The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) indicates that changes in Pacific and Atlantic Ocean currents will cause warming and cooling trends in Alaska on a 30-year cycle (4). The last change occurred in the mid-1970s, with high temperatures, and the next cycle in the PDO has begun a drop in temperatures. Some climatologists maintain that the upcoming PDO will be shorter but will lower the depth of the cooling trend beyond past cycles (4). Others predict a deeper and perhaps longer PDO, similar to the beginnings of the last ice age.

Permafrost Damaged Road near Yellowknife. Royalty Free Stock Photo

The real consensus is that the earth’s temperature shifts, in approximately 30-year cycles within a larger about 300-year cycle and that we should adapt to these shifts rather than panic of them. But panic provides the ruling class with an excuse to rule, so by all means, they must create a crisis.

Global Warming Observation   Leave a comment

More evidence for doubting global warming and wondering if there’s another reason for that sea ice meltdown besides temperature.

This is the view of Cook Inlet and downtown Anchorage on April 14, 2013

In the attached article, Ned Rozell, science writer with the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute recounts Alaska’s cooling trend of the last decade. Winters were getting warmer for two decades (my observation) and now they’re getting colder (Ned and I agree). Summers are colder than when I was a kid, but they’ve been holding steady for most of this century.

My point is that we don’t really know why this is happening, but there are people in our world who want us to take extreme action to control it – action that will certainly devastate our economy and devastate the budgets of most families – even though they don’t understand what is causing the phenomena. Moreover, they are unable to explain why, if global temperatures are increasing, temperatures across a wide swath of the northern hemisphere are decreasing.

A wiser solution would be to do what humans have always done – adapt to changing conditions. Stop panicking and trying to control forces greater than ourselves and adapt. And in a century or two, or next decade, when the temperature pendulum swings again, we adapt the other way. 

Global Warming Nerves   Leave a comment

The global-warming crowd is a little getting nervous. Why? Because this was a cold, long winter in many parts of the world and it’s hard to sell anthropomorphic

Here in Alaska, we bet on the date the Tanana River ice will go out. What can I tell you? Small isolated community with a lot of frozen rivers. In the early part of the 20th century, what else were we going to do with our time and the considerable amount of gold dust some of the miners had stashed? For as little as $2.50 for a single ticket, you can win in excess of $300,000, depending on how many tickets were sold. It’s not Powerball, but it’s our own little funky contest and in a state where gambling is not legal, it’s about the only time any of us get to place a bet without committing a misdemeanor. Technically, it is not a game of chance because there is science involved in figuring out when the ice goes out.

This is the latest the Tanana River has gone out in the history of the Ice Classic … one day later than in the very cold year of 1964 (the year my mom won a bar pool on the Classic). It was the coldest winter since 1971. April 2013 was the snowiest April on record. The trees haven’t budded yet, a good two weeks later than any year in my memory. The Denali Highway keeps drifting in with snow as soon as the road crews clear it.

I understand this is a trend. The northern states of the United States experienced a bitterly cold and late winter and Europe saw a similar pattern. On average, this March was 13 degrees colder than last year. On the other hand, the Arctic sea ice is definitely declining and is at the fifth lowest extent in recorded history, and Greenland has experienced dramatic melting as well. Paradoxically, Antarctica’s ice sheet reached its highest extent on record in 2012, but scientists say the ice there is changing. I would note that polar region research is still in its infancy, so the meaning of these observations has yet to be determined.

Which is my point. After 20 years of warming trend, Alaska has seen three winters in a row in line with historical weather trends – the cold I knew as a kid is back. Now, this summer is looking to be a chill one, which was NOT the pattern when I was a kid. We had warm, even hot summers, in Interior Alaska.

But, if you’ve made a career out of global warming, this spring will make you cranky. Professor of forest ecology Glenn Judy was there to shut down logging in Oregon to protect the spotted owl who were falling prey to a larger, more efficient owl species. Now he lives in Alaska to nag us about what he sees as our wanton ways. But, if the weather is returning to normal, what’s he going to do for a living? So, let’s insist that the Weather Service and commonsense Alaskans with decades of Alaskan experience are confused by calendar dates and that we really don’t know what we’re observing.

Another ruling-class elitist who wants to insist that he and his know more than the rest of us. We’re scientists; we’re experts. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Your observations are merely the confused ramblings of poorly educated people who mistakenly think you are able to think for yourselves. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! We will control all that you see and hear! The ice is melting, the temperatures are going up. You’re cold and it’s snowing in May? Here, put on a woolen burqa to protect you from the sun’s rays. You’re hot now, aren’t you? See, global warming! Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

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