Record Cold Summer in PA Causing Leaves to Change Colors in August: Global Warming Likely to be Blamed


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We’ve been covering some of the impacts of global cooling global warming climate change The Big Lie.  Here are some of the more recent…

Global Warming Alert: Parts of US get 30 Inches of Snow Over Memorial Day Weekend!

Uh Oh, Arctic Has Record Short Summer-Must be Because of Global Warming

A Tale of Two Stories: Syrian Civil War Caused by Global Warming, Also Caused Nearly 1,000,000 More Square Miles of Arctic Sea Ice?

Irony Overload: Research Ship Went to Antarctic to Prove Global Warming, is Now Stuck in the Ice

Extra Global Warming Irony Overload: Had Antarctic Expedition Gone There in 1912, There Would Have Been No Ice!

Global Warming Seen From Space

Global Warming is Freezing the Great Lakes!

Global Temperature Update: No global warming at all for 17 years 9 months

Global Warming now CAUSES more ice…

Yeah, it’s overkill. But, will all the cold and such, the alarmists continue to lie and tell us that every year is the “warmest year on record.”  Yes, both poles have more ice, with Antarctica having more ice than ever before measured.  And, all of the promises of rising seas, winters without snow, more and more powerful hurricanes have all come to naught.  In fact, the opposite has happened.  But, since global cooling global warming climate change The Big Lie supporters have always been lying, they just keep on making up bigger and bigger lies to cover up their bigger and bigger failures!

For the latest example of global warming, we go to KDKA in Pittsburgh, who is telling us all about how the record cold (caused by global warming) is making the leaves turn…in August.

Because  global warming!

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Meteorologists say these cold temperatures are leading to trees changing colors in the middle of August.

“This is extraordinary for August, and certainly is a reflection of the prevalence of cool weather,” KDKA Meteorologist Dennis Bowman said.

Right now Pittsburgh is on pace for the 9th coldest summer since record keeping began in 1871.

A KDKA weather viewer took these pictures of the leaves already starting to change colors on the South Side of town, and other residents have noticed the same thing happening on the North Shore.

Mind you, KDKA did not mention global cooling global warming climate change The Big Lie, I did. because, as we have been taught by our would be regressive overlords, no matter what happens, it’s getting hotter and hotter-even when it’s colder and colder.


Why Are the Warmists Lying? Antarctic Ice at a Record High, Thick Artic Ice Preventing Polar Bears From Eating


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Long-time readers will recall that one of my favorite topics is pointing out the folly of Global Cooling, Global Warming, Man-made Climate Change ManBearPig, the Big Lie.  Earlier this week, the alarmists put out a claim that the Antarctic Ice was collapsing so fast, that a rise in ocean levels in inevitable.   Liberals all over social media, bleated like the compliant sheep that they are, and repeated the talking points of their masters.  Meanwhile, in a place we like to call Reality, the truth is the exact opposite…

Well, global warming must have ratcheted up a notch since that point in time because the Antarctic ice caps continue to grow according to this story. In fact the Antarctic ice caps have set a new record:

Antarctic sea ice coverage reached record levels for April, hitting 3.5 million square miles — the largest on record.

It was a cold summer down in Antarctica, with sea ice coverage growing about 43,500 square miles a day, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSDC). April 2014 beats the previous sea-ice coverage record from April 2008 by a whopping 124,000 square miles.

But even with autumn in full swing in the South Pole, “record levels continue to be set in early May,” reports the NSDC. Sea ice levels have been “significantly above” satellite data averages for 16 consecutive months.

    This comes on the heels of the story about the Alaskan polar bears; it turns out they were indeed threatened by the ice as we have always been told. But it is not melting ice which threatens them but rather thick ice because it is making it harder for them to find food. It turns out the logic used to scare us was flawed:

There were comparably high levels of spring ice in the Beaufort Sea in 2004 and 2006, when bear counts were “one of the pieces of evidence used to have the bears listed as ‘threatened’ in the U.S.,” Crockford pointed out.

“Polar bear biologists were finding some bears quite thin and found a population decline,” she said, which they attributed to melting summer ice caused by global warming.

“But the biologists were not there to see the thick [spring] ice. All they saw was thin bears,” she pointed out. “They blamed the poor condition of the bears on summer ice, instead of acknowledging that it was likely the condition of the ice in the spring that was the cause of the problem.”

  The reason the polar bear population was declining in that region was because the bears moved to where the food was, not because they had no place to live.

I went to the original source on the Daily Caller Story linked by Steve. Here is a bit more, just to drive it home…

In the Southern Hemisphere, autumn is well underway, and sea ice extent is growing rapidly. Antarctic sea ice extent for April 2014 reached 9.00 million square kilometers (3.47 million square miles), the largest ice extent on record by a significant margin. This exceeds the past record for the satellite era by about 320,000 square kilometers (124,000 square miles), which was set in April 2008.

Antarctic ice extent graph

Following near-record levels in March, a slightly higher-than-average rate of increase led to a record April ice extent, compared to the satellite record since 1978. During April, ice extent increased by an average of 112,600 square kilometers (43,500 square miles) per day. Ice extent on April 30 was a record for that day; record levels continue to be set in early May.

So in other words, there is more ice down there than ever recorded.  But, according to the liberals, just like “warming” makes it colder, more ice is actually less ice.  You know, “established science!”

And, of course, the only way to stop the imaginary apocalypse of manbearpig is to give up all of your freedom to the government.  After all, that always works out great!


Global Warming is Quick Freezing Animals!



My friends, the situation is grave.  As much of the US is in the deep freeze due to global warming, animals all over the world are being quick frozen!  That’s right, not only is global warming making it colder, it’s getting so cold that animal life is being frozen in place.  Because, as we all know, global warming makes it cold! Here is some photographic evidence…

What does the fox say? BRRRRRRRRRR!

Apparently, the global warming is so bad, that even the Sharknado has been cancelled due to freezing temperatures (that are caused, of course, by global warming)!

Rock City Times reported:

Over 150 frozen sharks have surfaced on beaches across the gulf coast region due to the impact of Winter Storm Leon on Tuesday according to wildlife officials.

The largest area of concentration appears to be around Gulfport, Mississippi, which has seen at least 67 of the frozen animals. Wildlife officials say that the sharks, who migrate to this area during the winter, were caught off guard by the most severe winter storm in several decades.

“Like many of us, I suspect the sharks did not believe that the area would actually receive any winter weather,” Mississippi Department of Wildlife spokesperson Matt Shepherd tells us. “It is like a Shark-slushy out there. The animals all appear to be alive, so please do not approach any frozen sharks. They will probably thaw later in the week and swim back out into the gulf.”

The number of frozen sharks are expected to increase as the temperatures drop across the region. Officials hope poor driving conditions will reduce the number of onlookers who might otherwise approach the sharks.

Can’t you see that global warming is increasing the worlds temperature so much that everything is freezing?  I mean, President Obama said last night that the science is settled, and if some “scientist” is being paid to say that the world is getting warmer, we should be really alarmed when everything is freezing!


Global Warming Advocates Heating up Rhetoric While America is in Deep Freeze


When leftists lie, and invest themselves heavily in their lies, they double down on the to the extreme.  The examples are endless…

1.  ObamaCare is great, and is not causing people to lose hours, jobs, plans, or doctors.

2.  The Porkulus was a massive success.

3.  Benghazi was nothing, move along, nothing to see here.

4.  The IRS scandal never happened!

5.  Any resistance to sucky policies emanating from the White House is completely due to raaaaacism!

6.  If a mistake is even acknowledged, it’s always someone else’s fault.

And, the mother of all lies, or as I like to call it; the Big Lie, is Global Warming.  It is by far the most persistent all lies, and the cannot help but continue to lie about it in spite of massive scientific evidence against it.  As for the latest spate of doubling down, Mike’s America, posting at Political Realities, has more…

The week after the biggest freeze to hit North America in 20 years, Democrats in Washington began a campaign to demand that news outlets do more stories to scare people into believing global warming is real. It seems that after more than thirty years of telling us the world was about to end if we didn’t act now by raising taxes on energy (as if that would have the slightest effect on the climate) polls show fewer and fewer Americans are buying the “sky is falling” scaremongering.

So, after receiving instructions from their Democrat masters news media outlets obeyed by ramping up the scaremachine (1,2) just as another record blizzard and cold machine grips an area from the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic and northeast (1,2). Despite telling us for years that lack of snow was proof of global warming the warmongers turn on a dime and tell us exactly the opposite (2), none of which was predicted by the models they claim as proof of their theory.

Anyone up for sledding on the Nile?
Spinx and Pyramids in snow December 2014

And it’s not just the United States. When was the last time you saw snow on the Spinx and Pyramids in Egypt? Try, NEVER, as it hasn’t happened in more than 100 years. But it did happen in December.

Get over to Political Realities, and read the rest; it is an excellent take-down of the politically motivated, fake science sourced, and lying media supported fakery that is global warming.


Extra Global Warming Irony Overload: Had Antarctic Expedition Gone There in 1912, There Would Have Been No Ice!


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Yes, you read that right!  According to Da Tech Guy, the current Antarctic expedition, who went down there to study how global warming is melting the ice, would have encountered NONE in 1912.  Here is film footage from the 1912 expedition…

Look at all of that ice-free water!

Now, the 2013 expedition is stuck in ice so thick that icebreakers cannot get closer than several miles away.

Remember the lesson boys and girls; global cooling global warming climate change the big lie makes it colder, so there will be more ice!  And, all we have to do is fix it is live in thatch huts, while the elites, like Al Gore, fly in their private jets between their brightly lit mansions!


Irony Overload: Research Ship Went to Antarctic to Prove Global Warming, is Now Stuck in the Ice


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In the Irony Alert from which the MSM is taking a pass, a research vessel set sail for the Antarctic, to show how global cooling global warming climate change was melting the ice.  However, someone forgot to tell the climate, which simply has not been cooperating with the liberal left this year…

It probably seemed like an excellent idea: Load a bunch of tourists and journalists aboard a ship for an expedition to Antarctica in December (the height of summer at the South Pole) so they can see for themselves how global warming is melting the ice.


Alas, somebody forgot to tell the ice that “the science is settled”:


Most of the passengers and some of the crew stranded on a scientific expedition ship off Antarctica will be evacuated by a Chinese helicopter should the weather allow, Russian authorities say.
“A decision has been reached to evacuate 52 passengers and four crew members by helicopter from China’s Xue Long ship, should the weather allow,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.
The Russian-flagged MV Akademik Shokalskiy has been stuck on an ice field since last week with 74 people on board. The multinational passenger list includes scientists as well as tourists and crew.
Snow gusts that severely hampered visibility on Monday forced the icebreaker Aurora Australis to turn around, passengers aboard the stricken MV Akademik Shokalskiy had been told to prepare for the “worst case scenario”. . . .
The expedition is being led by University of NSW Professor Chris Turney who continues to post updates on social media.

All this year,we have been posting that the dire predictions of “settled science” are failing with a massive “thud.”  Here are some examples…

Apparently, Climate Change Causes Record Low Tornadoes: Has Climate Science Jumped the Sharknado?

In 2008 Al Gore Predicts That Arctic Would be Ice Free by 2013

Al Gore Predicted no Arctic Sea Ice, Ice Grew by Nearly 1,000,000 Square Miles After Record Short Arctic Summer

Global Warming Update: Lack of Warming Might Last Until 2030

A Tale of Two Stories: Syrian Civil War Caused by Global Warming, Also Caused Nearly 1,000,000 More Square Miles of Arctic Sea Ice?

Record Cold in Peru, 250,000 Alpacas Perish: Global Warming to Blame?

Uh Oh, Arctic Has Record Short Summer-Must be Because of Global Warming

Global Warming Alert: Parts of US get 30 Inches of Snow Over Memorial Day Weeknd!

Democrat Uses Oklahoma Tornado to Blame Republicans for Global Warming, Which Hasn’t Happened Since 1998

This Just in: Global Warming Causes it to be Cold!

Britain Suffers Coldest Winter Since 1962: Global Warming Alarmists Silent

The Big Lie: UN Climate Chief Admits That Global Warming Stopped 17 Years ago

Of course, people that are personally invested, intellectually, or financially, in global cooling global warming climate change the Big Lie will continue to change their tales of gloom and doom to fit the narrative of the now.  And, as always, all we have to do to fix it is give up all of our freedoms to the nanny state!

I wonder if Soylent Green is good on toast?


Global Warming Update: Lack of Warming Might Last Until 2030


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Unless you have been living under a rock, or relying on MSNBC for your Kool Aid, the Earth hasn’t warmed since 1998.  And, scientists are telling us that it will likely stay that way until the 2030’s…

Via Daily Mail:

The 17-year pause in global warming is likely to last into the 2030s and the Arctic sea ice has already started to recover, according to new research.

A paper in the peer-reviewed journal Climate Dynamics – by Professor Judith Curry of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Dr Marcia Wyatt – amounts to a stunning challenge to climate science orthodoxy.

Not only does it explain the unexpected pause, it suggests that the scientific majority – whose views are represented by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – have underestimated the role of natural cycles and exaggerated that of greenhouse gases.

The research comes amid mounting evidence that the computer models on which the IPCC based the gloomy forecasts of a rapidly warming planet in its latest report, published in September, are diverging widely from reality.

The graph shown above, based on a version published by Dr Ed Hawkins of Reading University on his blog, Climate Lab Book, reveals that actual temperatures are now below the predictions made by almost all the 138 models on which the IPCC relies.

The pause means there has been no statistically significant increase in world average surface temperatures since the beginning of 1997, despite the models’ projection of a steeply rising trend.

According to Dr Hawkins, the divergence is now so great that the world’s climate is cooler than what the models collectively predicted with ‘five to 95 per cent certainty’.

So then, is it any wonder that I call it global cooling global warming climate change The Big Lie?


Warmists in a Panic: Wants UN Report Showing no Warming Since 1998 Edited, Truth Deleted


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We’ve been covered for several years now that there has been no Global Warming the big lie, since 1998.  However, that has not stopped the Goracle, or other advocates of Global Cooling, Global Warming, Climate Change, the big lie, from their predictions of gloom and doom.  Nor has it stopped the Goracle from purchasing multimillion dollar ocean front mansions.  Frankly, I find that charitable, taking on all those millions of land that will surely be under waters in just a few short years, right?   Now, we see that major nations are trying to get the truth edited out of a upcoming UN Climate Report.  Weasel Zippers has more…

Via Daily Mail:

Scientists working on the most authoritative study on climate change were urged to cover up the fact that the world’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years, it is claimed.

A leaked copy of a United Nations report, compiled by hundreds of scientists, shows politicians in Belgium, Germany, Hungary and the United States raised concerns about the final draft.

Published next week, it is expected to address the fact that 1998 was the hottest year on record and world temperatures have not yet exceeded it, which scientists have so far struggled to explain.

The report is the result of six years’ work by UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is seen as the world authority on the extent of climate change and what is causing it – on which governments including Britain’s base their green policies.

But leaked documents seen by the Associated Press, yesterday revealed deep concerns among politicians about a lack of global warming over the past few years.

Germany called for the references to the slowdown in warming to be deleted, saying looking at a time span of just 10 or 15 years was ‘misleading’ and they should focus on decades or centuries.

Hungary worried the report would provide ammunition for deniers of man-made climate change.

Belgium objected to using 1998 as a starting year for statistics, as it was exceptionally warm and makes the graph look flat – and suggested using 1999 or 2000 instead to give a more upward-pointing curve.

The United States delegation even weighed in, urging the authors of the report to explain away the lack of warming using the ‘leading hypothesis’ among scientists that the lower warming is down to more heat being absorbed by the ocean – which has got hotter.

Keep reading…

Well then, that ‘s a big surprise.  It’s editing scientific reports to fit a pre-determined political agenda.  Isn’t that’s what we’ve been saying for years-ever since Climate Gate?


A Tale of Two Stories: Syrian Civil War Caused by Global Warming, Also Caused Nearly 1,000,000 More Square Miles of Arctic Sea Ice?


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Global warming is quite the impish entity.  It causes wars, and it caused ice, which is quite the accomplishments.  First up, a “chilling” tale of how Global Warming the big lie, has caused the civil war in Syria…

William Polk is a former State Department advisor. He said that “climate change” is one of the main contributing factors to Syria’s drought, which has led to its current conflict:

“Syria has been convulsed by civil war since climate change came to Syria with a vengeance. Drought devastated the country from 2006 to 2011. Rainfall in most of the country fell below eight inches (20 cm) a year, the absolute minimum needed to sustain un-irrigated farming. Desperate for water, farmers began to tap aquifers with tens of thousands of new well. But, as they did, the water table quickly dropped to a level below which their pumps could lift it.”

It didn’t take long for the warming alarmists to connect the dots and blame the United States for causing the drought in Syria and by extension the current conflict. All because our “carbon footprint” is so big:

“So this is our mess too. We’re still cranking away at the carbon pump, and no nation is as culpable as the United States—and as long as we do, we’ll be at least in some small part, responsible for the starving, rioting masses all the way across the globe. If we’re so dead set on intervention, maybe we should be focusing less on missiles and more on clean energy.” If only we had a carbon tax, then we’d have world peace.

So, not only is Global Warming the big lie, causing the war, it’s our fault.  And, it appears that the only way to solve it is to live in thatch huts, subsist on a steady diet of Soylent Green, and wave to Al Gore’s private jet as he goes from mansion to mansion!  After all, the “science is settled!”

Now, for our second story, we have to look at the fact that Global Warming the big lie is such a devious character, not only can it make Muslims kill other Muslims with Saddam Hussein’s WMD’s, it can also make ice…about 1,000,000 square miles of it, as a matter of fact!

You can decide on the reasons for yourself, but the arctic ice sheet is back with a vengeance.

A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 60 per cent.

The rebound from 2012’s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013.

Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores.

Good news for polar bears, if nothing else. But talks of a clear Northwest Passage seem to have fallen by the wayside. In fact, a few people who were counting on it rather heavily are left sort of… stuck.

Only six years ago, the BBC reported that the Arctic would be ice-free in summer by 2013, citing a scientist in the US who claimed this was a ‘conservative’ forecast. Perhaps it was their confidence that led more than 20 yachts to try to sail the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific this summer. As of last week, all these vessels were stuck in the ice, some at the eastern end of the passage in Prince Regent Inlet, others further west at Cape Bathurst.

Shipping experts said the only way these vessels were likely to be freed was by the icebreakers of the Canadian coastguard. According to the official Canadian government website, the Northwest Passage has remained ice-bound and impassable all summer.

Oops, when the alarmists were still making specific predictions, they said that by 2013, there would be NO Arctic sea ice during the summer.  In fact, the summer in the Arctic ended in a record short time, and there was massive growth in sea ice.

Let me guess, it was because of global warming that it was so cold? Just remember the code…

Q: What if it gets warmer?

A: It’s Global Warming! People need to give up their freedoms, their lifestyle, their cars, have only one child, and otherwise become slaves to the nanny state.

Q: What if it gets cooler?

A: It’s Global Warming! People need to give up their freedoms, their lifestyle, their cars, have only one child, and otherwise become slaves to the nanny state.

Q: What if  temperatures remain stable?

A: It’s Global Warming! People need to give up their freedoms, their lifestyle, their cars, have only one child, and otherwise become slaves to the nanny state.

Q: What if the Cleveland Browns win a Super Bowl?

A: It’s Global Warming! People need to give up their freedoms, their lifestyle, their cars, have only one child, and otherwise become slaves to the nanny state.

There is a statistical probability that the Browns winning a Superbowl is actually a sign of the Apocalypse.  At any rate, I pray that wee never have to face such a horrific circumstance.


A Tale of Three Stories: Climate Alarmists, and the Data That Defies Them


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I’ve been down with a bug most of the day, but I couldn’t let this pass.  It possesses all the irony that any good political blog post needs-in more than ample supply.  You’ll see as the saga unfolds…

Story 1: Chris Hayes Continues to Beclown Himself

The sad thing is that Hayes has no clue as to how ridiculous he makes himeself on a regular basis. He did it again on Monday…

On Monday’s All In show on MSNBC, host Chris Hayes fretted that “climate denialism” by the Republican party’s “right-wing base” is preventing “meaningful climate policy” from being enacted.

After showing clips of California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher at a Tea Party event mocking global warming alarmists, Hayes described the conservative gathering as “the future of the earth in peril,” and “the belly of the beast.” Hayes:

But the fear of a Tea Party primary challenge is endemic in the Republican party right now. And it’s making meaningful climate policy, among other things, completely unachievable in Washington. So what you’re seeing in this room at the Newport Mesa Tea Party Patriots monthly meeting is the future of the earth in peril. In this room, this, this right here, this is the belly of the beast.

Now, the whole “global warming is a liberal conspiracy” line is understandably a big hit among the conservative base, but in delivering that line, Congressman Rohrabacher tips his hand to the reasoning behind his global warming denialism, which basically goes like this: If global warming is real, then the government would need to intervene to fix it, but we don’t like government intervention. Therefore, global warming cannot be real.

OK, Hayes is lamenting the fact that we are not being made to live in thatch huts (except for prominent alarmists like Al Gore, who get to keep their many mansions).  And, it’s all the fault of the Tea Party.   Of course, he reports that deniers are a completely political phenomena, and attempts to reduce it to deficient logic.  In other words, he engages in projection.

Story 2: What if Organizing for America had a climate rally, and no one showed up?

To correct these terrible deniers, that rely on facts, OFA determined that they were going  have rallies to raise awareness regarding global warming The Big Lie.  Let’s just say that the results were completely underwhelming…

Meanwhile, in an event to call out the deniers, nobody showed up.

Not a single person showed up at the Georgetown waterfront Tuesday for a climate change agenda event put on by Organizing for Action, the shadowy nonprofit advocacy group born out of President Obama’s 2012 campaign, the NRCC wrote in its blog.

The event page for the “Climate Change Day of Action Rally” disappeared after rainy weather appeared to drive away whatever people planned to attend. The embarrassing showing follows the news that only one volunteer stayed for an OFA Obamacare event in Centreville, Va., last week to work the phones.

It begs the question; “what if the alarmists tried to brainwash the nation, and no one showed up?”

So, OFA wanted to tell us all how incredibly stupid we are, and that we need to submit to their plan to have us all live in thatch huts (with the notable exception of wealthy liberals and Al Gore).  But, it seems that there was no enthusiasm for that venture.  Kinda reminds me of the recent ObamaCare rallies. that no one bother showing up for.

OK, so far, we have Chris Hayes being a smug moonbat, and OFA engaging in massive failure.  Now, we need to cap it all of with a double shot of the truth….

Story #3: Climate Data Shows Global Warming The Big Lie, To be The Big Lie.

Every year, we are told that the prior year was the “warmest on record.”  Of course, that is a blatant lie, but the latest climate report blows Global Warming The Big Lie, right out of the water!

“If you think scientists just couldn’t get any more incompetent, then think again. NOAA scientists even appear to believe that cold events are now signs of warming,” Gosselin points out.

“When one carefully reads the report, we find that the NOAA findings actually do confirm precisely what the skeptics have been claiming all along:

1. The Earth has stopped warming.

2. The climate models exaggerated future warming [caused by] CO2 climate sensitivity is much lower than we first thought.

“That’s the real issue at hand,” he added.

The story at CNS News is long, and has a great deal of data.  I would encourage you to read it in it’s entirety.

Once again, we have reported that Antarctic Ice is at an all time high, and that the Arctic had it’s shortest summer on record, with record cold.  Of course, the alarmists have had the audacity to state that the cold is being caused by warming.  Because, as we all know, cold is caused by warmth, right?

Obama Declares War on Climate, Coal, Jobs, the Elderly, Children, and the Truth


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I frankly couldn’t bother myself into watching the President’s speech on climate…energy…making energy cost a lot more…whatever.  I was at work, then came home, settled my stomach. visited a friend, and went to the gym.  of course, after that, it was getting the Girls and Guns post up and running. So, here I am, it’s early on Wednesday, and I’m not looking at this pile of failure.  Here is the text, straight from the Mother ship of failure…

For Immediate Release
June 25, 2013

Remarks by the President on Climate Change

Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

1:45 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you!  (Applause.)  Thank you, Georgetown!  Thank you so much.  Everybody, please be seated.  And my first announcement today is that you should all take off your jackets.  (Laughter.)  I’m going to do the same.  (Applause.)  It’s not that sexy, now.  (Laughter.) 

It is good to be back on campus, and it is a great privilege to speak from the steps of this historic hall that welcomed Presidents going back to George Washington. 

I want to thank your president, President DeGioia, who’s here today.   (Applause.)  I want to thank him for hosting us.  I want to thank the many members of my Cabinet and my administration.  I want to thank Leader Pelosi and the members of Congress who are here.  We are very grateful for their support.

And I want to say thank you to the Hoyas in the house for having me back.  (Applause.)  It was important for me to speak directly to your generation, because the decisions that we make now and in the years ahead will have a profound impact on the world that all of you inherit.

On Christmas Eve, 1968, the astronauts of Apollo 8 did a live broadcast from lunar orbit.  So Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, William Anders — the first humans to orbit the moon -– described what they saw, and they read Scripture from the Book of Genesis to the rest of us back here.  And later that night, they took a photo that would change the way we see and think about our world.

It was an image of Earth -– beautiful; breathtaking; a glowing marble of blue oceans, and green forests, and brown mountains brushed with white clouds, rising over the surface of the moon. 

And while the sight of our planet from space might seem routine today, imagine what it looked like to those of us seeing our home, our planet, for the first time.  Imagine what it looked like to children like me.  Even the astronauts were amazed.  “It makes you realize,” Lovell would say, “just what you have back there on Earth.”

And around the same time we began exploring space, scientists were studying changes taking place in the Earth’s atmosphere.  Now, scientists had known since the 1800s that greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide trap heat, and that burning fossil fuels release those gases into the air.  That wasn’t news. But in the late 1950s, the National Weather Service began measuring the levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, with the worry that rising levels might someday disrupt the fragile balance that makes our planet so hospitable.  And what they’ve found, year after year, is that the levels of carbon pollution in our atmosphere have increased dramatically. 

That science, accumulated and reviewed over decades, tells us that our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind. 

The 12 warmest years in recorded history have all come in the last 15 years.  Last year, temperatures in some areas of the ocean reached record highs, and ice in the Arctic shrank to its smallest size on record — faster than most models had predicted it would.  These are facts. 

Now, we know that no single weather event is caused solely by climate change.  Droughts and fires and floods, they go back to ancient times.  But we also know that in a world that’s warmer than it used to be, all weather events are affected by a warming planet.  The fact that sea level in New York, in New York Harbor, are now a foot higher than a century ago — that didn’t cause Hurricane Sandy, but it certainly contributed to the destruction that left large parts of our mightiest city dark and underwater.

The potential impacts go beyond rising sea levels.  Here at home, 2012 was the warmest year in our history.  Midwest farms were parched by the worst drought since the Dust Bowl, and then drenched by the wettest spring on record.  Western wildfires scorched an area larger than the state of Maryland.  Just last week, a heat wave in Alaska shot temperatures into the 90s. 

And we know that the costs of these events can be measured in lost lives and lost livelihoods, lost homes, lost businesses, hundreds of billions of dollars in emergency services and disaster relief.  In fact, those who are already feeling the effects of climate change don’t have time to deny it — they’re busy dealing with it.  Firefighters are braving longer wildfire seasons, and states and federal governments have to figure out how to budget for that.  I had to sit on a meeting with the Department of Interior and Agriculture and some of the rest of my team just to figure out how we’re going to pay for more and more expensive fire seasons.

Farmers see crops wilted one year, washed away the next; and the higher food prices get passed on to you, the American consumer.  Mountain communities worry about what smaller snowpacks will mean for tourism — and then, families at the bottom of the mountains wonder what it will mean for their drinking water.  Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction in insurance premiums, state and local taxes, and the costs of rebuilding and disaster relief.

So the question is not whether we need to act.  The overwhelming judgment of science — of chemistry and physics and millions of measurements — has put all that to rest.  Ninety-seven percent of scientists, including, by the way, some who originally disputed the data, have now put that to rest.  They’ve acknowledged the planet is warming and human activity is contributing to it. 

So the question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late.  And how we answer will have a profound impact on the world that we leave behind not just to you, but to your children and to your grandchildren.

As a President, as a father, and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act.  (Applause.) 

I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.  And that’s why, today, I’m announcing a new national climate action plan, and I’m here to enlist your generation’s help in keeping the United States of America a leader — a global leader — in the fight against climate change.  

This plan builds on progress that we’ve already made.  Last year, I took office — the year that I took office, my administration pledged to reduce America’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 17 percent from their 2005 levels by the end of this decade.  And we rolled up our sleeves and we got to work. We doubled the electricity we generated from wind and the sun.  We doubled the mileage our cars will get on a gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade.  (Applause.) 

Here at Georgetown, I unveiled my strategy for a secure energy future.  And thanks to the ingenuity of our businesses, we’re starting to produce much more of our own energy.  We’re building the first nuclear power plants in more than three decades — in Georgia and South Carolina.  For the first time in 18 years, America is poised to produce more of our own oil than we buy from other nations.  And today, we produce more natural gas than anybody else.  So we’re producing energy.  And these advances have grown our economy, they’ve created new jobs, they can’t be shipped overseas — and, by the way, they’ve also helped drive our carbon pollution to its lowest levels in nearly 20 years.  Since 2006, no country on Earth has reduced its total carbon pollution by as much as the United States of America.  (Applause.) 

So it’s a good start.  But the reason we’re all here in the heat today is because we know we’ve got more to do. 

In my State of the Union address, I urged Congress to come up with a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one that Republican and Democratic senators worked on together a few years ago.  And I still want to see that happen.  I’m willing to work with anyone to make that happen. 

But this is a challenge that does not pause for partisan gridlock.  It demands our attention now.  And this is my plan to meet it — a plan to cut carbon pollution; a plan to protect our country from the impacts of climate change; and a plan to lead the world in a coordinated assault on a changing climate.  (Applause.) 

This plan begins with cutting carbon pollution by changing the way we use energy — using less dirty energy, using more clean energy, wasting less energy throughout our economy.

Forty-three years ago, Congress passed a law called the Clean Air Act of 1970.  (Applause.)  It was a good law.  The reasoning behind it was simple:  New technology can protect our health by protecting the air we breathe from harmful pollution.  And that law passed the Senate unanimously.  Think about that — it passed the Senate unanimously.  It passed the House of Representatives 375 to 1.  I don’t know who the one guy was — I haven’t looked that up.  (Laughter.)  You can barely get that many votes to name a post office these days.  (Laughter.) 

It was signed into law by a Republican President.  It was later strengthened by another Republican President.  This used to be a bipartisan issue.

Six years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that greenhouse gases are pollutants covered by that same Clean Air Act.  (Applause.)  And they required the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, to determine whether they’re a threat to our health and welfare. In 2009, the EPA determined that they are a threat to both our health and our welfare in many different ways — from dirtier air to more common heat waves — and, therefore, subject to regulation.

Today, about 40 percent of America’s carbon pollution comes from our power plants.  But here’s the thing:  Right now, there are no federal limits to the amount of carbon pollution that those plants can pump into our air.  None.  Zero.  We limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury and sulfur and arsenic in our air or our water, but power plants can still dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air for free.  That’s not right, that’s not safe, and it needs to stop.  (Applause.)

So today, for the sake of our children, and the health and safety of all Americans, I’m directing the Environmental Protection Agency to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from our power plants, and complete new pollution standards for both new and existing power plants.  (Applause.) 

I’m also directing the EPA to develop these standards in an open and transparent way, to provide flexibility to different states with different needs, and build on the leadership that many states, and cities, and companies have already shown.  In fact, many power companies have already begun modernizing their plants, and creating new jobs in the process.  Others have shifted to burning cleaner natural gas instead of dirtier fuel sources. 

Nearly a dozen states have already implemented or are implementing their own market-based programs to reduce carbon pollution.  More than 25 have set energy efficiency targets.  More than 35 have set renewable energy targets.  Over 1,000 mayors have signed agreements to cut carbon pollution.  So the idea of setting higher pollution standards for our power plants is not new.  It’s just time for Washington to catch up with the rest of the country.  And that’s what we intend to do.  (Applause.)

Now, what you’ll hear from the special interests and their allies in Congress is that this will kill jobs and crush the economy, and basically end American free enterprise as we know it.  And the reason I know you’ll hear those things is because that’s what they said every time America sets clear rules and better standards for our air and our water and our children’s health.  And every time, they’ve been wrong.

For example, in 1970, when we decided through the Clean Air Act to do something about the smog that was choking our cities — and, by the way, most young people here aren’t old enough to remember what it was like, but when I was going to school in 1979-1980 in Los Angeles, there were days where folks couldn’t go outside.  And the sunsets were spectacular because of all the pollution in the air.  

But at the time when we passed the Clean Air Act to try to get rid of some of this smog, some of the same doomsayers were saying new pollution standards will decimate the auto industry.  Guess what — it didn’t happen.  Our air got cleaner.

In 1990, when we decided to do something about acid rain, they said our electricity bills would go up, the lights would go off, businesses around the country would suffer — I quote — “a quiet death.”  None of it happened, except we cut acid rain dramatically.

See, the problem with all these tired excuses for inaction is that it suggests a fundamental lack of faith in American business and American ingenuity.  (Applause.)  These critics seem to think that when we ask our businesses to innovate and reduce pollution and lead, they can’t or they won’t do it.  They’ll just kind of give up and quit.  But in America, we know that’s not true.  Look at our history. 

When we restricted cancer-causing chemicals in plastics and leaded fuel in our cars, it didn’t end the plastics industry or the oil industry.  American chemists came up with better substitutes.  When we phased out CFCs — the gases that were depleting the ozone layer — it didn’t kill off refrigerators or air-conditioners or deodorant.  (Laughter.)  American workers and businesses figured out how to do it better without harming the environment as much. 

The fuel standards that we put in place just a few years ago didn’t cripple automakers.  The American auto industry retooled, and today, our automakers are selling the best cars in the world at a faster rate than they have in five years — with more hybrid, more plug-in, more fuel-efficient cars for everybody to choose from.  (Applause.) 

So the point is, if you look at our history, don’t bet against American industry.  Don’t bet against American workers.  Don’t tell folks that we have to choose between the health of our children or the health of our economy.  (Applause.) 

The old rules may say we can’t protect our environment and promote economic growth at the same time, but in America, we’ve always used new technologies — we’ve used science; we’ve used research and development and discovery to make the old rules obsolete. 

Today, we use more clean energy –- more renewables and natural gas -– which is supporting hundreds of thousands of good jobs.  We waste less energy, which saves you money at the pump and in your pocketbooks.  And guess what — our economy is 60 percent bigger than it was 20 years ago, while our carbon emissions are roughly back to where they were 20 years ago. 

So, obviously, we can figure this out.  It’s not an either/or; it’s a both/and.  We’ve got to look after our children; we have to look after our future; and we have to grow the economy and create jobs.  We can do all of that as long as we don’t fear the future; instead we seize it.  (Applause.)

And, by the way, don’t take my word for it — recently, more than 500 businesses, including giants like GM and Nike, issued a Climate Declaration, calling action on climate change “one of the great economic opportunities of the 21st century.”  Walmart is working to cut its carbon pollution by 20 percent and transition completely to renewable energy.  (Applause.)  Walmart deserves a cheer for that.  (Applause.)  But think about it.  Would the biggest company, the biggest retailer in America — would they really do that if it weren’t good for business, if it weren’t good for their shareholders? 

A low-carbon, clean energy economy can be an engine of growth for decades to come.  And I want America to build that engine.  I want America to build that future — right here in the United States of America.  That’s our task.  (Applause.) 

Now, one thing I want to make sure everybody understands — this does not mean that we’re going to suddenly stop producing fossil fuels.  Our economy wouldn’t run very well if it did.  And transitioning to a clean energy economy takes time.  But when the doomsayers trot out the old warnings that these ambitions will somehow hurt our energy supply, just remind them that America produced more oil than we have in 15 years.  What is true is that we can’t just drill our way out of the energy and climate challenge that we face.  (Applause.)  That’s not possible. 

I put forward in the past an all-of-the-above energy strategy, but our energy strategy must be about more than just producing more oil.  And, by the way, it’s certainly got to be about more than just building one pipeline.  (Applause.) 

Now, I know there’s been, for example, a lot of controversy surrounding the proposal to build a pipeline, the Keystone pipeline, that would carry oil from Canadian tar sands down to refineries in the Gulf.  And the State Department is going through the final stages of evaluating the proposal.  That’s how it’s always been done.  But I do want to be clear:  Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation’s interest.  And our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.  (Applause.)  The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward.  It’s relevant.

Now, even as we’re producing more domestic oil, we’re also producing more cleaner-burning natural gas than any other country on Earth.  And, again, sometimes there are disputes about natural gas, but let me say this:  We should strengthen our position as the top natural gas producer because, in the medium term at least, it not only can provide safe, cheap power, but it can also help reduce our carbon emissions. 

Federally supported technology has helped our businesses drill more effectively and extract more gas.  And now, we’ll keep working with the industry to make drilling safer and cleaner, to make sure that we’re not seeing methane emissions, and to put people to work modernizing our natural gas infrastructure so that we can power more homes and businesses with cleaner energy.

The bottom line is natural gas is creating jobs.  It’s lowering many families’ heat and power bills.  And it’s the transition fuel that can power our economy with less carbon pollution even as our businesses work to develop and then deploy more of the technology required for the even cleaner energy economy of the future. 

And that brings me to the second way that we’re going to reduce carbon pollution — by using more clean energy.  Over the past four years, we’ve doubled the electricity that we generate from zero-carbon wind and solar power.  (Applause.)  And that means jobs — jobs manufacturing the wind turbines that now generate enough electricity to power nearly 15 million homes; jobs installing the solar panels that now generate more than four times the power at less cost than just a few years ago. 

I know some Republicans in Washington dismiss these jobs, but those who do need to call home — because 75 percent of all wind energy in this country is generated in Republican districts. (Laughter.)  And that may explain why last year, Republican governors in Kansas and Oklahoma and Iowa — Iowa, by the way, a state that harnesses almost 25 percent of its electricity from the wind — helped us in the fight to extend tax credits for wind energy manufacturers and producers.  (Applause.)  Tens of thousands good jobs were on the line, and those jobs were worth the fight. 

And countries like China and Germany are going all in in the race for clean energy.  I believe Americans build things better than anybody else.  I want America to win that race, but we can’t win it if we’re not in it.  (Applause.) 

So the plan I’m announcing today will help us double again our energy from wind and sun.  Today, I’m directing the Interior Department to green light enough private, renewable energy capacity on public lands to power more than 6 million homes by 2020.  (Applause.) 

The Department of Defense — the biggest energy consumer in America — will install 3 gigawatts of renewable power on its bases, generating about the same amount of electricity each year as you’d get from burning 3 million tons of coal.  (Applause.)

And because billions of your tax dollars continue to still subsidize some of the most profitable corporations in the history of the world, my budget once again calls for Congress to end the tax breaks for big oil companies, and invest in the clean-energy companies that will fuel our future.  (Applause.) 

Now, the third way to reduce carbon pollution is to waste less energy — in our cars, our homes, our businesses.  The fuel standards we set over the past few years mean that by the middle of the next decade, the cars and trucks we buy will go twice as far on a gallon of gas.  That means you’ll have to fill up half as often; we’ll all reduce carbon pollution.  And we built on that success by setting the first-ever standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses and vans.  And in the coming months, we’ll partner with truck makers to do it again for the next generation of vehicles.

Meanwhile, the energy we use in our homes and our businesses and our factories, our schools, our hospitals — that’s responsible for about one-third of our greenhouse gases.  The good news is simple upgrades don’t just cut that pollution; they put people to work — manufacturing and installing smarter lights and windows and sensors and appliances.  And the savings show up in our electricity bills every month — forever.  That’s why we’ve set new energy standards for appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers.  And today, our businesses are building better ones that will also cut carbon pollution and cut consumers’ electricity bills by hundreds of billions of dollars. 

That means, by the way, that our federal government also has to lead by example.   I’m proud that federal agencies have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by more than 15 percent since I took office.  But we can do even better than that.  So today, I’m setting a new goal:  Your federal government will consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources within the next seven years.  We are going to set that goal.  (Applause.) 

We’ll also encourage private capital to get off the sidelines and get into these energy-saving investments.  And by the end of the next decade, these combined efficiency standards for appliances and federal buildings will reduce carbon pollution by at least three billion tons.  That’s an amount equal to what our entire energy sector emits in nearly half a year. 

So I know these standards don’t sound all that sexy, but think of it this way:  That’s the equivalent of planting 7.6 billion trees and letting them grow for 10 years — all while doing the dishes.  It is a great deal and we need to be doing it. (Applause.)

So using less dirty energy, transitioning to cleaner sources of energy, wasting less energy through our economy is where we need to go.  And this plan will get us there faster.  But I want to be honest — this will not get us there overnight.  The hard truth is carbon pollution has built up in our atmosphere for decades now.  And even if we Americans do our part, the planet will slowly keep warming for some time to come.  The seas will slowly keep rising and storms will get more severe, based on the science.  It’s like tapping the brakes of a car before you come to a complete stop and then can shift into reverse.  It’s going to take time for carbon emissions to stabilize. 

So in the meantime, we’re going to need to get prepared.  And that’s why this plan will also protect critical sectors of our economy and prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change that we cannot avoid.  States and cities across the country are already taking it upon themselves to get ready.  Miami Beach is hardening its water supply against seeping saltwater.  We’re partnering with the state of Florida to restore Florida’s natural clean water delivery system — the Everglades. 
The overwhelmingly Republican legislature in Texas voted to spend money on a new water development bank as a long-running drought cost jobs and forced a town to truck in water from the outside. 

New York City is fortifying its 520 miles of coastline as an insurance policy against more frequent and costly storms.  And what we’ve learned from Hurricane Sandy and other disasters is that we’ve got to build smarter, more resilient infrastructure that can protect our homes and businesses, and withstand more powerful storms.  That means stronger seawalls, natural barriers, hardened power grids, hardened water systems, hardened fuel supplies. 

So the budget I sent Congress includes funding to support communities that build these projects, and this plan directs federal agencies to make sure that any new project funded with taxpayer dollars is built to withstand increased flood risks. 

And we’ll partner with communities seeking help to prepare for droughts and floods, reduce the risk of wildfires, protect the dunes and wetlands that pull double duty as green space and as natural storm barriers.  And we’ll also open our climate data and NASA climate imagery to the public, to make sure that cities and states assess risk under different climate scenarios, so that we don’t waste money building structures that don’t withstand the next storm. 

So that’s what my administration will do to support the work already underway across America, not only to cut carbon pollution, but also to protect ourselves from climate change.  But as I think everybody here understands, no nation can solve this challenge alone — not even one as powerful as ours.  And that’s why the final part of our plan calls on America to lead — lead international efforts to combat a changing climate.  (Applause.)  

And make no mistake — the world still looks to America to lead.  When I spoke to young people in Turkey a few years ago, the first question I got wasn’t about the challenges that part of the world faces.  It was about the climate challenge that we all face, and America’s role in addressing it.  And it was a fair question, because as the world’s largest economy and second-largest carbon emitter, as a country with unsurpassed ability to drive innovation and scientific breakthroughs, as the country that people around the world continue to look to in times of crisis, we’ve got a vital role to play.  We can’t stand on the sidelines.  We’ve got a unique responsibility.  And the steps that I’ve outlined today prove that we’re willing to meet that responsibility.  

Though all America’s carbon pollution fell last year, global carbon pollution rose to a record high.  That’s a problem.  Developing countries are using more and more energy, and tens of millions of people entering a global middle class naturally want to buy cars and air-conditioners of their own, just like us.  Can’t blame them for that.  And when you have conversations with poor countries, they’ll say, well, you went through these stages of development — why can’t we?

But what we also have to recognize is these same countries are also more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than we are.  They don’t just have as much to lose, they probably have more to lose. 

Developing nations with some of the fastest-rising levels of carbon pollution are going to have to take action to meet this challenge alongside us.  They’re watching what we do, but we’ve got to make sure that they’re stepping up to the plate as well.  We compete for business with them, but we also share a planet.  And we have to all shoulder the responsibility for keeping the planet habitable, or we’re going to suffer the consequences — together.

So to help more countries transitioning to cleaner sources of energy and to help them do it faster, we’re going to partner with our private sector to apply private sector technological know-how in countries that transition to natural gas.  We’ve mobilized billions of dollars in private capital for clean energy projects around the world. 

Today, I’m calling for an end of public financing for new coal plants overseas — (applause) — unless they deploy carbon-capture technologies, or there’s no other viable way for the poorest countries to generate electricity.  And I urge other countries to join this effort. 

And I’m directing my administration to launch negotiations toward global free trade in environmental goods and services, including clean energy technology, to help more countries skip past the dirty phase of development and join a global low-carbon economy.  They don’t have to repeat all the same mistakes that we made.  (Applause.)

We’ve also intensified our climate cooperation with major emerging economies like India and Brazil, and China — the world’s largest emitter.  So, for example, earlier this month, President Xi of China and I reached an important agreement to jointly phase down our production and consumption of dangerous hydrofluorocarbons, and we intend to take more steps together in the months to come.  It will make a difference.  It’s a significant step in the reduction of carbon emissions.  (Applause.)

And finally, my administration will redouble our efforts to engage our international partners in reaching a new global agreement to reduce carbon pollution through concrete action.  (Applause.) 

Four years ago, in Copenhagen, every major country agreed, for the first time, to limit carbon pollution by 2020.  Two years ago, we decided to forge a new agreement beyond 2020 that would apply to all countries, not just developed countries. 

What we need is an agreement that’s ambitious — because that’s what the scale of the challenge demands.  We need an inclusive agreement -– because every country has to play its part.  And we need an agreement that’s flexible — because different nations have different needs.  And if we can come together and get this right, we can define a sustainable future for your generation. 

So that’s my plan.  (Applause.)  The actions I’ve announced today should send a strong signal to the world that America intends to take bold action to reduce carbon pollution.  We will continue to lead by the power of our example, because that’s what the United States of America has always done.

I am convinced this is the fight America can, and will, lead in the 21st century.  And I’m convinced this is a fight that America must lead.  But it will require all of us to do our part. We’ll need scientists to design new fuels, and we’ll need farmers to grow new fuels.  We’ll need engineers to devise new technologies, and we’ll need businesses to make and sell those technologies.  We’ll need workers to operate assembly lines that hum with high-tech, zero-carbon components, but we’ll also need builders to hammer into place the foundations for a new clean energy era. 

We’re going to need to give special care to people and communities that are unsettled by this transition — not just here in the United States but around the world.  And those of us in positions of responsibility, we’ll need to be less concerned with the judgment of special interests and well-connected donors, and more concerned with the judgment of posterity.  (Applause.)  Because you and your children, and your children’s children, will have to live with the consequences of our decisions. 

As I said before, climate change has become a partisan issue, but it hasn’t always been.  It wasn’t that long ago that Republicans led the way on new and innovative policies to tackle these issues.  Richard Nixon opened the EPA.  George H.W. Bush declared — first U.S. President to declare — “human activities are changing the atmosphere in unexpected and unprecedented ways.”  Someone who never shies away from a challenge, John McCain, introduced a market-based cap-and-trade bill to slow carbon pollution. 

The woman that I’ve chosen to head up the EPA, Gina McCarthy, she’s worked — (applause) — she’s terrific.  Gina has worked for the EPA in my administration, but she’s also worked for five Republican governors.  She’s got a long track record of working with industry and business leaders to forge common-sense solutions.  Unfortunately, she’s being held up in the Senate. She’s been held up for months, forced to jump through hoops no Cabinet nominee should ever have to –- not because she lacks qualifications, but because there are too many in the Republican Party right now who think that the Environmental Protection Agency has no business protecting our environment from carbon pollution.  The Senate should confirm her without any further obstruction or delay.  (Applause.) 
But more broadly, we’ve got to move beyond partisan politics on this issue.  I want to be clear — I am willing to work with anybody –- Republicans, Democrats, independents, libertarians, greens -– anybody — to combat this threat on behalf of our kids. I am open to all sorts of new ideas, maybe better ideas, to make sure that we deal with climate change in a way that promotes jobs and growth. 

Nobody has a monopoly on what is a very hard problem, but I don’t have much patience for anyone who denies that this challenge is real.  (Applause.)  We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.  (Applause.)  Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it’s not going to protect you from the coming storm.  And ultimately, we will be judged as a people, and as a society, and as a country on where we go from here. 

Our founders believed that those of us in positions of power are elected not just to serve as custodians of the present, but as caretakers of the future.  And they charged us to make decisions with an eye on a longer horizon than the arc of our own political careers.  That’s what the American people expect.  That’s what they deserve.

And someday, our children, and our children’s children, will look at us in the eye and they’ll ask us, did we do all that we could when we had the chance to deal with this problem and leave them a cleaner, safer, more stable world?  And I want to be able to say, yes, we did.  Don’t you want that?  (Applause.) 

Americans are not a people who look backwards; we’re a people who look forward.  We’re not a people who fear what the future holds; we shape it.  What we need in this fight are citizens who will stand up, and speak up, and compel us to do what this moment demands. 

Understand this is not just a job for politicians.  So I’m going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends.  Tell them what’s at stake.  Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings.  Push back on misinformation.  Speak up for the facts.  Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future.  (Applause.) 

Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution.  Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices.  Invest.  Divest.  (Applause.)  Remind folks there’s no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth.  And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote.  Make yourself heard on this issue.  (Applause.)

I understand the politics will be tough.  The challenge we must accept will not reward us with a clear moment of victory.  There’s no gathering army to defeat.  There’s no peace treaty to sign.  When President Kennedy said we’d go to the moon within the decade, we knew we’d build a spaceship and we’d meet the goal.  Our progress here will be measured differently — in crises averted, in a planet preserved.  But can we imagine a more worthy goal?  For while we may not live to see the full realization of our ambition, we will have the satisfaction of knowing that the world we leave to our children will be better off for what we did. 

“It makes you realize,” that astronaut said all those years ago, “just what you have back there on Earth.”  And that image in the photograph, that bright blue ball rising over the moon’s surface, containing everything we hold dear — the laughter of children, a quiet sunset, all the hopes and dreams of posterity  — that’s what’s at stake.  That’s what we’re fighting for.  And if we remember that, I’m absolutely sure we’ll succeed. 

Thank you.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)

2:32 P.M. EDT

Wow, talking about massive failure staged in defence of a lie.  In this case,it’s all about  Global cooling Global warming Climate Change The Big Lie!

Here is some corrective information…

Britain Suffers Coldest Winter Since 1962: Global Warming Alarmists Silent

The Big Lie: UN Climate Chief Admits That Global Warming Stopped 17 Years ago

British Report Indicates That Global Warming Stopped 16 Years Ago

Climate Change Update: Antarctic Sea Ice at Record Highs, Media Ignores it

Polar Bears Dying off? Not so Much: Another Blow to Climate Alarmists

Man-Made Global Warming Skewered by James Delingpole

Breaking News! Big Bright Ball in sky Controls Climate!

Arctic Sea Ice Increases for Third Consecutive Year: Global Warming to Blame?

Global Warming Causes More Record Cold

Britain has Coldest December on Record: Where are the Alarmists?

That’s just a small sampling.  But you get the idea.  It’s a lie, crafted to justify government control of you.  Nothing more.



1975 Tornado Outbreak Caused by Global Cooling?


global warming hoax

In the aftermath of the devastation brought to Moore, Oklahoma, Global Warming The Big Lie, alarmists wasted no time blaming Republicans for the event.  Apparently, the GOP, Conservatives, and Libertarians, resisted efforts to put millions out of work, and reduce most of us to dependency on government.

However, the tune was much different back in the day.  For those of you that are young, were on drugs at the time, in denial, or are simply “low information voters,” you wouldn’t know that Global Climate Change or Global Warming were not the first efforts to destroy freedom in the name of Mother Earth Marx.  In actuality, it was Global Cooling (the first Big Lie).  Lonely Conservative linked the article…

The rest can be found here…

It seems that doom and gloom were alive and well in the 70’s, but just for a completely different reason.

They’re still pushing warming, even though we haven’t warmed since the late 90’s.

I wonder if they’ll get off warming, and go back to cooling?


Democrat Uses Oklahoma Tornado to Blame Republicans for Global Warming, Which Hasn’t Happened Since 1998


In the fine leftist tradition of keeping it classy, and blaming one’s opponents for absolutely every negative event that occurs, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse decided to take the State Senate floor and blame Republicans for the devastating Oklahoma tornado of earlier that same day.  The Daily Caller has the video…

In a very related and completely relevant story, the BBC has again reported what the rest of us have know for some time- That the Earth stopped warming in 1998.

Scientists now say the world stopped heating up in 1998.
The BBC reported:

Scientists say the recent downturn in the rate of global warming will lead to lower temperature rises in the short-term.

Since 1998, there has been an unexplained “standstill” in the heating of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Writing in Nature Geoscience, the researchers say this will reduce predicted warming in the coming decades.

But long-term, the expected temperature rises will not alter significantly.

The slowdown in the expected rate of global warming has been studied for several years now. Earlier this year, the UK Met Office lowered their five-year temperature forecast.

And, of course, the BBC still clung to the alarmist mantle by saying the equivalent of…

Even though the work hasn’t warmed in 15 years, it will, and a lot, just you wait and see. 

I think global warming is the Great Pumpkin of science.  You just have to be sincere enough.


Rare May Snowstorm Hits US: Climate Alarmists Silent


With several areas of the US being covered in a foot thick blanket of snow global warming the big lie, the climate alarmists appear silent.  How, in the age of global warming, can we be having such a major May snowstorm? FOX News has the info..

DENVER –  People in parts of Colorado and Wyoming pulled puffy jackets, hats and umbrellas out of the closet again Wednesday for another round of wet spring snow.

The May Day snow storm was making travel difficult on Interstate 70 in Colorado’s mountains and along Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming, but the snow wasn’t having a major impact on Denver’s airport, though there have been de-icing delays.

Nearly 3 feet of snow is possible in the foothills and mountains of northern Colorado while around a foot is expected at lower elevations in parts of both states. By midday, over a foot fell at Rocky Mountain National Park. The heavy snow caused power and heat outages there and in Cheyenne, which received 15 inches of snow by noon Wednesday. West of Cheyenne, 20 inches fell near Buford, while Casper saw 4 inches of snow.

Let me guess, the warming caused it to be cold, and snow?  How much you want to bet they will blame a major snow event on warming?


Britain Suffers Coldest Winter Since 1962: Global Warming Alarmists Silent



In the US, most of us are lamenting the fact that while our calendars say “spring.” the season has not really “sprung” as of yet.  However, for the Brits, the season has been much worse, suffering their coldest winter since 1962.  Doug Ross has more…

The chubby grifter Al “Gorezeera” Gore hardest hit.

[England] is on track to suffer its coldest March in more than 50 years as conservationists warned that the prolonged winter weather was damaging wildlife… The unrelenting cold weather is showing no signs of slowing this week as snow continues to fall across the North.

…Friday will see a return of heavier snow storms, which will spread further south to the Midlands. The Central England Temperature – covering an area bounded by Lancashire, Bristol and London – shows temperatures have been 2.8C lower than normal for the month.

The last time March was so cold was in 1962, when the average temperature was 2.4C (36F) – or 4.1C below the norm…

It is said that 5000 people have died due to the cold, which I am absolutely sure was caused by global warming the big lie,  right?


Global Warming Now to be Part of US School Curriculum


And with belief in Global Warming the Big Lie,. at an all time low, now the government makes it part of the curriculum.  The Lonely Conservative has more…

The climate alarmists are going to have a new captive audience – America’s school children.

New national science standards that make the teaching of global warming part of the public school curriculum are slated to be released this month, potentially ending an era in which climate skepticism has been allowed to seep into the nation’s classrooms.

The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nonprofit Achieve and more than two dozen states. The latest draft recommends that educators teach the evidence for man-made climate change starting as early as elementary school and incorporate it into all science classes, ranging from earth science to chemistry. By eighth grade, students should understand that “human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming),” the standards say. (Read More)

Do you think they will be telling the kids about how climate change studies are routinely debunked and disproved? I doubt it.

The narrative must be maintained.  The key to any big lie is repetition, particularly repetition from trusted sources.  Using it against children is particularly effective.


Global Warming to Kill off Coffee??


This time, they have gone too far!  You have to understand something…


Really, I like the stuff. I need it.  When I say that I have to prevent too much blood from entering my caffeine system, I mean it.

So, imagine my rage when the advocates of global cooling global warming climate change the big lie take my favorite beverage/addiction, and make it part of their twisted campaign of propaganda.  News Busters has more…

Now, they’ve gone too far!

All sarcasm aside, it’s another lies in the long list of lies.  There appears to be no depths that they will go to avoid the fact that the planet hasn’t warmed since 1998.


Coming Soon: The Purge of the TV Weathermen


It seems that not enough TV weathermen are spreading the word about Climate Change The Big Lie.  Consequently, lefties are promoting an offensive to either convert, or get rid of those that hold fast to the truth.  Weasel Zippers has more…

Concerned that too many “deniers” are in the meteorology business, global warming activists this month launched a campaign to recruit local weathermen to hop aboard the alarmism bandwagon and expose those who are not fully convinced that the world is facing man-made doom.

The Forecast the Facts campaign — led by, the League of Conservation Voters and the Citizen Engagement Lab — is pushing for more of a focus on global warming in weather forecasts, and is highlighting the many meteorologists who do not share their beliefs.

“Our goal is nothing short of changing how the entire profession of meteorology tackles the issue of climate change,” the group explains on their website. “We’ll empower everyday people to make sure meteorologists understand that their viewers are counting on them to get this story right, and that those who continue to shirk their professional responsibility will be held accountable.”

According to the Washington Post, the reason for the campaign can be found in a 2010 George Mason University surveys, which found that 63% of television weathermen think that global warming is a product of natural causes, while 31% believe it is from human activity.

Keep reading…

I love how they worded their plans. “Our goal is nothing short of changing how the entire profession of meteorology tackles the issue of climate change…”  So, in other words, you are to get a steady stream of propaganda with your weather?  Yes!

“We’ll empower everyday people to make sure meteorologists understand that their viewers are counting on them to get this story right, and that those who continue to shirk their professional responsibility will be held accountable.”  To put it another way, “We’ll have people harass weathermen (and their stations) who refuse to endorse Climate Change The Big Lie, until they either agree to broadcast propaganda, or they are fired.  To put it simply, they are going to use the Alinsky Method against weathermen.

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