Posts Tagged ‘Proposition 23’

Dear Friends: Proposition 23 is the measure that, when passed, will delay the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solution Act (AB32, or the state’s version of Cap&Trade) until reasonable employment levels are achieved. As I mentioned yesterday, a friend to this site notes that Governor Schwarzenegger and the elite legislature are threatening business-supporters of Prop. 23 with special taxes (hence the reason the state budget is still not passed). The money quote:

Very reliable sources tell us that the reason for the delay is that CA Gov. Schwarzenegger, with the collaboration of the State Legislature, is blackmailing potential business supporters of Proposition 23, the California Jobs Initiative that would delay implementation of AB32. They are threatening these supporters with reprisals of special taxes and other punitive measures if they support Prop 23. But once the budget is passed, it is no longer possible to include these taxes in the budget. This is a big reason why the budget is late.

Lorraine posted this today:

According to the California Department of Finance, it costs the state $52 million a day for every day the state remains with no budget. Projects go uncompleted and teachers remain unpaid, among other unnecessary hardships. IOUs are issued from the state. Maybe that makes everything better.

The drastic drop in California’s economic output that will result from implementing AB (e.g., $4000 plus/year cost to families and $50,000 plus/year cost to essential small businesses) will result in a drastic drop in revenues for state agencies, including those responsible for providing social services and protecting the environment — proving to be more harmful to environmental health for California’s citizens. According to a Sacramento State University study, agencies which face cuts of up to 80% under AB 32 include the Department of Public Health, Department of Developmental Services, Children’s Medical Services and Rural Health and Department of Housing and Urban Development.

So, it is with interest that I read this piece on Hot Air today: Exclusive: EPW report shows new EPA rules will cost more than 800,000 jobs. The Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee report had these tasty chestnuts:

* New standards for commercial and industrial boilers: up to 798,250 jobs at risk;
* The revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone: severe restrictions on job creation and business expansion in hundreds of counties nationwide.
* New standards for Portland Cement plants: up to 18 cement plants at risk of shutting down, threatening nearly 1,800 direct jobs and 9,000 indirect jobs;
* The Endangerment Finding/Tailoring Rules for Greenhouse Gas Emissions: higher energy costs; jobs moving overseas; severe economic impacts on the poor, the elderly, minorities, and those on fixed incomes; 6.1 million sources subject to EPA control and regulation;

If the EPA rules go through, you can thank California. We have been the incubator of the crappy eco-economy the rest of the nation is about to enjoy!

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Dear Readers: Coordinating Tea Party events can always be a challenge. We coordinators often fret about turn-out. Being the perpetual optimist that I am, I have a guiding rule: A TEA PARTY IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT SIZE FOR WHAT IT NEEDS TO ACCOMPLISH.

In that vein, let me share with you a couple of key stories from this past week. First, about one dozen citizen activists demonstrated in support of Proposition 23 in front of the state Republican Party Convention this Friday. W.C. Varones has the details: Wherein citizens exercising their First Amendment rights encounter a cowardly, profanity-spewing Meg Whitman operative

Sarah Bond of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition had this to say: “I would add that we got a lot of media bang for our buck last night. In addition to the piece you already have in the link, we got a solid mention with KUSI: STATE GOP CONVENTION IN SAN DIEGO

And we had several visits form conventioneers who were working on YES ON 23 inside the building, including a press conference and homemade campaign buttons. It is clear that this is a hot issue within the CRP. The party went on record as early as February that they would support Prop 23, but Whitman’s stubborn refusal to support the suspension of AB32 has insiders freaking out. How can the top of the ticket be soft on Cap & Trade and hope the party can maintain it’s theoretical tough-on-taxes image? It can’t. If Meg doesn’t change her mind soon, November is going to be a ho-hum fizzle for the GOP’s leading lady…and possibly the party itself. Just wait until school starts and parents in the tea party can REALLY start hitting this hard.

Sarah obtained a report that the GOP voted in support of Proposition 23, and more information on the party’s positions can also be located at W.C. Varones’ site: California Republican Party adopts positions on propositions. We hope that the state GOP can reign Whitman in on this issue and others…. before she does something crazy, like go soft on Obamacare.

This week, another band of about a dozen citizen activists greeted gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown at one of his campaign events: LA LEFTISTS GET THE CODE PINK TREATMENT AND JODIE EVAN’S JERRY BROWN FUNDRAISER. This Big Government report is truly inspirational:

Image from Big Government

Melanie Morgan, founder of Move America Forward, the nation’s largest pro-troop organization, led about a dozen conservative activists who protested at the Venice home of Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans at a Saturday afternoon fundraiser for California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown…..

Event host Jodie Evans was visibly angry at getting a taste of her own medicine and had several confrontations, including one in which she denied, against the evidence, that she supports the terrorist organization Hamas. Several guests were none-too-pleased with being protested, while some had no idea they were attending an event associated with Code Pink…..

Jerry Brown sneaked into the house from the back door while Melanie Morgan threw her body onto the sidewalk shouting, “Code Pink supports terrorists!” When not laying on the sidewalk, Morgan stood outside the back gate, “yelling through a screen at [Evans] while she sipped her white wine as Brown’s security guard watched from inside his SUV with the engine running for two hours.” Though the Dodge Durango burned needless fossil fuels, presumably waiting for Brown’s departure, he left in yet another vehicle.

My little gem of wisdom was given to David Mazzerelli, the coordinator of Tea Party Italia. I will be speaking about my experiences with the Italian Tea Party as part of the Tea Party Patriots “Recycle Government” rallies on September 12. I will be at the Sacramento event, joining personal Tea Party heroes like Dawn Wildman, Mark Meckler, and Tammy Bruce. I am hoping to update everyone on Tea Party Italia later this week! It seems the group will be hosting a big event in Naples the day after our event.

Florence Tea Party, June 2010 -- with American Guest

I would like to note that fellow SLOB, Beers with Demo, offers another reason for optimism: The opening of the Alpine Beer Company. Meanwhile,The Liberator Today counters a reason we need to drink, and takes a look at the new stylings of the San Diego Union Tribune:

The U-T article is a must read for all Tea Party types. It lays out in stark detail the shenanigans and the cost to the taxpayer of allowing the ruling class to have its way unsupervised. Some quotes:

The push for a half-cent increase to San Diego’s sales tax has just begun, but it actually goes back to past decisions by city leaders who chose short-term political expediency over the long-term interests of taxpayers. . . . For example, the highest-paid retiree in the city’s pension system, former Assistant City Attorney Eugene Gordon, would have been due an annual benefit of roughly $64,600 after his 34 service years if city leaders hadn’t significantly increased retirement benefits. . . . The design of the city’s pension changed again in 2002, but things only got worse. Golding’s successor, Dick Murphy, and the City Council established a new underfunding plan that called for a second benefit increase for retirees. Their action instantly created a $1 billion-plus pension deficit. The increase helped win the favor of pension board members, many of whom were city workers, to let the city put far less money into the pension fund than was required. . . .

Currently, the payment is $232 million, or 21 percent of the operating budget.

By 2025, it’s projected to be $512 million, or nearly 47 percent of the operating budget, if no changes are made to pensions or budgets.

And Left Coast Rebel piles on with a look at the California School System. Beer, no. Pass me some of that Italian wine!

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Dear Readers: I wanted to take a moment to share with you some great examples of Tag-Team Blogging, which underscore how the social media is helping Tea Party activists get their message out to fellow Americans. I have been working with Tim Daniel of Left Coast Rebel, who is using his new spot on The Daily Caller, to help promote an important story I posted regarding scientists formally challenging man-made global warming theology.

His new piece is: “Manhattan glaciers, Moscow heat wave highlight need for effective global warming rebuttal.” It is a must read, as it will lead into a second part that ties into my more detailed piece, develop after I attended a special conference. I will post that second part tomorrow.

Thank to Tim, a lot of good people are going to get a change to learn that some of America’s leading scientists do NOT buy into the belief that man is causing global climate change. They are also going to learn how to combat, with some solid science, the tired tenents of extremist environmentalists. For example, one of the problems supporters of Proposition 23 face (Note – Prop 23 will delay CA’s implementation of Cap&Trade, at least) is the enormous amount of money green lobbying firms have. These means well-paid employees of organizations such as National Resources Defense Council (check them out HERE) have tons of time and incentive to flood the media with global warming inanity and lies about the “vast amount of monies we will get from green jobs!” There assertions are laughable, especially upon thoughtful reflection as provided in the John Stossel article, The Fallacy of Green Jobs.

Tim’s two pieces will help a lot in this fight to save California’s jobs and prosperity.

I would also like to note that Beers with Demo’s piece shows how one blog inspires another – Tag Team: Start with a running theme here at Beers with Demo, add some word-smithing by KT and then finish it off with a priceless photo shop effort by Temple of Mut and you have an image that will soon be sweeping the interwebs.

A little more link-love for the other members of this team:

* The Liberator Today covers some surprises in the news.
* W.C. Varones welcomes the new government employee overlords….and keep an eye for posts about Ben Bernacke’s decision at the Fed today.

And, last…but not least, Kimberly Dvorak has that update on the Laredo, TX ranch that WAS taken over by a Mexican Drug Cartel: Rancher claims Mexican cartels takeover Texas ranch -Police blotter confirms story is not a hoax


MUT News and Views:

* Sadly, despite my numerous calls and our best efforts, Stimulus II passed today.
* Patterico has a wild news item: Levi Johnston Shopping Reality Show
* Gateway Pundit highlights the left’s summer of discontent: Top Leftie Blogger: Obama Campaign Asked Me to Do ‘Dirty Work’ in 2008, and I Did
* In news related to my main topic, Bizzyblog reports: Copenhagen Dashed: AP Reports Lament That Bonn Climate Talks ‘Slip Backward’ and ‘Stumble’

Finally, The Anchoress has a news item that underscores the new image many people have of his administration reign: Obama Refuses Perry’s LetterGov. Rick Perry’s meeting at the Austin airport with President Barack Obama on border security lasted a mere 34 seconds, and Perry had to hand a letter on the issue to presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett because Obama declined to personally accept it…. Iguess it’s a president who believes he is a prince, not an executive, a president who thinks he is supposed to rule, rather than lead, and a president who dares not accept a letter from a Governor because then he won’t be able to say he never read it or hasn’t seen it.

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UPDATE: The California GOP is attempting to do damage control after Meg Whitman’s disaster on John and Kin (podcast link below), indicating the party supports Proposition 23: Prop. 23 is a hot potato for state GOP: confusion reigns on endorsement

Dear Readers: A short post to warn my Tea Party friends that SACRAMENTO and BOTH of the state’s major party organizations don’t give a rat’s ass about our citizen activism — yet. And, since I haven’t done a classic movie reference recently, I decided to pull an apt one from the vaults today:

I urge all my fellow agitators to review my major piece on PROPOSITION 23/REPEALING CA CAP&TRADE, and to listen to the podcast of Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. After you do, click HERE for a list of phone numbers and contacts, to underscore that California voters will not blindly vote for someone who thinks that they can do “Cap & Trade” better, as the rules are based on fraudulent science AND the only thing that regulation will accomplish is the continued economically deadly partnership between eco-tyrannical regulators and elite business leaders. Or, click HERE to see an example of how to “Talk to Meg”.

As I see it, Californians have to options in November, for Governor: Arsenic or Old Lace.

* Vote for Meg = Arsenic. I didn’t realize she was a Democrat until 2 years ago. Not to say there is anything “wrong” with that — I’m a Democrat, too! But, the newbie campaigner’s 56 consultants didn’t get the memo: The Usual Rules No Longer Apply. Basically, if we elect Meg, we get a real liberal who is potentially effective and desirous if implementing a traditional liberal agenda with her “three-point plans”. Only plus: She seems to be battling the union elites. But, I now have to wonder if that isn’t all show.

* Vote for Jerry Brown = Old Lace. If we elect Jerry, we get a openly liberal politico who may be too far along in dementia to be effective. Big drawback: adores the unions and his actions as Governor in the past supporting those unions have gotten us where we are today.

My Libertarian friends will say there is yet another way — “Third Party”. And, while that is an option, it will still lead to one of the two above candidates being Governor. God Bless California, as it seems the Democratic and Republican Party elites in this state have condemned it to hell.

Truly, the only real option WE have is to focus on the California Senate and Assembly, and get active in getting the best candidate elected — and toss out as many incumbents as we need. We have to look toward being able to effectively fight the Governor’s agenda, no matter who that Governor will be. Californians: Know the voting record of your Assembly representative and State Senator. Get active in the local election — don’t just focus on the national level (though that is important, too). If there are some outstanding candidates who need a little promotion, please contact me at mudnodjmetlpe@gmail.com.

Go to Tea Parties, too. The more vocal and visible we are, the more we affect change. Here are some key, local events.

NATIONAL DOCTORS TEA PARTY – San Diego: Sat. Aug. 7, 12:-00P noon – 3:00pm; Spanish Landing East, 3900 N. Harbor Dr.

EVAN SAYET RIGHT TO LAUGH COMEDY TOUR – Sat. Aug 7th, 8:00pm-9:30pm, Four Points Sheraton, 8110 Aero Dr. San Diego, CA 92123


MUT’s News and Views

* Michelle Malkin: No shady banking buddy left behind
* Gateway Pundit: First Lady’s Most Excellent Spanish Adventure Will Cost US Taxpayers Over $200,000
* Big Hollywood: ‘The Other Guys’: Will Ferrell Lecturing On Economics…Really?
* Big Government: Girl’s Lemonade Stand Closed Because of Regulations; Left Coast Rebel also has a great take on this, too.
* Big Journalism: Media Mostly Wrong About the Hispanic Vote

And, to conclude Elton John Appreciation Week with an appropriate title — and perhaps the next Tea Party Anthem: I’m Still Standing:

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Dear Readers:

Big government politicos keen to control American wealth and lifestyles via environmental regulation had a major failure recently: The US Senate recently passed an energy bill that abandons cap-and-trade, the legislation touted to “solve” the man-made global warming crisis. Despite the hopes of environmental activists and “green” business entities that worked to promote Cap&Trade at the federal level, the bill avoids all mention of economy-wide emission caps and does not impose renewable electricity standards on utility companies.

Americans, who are increasingly dismissing the assertion that man-made global warming is a serious concern, have dodged an economic bullet. Cap&Trade’s taxes and regulations would have placed a serious crimp in the country’s economic health. However, California’s regulators are still going forward with their plans to enforce the state equivalent to this plan: AB-32, the Global Warming Solution’s Act. In other words, California will confine the deleterious impact on business and lifestyle to this state. In fact, GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman just stated on the John and Ken show (AM640, click here for the 8/4 podcast/third hour) that she wants AB-32 to go into effect and then she will suspend it for one year while SHE decides the best way to implement Cap & Trade.

“Angry doesn’t even begin to describe what I’m feeling right now, “ said Sarah Bond, Chief Executive Officer of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition. “ We must VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 23. The ballot measure, also known as the Jobs First Initiative, will temporarily suspend implementation the state’s global warming law California’s unemployment rate is lower and the state is in less economic danger.”

Hopefully, the temporary suspension will lead to a permanent one, as the theory of man-made global warming has been seriously questioned, and many parts refuted, by experienced scientists. I was privileged to attend a talk hosted by the Lynceans, a organization of physicists and engineers in the San Diego Area, that focused on the actual data pertinent to science supposedly driving the Cap&Trade schemes. It seems that the “debate” is not over, and there are several scientists who would relish the opportunity to rebut man-made global warming proponents directly in a live match.

Dr. Martin Fricke of San Diego, a nuclear physicist and Senior Fellow of The American Physical Society, arranged for two experts to review aspects of the “debate”. These experts were Dr. William Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and Dr. Roger Cohen, who spent over 40 years in industrial research in the electronics and energy industries and was the Senior Director for Exxon’s Corporate Research Laboratories and Manager of Strategic Planning and Programs.

Both men have stellar scientific biographies. For example, Happer was appointed as the Director of Energy Research, serving under the Secretary of Energy, where he oversaw basic research programs including much of the federal funding for high energy and nuclear physics, materials science, magnetic confinement fusion, environmental science, and the human genome project. Happer’s term of service included some time under Clinton Administration. Cohen initiated and managed a basic research program in climate science and has remained actively involved in the area since that time. Both men are members in several prestigious professional organizations — in other words, they represent some of the best scientific minds in America.

Californians interested in our state’s future can use the information presented in this seminar effectively in countering the global warming proponents wherever and whenever they encounter them. Cohen’s discussion focused on the dynamics of the debate, and how to address global warming believers effectively. Happer’s talk was focused on the technical side, refuting the global warming evidence and providing facts necessary for risk assessment related to carbon dioxide levels. Both presentations offered a lot of solid background material.


“A remarkable feature of the dynamics is what happens when you ask the simple question regarding the case for serious anthropogenic global warming,” Cohen explained. “Responses tend to fall into three categories.” These categories are:

  1. Appeal to Authority. Cohen cited the argument that “the evidence for man-made global warming is overwhelming” as an example of this response.
  2. Precautionary Principles. “Proponents argue that even if the science supporting man-made global warming is wrong, if there is any risk at all, we need to do something heroic to reduce it.”
  3. Pure Anger. Probably, the class of response best known to pundits, in which people challenging the assertion man is causing global warming are called “deniers”, “oil company shills”, or are otherwise insulted.

The thrust of Cohen’s talk was to address these three debate styles. For example, the Appeal to Authority argument counters itself: over 30,000 scientists (including myself) have signed the Petition Project that challenges the man-made global warming hypothesis. Additionally, the American Physical Society Petition of 266 experienced and distinguished physicists calling for a new, independent, and objective assessment of the science. Furthermore, a recent open letter to the UN Secretary General, signed by dozens of highly-placed climate science professional, calls Global Warming science unsettled and challenged the United Nations Climate Change Conference to produce convincing OBSERVATIONAL EVIDENCE for their claims of dangerous human-caused global warming.

Interestingly, the “thousands of scientists” often referred by proponents boils down to a group of about 30 who actually write the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) Summary for Policy Makers (SPM), after consulting with governments. In fact the last SPM (2007) was written before the science reports were completed. The SPM is the overall assessment of the science that is all the media ever sees, and the IPCC press release is based on it. There has been much made of the fact that this Summary does not faithfully represent the body of science that goes into IPCC reports. One key item of many of the IPCC reports was the infamous “hockey stick” graphic.

Fraudulent "Hockey Stick" graph "proving" man-made global warming

“The hockey stick became the poster child of global warming, the most celebrated graph since Descartes invented the idea of graphs,” explained Cohen. “ We saw it in Gore’s movie. It appeared over and over again in the IPCC report. Let me read from that report, “The rate and duration of warming of the 20th century has been much greater than in any of the previous nine centuries. Similarly, it is likely that the 1990s have been the warmest decade and 1998 the warmest year of the millennium.

End of argument? Well no. We now know that this statement is baseless; it rests on work laden with technical errors and outright finagling. Climate-gate told us about the behind-the-scenes manipulations to promote and defend the stick, and to prevent opposing views from being published. But even before Climate-gate, the work of Steve McIntyre, Ross McKitrick, Hans Von Storch, and others had disposed of it from a science perspective. There are many documented serious problems with the stick. The early statistical methods were found to be flawed; they would produce an upward blade even from bogie proxies with no trend whatsoever.

“The most notorious issue involves a widely publicized e-mail string that has scientists discussing a so- called trick to hide the decline. They were talking about how to deal with a problem in showing how tree ring proxies stack up to the actual temperature record. The problem is that tree rings show a decline in their inferred temperature after 1960, while the actual temperature is believed to have increased. This is called the divergence problem. At issue is whether tree rings can be trusted as proxy “thermometers” going back 1,000 years or more if they can’t reproduce the last 40. The divergence problem was well known before the revelations. What is new is that we now know the details of an organized effort to cover up the discrepancies.”

After rebutting the Appeal to Authority argument, Cohen addresses how to handle Precautionary Principals. The Precautionary Principle warns that no matter how small the environmental risk, we should drive this risk as close to zero as we can. But environmentalists fail to include economic risk in the equation. In fact, a thorough economic/environmental study was conducted by Professor William Nordhaus of Yale (who has an award from the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and serves on the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Experts). Nordhaus’ work is based on the most dire global warming data approved by the IPCC, erroneous as it is, and indicates that essentially doing nothing for the next 50 years is one of the best options.

W. D. Nordhaus, A Question of Balance: Weighing the Options on Global Warming Policies ( 2008)

“So the Precautionary Principle is hazardous to our future economic health,” explained Cohen. “Following the Precautionary Principle would logically lead us to spend trillions on other improbable events such as the next large asteroid collision, and we know that will happen someday. One purpose of science is to reduce uncertainty so as to facilitate wise decisions to promote human progress. The Precautionary Principle claims that one special brand of uncertainty is itself a reason to make decisive economic sacrifices. But the science does not support such economic interventions. Beware of the It Doesn’t Matter response. It does matter, and it matters a great deal.”

Lastly, Cohen noted that there only way to address the Pure Anger approach is to enjoy the fact that it a sign that the man-made global warming supporters are losing the debate. Cohen describes it as cognitive dissonance: The idea is that when presented with information that is dissonant from strong beliefs that people have invested in, the easiest way to deal with it is to ignore it, refuse to accept it, or simply avoid that type of information.

“But how can a belief be held so strongly when most people do not have the training or the inclination to make a scientific assessment?” queried Cohen. “Well, it is easy for people to fold their global warming cognitive into their political cognitive or their too-many-people cognitive. There it becomes heartily resistant to new information.”


Dr. Happer’s talk focused on the physical science, highlighting evidence of the variability of carbon dioxide levels throughout Earth’s history, showing the complexity of trying to account for clouds and water vapor in computer climate models, showing that enhanced carbon dioxide levels can be good for the environment, and higher temperatures in the recent past have been very beneficial to mankind. In fact, the first part of Happer’s talk was actually on carbon dioxide itself.

“The Supreme Court recently ruled that carbon dioxide was a pollutant,” Happer said. “However, carbon dioxide is an essential component of the atmosphere. “The reading in this room is about 900 ppm (parts per million), after the meter was moved from under the A/C vent; yet, limits of 350 ppm are being discussed by the EPA as part of potential regulation. And in the air you exhale is 45,000 ppm. Additionally, people drink carbon dioxide in soda daily – are they actually drinking a toxic substance?”.

He then discussed how the molecule of carbon dioxide actually responded when exposed to sunlight of various wavelengths. It turns out that the water molecule is actually a much more potent global warming agent than CO2. Happer noted that cloud cover impacted how much heat was either received or radiated out from Earth, and how climate model programs were just not designed to adequately address this fact and can produce any answer you want by varying unknown parameters.. Happer reviewed a lot of detailed scientific research, including the Vostok Ice Cores that demonstrate the carbon dioxide levels are a lagging indicator – they actually rose AFTER global temperature increases, not vice versa.

“The Climate-gate scandals show that global-warming proponents have a high threshold for embarrassment, remarked Happer. “Essential surface data was not shared.” Happer continued to explain that through geologic history, research indicates that carbon dioxide levels varied widely – with seemingly no relationship to the actual global temperature. The following graph illustrates this important point.

Atmospheric CO2 levels and Temperature through Geologic History

Happer also described advertisements for equipment that elevate carbon dioxide levels. Plants thrive in atmospheres with about four times more carbon dioxide than average. Greenhouses will use the equipment for better crop yields and healthier plants. Happer highlighted this point: “In fact, if you do the math, 15% of the food yield increase we have seen in recent years is related to the increase in CO2. If we reduce the levels of CO2, we will noticeably reduce food yields.”

It is essential that Californians become better informed about the Climate-gate scandal, as well as proposals to regulate carbon dioxide coming from Sacramento and Washington. A LA Times Poll indicates that 67% of Californians currently support AB-32. It seems that the environmental activists’ talking points have been better promoted by the traditional media, but I know that Californians can be persuaded by facts once they have them. For example, a California State University study estimates AB-32 will result in an average family cost of about $3,900 per year, a small business cost of about $50,000 per year and a total loss of output in the range of $180 billion. And economists anticipate that AB-32’s implementation can cost California up to 1.1 million jobs.

It is up to knowledgeable citizens everywhere to talk to their friends, neighbors, and fellow voters about the types of information that leading scientists and engaged Americans, such as Drs. Cohen and Happer, have presented. Our future, and the future of the state, are on the line this November.


For readers interested in technical details and further information, please use the following links.

Dr. Cohen’s Presentation
Dr. Happer’s Presentation
List of Related References
Dr. Roy Spencer’s site: http://www.drroyspencer.com/latest-global-temperatures/
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The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the Physicians Against Obamacare are organizing a Tea Party on Aug 7th to demand a repeal of Obamacare. Speakers include, Roger Hedgecock, Sharron Angle, Joseph Rarah, Sally Pipes, Nick Popaditch, Chuck Devore and many more! This event will be held in conjunction with other events across the U.S. On the same day.

Date: Sat. Aug. 7
Time: Noon – 3:00 pm
Location: Spanish Landing East; 3900 N. Harbor Dr.; San Diego, CA 92101

* Michelle Malkin discusses other elite-business/leftist regulator partnerships that hurt the average citizen: The shady Shorebank bailout revisited
* Hot Air notes the dire economic situation natioanally: ADP report shows anemic private-sector job growth
* Gateway Pundit reveals the use of tax dollars: Michelle And Sasha’s Excellent Spanish Adventure…At Taxpayers Expense!BizzyBlog follows up with equally excellent analysis!
* The HillBuzz Team have a gripping review of Obama on his birthday.
* Patterico, the Anchoress, Althouse, and Malkin all cover a key California issue – the overturning of Proposition 8.

From the SLOBs:

* Beers with Demo continues his Elton John Appreciation Week with a humble suggestion from me, to express our gratitude to the citizens of Missouri for their brave choice on Proposition C!
* Left Coast Rebel reports on a British Citizen arrested in Dubai for wearing a bikini.
* Kimberly Dvorak has two HOT stories.

1) Why did the taxpayers of California have to fund a bunch of state government employees’ trip to protest an Arizona matter? Astro Turf provided by SEIU hijacks Arizona 1070 rally

2) MUT MUST READ: A comprehensive analysis of the deterioration of the US/Mexican border situation that is under-reported by the elite media (as it is mired in endless distractions): Drug cartels, media blackouts and more are commonplace along border

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Dear Friends: As part of “Climate-gate” week at the Shrine, I am re-printing a San Diego Union Tribune column from a citizen advocate — San Diego businessman Bryan Bloom. He wrote a piece supporting the Jobs First Initiative — Proposition 23, which will be on the ballot in November. This measure will be critical to pass, especially in light of the Obama administration’s intentions for manufacturers.

I am going to humbly ask my readers to:

For convenience, I reprint the post below. PLEASE GO THE THE LINK ABOVE AND ADD YOUR OWN! We need all the good people of California to unite behind this movement, so that we my protect our jobs, livelihoods, and lifestyles.


Pro: State cannot afford to go it alone on global warming

When AB 32 was passed in 2006, California’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent. It now exceeds 12 percent, the worst since the Depression. AB 32 is not a national or international strategy but a California go-it-alone law putting our state’s struggling businesses and economy at further disadvantage and risk of failure.

California already suffers from the highest sales tax rate in the country, the second-highest income tax rates, the highest gasoline tax and is rated one of the worst states in which to do business.

A California State University study estimates an average family cost of about $3,900 per year, a small business cost of about $50,000 per year and a total loss of output in the range of $180 billion in order to comply.

The California Air Resources Board produced its own rosy prediction of AB 32 that was widely criticized by a panel of peer reviewers, world renowned economists and other experts as incomplete and overly optimistic.

CARB’s more recent, updated economic analysis fared no better, with the bipartisan state Legislative Analyst’s Office reporting in June: “The costs to California’s households and businesses of achieving AB 32’s (greenhouse gas) reduction goals will be higher than they need to be,” and “ARB still does not effectively address ‘leakages’, i.e. the fact that AB 32 costs could drive business and jobs out of California to states without AB 32-like policies.”

Some of the main areas (and implementation costs) where AB 32 encumbers the lives of individuals and small business are a $143 billon proposed cap-and-trade tax that will be passed along to consumers in the form of higher utility rates; a low carbon fuel standard that will increase gasoline and diesel prices by almost $4 billion a year; a renewable electricity rule that could cost some ratepayers up to 60 percent more; a “feebate” that is in essence a new-car tax that will increase the cost of most new cars and trucks; and millions of dollars in administration fees.

But what about all the new “green jobs?” MiaSole, a company based in Silicon Valley, produces solar panels for the California market and recently announced plans to hire 1,000 people for its new 500,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant – not in California, but in Georgia. This scenario is being played out all over the country and the world as other states and nations surpass California in the production of renewable energy like wind power and biofuels without the budget-busting costs of AB 32.

CARB’s trust is at an all-time low among the public, industry, legislators and even CARB’s own board. Recently, fraud, dishonesty and a cover-up occurred when a CARB scientist lied about having a Ph.D. when he authored a vital study used by the CARB board to vote on another set of regulations. This resulted in CARB board member Dr. John Telles’ testimony: “Failure to reveal this information to the board prior to the vote not only casts doubt … but also upon the legitimacy of CARB itself.”

In fact, other states and other nations have scaled back their global warming policies in order to protect their economies from higher energy and other costs that they simply can’t afford.

Importantly, underlying the economic debate is one undeniable fact: California produces only a tiny fraction of the world’s greenhouse gases. Without the rest of the world following AB 32-like rules, California could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero and still have no impact on global warming. CARB has publicly acknowledged in its AB 32 Scoping Plan: “California acting alone cannot reduce emissions sufficiently to change the course of climate change worldwide.”

So with unemployment at over 12 percent and the state struggling with yet another $20 billion budget deficit, AB 32 will impose costs that will cripple the economy, jobs, education and the social services that rely on the tax base for support, while doing absolutely nothing to reduce global warming. Businesses will continue to relocate to other states that promote lower taxes, more business-friendly policies and more reasonable environmental regulations.

That’s why so many voters and small businesses are supporting Proposition 23, which would temporarily suspend costly AB 32 regulations until California’s unemployment rate reaches 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters, a threshold reached numerous times in recent years, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.

The goals of AB 32 are admirable, but now is not the time for a global warming law that will cost billions and do nothing to reduce global warming. Concerned citizens have a chance to make a difference by voting YES on Proposition 23.

Bloom is president of Priority Moving, Inc. in San Diego and holds an undergraduate degree in economics and a minor in chemistry from the University of California San Diego, and an MBA from the University of California Berkeley.


In honor of Beers with Demos’ request to honor Elton John this week, here is today’s pick from the Shrine. I figure AB-32 (CA’s version of Cap&Trade) is fantasy, and in November, we want to say goodbye:

Check out BwD’s story on MOmentum. 🙂 W.C. Varones is also giving MO a big THANK YOU!

MUT’s News and Views:

* Michelle Malkin: Mad Maxine’s minority fat-cat bankers
* Gateway Pundit: Sharron Angle Ad: Nevada’s Property Rates Plummeted Under Harry Reid
* The Liberator Today’s stark comments about CA’s nutty congressman, Pete Stark.
* Patterico features CA today, too: Prediction: California’s Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Will Be Struck Down Today

Finally, I want to give a big congrats and thank you to fellow SLOB, Left Coast Rebel. LCR and I are working on a project to get the Proposition 23 info out to a much larger audience, via his new gig on the Daily Caller. I will keep you all posted!

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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 WHITMAN’S CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR just donated a million dollars to NO ON 23…i.e. he is trying to protect California’s Cap & Trade scheme AB32…

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!)


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.”

Finally, Beers with Demo is having a special Elton John week, and I want the Shrine to join in the tribute:

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.

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