JEFF GOODELL of Rolling Stone: "West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin just cooked the planet. I don’t mean that in a metaphorical sense. I mean that literally. Unless Manchin changes his negotiating position dramatically in the near future, he will be remembered as the man who, when the moment of decision came, chose to condemn virtually every living creature on Earth to a hellish future of suffering, hardship, and death."
McKibben: "Manchin plans to gut Biden's climate plan, and with it the chances for swift global progress. This is high on the list of most consequential actions ever taken by an individual Senator; you'll be able to see the impact of this vain man in the geologic record."
Michael Mann: “Joe Manchin just launched a hand grenade at Glasgow,” Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University, tweeted. “W/out a clean energy standard in the reconciliation package, Biden admin cannot meet pledge of 50% reduction in U.S. carbon emissions by 2030. And international climate negotiations begin to collapse.”
The Sunrise Movement, a youth movement to stop climate change, said in a post on Twitter that “Joe Manchin and the fossil fuel industry don’t care if we make it out of this climate crisis dead or alive. This is #PeopleVsFossilFuels.”
The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board wrote Jan. 20 that “[t]he Obama State Department found five separate times that the pipeline would have no material impact on greenhouse gas emissions since crude would still be extracted.” When you choose to be a fanatic about eco-extremism like McKibben, facts that don’t support your preexisting dispositions tend to fall by the wayside.
The Journal proceeded to note that “[k]illing Keystone won’t keep fossil fuels in the ground.” It continued: “It will merely strand billions of dollars in Canadian investment and kill thousands of U.S. jobs while enriching adversaries and alienating an ally.”
By Steven W. Mosher's review of "Planet of the Humans": "By the midpoint of the movie, Moore has already revealed that each and every form of green energy is a fraud, surviving on popular naivete, government subsidies and the products of industrial civilization. ... If he were to have stopped there, his sins against his fellow eco-leftists might one day be forgiven. But he doesn’t, instead going on to argue that the fraud extends to the very top of the green-energy movement itself.
Then he moves on to the big boys. He exposes the massive funding that the Sierra Club, 350 and other environmental groups receive from the energy industry, and exposes the connections between leading environmentalists like Al Gore and Wall Street financiers. ...
If you do tune in, bear in mind that Moore is no friend of free markets or individual liberty. His “solution” to reducing humanity’s use of energy is a throwback to twentieth-century population control."
Directed by environmentalist Jeff Gibbs, the film examines the crony capitalism, corruption and outright deceit and fraud being perpetrated by green energy billionaires, politicians and their spokespeople, like Bill McKibben who is prominently featured. ...
The film presents so many examples of green energy fraud and folly: e.g. the insanely low output of wind and sun, corporate green washing, more fossil fuels being burned to prop up green energy systems, false promises of green energy being free and free and clean, all the toxic waste they produce, the mass destruction on precious biotopes, the solar panels are made of sand, biomass is clean and sustainable, to name a few. ...
Renowned figures like Al Gore and Bill McKibben and Sierra Club – once revered as environmental heroes – suddenly now come across as swindling villains.
In Lansing Michigan, tonnes of concrete and steel were installed to support a football-field size solar panel system that can supply energy for whole 10 homes for a year. In 20 years it’ll be a field of litter, a monument among many of the Gore’s green energy folly. ...
Also in Vermont hectares of mountain forest were removed as the entire Lowell Mountain ridge was blasted to make way for thousands of tonnes of steel and concrete and 21 monster wind turbines which show up for work only one day a week on average. Gibbs says he is supporter of green energy, but painfully had to admit: “Everywhere I encountered green energy, it wasn’t what it seemed.” The many green energy examples he presents in fact cannot operate without traditional energy sources. “Green energies are not even replacing fossil fuels.”
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."