Wednesday, May 4, 2016

April, 2016, Part 3, I am a Global Doubter and A Believer In Science: The Science Is Still Not Settled, More Coal Jobs Lost, and More

Every month we have enough material to return to a continuing theme in this blog, namely that “I am a global warming doubter AND a believer in science.” This became of interest because of people like Al Gore who fanatically and verbosely claimed that you had to be an idiot to not believe in manmade global warming. It has been my life belief that anyone that is that loud and that obnoxious is hiding something, that rather than argue facts and reality it is better to beat down and insult anyone who disagrees.

As we have dove into the whole issue of manmade global warming, or its new rebranded title of climate change, we found that Al Gore and people like him were guilty of a number of things:
  • Ignoring science and realities that did not support their opinions and positions.
  • Rather than have an adult conversation about climate, these types of advocates like Gore sank to the level of insulting those who dared look at ALL science by calling them a variety of names including racists, homophobes, terrorists, flat earth believers, and other slanderous names.
  • Continuing to insist that politicians step up their intrusions into our lives with higher taxes, more regulations, and more control of our freedoms and standards of living based on a shaky theory at best.
To see the past posts and the multitude of evidence that we have compiled that showed it is perfectly okay to be a global warming doubter and a believer in science, enter the phrase "global warming doubter” in the search box above or go through the monthly historical posts listed on the right side of this page.

Thus, let’s see the latest facts and science that prove you can be a global warming doubter and a believer in science, regardless of what Al Gore proclaims:

1) Yesterday, we talked about how the “science is settled” assertion by global warming advocates is their rallying cry, their claim that you would have to be a fool to believe that manmade global warming does not exist and is not a threat to humanity because scientists believe it is. Yesterday, and many times before in this blog, we have quoted, cited, and discussed dozens, if not hundreds, of scientists that would dispute that assertion based on real science and the realities of today.

To that list of global warming doubters we can now add another scientist, Dr. Robert M.Carter, a geologist and professor emeritus at James Cook University in Australia and his recent quote: “We’re not dealing with a scientific issue. We haven’t been dealing with a scientific issue now for the past 15 or so years. We’re dealing with a determined political issue. It’s a campaign-cause.” In other words, global warming has become a political crusade, not a scientific crusade in the eyes of many scientists.

His quote comes from a recent article on the WND website which was discussing the soon to be released movie, “Climate Hustle.” That article can be read at: 

2) We have previously discussed the reality that Obama’s Clean Power Plan, a renegade piece of regulation that will decimate the U.S. coal industry, have minimal effect on the environment, will dramatically raise electricity costs in this country, and will put the country at a severe economic disadvantage relative to the rest of the world. We have shown how this plan and other inane Obama energy initiatives have caused widespread unemployment throughout the traditional coal states of Kentucky, Wyoming, and West Virginia, again, for no significant environment impact.

But according to a recent Heritage Foundation report, it is not only the traditional coal states and their citizens that are being devastated by Obama energy policies:
  • Chuck DeVore, writing for Heritage on March 14, 2016, discussed the reality that Obama’s Clean Energy Plan will wipe out many Navajo Nation jobs.
  • According to Arizona State Senator Carlyle Begay, coal mining is critical to the economic vitality of the Navajo Nation: “The Navajo Nation’s unemployment rate is over 50 percent. Currently, revenue from coal represents 60 percent of the Navajo Nation’s general funds and operating budget. Absent political restrictions on the use of coal, coal mining and the Navajo Generating Station on the Navajo Nation’s land would be expected to boost its economy by over $13 billion over the next 25 years.”
  • The coal industry is responsible for over 2,500 of the best paying jobs within the Navajo Nation which has very high unemployment levels to begin with.
  • But those jobs have been disappearing under the Obama administration with coal production form the Nation down to about 8-10 million tons of coal a year from 13-16 million tons a year before Obama and his EPA intruded into the market and industry.
Just another example of needlessly disrupting Americans’ lives and jobs for a plan that even the head of the EPA says will have minimal, if any, good impacts on the environment or so-called global warming. Just another example of an Obama policy that is all bluster and no benefit, just like Obama Care, Dodd-Frank, etc.

3) One of the reasons that Obama and his EPA are pushing for the destruction of the American coal industry is that he thinks it will set a good example for the rest of the world. Never mind the economic devastation of American families’ financial futures, he wants to set a good example, hoping that other countries will follow his lead to clean energy. Never mind that the rest of the world is planning on building at least 2,400 new coal fired power plants in the next few years, wiping out any minimal benefit of closing a handful of America coal plants. 

And if he had read an April 9, 2016 article by Nancy Hayes on the website:

he would realize that the Chinese, the nation that is building many of those new coal power plants, are not likely to follow his symbolic lead to alternative and clean energy sources: 
  • The Chinese national government has decided not to build any new wind turbines since existing electricity from existing wind turbines has apparently been wasted and has somehow caused damage to that nation’s electrical grid.
  • Earlier in April, the government in China, via a statement from its National Energy Administration, stopped approving all new wind energy power projects in the country’s windiest regions.
  • Although the turbines in these regions had the capacity for 71 gigawatts of electricity, much of it was wasted due to the wild fluctuations in how much and when the wind was available to produce electricity.
According to Myron Ebell, Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: "China is not the only country that has built so much wind capacity that their electric grid can't handle the wild fluctuations in output, and it won't be the last. The United States should learn from these incredibly expensive mistakes. Instead, Obama’s EPA plows ahead with regulations that will duplicate the worst outcomes—skyrocketing electric prices together with unpredictable interruptions in supply.”

One example where China, the leading offender when it comes to coal, today and into the future, will not be following Obama's example when it comes to wind power replacing fossil fuel power. Which means those coal miners throughout the U.S. made their sacrifices for nothing, at least in this case.

4) Let’s finish up today’s and this month’s review of the global warming fallacy with the following cartoon that reviews the actual, and eventually false, predictions on climate change over the past several decades:

Now you may see why people like myself are a little skeptical when people like Al Gore go hog wild on climate predictions that are proven wrong everyday, they have been wrong for decades. 

So today we provided more evidence that the science is not settled, that Americans across the country are getting screwed from a financial perspective for actions that the Obama administration is taking that will have no positive societal benefit at all, and the climate predictions have always been wrong. More reasons next month on why it is perfectly sane to be a global warming doubter AND a believer in science.

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