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Blowing Smoke: Obama Climate Speech Riddled With Lies

A dangerous, arrogant, fact-free tirade.

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Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris

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June 26, 2013 - 12:00 pm
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Obama used the erroneous phrase “carbon pollution” a total of twenty times in his Georgetown speech.

He is, of course, really speaking of CO2, an odorless, invisble gas essential to plant life and in no way a pollutant. Yet the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still designates CO2 a “harmful substance” so as to allow greater bureaucratic control of industry under the Clean Air Act. In Tuesday’s address, the president promised to expand the EPA’s CO2 regulations to cover existing power stations, an action sure to cost billions of dollars and millions of jobs for no environmental benefit. EPA’s claim is based on three lines of evidence that a recent amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court shows are invalid. Regardless, calling CO2 “carbon” helps Obama politically since it encourages people to think of CO2 as associated with soot, something that is pure carbon and is clearly dirty and undesirable.

Of course, we can and should reduce the amount of soot going in to the atmosphere, and apart from China, significant advances have occurred. Scrubber technology for coal-fired power plants has been available for a long time. If Obama really wants to help people’s health and the environment, he should encourage all possible use of scrubbers.

The “carbon pollution” mistake is often used by activists to focus negative attention specifically on coal-fired electricity generation, since “carbon” comes from the Latin carbo, meaning coal. Over 40 percent of U.S. energy comes from coal, and so killing this energy source is fundamental to the president’s apparent goals of expanding government control and redistributing wealth. Obama wants to end coal use entirely in the U.S., no matter how clean it can be made. Obama even told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2008: “What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as an ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.”

Aside from his support for climate change adaptation measures, actions that make sense if carried out properly, Obama’s Georgetown speech appears to be mostly oriented towards accomplishing political objectives unrelated to environmental protection. This is very much in line with former Colorado Democratic Senator Timothy Wirth, who in 1993 summed up the strategy well: “We’ve got to ride to global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing.”

It is ironic that Obama would equate his unscientific campaign to “fight against climate change” with NASA’s trips to the Moon. Unlike Obama’s dogmatic approach, always focused on reducing greenhouse gases no matter what science demonstrates about the real causes of climate change, NASA learned from their mistakes and made necessary changes.

For example, when Apollo 1 went up in flames, killing all three astronauts in 1967, engineers ended the use of high oxygen atmospheres in manned space vehicles. But, when climate models on which the global warming scare is based fail to forecast what actually happens in the real world, when cyclones and strong tornadoes diminish, when ice cover in Antarctica increases, Obama and his fellow alarmists simply raise the rhetoric.

Trying to scare us away, he labels scientists who want to base policy on real-world observations as members of “the Flat Earth Society.” Such name-calling merely strengthens our resolve to expose the most serious climate threat we face — the exploitation of public ignorance by alarmists such as Obama.

The president was, however, right to say: “This is not just a job for politicians. So I’m going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends. Tell them what’s at stake. Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings. Push back on misinformation. Speak up for the facts. Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future.”

Yes, that is exactly what we will continue to do. Because you are wrong, Mr. President, dangerously wrong. America is too important for anyone, even those of us who are not U.S. citizens, to let it die because of a lie. And much of what you told Georgetown students on Tuesday was indeed a lie.

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Dr. Tim Ball is a Victoria, British Columbia-based environmental consultant and former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg. Tom Harris is the Executive Director of the International Climate Science Coalition.

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To Obama and his backers, EVERYTHING is about gaining even more POWER for himself and the entrenched government caste. To Obama and his "cadres", there is no such thing as a POLICY objective.

Everything is about the POLITICS of gaining more power. Talk of "climate change" is a means to unrelated and unstated POLITICAL aims.

Obama's speech was given at Georgetown, a left-wing cadre academy run by leftist Jesuits, NOT at MIT where students actually UNDERSTAND serious engineering issues.

Does anyone really believe that Obama personally KNOWS off-hand, e.g. the difference between kilowatt and kilowatt hours, or between uranium and thorium fuel cycles? Could Obama personally comment knowledgeably on the fundamental attributes of wind power versus solar power?

ALL of Obama's appeals and speeches are mere weapons in a larger war for more and permanent power - "the end justifies the means". Slogans such as "99%/1%" were professionally designed by Joseph Goebbels' modern disciples to serve the needs of single-minded, power-hungry "cadres".
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Obama is more like Xerxes than Canute. When the first great double-pontoon brisge across the Hellespont was built by Xerxes engineers, a great storm came along and wrecked it. An enraged Xerxes had his soldiers flog the waters of the Hellespont to punish nature for having delayed his invasion plans. "Obviously," when the second bridge was completed and did not have a great storm to deal with, Xerxes had to conclude that his "punishment" of nature had worked.

Emperor Obama can "flog" nature all he wants, but nature will do what it will. It's flogging the rest of us with the resultant economic hardships and other unintended negative consequences that matter most.
43 weeks ago
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PJM funded by "big energy". Prove it. Typical baseless libtard attack.
Lord Monckton a "goofball" Yawn, Typical libtard ad hominem attack.
Ask the Germans? We don't have to ask the Germans, they have told the rest of the world in many ways. Industries that rely on reliable electricity are considering relocating. The lower classes are indeed suffering under high energy costs. Germany is not all Mercedes' and BMW's. Like other countries they have their poor who cannot afford to heat their homes. Meanwhile, Europe has seen some brutally cold winters, even as the Earth is "warming". I know you have the answers for that too, the Gulf Stream has shifted, whatever. That explains Europe to your little mind, but here is something to make a good libtard's head explode! On June 19, Newsbusters ran a story about one of the Left's "royal family" members, a Kennedy, shooting poor baby seals! They and their cohorts are shooting them by the thousands! Oh, the humanity! But the larger question is, why are seals and polar bears flourishing when they should be dying under the searing hot Arctic sun?

This message was paid for by Big Oil AND the Koch Brothers! /sarc

I know the rest of you know it is sarc, but Bill probably thinks I'm serious!
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Nice words. I'd be comvinced if I weren't already so. But, whom you expect to convince tis but a wasted effort because you see, it is not for what is best, even by a definition we could not agree yet still an attempt to attain what's best, that Obama and his allies do labor but the dissolution of the nation as we knew it. Pretty words, smart words are powerless.
42 weeks ago
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It's okay if Obama lies because he's going to save the planet and restore the balance of justice between humans and Mother Gaia.
42 weeks ago
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I tweeted : Simply on the quality of the writing the realists win : http://pjmedia.com/blog/blowing-smoke-obama-climate-speech-riddled-with-lies/
43 weeks ago
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I've personally seen weather stations whose data has been corrupted by their surroundings since they were installed. Our local wastewater treatment plant (sewage plants are a common location for collection of weather data) has one located about 15 feet from a blower building that was built after the station. The exhaust fan for the building is on the wall facing the weather station. That fan blows hot air all summer long.
43 weeks ago
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The Wikipedia definition of alchemy is: "Alchemy is an influential philosophical tradition whose early practitioners' claims to profound powers were known from antiquity."

Global Warming/ climate change believers are the modern day incarnation of alchemists in that they believe they posses "profound powers" to make a perfect world. The difference is that alchemists didn't have access to the scientific knowledge that today's climate change believers have. Alchemy was an early form of science that eventually led to the scientific method. Global warming/ climate change believers are abandoning the scientific method and regressing intellectually.

It is unlikely that real scientists really believe this stuff but Obama and enough useful idiots who vote apparently do.
43 weeks ago
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To Obama and his backers, EVERYTHING is about gaining even more POWER for himself and the entrenched government caste. To Obama and his "cadres", there is no such thing as a POLICY objective.

Everything is about the POLITICS of gaining more power. Talk of "climate change" is a means to unrelated and unstated POLITICAL aims.

Obama's speech was given at Georgetown, a left-wing cadre academy run by leftist Jesuits, NOT at MIT where students actually UNDERSTAND serious engineering issues.

Does anyone really believe that Obama personally KNOWS off-hand, e.g. the difference between kilowatt and kilowatt hours, or between uranium and thorium fuel cycles? Could Obama personally comment knowledgeably on the fundamental attributes of wind power versus solar power?

ALL of Obama's appeals and speeches are mere weapons in a larger war for more and permanent power - "the end justifies the means". Slogans such as "99%/1%" were professionally designed by Joseph Goebbels' modern disciples to serve the needs of single-minded, power-hungry "cadres".
43 weeks ago
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But for reality, I might believe in global warming. Unfortunately, the reality is that Obama is trying his hardest to fundamentally change America into something in total conflict with our Constitution, a nation where the "commoners" answer to their betters and any concept of human rights is based on government decree.

Further, a claim of global warming plays right into his hands. What is to be gained by Obama in his push for more power based on the need to control global warming. The answer is more power. Power to be used in his agenda for America with a powerful central government that regulates the lives of the "commoners" based on the dictates of the elites.

I wasn't born yesterday. Actually, I was born and educated back prior to political correctness, dumbed down education and Leftist propaganda wing
MS(?)M becoming what it is today. I can see clearly what has transpired over the past decades and what is happening today. Many things constitute pieces of a puzzle. Well, the puzzle is now sufficiently complete to see what it's about and it "ain't pretty" to say the least.

The old saying "Follow the money" still remains but we might add to it "Follow the power to be gained".
43 weeks ago
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Exactly!
43 weeks ago
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For anyone who's paying attention read David Mackay's SUSTAINABLE ENERGY -- WITHOUT THE HOT AIR (free at withouthotair.com). Though a warmist Mackay's also a physicist and quality of life in Britain can't be sustained by wind -- also need a lot of nuclear and coal. If a country roughly 1/6 the population of the US can't beat the laws of physics neither can we.
43 weeks ago
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Who gave Obama unilateral power to enact climate and environmental policy? It is so tiresome to hear "...(EPA) still designates CO2 a “harmful substance” so as to allow greater bureaucratic control of industry under the Clean Air Act..." Who allows EPA to unilaterally designate anything?! Are my conservative congressmen impotent victims of an omnipotent regulatory agency?

If our Republican elected officials are so hellbent on passing laws - how about passing some to reign in the frigging EPA and its unsound, unscientific and disastrously unaccountable rule-making economy killers??
43 weeks ago
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Obama's Flat- Earthers have the facts of Nature. Photosynthesis of green plants/trees using CO2 to convert it to foodstuff. A real non-deniable way to show Obama's false presentation of facts is to show the American people once and for all what else can be done for CO2- DRY ICE. If in late 1940's Manhattan Project scientists remarked (in book to boot) that there is a lot of CO2 in the atmosphere.If forests burn- CO2 concentrates on the spot (Brazil). It is high noon for Obama himself to abide by his dicta- let all federal offices-White House- Madame Obama's office rely on non-conventional electricity sources. In less than 3 hours they will shout 'Uncle'. The Arctic Ice melts/thickenings is caused by sea currents (think of old refrigerators with freezers how the ice accumulated- becoming white. Obama never lived by any sea either- which froze for the winter and how huge blocks of ice suddenly were floating in ice- cold water.
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When I first saw the term Flat- Earthers I thought that it was referring to Obama and his absurd "science". Then I read further and saw that he was projecting his and his followers stupidity onto those who actually think.
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The Apollo scientists and engineers maintained a rigid, scrupulously honest respect for reality in the service of their goal. But then, their goal was life and superlative human achievement. Reality, scrupulous honesty, and respect for reality are anathema to totalitarians. The authors and many others need to stop giving Obama the benefit of the doubt. His "mistakes" are not honest, nor are they mistakes in the sense of an innocent error which, once discovered, is quickly corrected, nor was his speech naive. Obama's policies are cynical, manipulative, and deliberately crafted to undermine and destroy everything about this country that made the Apollo program possible. The left's only goal is power, and no lie is too outrageous to achieve it, no body count too high. Leftism's record of the 20th century proves it. To quote a philosopher, "Mistakes of this size are not made innocently."
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It would seem that to predict long term climate behavior on the basis of a few decades of data makes no more sense than trying to predict the long term course of the stock market by following a trend line of a couple of hours of the NYSE activity.
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Everything you say is true - but try proving it to the LIV's that the democrats rely on. Its a tedious job - one that never quite gets done because of the low IQ and attention span of these spuds.
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Hold on there PaleoCon! I'm from Idaho and our spuds have way higher IQs than most LIVs!
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