Echo Alford, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation: "The president has the power to declare a climate emergency, but has not done so. He knows that we were occupying land right outside his home, but he never addressed us or our demands. The democrats [sic] control the House, Senate, and White House, they have the power to enact sweeping change to protect our earth and our futures, but they haven’t."
"Wouldn’t it be grand, our technocrats think, if they could turn the COVID-19 emergency into a permanent emergency over climate? The possibilities are limitless.
Traveling? If we can lock you in your home to stop a virus, why can’t we trap you there so you don’t get in your gas-guzzling car or fly on a carbon-spewing airplane? Such wastefulness must be reserved for a select few, like the important leaders flying to international climate conferences."
Citing the action taken by Guterres and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the UN’s humanitarian coordination forum, in response to Covid-19, they argue: “The climate emergency – which threatens every person on the planet into the foreseeable future – is at least as serious a threat as a global pandemic and similarly requires urgent international action.” Scott Gilmore, a human rights lawyer at the law firm Hausfeld and lead counsel on the case, said an emergency declaration could lead to the creation of a special body, or a “climate tsar”, to coordinate efforts across UN agencies. He said: “That’s one of the great lessons that was learned from the Covid response. The World Health Organization was tasked with leading the response but they were given the organisational support and an infrastructure within the United Nations.
UK Guardian's Ian Jack: "Climate breakdown is like nothing that has gone before. Like an intermittent fountain, its ghastly prospect shoots high in the air one minute and then vanishes as though it had never been."
Financial Times: Moody’s announced on August 5 the acquisition of RMS, a cat model house now described as the “leader in climate and natural disaster risk”. Moody’s agreed to pay $2bn when the deal closes. The press release disclosed the previously private recent results of RMS, which has projected revenues of $320m for the year ending September 30, with $55m in operating income. RMS had long been a bit more “climatey” than its fellow cat riskers, seeking more business from those, such as governments, looking further out at the risk horizon.
Schumer: "Because of global warming, things are getting worse and worse. And I tell my constituents in New York: COVID was horrible, but if we do nothing on climate, starting within a few short years from now, each year will be worse than COVID, and each year will be worse than the previous year." "We know that we can’t let this moment pass us by," he continued. "It’s our time to act. And as majority leader, I have made it clear I will not pass an infrastructure package that does not reduce carbon pollution on a scale commensurate with the urgency of the climate crisis that we face. Plain and simple. And that’s what Democrats intend to do."
New Yorker claims air conditioners are the culprits “of our unfolding climate catastrophe.”
Rebuttal: The “notion that refrigeration is contributing to a ‘climate catastrophe’ is preposterous,” Steve Milloy of JunkScience.com noted. He also pointed out that the leftist “war against refrigeration” goes all the way back to the 1970s. The “war” has since resurfaced under President Joe Biden’s push for ratification of the radical Kigali Amendment, which seeks to phase out HFCs on a global scale to fight climate change.
CBS's Nate Burleson ties the underwater volcanic eruption and 50-foot-high tsunami in Tonga to climate change: "We talk about climate change quite a bit. These stories are a harsh reality of what we're going through and we have to do our part because these are more frequent." ...And, when called out, he denied having said something untrue and may have copy-pasted the first result from Google Images of “volcano climate change.”
Bjorn Lomborg: "Hurricanes in 2021 were unprecedented — as in unprecedentedly few. Globally, 2021 had the fewest hurricanes ever in the satellite era (1980-2021). Globally, 2021 had some of the fewest strong hurricanes in the satellite era (1980-2021). With 16 strong (Cat 3+) hurricanes, 2021 was the second-lowest strong hurricane year since 1980. Globally, 2021 was a weak hurricane year. When measured by total energy (Accumulated Cyclone Energy), 2021 was the 9th weakest year. Did you see that reported anywhere?
Hurricanes in 2021 were weak and exceptionally few. But we heard lots about North Atlantic hurricanes. Conveniently, North Atlantic is the only basin where hurricanes are stronger. Does this leave us well-informed?. But we hear lots about names storms (hurricanes + weaker storms). Ever-easier to detect, so numbers keep climbing (4 of 2020s 30 named storms wouldn't have been named in 2000!). Not as relevant, but hey, scary numbers."