Francis Menton: "At the preposterous end of the scale we have the claim that the fashionable 'renewable' sources of electric power, wind and solar, are actually cheaper than fossil fuels to generate electricity...I call this claim preposterous because the fundamental deception is so obvious that you would think that no one of any intelligence could possibly fall for it. And yet you have undoubtedly read numerous articles in the past few years asserting that wind and solar-generated electricity is now as cheap or cheaper than electricity from natural gas or coal. To make the claim, the promoters of wind and solar simply omit from their calculations the single biggest part of the cost of those sources. That would the cost of intermittency, otherwise known as the cost of providing sufficient backup or storage to run a stable electrical grid while generation from the wind and sun fluctuates wildly. (As wind and solar become a bigger and bigger part of power generation on the grid, the cost of necessary backup and/or storage could easily multiply the cost of electricity by a factor of five or more."
Ecologist Allan Savory: "People talk glibly about science what is science. People coming out of a university with a master's degree or a Ph.D., you take them into the field and they literally don't believe anything unless it's a peer-reviewed paper. It's the only thing they accept and you say to them 'But let's observe. Let's think. Let's discuss.' They don't do it. It's just, 'Is it in a peer-reviewed paper or not?' That's their view of science. I think it's pathetic.
Gone into universities as bright young people. They come out of them brain dead, not even knowing what science means. They think it means peer-reviewed papers etc. No that's academia. And if a paper is peer-reviewed it means everybody thought the same therefore they approved it.
An unintended consequence is that when new knowledge emerges, new scientific insights, they can never ever be peer-reviewed. So we're blocking all new advances in science that are big advances. If you look at the breakthroughs in science almost always they don't come from the center of that profession, they come from the fringe. The finest candle makers in the world couldn't even think of electric lights. They don't come from within they often come from outside the bricks. We're going to kill ourselves because of stupidity."
WSJ: Enter the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), which Congress established after the financial panic. Mr. Biden directs Ms. Yellen, as FSOC Chair, to consult with other regulators to make institutions disclose how they account for climate related-risks, including those caused by government policies. The discretion here is broad, and expect it to be used. Banks, insurers and asset managers may soon be required to disclose, justify and perhaps write down the value of their fossil-fuels assets.
Mr. Biden also wants to enlist the trillions of dollars in American retirement accounts for his climate agenda. He directs Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to “identify agency actions that can be taken under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 . . . to protect the life savings and pensions” of Americans “from the threats of climate-related financial risk.” Translation: Retirement fund managers will soon have a fiduciary duty to reduce CO2 emissions and promote green energy.
Michael Shellenberger: "Here's the Malthusian environmental record:
- 2 famines (Ireland & India) - make energy & food more expensive everywhere, particularly in poor nations - make energy less reliable, causing black-outs - fear-monger about scarcity so they can create scarcity
For decades the Malthusian pro-scarcity agenda is funded by Chinese solar industry, shadow banks, fossil interests
Started with Jerry Brown's Dad and Gavin Newsom's dad in the 1960s. Continues today. ...
The reason that Malthusian pro-scarcity activists & pseudoscientists like @PeterGleick have to lie, cheat, and steal is because their agenda hurts people and the environment and is bought and paid for by powerful interests
Are you willing to comply to save the planet!? IEA report page 174: "The Covid‐19 pandemic has increased general awareness of the potential effectiveness of behavioral changes, such as mask‐wearing, and working and schooling at home. The crisis demonstrated that people can make behavioural changes at significant speed and scale if they understand the changes to be justified, and that it is necessary for governments to explain convincingly and to provide clear guidance about what changes are needed and why they are needed." ...
"Urban design can reduce the average city dweller’s carbon footprint by up to 60% by shaping lifestyle choices and influencing day‐to‐day behavior."
Regulations and mandates could enable roughly 70% of the emissions saved by behavioral changes in the NZE. Examples include: Upper speed limits, which are reduced over time in the NZE from their current levels to 100 km/h, cutting emissions from road vehicles by 3% in 2050. Appliance standards, which maximise energy efficiency in the buildings sector. Regulations covering heating temperatures in offices and default cooling temperatures for air conditioning units
Keeping air travel for business purposes at 2019 levels. Although business trips fell to almost zero in 2020, they accounted for just over one‐quarter of air travel before the pandemic. Keeping long‐haul flights (more than six hours) for leisure purposes at 2019 levels. Emissions from an average long‐haul flight are 35‐times greater than from a regional flight (less than one hour).
A shift to high‐speed rail. The opportunities for shifting regional flights to high‐speed rail vary by region. Globally, we estimate that around 15% of regional flights in 2019 could have been shifted given existing rail infrastructure; future high‐speed rail lines ensure that by 2050 around 17% could be shifted (IEA, 2019).
Climate Depot's Marc Morano, author of Green Fraud: Why The Green New Deal is Even Worse Than You Think, comments: "Climate activists from the Biden administration are smiling because skyrocketing energy prices are exactly what the climate and environmental agenda demands and has demanded for the past 50 plus years. From President Obama to President Biden, higher energy costs have been the plan to soften up Americans and the economy to prepare them for accepting less in order to impose the progressive vision on society.
The question looms: Will the Biden Administration seek out the terrorists who shut down the Colonial Pipeline or prosecute the company for moving oil through a pipeline and committing the alleged eco-sin of bringing fossil fuels to America?"
Kyle Smith: "Joe should ask his close pal Jimmy Carter how spending four years in perpetual scrambling mode worked out...If Biden himself were not on record as being himself a fan of shutting down fuel pipelines — Keystone XL not only was a menace to our American way of life by bringing us energy, Biden thought it had to be cut off before his first afternoon nap — this brewing crisis wouldn’t be so potentially damaging to him. Biden is an ardently pro-fuel-limits guy in a moment when fuel is limited. As one of his other first acts in office — “Let’s own Trump by endangering our energy future” — he also banned new fracking leases on federal land. Maybe it would be nice to have more energy supply rather than less given what’s happened since? Prices are already ticking up at the pump. The media can hide Hunter Biden’s influence-peddling and downplay Joe Biden’s lying, but they can’t hide gas prices."
UK Guardian: "Census data from the US released last week showed the number of babies born in the country in 2020 dropped to the lowest level in more than four decades. The same day, Japan marked Children’s Day by announcing that the number of under-14s in the country had fallen for the 40th consecutive year to a record low." ... "It is not just in the rich world that the appetite for having children is falling. Also in 2020, China may have recorded its first overall population decline since a catastrophic famine in the late 1950s, the Financial Times has reported." ...
"Last century, the global demographic panic was about an overpopulated world running out of food. Those fears have long looked out of date, but it is only recently that we have understood how soon much of the world may be grappling with shrinking populations. ... An end to global population growth could have advantages, including relieving pressure on our battered environment, particularly if the decline is centred in carbon-intensive wealthier economies."
2021 Scare: "Imagine seeing the Lincoln Memorial surrounded by churning Potomac waters, or only being able to access the Pentagon by boat...The Pentagon, accessible by boat...The Lincoln Memorial would eventually be on an island in the Potomac River, if world keeps burning fossil fuels."