New York Times: "As vice president, Joe Biden oversaw a 'green jobs' stimulus package that produced notable failures. This time, with more money and more demand for clean technology, will be different, Democrats say." ... "12 years later, President Biden is preparing the details of a new, vastly larger, economic stimulus plan that again would use government spending to unite the goals of fighting climate change and restoring the economy. While clean energy spending was just a fraction of the Obama stimulus, Mr. Biden wants to make it the centerpiece of his proposal for trillions of dollars, not billions, on government grants, loans, and tax incentives to spark renewable power, energy efficiency and electric car production.
But the failures of the Obama stimulus, and Mr. Biden’s role in them — he oversaw recovery-act spending — could haunt the plan as it makes its way through Congress. The risk to taxpayers could be orders of magnitude more this time around, and Republicans for years have proven adept at citing Solyndra to criticize federal intervention in industrial planning."
Flashback 2011: How did ‘Sheriff Joe’ miss failings of green energy stimulus?! Solyndra represents stimulus failure – Solyndra, the stimulus-funded solar energy company that recently declared bankruptcy. The company, which laid off 1,100 workers after its sudden demise, once looked like the poster-child of stimulus success…. Digging beneath the surface, the situation gets more troubling. The White House’s relationship with Solyndra, it turns out, was a mix of corporate favoritism, big-money politics, liberal ideology and Chicago-style deal making. As the Obama administration dealt favors, the American taxpayers got stuck with the $535 million bill.
Boston Globe: The Biden administration has indicated that it plans to use its infrastructure proposal...to supercharge the nation’s clean energy transition. ... “It’s a way of accomplishing many of the goals of the Green New Deal,” Markey told the Globe, saying he will urge his colleagues “to go big and bold to match the urgency of the moment.”
Weaving climate into other legislation — something Biden campaigned on that reflects activists’ calls for an integrated approach to climate — could propel the kind of major climate efforts that sputtered during the Obama administration and went dark for much of the Trump administration, which denied the existence of climate change. ... A White House spokesperson declined to comment on the specifics, but said climate is a top priority and “using infrastructure as a way to address the climate crisis is of course a piece of the puzzle.”
Morano: "There is no criteria by which to solve the [climate] crisis. And the same is true with the COVID lockdown, you know, there's no set criteria. So what happens is we don't know — if global temperature reaches X, we can end the provisions in the Green New Deal. They don't offer us that because you should want the Green New Deal regardless of anything because it's the greatest thing since sliced bread and if you don't like it, well, you we have a problem with you. And the same thing if you don't like the COVID lockdown; they can cut your water off, they can cut your utilities if you don't comply. This is not some great idea that we can all rally behind. This is an idea that that's being imposed on us using the climate scare. The Green New Deal has nothing to do with climate."
DailyKos: "Longtime fossil fool Marc Morano has a “new” book out about how “the Green New Deal is even worse than you think.” ($24.99 on Amazon) ...If you’re wondering who on Earth would publish a career liar’s book of regurgitated old blog posts, may we introduce reliable conservative propaganda producer Regnery publishing." ...
You can either be a climate champion, or you can sell and profit off of climate denial books like Morano’s, that 'recycle scientifically unfounded claims that are then amplified by the conservative movement, media, and political elites.'”
Update: Mark Steyn, who wrote the foreword to "Green Fraud," responds to cancel culture: "Having long lost the ability to debate their opponents, the warm-mongers are opting for their preferred method of disposal - get 'em canceled."
Marc Morano comments: My new book Green Fraud devotes an entire chapter to how climate activists praise COVID lockdowns and are seeking climate lockdowns and "planned recessions' and Degrowth to fight global warming.
Axios: "The global economy shrank by an estimated 4.3% in 2020, according to data from the World Bank. That contraction was due both to the direct pain of the pandemic and the effects of social distancing measures, but it also led to a roughly 6% reduction in global carbon dioxide emissions — the biggest annual drop since WWII. However accidental, 2020 represented perhaps the best example we've ever experienced of degrowthism in action."
"For degrowthers, simply cleaning up the global economy by switching from fossil fuels to zero-carbon sources of energy isn't enough. Economic growth — the goal of essentially every government everywhere — is itself the problem. Environmental activist Greta Thunberg...chastised delegates at a UN climate summit in 2019: “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” The movement now has its own dedicated academic journals, associations and conferences."
Humboldt State University Professor Sarah Jaquette Ray in Environmental Studies Department: "I recently gave a college lecture about climate anxiety. One of the students e-mailed me to say she was so distressed that she’d be willing to submit to a green dictator if they would address climate change." ...
"One year ago, I published a book called A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety. Since its publication, I have been struck by the fact that those responding to the concept of climate anxiety are overwhelmingly white. Indeed, these climate anxiety circles are even whiter than the environmental circles I’ve been in for decades....Put another way, is climate anxiety just code for white people wishing to hold onto their way of life or get “back to normal,” to the comforts of their privilege?" ...
"The white response to climate change is literally suffocating to people of color. Climate anxiety can operate like white fragility, sucking up all the oxygen in the room and devoting resources toward appeasing the dominant group." ...
"The prospect of an unlivable future has always shaped the emotional terrain for Black and brown people, whether that terrain is racism or climate change. Climate change compounds existing structures of injustice, and those structures exacerbate climate change." ... "Racism is not an accidental byproduct of environmentalism; it has been a constant reference point."
Fox Business Channel - Broadcast March 19, 2021 - 'Kudlow' w/ Larry Kudlow
Physicist Dr. Steve Koonin was undersecretary of energy for science during President Obama’s first term and is director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University.
Physicist Dr. Steve Koonin: "First of all, I think everybody agrees that the globe has warmed about a degree from 1900 until the present. And that warming is due to some combination of human influences and natural influences. But beyond that, almost no severe weather event shows any detectable trend. There are no long-term trends in droughts or floods around the globe -- in severe weather events like thunderstorms.
Sea level is rising at the spectacular rate of one foot per century and was doing it at about the same rate 80 years ago. In the US, record high temperatures are no more frequent than they were in the 1900s. I can go on and on. No detectable human influences on hurricanes. This is not Steve talking, this is what's in those reports often explicitly, but sometimes a little bit obscured and you got to read closely to find it."
Larry Kudlow: "Actually I want you to go on and on, I'll give you 45 or 50 minutes on the show because this is so important. All these people, you know they got the memo 'existential threat', you're saying factually it's not true."
“On the personal front, I am doing a lot more,” Gates wrote. “I am driving electric cars. I have solar panels at my house. I eat synthetic meat (some of the time!). I buy green aviation fuel. I pay for direct air capture by Climeworks. ...
“I plan to fly a lot less now that the pandemic has shown we can get by with less trips,” he wrote. Microsoft makes the Teams app that enables workers to chat and meet on video calls. While Gates stepped down from Microsoft’s board last year, he remains a Microsoft investor, and he still reviews products the company is developing.
"The probability of a 100-year flood event is now so rare it has only been occurring once every 358 years on average since 1970." ...
"In present-day conditions, 100-year flood events have globally become so rare that they now (since 1970) only occur once every 358 years on average. And 50-year floods only occur once every 152 years on average.
With the cooler climate conditions of the 1970s, there was a 45% probability that a 50-year flood would occur. In today’s conditions, however, there is only an 18% chance that a 50-year flood will occur."
"I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled." — Michael Crichton