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While Americans Can’t Afford To Heat Their Homes, Biden Pays Muslim Country Billions to Dump Coal

By Jihad Watch

As part of talks led by John Kerry, donors are exploring how solar might replace the coal plants.


While Americans can’t afford gas or to heat their homes, Biden is bragging of a deal to subsidize solar panels in Indonesia.

Americans have too much money. And too much everything. Let’s give it all away.

The United States, Indonesia and other allies signed a $20 billion deal on Tuesday at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit that will help Indonesia reduce its reliance on coal.

The goal of the agreement, called the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP), is to help Indonesia reduce emissions and transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

This isn’t a deal.

This is welfare and a bribe to convince a Muslim regime that has massacred Christians and continues to oppress them to switch its energy from reliable coal to worthless wind and solar.

And they’re taking us for every billion they can get.

The G7 and its partners have made multi-billion dollar offers to wean Vietnam, Indonesia and India off coal — but it has yet to convince emerging economies to drop the dirtiest fossil fuel.

The three deals have been under negotiation through much of 2022 and are being modeled on an earlier, $8.5 billion deal to shut down South Africa’s coal industry, dubbed a Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP).

It’s hoped that at least two new partnerships might be unveiled during the COP27 U.N. climate talks, which start on November 6 in Egypt. Discussions with Vietnam and Indonesia have advanced to the point where initial cash offers of around $5 billion and $10 billion, respectively…

If you think that’s bad, the Green New Dealers want to get India and eventually China on board. And at that point we’re talking completely nightmarish numbers that would bankrupt everyone.

U.S. President Biden emphasized the importance of this partnership, saying, “Indonesia has shown tremendous leadership and ambition throughout the development of this partnership. The resulting new and accelerated targets demonstrate how countries can dramatically cut emissions and increase renewable energy while advancing a commitment to creating quality jobs and protecting livelihoods and communities.”

While destroying American jobs, livelihoods and communities.

AUTHOR

DANIEL GREENFIELD

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Save the Planet—Kill Yourself

By The Daily Skirmish – Liberato.US

The United Nations warned in 2018 we only had 12 years left for global warming to be kept to a minimum of 1.5 degrees Celsius or further warming would bring catastrophic droughts, floods, extreme heat, and poverty for hundreds of millions of poor, suffering humans.  Urgent changes were needed, OR ELSE!  Urgent, I tell you, URGENT! 

You wouldn’t know it from the results of this year’s annual U.N. climate summit which just ended with a deal for rich nations to transfer money to poor nations, but no deal to reduce emissions.  So let me get this straight:  We have eight years left to keep the planet from burning up, but nothing could be done at the climate summit on the urgent business of curbing emissions?

The whole thing is a joke, a psyop – we’re all being manipulated like puppets on a string.  One of the countries eligible for climate reparations under the new deal is China, a rich nation which built almost a hundred new coal-fired power plants last year.  The joke just got worse.

One indicia of psychological manipulation is the way they cranked up the propaganda machine for this year’s summit.  The U.N. Secretary-General said nations must cooperate or perish – PERISH, I tell you.  We’re on “a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator,” he said.  Oh, my, that sounds dreadful, what will we ever do?  The only thing becoming overheated is the rhetoric.  Then there was another sea level scare which arrived right on time, right when the summit was set to begin.  The idea the seas are rising because of climate change is bunk.  A recent study showed coastal cities are sinking due to groundwater extraction, giving the illusion sea levels are rising.  A human-caused problem, to be sure, but not one that can be fixed by eating bugs or buying an electric car.

Another indicia of manipulation is data tampering.  I’ve told you previously how climatistas are tampering with temperature sensors and re-writing satellite data.  Now comes word they’re lying about the number of 90-degree days increasing in the U.S.  They conveniently start their graphs in 1960, deliberately ignoring the fact there were many more 90-degree days in the 1930s than there are now.

A third indicia we’re all being manipulated is the increasing frequency with which climatistas are revealing their true agendas.  I told you before the summit Greta Thunberg’s true aim is to smash the capitalist system.  She’s not the only one.  John Kerry wants to create artificial demand signals in the marketplace for electric cars, renewables, fake meat, and, yes, eating bugs.  By the way, it’s been reported John Kerry wants to leave his climate czar post to make more money for himself raising capital for clean energy projects.  I keep telling you, these people need to put out financial disclosure statements every time they open their mouth and pontificate about the wonders of clean energy or talk up carbon trading markets.  Selling soap, or selling clean energy and carbon credits – what’s the difference?  Speaking of hidden agendas, the open borders crowd is rebranding illegal aliens as ‘climate migrants’ to boost acceptance for open borders policies.  More manipulation.

The logical conclusion, if you let yourself be manipulated by all this, is that you must kill yourself to save the planet.  You have no right to emit carbon dioxide or consume anything.  This is what some climate gurus have been advocating for some time.  So get the ‘Save the Planet, Kill Yourself’  t-shirt, sing the song, then it’s off to a euthanasia clinic in Switzerland with you.  As one climate guru put it, the earth will be so much better off when there aren’t any people on it.

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Climate Reparations? When nature strikes—you pay! Climate ‘loss and damage’ hits the UN

By Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

Are you ready to pay climate reparations totaling more than all the money in the world for disasters nature caused?

For years CFACT has warned of plans to add “loss and damage” to the UN climate regime, making wealthy nations liable to compensate developing countries when extreme weather strikes.

This week 130 nations placed a draft loss and damage funding plan formally on the agenda for the first time at a UN climate conference.  Will the Biden Administration give in to this?  Who else?

Read the official UN COP 27 loss and damage proposal for yourself at CFACT.org.

China is masterfully outplaying Biden and the rest of the free world by both pushing loss and damage forward and exempting itself from paying.  This advances China’s strategy to supplant U.S. influence in the developing world.

This is incredibly dangerous, not to mention ruinously expensive.

David Wojick underlines the danger perfectly at CFACT.org with his coverage of a report the new left-wing government of Colombia submitted to COP 27 estimating its climate “loss and damage” at a mind-blowing $800 billion per year.

That’s just for one small South American country!

Wojick explains that:

Colombia is a relatively small country with a GDP of around $300 billion a year, about the 40th largest in the world and just 0.4% of the global total. Its “loss and damage” claim is roughly 2.5 times its GDP, so let’s assume that ratio globally.

World GDP is about $81 trillion, which multiplied by 2.5 equals just over $200 trillion a year…

Before the “loss and damage” talks proceed we should ask “What kind of money are we talking about?” Because there is no point in talking about paying the developing countries hundreds of trillions of dollars. It cannot happen.

The UN draft demands a loss and damage funding mechanism be in place and operating within two years, before the start of COP 29 in 2024.

The COP 27 draft calls for loss and damage reparations funds that are:

a) Urgent and immediate

b) New, additional, predictable and adequate so as to assist developing countries in meeting the costs of addressing loss and damage;

c) Additional to adaptation and mitigation funding;

d) Additional;

e) Predictable;

f) Public in origin;

g) Multilateral in origin;

h) Taking a whole-of-institution/organization approach;

i) Timely and through a simple and fast process, without the need for lengthy bureaucratic procedures;

j) Disbursed quickly;

What “loss and damage” scheme will Biden and the West agree to at the UN climate summit in Egypt?

You are not responsible for the weather in Colombia or anywhere else.  America has always been prepared to generously aid a neighbor in distress and should continue to do so.  That is entirely different than accepting legal liability.

Any loss and damage “compromise” in Egypt represents the thin end of a perilous wedge.

America must declare an unequivocal “no” to climate reparations at the COP 27 climate talks.

Anything is too much.

AUTHOR

Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.

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Biden Launches Multimillion-Dollar ‘Climate Gender Equity Fund’ to Address Inequalities

By The Geller Report

Demoralization of the target audience is yet another step in successful mind control. 


Every big lie in one giant fund. Climate, gender and race. Boom.

“Communist demoralization in the modern times.”

Biden Administration Launches Multimillion-Dollar ‘Climate Gender Equity Fund’ to Address Inequalities

President Joe Biden announced the launch of his multimillion-dollar “Climate Gender Equity Fund” to address purported inequalities women face in climate finance at the United Nations COP 27 climate conference in Egypt on Friday.

By: Jordan Dixon-Hamilton, Breitbart News, 11 Nov 2022:

The Climate Gender Equity Fund will “leverage private sector contributions to help provide women climate leaders with technical skills, networks, and capital to develop and scale climate solutions,” according to a White House statement.

The Biden White House just announced the launch of a “Climate Gender Equity Fund” to “help provide women climate leaders with technical skills, networks, and capital to develop and scale climate solutions.”

It’s being funded by USAID and Amazon. pic.twitter.com/3WGnwzMuum

— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 11, 2022

The program will have initial seed funding of $6 million, with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) matching e-commerce giant Amazon’s $3 million investment.

The program will have initial seed funding of $6 million, with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) matching e-commerce giant Amazon’s $3 million investment.

Amazon said the program will have a “global focus” and “help women access the networks and technical skills they need to accelerate the development of their climate change technologies.”

Amazon worldwide sustainability vice president Kara Hurst said:

As an important step in solving climate change, we must address the gender inequalities that persist in climate finance, and ensure female entrepreneurs have an equal seat at the table and access to the funding, networks, and technical support they need to scale climate solutions. We’re proud to collaborate with USAID and the Biden administration to help scale women-led climate solutions globally.

Amazon added that “female-founded companies typically receive a fraction of total venture capital, and that percentage fell during the pandemic.” Amazon also announced it would allocate an additional $50 million from its Climate Pledge Fund to invest in women-founded and women-led climate tech companies.

Biden’s White House also launched, among other programs, the “Indigenous Peoples Finance Access Facility,” a $2 million program that will “enable the continued climate stewardship by Indigenous peoples and local communities improving their access to climate finance.”

Keep reading…….

AUTHOR

Pamela Geller

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Globalists Eat Gourmet Meats at Climate Summit while Pushing Public to Eat Bugs to Save the Environment

By Jihad Watch

Globalist elites are dining on a “gourmet selection of meats, fish, and dairy at the United Nations COP27 climate change conference in Egypt, as they push supposedly more sustainable foods like bugs.” Yet the public keeps voting them in. Consider also the fact that the West is in severe decline, with bad economies and energy shortages, which globalists have caused, while also facilitating open-door illegal migration.

The globalist plan is international socialism, but to attain this utopian vision, globalists have determined to crush the people psychologically, financially, and in other ways, including a loss of freedom that makes for a massive power differential between the rulers and the populace. Historically, socialism has never worked, yet the globalists still present it as a solution for the poor. The reality is that it creates a deep divide between the totalitarian ruling class and the poor, with the degradation of the humanity of the latter.

Globalist leaders who travelled by private plane and who are now dining on fabulous gourmet meals used, in total, 118 private jets to go to the COP26 Climate Summit last year. They and burned over a 1,000 tons of CO2. This year’s COP27 Summit is no different.

COP27: Globalist Leaders Munch on Meat as They Push Bugs for ‘Proles’

by Kurt Zindulka, Breitbart, November 9, 2022:

Globalist elites will be dining on a gourmet selection of meats, fish, and dairy at the United Nations COP27 climate change conference in Egypt, as they push supposedly more sustainable foods like bugs.

Beef medallion with mushrooms sauce, chicken breast with orange gravy, and salmon with creamy sauce and chives are some of the menu options that world leaders, diplomats, bureaucrats, and industry bigwigs will be chomping down on at the COP27 meeting in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt this week.

The COP Gourmet service also offers an hour and a half of bottomless cocktails for £110 ($125). Attendees are also offered delivery service for items such as paper cups, plastic water bottles and wooden coffee stirrers.

The menu flies in the face of the stated goals of the United Nations, with a 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report saying: “Meat analogues such as imitation meat (from plant products), cultured meat, and insects may help in the transition to more healthy and sustainable diets.”

The World Economic Forum, which has partnered with the UN at COP27 has also been at the forefront of the meat-free future movement, arguing that people should opt for more “climate beneficial foods” such as algae, seaweed and cacti….

Scottish author and political commentator Neil Oliver said: “They’ve come to lecture us about eating less meat while they sit down to menus featuring beef, chicken, salmon, and sea bass and cream sauces. This is not leadership that we are seeing now, it’s desperation, it’s trolling us proles on a galactic scale.

“The policies that they are preaching are condemning hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest to poverty, starvation, death on a global scale and at the same time, in their cynicism, they are ensuring that the populations of their own countries are plunged into fuel and food poverty for the first time in generations.”

Read more.

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CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

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Biden climate speech in Egypt reveals bad science, massive spending and regulation

By Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

President Biden, seeking to “greenwash” his failing energy policy, delivered a speech at COP 27, the big UN climate conference in Egypt.

The President falsely attributed a host of natural weather events to climate change and then went on to detail a massive laundry list of wasteful climate spending and destructive regulation.

The President said that:

In the United States, we’re seeing historic drought and wildfires in the West, devastating hurricanes and storms in the East.

Here in Africa — here in Africa, home to many nations considered most vulnerable to climate change, food insecurity [and] hunger follows four years of intense drought in the Horn of Africa.

Meanwhile, the Niger River in West Africa, swollen — swollen because of more intense rainfall, is wreaking havoc on fishing and farming communities.

In Nigeria, flooding has recently killed 600 people; 1.3 million more are displaced.

Seasonal livestock migration routes have been used for hundreds of years are being altered, increasing the risk of conflict between herders and local farming communities.

President Biden is wrong.

All of this is natural weather.  Government policy can help people suffering the impacts of extreme weather, but nothing on this list was meaningfully caused by our use of energy.

Floods, droughts, fires, storms, even African “livestock migration” are historically normal and not your fault.

Watch President Biden’s full COP 27 remarks at CFACT.org and read the full transcript and judge for yourself.

President Biden’s media office, joined by Climate Envoy John Kerry, released a lengthy U.S. climate “fact sheet” that summarizes Biden’s climate spending and regulation since he took office and their plans for the future.

Here’s a sample:

  • Double U.S. contributions to the UN “Adaptation Fund” from $50 to $100 million this year.
  • $150 million for “climate resilience in Africa.”
  • $20 million for small island states
  • $5 million to the Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund to support “climate-affected vulnerable migrants.”
  • Launching a “Climate Gender Equity Fund”
  • $250 million for power generation in Egypt
  • Severe clampdown on methane emissions by American energy producers with $20 billion in spending
  • Close to $4 billion on “Green Shipping” initiatives
  • Require federal contractors to publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and comply with government mandated emissions reductions
  • Commit U.S. national government operations to be “net zero” no later than 2050
  • Quadruple U.S. climate finance to over $11 billion a year
  • More than $65 billion in climate finance through the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and U.S. Export-Import Bank

Read the President Biden’s full climate “fact sheet” at CFACT.org.

In addition to Biden, Friday saw a presentation at COP 27 by the Republican “Climate Caucus,” who many see as “useful idiots” playing into the hands of the climate-Left.

As CFACT’s Adam House posted to CFACT.org: “by participating in this ‘Decarbonization Day,’ these Republican lawmakers have legitimized the UN’s message of collectivism, massive taxes and government spending, corrupt and alarmist science, and centralized power. In their attempt to be part of the conversation, they have only eroded the conservative message.”

President Biden’s climate and energy agenda is based on unsound science, would lead to massive erosion of national sovereignty, individual liberty, and prosperity that will weaken the free world and empower its adversaries.

This cannot stand.

Yet what lies in store for those of us with the courage to marshal the facts and correct the record on climate?

Take a look at this photo Marc Morano posted of a climate radical calling for the “death penalty” for “climate deniers” to CFACT’s Climate Depot.

If world leaders go on shamelessly egging them on, could climate radicals go from attacking great works of art to attacking people?

AUTHOR

Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.

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Watch: CFACT Protesters ‘Glue’ Themselves to Egyptian Museum

By Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

Left-wing climate protesters have been going nuts (more than usual) throwing soup on precious works of art and gluing themselves to things.

Not to be outdone, Marc Morano and I “glued” ourselves (well, watch the video) to a display case in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.

“No Net Zero! No Green Energy Mandates!” was the call of CFACT’s activists before we were (jokingly) escorted out by security.

WATCH NOW

The wave of lawlessness, trespass, and vandalism left-wing radicals have unleashed has become surreal.  Imagine throwing canned soup on Van Gogh paintings in London and Rome (as if poor Vincent didn’t torture himself enough).

When protesters identifying themselves as “scientists” recently glued themselves to the floor of a Volkswagen factory in Germany, they were shocked when workers turned off the lights and heat and denied them a bowl to use for a toilet.  Nothing “settled” about these idiots’ “science.”

Over the years CFACT has made quite a name for ourselves, not only for the outstanding scholarship and sound science the Left has come to fear, but for poking more than a little creative fun at clueless radicals who so richly deserve it.

“The human race has only one really effective weapon,” Mark Twain said, “and that is laughter.”

What better way to thwart our would-be leftist overlords than to laugh them off the stage?

For nature and people too!


P.S. President Biden is hoping his appearance at the UN climate summit in Egypt will somehow justify his disastrous policies that are blocking American energy production and transportation.  Thank you to everyone who had given so generously to make it possible for CFACT to blow the whistle on the destructive plans being unveiled in Sharm El Sheikh.  Please make the most generous gift you can right now and together let’s defeat the climate-Left with cold hard facts and then laugh them off the stage.  Thank you!


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UN Climate Conference Does Not Value Our Freedom But Loves Our Cash

By Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

CFACT is at the big UN climate conference in Egypt where we are engaging in climate diplomacy with a far different perspective than most.

CFACT questions fearlessly, informs diligently, and communicates relentlessly.  Underlying our approach is our bedrock confidence that individual freedom is both the most efficient way to order human society and an “unalienable right.”

At the UN climate conference a freedom-oriented approach can be a lonely endeavor.  Freedom creates prosperity.  One thing the ideologues and profiteers here assembled do value, however, is our cash.

CFACT’s Marc Morano told Mark Steyn on GB TV that, “Al Gore went beyond billions, tens of billions, he’s now talking four trillion dollars annually and he doesn’t even want it from governments. He wants some kind of corporate spending on climate. Al Gore has upped the money game like I’ve never seen in the history of all these climate summits.”

CFACT’s Peter Murphy engaged a COP 27 energy panel and reports that, “when I questioned her about the concern that many people do not want to live in cities and enjoy having their own car, and that such government mandates are at variance with democracy, she retorted that “we are not against democracy…we are about showing people that it benefits them.”

Murphy saw the climate command and control mindset was on full display when urban planner Kathleen Cameron told the panel “if we make roads narrower so people can’t speed through them, people feel inconvenienced, and they’ll want to go to alternative forms of transit. If you make it less fun to drive, you will soon discover that riding a bike is incredibly free and empowering.”

There are some signs that government officials are waking up to our continued need for fossil fuels, but sadly they would rather import them than produce them at home.  Real Clear Energy published an article I submitted where I write, “European and other countries are finally realizing that they still need fossil fuel energy – that wind and solar are too expensive and unreliable to power modern economies, preserve jobs, and keep people warm during frigid winters. Russia’s war on Ukraine has driven this home dramatically.

So Europe wants to switch from Russia to Africa for oil, gas and maybe coal – while still refusing to finance fossil fuel projects for Africa’s own needs, and telling Africa to rely on wind and solar.”

While Europe and America definitely need to wake up and unleash domestic energy production, Duggan Flanakin points out at CFACT.org that one positive note being repeated at COP 27 is that Africa has vast energy resources that can lift up that continent and the world.  “The message that.. countless African entrepreneurs and growth-oriented officials have for COP 27 is to get out of the way and let us “Drill, Baby, Drill.” The world, they argue, will benefit from a prosperous, energized African continent.”

The UN climate folks are intent on wrecking our energy economy and are making a concerted push for vast power as they seek unimaginable riches.

Too many people are unaware of what the UN is up to in Egypt and just how dangerous climate extremism has become.  That needs to change.

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Lions, Tigers, and Polar Bears – Oh, My!

By The Daily Skirmish – Liberato.US

The 27th annual U.N. climate change conference (COP27) got underway in Egypt today.  This time, they promise to get down to business, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the climate.  It has to do with poor nations shaking down rich nations for money.

More on that in a moment, but we start with the fact the United Nations, which organized the conference, has a very bad track record on climate predictions.  It predicted in 1989 entire nations would be wiped off the face of the earth if global warming was not stopped by the year 2000.  It said global warming would be irreversible after that year.  Last week – 33 years later – it said we are very close to irreversible changes in the climate.  Ah yes, climate change is the fake religion of the future – and always will be.

But a bad track record of predictions didn’t stop the climate change crowd from cranking up the propaganda machine for this year’s conference.  The past eight years were the hottest on record, the U.N. screamed.  Except there was a 20-year pause in the rise of the global mean surface temperature of the earth ending in 2019 that the climate change crowd can’t explain.  Now we’re in a New Pause.  They don’t want to talk about that, either.  They also don’t want to talk about another one of their great deceptions – rising temperatures killing more older people than ever before.  The fact of the matter is that heat deaths among the elderly are not up significantly after you adjust for population growth.

But the glaciers are disappearing, we were told in the run-up to the conference.  They say the glaciers will all be gone by 2050, but in 1923 it was predicted the glaciers in Glacier National Park would be gone by 1950.  It didn’t happen.  So they changed their prediction to 1961, then to 2000, then to 2020.  Still didn’t happen. In fact, the glaciers in the park have actually gotten bigger in the last 30 years.  You can put the disappearing glaciers right next to the disappearing coral reefs and polar bears.  They didn’t happen, either.  You know, the climate liars really should give it a rest, especially after NPR let the mask slip last month and revealed recycling is a huge fraud on a gullible public.

But let’s get down to business – there’s money to be made.  Despite repeated failures by many nations to live up to past promises, this year’s conference will extract new promises from rich nations to redistribute wealth to poor nations in the name of climate change.  ‘Loss and damage funding’, they call it.  Rich nations must pay their fair share for causing the climate change that didn’t happen or wasn’t caused by human activity, you see.  How much money are we talking about?  As much as ten times the amount rich nations are forking over now.  Poor nations will need half a trillion dollars by 2050, the U.N. says.  But why be so miserly, and why wait?  Developing countries are demanding a trillion dollars a year right now.  We feel so guilty – how can we not give it to them?

Germany is knocking down wind turbines to make way for coal mining, and the leftist finance minister there now supports fracking to boost natural gas supplies.  Climate whiz kid Greta Thunberg won’t be happy until the entire capitalist system is overthrown.  Well, that puts the true agenda right out there, doesn’t it?  The whole phony climate agenda is continually being shown as unsustainable and for the fraud it really is.

But I’ll make you a deal:  I’ll agree to a new carbon tax on fossil fuels IF you’ll agree to child and slave labor taxes on the minerals in your electric car batteries, AND a tax on Chinese influence and Russian funding of American green groups, AND a data tampering tax.  Let’s call the last one the ‘hockey stick’ tax.  It should bring in a lot of money because the climate crowd keeps cooking the books.  I’d propose a failed predictions tax, but the U.N. couldn’t afford it.

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VIDEO: Carlson, ‘The Left Has Run This Country Into the Ground’

By The Geller Report

At this late stage in the ruin of our country, Tucker Carlson’s opening monologues are the lighthouse, a safe harbor in this dark and terrible storm. If there is one thing you do, tune in – every night – this oasis of truth will fortify you and stiffen your resolve to fight this overwhelming take down of our once great country.

It is our responsibility as Americans to defend our Constitutional Republic.

TRANSCRIPT

Polls suggest that even places that supported Joe Biden by a wide margin in 2020 are about to swing dramatically against him and his party. A week from today, New York, of all places, could have a Republican governor. The last time there was an election in New York, Biden won the state by 23 points. What we’re seeing is what political scientists refer to as a realignment, and there’s no mystery as to why it’s happening. Democrats failed conclusively. No group in American history has done a worse job running this country than the neoliberals currently in charge. They’re vicious, they’re intolerant and they are utterly corrupt, but above all, they are incompetent.

In less than two years, it is not an overstatement to say, they have run this country into the ground, wrecking our economy, desecrating our military and opening the borders of the United States to more than 5 million lawbreakers. The destruction they have wrought is so profound it’s hard to describe. So of course, there will be consequences for that.

In a country with democratic elections, how could this party stay in power? Honestly, we don’t know, but maybe Joe Biden does. Tonight, Biden traveled across the city of Washington to Union Station. Built by Teddy Roosevelt more than 100 years ago, Union Station was for generations one of the most beautiful public buildings in this country. Under Joe Biden, it has become a homeless encampment, a place that is too filthy and too dangerous for Starbucks. Standing at this monument to his own failures, Biden proceeded to do what he now so commonly does: Bark at the rest of us for our moral failures. The guy who showered with his daughter is telling you you’re a bad person. Tonight’s topic: Democracy. Here’s a taste of it.

PRESIDENT BIDEN: Yet now, extreme MAGA Republicans aim to question not only the legitimacy of past elections, but elections being held now and into the future. The extreme MAGA element of the Republican Party, which is a minority of that party, as I said earlier, but it’s the driving force is trying to succeed where they failed in 2020 to suppress the right of voters and subvert the electoral system itself.

Well, that’s very weird if you think about it. Here we are less than a week before the Democratic Party is expected to suffer overwhelming losses in the midterm elections and here you have the leader of that party, Joe Biden, commanding you not to complain about the election results. Why is that? Well, let’s see. Here’s Joe Biden telling you that thanks to the changes, the many changes, Democrats have made to our system of voting, all of which make voter fraud easier to commit, we may not know the results of the elections for a few days, but don’t be alarmed. Everything is completely on the level and whatever you do, do not ask questions or else you’re a criminal.

BIDEN: We want Americans to vote. We want every American’s voice to be heard. Now we have to move the process forward. We know that more and more ballots are cast in early voting or by mail in America. We know that many states don’t start counting those ballots until after the polls close on Nov. 8. That means in some cases we won’t know the winner of the election — for a few days, until a few days after the election. It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner. It’s always been important for citizens in a democracy to be informed and engaged. Now it’s important for citizens to be patient as well. That’s how it’s supposed to work.

What is this? What is going on here?

We’re a week from the election, six days. Biden could have given, would under normal circumstances have given, a speech about his policies and how they’ve made your life better. He tried to convince you this country is actually in better shape than it looks and he did that. He could, in other words, have made a pitch for your vote based on what he has done. That’s what politicians do in functioning democracies. They try to convince you to support them on the basis of what they have done for you. That is democracy. That’s not at all what Joe Biden just did. Instead, Biden commanded you to accept the election results whenever they arrive, no matter what they may be. It was bizarre and it did not inspire confidence.

You would hate to think that what’s happening here is a version of what is happening tonight in Brazil. According to official tallies, a convicted criminal, an avowed socialist, called Lula da Silva, beat the incumbent president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, by a narrow margin this weekend and yet millions of Brazilians, millions, don’t believe that’s what actually happened. Bolsonaro himself has not conceded. There are protests all over Brazil right now. You’re seeing some of them on your screen right now. There are questions about whether all the ballots had been counted, why so many were thrown out — millions — and whether election laws were violated in the process.

We can’t render judgment on those questions, but if you care about democracy, if you think the process is essential, then you would look into those allegations. Anything less is not democracy, and yet what’s interesting and maybe a point of concern for the rest of us here in the U.S., is that you are no longer allowed to ask questions about this election in Brazil and you’re not allowed because the Biden administration doesn’t want you to. That’s true. YouTube, which has functioned for the last two years as an arm of the Biden administration, has announced it is censoring any posts in Brazil that question the election results. Brazil’s courts have also rejected any inquiry into the election.

AUTHOR

Pamela Geller

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Gavin Newsom Shells Out $1.6 Million To Stop Climate Measure That Would Raise Taxes On The Rich

By The Daily Caller

Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reelection campaign spent over $1.6 million to oppose a climate initiative that would raise taxes on millionaires to help low-income Californians buy electric cars. Despite this, Newsom, who is a multimillionaire, has previously touted his administration’s efforts to rapidly cut carbon emissions and get more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road.

Newsom, who boasts an estimated net worth of around $20 million, signed a bill in September to codify ambitious emissions reduction targets and praised the California Air Resources Board’s decision to ban all gasoline-powered car sales by 2035. However, Newsom’s campaign gave $1,617,216 to the “No on 30” committee, which opposes Proposition 30, a ballot measure that institutes an additional 1.75% tax on individuals that make over $2 million a year to help disadvantaged Californians buy EVs, according to campaign finance disclosures filed Tuesday.

Newsom aims to make his state’s auto industry “all-electric” by 2035 and will spend $10 billion of taxpayers’ money to “aggressively fight the climate crisis” by phasing out gas cars and building EV infrastructure. The Democrat called Proposition 30 an irresponsible “special interest carve-out” and argued that the proposed law was designed to “funnel” state income tax to Lyft, a large rideshare company, according to a statement Newsom’s campaign provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Newsom aims to make his state’s auto industry “all-electric” by 2035 and will spend $10 billion of taxpayers’ money to “aggressively fight the climate crisis” by phasing out gas cars and building EV infrastructure. The Democrat called Proposition 30 an irresponsible “special interest carve-out” and argued that the proposed law was designed to “funnel” state income tax to Lyft, a large rideshare company, according to a statement Newsom’s campaign provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“California’s tax revenues are famously volatile, and this measure would make our state’s finances more unstable − all so that special interests can benefit,” Newsom said in the statement. “Californians should know that just this year our state committed $10 billion for electric vehicles and their infrastructure, part of a $54 billion nation-leading package to fight climate change and build a zero-emission future.”

A small percentage of California taxpayers would fund Proposition 30’s EV initiatives as only 35,000 of the state’s residents reported adjusted gross incomes greater than $2 million, according to 2019 statistics published by the state’s Franchise Tax Board.

Although the measure could help Lyft by raising money to help the company’s drivers buy electric cars, environmentalists began drafting the measure before the company became involved, CEO of California Environmental Voters Mary Creasman told CBS News. A Lyft spokeswoman previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation that none of the $3.5 billion to $5 billion in tax revenue generated by the law was “earmarked” for the rideshare industry.

Californians will vote to implement or reject Proposition 30 on Nov. 8.

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JACK MCEVOY

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Biden to attend UN climate summit that Greta has correctly declared a ‘scam, greenwashing, lying and cheating’

By Marc Morano

Greta finally gets it! Greta Thunberg: UN Climate Summit COP27 is a ‘scam’ that provides an opportunity for ‘people in power’ to use ‘greenwashing, lying & cheating’

Climate Depot’s Marc Morano comments: 

“I will be attending the UN climate summit in Egypt in person and will report back on just how correct Greta is in her assessment of the UN process. President Joe Biden will also be attending. Stay tuned!

Kudos to Greta! She started out willing to travel great distances to attend these UN climate summits, but she now correctly realizes they are a ‘scam.’ Those of us opposed to the entire ‘Net Zero’ & Green New Deal agenda applaud Greta’s moment of clarity when it comes to the undeniable scam that is the UN climate process. We welcome Greta now understanding that these summits have nothing to do with the climate.  

Given the full exposure of the green energy mandate scam, this UN climate summit should be dubbed the ‘The Cover Your A$$ Summit’ as the climate activists will be furiously spinning the failure of green energy and the coming deadly blackouts as somehow Russia’s fault or the fault of the free market and a great “opportunity” to double down (on green energy failure).At least one voice sounds sane — Greta Thunberg finally gets what the UN climate process is all about.”

Greta finally gets it! Greta Thunberg: UN Climate Summit COP27 is a ‘scam’ that provides an opportunity for ‘people in power’ to use ‘greenwashing, lying & cheating’

Greta Thunberg has described climate summits such as the Cop27 conference taking place in Egypt next week as a “scam” that is “failing” humanity and the planet by not leading to “major changes”.

The Swedish activist said people in positions of power were using the high-profile gatherings for attention and were “greenwashing, lying and cheating”. … Activists must try to “make people realize what a scam this is and realize that these systems are failing us”, she added.

Reuters: Climate activist Greta Thunberg on Sunday called out next month’s United Nations climate summit in Egypt for being “held in a tourist paradise in a country that violates many basic human rights.” Greta sees the climate summit as an opportunity for “people in power… to [use] greenwashing, lying and cheating.”

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Common Sense Tells Us That There Is No Viable Alternative to Fossil Fuels

By Dr. Rich Swier

The greatest myth ever told. But who is right?


Mankind is faced with the most important question in history: To use fossil fuels or not to use fossil fuels?

Environmentalists want to totally eliminate all petroleum based fuels in order to save the planet from climate change. The question is: At what cost?

Conservationists want to use all types of petroleum based fuels, including nuclear and hydroelectric power, but use them wisely to provide for human flourishing. The question is: At what cost?

History tells us that when nations use their natural resources, including petroleum based fossil fuels, wisely they flourish. History also tells us that when nations are energy poor or energy dependent they become weak and poorer and their people suffer.

Since 2010, more than a billion people have gained access to electricity. As a result, 90 percent of the planet’s population was connected in 2019. Yet 759 million people still live without electricity, with about half of them living in fragile and conflict-affected settings.

Due to Hurricane Ian we went without electricity for five days and it was hell on earth.

A New Age Was Born—The Modern Petroleum Industry

The first oil was discovered by the Chinese in 600 B.C. and transported in pipelines made from bamboo.

But it was Colonel Edwin Drake’s heralded discovery of oil in Pennsylvania in 1859 and his establishing the first oil well in August 27, 1859 that changed U.S. history.

But is wasn’t until the Spindletop discovery in Texas in 1901 which set the stage for the new U.S. petroleum industry. According to Lamar University,

The Spindletop oilfield, discovered on a salt dome formation south of Beaumont in eastern Jefferson County on January 10, 1901, marked the birth of the modern petroleum industry. The Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company, formed in August 1892 by George W. O’BrienGeorge W. CarrollPattillo Higgins, Emma E. John, and J. F. Lanier, was the first company to drill on Spindletop Hill. Three shallow attempts, beginning in 1893 and using cable-tool drilling equipment were unsuccessful; Lanier and Higgins had left the company by 1895.

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A new age was born. The world had never seen such a gusher before. By September 1901, there were at least six successful wells on Gladys City Company lands. Wild speculation drove land prices around Spindletop to incredible heights. One man who had been trying to sell his tract there for $150 for three years sold his land for $20,000; the buyer promptly sold to another investor within fifteen minutes for $50,000. One well, representing an initial investment of under $10,000, was sold for $1,250,000.

Cheap and Reliable Power Is The Life Blood of Modern Man

For the first time in American history we have one political party and its global allies who want to end the use of all petroleum products. But at what cost to the common citizen?

Efforts to stop all petroleum use is being mandated by agencies of the federal government using, among other regulations, corporate ESG Scores.

ESG Scores measure every company’s exposure to long-term environmental, social and governance risks.

A key component of that war against the common man is to eliminate capitalism and replace it with a new “stakeholder” doctrine for businesses globally and in the U.S. This model is based upon the need to attain environmental, social and governance scores that fully supplant capitalism and replace it with a one world governance based on big government, i.e. Socialist, Communist, ideals.

ESG scoring’s goal is to fundamentally transform the role of every company from a shareholder focus (capitalism) to a single stakeholder decree (the government).

According to the Heartland Institute,

Klaus Schwab and a growing list of powerful global economic and political elites, including BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and President Joe Biden, have recently committed to a global “reset” of the prevailing school of economic thought. They seek to supplant the entrenched “shareholder doctrine” of capitalism, which—as Milton Friedman famously espoused over 50 years ago—holds that the only purpose of a corporate executive is to maximize profits on behalf of company shareholders.

This effort to fundamentally transform global economics via the cooperation of major corporations and state legislatures is an existential threat to every American’s Constitutional rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The ESG Score is designed to:

  1. Force companies to “go green” by decreasing their use of petroleum products.
  2. Force companies to hire employees based upon their merit but rather on the color of their skin or sexual identities.
  3. And force companies to comply with government mandates, like Covid lockdowns and mandated vaccinations.

ESG Scores are designed to control businesses small to large to comply or else!

The Bottom Line—Make America Energy Independent, Again!

Countries that are energy independent flourish, those who aren’t suffer. For example, clean and fresh water is a basic need of all societies, to have clean and fresh potable water a country must have the infrastructure to process the water in water purification plants and then provide it to its citizens via a water lines driven by pumps powered predominantly by petroleum products.

Fresh, fluorinated water is not possible without cheap and reliable power.

According to an EIA analysis:

The Virgin Islands use [the] largest amounts of imported petroleum to power the desalination plants that supply their drinking water; many small, simple-cycle generators are used to provide electricity; and there are “operational constraints and power losses on the islands’ isolated electric grids.”

Petroleum driven power is essential for human flourishing and freedom.

On December 28th, 2016 American author, energy theorist, industrial policy pundit and founder and President of the Center for Industrial Progress Alex Epstein shared how to make a transformative contribution to human flourishing and how to create value in the world in his presentation titled “The ‘F’ word“:

Fast forward to October 27, 2022 and watch this discussion by energy philosopher Alex Epstein on how Biden’s  green policies have created an energy crisis in America:

In 2020, U.S. energy intensity reached a low of 5.05 thousand British thermal units (Btu) per chained 2012 dollar, down 4% from the previous year and less than half as energy intensive as the United States was in 1983. This number will go up because of Biden and his green energy policies. Kill the use of petroleum products and you kill the American working class.

Americans can only flourish if they have massive amounts of petroleum products.

Bring energy production back to America.

— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) October 28, 2022

It’s the freedom to have access to cheap and reliable power, which drives our economy, stupid!

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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Can Israel emerge as a geostrategic gas player despite itself?

By Center For Security Policy

Israeli discoveries of natural gas over the last 13 years are enough to allow not only self-sufficiency but also the potential for enough export to emerge as a geostrategic player in the hydrocarbons sector. If done properly and aggressively, Israel has the opportunity to establish itself as the main natural gas export hub in the eastern Mediterranean, servicing not only eastern Mediterranean gas suppliers, but Persian Gulf ones too, and become the conduit to supply Europe as much as a third of its import needs. And yet, Israel’s policies over the last year have undermined expanding its reserves, retarded and limited the development of its transmission structures, and all but sabotaged its ability to become a hub for gas regionally. Indeed, it seems as if Israel prefers regional plans to make Egypt rather than Israel such a major hub, including subordinating the export structure of its own gas to dependency on Egypt.1 If Israel, thus, seeks to establish itself a strategic player in the natural gas sector – let alone insulate its gas export structure from regional geopolitical instability — it will need to change not only its policies, but its assumptions and attitude.

Over the last decade, Israel has discovered roughly 200-250 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas. Israel only consumes about 10-15 bcm of gas per annum. There are also other fields that suggest still more finds are possible,  such as the Zeus fields, which taken altogether could indicate Israel has still between 50% to 100% more gas than has hitherto been discovered. This means Israel has a hefty quantity that can be earmarked for export, even under the regulatory export restrictions imposed by the Sheshinski Committee framework.

Until now, Israeli export has largely been confined to its neighbors.  Currently, Israel exports up to 7 bcm of gas to Egypt per annum and 3 bcm to Jordan. But the quantity of gas discovered is clearly enough to contemplate export to Europe. Two recent developments, moreover, have further focused attention on the potential supply of Israeli gas to Europe. First, the invasion of Ukraine which has resulted in despair in Europe over supply. Israeli gas was seen as an attractive alternative, at least to some extent. Second, Energean, the company exploring and developing the latest fields in Israel announced on October 6 that it discovered another 12-17 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas off its coast in the Hermes field and there is another field that might hold as much as 20 bcm more.

On top of Israeli gas, there is also the possibility, already suggested by the UAE, of pumping gas from several Persian Gulf lands via Saudi Arabia to the southern terminus of Israel’s Eilat-Ashqelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) in Ramat Yotam in Eilat, and then using the company’s right-of-way to build a gas pipeline (the current pipes carry oil) to transport the gas to the Mediterranean for transmission to Europe via Israel’s emerging export structure.  A potential collapse of Iran’s regime, which partnered with Israel decades ago before the Islamic Revolution to build this pipeline, could as well open up Iran’s vast natural gas deposits for Europe in addition to its natural Asian market.

In short, Israel has every possibility of becoming a major international hub of export of Persian Gulf and eastern Mediterranean gas, especially when considering the likelihood of more gas being discovered in Cypriot waters.

These facts and projections of reserves are relatively clear.  But the picture becomes more complex after that, especially concerning the transmission structures.  There are currently no direct transmission structures of gas from Israel to Europe.  The only physical way to export Israeli gas to Europe – which imports from all sources between 150-200 bcm per annum before the Ukraine war– would be through the existing Egyptian-Israeli pipeline structure, which then connects to either the Idku or Damietta gas liquefaction plants for loading onto liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships bound for Europe.  The combined liquefaction capacity of the two LNG plants in Egypt is about 30 bcm. The pipe from Israel to Egypt, however, only holds about 7 bcm per annum, and all the molecules flowing through it are already booked by Egypt for domestic consumption. Although Egypt found a very large reservoir of gas offshore in ENI’s Zohr field, bringing that field to full capacity has proven to fall short of originally expected timelines at this stage. Simply put, Zohr cannot flood Egypt’s market enough at this point to generate export surplus. At this point, it suffices only to offset the increase in Egypt’s domestic demand. And thus, Egypt will need to continue relying on all the gas Israel sends for its domestic use.

A second gas pipeline to Egypt is being built that will hold up to 11 bcm of gas, but it will take roughly three to four years to complete, and when it does, it is not clear how much of that gas will be consumed by Egypt and how much will be surplus to send to Europe via the two Egyptian LNG terminals.  Egypt’ domestic consumption is growing at a rapid pace, so clearly far less than the 11 bcm capacity of the pipeline will flow to the Idku or Damietta LNG plants for export.

Moreover, Egypt is politically problematic. It gets along with Israel well enough, but its economy is showing signs of grave danger – even potential bankruptcy. Indeed, JP Morgan estimated that:

“Egypt’s debt-to-GDP ratio is around 95%. The country is also experiencing one of the most significant foreign exchange outflows this year, estimated at around $11 billion. FIM Partners estimated that Egypt will have $100 billion in hard currency debt over the next five years, including a massive $3.3 billion bond due in 2024.”2

At the same time, the United States last month announced that it will deduct USD 130 million from Egypt’s annual aid amount as pressure on human rights concerns, which represents a material economic but a much larger psychological hit.3  And thus all coincides with dramatic cost increases in grain and other foodstuffs – price increases over which have led in the past to great upheaval and revolution in Egypt. To survive, it is likely that Egypt will not only face internal pressure to sell its own gas for foreign currency rather than use its export infrastructure for Israel’s, but it will also continue the drift it began under the Obama administration toward Russia’s and China’s orbits.  The pressures that led it in that direction a half decade ago now are exacerbated by the urgency of the current quest to obtain aid, cheap food and regional strategic support (such as in Libya).  Once further driven to seek support from Russia, one can only wonder how long it will be before the phone rings from Moscow telling Cairo that Moscow views with great disfavor Egypt’s being a conduit for exporting Israeli gas to Europe to replace Russia’s.  In short, if Israel’s current export structure to Egypt and possibly Europe emerges and survives then great, but Egypt is is not a structure upon which a fifth of Israel’s economy should depend.

A small amount of gas could also be compressed at the Hadera terminal (currently used for offloading, not onloading gas) in Israel to load gas onto compressed natural gas (CNG) ships for Europe, but there are very few of these CNG ships left in the world since their transport-capacity-to-cost ration is lower and the amount of gas they can load is quite a bit more limited than LNG ships, although at the ranges that Israel is from Europe (under 2500 km), there may be some cost offsets.4  With current technologies, Israel could only export about 0.5 bcm per year this way to Europe (with about 14 million m3 per ship).

Combined, under the most optimistic circumstances and assumptions, one can imagine up to 5-10 bcm per annum, about one third of Austria’s annual consumption, being transmitted to Europe. This does not amount to a globally and strategically critical production structure.

The only way Israel will emerge as either a major or reliable source or even hub for gas is by building direct transmission structures from Israel to Europe. One structure is already in process.  An offshore floating LNG platform is already being constructed to service Israel’s Leviathan field. It could theoretically service a capacity of approximately 15 bcm per annum of export.  Under current plans, however, this will take roughly another four years to build.

Second, there were plans by the EU and Israel to build a direct pipeline from Israel to Europe at a cost of about Euro 6 billion. Since it is still under planning, it is uncertain how much gas it would transport, but comparable pipelines in the Mediterranean carry about 30 bcm of gas. There could always also be an additional such terminal constructed if deemed economically viable.

Third, Israel could add a pipeline to Cyprus, and connect to a reinvigorated Vassilikos LNG terminal which like other land-based liquefaction plants could be imagined to reach 15-20 bcm capacity per annum.  This option has been considered but given the lack of urgent interest in Israeli gas internationally until the Ukraine war, this option was shelved for the time being.

Finally, returning for a moment to compressed natural gas, there is a new generation of CNG ships under design that may work effectively to service medium range routes under 2500 km, which is about Israel’s distance to Europe’s Mediterranean ports.5 Indeed, the EU has given Italian project developer, Naval Progetti SRL, a grant of Euro 12 million to develop such a ship.  These ships may be able to carry as much as 7 bcm per annum per train, roughly half that of an LNG terminal, but with less prohibitive up-front infrastructure costs (potentially using Israel’s already existing Hadera terminal). These ships, however, are not operational yet.

But for all this to happen, both Europe and Israel need to adjust their current attitude toward their gas sectors. If Europe considers its need for gas from the eastern Mediterranean to be urgent under wartime conditions and Israel appreciates the unique, acute strategic opportunity it has been handed, then the two could conceive of Israel’s gas hub not in terms of peace-time commercial timelines but as a Manhattan-project level effort. With such prioritization, it is conceivable that Israel could become within a few years a hub (with initial levels of robust export already in two to three years) for Israeli, Cypriot and Gulf Gas to a capacity of about 70-80 bcm per annum, which is about half of Europe’s import.

But therein lies the problem. Europe is shocked, but still coming to terms with what it means and what will be entailed in truly weaning itself off of Russian gas. Moreover, in Israel’s government, there appears to be a complete absence of any sense of urgency to match the magnitude of the commercial and strategic opportunity.

The spirit animating Israel’s left is alignment with Europe, and the spirit of Europe until Ukraine was toward moving away from hydrocarbons altogether and toward alternate energy sources.  Ironically, while Europe has been jolted into greater sobriety and began to take interest in diversifying its natural gas suppliers, Israel’s center-left government over the last year bought into more deeply the previously failed European concept and discouraged the development of its own hydrocarbons sector. This outdated and originally questionable attitude has led over the last 18 months to the following deeply flawed policies that suggest its new center-left government elected in 2021 was uninterested in developing the natural gas sector beyond what had already been developed:

In December 2021, the new Israeli government placed a moratorium on all further exploration of Israeli waters for natural gas.6  Israel’s prime minister had said beforehand that he was eager to join the new international climate consensus in pushing for alternatives instead of hydrocarbons. Moreover, his government which relied on leftist parties, who held the energy, science and transport ministries portfolios, with a strong environmental program.  Afflicted by reality, when Russia invaded Ukraine, the Israeli government reversed its decision yet again and reopened its waters for further license tenders and exploration.7

First, Israel signed a deal in October 2020 to bring UAE gas to the Mediterranean.8 But then a year later in November 2021, only one month before it imposed the moratorium on licensing and exploring further prospects,  the new Israeli government reversed the previous government’s agreement and, citing environmental concerns, canceled the UAE’s deal to use Israel as a major transmissions structure for its gas and that of its neighbors.9 This reversal not only undermined Israel’s credibility, but also limits greatly, if it is not reversed soon, the amount of gas that could ultimately be sent to Europe. If Israel alone must fill the transmission structure with only its gas, then it holds in its entirety about three years of the sort of capacity (assuming it sends every molecule it has to Europe beyond annual domestic consumption) such a robust transmission structure could export to Europe. And that would mean that after three years, neither Israel nor Europe have any Israeli gas left. Even if Israel finds more gas than it has already found, that only extends the inevitable to a total of five to six years. On the other hand, export of gas from the Gulf would transform this niche “bump” of Israeli gas into an ongoing export structure for regional gas for decades, and thus raise Israel to the level of a major global strategic interest. Otherwise, Israel will remain a niche, boutique and transitory asterisk in the history of Europe’s energy mix.

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Originally published by The Foundation for American Security and Freedom

AUTHOR

David Wurmser

Director of the Project on Global anti-Semitism and the US-Israel Relationship

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The Great Recycling Fraud

By The Daily Skirmish – Liberato.US

NPR accidentally told the truth, yesterday, and it’s a doozy:

The vast majority of plastic that people put into recycling bins is headed to landfills, or worse….  the amount of plastic actually turned into new things has fallen to new lows of around 5%…..  Waste management experts say the problem with plastic is that it is expensive to collect and sort. There are now thousands of different types of plastic, and none of them can be melted down together….  plastic trash has few markets — a reality the public has not wanted to hear….  “It’s not going to a recycling facility and being recycled. It’s going to a recycling facility and being landfilled someplace else because [you] can’t do anything with that material….”  That message has been difficult for the public to absorb with so many different bins in public spaces, and their own communities telling them to put their plastic in recycling containers…. “Politically it’s easier….’

This will come as a shock to all the greenie-weenies out there who let the Left sprinkle fairy dust all over them, inculcate them into the fake religion of environmentalism, and initiate them into the sacred rites of recycling.

But it was no surprise to me.  Years ago, I watched a local TV news report showing a recycling truck taking everything from recycling bins straight to the dump.  I’ve known recycling is all phony-baloney since then and now the NPR report confirms nothing’s changed.

The whole recycling thing is a fraud on the public, perpetrated by left-wing advocacy groups and politicians, designed to make you feel good about saving the planet.  How does it feel to know you’ve been manipulated by the Left every step of the way?  To know they’ve made you feel guilty – about destroying the planet with your plastic – for no good reason.  To know they’ve manipulated you into falling into line with their rules and directives that have no basis in reality.  It’s all been a complete charade.  How does it feel to know you’ve set these people up as authority figures in your life when they are really just charlatans behind the curtain pulling the levers of their pathetic little schemes and con jobs, just like the Wizard of Oz?  How does it feel to know you’ve been manipulated into supporting a useless exercise when the money could have been spent on something truly useful, instead?   To know you haven’t been saving the planet all this time – you’ve been serving the petty little personal purposes of your so-called leaders, purposes which come down to wealth and power for themselves.  How does it feel to know you’ve been dutifully recycling your plastic and they’ve been laughing all the way to the bank?  To know all you really did was hand power to scumbags and liars?  To know you took them at their word and they betrayed you?   They betrayed your trust just like a lover who cheats on you.

Now that your eyes have been opened – you gotta ask yourself: what else are they lying to me about?  How else have they betrayed my trust?  They’ve told you the polar bears are dying and that’s not true.  They’ve told you Arctic ice is disappearing when it’s actually increasing.  They’ve told you the planet is burning up when there’s been a 20-year pause in global warming and the planet was warmer centuries ago.  They lie, they fake their data, and they deliberately try to scare you to death.  The whole thing is make-believe, and you fell for it.

Why am I being so hard on you?  Because you’re screwing up the country, that’s why.   You’ve handed power to the worst possible scoundrels who will ride any horse they can find that will give them complete power over us and let them control every aspect of everybody’s life.  The Green New Deal is just the start.  They’re scheming to limit your travel to nothing, shut down most of the country, cut your food rations, make you eat bugs, and tell you how many pounds of clothing you can buy a year, or we will all burn in earthly hell.  From all of us who still love our freedom, thanks a bunch.  And it will all have been for nothing, except wealth and power for a tiny authoritarian elite.

So I urge you: think for yourself and come back to reality.  Look past the slogans and the demonization of anyone who opposes their schemes.  Leave the climate change cult and take back your life from the high priests of Big Green who want to turn off your brain and control you.  Dump this fake religion.  Don’t recycle it.  Just put it on a truck and take it straight to the landfill, where it belongs.

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AWED MEDIA BALANCED NEWS: We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

By John Droz, Jr.

Welcome! We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

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— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —

If You Only Have Time to Read a Few Select Articles:

*** The Publication of Fraudulent Ivermectin Trials by the High Impact Medical Journals – Part 1

*** Big Pharma Insiders Reveal Shocking Insight on Vaccine Safety Violations

*** Triple-vaccinated individuals more likely to get COVID-19 than the unvaccinated, reports insurance company

*** Movie: The Real Anthony Fauci

*** Liberty vs. Lockdown; follow the science

*** The Green Energy Profiteering Scam

*** Why solar is not the solution to the energy crisis

*** A Case For Nuclear As The Most Efficient Form Of Clean Energy

*** Graphic: The Bigger Picture — Life Without Oil

*** Biden Is Failing The World

*** Epstein: 5 trends shaping the future of energy

*** How a fake climate emergency created a real energy emergency

*** Young Women and the Politics of Marriage

*** Short video: Why I Am No Longer an Atheist

*** Delusional

*** Progressive Politics Is Ruining Science — With The Help Of Scientists

COVID-19 — Repeated Important Information:

My webpage (C19Science.info) with dozens of Science-based COVID-19 reports

*** World Council of Health: Early COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

*** FLCCC Long COVID Treatment Protocol

*** COVID-19: What You Need To Know (Physicians for Informed Consent)

*** If you have received a COVID-19 injection, here’s how to Detox

*** Place Your US Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

COVID-19 — Therapies:

*** The Publication of Fraudulent Ivermectin Trials by the High Impact Medical Journals – Part 1

*** Doctors Sue FDA Over Unlawful Attempts to Prohibit Ivermectin Use

COVID-19 — Injections:

*** Pfizer Exec Concedes COVID-19 Vaccine Was Not Tested on Preventing Transmission Before Release

*** Big Pharma Insiders Reveal Shocking Insight on Vaccine Safety Violations

*** Florida Surgeon General recommends against mRNA vaccines

*** The CDC director just got COVID. She got the new bivalent booster a month ago

ABp. Viganò: The Vatican must withdraw its support of the ‘disastrous’ COVID shots

80 Anti-Vaccine Bills Have Been Introduced In State Legislatures

Past vaccine disasters show why rushing a coronavirus vaccine is ‘colossally stupid’

6 Main Factors Increase Risk of COVID-19 Vaccine Injury

COVID-19 — Children:

96 doctors in Quebec call for an end to vaccinating children for COVID

ACIP committee approves mRNA vaccines for the childhood schedule 15-0

Megyn Kelly Rages over CDC on Mandatory COVID Vax For Kids, Warns What’s Coming Next

COVID-19 — Models and Data:

*** Triple-vaccinated individuals more likely to get COVID-19 than the unvaccinated, reports insurance company

*** What the data tells us

*** Berenson tells RFK, Jr.: I Can Now Bring a Claim Directly Against the White House

New study shows that pretty much everyone is getting heart damage from the COVID vaccines

FDA Is Blocking These Autopsy Results

Probably the most comprehensive list of people murdered by Covid-19 Vaccination

VAERS myths busted

COVID-19 — Misc:

*** Movie: The Real Anthony Fauci

*** Liberty vs. Lockdown; follow the science

*** How SARS-CoV-2 battles our immune system

*** The Mysteries of Long COVID

Cancer Rates are Increasing — and May Get Much Worse

BU creates new SARS-CoV-2 strain that is 80% fatal

EU Sets Out Commitment to Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, Mask Mandates and “Legally Binding” Global Pandemic Treaty

Renewables (General):

*** New York’s risky all-or-nothing energy policy

*** The Green Energy Profiteering Scam

*** Renewable energy is a failed path, scientist tells Utah legislators

*** Report: Europe’s Green experiment — A Costly Failure in Unilateral Climate Policy

Can New York Afford the “Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022”?

Solar Energy:

*** Why solar is not the solution to the energy crisis

*** 300MW solar facility on Ohio denied by State

Solar Farms Toxic Waste…

Report: Requirements for 100% U.S. Solar Generated Utility Baseload Electricity

Rural Backlash Against Renewables Surges, With 67 Rejections of Solar in U.S. Over Past 11 Months

Wind Energy:

How wind facilities can charge us twice for the same electricity

John Droz re Wind Energy, etc. on Deprogram with Michael Parker

Nuclear Energy:

*** Welcoming the largest generator of clean power in the US

*** A Case For Nuclear As The Most Efficient Form Of Clean Energy

Video Overview: Dispelling the Myths of Nuclear Energy

Video Overview: The Long Term Economics of Nuclear Energy

Fossil Fuel Energy:

*** Green agenda now demands elimination of natural gas in homes nationwide

*** Graphic: The Bigger Picture — Life Without Oil

Germany’s Apokalypse Now

Milloy Debunks Biden Lies About the Oil Industry with Laura Ingraham

MPs kill UK fracking prospects in huge gift to Putin

Why Biden Favors Foreign Over American Oil

Austria sues European Union, claiming natural gas and nuclear energy are not ‘green’

Electric Vehicles (EVs):

*** The Argument For Electric Vehicles Just Got Worse

‘A Ticking Time Bomb’: Florida Home That Survived Hurricane Burns to the Ground From EV

Electric Vehicles Are the Future of California? Well, No…

Misc Energy:

*** Biden Is Failing The World

*** Epstein: 5 trends shaping the future of energy

*** Hyping the Energy Transition

ESG, Climate & Energy: Saying the Unsayable

Youngkin’s Energy Plan: Serious Reform or Public Relations Head Fake?

Former Shell Boss Urges Industry to Combat ‘Energy Illiteracy’

Net Zero Watch warns Liz Truss she will fail without a credible energy plan

White House “Desperate… Panicking”

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

*** How global hurricane activity can rebut climate exaggeration

*** How a fake climate emergency created a real energy emergency

*** Science cop-out expected for COP27

COP27 — Hopeless hopeful money will dominate the discussion

Climate Misinformation Yields Big Lie on What Is Dangerous

Report slams governments and media for spinning IPCC climate alarmism

BBC Bear Propaganda Melts Under Analysis

Climate Change Is All About the Money, But for Whom?

Manmade Global Warming — Misc:

*** Climate War on Nitrous Oxide Threatens Starvation

*** Interview with Dr. Richard Lindzen: The rise of contemporary climatology

*** Joining Battle Over The “Science” Of Global Warming

*** An interview with top climate scientist Bjorn Stevens

White House Openly Exploring Ways to Cool Earth by Reflecting Back Sunlight

California wildfires cancel out nearly two decades of emissions reductions

US Election:

Election-Integrity.info (10 major election reports by our team of experts, plus much more!)

*** Information for Election Officers on Konnech Software

*** 5 Big Election Fraud Stories Breaking Just Before The 2022 Midterms

Overwhelming majority favors early voting and photo ID laws: Gallup

Election Observer Program

Election Integrity Experts Identify Privacy Flaw Affecting All ICP/ICE Dominion Voting Systems Across 21 States

The Justice Department Gets Smacked Down

US Election — State Issues:

*** Citizen’s Guide to Building and Election Integrity Infrastructure

*** Become a Poll Watcher in your State

*** Video: Trevor Loudon speech at Rod of Iron Freedom Festival 2022

*** How Winners are Losing in American Elections

*** State Legislative Employee Election Observers

GOP wins legal challenge over political observers at NC polling places

AZ Election Official Ran On Election Integrity, Now He’s Accused Of Law-Breaking

A victory for the rule of law in our elections

RNC, NRCC, PAGOP Sue Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Georgia Asks for FBI’s Help in Criminal Investigation on Voting Equipment Breach

US Politics and Socialism:

Oklahoma Gov: ESG is an anti-American political agenda

PayPal Censors Speech? Users Jump Ship After Questionable Policy Draft Leak

Biden secretly signs executive order unleashing surveillance on Americans

Other US Politics and Related:

*** Washington’s Double Legal Standards

***Introducing RealClearInvestigations’ Guide to Politicized Capitalism

Tulsi Gabbard leaves Democratic Party, denounces it as ‘elitist cabal’

Report on the Biden Laptop

Durham Slams FBI for Botching Trump-Russia Investigation

Religion Related:

*** Young Women and the Politics of Marriage

*** Short video: Why I Am No Longer an Atheist

Relationship challenge: Material obsession is bad for marriages, families and children

The Premeditated Murder of the American Family

Newsmax messes up bigtime, drops Lara Logan for religious comments

Education Related:

Doubt-Free, America’s Public Schools Warm to Climate Activism

Yes, Critical Race Theory Is Being Taught in Schools

Science and Misc Matters:

*** Delusional

*** Progressive Politics Is Ruining Science — With The Help Of Scientists

*** Myth and ‘Following the Science’

Report: Married moms are the happiest

Tipflation is everywhere — and it’s hard to say no

Ukraine:

Ukraine and the Malevolent Legacy of the Obama-Biden Administration

*** Pray for the safety of the Ukrainian people

*** A well-rated source to make a Ukraine donation


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The case for nuclear power

By MercatorNet – Navigating Modern Complexities

Despite its lethal past, nuclear energy is the clean and cost-effective power source we need.


In the fall 2022 issue of the technology-and-society journal The New Atlantis, authors Thomas and Nate Hochman examine the pros and cons of building new nuclear power plants in the United States.  The case of nuclear power is fraught with political issues that are inextricably tied up with technical issues, but the Hochmans do a good job of laying out the problems facing nuclear power and some possible solutions.

If nuclear power had not been invented until 2010, say, it would probably be welcomed as the keystone in our society’s answer to climate change.  Imagine a source of the most fungible type of energy — electricity — that takes teaspoons of nuclear fuel compared to carloads or pipelines full of fossil fuels, emits zero greenhouse gases, and when properly engineered runs more reliably than wind, solar, hydro, or sometimes even natural gas, as the misadventure of Texas’s Great Freeze of February 2021 showed.  What’s to oppose?  Well, a lot, as the Hochmans admit.

Deadly history

It is perhaps unfortunate that the first major use of nuclear technology was in the closing days of World War II, when the US became the only nation so far to employ nuclear weapons in wartime, killing hundreds of thousands of Japanese with bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  The long shadow of nuclear war has cast a darkness over the technology of nuclear power ever since, despite optimistic but misguided attempts to promote peaceful uses in the 1950s.

The Hochmans describe the golden era of US nuclear power plant construction, which ran roughly from 1967 to 1987, as a period in which the two major US manufacturers — General Electric and Westinghouse — offered “turn-key” plants that were priced competitively with coal-fired units.  The utilities snapped them up, and the vast majority of existing plants were built in those two decades.

The turn-key pricing turned out to be a big mistake, however.  Manufacturers expected the cost per plant to decline as economies of scale kicked in, but for a variety of reasons both technical and regulatory, the hoped-for economies never materialised.  The particular pressurised-water technology that was used was adapted from early nuclear submarines, and in retrospect may not have been the best choice for domestic power plants.  By the time the companies realised their mistake and switched to cost-plus contracts, they had lost a billion dollars, and utilities became much less enthusiastic when they had to pay the true costs of building the plants.

In the meantime, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was passed in 1970, making it much harder to obtain permits to build complicated things like nuclear plants.  In the pre-Act days, permitting a plant sometimes took less than a year, but once NEPA passed, such speediness (and the resulting economies of fast construction) was a thing of the past.

Then came the Three-Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979 and the Chernobyl plant fire and disaster in 1986, further blackening the reputation of nuclear power in the public mind.  Add to that the not-in-my-back-yard problems faced by attempts to find permanent storage locations for nuclear waste, and by 1990 the US nuclear industry was in a kind of coma from which it has not yet recovered.

The Hochmans point to France as a counterexample of a nation that made a conscious decision to go primarily nuclear for its electric power, and even today about 70% of France’s power is nuclear.  But even France is having problems maintaining their aging plants, and French nuclear promoters face the same sorts of political headwinds that prevail in the US.

Viable option

Now that climate change is an urgent priority for millions of people and dozens of governments, the strictly technical appeal of nuclear power is still valid. It really does make zero greenhouse gases in operation, and when properly engineered, it can be the most reliable form of power, providing the essential base-load capacity that is needed to stabilise grids that will draw an increasing amount of energy from highly intermittent solar and wind sources in the future. Eventually, energy-storage technology may make it possible to store enough energy to smooth out the fluctuations of renewables, but we simply don’t have that now, and it may not come for years or decades.

In the meantime, there are plans on drawing boards for so-called “modular” plants.  If every single automobile was a custom design from the ground up, including a from-scratch engine and body, only the likes of Elon Musk could afford to drive.  But that was how nuclear plants were made back in the day:  each design was customised to the particular site and customer specifications.

If manufacturers had the prospects of sales and freedom to develop a modular one-size-fits-all design, they could turn the process into something similar to the way mobile homes are made today:  in factories, and then shipped out in pieces to be simply assembled on site.  And newer designs favouring gravity feeds over powered pumps can be made much safer so that if anything goes wrong, the operators simply walk away and the plant safely shuts itself down.

Standing in the way of these innovations are (1) the prevailing negative political winds against nuclear power, enforced with more emotion than logic by environmental groups and major political parties, and (2) the need to change regulations to allow such technical innovations, which currently are all but blocked by existing laws and rules.

In the Hochmans’ best-case scenario, the US begins importing modular plants from countries where an existing base of nuclear know-how allows efficient manufacturing, which these days means places like China.  Even if the US nuclear industry turned on full-speed today, it would take a decade or more to recover the expertise base that was lost a generation ago when the industry collapsed.  Regulations and regulatory agencies would change from merely obstructing progress to reasoned cooperation with nuclear-plant manufacturing and installation.  And we would derive an increasing proportion of our energy from a source that has always made a lot of technical sense.

On the other hand, things may just go on as they are now, with old plants closing and no new ones to take their place. That would be bad for a number of reasons, but reason hasn’t been the only consideration in the history of nuclear energy up to now.

This article has been republished from the author’s blog, Engineering Ethics, with permission.

AUTHOR

Karl D. Stephan received the B. S. in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1976. Following a year of graduate study at Cornell, he received the Master of Engineering degree in 1977… More by Karl D. Stephan

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Here’s How To Secure America’s Energy Future

By The Daily Caller

We live in a dangerous world starved for energy.

Americans are grappling with sky-high inflation and high energy prices and yet the Biden administration and the Democrats in Congress continue to spend money we don’t have, driving inflation higher and making us all poorer.

Should the Republicans take over the Congress this November they have a tough, but straightforward task ahead of them. They need to improve our economy, our energy security and that of the whole world by limiting spending and promoting energy abundance.

The new Congress can help rein in inflation by reducing federal spending. The first order of business should be to pass a federal budget on time and within our means. Congress has failed to do that for a number of years, including when Republicans were in charge of the House and Senate because of the political expediency of appropriating federal dollars for partisan priorities.

Instead of tinkering with budget line items, it would be far better to pass a budget that reduces spending by ten percent across the board.

Beyond cutting the budget, Congress needs to take back most of the insane amounts of money this Democrat led Congress has given the Biden administration to spend through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the misnamed Inflation Reduction Act.

Congress should rescind these laws and recover and repurpose the hundreds of dollars these bills have authorized but the Biden administration has not been able to spend.

While working to restore its role as a co-equal branch of the federal government, Congress needs to expand our energy abundance and improve our energy security. Europe’s energy starvation shows us what happens when countries put climate concerns ahead of energy security. Prices in the European Union are sky high, businesses are closing and consumers are suffering.

Unlike Europe, the United States is the world’s energy superpower. We are the world’s largest producer of oil, the largest producer of natural gas and we have the largest coal reserves.

We are also the largest producer of geothermal energy, the second largest solar energy producer, the second largest in wind production, and the second largest producer of energy from biomass and waste.

We have vast energy resources, but the Biden administration has worked to throttle natural gas, oil and coal production as much as possible.

Over the past 10 years, the vast majority of new oil on the market came from the United States — not from Saudi Arabia, or Russia, or OPEC. According to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy, from 2011 through 2021, global oil production increased by 5.8 million barrels a day, but the U.S. alone increased production by 9.6 million barrels a day.

Oil production fell in some countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Norway, United Kingdom, Nigeria, but the United States more than made up the difference.

We have vast energy resources, but only if American companies can access them. To improve our energy abundance and grow our economy, Congress must require the Biden administration to issue leases for natural gas, oil and coal production on federal lands and waters.

The Biden administration is not just throttling back natural gas, oil, and coal, but also minerals and mining. The Biden administration has not allowed any new mines, despite wishing to have mineral-intensive technologies such as electric vehicles, stationary batteries, as well as wind and solar power.

Congress needs to make it possible to start new mines in the United States.

Broadly, the next Congress also needs to reform the permitting processes for energy projects. There is a wide consensus from the left and right that we need real permitting reform. The rules of the road need to be clear with definite timelines. Congress needs to mandate real streamlining and firm deadlines. The Manchin permitting reform effort fell way short of what is needed because it did not amend the laws which slow down permitting.

Congress should also vote up or down on every new major regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency. Congress should also repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This year is the last year Congress mandated biofuel volumes in the RFS, so it makes sense to sunset the law instead of allowing EPA to set mandates going forward.

Unelected bureaucrats shouldn’t be choosing which fuels and which cars Americans can have. The American people should decide for themselves.

Another thing the new Congress should do is immediately prevent future presidents from tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to solve a political problem, in this case high gas prices.

In short, the new Congress must focus on economic growth and energy abundance. They must rein in inflation by limiting federal spending and work to improve our energy security and tap our abundant energy reserves.

It’s a simple recipe, but if they fail in either direction we will end up with high energy prices and businesses that are closing like what is happening right now in Europe.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of the Daily Caller News Foundation.

AUTHOR

THOMAS PYLE

Thomas Pyle is the president of the American Energy Alliance and co-host of The Unregulated Podcast.

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Climate Extremism Is Making America Mentally Ill. Here’s How

By The Daily Caller

America is floundering in an epidemic of anxiety, depression and drug use.

One in six Americans takes some kind of psychiatric drug, mostly antidepressants, a medical study concluded, and some of them (Prozac and Paxil) are linked to acts of violence. A third of high school students cannot shake feelings of sadness or hopelessness, another report found, and nearly 2 0% of teens have contemplated suicide.

Still more frightening, both studies are based on data collected before the COVID pandemic sent college, teenage and younger children into lockdowns, social isolation, minimal physical activity, hours spent playing video games and reading censored and self-selected online media — and rampant depression and “chronic incapacitating mental illness.” Nor is the problem confined to America.

Researchers and psychologists are constantly finding new reasons to explain the growing inability to cope. Their newest “explanation” is — climate change!

“Climate grief” is “real,” they insist, and it’s spreading rapidly among young people. “The future is frightening,” 77% of 10,000 young people aged 16-25 from the USA and other countries told analysts who investigate “climate anxiety.” Large numbers of children are having climate nightmares.

“The climate mental health crisis” already affects people who have “lost everything in worsening climate infernos,” laments a NASA scientist and climate activist fear-monger who’s convinced we face “the end of life on Earth as we know it.”

“I don’t want to be alive anymore. The animals are all going to die, and I don’t want to be here when all the animals are dead,” a four-year-old child wailed.

Parents fantasize about killing their children, over fears of the “climate-ravaged future” they face. Parents and children alike consider suicide. Indeed, there’s a clear link between increased global temperatures and suicide rates, a Stanford economist asserts.

Dr. Thomas Doherty has built an entire psychology practice around climate psychoses, the Climate Psychology Alliance provides an online directory of “climate-aware therapists,” and a “peer support network” offers grief therapy modeled on twelve-step drug addiction programs.

There’s only one real solution to this epidemic, “experts” insist: Governments must act immediately to “fix” the climate, and eliminate “the death knell of climate chaos hanging over people’s heads.”

Excuse the bad pun — but this is insane! The hysteria and histrionics have gotten completely out of hand. They have no basis in reality.

We do not have a climate “crisis.” We have a climate fear-mongering and cancel-culture crisis.

The solution to the climate drug and mental health crisis is not to “fix” grotesquely exaggerated climate problems. It is to end the indoctrination and censorship that dominate discussions about climate change, from kindergarten through graduate school, and in almost every realm of science, politics and news.

The supposed climate crisis exists in computer models, headlines and hype about “unprecedented” temperatures, extreme weather, floods and droughts that have scant basis in Real World evidence. Viewpoints, evidence and experts questioning and challenging these claims are banned from classrooms, school curricula, news and social media, and government policy discussions – starting at the top.

The White House “national climate adviser,” for example, works hand-in-glove with Big Tech and news organizations, suppressing facts about climate change reality. Most federal (and many state) government agencies have similar officials and programs. Meta (Facebook), Twitter, YouTube and other Big Tech companies routinely, consistently and happily assist with this deplatforming and censorship.

The so-called Next Generation Science Standards feature climate alarmism as a guiding principle for students K-12, and determine what is being taught in over a third of America’s classrooms.

Meanwhile, as America and Europe are propagandized and prodded to eliminate their fossil fuel use — with enormous costs in jobs, living standards and lives — ChinaIndia and 100 other countries are rapidly expanding their oil, gas and coal use, to lift people out of rampant poverty.

Worse, China increasingly dominates raw material and “green tech” supply chains — and gets a free pass on its fossil fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental destruction, and slave and child labor.

All these realities are studiously and systematically ignored and cancelled.

Fortunately, millions of parents are becoming more involved in their children’s homework and school boards. Fight for Schools and other such efforts are working to bring science, honesty and accountability back to education. They recognize that we desperately need diversity of political and scientific thought.

Without it, the United States and Western Civilization will see their liberties and living standards rolled backward by decades.

The shrill, alarmist cries of climate extremists must be confronted and doused with sound reason. This, for the sake of the children and everyone’s peace of mind.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of the Daily Caller News Foundation.

AUTHOR

CRAIG RUCKER

Craig Rucker is president of the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org).

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PODCAST: Joe O’Biden, Oil Production, Energy Prices & Politics

By Conservative Commandos Radio Show

GUESTS AND TOPICS

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Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., is the founder of The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), an economist and a world-recognized expert on guns and crime. During the Trump administration, he served as the Senior Advisor for Research and Statistics in the Office of Justice Programs and then the Office of Legal Policy in the U.S. Department of Justice. Lott has held research or teaching positions at various academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, UCLA, and Rice University, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988-1989. His latest book is: Gun Control Myths: How politicians, the media, and botched “studies” have twisted the facts on gun control.

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George Landrith, President and CEO of Frontiers of Freedom – a public policy think tank devoted to promoting a strong national defense, free markets, individual liberty, and constitutionally limited government. In 1994 and 1996, Landrith was the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District. His work has been printed across the nation, including: Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Daily News, National Review, Sacramento Bee, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Providence Journal, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Townhall, and Human Events. George Landrith is also a co-host here on the Conservative Commandos Radio Show.

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TODAYS GUEST HOST: Rick Manning is a Conservative Commandos and AUN-TV alumnus and the President, Americans for Limited Government. Rick also served on President Trump’s transition team. And he is also the author of the new book with Starr Parker — “Necessary Noise: How Donald Trump Inflames the Culture War and Why this is good for America!”

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