Archive for June, 2011

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Dollar seen losing global reserve status

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Source:  Financial Times

By Jack Farchy in London

The US dollar will lose its status as the global reserve currency over the next 25 years, according to a survey of central bank reserve managers who collectively control more than $8,000bn.

More than half the managers, who were polled by UBS, predicted that the dollar would be replaced by a portfolio of currencies within the next 25 years.

That marks a departure from previous years, when the central bank reserve managers have said the dollar would retain its status as the sole reserve currency. (more…)

War on fossil fuels continues: Democrats Pushing $400 Billion Tax Hike

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Source:  FOX News

The White House is pushing for some tax increases on the wealthy or the elimination of tax breaks for big companies and wealthy individuals as part of a deficit-cutting plan. During the Biden-led negotiations, Democrats proposed about $400 billion in additional tax revenue, including ending subsidies to oil and gas companies, an idea that has failed previously in the Senate.

The administration also would tax private equity or hedge fund managers at higher income tax rates instead of lower capital gains rates, change the depreciation formula on corporate jets and limit itemized deductions for wealthy taxpayers. It also has called for repealing a tax benefit for an inventory accounting practice used by many manufacturers. (more…)

To Quote Sir Robin’s Minstrel: “They Bravely Ran Away, Away”

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Source: Powerline

by Steven Hayward

Some years ago–1997 in fact–I was invited to participate in a climate change group grope in Denver hosted by former Colorado Senator Tim Wirth, who left the Senate first for a Clinton Administration State Department post, and then to be the head of the UN Foundation, an entity set in motion by Ted Turner’s billion-dollar pledge to the United Nations–a pledge that Turner later had to renege on after his fortunes shrank in the aftermath of the disastrous AOL-Time Warner merger. But that’s another story. (more…)

Naomi Oreskes: Smear Merchant

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Source: American Thinker

by Dr. Fred Singer

Professor Naomi Oreskes, of the University of California in San Diego, claims to be a science historian.  One can readily demonstrate that she is neither a credible scientist nor a credible historian; the best evidence is right there in her recent book, “Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming,” coauthored with Eric Conway.  Her science is faulty; her historical procedures are thoroughly unprofessional.  She is, however, an accomplished polemicist, who has found time for world lecture tours, promoting her book and her ideological views, while being paid by the citizens of California.  Her book tries to smear four senior physicists — of whom I am the only surviving one.  I view it as my obligation to defend the reputations of my late colleagues and good friends against her libelous charges. (more…)

Carbon Footprint of Michelle Obama?s June 2011 Africa Trip

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Source:  SPPI Blog

First Lady Michelle Obama has returned home from her week-long trip to South Africa and Botswana?a visit focused on ?youth leadership, education, health and wellness.?  Mrs. Obama was accompanied on her travels by her two daughters, her mother, a niece and nephew (and a group of support and security staff).

While global warming is a significant concern of her husband, Michelle?s interests lie more towards promoting education, healthiness, and nutrition. And as such, the carbon dioxide released by the approximately 18,000 flight miles logged during her trip probably contributed more to her causes, than to his.

Here is why. (more…)

The End is Near for Faith in AGW

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Source: Wattsup

Al Gore: Conspiracy Theorist

[SPPI Note: see our paper by Cook: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/originals/are_skeptic_scientists_corrupt.pdf

by Russell Cook

When the public learns about huge faults in the skeptic scientist accusation, combined with the faults in the IPCC, the result may send AGW into total collapse.

Guest post submitted by Russell Cook

I?m preaching to the choir here when I say appearances of people hiding AGW?s problems beg for clichés ? the emperor has no clothes, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, nothing to see here, move along. But I?m not a scientist, nor do I have a scintilla of expertise to say with any authority that the IPCC is wrong and skeptic scientists are right.

The one thing I can do is offer an ordinary citizen?s informed view of what the barrier is preventing skeptics? viewpoints from being heard, and how that barrier can turn from the paper-thin success story it is into a cancer that has the potential to wipe out the entire ideology of AGW. (more…)

Spotted: Lisa Jackson at the UN Environment Programme

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Source:  The Political Girl: Spotted: Lisa Jackson at the UN Environment Programme

The Political Girl: Spotted: Lisa Jackson at the UN Environment Programme

A picture worth a thousand words

26 May 2011 The United Nations States Environmental Protection Agency

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/the_un_states_epa.html

“It is our vision that by working with global partners we can advance our shared priorities, including adapting to climate change, ensuring national security, facilitating commerce, promoting sustainable development, protecting vulnerable populations and engaging diplomatically around the world.”

The EPA is seen by the UN and its supporters as the Trojan horse for controlling carbon dioxide emissions in the US, leaving the way open for global control via the UN. The Agency?s considerable involvement with the IPCC and the UNFCCC on many levels gives strong support to that agenda.

First Ignored, Then Attacked: 6th International Climate Change Conference

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Source:  Caruba

By Alan Caruba

In the words of Gandhi, ?First they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win.?

Thursday, June 30, will mark the beginning of the Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, sponsored by The Heartland Institute, a free market policy center headquartered in Chicago. The conference will be held in Washington, D.C., an appropriate location considering how much hot air emanates from Congress and the White House.

I attended the first conferences that took place in New York City, just across the river from where I live, so I was ?there at the beginning? for conferences that were, in the words of Gandhi, largely ignored by the mainstream media and subsequently mentioned but only as the object of mockery. (more…)

US: The myth of killer mercury

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Source:  Hacer

by Willie Soon and Paul Driessen

New rules use doctored evidence to cause economic pain and impair human health.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued 946 pages of new rules, requiring that U.S. power plants sharply reduce (already low) emissions of mercury and 83 other air pollutants. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that, while the regulations will cost electricity producers $10.9 billion annually, they will save 17,000 lives and generate up to $140 billion in health benefits.

There is no factual basis for these assertions. To build its case, EPA systematically cherry-picked supportive studies (many of them dated) and ignored extensive evidence and clinical studies that contradict its regulatory agenda, which is to punish hydrocarbon use and close down coal-fired power plants. (more…)

EPA and the Merucry Scare

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Source:  CFACT

by Paul Driessen

Trying to correct all the disinformation about ?mercury and air toxics? is a full-time job

Ever since public, congressional and union anger and anxiety persuaded the Environmental Protection Agency to delay action on its economy-strangling carbon dioxide rules, EPA has been on a take-no-prisoners crusade to impose other job-killing rules for electricity generating plants.

As President Obama said when America rejected cap-tax-and-trade, ?there?s more than one way to skin the cat.? If Congress won’t cooperate, his EPA will lead the charge. Energy prices will ?skyrocket.? Companies that want to build coal-fired power plants will ?go bankrupt.? His administration will ?fundamentally transform? our nation?s energy, economic, industrial and social structure. (more…)

Help Wanted: For an ‘Aggressive Program to Go After … Deniers’ of Climate Change

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Source: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/democrat-senator-climate-change-causes-u

Former Democratic Sen. Tim Wirth of Colorado, now the president of the UN Foundation, said the flooding and forest fires in the United States this year are evidence of “the kind of dramatic climate impact” climate change models have predicted and that those in the know on climate change must ?undertake an aggressive program to go after those who are among the deniers.?

In a UN Foundation conference call about climate change, from Svalbard, Norway on Thursday, Wirth said, ?[W]e have to–I think, again as I?ve suggested before–undertake an aggressive program to go after those who are among the deniers, who are putting out these mistruths, and really call them for what they?re doing and make a battle out of it. They?ve had pretty much of a free ride so far, and that time has got to stop.? (more…)

Another Attack on Constitutional Liberties

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Source: Wash Times

Wading into another fierce ideological battle, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has announced plans to sue regarding new federal regulation of the Internet and has urged other states to jump on board his fight against ?net neutrality.?

Calling the regulations the ?most egregious of all violations of federal law,? Mr. Cuccinelli told The Washington Times on Thursday that he will begin in July or August to gather support from other attorneys general and private partners for a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission.

?They have no respect for the courts, no respect for the states, no respect for the Constitution, no respect for federal law,? Mr. Cuccinelli, a Republican, said during an appearance on Capitol Hill at a lunch meeting of the National Italian-American Foundation. (more…)

Food Security — Not!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Source:  SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

G20 agriculture summit to discuss food security and regulating global markets ? MercoPress

The G20 summit in Paris is discussing food security and proposals for regulating the global agricultural markets. France, which holds the G-20 presidency, wants a central database on crops, limits on export bans, international market regulation, emergency stockpiles and a plan to raise global output.

?A market that is not regulated is not a market, it?s a lottery in which fortune smiles on the most cynical, instead of rewarding hard work, investment and the creation of value? underlined Sarkozy.

Al Gore and Population Control

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Source: Daily Caller

The global warming debate has always been a touchy one for both sides, and when the world?s top global warming activist is talking about the size of population and how that contributes to the choices societies make, it might be worth taking note.

In an appearance Monday in New York City, former Vice President Al Gore, prominently known for his climate change activism, took on the subject of population size and the role of society in controlling it to reduce pollution.

He offered some ideas about what might be done for females in the name of stabilizing population growth. (h/t Chris Horner via wattsupwiththat.com)

?One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principle ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women,? Gore said. ?You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children have, the spacing of the children.

?You have to lift child survival rates so that parents feel comfortable having small families and most important ? you have to educate girls and empower women,? he said. ?And that?s the most powerful leveraging factor, and when that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices and more balanced choices.?

Legal victory as Montana Supreme Court rejects warming lawsuit

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Source:  CFACT

CFACT’s mulitple award-winning Climate Depot published an exclusive 321 page report in December of over 1000 scientists who dissent over claims of man-made global warming. The report was submitted as key scientific evidence in a high profile and victorious court case before the Montana Supreme Court.

The Associated Press reported that the Court, ?on Wednesday denied a petition filed by attorneys seeking state regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The AP noted ?the petition filed in May was part of a new legal strategy by activists trying to force government intervention on climate change. They want the atmosphere designated as a public trust deserving special protection. Similar lawsuits and regulatory petitions were filed last month by attorneys representing youth nationwide.? (more…)