‘When law enforcement refuses to enforce the law there is anarchy…’
Greenpeace activists opposed to the fossil-fuel economy closed part of the Houston Ship Channel on Thursday by dangling beneath the Fred Hartman Bridge, and no efforts were being made to capture them.
By David Middleton- Re-Blogged From WUWT
4 inconvenient truths about climate change
September 7, 2019
At this week’s climate symposium on CNN, Elizabeth Warren answered a question about whether the government should be regulating lightbulbs in an interesting way. She said, basically, that we’re focusing on the wrong thing. There’s nothing wrong with more efficient lightbulbs, but it’s small beer. That’s what the fossil fuel companies want us to be arguing about, because most of the carbon is thrown up by three industries — construction, electric power, and oil — and arguing about lightbulbs takes attention away from those sectors.
The obvious inconvenient truth that Warren is pointing out here is that we aren’t going to be able to fight climate change with a series of small-change consumer choices. It’s going to require massive changes in large industries, which is a heavier political lift. Below the radar, there’s another inconvenient truth being implied: that people are really irritated by losing even small conveniences, and so focusing energy on these small-beer fights has a real cost in terms of being able to fight the bigger fights.
By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From WUWT
h/t Howard Cork Hayden; According to Bernie Sanders, Nationalization of US energy production will give the government the control it needs to implement the Green New Deal.
Bernie Sanders indicates climate plan will require nationalization of US energy production
The “Green New Deal” proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., seeks a complete transition to “energy efficiency” and “sustainable energy” — much of which would be owned and administered by the federal government.
During an appearance on MSNBC Thursday night, Sanders told host Chris Hayes that the U.S. needed an “aggressive” federal approach to producing electricity and nodded after Hayes claimed he proposed a “federal takeover of the whole thing.”
Steelmaking giant BlueScope is investing in a $1 billion expansion in the United States, with energy costs one-third of those in Australia.
They have announced a huge expansion to a key mill in the United States which has the benefit of lower energy costs.
BlueScope CEO Mark Vassella tells Ross Greenwood he is concerned about the impact of energy prices.
By E. Calvin Beisner – Re-Blogged From WUWT
Britain’s Prince Charles said it: “the next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to survivable levels.”
There you go. 18 months.
And you thought AOC was shrill!
Why 18 months?
Supposedly because, as Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder and director emeritus of the Potsdam Climate Institute, and one Pope Francis’s chief advisors on his 2015 environmental encyclical, put it, “The climate math is brutally clear: While the world can’t be healed within the next few years, it may be fatally wounded by negligence until 2020.”
By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From WUWT
Vox thinks the Republicans are torn between young members who want climate action, and older members who oppose a new carbon tax. But Vox are overlooking something important.
Frank Luntz vs. Grover Norquist: the GOP’s climate change dilemma in a nutshell
The Republican Party is in a bind on climate change.
On one hand, it has spent decades denying that global warming is a problem and is ideologically opposed to all the public policies — taxes, investments, and regulations — that might solve it.
Former Vice President Al Gore said President Donald Trump’s “assault on science” threatens “the capacity of the human species to endure” on Earth.
Gore issued his warning in a speech to Harvard University students and faculty Wednesday, stressing “reason” and “rational debate,” indeed democracy itself, were under threat from the “ideology of authoritarianism.”
Science “is now being slandered as a conspiracy based on a hoax,” Gore said, likely referring to a 2012 Trump tweet where he called man-made global warming a “Chinese hoax.”