E&E ClimateWire: Pruitt's climate debate just got more likely - Excerpt: Marc Morano, a former staffer for Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), said he doesn't think Catanzaro's departure will have a big impact on the fate of the red team. "Pruitt feels empowered to do what he set out to do, and he has the president backing him," he said.
Trump has stuck by him. He now knows who his friends are, and his friends are Trump's friends. "Whatever was on their wish list as a 'possible' is moving to the 'more likely' column because he has nothing to lose," said Marc Morano, a former staffer for Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on the Environment and Public Works Committee...
To Pruitt's champions, those are good signs. And it's a reminder to them that in the Trump administration, only one person's opinion matters — Trump's. As long as that's the case, they're confident Pruitt will outlast the current storm.
Morano: "His once-a-month rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia to 10,000 and 20,000 — one of his big applause lines is mocking the environmental regulations and the U.N. climate treaty, and the crowd goes wild," Morano said. "Who loves him and who does he interact with? Those crowds. That's who he's loyal to. You have no idea how refreshing Donald Trump is. We're as happy as Roseanne that Donald Trump is president."
Morano on EPA chief Pruitt: "Trump's pick of Pruitt is the most offensive thing that Trump has done in Washington to the climate agenda. The global warming establishment and media are beside themselves."
In 2017, the case for polar bear alarm has grown so weak that it appeared even climate activists were finally abandoning the animal as an icon for their cause. “There have been no new reports of falling polar bear numbers, and images of fat, healthy polar bears abound,” paleozoologist Susan Crockford noted. “A number of recent climate change reports even failed to mention polar bears in their discussion of Arctic sea ice decline...Crockford, “Even Al Gore seems to have forgotten to include the plight of polar bears in his newest climate change movie. The polar bear played a prominent role in his 2007 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, the polar bear example was left out of [2017’s] An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. It doesn’t even get a mention. After years of campaigners’ and researchers’ claims that populations were in terminal decline, the ‘canary in the coal mine’ has been retired.”
Marc Morano, editor of the popular ClimateDepot blog and author of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change," notes that "science is not supposed to have a politically predetermined outcome pushed by ideology and politics. This new nitrogen study is but one example of consensus science being overturned. The global warming science establishment should now be open to similar studies and dissenting voices on CO2 to overturn the alleged climate change consensus."
Morano Fox Business - Varney & Co. - Stuart Varney - April 3, 2018:
Morano: 'Nameless, faceless bureaucrats in California to dictate car policy'
'It’s probably one of the best arguments for secession of California. For far too long, they’ve been regulating industry and making it to their whims and dictates and forcing the rest of the country to go along with them. And SUV sales, by the way, are now one-third of all cars in the world, they’ve tripled in the last ten years. Not only Americans like bigger, safer cars, but the rest of the world is discovering them too. So these are bureaucrats trying to regulate their ideology on people based on climate change, ultimately.
'The Trump Administration is trying to stop the regulatory nuts in California from controlling the auto industry.'
'This is the first administration that’s directly challenging the tyranny of California, which is one of the most overregulated states coming out and setting federal auto policy for years now. And California doesn’t want to give up this role.'
Book Excerpt: In 2007, Jones emailed, “The 2 deg C limit is talked about by a lot within Europe. It is never defined though what it means. Is it 2 deg C for globe or for Europe? Also when is/was the base against which 2 deg C is calculated from? I know you don’t know the answer, but I don’t either! I think it is plucked out of thin air.”
“Two degrees is not a magical limit—it’s clearly a political goal,” says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
Professor Roger Pielke Jr. explained in 2017 that the 2-degree goal “is an arbitrary round number that was politically convenient. So it became a sort of scientific truth. However, it has little scientific basis but is a hard political reality.”
Book Excerpt: President Trump was right to reject the Paris pact. “Trump’s climate plan might not be so bad after all,” wrote Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg, adding that Trump withdrawing from the UN treaty “will stop the pursuit of an expensive dead-end” because even if you accept the climate claims of the UN, the agreement “will matter very little to temperature rise.” As the statistician explained, the debate about the UN Paris agreement is “about identity politics. It’s about feeling good...but the climate doesn’t care about how you feel.” The bottom line? “If the U.S. delivers for the whole century on the President Obama’s very ambitious rhetoric, it would postpone global warming by about eight months at the end of the century.”