"Politics thoroughly corrupted climate science over 30 years ago, but it’s now beginning to corrupt energy policy and engineering, which is a far greater problem than the former. Billionaires own large media corporations, which means they control the flow of information. Whoever controls information controls society. Journalists will do anything to make a good headline that suits the agenda. They aren’t interested in truth, if they were, they’d allow opposing voices to be heard."
Based on research from the Institute for Energy Research (see their articles here and here),
Robert P. Murphy: "Of the total amount of electricity delivered on this first day of blackouts, 65 percent came from natural gas, while only 6 percent came from wind and 2 percent from solar."
"A year earlier, during a normal mid-February day, natural gas “only” supplied 43 percent of the total electricity, whereas wind accounted for 28 percent and solar was the same at 2 percent." ...
"To sum up, compared with the same date a year earlier, during the first day of the blackouts in Texas, electricity from natural gas was 91 percent higher, while electricity from wind was 72 percent lower."
Washington Times: “What happened in Texas is a preview of what the climate crisis will look like — coast to coast — if we fail to make transformational infrastructure investments now,” said Lori Lodes of Climate Power. “President Biden knows we have to build back better and work together towards a clean energy future.”
Not buying it was climate change skeptic Marc Morano, founder of the ClimateDepot.com. “The proponents of the Green New Deal are desperately trying to push the theme that the more green energy fails, the more green energy must be mandated,” Mr. Morano said. “But there is no scientific, economic, or energy reason to expand wind power even more in Texas.”
“The data, studies, and even the UN IPCC have proven that extreme weather is on no trend or declining trends on climate time scales,” said Mr. Morano, whose book “Green Fraud” will be released March 23. “There is no scientific way they can blame the bad weather in Texas on ‘climate change,’ so they instead choose political and pseudoscientific ways to link cold and snow and ice to ‘climate change.’”
Morano: "You have Schumer out there you have John Kerry out there, blaming this cold on global warming. And this is what they've done for decades now repeatedly. Any weather event proves their cause. And so record cold, record snows, record ice. It's all because we weren't prepared for global warming. There's no weather event that can falsify their theory. And that's what makes us so maddening. In my book, Green Fraud, I have a whole chapter about how the solution to the global cooling coming Ice Age scare in the 1970s literally mirrored, the solutions of the Green New Deal today.
The environmentalist in the 1970s who were pushing the global Ice Age scare were literally proposing green New Deal-style restrictions on America and central planning. It is the most amazing thing. They don't miss a beat, no matter what weather event happens, their answer is central planning, coercive government policies and shutting down free-market capitalism."
CNN: France is set to ban short domestic flights in favor of train services, after lawmakers approved a plan that will see several air routes discontinued to reduce emissions. MPs voted late on Saturday to some suspend some flights by domestic airlines that can be made by train in less than two-and-a-half hours, as part of a wider climate bill. If the bill passes through France's upper house, the Senate, France will join a number of European countries seeking to move away from short flights. ... Left-wing MP Danièle Obono said the government's plan to move away from a four-hour limit would "save the three routes that emit the most greenhouse gas: Paris-Nice, Paris-Toulouse, (and) Paris-Marseille." ... Last year, Austria's flagship airline was ordered to replace one of its flights with a more frequent train service, in order to meet the environmental criteria of its government bailout.
Climate Depot's Morano: "You were warned! How long until the climate demands include the banning of private automobile travel when mass transit is available?"
Pierre L. Gosselin of the No Tricks Zone reacts: "USA morphing into communist East Germany! Back then citizens required to apply for a "Ausreisegenehmigung" (permission to travel abroad) if they wanted to travel out of country. Now it's to be taken a step further by new Marxists: Even domestic travel has to be permitted!"
Lindzen & Happer: "Crusaders will continue to retort that “the science is settled; it is time to act!” But real science is never settled, nor is scientific truth determined by consensus or political diktats. Agreement with observations is the measure of scientific truth." ... "The frenzy over climate resembles the medieval crusades against foreign infidels and home-grown heretics. There is even a children’s climate crusade." ...
"We are both scientists who can attest that the research literature does not support the claim of a climate emergency. Nor will there be one. None of the lurid predictions — dangerously accelerating sea-level rise, increasingly extreme weather, more deadly forest fires, unprecedented warming, etc. — are any more accurate than the fire-and-brimstone sermons used to stoke fanaticism in medieval crusaders." ...
"So far, climate crusaders have refrained from vilifying water vapor and clouds, which make the largest contribution to greenhouse warming of the earth. Carbon dioxide, demonized as “carbon pollution,” is an improbable villain." ... "More carbon dioxide is likely to cause some surface warming. But the warming would be small and benign. In fact, history shows that warmings of a few degrees Celsius — which extended growing seasons — have been good for humanity. The golden age of classical Roman civilization occurred during a warm period. Cooling periods, which were accompanied by barbarian invasions, famines, and plagues, have been bad. Neither contemporary observations nor the geological record support computer-based claims that CO2 is the “control knob” for the earth’s climate."
Analyst Vijay Jayaraj commented: "Where is the climate disorder? What parameters are we talking about? Which Index is he referring to? Is it agriculture success? cumulative increase in Freshwater access? is it poverty reduction? And May I know when the climate was in order? or static?"
Green energy author Rupert Darwall: "Climate disorder ... that's a good one from Macron. Any notable weather event can now be ascribed as evidence of climate disorder, as if once upon a time, the climate was orderly."