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Tony Abbott, who said “Climate Change is Absolute Crap” Will Become Australia’s 28th Prime Minister

by huckfunn ( 8 Comments › )
Filed under Australia, Breaking News, Elections, Environmentalism, Global Warming Hoax, Headlines, Politics at September 7th, 2013 - 10:07 am

Congratulations to our cousins down under. Tony Abbott’s Coalition Party won a landslide victory over Labor in yesterday’s  Australia election. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard had instituted a highly unpopular carbon emissions tax during her term and Mr. Abbot ran on a platform that vowed repeal of that tax.

Tony Abbott will be Australia’s 28th prime minister after a decisive victory became clear almost as soon as ballot counting began, with voters casting a brutal verdict on a divisive Labor era that lasted just six years.

Abbott has been a relentlessly negative opposition leader who won the job with a pledge not to recognize Labor’s 2007 mandate to implement its emissions trading scheme, but who now promises a conflict-weary electorate calm, stable “grown-up” government and demands the upper house recognize his electoral mandate to immediately repeal the carbon tax.

Here are some key quotes on climate change and the carbon tax:
Tony Abbott, leader of the opposition, 2009
“Climate change is absolute crap.”

Tony Abbott, Feb 2011
“We will fight this tax every second of every minute of every month.
“I think there will be a people’s revolt against this carbon tax.”

Read the entire story here. Hat tip – Rain of Lead

Here are some quotes from both sides regarding the carbon tax.

Tony Abbott, leader of the opposition, 2009

“Climate change is absolute crap.”

Tony Abbott, Feb 2011

“We will fight this tax every second of every minute of every month.

“I think there will be a people’s revolt against this carbon tax.”

Tony Abbott, Oct 2011

“I am giving you the most definite commitment any politician can give that this tax will go. This is a pledge in blood this tax will go.

“We will repeal the tax, we can repeal the tax, we must repeal the tax.”

Julia Gillard, Aug 2010

“There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead.”

Julia Gillard, Feb 2011

“Yes, I did say that and circumstances have changed.

“I am making some changes in order to work with the parliament that Australians voted for.”

Julia Gillard, Oct 2011

“This is a significant day for the Australian nation, not just for today but for the generations to come.”

Placards carried by protestors at the anti-carbon tax rally, 2011

“JuLIAR”

Protestors in the House of Representatives after the clean energy bill was passed, Oct 2011

“No mandate, democracy is dead.”

Fracking Makes the U.S. the World’s Top Petroleum Producer

by huckfunn ( 11 Comments › )
Filed under Cult of Obama, Economy, Energy, Environmentalism, EPA, government, Special Report at August 9th, 2013 - 9:56 pm

OK, I give up. The media has now unofficially re-named the practice of hydraulic fracturing from “fracing” to “fracking”. So be it. At any rate, the practice of fracking hydrocarbon bearing rock formations has been around for over 60 years. It has been used to great success most recently in the newly discovered shale fields around the U.S. Fracking has been so successful that the U.S. now leads the world in petroleum production and has held that lead since April. Saudi Arabia now sees fracking in the U.S. as a direct threat to its economic future. The U.S.  surge in production has resulted in spite of every effort by the EPA and environmental groups to vilify and ban the practice of fracking.

The United States was the world’s top petroleum producer in April, according to recently released federal data, marking six straight months of dominance in the market that experts attribute to the ongoing shale oil boom.

Those experts say that the data point to a new era of energy abundance, undercutting long-held theories that oil shortages would force the United States to seek other means of energy production.

According to data released this week by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. produced 12.09 million barrels per day (mbpd) of petroleum in April. That outpaced Saudi Arabia, which produced 11.2 mbpd that month.

It marked the sixth straight month for the U.S. as the world’s leading petroleum producer. The trend began in November of last year.

Mark Perry, an economics and finance professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, noted that EIA data showed that the United States in April produced more petroleum than all countries in Europe, Central America, and South America combined.

“This is more evidence that America’s shale energy revolution is taking us from ‘resource scarcity’ to a new era of ‘resource abundance,’” Perry wrote on the American Enterprise Institute website, where he is a scholar.

“This energy bonanza in the U.S. … would have been largely unthinkable even five years ago,” Perry explained. “But then thanks to revolutionary drilling techniques developed by America’s ‘petropreneurs’ like George P. Mitchell, we’ve unlocked vast oceans of shale oil and gas across the U.S.”

Mitchell, who died of natural causes at age 94 last week, pioneered the revolutionary oil and gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing, which experts credit with unlocking massive reserves of oil and gas deposits in shale formations around the country.

Despite the economic benefits brought on by the technology, environmentalists have vociferously opposed hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.” Many have relied on factual misstatements or outright falsehoods to support their case against the practice.

While many parts of the U.S. are now enjoying booming economies from higher production, the New York legislature has placed a 5 year moratorium on fracking thus denying economic benefits to New York landowners and a revenue windfall to the state treasury.

After fighting anti-fracking forces in the state of New York for years, Chesapeake Energy has decided to walk away from its natural gas drilling leases and go elsewhere.

Since 2008, the state of New York has imposed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing—known more commonly as “fracking.” Groups like New Yorkers Against Fracking have kept the pressure on, hosting star-studded concert rallies featuring actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, as well as Natalie Merchant, John Sebastian, Joan Osborne, and others.

The ban and anti-fracking advocacy, combined with a costly legal battle to renew natural gas drilling leases  under their original, more favorable terms, prompted Chesapeake to give up its fight and leave New Yorkers out of jobs and without economic growth “while neighboring states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia experience an energy drilling renaissance,” says Reuters.

Kevin Colosimo, a trustee at large for the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, says citizens in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania are reaping big rewards from the natural gas boom.

“Almost a quarter-million people in Pennsylvania work to produce natural gas from the Marcellus Shale or in related industries… The average salary in core fracking industries is more than $90,000 a year,” writes Colosimo. “In 2010 alone, oil and gas development utilizing fracking contributed more than $11 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy.”

Experts say the earliest New York might lift its ban on fracking would be in 2014.

Read the entire article here.  Hat top – The Washington Free Beacon

 

Free Range Urban Hipster Chickens Gone Wild

by huckfunn ( 126 Comments › )
Filed under Environmentalism, Hipsters, Humor, Open thread at July 9th, 2013 - 8:00 pm

A recent fad among urban hipsters has been the goofy idea of raising chickens in their own backyards. Think of the benefits. Poultry and eggs with none of those nasty hormones and antibiotics added to the birds’ feed. Happy chickens in happy backyards. Indeed, Mother Gaia would be smiling. The problem is that chickens don’t come with instruction manuals like an Xbox or Ipad. Nobody told the hipsters that their feathered friends cluck and crow in the wee morning hours and poop at least as much as they eat. A 2012 nationwide salmonella outbreak was directly linked to backyard chickens. At any rate, as the problems of backyard chicken ranching become increasingly apparent, at least half of the hipster chicken ranchers have abandoned their fowl friends in the wild or have dropped them off at local animal shelters.

To hipster urbanites, raising your own chickens seems like an environmentally conscious decision — going local taken to its logical conclusion.

But the trend has sparked an unforeseen problem: City dwellers who try and raise their own chickens are increasingly abandoning the birds as they have no idea how to properly take care of them.

Humane Society spokesman Paul Shapiro told NBC News that hundreds of chickens are abandoned at shelters every year, and that the problem is getting worse as more cities legalize hen-keeping.

The trend started in the mid-2000s as the “locavore” craze took root in urban centers across the United States.

Tiffany Young, founder of Ducks and Clucks, a Seattle animal rescue group, told The Daily Caller that the issue was largely due to a specific subset of the population: “hipster urban yuppie types” with romanticized notions of raising farm animals.

According to Young, about half of these “hipster bloggers” give up on taking care of the chickens within five weeks after realizing that taking care of a farm animal is hard work. They then try to “pawn off” the chickens to real farms or shelters.

Read the entire article here. Hat tip The Daily Caller.

Obama’s global-warming obsession

by Speranza ( 103 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Global Warming Hoax at July 5th, 2013 - 7:00 am

Obama’s confidence in his powers of persuasion regarding other nations  – despite all evidence -remains unaffected.

by Charles Krauthammer

The economy stagnates. Syria burns . Scandals lap at his feet. China and Russia mock him , even as a “29-year-old hacker” revealed his nation’s spy secrets to the world. How does President Obama respond? With a grandiloquent speech on climate change .

Climate change? It lies at the very bottom of a list of Americans’ concerns (last of 21 — Pew poll). Which means that Obama’s declaration of unilateral American war on global warming, whatever the cost — and it will be heavy — is either highly visionary or hopelessly solipsistic. You decide:

Global temperatures have been flat for 16 years — a curious time to unveil a grand, hugely costly, socially disruptive anti-warming program.

Now, this inconvenient finding is not dispositive. It doesn’t mean there is no global warming.  [.......] It therefore highlights the president’s presumption in dismissing skeptics as flat-earth know-nothings.

On the contrary. It’s flat-earthers like Obama who refuse to acknowledge the problematic nature of contradictory data. It’s flat-earthers like Obama who cite a recent Alaskan heat wave — a freak event in one place at one time — as presumptive evidence of planetary climate change. It’s flat-earthers like Obama who cite perennial phenomena such as droughts as cosmic retribution for environmental sinfulness.

For the sake of argument, nonetheless, let’s concede that global warming is precisely what Obama thinks it is. Then answer this: What in God’s name is his massive new regulatory and spending program — which begins with a war on coal and ends with billions in more subsidies for new Solyndras — going to do about it?

The United States has already radically cut carbon dioxide emissions — more than any country on earth since 2006, according to the International Energy Agency. Emissions today are back down to 1992 levels.

And yet, at the same time, global emissions have gone up. That’s because — surprise! — we don’t control the energy use of the other 96 percent of humankind.

At the heart of Obama’s program are EPA regulations that will make it impossible to open any new coal plant and will systematically shut down existing plants. “Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal,” explained one of Obama’s climate advisers. “On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.”

Net effect: tens of thousands of jobs killed, entire states impoverished. This at a time of chronically and crushingly high unemployment, slow growth, jittery markets and deep economic uncertainty.

But that’s not the worst of it. This massive self-sacrifice might be worthwhile if it did actually stop global warming and save the planet. What makes the whole idea nuts is that it won’t. This massive self-inflicted economic wound will have no effect on climate change.

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To think we will get these countries to cooperate is sheer fantasy. We’ve been negotiating climate treaties for 20 years and gotten exactly nowhere. China, India and the other rising and modernizing countries point out that the West had a 150-year industrial head start that made it rich. They are still poor. And now, just as they are beginning to get rich, we’re telling them to stop dead in their tracks?

Fat chance. Obama imagines he’s going to cajole China into a greenhouse-gas emissions reduction that will slow its economy, increase energy costs, derail industrialization and risk enormous social unrest. This from a president who couldn’t even get China to turn over one Edward Snowden to U.S. custody.

I’m not against a global pact to reduce CO2. Indeed, I favor it. But in the absence of one — and there is no chance of getting one in the foreseeable future — there is no point in America committing economic suicide to no effect on climate change, the reversing of which, after all, is the alleged point of the exercise.

For a president to propose this with such aggressive certainty is incomprehensible. It is the starkest of examples of belief that is impervious to evidence. And the word for that is faith, not science.

Read the rest - Obama’s global-warming folly

Lord Monckton: Scientific Consensus on Global Warming is 0.3%, Not 97%

by huckfunn ( 79 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Corruption, Economy, Energy, Environmentalism, EPA, Global Warming Hoax, government, Political Correctness, Progressives, Regulation, Socialism, taxation at July 2nd, 2013 - 7:00 am

Lord Christopher Monckton of the UK’s Science and Public Policy Institute has just released an exhaustive statistical research paper that concludes that scientific consensus affirming man-made global warming is just 0.3%, not the 97% claimed by the global whiners. Just last Tuesday Obama repeated the “97%” lie in his speech outlining his “climate change” initiative. Obama even tweeted…

“Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.” [Emphasis added]

Monckton begins his paper by refuting the notion that consensus has a role in science:

Though Cook et al. (2013) reviewed abstracts of 11,944 papers on climate change and concluded that 97.1% of those expressing an opinion supported consensus, the philosophy of science allows no role for head-count. Aristotle, in his Sophistical Refutations, (c. 350 B.C.E.), identified the argument from consensus as one of the dozen commonest logical fallacies in human discourse.

Al-Haytham, the astronomer and philosopher of science in 11th-century Iraq who is recognized as the father of the scientific method, wrote that “the seeker after truth” – his phrase for the scientist – does not place his faith in any mere consensus, however venerable. Instead, he checks. “The road to the truth,” said al-Haytham, “is long and hard, but that is the road we must follow.”

In 1860 T.H. Huxley said: “The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties: blind faith the one unpardonable sin.”

[…]

In the scientific method, then, there is no place for mere consensus. A hypothesis that is demonstrated – such as Pythagoras’ theorem – needs no consensus, for it is objectively true. A hypothesis that is disproven needs no consensus, for it is objectively false. A hypothesis that is neither demonstrated nor disproven gains credibility, and not because a dozen or even 12,000 papers endorse it but because – and to the extent that – it has not been demonstrated to be false. Science is not a belief system. A priori, then, head-counts are inappropriate tests of scientific results.

Read the entire article here. Hat tip – Climate Depot

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Obama’s Climate Plan; Economic Disaster Based Upon Bogus Science

by huckfunn ( 87 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Business, Corruption, Cult of Obama, Democratic Party, Economy, Energy, Environmentalism, EPA, Global Warming Hoax, government, Misery Index, Progressives, Regulation, Socialism, taxation, unemployment at June 29th, 2013 - 12:00 pm

In addition to the fact that his climate plan is based upon the totally false premise of man-made global warming, The Heritage Foundation lists 11 problems with Obama’s climate plan.

1. Higher energy bills.

2. Lost jobs.

3. Higher natural gas prices would stomp the manufacturing renaissance. 

4. No impact on climate change.

5. Ambiguous on Keystone XL Pipeline.

6. No admission of temperatures leveling off and wrong predictions.

7. Efficiency mandates drive up prices, drive away choice.

8. Subsidies for me but not for thee.

9. Pretending China and the developing world will cut emissions.

10. Hides Obama’s anti-nuclear policy behind pro-nuclear rhetoric.

11. Bypasses Congress and the American people.

For the sake of brevity, I didn’t paste in the entire article but it can be found here and it’s well worth the read. There is a paragraph, with links, for each of the above points.

Also, I recommend that you bookmark Rick Morano’s Climate Depot which offers links to daily articles regarding the Global Warming Hoax. It’s something like a Drudge Report for information relating to the biggest scam ever unleashed on world.

Climate Change: Obama’s Next Big Push for a Cause That Americans Don’t Want, Need or Believe In.

by huckfunn ( 121 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Corruption, Cult of Obama, Democratic Party, Economy, Energy, Environmentalism, EPA, government, Marxism, Politics, Progressives, Regulation, taxation at June 25th, 2013 - 8:00 am

Gun control, amnesty for illegal aliens, gay marriage, Syria and now “climate change”. Polls consistently show that all of these causes are far down the list of things that Americans are concerned about. Additionally, these causes have been rejected by Congress every time they come up. However, Obama will make a major speech on Tuesday which will outline his intentions for circumventing Congress and the American people in order to force higher energy costs on us under the ruse of “climate change”.

President Barack Obama will announce plans Tuesday for sweeping new climate change rules for the Environmental Protection Agency that he plans to execute by circumventing CongressThe New York Times reports.  The new regulations are expected to target power plants that provide electricity across the country, likely impacting the costs to consumers. The president is also expected to announce increased funding for alternative fuel production. “This is a serious challenge – but it’s one uniquely suited to America’s strengths,” Obama said in a video released by the White House this weekend. “There’s no single step that can reverse the effects of climate change. But when it comes to the world we leave our children, we owe it to them to do what we can,” Obama said.
Any attempt by the president to pursue his climate change agenda through new laws passed by Congress would likely result in gridlock. However, executing these orders by administrative fiat could take until the end of his term.

Continue reading here.

Obama’s climate change initiative comes at a time when the global warming hoax is unraveling on an almost daily basis. There is now a significant body of scientific evidence which indicates there has been no significant warming in over 17 years.  From Lord Christoper Monckton…

As Anthony and others have pointed out, even the New York Times has at last been constrained to admit what Dr. Pachauri of the IPCC was constrained to admit some months ago. There has been no global warming statistically distinguishable from zero for getting on for two decades.

The NYT says the absence of warming arises because skeptics cherry-pick 1998, the year of the Great el Niño, as their starting point. However, as Anthony explained yesterday, the stasis goes back farther than that. He says we shall soon be approaching Dr. Ben Santer’s 17-year test: if there is no warming for 17 years, the models are wrong.

Entire article can be found here. 

At any rate, Obama and the democrats continue to govern rule against the will of the American people.  As one can see from this recent Gallup Poll, climate change  is no where to be found on a list of issues most important to Americans.

New York Times: Where Did All the Global Warming Go?

by huckfunn ( 87 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Corruption, Democratic Party, Environmentalism, EPA, government, Politics, Progressives, Socialism, taxation at June 11th, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Settled Science?! New York Times Shocker: Global Warming Plateaued Last 15 Years Despite Rapid CO2 Rise — NYT: ‘the practitioners of climate science would like to understand exactly what is going on. They admit that they do not.’

 

The NYT finally, grudgingly admits that there has been a “plateau” in global warming over the past 15 to 20 years. And this from a committed warm-monger. A review of Justin Gillis’ columns over the past year indicates that he’s a climate change alarmist of the first order. I wonder what department he works in as the NYT shut down their climate change bureau last year.

“The rise in the surface temperature of earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.

The slowdown is a bit of a mystery to climate scientists. True, the basic theory that predicts a warming of the planet in response to human emissions does not suggest that warming should be smooth and continuous. To the contrary, in a climate system still dominated by natural variability, there is every reason to think the warming will proceed in fits and starts.

But given how much is riding on the scientific forecast, the practitioners of climate science would like to understand exactly what is going on. They admit that they do not, even though some potential mechanisms of the slowdown have been suggested. The situation highlights important gaps in our knowledge of the climate system, some of which cannot be closed until we get better measurements from high in space and from deep in the ocean.

Gee, I thought the global whiners had it all figured out… “settled science” is the phrase that comes to mind. At any rate, the myth of man-made global warming (climate change) is unraveling on a daily basis and the purveyors of this hoax are running for cover. One of these days we’ll wake up and find that the morning that greets us is much like the morning of January 01, 2000 (Y2K). The apocalypse didn’t happen and we all survived.

Read the entire article here. Hat tip – Drudge

An excellent source for debunking global warming is Climate Depot.

56 Years Since Tornados Were Invented

by Bunk X ( 51 Comments › )
Filed under Environmentalism, Humor, OOT at June 4th, 2013 - 9:00 pm

tornados suck donkeys
[Image found here.]
Tornados suck. When Mother Nature gets all humpy, she yanks the Universal Electrolux from the closet and, well, you know what she’s capable of when she’s in her hissyfit mood.  It’s not fun, and there’s nothing we mortals can do about it except to hunker down in little dark dank fraidy-holes, play with our GI Joes and Barbies, and wait until the storm passes. Then we play Pick Up Sticks.

But that image blows me away, especially when AGW hucksters start huckstering about AGW. The obvious solution to tornado intervention is humidity control and mountain construction. Taxation just won’t cut it, but there’s one thing that’s sure to have a temporary coolng effect, and it’s called
The Overnight Open Thread.

EPA Study Debunks Claims of Water Pollution From Fracing

by huckfunn ( 67 Comments › )
Filed under Business, Economy, Energy, Environmentalism, government, Political Correctness, Progressives, Regulation, Socialism at May 1st, 2013 - 11:30 am

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has finally determined (after a 16 month review) that the process of hydraulically fracturing (fracking) gas wells in the Marcellus Shale have not caused contamination of water wells in the small town of Franklin Forks, PA. Well, gee; I’m glad they finally figured that out. The process of fracking has only been around for over 60 years and has been used to great economic benefit in over 150,000 wells with essentially no known detriments to the environment or human health. The illustration above shows why hydrocarbons from the productive zone (which has been fracked) cannot contaminate the water table.

After a 16-month investigation, state regulators Monday said that natural gas fracking, contrary to highly publicized claims, isn’t to blame for high methane levels in three families’ drinking water in a northern Pennsylvania town.

For fracking proponents, it was another piece of good news. The oil and gas industry still was unwrapping the federal government’s acknowledgment that fracking isn’t nearly as harmful to the environment as it previously claimed. By dramatically lowering its methane emissions estimates from natural gas drilling sites, the Environmental Protection Agency has made it much more difficult to argue that the fracking boom is accelerating climate change.

The developments Monday in Franklin Forks, Pa., also will make it much more difficult to argue that the wildly successful drilling method is harmful to drinking water.

The state’s Department of Environmental Protection now says there is no evidence to connect natural gas drilling with high levels of methane in private water wells in the small town, which sits within the Marcellus Shale region, one of the largest known natural gas deposits in the world and exhibit A of how fracking is transforming the American energy landscape.

The agency specifically says the gas is coming from elsewhere.

“The testing determined that the water samples taken from the private water wells contained gas of similar isotopic makeup to the gas in water samples taken from Salt Springs State Park,” which contains high levels of naturally occurring methane, the DEP said in a statement.

The Franklin Forks case attracted national attention and was held up by some environmentalists as another example of the dangers of fracking. It was also the subject of numerous media reports, including a Rolling Stone magazine photo essay that labeled one Franklin Forks family “Fracking’s Real-Life Victims.”

The family believed that nearby natural gas drilling was ruining their property and had rendered their water unusable and undrinkable. Similar claims have been made elsewhere in Pennsylvania and in other spots across the nation.

Thus far, however, there have been no confirmed cases of fracking contaminating water supplies — an acknowledgment that Lisa P. Jackson, as EPA administrator, made twice to Congress.

Fracking, formally known as hydraulic fracturing, uses massive amounts of water combined with sand and chemicals to crack underground rock and release trapped gas. It is being used extensively in states across the nation and is credited with putting the U.S. on a path toward North American energy independence within the next 10 to 15 years.

While environmental groups likely will dispute the Franklin Forks findings, Pennsylvania officials are making perfectly clear that nearby fracking simply could not be responsible for the elevated methane levels.

“The water samples taken from the private water wells was not of the same origin as the natural gas in the nearby gas wells,” the DEP said.

Read the entire article here. Hat tip The Washington Times.

Meanwhile, just across the Pennsylvania state line, the fools who govern New York have declared a 2 year moratorium on fracing and will not participate in the economic boom currently enjoyed by the Keystone State. 

Assembly approved a two- year ban on the natural-gas drilling method known as fracking, after two previous attempts to block the practice failed and with the state Senate taking a different approach.

The state has been studying the safety of hydraulic fracturing since 2008, and blocked its use in the meantime. The Assembly’s ban would lift in May 2015. Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has said he’s waiting until the Health Department concludes a separate analysis to make a decision.

“We will not sit idly by and endanger the health and safety of our communities by rushing necessary health and safety reviews,” said Sheldon Silver, the Manhattan Democrat who leads the chamber. “We need to better understand the broad impacts to our environment, our economy and the health and safety of all who work and live in New York.”

Idiots!