"More trees do not make for a cooler planet, according to a new study in the US. One environmental scientist argues that deforestation is not always harmful for the planet. Christopher A. Williams, a professor at Clark University's Graduate School of Geography (Worcester, Massachusetts), says that instead of warming up the Earth, deforestation can actually cool it down."
"A 2016 study found that 73 percent of carbon credits provided little or no environmental gain, as they supported projects that would have happened anyway. That figure rose to 85 percent of projects under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism.”
"Badly designed donation programs are turning into 21st-century papal indulgences."
"If a private jet emits roughly eight times as much per passenger as a 747, the most reliable way to reduce its impact is to leave it on the tarmac."
"As organizations proliferate, the risks of double counting and outright fraud grow."
Ambient noise generated by human activity such as travel and machinery dropped by 50% last year, researchers find - "The weeks during lockdown were the quietest period we have on record," said seismologist John Clinton, referring to data archives covering the last 20 years. -
Lower background noise during lockdowns also means small earthquakes that otherwise would not be observed have been detected in some places.
'A massive high-level influence operation promoting the Gates 'the world is coming to an end' theme with a slew of billionaires backing the operation'
Gates is running vast enterprises in many sectors of the economy. He has even invested in a company that is trying to produce lab-made "breast" milk. He is now the owner of more farmland than anyone else in the United States:
When such an investor attempts to sway governments to move the entire world, through regulation, in a direction that will benefit him that is a different story. It appears we are at the "different story" stage when it comes to Bill Gates.
“Under a ‘climate lockdown,’ governments would limit private-vehicle use, ban consumption of red meat, and impose extreme energy-saving measures, while fossil-fuel companies would have to stop drilling,” writes Mariana Mazzucato, a professor at the Economics of Innovation and Public Value Center at University College London, in a paper titled “Avoiding a Climate Lockdown.” The title of her paper is very misleading. She believes climate lockdowns will be necessary unless we "overhaul our economic structures and do capitalism differently."
"I think it's just an ideology of central planning and they're always looking for justifications. The COVID lockdowns have been a great one to advance central planning as we've seen the last year. But the climate is an enduring one and I'm sure COVID will be too. But it's an enduring one of what their natural instinct is — they don't like the idea, the messiness of human freedom and living. They want to put us all in cities, they want to pack us in, they want to have us own nothing... and they want... to regulate literally every aspect of our lives.”
Wolf on February 20, 2021: "Time to re-watch this expose of what is really in the Green New Deal....we read it, both versions. And I WANT a ‘green new deal’. This one is a straight up power grab."
Wolf in 2019: "I like it (GND), as an outcome, I know we probably need it, but it is definitely short-circuiting one of the pillars of our democracy, which is that the bill gets to be drafted by people’s representatives, and passed by the people’s representatives, and these 15 people [making up the committee] and Nancy Pelosi don’t get to say what’s in the bill, right? That’s kind of called Fascism."
"I love local solutions but this is a federal bill and it's a federal action and so this is a gigantic power grab to intervene in how local communities do business and maybe the climate crisis has led to a situation which we just need to suspend local municipalities right to make their own municipal laws -- I don't think so." ... The Green New Deal s like "The Bush people” declaring “that the war on terror was going to go on for 99 years."
"I really want to stress we need a Green New Deal yesterday but the drumbeat really has all the hallmarks of a campaign that is coordinated with a great deal of sophistication and yet made to look like a grassroots campaign...So just because someone seems really cool and you know young (AOC) and non-traditional and is fantastic on Twitter -- she may be as awesome as many people think -- I certainly respect a lot of things about Ocasio-Cortez -- however it doesn't mean that the old guard DNC isn't perfectly capable of essentially constructing what looks like a two-pronged action where there's the challenger and there's the resistant establishment representative. It seems like a conflict but in the end, you get the same old power elite owning everything."
Climate Depot’s Marc Morano, author of the upcoming book “Green Fraud: Why the Green New Deal is Even Worse Than You Think,” called the announcement “a meaningless virtue signal by the Biden administration.” “The planet will not notice one bit whether the UN Paris pact exists or whether the U.S. is a part of it,” Mr. Morano said in an email. “Even the UN officials now admit that the Paris pact did not ‘save’ the planet as [carbon dioxide] emissions continued to rise.”
Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry stressed at an event on Friday that there is still more work to be done. “We know that just doing Paris is not enough,” Kerry said. “If every country delivered, we’d still see a warming planet Earth.”
Nuclear scored the highest grade of an A, followed by natural gas and coal with C’s. Solar was the only renewable energy source to score higher than an F with a grade of a D, while hydro and wind scored F’s.
Texas gets electricity from six sources: coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, hydro and wind...Some natural gas pipelines froze, contributing to the blackout. However: "Remarkably, natural gas still generated electricity at 38 percent of its total capacity throughout the energy emergency – providing on average over 65 percent of all electricity generation through Monday and Tuesday – despite roughly 30 GW being inoperable due to frozen pipelines holding up fuel."
It was the “green” energy sources that failed to show up for work: "The three worst-performing generating assets, on the other hand, belonged exclusively to renewable energy sources: solar, hydro, and wind. Had Texas been even more reliant on these energy sources, as renewable energy advocates around the country desire, the energy crisis in Texas would have been even worse."
Solar was irrelevant, and wind virtually irrelevant. - "You can rightfully label wind energy as the most unreliable energy source during the Texas energy crisis." As such, you can rightfully label wind energy as the most unreliable energy source during the Texas energy crisis. While it may not have been the primary cause of the power outages, it certainly wouldn’t have done Texas any good to have more wind capacity on the system. In fact, more wind capacity would have only made things worse.
Analysis: Social Cost of Carbon is a “Transparent and Obvious Fraud” - —Francis Menton in 2016: “The ‘Social Cost of Carbon’ can fairly be described as the mother of all government cost-benefit analyses..."In reality, it is a completely dishonest scam that wildly exaggerates costs and ignores benefits in order to justify vast seizures of power unto the government....“
Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore: "Clearly, the social cost of carbon is negative on so many fronts. Perhaps we should be paid for emitting it. It is responsible for up to 70% of increased food crop production (I guess they didn’t factor that in). It is greening the land and presumably the oceans. It is perhaps involved in slightly increasing global temperature above the frigid Pleistocene Epoch the Earth has been locked in for 2.6 million years, although there is no proof of this. It makes all plants more efficient in their use of water. It makes greenhouse production of food 30-60% higher than at ambient levels."
Americans should realize that oil and gas account for 70% of our energy supply. The reality is that blocking pipelines and development does nothing to lower demand, it just makes getting access to these irreplaceable products more difficult - and more costly. Oil in particular has no material substitute, with still niche market electric cars being far more expensive and much less convenient. In addition, oil and gas revenues offer states billions of dollars to pay for schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure - explaining why "blue state" New Mexico might already be fraught with buyer's remorse.
Not just easily the world's largest oil and gas producer, the U.S. is quickly becoming a major exporter of these essentials, rivaling Russia and Saudi Arabia for oil and Russia, Qatar, and Australia for natural gas. Even though global oil demand fell 8% in 2020 through the pandemic to ~92 million b/d, U.S. oil exports stayed the course and remained much stronger than one might suspect (Figure). Demand this year should increase to 97 million b/d as travel normalizes, with still the potential to rise to 109 million b/d by 2040. There is simply no evidence that global oil demand is in structural decline: "Goldman Expects Oil Demand To Rebound To 100 Million Bpd By August."
Far from being an economic win–win, climate policy is a lose–lose. Replacing energy derived from hydrocarbons with wind and solar energy shrinks the economy’s productive potential. Additionally, decarbonizing energy means that it becomes more expensive to make stuff and do things, like heating homes and powering factories. It’s why energy costs in Europe are a multiple of those in the U.S. Decarbonization is therefore an inflationary double-whammy. It shrinks the output gap as the economy becomes less productive, and by putting more wind and solar on the grid, it makes the grid more fragile and pushes up energy costs, injecting cost-push inflation into the economy.
Chairman Powell might think that the inflation of the 1970s is dead and buried. But he and the Biden administration are doing just about everything to turn the 2020s into a replay.
On January 22, Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org and arguably America’s most famous environmentalist, published an article in the New Yorker in which he said if there is a “basic rule of thumb for dealing with the climate crisis, it would be: stop burning things” including natural gas. McKibben says we should shift our energy needs to solar and wind energy.
Six days later, on January 28, in his state of the city address, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that New York City will "renounce fossil fuels fully" and “ban fossil fuel connections in the city by the end of this decade, literally ensuring that our only choice is renewable energy.”