Follow the Climate Change Money

Stephen Moore:

The first iron rule of American politics is: Follow the money. This explains, oh, about 80 percent of what goes on in Washington.

Shortly after the latest Chicken Little climate change report was published last month, I noted on CNN that one reason so many hundreds of scientists are persuaded that the sky is falling is that they are paid handsomely to do so.

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This doesn’t mean that the planet isn’t warming. But the tidal wave of funding does reveal a powerful financial motive for scientists to conclude that the apocalypse is upon us. No one hires a fireman if there are no fires. No one hires a climate scientist (there are thousands of them now) if there is no catastrophic change in the weather. Why doesn’t anyone in the media ever mention this?

Lots of bucks being spread around to spread something else. Whole thing here.

 

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US Climate Report

Bjorn Lomborg: 

Activists tend to exaggerate the impacts of climate change while underestimating the costs of tackling it.

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Sadly, accurate science doesn’t make for good television; predicting the end of times does.

 

Ethanol: Bad for the Environment

How? Here’s one way:

. . . because ethanol packs less energy per gallon than gasoline does, vehicle owners can expect to get even lower fuel mileage from the expansion of E15 fuel (a blend of 15% ethanol with 85% gasoline) under the new mandate to include more ethanol in automotive fuels, which would be 4% to 5% less than they would achieve if they only filled their vehicles with 100% gasoline. Today’s vehicle owners already pay a fuel efficiency penalty of 3% to 4% lower gas mileage from the E10 ethanol-gasoline fuel blend mandated under the older ethanol content rules, where the new rules will require even more fill-ups.

Craig Eyermann here.

 

Draining the Swamp Update

The WSJ has a report by James Freeman (behind firewall) on the progress the Trump Administration is making reducing the power of Washington’s permanent bureaucracy, aka the Swamp.

At the State Department:

the State Department is one federal agency that was actually contemplated by America’s founders. Conducting foreign policy is an important and necessary task for our central government. But like so much of the Beltway bureaucracy State has been overfunded and undermanaged for years. Now, despite what you may have read about untouchable bureaucrats unaccountable to the public they are supposed to serve, Mr. Tillerson has found ways to clean house. . .

Furniture from now-closed offices crowded the hallways. Dropping in on one of my old offices, I expected to see a former colleague—a career senior foreign service officer—but was stunned to find out she had been abruptly forced into retirement and had departed the previous week. This office, once bustling, had just one person present, keeping on the lights. . . .

[Sec. of State] Tillerson is not reorganizing, he’s downsizing.

Yes, even constitutionally approved functions need reorganizing, and reorganizing can involve downsizing people and functionality. If ever there were monopolies, government is it. And government monopolies are susceptible to the same abuses as other monopolies. The people there become arrogant, careless, insular, lazy, corrupt. Absent competition, its inevitable no matter how well-intentioned.

There’s movement at the EPA:

Meanwhile over at the Environmental Protection Agency, new boss Scott Pruitt is not just draining the bureaucratic swamp in Washington, he’s taking away the agency’s power to oversee swamps nationwide. . . .

to dismantle another piece of the Obama administration’s environmental legacy, the rule that sought to protect clean drinking water by expanding Washington’s power to regulate major rivers and lakes as well as smaller streams and wetlands. . . .

In a speech at the Energy Department, the president promised to expand the country’s nuclear-energy sector and open up more federal lands and offshore sites to oil and natural-gas drilling.

. . . rescindment this week of the Obama administration’s clean-water rules that farmers and business groups found onerous.

. . . issued a special permit authorizing the construction of a new pipeline between the U.S. and Mexico that would carry fuels across the border in Texas

Its not all positive, though. Healthcare reform could fill the swamp rather than drain it. More military activity in the Middle East and Korea could fill the swamp.

 

US Secretary of State Kerry Warns About Air Conditioners/DNC Temps in Philly to 100 Degrees

Kerry:

“As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”

Here.

Meanwhile in Philadelphia, the Democratic Party is about to hold its convention to nominate Hillary Clinton. The weather forecast:

The heat wave that descended on the city is expected show no mercy on Sunday with temperatures around 96 degrees. It could peak on Monday, the convention’s first day, with temperatures possibly hitting 100 degrees, said Mitchell Gaines, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

Here.

Secretary of State Kerry’s message to convention goers: don’t use the air conditioning!

 

“If our rulers think global warming is a crisis, let them be a good example for the rest of us.”

Everyone talks about global warming, but nobody does anything about it.  At least, the people who talk about saving the planet the most seem to have the biggest carbon footprint. . . .

 

It seems that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who spends a lot of time telling Americans that they need to drive less, fly less, and in general reduce their consumption of fossil fuels, also flies home to see her family in Boston “almost every weekend“; the head of the Clean Air Division, Janet McCabe, does the same, but she heads to Indianapolis. In air mileage alone, the Daily Caller News Foundation estimates that McCarthy surpasses the carbon footprint of an ordinary American. . . .

Glenn Harlan Reynolds has some ideas to fix this, ah, odd situation.

Here.