Dear Readers: It has been my pleasure, and honor, to correspond with a number of brilliant scientists as part of my efforts to support the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition and our work on The Jobs First Initiative – Yes on 23 campaign. Recently, I asked Californians to contact Meg Whitman to insist she contribute to that campaign, as her campaign co-chair decided it would be a wise idea to give $1 million to Proposition 23′s opponents.
I have been teaming with Dr. Martin Fricke of San Diego, a nuclear physicist and Senior Fellow of The American Physical Society, on a project recently. He followed-up on my suggestion and joined the “Talk to Meg” forum. His post is reprinted below, and I would encourage all my fellow Californians to read it, and pass it along to others. I would also like as many people as possible to follow Dr. Fricke’s example, as this is may be a way for us to convey to gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman that we ARE paying attention — and we won’t let something like this go by without consequences. California’s just too important.
Meg’s Campaign Co-Chair is shooting her in the foot. See: Powerhouse Dem donor puts $5 million in — and joins GOP icon George Shultz — to save AB32
Meg, beware: Cap-and-Trade ain’t over yet. There are Plans A, B, and C, and C stands for California.
Lately, the Dems have been keeping a low profile on Cap-and-Trade, and Harry Reid has announced it won’t be possible to pass the bill before November. There is reason to suspect Reid’s remarks to be disingenuous. We’re still seeing a few stories such as:
“Democratic leaders in Congress are still considering using reconciliation to pass global warming cap-and-trade legislation because they know they have no chance of passing the largest tax increase in American history by going through regular order. This fits well into Harry Reid’s strategy, which he used to pass health care legislation: take an unpopular bill, hide it from public view, cut deals behind closed doors in his office, and then ram it through the Senate.”
And, if all else fails, there’s still Plan B to have the EPA enforce comparable laws. A vote to restrict them from doing that was recently defeated by the Congress. As we know, all plant life is dependent on CO2, and through photosynthesis it provides the oxygen we breath. Should the Cap-and-Trade bill not pass this year, as a fallback the EPA has been authorized by the White House to control CO2 emissions by declaring it a “toxin”, a poison – and EPA has. While the EPA’s regulations don’t yet specify exact levels of CO2, limits around 350 ppm are being discussed. At Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii (where there’s not much pollution from LA!) NOAH reported that the concentration was presently, on average, around 395. Some greenhouse operators use machines to increase CO2 to achieve faster growth. One careful study reported that increasing it to just 600 ppm yields 30% or more growth of lettuce, tomatoes, and roses and, when CO2 is increased to over 1000 ppm, it results in even higher production and plant quality. For an inhabited room in your home, a typical value would be 500-1,000 ppm. In submarines it’s about 8,000 ppm. And in the air you exhale it’s 45,000 ppm. And yet we’re to believe that CO2 above around 350 ppm is poisonous? They shoulda thunk up some better excuse for this particular fleecing.
As Ben Lieberman says at in The Economics of Global Warming Policy,http://www.heritage.org/Research/Lecture/The-Economics-of-Global-Wa…, the cost of cap-and-trade legislation is costly in dollars and jobs:
- “For a household of four, energy costs go up by $436 a year, up to $1,241 by 2035, which is as far out as our analysis goes. Electricity rates go up 90 percent, gasoline prices 58 percent or $1.38 per gallon, and natural gas 55 percent.
- “But direct energy costs are only part of the burden. Nearly everything goes up since higher energy costs raise production costs. The total cost of Waxman–Markey works out to nearly $3,000 per household of four every year from 2012 to 2035.
- “Beyond the impact on individuals and households, cap-and-trade legislation also affects employment, especially in the manufacturing sector. We estimate job losses averaging over one million. Note that these are net job losses, after the much over-hyped new green jobs are taken into account. Some jobs will be destroyed entirely, others will be outsourced to nations like China or India that have no intention of hampering their own growth with similar measures to raise energy prices.”
- “The burden of higher energy costs disproportionately hurts the poor, who spend a larger percentage of their incomes on energy.”
Finally, there’s Plan C, such as is reflected in California’s AB 32, for individual states to take the initiative (Hmmm, I wonder how this jibes with Arizona’s SB 1070). California’s Governor Schwarzenegger said, at the signing ceremony of AB 32 last Sept. “Using market-based incentives, we will reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. That’s a 25 percent reduction. And by 2050, we will reduce emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels. We simply must do everything in our power to slow down global warming before it’s too late.” Now, JERRY BROWN, the current Democrat candidate for Governor, CALLS THE STATE’S GLOBAL WARMING LAW THE KEY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIMSELF AND REPUBLICAN MEG WHITMAN. Proposition 23, the “California Jobs Initiative”, on California’s November ballot, calls for freezing the provisions of AB 32 until California’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5% or below for four consecutive quarters. But unless the average voter understands what that means, he’ll remember sound bites on the media, or the brief writeups in the voter instruction pamphlet distributed by the state prior to the election, that will doubtlessly say something like “Prop. 23 attempts to thwart efforts to curtail California’s air pollution.”
(MUT Note: The video below shows Schwarzenegger aide David Crane admits AB 32 will have NO EFFECT on global warming!)
The latest thinking is that Prop 23 will not pass. The CA establishment has mobilized all of its resources to defeat it. Unless there is some vigorous response, AB 32 will become law. It will enrich its already-wealthy supporters who have promoted it, it will impoverish the average citizen of CA, and it will have no positive impact on climate. (Otherwise, it is a terrific law!)
TO HAVE MEG WHITMAN’S CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR SUPPORT “NO” ON PROP 23 IS UNACCEPTABLE.
Dr. Martin Fricke
Nuclear physicist, Senior Fellow of The American Physical Society
San Diego, CA
Dr Fricke also notes: The most recent and careful studies of man-made global warming show that previous alarms about dangerous man-made contributions to global warming were incorrect. The best current information on this subject does not justify any major measures by the government to limit current CO2 emissions at the present time.
On July 21 a talk on anthropogenic global warming was given at the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego by Prof. Will Happer and Dr. Roger Cohen, who are arguably among the world’s most prominent authorities on the subject. This talk included an in-depth discussion of the flaws in the IPPC’s (“Climategate”) data and its computer models, and it showed the drastic reduction in AGW produced when those flaws are corrected as best as possible. Dr. Roger Cohen is a Fellow of The American Physical Society who spent over forty years in industrial research where he held positions including Senior Director for Exxon’s Corporate Research Laboratories and Manager of Strategic Planning and Programs. He initiated and managed a basic research program in climate science and has remained actively involved in the area since that time. Dr. William Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton University, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the JASONs. Formerly, Prof. Happer was appointed by the President as the Director of Energy Research, serving under the Secretary of Energy, where he oversaw basic research programs. He chairs a Standing Committee of the National Research Council and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. The talk was hosted by an organization called the Lynceans, a group of physicists and engineers in the San Diego area, and is posted at their website http://www.lynceangroup.net/happer_cohen/happer_cohen.html.(MUT Note: I will be providing a review of this lecture later this week)
It is up to Californians, everywhere, to get informed and engaged so that our state can regain the prosperity — and be free from enslavement to environmental over-regulation based on false science.
A few news and note:
Michelle Malkin has an outstanding piece: Who’s the immigration demagogue, President Obama?
A guest contributor on Gateway Pundit noted this: (Democrat Congressman) Pete Stark, “The Federal Government Can Do Most Anything In This Country.”
When we went with Elton John as a our featured artist for our weekly Radio KBwD installment back on Friday, it was due in large part to the fact that he had pulled off a trifecta this summer. In addition to playing at Rush’s wedding, he cheezed off the international Left by refusing to participate in an Israel boycott by performing in Tel Aviv and just last week at a concert in Arizona, he essentially told musicians and artists who were boycotting Arizona to pound sand.
We won’t pretend to know what John’s politics are and frankly we don’t care because the man is doing an awful lot right by angering the right people.
With that in mind, we thought a little bit about it over the weekend and decided we should have some fun with this.
Beers with Demo is declaring this coming week as Sir Elton John Week for all he’s done in flipping the bird to the left and, of course, making great music.
With that in mind, over the next week, we’ll be posting videos of our favorite Elton John songs. If you have a blog, please join in the fun and post some of your own. If you are a reader/commenter, chime in with suggestions.
I want to make the first one non-PC and targeted on “Global Warming” — so, since we aren’t suppose to use fossil fuels for jets (unless a person is one of our elite betters), here is my first pick.