William, I take issue with your phrasing in your last post. Man did not change his climate, but just the environment immediately around him. Mismanagement of the land was magnified when the droughts of the '30s came along, but the droughts weren't caused by man...it just penalized him for what was, at the root, land mismanagement, some of it due to government policies that encouraged both the increase in population in that area and an increase in farming. Then add on some slick salesmen trying to make a buck selling land and bad things happened. There still would have been droughts in the '30s....just no dust bowl without digging up prairie grass left and right.
But moving on.....Environmentalists Have Lost the Climate Change Debate
, David Harsanyi, 5/9/5014
Have you noticed that we’re always at the cusp of a cataclysm yet the deadline to act always moves to a politically convenient not-too-distant future? I guess that when the time to act runs out – it will at some point, right? – we can begin thinking about defunding all these panels and reinvesting in something more productive, such as figuring out how we can adapt to the future.
“We’re committed to moving forward with those rules,” White House counselor John Podesta said in a bit of an anti-democratic rant the other day. “We’re committed to maintaining the authority and the president’s authority to ensure that the Clean Air Act is fully implemented.” Don’t worry, though. Podesta says this is “actionable science,” so separation of powers and consent of the governed and other trifling concerns are no longer applicable.
But really, after all these years, admitting that executive power is the only way to move (tepidly) forward on climate change policy is basically admitting defeat. Has there ever been a movement that’s spent as much time, energy and treasure and gotten so little in return?
Remember Algore's proclamation back in the '90s that we had only 10 years left to save the planet? Now we have a new spin on that....we're already losing....we just really, really, really, REALLY have to do something or we're all DOOMED!! I wish I could find the longer clip of this bit from Ice Age. Just swap man-made-global-warming for ice age: Doom on you.
Anybody remember the Y2K scare? I bet there were more than 300 experts predicting doom for the world if we didn't spend billions remediating code to handle a little ole date change. Predictions of planes falling from the sky, people stuck on elevators, unusable ATMS. The experts even had some Christians who bought into what the "experts" were saying and were suggesting considering taking out some cash toward the end of 1999 "just in case" the predictions came true. Yet the date came and went with, to my knowledge, nothing of significance happening. A few years later I ran across an article that said the effects of Y2K were largely no different for companies that spent millions of dollars remediating their computer code or upgrading systems than those companies that did little or nothing.
And that was for a prediction by experts from devices actually created by human beings in just the last 30 or 40 years and ones that we could rightfully claim to possess most, if not all, of the knowledge associated with them. The "experts" whiffed....yet we are supposed to believe that a bunch of peons in just barely 150 years of industrialization has become so powerful so as to alter PLANETARY WEATHER and possess a knowledge of all that goes into weather patterns? Gee....and I thought Lucifer was prideful. Methinks mankind thinks a bit too highly of himself.
I won't bother to repost the past doomsday predictions that have been made by "experts" over the last 100 years....and all of them have proven to be wrong. Those past failed predictions are ignored for obvious reasons. If you're batting .000 after 40 or 50 times at bat, don't ask me to believe you'll crank one out of the park the next time you're up.
We already have a test case for Obama’s proposition in California, the state with the most aggressive renewables portfolio standard. A mandated 33 percent of its power must be renewable energy by 2020. According to the Energy Department, residential electricity prices have already spiked 30 percent between 2006 and 2012 (when adjusted for inflation), and studies show that the cost of electricity is likely to jump 47 percent over the next 16 years. Those are real-world costs that every Californian has to divert from health care or groceries or education or investments to pay for artificially inflated energy prices.
Saving the planet is not an in inexpensive affair.
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