December 2010 Archives

By Kimberly Schwandt, FoxNews

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- After failing to get climate-change legislation through Congress, the Obama administration plans on pushing through its environmental policies through other means, and Republicans are ready to put up a fight.

On Jan. 2, new carbon emissions limits will be put forward as the Environmental Protection Agency prepares regulations that would force companies to get permits to release greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Critics say the new rules are a backdoor effort to enact the president's agenda on global warming without the support of Congress, and would hurt the economy and put jobs in jeopardy by forcing companies to pay for expensive new equipment.

"They are job killers. Regulations, period -- any kind of regulation is a weight on economy. It requires people to comply with the law, which takes work hours and time, which reduces the profitability of firms. Therefore, they grow more slowly and you create less jobs," said environmental scientist Ken Green of the conservative American Enterprise Institute.


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Marc Morano on Fox News

The first the the new Legislature should do is repeal light bulb ban.


EDITORIAL: EPA's power grab

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Canada Free Press

The federal government is ushering in 2011 with new powers that will jack up energy costs for consumers. In the name of fighting unproven climate-change theories, bureaucrats are pushing through tough new business restrictions on emissions from energy plants that light and heat homes across the country. As a result, Americans in the near future may be forced to pay a hidden tax in their electric bills or, worse, find themselves in the dark and cold.

The Environmental Protection Agency's new rules, which take effect Jan. 2, will impose limits on carbon dioxide. The EPA's primary targets are coal-plant operators, who will be forced to choose between retrofitting their facilities with expensive emissions-control equipment and cooling towers or shutting them down. Democratic Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV - whose West Virginia coal-country constituents have the most to lose from the tough emissions restrictions - announced Friday that he had failed in his 11th-hour attempt to force a Senate vote to suspend the regulations before they take effect. His measure would have delayed for two years the new emissions requirements for power plants, refineries and manufacturing factories under the Clean Air Act.

A study released Dec. 8 by the Brattle Group, an economic consultancy, found that the new EPA rules could force the retirement of older power plants that produce 50,000 to 67,000 megawatts of electricity, or roughly 20 percent of the nation's coal-fired power plants. As many as 70 million homes could be subject to blackouts, according to American Solutions, an advocacy group for conventional energy. Equipping remaining plants to comply with the mandates would cost $100 billion to $180 billion, the Brattle report warned. Those expenses would be passed along to consumers in the form of higher electric bills.

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Dr. Jerome Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com



BrownShirts3.jpgThe Environmental Protection Agency is prepared in 2011 to implement carbon taxes without any new legislation being passed by Congress, Politico reported. The move demonstrates Obama's plan to govern America by executive decree.The EPA has evidently agreed on a schedule to set greenhouse gas emissions standards, known as "performance standards," for the nation's power plants and refineries, two of the largest carbon-emitting industries, the website reported.

The EPA is expected to issue a draft greenhouse gas performance standard by July 2011 and a final rule by May 2012, despite continuing concerns after the Climategate release of U.N. climate science e-mails that the anthropogenic global warming scare is an ideological cause based on junk science.

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By Elmer Beauregard

Found this article at Colorado Springs Independent. Basically it tells all the mind-numbed robots how to "debunk" the "deniers". I am the only commenter so far debunking the debunker, you should all join the conversation, it'll be a hoot.

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Napolitano Says DHS to Begin Battling Climate Change as Homeland Security Issue

RescueHeroes.jpg(CNSNews.com) -- At an all-day White House conference on "environmental justice," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that her department is creating a new task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security operations.

Speaking at the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice on Thursday, Napolitano discussed the initial findings of the department's recently created "Climate Change and Adaptation Task Force."

Napolitano explained that the task force was charged with "identifying and assessing the impact that climate change could have on the missions and operations of the Department of Homeland Security."

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By Renee Richardson, Brainerd Dispatch

tcfshowchoveling.jpgA longtime Vikings season ticket holder is looking forward to the cool factor of seeing an outdoor game, 29 years to the day since his last one in the Twin Cities.

The last game at the old Metropolitan Stadium was Dec. 20, 1981. Steve Shepherd, who owns Shep's on 6th in downtown Brainerd, was there. He didn't expect to have the opportunity again but on Dec. 20, 2010, Shepherd plans to among the chilled fans cheering on the Vikings at the 50th anniversary celebration and Monday Night Football game. Even without the comforts of the fallen Metrodome.

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"I'm definitely going to go," Shepherd said. "I think the nostalgia of being outdoors will be incredible.

"You've got to be there."

The seating, on a first-come, first-serve basis, he expects to be a mess. It should be a long day of standing before the seating bit actually starts. Shepherd will be going with his usual crew of four and meeting up with about 15 to 20 other people at the game.



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IBN Live

europe_snow.jpgLondon: Heavy snowfall on Saturday brought large parts of Britain to a standstill by grounding flights and, blocking roads and rail networks in what is considered to be the coldest December on record.

Heathrow Airport cancelled all flights between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday, with further problems at Gatwick and in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The announcement came after overnight blizzards and plummeting temperatures buckled a huge chunk of the nation's road and rail links on the busiest weekend for travel and shopping before Christmas.

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Calgary Herald

It's over. The 15,000 delegates from 193 countries plus 10,000 hangers have packed their bags and left the Cancun luxury hotels where they were saving the Earth for two weeks. The purveyors of bad tequila (for technophobic young demonstrators) and fine wines (for delegates) are counting their money, and hotel employees are busily cleaning up the mess in preparation for the influx of Christmas tourists.

In the spirit of Copenhagen, civilization has again dodged the bullet of mass hysteria. A new dark age of deindustrialization has been evaded, and another nail has been driven into the coffin of the Kyoto accord. There was never any real possibility that major developing nations such as China and Brazil would line up to commit economic suicide, and agree to hobble their burgeoning industries by firmly limiting carbon dioxide emissions, while less developed countries would be free to do whatever they wish.

To justify the two-week waste of time and money, agreement was reached to establish a Green Climate Fund, projected to rise to $100 billion annually by 2020, for countries threatened by altered weather patterns. It's unclear who will contribute to the fund, how it will be administered or who (other than Third World tyrants) would be the beneficiaries. It looks like a classic shell game in which affluent countries will pledge funds but actually make no significant contributions. If money really does end up in the pot, what a carnival of graft, corruption and international conflict over the spoils that will be!


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mongabay.com

The California Air Resources Board voted 9-1 to adopt cap and trade regulations for AB32, California's 2006 climate law. The move, which establishes the first compliance carbon trading system in the United States, opens the door for carbon offsets generated via forest conservation projects.

The new rules will allow polluting industries to buy and sell emissions allowances. 90 percent of allowances would be free during the early stages of the program, but as the cap tightens, fewer allowances will be available. By 2020 the cap would limit emissions to 1990 levels.

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Turn Your Lawn Chairs Back Into Snow Shovels

By Elmer Beauregard
LawnChair.jpgAs you may or not know one of our many clever slogans for Minnesotans For Global Warming is "Turn Your Snow Shovels Into Lawn Chairs". Playing off the verse from Isaiah 2:4."They shall beat their swords into plowshares".

I figured with the advent of Global Warming, we will need to do something with all of those unused snow shovels. I made this prototype of the "Shovel Chair 2000" at the beginning of November when we were having unusually warm weather. The media was saying it was because off Global Warming and we better get used to it. Now with the worst blizzard in 20 years hitting Minnesota. I am thinking of taking it apart to shovel a path from the RV to the SUV.

With the Metrodome collapsing yesterday, I'm mad that we didn't all grab our shovels and go to the new outdoor Gopher football stadium and dig it out so the Vikings could have the home field advantage against New York tonight. Instead the Vikes will be playing in Detroit in their "NEW" stadium. (wink, wink)

Metrodome Collapses

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By Elmer Beauregard

Heavy Snow In Minneapolis Causes Metrodome To Collapse

CollapsedMetrodome.jpgMinneapolis is cleaning out from it's worst blizzard since the infamous Halloween Blizzard of 1991, which also caused the Metrodome to collapse. The 17" of snow plus high winds proved to be too much for the aging Teflon roof of the Metrodome where Bret Favre and the Vikings were supposed to play today at noon. The game was postponed till tomorrow night.

It's for reasons like this that I started Minnesotans For Global Warming in the first place. Minnesota winters are taxing enough, we don't need to be taxed for the CO2 we emit just trying to survive. Especially under the guise of CO2 causing winters to warm a bit, it just doesn't make any sense.

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Instead of the "Gore Effect", I refer to this phenomena as "Elmer's Second Law of Global Warming" when God reminds us who actually controls the weather. Remember last year when I asked people to pray for snow leading up to Copenhagen and God answered our prayer. I thought about doing it this year but asking for snow in Cancun might be pushing it.

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The Week

Cancun is hosting the U.N. conference on man-made climate change -- amid record cold temperatures

The irony: As negotiators from nearly 200 countries met in Cancun to strategize ways to keep the planet from getting hotter, the temperature in the seaside Mexican city plunged to a 100-year record low of 54° F. Climate-change skeptics are gleefully calling Cancun's weather the latest example of the "Gore Effect" -- a plunge in temperature they say occurs wherever former Vice President Al Gore, now a Nobel Prize-winning environmental activist, makes a speech about the climate. Although Gore is not scheduled to speak in Cancun, "it could be that the Gore Effect has announced his secret arrival," jokes former NASA scientist Roy W. Spencer.


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cancun-bottle_1773860b.jpgTrying to avoid another dismal failure like last years' summit the the warmists in Cancun are stooping to using cardboard cutouts of famous structures sinking in the ocean as a way to scare people into giving up their sovereignty and signing on to their one world government. They are asking 15 billion pounds to stop Global Warming while they are experiencing the coldest November in a 100 years.

Now that we're winning the war on the Global Warming hoax, maybe its time to set our sights on a new target "Chemtrails". Here is an excellent documentary about Chemtrails called "What In the World Are They Spraying".

It's called "Geoengineering" and its being done under the guise of cooling down the planet, but the cure seems to be worse than the disease. Most everyone agrees increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere is actually good for plantlife, but putting 39,000 ppb of Aluminum into the atmosphere to prevent "Climate Change" as stated in this movie, is actually killing the planet not saving it.

Paul Douglas a local Meteorologist is even beginning to ask questions. Although he still believes in "Global Warming" he seems to have an open mind on this issue.

www.geoengineeringwatch.org

Marc Morano, Climate Depot

Climate Depot Exclusive: 321-page 'Consensus Buster' Report set to further chill UN Climate Summit in Cancun

Link to Complete 321-Page PDF Special Report

More than 1000 dissenting scientists (updates previous 700 scientist report) from around the globe have now challenged man-made global warming claims made by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Vice President Al Gore. This new 2010 320-page Climate Depot Special Report -- updated from 2007's groundbreaking U.S. Senate Report of over 400 scientists who voiced skepticism about the so-called global warming "consensus" -- features the skeptical voices of over 1000 international scientists, including many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN IPCC. This updated 2010 report includes a dramatic increase of over 300 additional (and growing) scientists and climate researchers since the last update in March 2009. This report's release coincides with the 2010 UN global warming summit in being held in Cancun.


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By Russell Cook, AmericanThinker,com


AGW believers hope the Supreme Court will ultimately accept the simple mantra that global warming science is settled, thus corrupt skeptic scientists must be ignored. Sadly, it takes a maddening amount of detail to tell how this group is interconnected in its efforts to manipulate us into believing such a simple concept. That's the double-edge.

But an edge which could cut them to shreds is a simple question prompted by all that maddening detail: "You want us to ignore skeptic scientists based on a guilt-by-association accusation supported by an out-of-context phrase from an unseen coal industry PR campaign memo?!"

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1984 Arrives in America

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Infowars.com

Big Sis to address public via telescreens at checkout lanes.

WASHINGTON -- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the expansion of the Department's national "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign to hundreds of Walmart stores across the country--launching a new partnership between DHS and Walmart to help the American public play an active role in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.

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By Lee Ross, FoxNews

The Supreme Court announced Monday it will give further consideration to a closely-watched lawsuit filed by environmentalists, eight states and New York City blaming the problems associated with global warming on the carbon dioxide output of five major power companies.

An ultimate judgment against the energy providers could lead to dramatic changes in the energy marketplace and ripple into other industries. But the high court's decision to give the matter closer attention makes that possibility less likely.

In 2009, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the plaintiffs could move forward with their lawsuit alleging the companies were creating a public nuisance by releasing excessive amounts of carbon dioxide into the air.

That decision "sets a major precedent in that it gives citizens -- in the absence of climate change legislation -- the right to take action against big business pollution," according to a statement released last September by Open Space Institute, one three environmental groups that joined the lawsuit along with New York City and Connecticut, New York, California, Iowa, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.

In asking the high court to review the case, lawyers for the power companies said the plaintiffs have no standing to file a lawsuit. Instead, they contend, only the federal government through the Environmental Protection Agency has the ability to hold power companies accountable for contributing to global warming.

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Damian Carrington, guardian.co.uk

Hidden behind the save-the-world rhetoric of the global climate change negotiations lies the mucky realpolitik: money and threats buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out leverage.

The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming; how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the controversial "Copenhagen accord", the unofficial document that emerged from the ruins of the Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009.

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A Year after broadcast network-hyped U.N. Climate Change Conference in Denmark, same networks don't even mention same event in Mexico.

Jeff Poor, Business & Media Institute

Crickets chirping

That's the sound you would hear if you were looking for any sort of broadcast media coverage on site at the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference going on now in Cancun. A survey of the broadcast networks over the week leading up to the Cancun event and two days into it shows it hasn't even been mentioned on any of the evening news broadcasts, morning shows or Sunday morning public affairs programming.

However, the same event hosted in Copenhagen in 2009 was all over the radar of the broadcast networks. A similar survey of the same programming leading up to Copenhagen show five reports about the event, with ABC and NBC having reporters on-scene at the conference.




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PRNewswire

CANCUN, Mexico, Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CFACT, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, will feature two prominent experts on climate science and policy at COP 16, the UN conference on climate change which convenes next week in Cancun.

Lord Christopher Monckton will be in Cancun December 1 - 10.

Dr. Roy Spencer will be in Cancun December 6 - 10.

Both will be available (allowing for travel) before and after Cancun.

Last year COP 15 in Copenhagen ended without serious progress on a successor treaty to the Kyoto protocol. A series of meetings in Germany and China were likewise inconclusive. The UNFCCC is under severe pressure to jump start the treaty process in Mexico, however, public doubts about climate science and policy coupled with an inability of developed and developing nations to find common ground leave the UNFCCC with a daunting task ahead.

With billions at stake for carbon traders (whose markets expire with the Kyoto protocol), warming science and policy campaigners, developing nations and subsidized industries in Cancun, the push for a new treaty will be fierce. The treaty proposals being circulated impose crippling costs and regulations that will choke off economic recovery while doing nothing to alter the climate. CFACT, Dr. Spencer and Lord Monckton will open minds and effectively challenge a scientific "consensus" that never was, detail global warming's scope, causes and effects, separate smart energy strategies from waste and skewer the global warming lobby's propaganda and abusive tactics.

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