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Skeptics Play Dupe in Climate Change Rope-A-Dope

The “environmentalists lost” pronouncement illustrates just how oblivious many conservative pundits and grassroots activists are.

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Mark Stuertz

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May 29, 2014 - 12:17 am
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The climate change issue has collapsed. The public has moved on. The skeptics won.

You hear some variation on this refrain here and there as the climate hysteria industry goes full froth in tandem with the gradual release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. You hear it at grassroots gatherings. You read it on blogs.

David Harsanyi has stated it most boldly at The Federalist, declaring the debate is over and environmentalists lost. Commenting on a frustrated President Obama and his fetish for the rule of the executive pen, Harsanyi says the climate change movement has suffered a rout.

But really, after all these years admitting that executive power is the only way to move (tepidly) forward on environmentalist 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? I suspect there are three reasons for this failure: 1. It’s difficult to fight basic economics. 2. On energy, Americans, despite what they say, have no desire to try (nor should they). 3. It’s getting more difficult, not less, to believe environmental doom and gloom.

Viewed narrowly, Harsanyi’s notion has some salience. But expand the scope of the climate issue just a little, and this notion becomes pure delusion.

The idea that environmentalists have been thrashed in the climate change debate is not devoid of merit. Facts are pigheaded things and they have done little (when they haven’t been fudged) to grease the climate change movement’s momentum. Dire predictions go unfulfilled. Temperature trends refuse to trend correctly. Extreme weather pops a Valium. Al Gore goes from A-list Hollywood celeb to B-list ass clown, albeit a very rich one, in large part on the backs of taxpayers via green energy subsidies. For almost two decades the earth has stubbornly spurned compliance with the computer climate modeling maps of doom. All despite massive increases in atmospheric CO2.

Environmentalists wring their hands over this climatic heresy. They scramble to save their computer models, to explain the earth’s confounding resilience and its profound stability in the face of human tampering. You can almost hear them thinking: “Why can’t you just die?”

Yet climate change devotees have no reason to fret. Despite the wishful decrees of skeptics, they have ample reason to celebrate. For the climate change movement has suffered not a defeat; instead they have won a decisive victory. The date of that victory can be precisely identified: April 2, 2007. On that day, a date which will live in absurdity, the Supreme Court deemed carbon dioxide, the lifeblood of the planet, a pollutant. The ruling granted the Environmental Protection Agency far-reaching and discretionary power to regulate CO2 (under the Clean Air Act) and any human activity that spews it.

That victory was reinforced on April 29, 2014, when the highest court upheld the EPA’s authority to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants that drift across state lines. The decision virtually inoculates the EPA from legal challenges as it prepares stiff regulatory strategies to fight global warming. Science be damned.

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What happened to planting trees, recycling and stop smacking the rain forests around. Was all of that BS? Folk pretty much thought those were good ideas and didn't object, at least strenuously.

Another question, since the AGW peoples have decided we can control the earth's temperature, who gets to set the thermostat?
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I agree with the author. This has nothing to do with the environment or the climate and we have to get beyond thinking on that level. Stop worrying about the next argument or how to convince people with evidence on any given aspect of science. We’re spending all of our ammo on a cardboard cutout of Godzilla. This is not about power and money in the strictest sense but about the sick human predilection for enslaving others into a miserable existence to make one feel even more powerful and rich. It is evil and the antithesis of what the American experiment is all about. The main attack is at your flank.
9 weeks ago
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Tony Abbott, PM of Austalia is having none of it any longer.

He, and his brass "attachments" have cut 95% of their carbon cutting regime and plowed it back into the economy! Good On Him!

Their mining industry is taking off as is their economy. Of course, the Green Nazis are screaming bloody murder but je is basically telling them to piss off, much to the delight of the populace!

Now, if he would just do the same with their Muslim problem...

Mebbie next week...
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They cannot lose. After the whole thing is disproven, they will claim that they were correct, just that the model needed some adjustment. Read 1984, or modern comments on the "Cold War Hysteria". (Since the USSR fell ,obviously it was nothing to worry about! Right, Ron Paul?)
8 weeks ago
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Why can't the 2007 decision be overturned?

Let's be clear. These people are exploiting the poor. Those are the people whose lives are ruined by increases in the cost of energy, or the products (ALL products) that depend on it.

They will say, "but we'll subsidize it". They will then say that since the government is giving the money, they can channel it to control your behavior. (Read some of their comments on corporations.)

Exactly the same as Obamacare.
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How can we shut down the EPA and all the other useless agencies who shackle American Entrepreneurship? Why are we so complacent? I see the sheep follow the fake scientific data as gospel, but the fringe lunatics will hurt people who disagree with them. Get ready for green terror.
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Because they will say we are making the air dirty. And they own the microphones, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan.
8 weeks ago
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Reading some arcane piece on utilities pricing, I saw prices are negotiated or set three years in advance.
Electric bills will triple in 2015.
I think this 2011 peice was talking about the Akron/Cleveland area, specifically.
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And it is the poor who will suffer.
8 weeks ago
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The enviro-lie has been exposed but that fact is irrelevant and moot. Life's good for psychopaths and demokkkrats.
8 weeks ago
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The enviro-nazis have lost. An executive order can be changed with a new president.

If you follow the trend, as in what happened in Germany, whom has scrapped all green energy subsidies, I see nothing to worry about.
9 weeks ago
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Didn't know that. Please repeat 1 gazillion times- til Dems start yelling, "Southern Strategy!" (another crock)
9 weeks ago
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This and below were belated replies to a comment about Father Coughlin and Klan support of the Nazi Party.
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I have a nice book called "Under Cover" written by an Armenian-American who posed as an American Fascist volunteer before and during WWII. He has a "family picture" of the Klan and the pro-Nazi German American Bund at the latter's camp in New York State (I believe.) He later went undercover as a Palestinian volunteer in their effort to get rid of the Jews in 1948, and has pictures of the blowing-up of the old synagogues in Jerusalem ("From Cairo to Damascus").

BTW, he does consider them "right-wing". That was the terminology of the time, presumably because they were nationalist and fought the Communists. (He tried to infiltrate the Communists, but their security was too good. So kudos to the FBI for succeeding.)
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If the regulations manage to put a choke hold on energy production we will have energy shortages in the very near future especially in the areas where most of the electrical power is produced by coal fired plants. And when people start having brown outs or black outs during cold weather they will start screaming.

And at that point the Democrats will declare it a "failure of the market" and will call for government rationing and allocation in regard to all electrical generation. Just imagine how that would give them the power to choose winners and losers. But that, I fear, is the real plan. That's the prize. All the cries of "save the planet" are just a dishonest means of getting to that end.
9 weeks ago
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And the poor will need to choose between heat and food.
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Blackouts in the cold East, water shortages out west, you're right.
8 weeks ago
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What happened to planting trees, recycling and stop smacking the rain forests around. Was all of that BS? Folk pretty much thought those were good ideas and didn't object, at least strenuously.

Another question, since the AGW peoples have decided we can control the earth's temperature, who gets to set the thermostat?
9 weeks ago
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Yes. It was all BS. It will always be BS, and with a hefty price tag attached.
9 weeks ago
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Yup, banning plastic bags is the big deal now.
I thought we switched to plastic cuz recyclable and it saves the trees and rainforests?
8 weeks ago
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On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, French Foreign Minister Lauren Fabius warned that “We have 500 days to avoid the climate chaos”. That Day works out to be Sunday, September 27, 2015. The Science is Settled! The Computer Models are THAT DAMN GOOD! Eat your heart out Denier Scum!

Fabius’s speech was 16 days ago. We now have only 484 Days Left.

Place your bets...
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