President Barack Obama said in his weekly address today that four villages in Alaska are in “imminent danger” because of climate change and that safety will be his administration’s top consideration in permitting offshore oil and gas drilling “as we push our economy and the world to ultimately transition off of fossil fuels.”
‘America will lead the world to meet the threat of climate change before it’s too late’
Here are key excerpts from the president’s address:
Alaska’s glaciers are melting faster too, threatening tourism and adding to rising seas. And if we do nothing, Alaskan temperatures are projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century, changing all sorts of industries forever.
This is all real. This is happening to our fellow Americans right now. In fact, Alaska’s governor recently told me that four villages are in “imminent danger” and have to be relocated. Already, rising sea levels are beginning to swallow one island community.
Think about that. If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, we’d do everything in our power to protect ourselves. Climate change poses the same threat, right now…
Since the United States and China worked together to set ambitious climate targets last year, leading by example, many of the world’s biggest emitters have come forward with new climate plans of their own. And that’s a good sign as we approach this December’s global climate negotiations in Paris.
Now, one of the ways America is leading is by transitioning away from dirty energy sources that threaten our health and our environment, and by going all-in on clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar…
The bottom line is, safety has been and will continue to be my administration’s top priority when it comes to oil and gas exploration off America’s precious coasts – even as we push our economy and the world to ultimately transition off of fossil fuels.
So I’m looking forward to talking with Alaskans about how we can work together to make America the global leader on climate change around the globe… Because what’s happening in Alaska is happening to us. It’s our wakeup call. And as long as I’m President, America will lead the world to meet the threat of climate change before it’s too late.
A brilliant piece by Mike McDaniel that exposes and eviscerates Leftism, and it’s many failings. You might call Leftist Theology, yes, I said theology, the failure that keeps on failing
Climate change–previously known as global warming until none occurred for nearly two decades in direct contradiction to all the warmist’s computer models and projections–is the perfect ideological companion for progressivism. Here’s why:
(1) It is non-falsifiable. No matter what happens, climate change is the cause. Melting ice at the poles? Climate change. Increasing ice at the poles? Climate change. Drowning polar bears? Climate change. Ooops. Polar bears regularly swimming hundreds of miles? Climate change. More hurricanes? Climate change. Fewer hurricanes than normal? Climate change. Because it is a matter of progressive faith, it can never be disproved.
(2) It is a never-ending alarmist scenario. Because any weather is caused by climate change, it is an eternal money-making scenario and political cudgel with which to beat republicans. Oppose climate change policy? You want to destroy the planet! It is a bottomless money pit. No matter how much money is spent, more will be required.
(3) It demands more and more virulent progressivism. Climate change can be combatted only with more progressive policy.
(4) It is the perfect wealth distribution justification and vehicle. Solar panels? Windmills? Electric vehicles? All must be funded with trillions to save the planet. That none, even all together, can have any effect on the climate, ever, means nothing. The point is to send huge amounts of other people’s money to progressive backers, who will in turn give huge amounts to progressive politicians.
(5) It gives government, run by progressives, unlimited justification to increase governmental power and to diminish individual liberty.
Go read it all folks, it is truly masterful
I mean honestly, who makes statements like this
Overcoming climate change is a challenge for those “coming of age,” much like World War II was for the Greatest Generation, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” asserted.
Nye claimed that climate change was “certainly the most serious problem facing humankind right now” while on HuffPost Live May 7 with host Josh Zepps.
“So what I want to do is create the next Great Generation,” Nye said. He said the members of the Greatest Generation “pitched in” to win World War II. “And so I want the people coming of age now, the president’s kids and stuff, to work together to address climate change. I think they can, I’m sure they can do it.”
Zepps asked if climate change was a “sufficiently galvanizing purpose” and motivator as World War II and the Cold War. Nye admitted that “getting people on board with this” had proved challenging.
“Now when people have to really kind of leave Miami, then it will be serious and people will take it seriously,” Nye contended. “But then there will be so much carbon in the atmosphere, it’s a really hard thing.”
Since the public hasn’t stepped up, Nye demanded the government step in.
“We’re gonna need some regulation to get people on board, and just like they had in World War II,” Nye said, citing examples of “rationing tires,” “collecting bones to get the calcium” and “victory gardens.”
Yep, he is crazy, as most Marxists are. He seems perfectly ready to curb our liberties to suit his purposes
Man I love this guy.
Ted Cruz completely schooled a journalist who asked him about Climate Change in his Texas Tribune interview, a journalist who was clearly sympathetic to the cause. It was awesome to see.
That was just 3 minutes. Here’s the full Texas Tribune interview:
Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., on Friday, White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice described the terrorist threat from radical Islam as “violent extremism” and said part of President Barack Obama’s national security strategy is fighting “the very real threat of climate change” and promoting gay rights.
Rice’s remarks followed the release on Friday of Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy, which updates a similar document released by the White House in 2010.
While saying the radical Islamic group ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) is an offshoot of al Qaeda and that the United States is committed to “countering the corrosive ideology of violent extremism,” Rice called for a “sense of perspective” when assessing that threat.
“Too often, what’s missing here in Washington is a sense of perspective,” Rice said. “Yes, there is a lot going on.
“Still, while the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature we confronted during World War II or during the Cold War,” Rice said. “We cannot afford to be buffeted by alarmism in a nearly instantaneous news cycle.”
In her remarks, Rice listed other threats to U.S. security, including “the very real threat of climate change” and the necessity of promoting equality for homosexuals.
“American leadership is addressing the very real threat of climate change,” Rice said. “The science is clear.
“The impacts of climate change will only worsen over time,” Rice said. “Even longer droughts; more severe storms; more forced migration.
“So we’re making smart decisions today that will pay off for generations,” Rice said.
Equality for homosexuals is also a focus of the 2015 National Security Strategy, Rice said, by first addressing equality based on gender and then citing the rights of people who oppose gender classification.
William Teach exposes the latest idiocy from the Gore Cult of Climate Change
It’s not even February and Warmists are already trying to ruin yet another holiday
(UK Guardian) Environmental campaigners are calling for people to declare their love for the planet on 14 February – Valentine’s Day.
The Climate Coalition, made up of more than 100 UK organisations campaigning for action on climate change, is asking people to submit photos of things they love that they fear losing due to the effects of climate change. Submissions so far include photos of rivers, coral reefs, wildlife and “the changing of the seasons”.
I find it odd that the members of the Gore
Church Cult of Climate Change claim we must end Capitalism to save ourselves from certain destruction. Yet, if they opened their eyes and looked at countries that ARE destitute, and that often have miserable records on human rights, and on conservation and pollution they would see that those nations do not have capitalistic systems. They would see that capitalist nations tend to be free nations with far higher standards of living.
Prince Charles has called for an end to capitalism as we know it in order to save the planet from global warming.
In a speech to business leaders in London, the Prince said that a “fundamental transformation of global capitalism” was necessary in order to halt “dangerously accelerating climate change” that would “bring us to our own destruction”.
He called for companies to focus on “approaches that achieve lasting and meaningful returns” by protecting the environment, improving their employment practices and helping the vulnerable to develop a new “inclusive capitalism”.
In a politically-charged speech at the Inclusive Capitalism conference, the Prince said: “I remember when the Iron Curtain came down there was a certain amount of shouting about the triumph of capitalism over communism. Being somewhat contrary, I didn’t think it was quite as simple as that. I felt that unless the business world considered the social, community and environmental dimensions, we might end up coming full circle.”
Inclusive Capitalism? What will these Leftist buffoons think up next?
OK there it is folks. Climate Alarmists are always predicting some calamity or another, but would they really go that far? Click here to find out
The left has become a bad parody of itself.
Via Mother Jones:
Scientists say man-made climate change has fundamentally altered the currents of the vast, deep oceans where investigators are currently scouring for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, setting a complex stage for the ongoing search for MH370. If the Boeing 777 did plunge into the ocean somewhere in the vicinity of where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean, the location where its debris finally ends up, if found at all, may be vastly different from where investigators could have anticipated 30 years ago.
The search of 8,880 square miles of ocean has yet to turn up signs of the missing flight.
Even if the fragments captured in satellite images are identified as being part of the jet, which Malaysian officials say deliberately flew off course on March 8, investigators coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority will still have an enormous task to locate remaining parts of the plane and its flight recorders. Among the assets deployed in the search – including a multinational array of military and civil naval resources – are data modelers, whose task will be reconciling regional air and water currents with local weather patterns to produce a possible debris field. “Data marker buoys” are being dropped into the ocean to assist in providing “information about water movement to assist in drift modeling,” John Young from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority told a press conference in Canberra on Thursday.
While longer-term climate shifts are unlikely to play into day-to-day search and rescue efforts, these large climate-affected currents – among them the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the world’s most powerful ocean system – are an essential factor in oceanographers’ understanding of the literal undercurrents of search operations.
ou couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried. Update to this story.
Oh those goofy Leftists, always claiming some imagined right they insist exists in our Constitution. the latest “right”? Why good weather of course!
In a new study, I and my co-authors make indisputably clear what the world’s scientists have increasingly warned: Our climate is changing, and the impacts are growing. The changes harm humans and threaten other life on the planet.
Our study, published in the prestigious peer-reviewed science journal PLOS-ONE, was written in support of a lawsuit against the federal government. The plaintiffs are young people, those to whom we are handing an increasingly warmer and destabilized planet.
Climate change is altering people’s lives right now. … It is as clear and present a danger as we’ve ever seen.
They argue that they have a constitutional right to a safe climate, that they have a right to receive from us a planet that supports all life, just as our forebears gave us. It is correctly a legal argument, but it relates to a fundamental moral question.
REALLY? That is in our Constitution? Wow, who knew, besides delusional Leftists of course, no one knew because that “right” is not there. But seriously folks, can’t the Left be more creative when they invent rights? Hell man, go for the gusto! Here are rights I would invenent
The right to go on vacation three months out of the year
The right to have whatever job I want, say a roller coaster critic, or maybe a movie and restaurant critic.
The right to date whoever I want. Let’s see now, what is Tamron Hall’s phone number.
The right to have my own radio show. Hell, I would be a lot better than most on air today anyway.
The right to be rich, I would be GREAT at being rich!
Did I mention the right to date any woman I wanted to? So many NFL cheerleaders, so little time….
The right NEVER to hear Kanye West’s name again.
The right to confront any MSNBS host I wanted to on air. Yes, uncensored!
The right to go to any gun range, anytime, and to take any gun I wanted.
The right to take pictures of Alec Baldwin just to piss him off, let’s see him bully me.
The right to date any woman I wanted, I may have mentioned that one before I know, but, Minka Kelly is, well have you seen her?
All kidding aside, rights are precious as our Founders knew, and the manner in which the Left trivializes natural rights is depsicable
Of course she is, show me one member of Team Obama that isn’t.
Via CNS News:
Ahead of her upcoming trip to China, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told a liberal advocacy group in Washington on Monday that she has dedicated her life to protecting the environment: “And I really see no greater issue and no more urgent threat to public health than climate change.”
McCarthy said the goal of her trip is to support the Chinese “in meeting their air pollution challenges,” and she said China has much to learn from the United States.
“Climate change is not just a public health and safety issue,” McCarthy told the Center for American Progress. “I consider it to be one of the greatest economic challenges of our time as well, which is why I’m really looking forward to the trip and why I was very excited back this summer when President Obama spoke so eloquently and so comprehensively about the urgency to act on climate change when he spoke at Georgetown University.”
BS! It is all about redistribution folks. Green is the new RED!
FEDERAL cabinet has ruled that Australia will not sign up to any new contributions, taxes or charges at this week’s global summit on climate change, in a significant toughening of its stance as it plans to move within days to repeal the carbon tax.
Cabinet ministers have decided to reject any measures of “socialism masquerading as environmentalism” after meeting last week to consider a submission on the position the government would take to the Warsaw conference.
Love this story
Via Beltway Confidential:
Global warming alarmists, Al Gore, we need to talk.
Well, this is awkward. A leaked report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that the world is not warming but is actually cooling, and will continue to get colder until the middle of the century.
You remember the IPCC, right? It’s the group whose 2007 report on global warming said that snow would disappear from everywhere but the highest mountains, icebergs would melt causing sea levels to rise, deserts would spread, people would die in heat waves and pretty much the earth was going to end if we didn’t immediately destroy our carbon-fueled economy with job-killing government regulations.
Well, that’s not happening. In fact, the Arctic ice caps have grown by 60 percent since 2012.
About time for Gore’s cult-like followers to start screaming about us freezing to death if we do not act.
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:
ZERO PEOPLE at the OFA rally at the Georgetown Waterfront this morning. OMG CLIMATE CHANGE IS SUPER IMPORTANT… unless it rains.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) August 13, 2013
The NRCC blog added:
Now that I’ve had Phil Kerpen write half my post for me, here’s the other half: it should surprise nobody – including the, ah, enthusiasts over at OfA, bless their hearts – that global warming doesn’t have nearly the same bite to it that the Left desperately wants it to. The polling is consistent: global warming – or climate change, or whatever the latest buzzword is/will be – is at the bottom of any list of things that people worry about, or prioritize. It is thus unsurprising that an admittedly unpleasant sudden rain shower would stop people in Georgetown from attending: after all, OfA doesn’t really want to talk about global warming at all. It’s just that the two things that they should be talking about – the economy, and health care – are also two things that OfA does not dare talk about, largely because President Barack Obama clearly has no idea how to go about repairing the damage that he’s caused to either.
Bob Belvedere leads us off with his Rule 5 Saturday
Donald Douglas is a bikini expert
Reaganite republican has a look at some vintage HAWTNESS
Proof Positive has a look at more vintage sexiness
Randy has a peek at Chrissy Teigen
90 Miles From Tyranny has a very sexy lady
Miss K likes Redheads
Wine, Women AND Politics goes very NSFW
Kurt has BOOBIES of all sorts
Fritz has Sinbad’s women
Act Well Your part, new to our blogroll, has Hot Chicks, NSFW
Angry Mike, why IS he angry? Has Girls + Guns and we know what that equals
EBL has vintage stewardess pics
Pitsnipes has a tribute to, well…….
Last Tradition has the classic beauty of Ava Gardner
Theo Spark has Totty
Stacy McCain has Women for Boner Control
Right Way has his Friday Babe
Double Trouble has some random hotties
Wirecutter has your good morning gal
Feral Irishman has a cat and a hot girl doing, ah, well………..
Rio Norte has a thing for gals with lots of ink
Conservative Hideout has Gals with Guns
Look for updates later
U.S. Senate candidate Rush Holt said his claim made Monday that “millions will die” if something isn’t done to address global warming was reality, not hyperbole.
“I think it’s no exaggeration at all to say that millions will die. And in fact there’s pretty good evidence that millions already have died because of climate change,” Holt, a congressman from central New Jersey who’s seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, said in a Star-Ledger editorial board meeting this morning.
Is it just me or are Leftists not the most unpleasant people to be around, doom, gloom, pessimism, the sky is falling, and on and on. Note that I have said before that Leftism is an , they just cannot get enough bad news.
In a Senate hearing Thursday, environmental scientist Roger Pielke of the University of Colorado said it’s “incorrect” to claim that global warming is spurring more extreme weather disasters.
“It is misleading and just plain incorrect to claim that disasters associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or droughts have increased on climate timescales either in the United States or globally,” Pielke said in his testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “It is further incorrect to associate the increasing costs of disasters with the emission of greenhouse gases.”
“Hurricanes have not increased in the U.S. in frequency, intensity or normalized damage since at least 1900,” Pielke added. “The same holds for tropical cyclones globally since at least 1970.”
Senate Democrats pointed to the increase in extreme weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes as evidence of global warming. California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer said that “climate change is real” and human activities were the cause, adding that people can “look out the window” to see evidence of it.
“Heat waves, droughts, wildfires and floods – all are now more frequent and intense,” said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address.
Pielke, however, notes that U.S. floods have not increased in “frequency or intensity” since 1950 and economic losses from floods have dropped by 75 percent as a percentage of GDP since 1940. Tornado frequency, intensity, and normalized damages have also not increased since 1950, and Pielke even notes that there is some evidence that this has declined.
Pielke noted in his testimony that droughts have been shorter, less frequent, and have covered a smaller portion of the U.S over the last century. Globally, there has been very little change in the last 60 years, he said.
“The absolute costs of disasters will increase significantly in coming years due to greater wealth and populations in locations exposed to extremes,” Pielke added. “Consequent, disasters will continue to be an important focus of policy, irrespective of the exact future course of climate change.”
Senators sparred over predictions and claims made about man-made global warming. Democrats argued that the effects of global warming can be felt today and Republicans argued that evidence of human-induced warming is thin.
“I would note that it has not been titled ‘Global Warming: It’s Happening Now,’” said Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter. “Maybe that would have been too ironic given the Earth’s stagnant temperature for the past 15 years, a fact that is currently confounding climate scientists and modeling experts who predicted otherwise.”
Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe, a longtime critic of global warming claims, pointed to a set of Obama administration talking points on the “do’s and don’ts” when talking about global warming.
The talking points suggested not leading with economic arguments, not talking about scientific consensus surrounding global warming, and instead focusing on extreme weather.
Prior to the hearing, Republicans on the committee released a report that called into question many past global warming claims made by Democrats, as well as Obama administration policy proposals.
This didn’t deter Senate Democrats who continued to argue that global warming could be seen today. Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with the Democrats, both pushed for taxing carbon emissions.
Republicans criticized the lack of White House testimony at the hearing.
“It is unfortunate we don’t have any witnesses here from the Obama administration,” Vitter said. “Just weeks ago, President Obama announced a sweeping climate action plan, which will undoubtedly tighten the federal government’s grip on our economy.”
“If the president is going after greenhouse gases, he won’t stop at coal,” said Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso.
Boxer, who chairs the committee, said no one from the administration was invited because they would be called in for future hearings on global warming.