Climate Change
Man-made climate change due to the "pollutant" carbon dioxide (CO2) will destroy civilization! We must take drastic measures to save the planet now! This has been the multi-decade international campaign of some scientists, Hollywood types, leftist politicians and the media, popularized by the 2006 documentary film with Al Gore, "An Inconvenient Truth". The upcoming 5th Assessment report [AR5] of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is being trumpeted as further proof (they are now 95% sure of man-made global warming). The Gray Area actually believes that humans are doing harm to the environment, but the facts don't support that climate change is affected by humans. This is not just from the 2009 "climategate" scandal, but a growing number of scientists also agree. This will come as heresy to the leftists who have built their belief systems or careers on this campaign, but it is nonetheless true - facts don't support the claim. The Global Warming Primer, Second Edition, by the NCPA provides counterpoints to the film's message. "The fact is that CO2 is not a pollutant. CO2 is a colorless and odorless gas, exhaled at high concentrations by each of us, and a key component of the biosphere's life cycle. Plants do so much better with more CO2 that greenhouse operators often increase the CO2 concentrations by factors of three or four to get better growth. This is no surprise since plants and animals evolved when CO2 concentrations were about 10 times larger than they are today." The Earth has had cyclical weather patterns since its creation. Ice sheets covered and retreated around the globe four times. We are currently in the 5th warming cycle over the last 400,000 years, and it is the least severe, according to "The Big Picture" at www.climate4you.com. There is scientific data ad-nausea-um on the subject of climate change at that site. So why the high volume messaging that man-made climate change exists - follow the money and the political advantage that comes from it. Government funding for academic research, growth of government bureaucracies, excuse for raising taxes, tax payer funded subsidies and a big lure for charitable donations. So, as you read the left and right positions on climate change below, remember, the truth is "petroleum saved the whales", "coal saved the forests" and "wealthier is healthier".

If California Was Serious About Climate

9/1/18
By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.,
from The Wall Street Journal,
8/31/18:

Its pockets are deep enough to cool the planet if politicians believe their doom-mongering.

California, whose state Assembly just approved a bill to accelerate California’s commitment to ban fossil fuels from its electricity market, aiming for 100% renewables by 2045. The state accounts for less than 1% of global emissions, so its climate heroism can have no serious effect on climate change, which the state’s politicians blame for wildfires and rising sea levels. Plus its cuts are partly illusory since they drive manufacturing jobs to other states, which then produce greenhouse emissions on California’s behalf. California legislators answer that they are setting an example for others, but why would others emulate a policy of cost without benefit? Gov. Jerry Brown is under pressure to do more, such as ban fracking and oil drilling in the state. Wouldn’t other oil-producing jurisdictions just be more excited to produce oil, including oil for California drivers, if California abandoned the market and created higher prices for those who continue to produce? Whether to laugh or cry has been a perennial question as California wrestles with these issues. Rural Democrats and Republicans lament the state’s unwillingness to spend on controlled burns to limit the fire risk even as the state diverts billions in cap-and-trade dollars to a senseless “bullet” train.

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