Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #272

By Ken Haapala, President, The Science and Environmental Policy Project

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Destroying the Planet? President Trump did the unthinkable for many – he announced that the US will withdraw from the Paris Agreement (Accords). The reaction of the horrified was predictable. How dare he? A bit of history is useful in explaining the reaction.

During World War I, Germany, France, the U.K. the U.S., and others effectively used propaganda on their citizens to build sprit (morale) and reinforce the need for the War, including demeaning their opponents. (The U.S. had the U.S. Committee on Public Information under Walter Lippmann.) The effectiveness of the propaganda can be seen by the failure of many responsible and reasonable Germans to accept the fact that the German military had collapsed. Instead, these Germans became susceptible to claims that they had been betrayed, “sold-out.” Hitler used this “betrayal” effectively against the Jews.

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America CAN’T Be Great Again…Unless the Education System Is Reformed!

By Nicholas Wishek – Re-Blogged From http://eaglerising.com

St. Ignatius Loyola, supposedly said, “Give me the child, I will give you the man.”

This was true as far back as the Spartans and continues today in Islamic madrasas turning out suicide bombers. To restore traditional American values we must reform the education system.

Watching the ongoing, near hysterical, opposition to President Trump one has to wonder what the heck the protesters are thinking. One can understand the political leaders’ opposition – they fear that their power and cushy jobs are in jeopardy, but the media and the Never Trumpers? Why?

If things had been going extremely well, then maybe it would make sense to oppose the Trump agenda. But things weren’t going well. Anyone one with a lick of common sense should recognize the country was in bad shape and getting worse before President Trump’s election.

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Markets – PMs vs Stocks

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

Precious Metals have been referred to as the Anti-Stock Market. It’s easy to see, looked at over long periods of time, that when Stock indices are in Bull Markets, Gold & Silver generally move downward. And, when stocks go into Bear Markets, the Metals shine.

Surely, this relationship is not ironclad, but it does hold more often than not. So, looking at Stocks can provide an edge when trying to tell the future direction for Gold & Silver.

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Tax Reform Must Be First Priority

By Larry Kudlow – Re-Blogged From http://www.Newsmax.com

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition continues to go smoothly. Better than smoothly. Confidently. More than confidently. Transcendently.

And to top it all off, the Dow is up 9 percent since the election, while economic-sensitive small-caps have jumped nearly 16 percent. These are signs of Trump confidence.

Hard-nosed investment manager Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates and a non-political guy, expects the Trump years to be as transformational as the Reagan-Thatcher years. Dalio says the Trump era could “ignite animal spirits” and “shift the environment from one that makes profit-makers villains with limited power to one that makes them heroes with significant power.”

That’s as good a summary as I have found.

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Vetting Presidential Candidates

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

In 2008, the US elected Barack Obama as President (and Joe Biden as VP). The Democratic team was reelected in 2012. Many Americans support the actions of Mr Obama, and many don’t.

During the 2008 primary season, the Democratic campaign of Hillary Clinton raised the issue of Mr Obama’s eligibility to hold the office of President, questioning his Natural Born American Citizen status. The issue continued to be discussed publicly, and in 2011, the White House published an image they described as the Long Form Birth Certificate of Mr Obama.

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In an effort to validate this document, the Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation. Please see the hourlong video below detailing the results of the investigation, supporting the finding that the document image posted was a forgery.

Regardless of whether their results are true or not, I think that a Federal Law (my preference) or Constitutional Amendment needs to be put in place to require automatic vetting of candidates for POTUS (and for VP) to determine their eligibility. The law should include:

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  • Submission of original documents, with official online posting of images
  • What the Vetting Procedure will include
  • A Definition of Natural Born American Citizen
  • Mandatory cooperation of state & local government officials with the vetting process, and
  • Penalties for Falsification of Vetting Documents

I would expect that an original Long Form Birth Certificate should be required – either directly from the candidate or from the local government agency involved. If a foreign born person can qualify as a Natural Born American Citizen, then the process and time limitations need to be defined.

The Vetting Procedure needs to be thorough and complete, an should include an Official Posting of the original document’s image online, so that outside vetting can be facilitated if individuals or state governments desire. Penalties should include possible loss of government position and prison – forging vetting documents for POTUS or VP might be deemed Treason.

Retroactive application likely would not be possible, so no automatic invalidation of good or bad done by Mr Obama would be possible. However, the highest government offices of the US should be protected from possible future abuse.

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American Journalist MURDERED for Exposing Turkish Support of ISIS?

By Tim Brown – Re-Blogged From Eagle Rising

Nearly a year ago, Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change reminded us that it had been a year since journalist for Press TV Serena Shim was apparently murdered for exposing the Turkish government’s assistance of ISIS.  However, what Shim had been reporting on concerning Turkey and Syria was dubbed as a “conspiracy theory” by many, but has now been proven to be factual.

Just to remind everyone about Ms. Shim, take a look at the video produced by Rudkowski.

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Leaked Clinton Campaign Memo on ‘Climate Change’ Shows it’s Really About Politics, Not Science

By Larry Kummer at the Fabius Maximus website

Memorandum: “Climate: A unifying theory to the case“,
Emailed from John Podesta to Chris Lehane, 28 January 2014.

This memo was emailed to Podesta (a senior White House official) from Lehane (partner in the strategic communications firm Fabiani & Lehane, dissolved in Nov 2015). We have it courtesy of Wikileaks — and whoever leaked it to them.

John Podesta was Chief of staff to Bill Clinton and Counselor to the President for Obama. He is Chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Chris Lehane – When an attorney in the White House Counsel’s office, he and his current business partner Mark Fabiani called themselves the “Masters of Disaster” for their work as a “rapid-response” team responding to the many scandals of the Clinton Administration. Lehane co-authored a book on damage control titled Masters of Disaster: The Ten Commandments of Damage Control. Jim Jordan, Kerry’s former campaign manager, called him ”a master of the political hand-to-hand” for his work as a political strategist.

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