Noah Kaufman was named March 3 as a senior economist in the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Though Biden's climate team so far has sent mixed signals on carbon pricing, Kaufman has been blunt that such a measure is one of the most important ways to address climate change.
"For any policymaker with the goals of deep decarbonization and a strong economy, putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions is a no-brainer," he said during congressional testimony last year before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.: "Then Barack Obama was elected. Al Gore debouched himself of a new edict. An alleged climate crisis no longer required any unpopular energy taxes at all. By some process not explained, the emergency had become a political free lunch, requiring congresspersons only to do what they like doing anyway, dishing out subsidies to favored constituents." ...
"Suppose you actually cared about climate change. You would not throw episodic subsidies at things that can survive only as long as you are subsidizing them. You would try to set in motion long-term trends that have the advantage of being in accordance with existing trends."
Treasury Sec. nominee Janet Yellen: “I will look to appoint someone at a very senior level to lead our efforts,” Yellen told members of the Senate Finance Committee. She said doing so would create a hub within Treasury that would focus on financial system-related risk posed by climate change, and tax policy incentives to affect change.
“We need to seriously look at assessing the risk to the financial system from climate change,” Yellen said.
Morano: "It is amazing to me that everyone here believes that you can legislate in Pennsylvania -- a better climate by raising energy costs harming yourself economically, and turning over energy decisions to politicians lobbyists and activists who are going to join up with other states and try to dictate Pennsylvania energy policy."
"And this is the key, Pennsylvania has been the energy success story of America, you have led the way in our CO2 reductions if you really cared about CO2 reductions you would be embracing your fracking revolution you would be embracing Pennsylvania's energy legacy instead you're turning it over to a cap and trade carbon taxation scheme that's going to raise the cost of energy for Pennsylvania's have no impact not only on the weather, but it couldn't they won't even impact global CO2 levels in any way shape or form."
"We hear people like John Kerry and others warning of this national security threat of climate change, well what security dread is going to be, then to shoot ourselves and our own foot by hampering domestic energy production in Pennsylvania leading the way with fracking. What's that gonna mean we're going to rely on foreign sources of energy, we're going to have to go back to fighting Middle East wars to get oil and energy when there's no reason to when we're energy dominant for the first time since Harry Truman was president."
USA Today features warmist John Cook, Facebook advisor who claims: "One element of climate misinformation that seems to be particularly prominent on social media is culture war type posts that attempt to paint people concerned about climate change as belonging to some separate social group intent on impinging on people’s freedoms," Cook said. "This is a particularly damaging form of misinformation as it exacerbates public polarization on climate change, making progress more difficult."
Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore responds to USA Today: "We skeptics are responsible for the 'public polarization' about the climate? Who is using the word 'denier' as if we skeptics want to send the true believers to the gas chambers? They are the ones foaming at the mouth with doomsday language. We are basing our opinions and facts on historical data and sound science." ... "Since we began using fossil fuels and making cement, the long decline of CO2 over the millennia has miraculously been halted. There is no reason to believe that if we had not unintentionally reversed the downward trend in CO2 that all life on Earth would have been threatened with eventual extinction when CO2 fell below 150 ppm. We have returned a balance to the global carbon cycle. There is no reason to prevent this from continuing up to 800 ppm and beyond."
Larry Hamlin: NOAA published its global climate report for year end 2021 highlighting that its global temperature anomaly measurements showed 2021 being the sixth highest of its recorded measurements. NOAA’s global annual measurement for 2021 was 0.84 degrees C. ... NOAA has exaggerated the importance of both monthly and annual temperature anomaly changes with as small a difference as +0.01 degrees C as a basis for climbing “hottest temperature ever” hype as was done for the July 2021 temperature anomaly data even though the confidence level for this measurement is +/-0.19 degrees C as discussed in WUWT articles here and here. ...
In addition to NOAA’s global temperature anomaly decline since year end 2016, all other global temperature anomaly measurement systems used by climate scientists worldwide all show declining global temperature anomaly measurements during the period from 2016 through 2021 as shown in the graphs below for surface global temperature anomaly measurement systems from NASA GISS and UK Met Office and for satellite global temperature anomaly measurement systems from UAH and RSS respectively.
Jo Nova: Surprisingly, the World War I era temperatures are still changing. Mornings that seemed nippy at the time are now susceptible to frosts. Someone should warn the farmers — except they’re all dead. ... “The bureau has now remodeled the national temperature dataset three times in just nine years." ... Correcting thermometer records from 1913. ... Who knew all those old thermometers were so wrong?
The bureau said changes were made to 20 sites on the basis of statistical analysis. According to the bureau, statistical analysis is used to identify an abrupt warming or cooling at a particular site, relative to other sites in the region. ... The BOM refuses to tell us exactly how they do this — admitting that they can’t train anyone outside their sacred guild. Which reminds us of the old axiom, “if it can’t be replicated, it isn’t science”.