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Biden Soaring Gas Prices Are Part Of Green Agenda—Gas Stations Adding Extra Digit Expecting $10 a Gallon for Gasoline

By The Daily Caller

President Joe Biden suggested record gas prices were part of an incredible transition away from fossil fuels Monday in Japan.

At the press conference in Tokyo with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, a reporter asked the president if a recession in the United States was inevitable.

“When it comes to the gas prices,” the president stammered for a moment. “We’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that God willing when it’s over we’ll be stronger, and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over.”

Biden then mentioned his decision to ease rising gas prices by releasing 180 million barrels of oil from emergency stockpiles in late March, though he noted it hasn’t been effective.

Joe Biden: “When it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an INCREDIBLE transition” pic.twitter.com/8TGnc7vFa8

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 23, 2022

The Biden administration canceled the three remaining offshore oil and gas lease sales last week including the Cook Inlet in Alaska, and two in the Gulf of Mexico reportedly due to factors including conflicting court rulings.

Richard Spinrad, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reportedly said the backlog in permitting was from a miscalculation a sub agency found, according to a late April letter obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The average pump price nationwide has surged to $4.59 per gallon of regular gasoline compared to $4.11 in April, according to AAA.

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Gas prices in California have hit nosebleed levels. 

Nearing $10 per gallon. 

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Do Not Sell Your Gas Vehicle Yet! Read: The Electric Vehicle Scam

By Dr. Rich Swier

We have written about the issues with all electric vehicles (EVs) and the current push to build 500,000 EV charging stations (EVSEs) by 2030 at a cost to taxpayers of $5billion.

America Out Loud published an article by on January 15th, 2022 titled “The Electric Vehicle Scam.

Here are the key points made by Dr. Lehr and Tom Harris:

  1. The utility companies have thus far had little to say about the alarming cost projections to operate electric vehicles (EVs) or the increased rates that they will be required to charge their customers. It is not just the total amount of electricity required⏤but the transmission lines and fast charging capacity that must be built at existing filling stations.
  2. In order to match the 2,000 cars that a typical filling station can service in a busy 12 hours, an EV charging station would require 600, 50-watt chargers at an estimated cost of $24 million and a supply of 30 megawatts of power from the grid. That is enough to power 20,000 homes.
  3. The government of the United Kingdom is already starting to plan for power shortages caused by the charging of thousands of EVs. Starting in June 2022, the government will restrict the time of day you can charge your EV battery.
  4. The average used EV will need a new battery before an owner can sell it, pricing them well above used internal combustion cars. The average age of an American car on the road is 12 years. A 12-year-old EV will be on its third battery. A Tesla battery typically costs $10,000 so there will not be many 12-year-old EVs on the road. Good luck trying to sell your used green fairy tale electric car! 
  5. Although the modern lithium-ion battery is four times better than the old lead-acid battery, gasoline holds 80 times the energy density. The great lithium battery in your cell phone weighs less than an ounce while the Tesla battery weighs 1,000 pounds. And what do we get for this huge cost and weight? We get a car that is far less convenient and less useful than cars powered by internal combustion engines.

concluded:

The electric automobile will always be around in a niche market likely never exceeding 10% of the cars on the road. All automobile manufacturers are investing in their output and all will be disappointed in their sales. Perhaps they know this and will manufacture just what they know they can sell. This is certainly not what President Biden or California Governor Newsom are planning for. However, for as long as the present government is in power, they will be pushing the electric car as another means to run our lives. We have a chance to tell them exactly what we think of their expensive and dangerous plans when we go to the polls in November of 2022.

To make matters worse we recently received a link to a study on all electric vehicle (EV) charging stations (EVSEs) in the San Francisco Bay Area. The study was titled “Reliability of Open Public Electric Vehicle Direct Current Fast Chargers” done by David Rempel, Carleen Cullen, Mary Matteson Bryan and Gustavo Vianna Cezar from the Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley. The study found,

“the cable was too short to reach the EV inlet for 4.9% of the EVSEs and 22.7% of EVSEs that were non-functioning were unresponsive or unavailable screens, payment system failures, charge initiation failures, network failures, or broken connectorsThis level of functionality appears to conflict with the 95 to 98% uptime reported by the EV service providers (EVSPs) who operate the EV charging stations.”

So, 27% of the EVSEs had serious enough issues that you could not charge your EV.

CLICK HERE TO READ: The Electric Vehicle Scam

In a January 11th, 2022 article titled “Ever Wonder Why Our Leftist Government is Intent on Putting Us in Electric Cars? pointed out:

There is not now, nor ever will there be, sufficient electric power for us to travel hither and yon with battery-powered vehicles. So, who decides who gets what electricity will be available? Answer: your friendly liberal, “progressive,” leftist government who we, mistakenly or not, placed in power.

The electric vehicle (EV) is clearly one of the most hyped innovations of our lifetime. While our federal government and the state of California think that the internal combustion engine will soon end up in the dustbin of history, it just isn’t going to happen for a variety of reasons:

  • The most obvious is that the expense of EVs will not allow the average American to own one. The alternative will always be far cheaper and will transport you much farther.
  • EVs can never be produced in the numbers the government wants because of a lack of necessary rare earth minerals held hostage in China.
  • Availability of charging stations will never be adequate either. And the time required to recharge on a long trip will make you cancel any long trip. 
  • The cost of a battery replacement will be a significant turn-off as well.

Read the full article.

Dr. Jay Lehr is a Senior Policy Analyst with the International Climate Science Coalition and former Science Director of The Heartland Institute. He is an internationally renowned scientist, author, and speaker who has testified before Congress on dozens of occasions on environmental issues and consulted with nearly every agency of the national government and many foreign countries. After graduating from Princeton University at the age of 20 with a degree in Geological Engineering, he received the nation’s first Ph.D. in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Arizona. He later became executive director of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.

Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition, and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. He has 40 years experience as a mechanical engineer/project manager, science and technology communications professional, technical trainer, and S&T advisor to a former Opposition Senior Environment Critic in Canada’s Parliament.

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Global Warming: The Great Deception

By Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

A new book is now available titled “Global Warming: The Great Deception.” The book askes the key question: Why do the U.N. and certain politicians in the U.S. and Western Europe continue to promote the fraudulent global warming hypothesis?

The answer is: With regards to the U.N., it is all about the money – money for research and to affect socio-economic change. For many politicians, it is all about the power – the power to control the lives of the electorate. Power is the ultimate narcotic. And money follows power in politics. In his new book, Guy Mitchell addresses all of these issues in detail and explains why you should care about the triumph of dollars and politics over science.

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Global Warming: The Great Deception-The Triumph of Dollars and Politics Over Science and Why You Should Care” is the definitive new work on the subject of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming. Guy Mitchell, a businessman with the mind of a scientist, takes a holistic approach and combines scientific analysis with an in-depth review of the political and economic aspects of the subject. He uses proven science and scientific facts to refute every claim of the climate alarmists and proponents of the man-made global warming hypothesis. He exposes the true reasons that the UN, certain politicians and global investment firms promote the global warming fraud. His analysis is an unbiased, scientifically based, insightful, no holds-barred approach to the subject.

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There has been no significant warming of the world’s oceans, atmosphere or land mass since accurate satellite measurements were initiated in 1979. The average temperature of the Earth is an abstraction; it is a figment of the imagination of climate scientists, conjured up in an effort to support a fraudulent hypothesis. The concept has no validity in scientific analyses of the Earth’s climate. Increased concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere does not cause global warming or climate change; the geometry of the Earth’s orbit about the Sun and the Sun-spot cycle are the primary fundamental natural causes. Man has had no measured impact on the Earth’s climate. The melting of polar ice is the result of a natural oceanic cycle and is not affected by man’s activities. Empirical evidence of global warming is the result of local atmospheric conditions that have nothing to do with so-called climate change.

Mitchell employs his keen sense of business acumen to expose the real drivers behind the claims of man-made global warming: research funding, politics and global economics. Over $1 trillion world-wide has been spent on global warming research with nothing of substance to show for it. UN climate models are fundamentally flawed; they can not predict historical results or the future. Certain politicians in the US and Western Europe embrace the fraudulent hypothesis with no apparent understanding of the science or the socioeconomic impact that the abandonment of fossil fuels would have on the world economy or the reliability of the power grids that drive it. The man-made global warming hypothesis has been declared an existential threat and some US politicians want to use the “crisis” to erode fundamental civil liberties that are protected in the US Constitution. They want to use global warming to limit consumer choice, economic freedom and usher in socialism.

During the term of the failed Kyoto Protocol, world-wide CO2 emissions increased by 32%! The results of the Paris Climate Accord will be no different.The stated objective of UN climate treaties is to address socioeconomic inequalities world-wide within the context of climate change by transferring wealth from the developed nations to the developing nations. The vehicles involved include the trading of carbon credits. The world-wide market for trading carbon credits was over $200 billion in 2020; it is projected to exceed a trillion dollars in the near future. The practical effect of trading carbon credits is not to reduce the emission of CO2; it is to enrich those individuals and global investment firms who engage in the activity.

Why do the U.N. and certain politicians in the U.S. and Western Europe continue to promote the fraudulent global warming hypothesis? With regards to the U.N., it is all about the money – money for research and to affect socio-economic change. For many politicians, it is all about the power – the power to control the lives of the electorate. Power is the ultimate narcotic. And money follows power in politics. In his new book, Guy Mitchell addresses all of these issues in detail and explains why you should care about the triumph of dollars and politics over science.


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Biden May Not Hold Any Offshore Oil And Gas Leases Until The End Of His Term, Industry Group Says

By The Daily Caller

The American Petroleum Institute (API), a leading industry group, said the next offshore oil and gas lease sale likely wouldn’t come until early 2024 following the latest Biden administration update.

The Department of the Interior (DOI) announced Thursday that it would issue an updated proposed program plan for offshore lease sales by June 30. The API, though, said the announcement confirms the administration is “significantly behind” in the multi-year process required for approving a new five-year offshore plan, likely delaying lease sales until early 2024.

The Interior Department declined to comment and referred TheDCNF to DOI Secretary Deb Haaland’s testimony on Capitol Hill Thursday.

“The practical effect of this is that it is unlikely there will be offshore lease sales before the end of 2023,” said Frank Macchiarola, API’s senior vice president of policy, economics and regulatory affairs. “This is one more example of the disconnect between the administration’s political rhetoric and policy reality.”

He added that the announcement was the latest in a series of “mixed signals on energy policy” from the administration.

The current five-year offshore plan is set to expire in late June, meaning the DOI is supposed to have a finalized plan, not proposed program, by that time. The federal government is required to issue a plan outlining all proposed offshore lease sales every five years under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

“Joe Biden has been lying all along,” Steve Milloy, a former Trump administration transition official and JunkScience.com founder, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “He said that he’s doing everything he can to lower gas prices. The only way to do that is to increase production and he’s doing everything he can to reduce production.”

“The overall tone since day one has been to discourage oil and gas investment,” Milloy continued.

The first lease sale under the current plan took place on Aug. 16, 2017, 519 days after the Obama administration published its proposed program. Based on that timeline, the earliest possible lease sale under the Biden administration plan would take place in December 2023 if the DOI published a proposed program on June 30 as it promised Thursday.

But industry groups suggested the administration’s hostility toward fossil fuels would likely lead to further delays stretching into 2024.

“Interior has had 16 months to fulfill its statutory obligation to develop and maintain an offshore oil and gas leasing program and it has failed,” National Ocean Industries Association President Erik Milito said in a statement. “No other administration has failed in this way.”

In addition, Haaland blamed the Trump administration for the delays on Thursday.

“The previous Administration stopped work on the new five-year plan in 2018, so there has been a lot to do to catch up,” Haaland said during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.

However, the Obama administration issued a proposed program 411 days after issuing a draft plan in 2015. President Joe Biden has been in office 484 days by comparison.

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75% Of Americans Think The Country Under Biden Is Headed In The Wrong Direction

By Jordan Boyd

A large majority of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, and much of their blame for the nation’s woes rests on President Joe Biden and the worsening economic crisis.

A new poll from NBC News found that 75 percent of U.S. adults think the nation is on the wrong track. That’s the highest number of unsatisfied Americans since the nation’s last notable recession in 2008. It’s also up nearly 20 percentage points since this time last year and up two percentage points from January 2021 when Biden was inaugurated.

Most of these Americans’ concerns can be traced to federal spending and lockdown-induced economic problems such as inflation, which is taking a far greater toll on Americans than what’s reflected in the 8 percent figure, and record-high gas prices, which recently reached a $4.48 per gallon national average.

Since Biden assumed office, the financial toll these crises have taken on pocketbooks has only worsened and made it difficult for hardworking Americans to keep up.

In the NBC poll, 65 percent of U.S. adults claimed their current paychecks are falling behind their rapidly rising costs of living. Only 6 percent said their family’s income is “going up faster than the cost of living.”

That’s one of the many reasons why, according to NBC, Biden’s approval among U.S. adults recently sank to 39 percent. His disapproval rose to a whopping 56 percent.

A recent Federalist and Susquehanna poll found that 56 percent of U.S. adults specifically disapproved of Biden’s handling of record-high gas prices, and 61 percent disapproved of Biden’s handling of inflation.

As the midterms quickly approach, the country’s economic state and Biden’s flailing track record are a cause for concern for Democrats who were 10 points behind Republicans in The Federalist poll’s generic ballot test. Yet despite significant evidence that the Biden administration and Democrats’ excessive spending has exacerbated inflation, the White House and legislators are still hyperfocused on passing expensive legislation to send aid to Ukraine and other causes.

All the while, Biden is refusing to take responsibility for his role in the nation’s intensifying crisis and instead repeatedly blames Russia’s Vladimir Putin for problems that started long before the Russia-Ukraine war began.

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Stop to Rosemont Mine in Arizona

By Tom Joyce

Editors’ Note: As the reader will note, the court held the mining claims were invalid because no valuable minerals were found.  It is certainly not common for mining companies to dig large holes costing millions just for the fun of it. Let’s suppose rich mineral deposits were found? Would environmental groups still oppose the mine? How does that square with the Green agenda that posits a complete change over in our energy grid and transportation system, which requires extensive exploitation of minerals like copper, nickel, lithium, and cobalt? You can’t get the quantities of minerals out of the ground for the Green revolution without disturbing ocelots. It is either that or let the dirty mining be done in China, leaving us as dependent on them for minerals as we are on Middle East dictatorships for oil. All economic decisions have trade-offs and you can’t back the “Green Agenda” on the one hand, and block the mining of necessary minerals on the other. Not unless your intention is to destroy the economy, that is.

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling to invalidate the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of an open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 against Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals’ plans for the $1.9 billion Rosemont Mine in the Coronado National Forest.

The court said Thursday that Hudbay’s mining claims were baseless. “Because no valuable minerals have been found, the claims are necessarily invalid,” the court’s decision read. “The district court was therefore correct in holding that the Service improperly assumed their validity.”

In 2017, a group of environmental organizations – Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition, and the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter – filed a lawsuit that challenged the Forest Service’s approval of the mine. In 2019, U.S. District Court Judge James Soto overturned the agency’s decision, but both Hudbay and the U.S. Department of Justice appealed the decision.

The Center for Biological Diversity was pleased to see the court uphold a previous ruling in this one.

“This momentous decision makes it clear that Hudbay’s plan to destroy the beautiful Rosemont Valley is not only a terrible idea, it’s illegal,” Allison Melton, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a press release. “The Santa Rita Mountains are critically important for Tucson’s water supply, jaguars, ocelots, and many other species of rare plants and animals. We won’t let them be sacrificed for mining company profits.”

Hudbay wants to blast a mile-wide, half-mile deep pit in the Santa Rita Mountains. The environmentalist organizations say that this would have harmed more than 5,000 acres of land.

Hudbay issued a statement on Thursday reiterating that it isn’t giving up on the project yet, and will seek other avenues to get it done.

“In the Decision, the Court of Appeals agreed with the District Court’s ruling that the U.S. Forest Service relied on incorrect assumptions regarding its legal authority and the validity of Rosemont’s unpatented mining claims in the issuance of Rosemont’s Final Environmental Impact Statement,” the company said in a statement. “While Hudbay reviews the Decision, in any event, the company will continue to pursue its alternative plan to advance its Copper World project.”

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Where Is Global Warming’s Missing Heat Coming From? Part 2

By Terigi Ciccone and Dr. Jay Lehr

Editors’ Note: We found this information fascinating. And, while we consider ourselves reasonably well-read, we were not familiar with this information. It is certainly not the information you get from Hollywood elites about “global warming” based on man’s activities, is it? It would seem reasonable before the Biden Administration commits to spending trillions of dollars to force all of us to change our way of life, that this kind of information is more thoroughly explored. If this information is even halfway correct, we could wreck our economy and starve millions, and wind up having really no influence on the final outcome.

In Part-1 of this three-part series, we presented the latest findings and data that show how the Earth’s internal nuclear furnace may play a very significant role in the Earth’s climate change. In This Part-2, we will closely examine a recently published article, “Nature’s Response To 500 Years of Cooling,” download the complete report from https://www.academia.edu/s/d21a7b4a34?source=work to get an appreciation of the power and heat generated by one such underwater volcano. In Part 3, we put all the climate change pieces together and provide our climate change projection for the next 50 years.

The Axial Seamount Global Warming? Under Sea Volcanos, The Axial Seamount. Thousands More Like It—a special report By Jim LeMaistre, copyright 2020.

Figure-1 shows us three hundred kilometers off Oregon’s coast; there is an undersea volcano, “The Axial Seamount.” It erupted in 1982, 1998, 2011, and 2015. New Scientist July 9, 2007, suggests that there are roughly 3 million volcanoes under the world’s oceans. This one is the only undersea volcano ever regularly studied. It is estimated that about 80% of all volcanic activity on Earth occurs under the oceans. Yet, almost nothing is known about these volcanoes. Scientists do not even have a scale to measure the power, heat, and effects of volcanoes that erupt under the sea, like the above land systems rating.

But what is going on in the deep, out of sight, and out of instrument range? Quote “The volcanoes erupt, the water it touches instantly boils and turns to 700o C steam. The steam has up to 1,000 times more atmospheric pressure applied to it than it would at sea level. That steam is pushed, screaming to the surface where it evaporates. That hot steam rises 24 hours a day until the lava stops flowing. Meanwhile, the rising steam acts to change the patterns of the Jetstream, hence, causing major disruptions in ‘typical’ weather patterns. See west coast North America, Summer 2015, by example. It is not just the water that gets warmer. The air, the weather, and even the Jet streams above are dramatically affected as well…”

In another section, the article goes on to say, Quote: “On July 18, 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of the United States Government, declared, in Scientific American i and also in Nature Geoscience on July 17, 2011, that more than 1/2 of all the heat that keeps planet Earth from freezing in the cosmos comes from the fission reactor at the Earth’s core. The other half of the heat that keeps life possible on Earth comes from the Sun. The Earth’s core is said to be 6,230 degrees centigrade… Equal to the temperature of the surface of the Sun. Scientists described the core of the Earth as a Fission Reactor producing more than one half of all the heat needed to survive in the Universe as we careen through space at 107,000 kilometers per hour circling around the Sun.”

Yet, neither NASA/NOAA, the UN/IPCC, or any of the hundred-plus climate change models consider this enormous source of heat in calculating the Earth’s Energy Budget. They simply measure the Sun’s TSI (Total Solar Irradiance) arriving on Earth and consider it the only heat source, totally ignoring the Earth’s internal nuclear furnace. But the truth is finally starting to leak out.

  • On January 15, 2014, the Journal Nature published an astounding article, with the title “Climate change: The case of the missing heat. Sixteen years into the mysterious ‘global-warming hiatus,’ scientists are piecing together an explanation”.ii
  • Science Magazine jumps into the fray: Quote “Call it the climate change conundrum: Even though humans are pumping more greenhouse gases than ever into the atmosphere, the world’s average air temperature isn’t rising as quickly1 as it once did. Some scientists have proposed that the missing heat is actually being trapped deep underwater by the Pacific Ocean”.iii

These articles and dozens of other “news outlets” seem bent on distracting us with more babbling about CO2,iv the greenhouse effect, high altitude balloon temperatures readings, and how the Sun’s heat somehow finds its way to heating the coldest waters in the deepest oceans. Meanwhile, lower troposphere temperatures continue to drop, as dramatically seen in the last 4-year in the lower part of Figure-2 (solid green arrow trend). In the upper part of Figure 2, we see a dramatic correlation between El Nino and La Nina cycles and the satellite temperature record. Is this a mere coincidence? Let’s not get distracted by what NASA/NOAA and their accommodating press/media tell us about possible causes of the missing heat. – It’s the Underwater Volcanoes, Stupid!

The Earth’s core! The entire premise of their Earth’s Energy Budget is based on the false belief that the Sun provides 100% of the planet’s heat. Yet 30% of the Earth’s mass is molten iron, fueled by uranium, thorium, and sulfur at temperatures upwards of 12,000 degrees F. How can they dismiss this enormous heat and the stochastic kinetic energy from its Coriolus effect with differential speeds of hundreds of miles per hour as they push around the massive continental plates and releasing untold tons of lava? It’s estimated that around 80% of all volcanic activities occur at these tectonic plates’ boundaries.vi

As early as 2007, evidence emergedvii that millions of volcanoes and vents are located all along the estimated 90,000 kilometer long tectonic boundaries. As of the 2007 period, satellites could not detect underwater volcanoes that were less than 1,500 meters high. More recent research indicates that as many as 39,000 underwater volcanoes exist less than 1,500 meters high. In addition, there are untold numbers of volcanic vents with little height through which heat and CO2 escape, warming up the waters and releasing CO2 and other gasses into the atmosphere. The articleviii goes on to say: “Hiller says he was surprised to find that the density of small volcanoes dropped in the area around Iceland, as Iceland is known to be a hotspot for volcanic activity. Another surprise was that he found fewer volcanoes on the seabed around Hawaii, another volcanic hotspot. He says his findings may mean that researchers need to re-assess their understanding of how submarine volcanoes are formed.”

The latest discoveries tell us that the last half-century’s increased temperatures may have been primarily caused by heat from untold numbers of deep ocean volcanic activities worldwide. Deep ocean water is frigid. As such, it holds immeasurable amounts of dissolved CO2 and other gasses. When the lava warms these waters, it releases gazillion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, thus also explaining the rapid rise in global CO2 levels during this same period. This deep ocean warming may also be the heat pump that pumps up the surface temperatures and powers engines like the El Nino and other oceanic oscillators. This deep ocean warming also explains other phenomena worldwide, like the melting of coastal glaciers and sea ice. In contrast, the land-based ice sheets on Antarctica and Greenland continue to grow. Then add to that the expansion of water as it warms may also explain the small increase in sea levels.

There have also been several discoveries of major volcanoes hidden beneath glaciers, causing them to melt locally. One prime example is confirmed under West Antarctic Ice Sheet at Pine Island Glacier. This is where the dramatic videos of the glacial cliffs crash into the Antarctic sea are taken. The potential effects of these volcanic warming on ice-sheet melting and sea-level rise are still to be determined.ix

Summary of Energy budget deficiencies. In Figure-4, we see the popularized NASA /UN-IPCC Earth’s Energy Budget, and we will now discuss its significant shortcomings.

1. Incoming solar energy 100% and outgoing 70% (64 +6) fails to mention and adjust for the variable heat contributed by the Earth’s volcanic, vent, and tectonic activities.

2. Fails to adjust for heat contributed by earthbound heat sources like biomass fermentation, wildfires, animal respiration, human combustion of fossil fuels and nuclear plants, and Urban Heat Island Effects.

3. Reflected energy to space is set at a static 30% (6+20+4%). Fails to adjust for increased/decreased cloud cover made by the galactic cosmic rays and ash/gasses from volcanoes.

In this Part -2, we highlighted the latest developments in how the Earth’s internal nuclear furnace needs to be considered in the Earth’s energy budget, especially after noting the high El Nino/La Nina correlation with atmospheric temperatures. In Part-3, we will put together all the pieces into a unified theory of Earth’s global warming and present our climate projection for the next 50 years.

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Does Biden’s $5B Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Plan Put Government Totally in Control of Charging Your Car?

By Dr. Rich Swier

Recently we received a link to a study on all electric vehicle (EV) charging stations (EVSEs) in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The study was titled “Reliability of Open Public Electric Vehicle Direct Current Fast Chargers” done by David Rempel, Carleen Cullen, Mary Matteson Bryan and Gustavo Vianna Cezar from the Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley. The study found,

“the cable was too short to reach the EV inlet for 4.9% of the EVSEs and 22.7% of EVSEs that were non-functioning were unresponsive or unavailable screens, payment system failures, charge initiation failures, network failures, or broken connectorsThis level of functionality appears to conflict with the 95 to 98% uptime reported by the EV service providers (EVSPs) who operate the EV charging stations.”

So, 27% of the EVSEs had serious enough issues that you could not charge your EV.

The Biden administration wants create the ‘backbone of [a] national charging network’ for electric vehicles. The Biden administration has said it will make a $5 billion investment to build electric vehicle charging stations across the country by 2030 in a bid to ease U.S. dependence on gas-powered cars.

Biden has set a goal of a national network of 500,000 public charging stations in place by 2030, and administration officials say over 100,000 exist already.

However, this 100,000 EVSEs is not true. It is misinformation.

According to Satista.com as of January 13th, 2022 there are 46,290 fast charging stations (EVSEs) and 113,558 home charging outlets in the U.S.

California has almost 41,300 public and private power outlets or 38% of those in the U.S.

PodPoint.com reports:

The time it takes to charge an electric car can be as little as 30 minutes or more than 12 hours. This depends on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point.

  • A typical electric car (60kWh battery) takes just under 8 hours to charge from empty-to-full with a 7kW charging point.
  • Most drivers top up charge rather than waiting for their battery to recharge from empty-to-full.
  • For many electric cars, you can add up to 100 miles of range in ~35 minutes with a 50kW rapid charger.
  • The bigger your car’s battery and the slower the charging point, the longer it takes to charge from empty to full.

Will Biden’s Building EVSEs Kill Small Business?

Currently more than 95% of the 145,000 gas stations in the U.S. are privately owned and operated by members of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

The Association For Convenience & Fuel Retailing was founded August 14, 1961, as the National Association of Convenience Stores. Today it is an international trade association representing more than 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier company members.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reports:

The NACS, the association for convenience and fuel retailing, reports that there are more than 145,000 fueling stations across the United States. 127,588 of these stations are convenience stores selling fuel. The rest are gas-only stations, grocery stores selling fuel, marinas, etc.

According to the latest information, the refiners own less than 5% of the 145,000 retail stations. When a station bears a particular refiner’s brand, it does not mean that the refiner owns or operates the station. The vast majority of branded stations are owned and operated by independent retailers licensed to represent that brand. According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), more than 60% of the retail stations in the US are owned by an individual or family that owns a single store. Through various branding agreements, approximately 36% of the retail stations in the US sell fuel under API members’ brands. See U.S. Service Station Outlets Summary.

Why aren’t we using retail gas stations to create EVSEs? Given that it can take hours to charge your EV it would be convenient to have these charging stations co-located with convenience stores. Don’t you think?

API also noted “Many countries assess higher tax rates and use the revenue for their general fund budget. For example, ten countries in Europe, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom assess more than $3 in taxes on every gallon of gasoline, according to the Tax Foundation.”

At some point the government, now fully dependent on gasoline taxes to build and maintain our road and highway structure, will have to tax the heck out of EVSEs and home charging units. Don’t you think?

So, let’s look at California’s San Francisco Bay area charging stations. If according to the Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley 27% of the EVSEs don’t work properly, what does that say if the government was the sole owner and operated 500,000 EVSEs? That might mean:

  1. Approximately 135,000 of these EVSEs would not be fully functional.
  2. Electric companies or EV manufacturers like Tesla, like refiners of gasoline and diesel, would no longer be able to partner with locally owned convenience stores or build independently owned EVSEs.
  3. The National Association of Convenience Stores would not own and operate the EVSEs.
  4. The government would be in total control of the vast majority of charging stations nationwide, shutting out small businesses owners.

The Bottom Line

Whenever government gets into any business be it healthcare, public education or building and operating EVSEs they will find a way to screw things up.

For example there is a group called Pecan Street that gets grants for its “Centre for Race, Energy & Climate Justice.” Get it? Government and the private sector studying the links between race, energy and climate justice. Who would have thought? Hmmmmm.

Do we really want organizations like Pecan Street and the federal government using our tax dollars to create a national network of EVSEs to insure climate justice?

I think not. The private sector and open market can best deal with how we fuel or recharge our cars, trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles.

Get government out of the charging business or, like California, we will see it fail 27% of the time.

Put your trust in the private sector, not big government.

I can see a future that if you don’t get vaxxed-up you can’t get charged-up. Prove me wrong.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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Lifting Title 42 Will Mean Fewer Border Patrol Agents in Field

By Fred Lucas

Border security experts expect the nation will bear the consequences of more illegal immigration whether the Biden administration ends a key public health measure by the end of the month or does it later.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last month that the policy, known as Title 42, would expire May 23. Biden’s Department of Homeland Security has estimated that could mean an influx of 18,000 migrants a day who cross the border illegally.

“There are too many Democrats pushing back, too many Democrats terrified of the consequences, because the [Department of Homeland Security] itself, Biden’s DHS, was predicting a doubling or more of the flow across the border if they lifted Title 42,” Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Daily Signal in a recent interview.

“But it is going to be lifted at some point,” Krikorian said of Title 42.

Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., are among the most vocal Democrats calling for the Biden administration to keep the public health policy in place.

Title 42 is a provision of a 1944 law meant to stop the spread of communicable diseases. The provision allowed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take emergency action in March 2020, during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, to authorize border authorities to quickly expel illegal immigrants and deny entry to asylum-seekers.

Although the measure hasn’t stopped huge numbers of illegal immigrants from crossing the southern border and immediately claiming asylum, it has made it easier for the Border Patrol to send back illegal aliens.

‘Enormous Pressure From Left’

Once Title 42 is gone, unlawful border crossers will have the right to have their asylum claims adjudicated on American soil.

“Unless Congress intervenes and passes a law saying they can keep it in place and the president signs it, it just seems to me it’s going to have to be lifted at some point because the president is also getting enormous pressure from this hard left,” Krikorian told The Daily Signal.

“When they do that,” he added, “it’s going to be bad news on the border and it’s going to be worse news for the Democratic Party, because the more they keep delaying it, the closer and closer it gets to the election.”

The Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates strict enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws and opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants, organized a visit to the border in South Texas last month that The Daily Signal joined.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas met Tuesday in Washington with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

Mayorkas “spoke of the United States’ whole-of-government strategy to prepare for the CDC’s announced May 23, 2022, end to the exercise of its Title 42 authority,” according to the department’s readout of the meeting.

Expulsions Under Title 42

After the CDC invoked Title 42, the Border Patrol had about 2.9 million encounters with illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border between April 2020 and March 2022, according to a study by Pew Research. March is the most recent month for which such data is available.

About 1.8 million of those encounters, or 61%, resulted in illegal immigrants being expelled under Title 42, according to Pew. The 1.1 million remaining encounters ended with illegal immigrants being detained, at least temporarily, rather than sent back.

Expulsions were based largely on whether the migrants came as families and whether children were involved.

Under the Biden administration, about 88% of the 1.8 million expulsions since 2020 under Title 42 were of single adults, while 11% were families and 1% were unaccompanied minors.

About 60% of those expelled came from Mexico, 15% came from Guatemala, 14% from Honduras, 5% from El Salvador, and 6% from other countries, according to Pew.

COVID-19 isn’t the only public health concern to consider, said Chris Cabrera, spokesman for the union National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, which represents nonsupervisory Border Patrol employees who work in the Rio Grande Valley.

“It’s to the point where everybody I work with, every single person, has had COVID,” Cabrera told a group gathered in Texas for the border tour sponsored by the Center for Immigration Studies.

But, the union spokesman said, some Border Patrol agents have contracted communicable diseases while policing the border that doctors have had trouble diagnosing.

‘Spinning Your Wheels’

If Title 42 ends, it will bring more chaos to the southern border, said Michael Salinas, a retired Border Patrol agent who was on the front lines for 34 years.

“Pretty much, there’s going to be nobody out in the field,” Salinas told The Daily Signal.

“The Border Patrol knows where they’re at,” the veteran agent said of these so-called got-aways. “But if they don’t have access to it because they’re stuck processing or prepping people for transport to processing centers, it takes away from all that. So you’re just spinning your wheels.”

The Center for Immigration Studies’ Krikorian said he expects that Biden and congressional Democrats will try to kick the can down the road, but that it can’t go on forever.

Events may depend on what faction in the Biden administration prevails, he said:

There are two factions in the administration on this immigration issue. They both believe the same thing. In other words, everybody in the administration wants basically amnesty for all the illegals and unlimited immigration in the future, and all that stuff. It’s not really at all a policy dispute, it’s a political dispute.

Krikorian said White House chief of staff Ron Klain and Susan Rice, director of the Domestic Policy Council, are trying to take a more politically acceptable approach to illegal immigration in the short term.

“The people like Ron Klain and Susan Rice, who are at least a little bit more in touch with reality … the point is they’re more cautious politically,” Krikorian said. “But then everybody who’s in charge of immigration policy are radicals. They’re anti-borders radicals.”

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This article was published by The Daily Signal and is reproduced with permission.

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Biden’s Secretary of Commerce: American children ‘having clothes comes second to the existential threat of climate change’

By Dr. Rich Swier

We have lived through a period that went from mankind cannot control the weather to environmental alarmists first warning about global cooling, then global warming and now the “existential threat” of climate change.

Now we learn from Biden’s Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo that American children having clothes comes second to dealing with the “existential threat” of climate change. Watch and listen:

When the climate cools during the winter children need coats, scarves and other clothes to keep them warm and protect them from the elements. When the climate warms in the summer children need clothes to keep them cool and protect them from sunburn and overheating.

Logic right? Wrong. The climate myth trumps logic.

On February 17th, 2021 USA Today’s Kerry Breen reported:

A winter storm that pummeled the state has set record-low temperatures in cities like San Antonio, Dallas and Corpus Christi, with some areas of the state seeing single-digit and below-zero temperatures. According to NBC News, the unprecedented cold put too much strain on the state’s electrical system, meaning that more than 3 million residents of the state are dealing with rolling power outages or total blackouts.

NBC News also reported that at least 25 people have died in “weather-related fatalities” since the weekend, with the “majority” of the deaths happening in Texas.

In an ABC News report published on Aug 23, 2021 titled “Don’t Waste Your Money: Clothing Shortage” John Matarese reported:

Shoppers are ready to restock their closets for the fall and winter. But many are asking, where’s all the clothing?

Kristin Sterling was trying to do some back-to-school shopping at TJ Maxx. “I’ve been looking for baby items, as well as for a teen, a school-age child,” Sterling said. But inside, she found a much smaller selection than she has seen before. “I’m finding that there’s not that much clothing,” Sterling said.

Shoppers across the country are finding half-empty clothing racks, and shoe shelves out of popular sizes at many stores. At a Burlington store, a third of the store is now closed off with a divider. High school sophomore Mia Dressel was looking for a homecoming dress with her grandmother, but… “All the dresses were really, really short, or really long,” Dressel said.

Read the full article.

In a December 2nd, 2021 Forbes article titled “Inflation is coming for your closet—the cost of clothing to jump next year, new report showsSophie Mellor reported:

Owing to supply-chain snarls, two-thirds of fashion executives said they are expecting to increase prices in 2022, with an average price increase of 3% across all clothing and apparel, this year’s State of Fashion 2022 report by the Business of Fashion and McKinsey & Co. found.

A worrying 15% of executives polled said they planned on increasing prices by more than 10% in 2022.

Inflation in fashion is caused by a combination of material shortages, transportation bottlenecks, and rising shipping costs straining supply and demand, according to the study, which surveyed more than 220 international fashion executives and experts.

Read the full article.

All of these things are happening now but worse. Biden’s build back better for Americans nothings built, nothings back and nothings better.

The Bottom Line

America depends on cheap and reliable power. America depends on its supply chain to deliver goods and services. America depends on our economy to provide what we need to live healthy and prosperous lives. That is now all at risk.

Biden’s green policies of eliminating fossil fuels and replacing oil, coal and natural power plants with solar and wind generators to stop the “existential threat” of climate change is destroying foundation of the economy.

From climate change to lockdown mandates we are seeing the long term impact on everything we Americans have come to depend on. Going to the supermarket or store or online and buying what we need and want is gradually going away. It’s becoming more and more common to see shortages and higher prices for essentials.

Biden’s policies are the root cause our supply chain to being disrupted.

3PL Central in its 2022 State of the Third-Party Logistics Industry Report warned:

Disruptions to the supply chain aren’t over yet. It is predicted that supply chain issues facing the United States will continue into 2022citing demand as one of the top contributors. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which account for 40% of shipping containers entering the U.S., have already started operating 24/7 to relieve supply chain bottlenecks. But with labor shortages in both warehousing and transportation, are consumers looking at something similar—or more disruptive than—the 2020 toilet paper shortage?

[ … ]

With a quickly shifting marketplace, many companies are finding it increasingly difficult to navigate the intricacies of the supply chain. This has led to many businesses looking to outsource their logistics needs to third-party logistics warehouses and transportation providers. In 2021, users of 3PL services reported that 40% of their total logistics expenditures were related to outsourcing. Much of this growth can be directly correlated to the rise of the ecommerce industry. Considering this push of online sales, expectations for the global third-party logistics market are expected to be valued at $1.1 trillion over the next six years.

Biden and his administration have reset the priorities of America and Americans are now feeling the pinch. From Covid to Climate Change this administration has fundamentally transformed our economy from being robust, our supply chain from being dependable and our store shelves full to the polar opposite.

From baby formula, to clothing, to fuel prices to the cost of living Biden’s policies are NOT making America better, rather it is making America MUCH worse.

What is more important to you? Feeding and clothing your new born baby or climate change?

Bill Nye said,

“The less we do to address climate change now, the more regulation we will have in the future.” 

Under Biden we now have more and more regulations and mandates negatively impacting our economy in the name of climate change.

How’s that working out for you now?

Choose wisely on Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 because you and your family’s long-term health, welfare and well being are at stake.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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The Renewed Politicization of the Federal Reserve

By Thomas L. Hogan

Economic research shows that monetary policy works best when conducted by an independent central bank. After Fed chairs in the 1960s and ‘70s caved to pressure from American Presidents, those who followed sought, at least to some degree, to reestablish the Fed’s independence. Until now, that is.

Since 2019, the Fed has politicized its activities in virtually every way: through its monetary policy goals, the use of its enhanced balance sheet, its regulatory actions, and its emergency lending activities. Each of these changes has pushed the Fed further from being an effective and independent central bank toward becoming a purely political institution, which prevents it from choosing the best policies for Americans and the US economy.

Monetary Policy: “Inclusive” Employment and (Flexible) Average Inflation Targeting

Fed officials, including current Chair Jerome Powell, have acknowledged that monetary policy is a broad tool that cannot be used to address the problems of racial and income inequality. Despite this admission, however, the Fed has injected the issue of inequality into its monetary policy goals.

In August of 2020, the Fed rewrote its statement of goals and strategy to emphasize employment ahead of inflation. The new language described the maximum employment goal as “a broad-based and inclusive goal that is not directly measurable.” Chair Powell cited racial differences in unemployment rates as a motivation for the change. This shifted the Fed’s goal from focusing on the best outcome for most Americans to a purely discretionary target, which the Fed admits is impossible to measure.

At the same time, the new objectives stated that the Fed would target a rate of two percent inflation averaged over time, giving Fed officials greater ability to deviate from the prescribed rate of two percent annual inflation. Moreover, Fed officials have since revealed that they only intend to seek an average of two percent when it has previously been below target. When inflation is above target, in contrast, the Fed will allow it to remain so and will not bring it down enough to return to the previous price-level trend.

Taken together, these two changes relax the traditional constraints on the Fed’s ability to engage in overly-expansionary monetary policy. When warned that the policy is too loose, they can point to their expanded employment goal to justify the policy. Then, when inflation rises above two percent, they can claim that it is temporary and will not affect the average rate of inflation in the future.

The irony is that such an approach would likely produce exactly the opposite of what is intended. To the extent that emphasizing maximum employment (in the broader sense) and ignoring temporary periods of above-average inflation results in overly-expansionary monetary policy, it risks recessionary corrections and even lower employment than would have occurred had the Fed stuck with its previous policy.

In early 2021, for example, Chairman Powell testified that the Fed planned to keep its interest rate targets near zero until the economy reached maximum employment, a policy it maintained throughout 2021 despite record inflation. Powell now says the US labor market is “unsustainably hot,” but the Fed has taken only minimal action to calm the labor market or bring down inflation. Many commentators are already expressing concerns about a looming recession.

Balance Sheet Activities: Fiscal Accommodation

Through the use of large-scale asset purchases (LSAPs), also known as quantitative easing (QE), the Fed has massively expanded its balance sheet from less than $1 trillion in 2008 to almost $9 trillion today. While the federal government increased fiscal spending by $5 trillion in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Fed bought up more than $3.4 trillion in Treasury securities since 2019, effectively monetizing a large portion of the fiscal deficit.

While some economists applauded the Fed’s fiscal accommodation, debt monetization is not a prudent action of a responsible central bank. Those that engage in such activities encourage profligate spending by their fiscal authorities, which often ends up in fiscal default. Such massive purchases of Treasury securities were enabled by the Fed’s enlarged balance sheet and would not have been possible in the pre-2008 system.

Emergency lending: Everyone Gets a bailout!

One traditional function of central banks is that they act as emergency lenders in times of financial crises. Although the Fed’s 2008 emergency lending deviated from the rules of the classical lender of last resort, former Fed Chairs Bernanke and Yellen respected the limits of the Fed’s authority as understood by economists and stated in the Federal Reserve Act.

Not so for Jerome Powell. Despite the fact that 2019 was not a case of “unusual and exigent” circumstances in terms of bank failures or shortages of financial liquidity, the Fed initiated a variety of emergency lending facilities beyond those of the 2008 crisis. The Fed lent to non-financial companies and state and local governments, which former Fed chairs said it should never do.

These actions disturb the efficient allocation of capital in the financial system and further heighten the Fed’s political profile.

Regulation: Climate and Industrial Policies

Bank regulators have increasingly used their regulatory powers to discourage banks from supporting politically unpopular industries, such as oil and gas, firearms, and medical marijuana. These punitive measures often take the form of discretionary enforcement actions, which lack the transparency and immutability of rules passed through the regulatory process.

Fed regulators have now turned their sights to climate change and the supposed threat it poses to US banks. The Fed subjects banks to “climate stress tests” and has joined international central banks’ Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), whose stated goal is to “support the transition toward a sustainable economy.” While these changes are ostensibly made in the name of limiting banks’ risk exposure, their result in practice will be to harm the US economy by preventing banks from lending for specific purposes such as the production of energy and fossil fuels.

The Fed’s Politics Threatens Its Independence

Fed officials have gone beyond policy discretion into overt political activism. President of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank Neel Kashkari has been reprimanded by Senator Pat Toomey for his recent political actions. In 2020, former New York Fed President Bill Dudley argued that “Fed officials should consider how their decisions will affect the political outcome” by potentially withholding monetary accommodation in order to prevent the re-election of President Donald Trump. Such actions reveal these officials to be political opportunists rather than independent central bankers.

Independent central banks tend to deliver better monetary policy. But independence can only be maintained by focusing on the narrow goals assigned by Congress. By straying from its mandate, Fed officials have chosen to base their decisions on politics rather than on sound economics.

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This article was published by AIER, American Institute for Economic Research, and is reproduced with permission.

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Global Warming Was Going to Destroy Skiing, Then the Snow Fell

By Jihad Watch

Vail, Colorado concluded its skiing season on May 1 a year after the Denver Post warned that “climate change is shrinking the Colorado ski season.”

It’s almost as if some higher power has made a point of mocking doomsday predictions by climate pagans who think the weather can be changed by raising taxes and driving Teslas.

But like a Gore-Tex parka, the climate consensus is impermeable to mere snowfall.

A week after Vail Mountain announced that it was extending its skiing season for “the longest continuous season in Vail Mountain history” just after 9 inches of snow fell in early March, a local news station wondered, “With warmer winters, what will happen to the ski industry?”

It may have to extend to June.

In February 2022, Denver broke weather records to hit the coldest temperature in 109 years. At a balmy -7 degrees, the latest outbreak of global warming plunged the city down to a low that had not been seen since 1899.

Still not done mocking Al Gore, March temperatures at Denver International Airport broke a new low with -3. The last time that happened was 1932. Or back before Gore Sr. had even graduated from law school to begin his family’s long slimy political career.

Talk about an inconvenient truth.

Even as activists and resort owners were crying to the media that the entire skiing industry was about to disappear because there would be no more snow, it snowed for the first 9 out of 10 weeks of the year. That was the most starting snow that there had been in 63 years.

“It’s supposed to snow in Denver — but maybe not quite like it has this year,” a local media outlet reluctantly conceded.

This is what happens when the weather makes a mockery of the climate consensus.

The climate must “hate science”.

So what’s a good lefty to do? Ask Facebook and Twitter to deplatform the sky? Fact check the winter? Denounce the disinformation on the slopes? Ask the UN to condemn the snowpack?

Just ignore the facts and continue lobbying to outlaw cars, home heating, and all life on earth.

“Climate change threatens the future of ski resorts,” Quartz warned in January.

“A business-as-usual path to a warming planet impacts industries beyond fossil fuels. At this point, there are about as many jobs in coal mining as there are jobs at snow-sports facilities. Coal miners, however, have an outsized influence in US politics,” it grumbled.

O, those mighty coal miners, and the poor oppressed ski resort owners who are furiously lobbying to destroy Appalachia to save Aspen.

The National Ski Areas Association had already demanded a “transition to an equitable clean energy economy” by taxing those filthy carbon emitters. Since all life on earth, except members of the NSAA, emit carbon, that would be bad news for you and me. And our survival.

The industry, which has almost as many minorities as a Burlington Communist Party meeting, also demanded “justice and equity” for “communities of color”.

Auden Schendler, the VP of “Sustainability” at the Aspen Skiing Company and board chair of Protect Our Winters, ranted to the New York Times, “The outdoor industry is bigger, wealthier, crazier and more influential than the N.R.A. We need CEOs and trade groups and leadership to wield that power ruthlessly.”

Protect Our Winters is fighting against domestic drilling so that Americans can pay $6 a gallon for gas. Eliminating car ownership by the poor and the middle class to protect Aspen is a hell of a platform. Almost as compelling as protecting the home values of Oprah and Jerry Seinfeld.

“Home values in mountain towns like Vail and Aspen are some of the highest in the nation, and those values are at risk. By 2050, home values near ski resorts could drop by at least 15 percent due to warmer winters,” CNBC warned during what turned out to be the 5th coldest winter in Colorado’s history.

Ignoring the science of reading thermometers, CNBC instead quoted a worried realtor who sells “multimillion dollar homes in the Vail area” who was deeply concerned about his “livelihood”.

“So we do certainly worry that we wouldn’t be able to sustain one or two or three consecutive years low snow volume due to climate change,” he complained. “And as far as the real estate business that I own and that I also am a broker within, what will happen? You know, where is my livelihood in the future, in three to four, five years?”

That was in 2019. Housing prices in Eagle County, where Vail is located, shot up 54% since 2019. Over February alone, there were $347 million in real estate transactions.

Would that things were as good in coal country as they are on slopes of the rich and famous.

The Left wants to economically destroy some of the poorest parts of the country in Appalachia to protect some of the wealthiest, like Vail and Aspen, from a crisis that isn’t even real.

Now that’s actual class warfare.

The good news is that snow, like Aspen real estate values, isn’t going anywhere. The bad news is that neither are the lies.

In 2000, an article in The Independent claimed that “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past”

Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit of the University of East Anglia, was quoted as saying that in the United Kingdom, “within a few years winter snowfall will become ‘a very rare and exciting event’”.

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he falsely claimed.

Dr. Viner has since become a lead author for the UN’s IPCC climate change reports, considered the official scientific consensus for governments, businesses, and unhinged climate lunatics.

Next time the media hypes an IPCC report about the end of all life on earth, go look at the snow.

Over the next decade, not only did British children still retain the lost knowledge of what snow is, but the UK was hammered with record snowfalls. Eight years later over 3,000 schools had to be closed and much of the country was shut down by the heaviest snowfall in 18 years.

Snow is still very much around, but the article has been removed from The Independent’s site.

In 2018, the isles were hit by the “heaviest snowfall in decades”. The New York Times described  “Mediterranean beaches blanketed in white”, “blizzards and ‘life threatening’ conditions in normally snowless areas of Britain”, and dozens of people dead in a “Siberian weather pattern.”

“It was like coming in from a ski resort,” one Briton trying to get to London described.

Instead of ski resorts looking like cities, cities are looking like ski resorts.

But two years later, the BBC and the Met Office falsely claimed that “snow will virtually disappear for much of the UK by the end of the century because of climate change.”

The Met Office’s Lizzie Kendon told the BBC that, “We’re saying by the end of the century much of the lying snow will have disappeared entirely.”

It’s not the snow that’s lying.

But like any good doomsayers and conspiracy theorists, the warmunists have learned to postpone the apocalypse to a distant future when everyone will be dead.

Meanwhile springtime in London was interrupted by a March snowstorm.

And in April, Denver recorded the coldest temperature since 1953, of only 10 degrees.

AUTHOR

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

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The Homeless Election Battle

By Bruce Bialosky

When I had the opportunity to engage one of the major candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles, I stated there are only two issues in the race.  The first being proper funding and use of the police and the second being the Homeless.  The candidate agreed with me and the issues for the June 7th election were defined.

Karen Bass announced her candidacy soon thereafter and took the lead in the polls.  She released with great fanfare her own detailed policy on Homelessness.  The policy is linked here https://karenbass.com/policies/homelessness/.  I contacted her campaign to query them on what they had proposed, but they were fearful of answering legitimate questions from journalists who were not from sycophantic press outlets.

Their proposed plan left open significant items, to which I asked the following questions:

  1. The city, county, and state have been spending extensively on this issue. How specifically does your plan differ from what has been done in the last few years?
  2. Mayor Garcetti committed close to a billion dollars for the current fiscal year. Can you tell us how much has been spent by the city on the homeless issue during the last four years of the Garcetti administration?
  3. Most if not all of us would like to know who Ms. Bass has in mind as the Homeless Chief since this is a critical issue in Los Angeles, so who would that be?
  4. The plan calls for ending street encampments in the first year of her term. How exactly are you planning to clear all the encampments which appear more like MASH units moving from property to property?
  5. I am working on a homeless issue that involves city, county, and state land. I am getting the runaround about who is responsible to do what.  Specifically, how do you plan to remedy this as residents do not care whose land it is within the city’s confines?  What is your response?
  6. You state that 50% of the homeless are either mentally ill or on drugs. How did you derive that figure?
  7. You cite that 59% of homelessness is because of economic issues. Where did you get that figure?
  8. Are you saying that these people are gainfully employed or employable and just cannot afford housing? If so, how many homeless are currently employed as a percentage?  How many go to work each day?
  9. I have had discussions with people on the front lines of the homeless issue and have been told a significant percentage of people who are homeless in the Los Angeles area are transplants. In other words, they moved here because of the weather and particularly the government benefits provided.  Your plan did not address this issue.  Did the studies you cited address this issue? Why should the residents of Los Angeles pay for the costs of extensive housing, medical and other benefits to homeless people who relocate from other urban areas?

The candidates talk about how they are going to cure the homeless problem, but rarely speak of the ongoing costs.  They certainly do not delve into how many of these people are not Los Angeles residents which brings to question why the people of Los Angeles are bearing the cost.  People do not realize that the current combined budget for Los Angeles City and County is about $1.5 billion.  That is a stunning figure which is enlarged by the amount the State of California is pouring into the problem.

The question the Bass Campaign does not want to answer is why they believe these figures — that 59% of homelessness is due to economic issues and not drugs or mental illness.  Multiple workers have told me most of the people they relocate off properties where the Homeless are squatting want to stay where they are.  In the case I dealt with in Studio City, some moved elsewhere while others just relocated to adjacent sites where their removal from the area was delayed for another few months.

Then Rick Caruso jumped in with his tough-guy campaign claiming he can solve the problem: https://carusocan.com/issues/homelessness/.  His plan does not answer the same questions — again how much he is spending of our money housing people who are not even from this area.  Building housing units without curing these people of their drug use and properly medicating them for mental health challenges is a waste.  At least Caruso’s campaign consultant who drafted his plan does not perpetuate the lie that these people are homeless due to economic issues, but even their figure of how many are on the streets because of economic issues is far too high.

One highly placed source tried to help me access where this money is being spent in the city of Los Angeles.  We found it was impossible to obtain the details even for highly placed city officials.

Candidates like Joe Buscaino, Kevin de Leon, and Mike Feuer need to tell us what their plans are and whether they are going to continue draining the wallets of local residents as elected officials have in the recent past with negative results.

We need answers unless you want the crime, harassment, squalor, and other despicable effects of this homeless issue to go on for another decade or more.

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This new DHS office is the Biden Speech Police and represents an existential threat to our First Amendment and our Republic. Please click the adjacent red TAKE ACTION link for the resources to inform your Senators and Representatives about this unconstitutional and tyrannical assault on American Free Speech and our fierce rejection of it.

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Biden’s Orwellian “Truth Ministry”

By Peter Murphy

Challenging economic times are bringing out the worst in the Biden administration, which has turned desperate to the point of overtly undermining the First Amendment rights of those with whom they disagree. This pernicious trend has been acute in the climate change and Covid issues, and it is accelerating.

The Biden administration’s creation of a “Disinformation Governance Board” in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made a modern-day reality in the United States stranger than fiction. Indeed, this Board will serve as a real-life “Ministry of Truth” as described by author George Orwell in his famous book1984.

Incredibly, in a recent agency bulletin entitled, the Terrorism Threat to the U.S. Homeland, the DHS subjectively describes terrorism to include “an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM).”

Yes, Biden DHS bureaucrats really wrote that, including the “MDM” acronym that now belongs in the same category as the 911 attacks.

The new director of this Board, a woman named Nina Jankowicz, makes this story more bizarre to the point of parody. The Biden White House and DHS surely saw the same cringe-worthy videos we viewed, including the one of Ms. Jankowicz embarrassing herself by imitating “Mary Poppins” – yet they appointed her anyway. The fact that her recent past also has been one of partisan dishonesty in advancing the Russia collusion hoax and other false narratives confirms the whole initiative is a political farce and dangerous.

If President Joe Biden and his insidious bureaucracy prevail with this blatant assault on freedom of speech, the First Amendment will become a dead letter since this abridgment will not stop with expression.

Freedom of the press has long become mostly a joke, with the major networks and media outlets willingly transforming themselves into propaganda arms of the Biden administration (and Obama’s previously). That’s not just the malicious Joy Reid or buffoonish Brian Stelter on cable news. That also means you, Nora O’Donnell, David Muir, and Lester Holt; the New York Times, Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post, and other once-serious news journals. They willingly manipulate objective news and science to favor the Biden agenda in Washington, especially by skewing climate change realities – or ignoring facts and science that question that agenda.

There remains a substantial non-conformist media and Internet presence of alternative news and opinion. But for how long when a federal department with “security” in its title takes aim? And what of the other First Amendment freedoms of assembly and religion?

If the Biden administration’s overt attack on freedom of speech is not defunded and stopped, other freedoms will fall like dominos. Already, houses of worship across the country were forcibly closed under the guise of public health during the height of Covid-19. It can happen again.

Politicians and their government speech police trying to curtail the rights and freedom of individuals as a means of preserving and increasing their own power. Perpetuating a false climate change narrative – that humanity itself faces an imminent and existential threat – is a primary way government officials expand their power to direct the economy and society.

Accordingly, dissenters of the man-made global warming narratives must be censored and silenced, especially as the economy spirals downward.

The Biden policies to raise the cost of energy at the gas pump and to heat and cool your home were deliberate and designed to force the nation onto so-called “renewable” wind and solar projects and electric vehicles. But the public is increasingly fed up with higher gas prices and their ripple effect on skyrocketing grocery bills and every other commodity and service.

With inflation running at 8.5 percent in the last 12 months and likely climbing to double-digits, the Biden administration’s climate narrative and accompanying anti-energy policies are becoming way more difficult to inflict on the public.

Rather than take concrete steps to ease inflation by expanding domestic energy production and scaling back on massive new government spending, the administration is raising the stakes by making unprecedented attempts at societal control with the creation of its own Truth Ministry.

Never mind that the President of the United States has the largest bully pulpit in the world. Except, our 79-year-old chief executive can barely read what is scrolled in front of him, much less articulate a coherent response to a simple question, including from pliant media.

And forget the fact that the president’s spokespersons, including daily fabulist Jen Psaki and every cabinet member, can advance a political and media narrative.

Evidently, they’ve determined that their own speech is not enough for them to retain government power to fulfill socialist fantasies for the nation. Contrary narratives and pushback from the public – especially on climate policy – must be combatted by any means necessary.

President Biden’s Disinformation Governance Board is anathema to the U.S. Constitution and has no place in a free society with guaranteed inalienable rights. The Board’s brazen existence and purpose to censor opposing voices and squash dissent make it a threat to the liberty of all Americans, regardless of one’s views of climate change or any other political issue.

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America is now aware of the Department of Homeland Security’s new ‘Disinformation Governance Board’. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas called disinformation a “threat” that needs to be addressed with federal law enforcement power. (Is it coincidental that Elon Musk will shortly take Twitter private and re-establish a free speech platform in America?)

This new DHS office is the Biden Speech Police and represents an existential threat to our First Amendment and our Republic. Please click the adjacent red TAKE ACTION link for the resources to inform your Senators and Representatives about this unconstitutional and tyrannical assault on American Free Speech and our fierce rejection of it.

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Fuel Prices Hit Record Highs After Biden Promised To Lower Costs

By The Daily Caller

The average price of gasoline in the U.S. shot up to a new all-time record Tuesday, less than two months after President Joe Biden guaranteed lower prices.

The average pump price nationwide surged to $4.37 per gallon early Tuesday, the highest since March, according to AAA data. In February, Biden said he would “work like the devil” to bring prices down and in March, he promised gasoline would decline between 10-35 cents per gallon after he announced a historic release of U.S. emergency oil stocks.

President Joe Biden ordered a 50-million-barrel Strategic Petroleum Reserve release in November, a 30-million-barrel release on March 1 and a 180-million-barrel release on March 31 to combat rising gasoline prices. Energy prices worldwide have skyrocketed in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“There’s little, if any, good news about fuel prices heading into summer, and the problem could become worse should we see an above average hurricane season, which could knock out refinery capacity at a time we badly need it as refined product inventories continue to plummet,” Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at research firm GasBuddy, said in a statement Tuesday.

Biden has also attempted to lower prices at the pump by temporarily scrapping an environmental regulation prohibiting the sale of gasoline with 15% ethanol. Experts and meat industry groups slammed the rule change, saying it would drive already-high food costs up.

But the Biden administration has dragged its feet on opening up domestic oil and gas drilling in light of surging consumer prices. The Department of the Interior has yet to hold a single onshore lease sale and chose not to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that a 2021 offshore lease sale was illegal.

“There is no doubt the White House is hoping that Americans simply become numb to yet another disastrous result of their energy failures, but the pain at the pump is too real and everyone intrinsically understands that Joe Biden is to blame,” Power the Future executive director Daniel Turner said in a statement.

“President Biden is now a two-time record holder for the highest gas prices, the most oil drained from the strategic reserve and re-injecting the term ‘inflation’ back into the national lexicon for the first time since the 1970s. This type of failure doesn’t happen by accident,” he continued. “The President’s green ideology is a man-made disaster and we’re all paying the price.”

Meanwhile, total oil production in the U.S. has declined for three consecutive months even as administration officials have argued it is at historic highs.

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Climate True Believers Should Doubt Their Faith

By The Daily Skirmish – Liberato.US

Beyond the Left’s climate change chants lie big problems, big enough to destroy the faith of any climate change true believer who accidentally pays attention to reality.

We can start with exploding electric buses. Two caught fire in France, one exploded.  Not a pretty picture – public buses engulfed in flames.  You can add to that electric scooter fires in India, where a dealer said, “Lithium has a natural affinity for fires.’’  Do tell.  Makes me want to close my climate change hymnal.  In my area, a big school board is requiring electric school buses for transporting kids.  Hmm….

While I’m on the subject of electric vehicles, where are you going to put all those old dead batteries?  It’s a huge issue nobody’s talking about.  And what are you going to say to the six-year-olds who mine the cobalt that goes into the batteries? Nobody wants to talk about the child labor problem, either.

Ask a climate true believer where the power comes from to run electric vehicles and you are likely to get a blank stare.  The fact is it comes from the electrical grid, but utilities are warning the addition of solar and wind energy to the grid has not kept pace with the retirement of fossil fuel plants.   They warn of price hikes and electricity shortages, even rolling brownouts ahead.  With the prospect of energy supplies becoming unreliable, businesses are rethinking whether they want to be in Illinois where these problems, arising from state green energy mandates, are already in sight.   State lawmakers are looking for ways to ease the mandates, which is surely a mortal sin in the High Church of Climatology.

Another feature of Climatology is animal sacrifice.  “(W)ind turbines have been annihilating eagles for decades,” and there’s no way around it if you want those blades to keep spinning.  One wind company acknowledged 150 eagles have died at its wind farms in the last 10 years, and just paid the government $35 million in fines and restitution.  A new government study documents that wind and solar facilities have reduced the bird population of California.

Before he left office, climate true believer Bill de Blasio signed a bill banning natural gas in new construction in New York City.  I’m sure he felt the climate gods were smiling down on him when he did so.  The idea was to reduce emissions by requiring electric heat and electric stoves, but there’s just one problem:   Most of New York City’s electricity comes from natural gas.  It takes twice as many fossil fuels to run an electric stove as a gas stove.  Oops.  Hope those climate commandments weren’t on stone tablets.

Another problem is the apostates in China who are saying one thing, but doing another.  China will tell you it aims for carbon neutrality, but it’s increasing coal production by 300 million tons this year, sending coal usage up more than 12 percent from two years ago.

That ought to shock the faithful.  I wonder when they’ll wake up to the true mission of their church and what their Jim Jones’s really have in store for them.  The point of Climatology is not to save the planet.  It’s to reduce your energy use to lower your standard of living.  The high priests want you poor, immobile, and malnourished so you will be easier to control.  All the while they are telling you to atone for raping Mother Earth, they are focused on amassing wealth and power for themselves.  Being a true believer is one thing.  Being a sucker is another.  If it were me, I’d stop going to church and putting money in the collection plate until John Kerry and Leonardo DiCaprio get rid of their private jets.

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The Impact of CO2 Is Overstated So Why Dismantle Society? Part 1

By Jay Lehr

That is a great question, and yes, there is a chance that it could happen. But it would not be meaningfully caused by humans burning fossil fuels and producing more carbon dioxide (CO2).

Additional CO2 in our atmosphere stopped having a meaningful role in the earth’s temperature when it reached 300 parts per million (PPM), and that portion of our atmosphere that absorbs CO2 was all used up. Seriously, that is a fact. So today, adding any amount of more CO2 has no impact on climate whatever. If CO2 doubled from the present 420 PPM to 840 PPM, the earth would just get greener, and crops would increase their yields on every farm and every forest. There would be no negative impacts at all. Atomic submarines travel the world underwater with an average CO2 content of over 5,000 PPM. Yes, that is a 5, followed by 3 zeros, and no sailor has ever gotten ill. If you doubt us, it is because you have been conned by the left and its control of the media to scare you needlessly.

Carbon Dioxide has less to do with global warming, global cooling, or global temperature remaining constant than we have been told. But attempts to reduce or eliminate fossil fuels will bring untold misery and deaths to a considerable portion of humanity. And the saddest part is that it will have been done for no scientific climate change reason. Instead, it would be a repeat of the insanity of the Salem Witch Trials of four hundred years ago, during the last Grand Solar Minimum.

Many well-intentioned “scientists” have become dependent on the US Government’s political grants for their lifestyles, tenures, and fortunes. So maybe they console their guilt by telling themselves that nobody would be foolish enough to actually try to decarburize the planet. And in fact, that may be true as it is impossible.

But clearly, governments are trying to do it. Unfortunately, the decarbonizing effort is inflicting damage in the two years it has been tried. Fuel shortages are occurring, energy costs are rising, and inflation can be seen everywhere. All the while, CO2 continues to increase anyway.

We will make a strong effort in this two-part series to convince you why we must stop this nonsense that CO2 and the greenhouse effect cause global warming and the end of life as we know it. Instead, we should resume and accelerate our discovery and recovery of more fossil fuels such as oil and gas, and yes, even coal.

For ease of understanding, we will forgo the complex scientific explanations and present an easy-to-understand record of temperatures and related climate and weather events as evidence. But if you wish to get more into the mathematical, scientific arguments, check out the endnotes and start with the first one. [a][A].

From Figure-1, taken from endnote [b][B], we see the UAH (University of Alabama Huntsville) global satellite temperature since 1979, when we launched our first weather satellites. We use this data set because it contains the temperatures recorded by very accurate satellite instruments. NASA/NOAA prefers to use their surface temperatures because they are easy to manipulate, which is done to support the government’s CO2 global warming position. NOAA is constantly doing it. [c][C].

To the primary UAH temperature record, we have added additional information that makes significant contributions to the causes and extent of the global temperature record. There is a great deal of information presented here, but you will find it easy to understand. We will explain Figure-1 step by step. Give us a few minutes, and you will see it is not complicated once you get a feel for the various activities at work in our solar system. Believe us; they dwarf the insignificant role of our CO2 emissions in our earth’s temperature.

The light blue vertical lines with the small circles on their ends are the temperatures recorded each month. The dark red line is a running 13-month average of these temperatures, and there is a horizontal line which is the average of all the recorded temperatures. Each temperature is recorded as a deviation from this zero baseline.

For example, the blue line temperature for 1979 was about -0.4°C colder than the average zero baselines. For 1998, the little blue line/circle shows a temperature of about +0.6°C above the baseline temperature. Thus by 1998, the temperature increase was about 1.0°C warmer than in 1979. For 1979, the red running temperature average was about -0.35°C, and for 2000 about -0.20°C, giving us a temperature increase of about 0.15°C, which means that the temperature for 2000 was essentially the same as it was in 1979. Therefore, there was no global warming during that period.

Now let us look at the big picture. The first thing to note is the red arrow trend that we added shows a global temperature increase from 1979 until 1998 of about 0.6°C. (0.3 + 0.3). [d][D] Now solar scientists know why this increase happened as it corresponds to a period of powerful solar magnetic activities, and the scientific explanation is two-fold. First, during periods of high solar activities, as we had from 1979 to 1998, the earth received a tiny bit more solar energy called Total Solar Irradiance (TSI). But during this same period, the sun also sent toward the earth, and all the planets in our solar system, with powerful solar winds and additional magnetic fields.

In Figure-2, we see a conceptual image of these powerful solar winds’ effects and how they shield the earth from much of the Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR) approaching the earth. This is important because it is known that an increase in GCR entering the earth results in increased cloud formation. [e][E] So, during periods of high solar activities, fewer GCR enter the earth, and cloud cover decreases, allowing the earth to receive more TSI and thus warming the earth. But the exact opposite happens during periods of reduced solar activities, as shown by the green arrow trend line in Figure-1 from 1999 to March 2022. More GCR entered the earth, forming more cloud cover, and the earth cooled a bit.

We have only added a couple of terms to consider TSI (Total Solar Irradiance) and GCR (Galactic Cosmic Rays). So next time you go out with friends, you can dazzle them with your knowledge of the solar system and concurrently attempt to eradicate in their minds the arrogant idea that we humans have control of the earth’s thermostat.

In Part 2 of this series of articles, we will write about the sunspots you have heard of but do not really understand, along with the role of El Niño and La Niña, which have long confused you. If you don’t know that volcanoes at the ocean bottom are way more important than us, we will let you know that as well.

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Sources and references: (we have cited all references here for both Parts 1 and 2, so not all references will be cited in part 2)

A[a] Read why CO2 and greenhouse effect do not cause global warming.” https://www.academia.edu/76652255/Revised_Why_cant_CO2_and_greenhouse_effect_cause_global_warming

B [b] UAH Satellite global temperature see details at https://www.drroyspencer.com/latest-global-temperatures/

C [c] NASA/NOAA adjusting/fudging global climate record. This article provides evidence of the fudging and adjustments made by NOAA to the surface temperatures. The paper argues that absent these adjustments. We may already be a climate pause or possibly even a decline since the 1930s. https://electroverse.net/u-s-has-been-cooling-since-the-1930s/

D[d] TSI record last 50 years https://www.reddit.com/r/climateskeptics/comments/9ft7s2/do_you_know_why_solar_irradiance_has_diverged/

E[e] Read the article Geomagnetic Reversal: The Svensmark Effect Revealing the Impact of Cosmic Rays on the Earth,” Friday, July 5, 2019. https://www.ineffableisland.com/2019/07/geomagnetic-reversal-svensmark-effect.html#:~:text=Geomagnetic%20Reversal%3A%20The%20Svensmark%20Effect%20Revealing%20the%20Impact,by%20increasing%20cloud%20cover%2C%20causing%20an%20%E2%80%9Cumbrella%20effect%E2%80%9D.

F[f] “Modern Grand Solar Minimum will lead to terrestrial cooling,” by Valentina Zharkova https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7575229/

G[g] El Niño/La Niña years 1990 -Jan 2022, source https://ggweather.com/enso/oni.htm

H[h] El Niño-La Niña are caused by the earth’s geologic activities and not changes in heat circulation patterns. See http://www.plateclimatology.com/why-el-nio-and-la-nia-are-one-continuous-geological-event/. Also, see this article describing their cyclic nature. See paper titled Seafloor Volcano Pulses May Alter Climate,” February 5, 2015, https://www.earth.columbia.edu/articles/view/3231

[I] [i] https://oceantoday.noaa.gov/deepoceanvolcanoes/

J [j] Read paper titled “Underwater thermal activities –an overlooked factor in climate change” https://www.academia.edu/45639543/Underwater_thermal_activities_an_overlooked_factor_in_climate_change.

And article “Tracking down hydrothermal vents,” https://schmidtocean.org/cruise-log-post/tracking-down-hydrothermal-vents/. Also, read the report on volcanic activities under the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, https://naturalworldisasters.com/antarctica-volcanoes/ and https://phys.org/news/2020-12-newly-greenland-plume-thermal-arctic.html. Read the article Scientists Discover 91 Volcanoes in Antarctica,” https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2017/08/scientists-discover-91-volcanoes-in-antarctica/

K [k] See the article Greenland‘s ice is melting from the bottom up – and far faster than previously thought, study shows” by Isabelle Jani-Friend, CNN, February 22, 2022, https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/22/world/greenland-ice-melting-sea-level-rise-climate-intl-scli-scn/index.html

L [l] See articles, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axial_Seamount and https://www.academia.edu/49442870/The_Axial_Seamount_Nature_s_Response_To_500_Years_of_Cooling

MN[m, n] Figure-5 chart from the Smithsonian Institute, https://volcano.si.edu/faq/index.cfm?question=historicalactivity.

[O][o] See the book by Peter Langdon Ward, What Really Causes Global Warming?” And his detailed video presentation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPH7HPaNHTg&t=1922s

[P][p] See the paper Planetary Core and Surface Temperatures,” by Douglas Cotton, https://www.linkedin.com/posts/douglas-cotton-b794a871_planetary-core-and-surface-temperatures-activity-6607066373015379968-WcRW/

[Q][q] See the paper New Insights on the Physical Nature of the Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect Deduced from an Empirical Planetary Temperature Model,” https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/New-Insights-on-the-Physical-Nature-of-the-Atmospheric-Greenhouse-Effect-Deduced-from-an-Empirical-Planetary-Temperature-Model.pdf

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This article was published by CFACT, Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and is reproduced with permission.

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America is now aware of the Department of Homeland Security’s new ‘Disinformation Governance Board’. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas called disinformation a “threat” that needs to be addressed with federal law enforcement power. (Is it coincidental that Elon Musk will shortly take Twitter private and re-establish a free speech platform in America?)

This new DHS office is the Biden Speech Police and represents an existential threat to our First Amendment and our Republic. Please click the adjacent red TAKE ACTION link for the resources to inform your Senators and Representatives about this unconstitutional and tyrannical assault on American Free Speech and our fierce rejection of it.

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AWED NEWLETTER: 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.

Here is the link for this issue, so please share it on social media.

Particularly note the *** asterisked *** items below…


— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —

Ukraine:

*** Germany will support Russian oil embargo after significantly reducing dependence: report

*** Tracking sanctions against Russia

Why farming & food supplies could be in MAJOR danger

Ukraine: from the horse’s mouth

Ukraine — What You Can Do:

*** Pray for the safety of the Ukrainian people

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

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

*** 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 — Paxlovid:

*** Study: Pfizer’s Covid-19 pill didn’t meaningfully reduce illness in exposed adults

*** COVID-19 cases that return after Paxlovid antiviral treatment puzzle doctors

*** Pfizer’s COVID treatment Paxlovid fails to prevent infection of household members

*** Pfizer’s Paxlovid can be very dangerous, be warned: could cause severe or life-threatening interactions with widely used medications, including statins, blood thinners and some antidepressants

FDA contradicts Pfizer’s advice on 2nd course of Paxlovid

COVID-19 Therapies — Ivermectin:

*** Tennessee Makes Ivermectin Available Without Prescription

*** Fraudulent Trial on Ivermectin Published by the World’s Top Medical Journal

*** Preventable Deaths and Vitamin D3

COVID-19 — Injections:

*** Study: Innate immune suppression by SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccinations

*** World’s most influential Medical Journal questions Pandemic Policy and Safety of COVID Injections

*** New UK govt data shows the COVID injections kill more people than they save

*** Pfizer documents: Over 1,200 people died during Pfizer vaccine trials

Did Moderna Trial Data Predict ‘Pandemic of the Vaccinated?’

Evidence The Triple Vaxxed Are Developing AIDS

Denmark will stop promoting COVID vaccinations on May 15, 2022

Study: Increased emergency cardiovascular events among under-40 population in Israel during vaccine rollout and third COVID-19 wave

Does the World Still Need New Covid-19 Vaccines?

COVID-19 — Injection Mandates:

*** Fiction Disguised as Science to Promote Hatred

*** Call for retraction of paper regarding COVID vaccinated vs unvaccinated

30 percent of pilots may be unfit to fly due to COVID jab injuries: Dr. McCullough

Vaccinated Suffering 5X to 25X More Risk Of Heart Inflammation Than Unvaccinated

Dept. of Defense Study Shows Pregnant Female Soldiers Are Experiencing “Absolutely Catastrophic Rate of Abnormalities and Fetal Problems”

Movie Trailer: PANDAMNED

COVID-19 — Masks:

*** 8 Mistakes That Keep Even Smart People Masked

*** Lockdowns, Masks Destroyed The Mental Health Of Massive Number Of Children

How Health Freedom Defense Fund Vanquished Technocrat Mask Tyranny

COVID-19 — Models and Data:

*** Officials Manipulated COVID Data to Exaggerate Crisis, Mathematician Tells RFK, Jr

Study: Only 29% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients fully well one year on

Bill Gates says COVID is a ‘disease mainly of the elderly’ with ‘low fatality rate’

What’s Killing People If There is No Coronavirus? Acidosis and Red Blood Cell Transmutation

COVID-19 — Misc:

*** Dr. Scott W. Atlas: An American Hero

*** The death throes of the ‘Public Health expert’

*** Short Trailer: COVID Revealed

*** CDC and FDA ‘altered’ Covid guidance and even ‘suppressed’ findings while under political pressure

Therapy Knows No Geographical Boundaries

The WHO’s proposed ‘Pandemic Treaty’ is a huge threat to the Freedom of ordinary, hardworking people

Urgent – my video call with the WHO

Will Biden’s New COVID Czar Protect The World Or Big Pharma?

Studies prove that most politicians and experts handled COVID terribly

Book: United States of Fear: How America Fell Victim to a Mass Delusional Psychosis

Greed Energy Economics:

*** Wind Power’s ‘Colossal Market Failure’ Threatens Climate Fight

*** Putin ‘colluded’ with green movements

Short video: Renewable Energy — The Biggest Scam We All Fell For

Green Nightmares

Delaying tactics by wind industry will cost consumers hundreds of millions

Video: The Great Renewable Energy Con

Low-cost power pledge is blown away by the wily wind developers

Renewable Energy Health and Ecosystem Consequences:

Analyzing bird population declines due to renewable power sources in California

Offshore wind: The leading birdwatching group doesn’t object to wind farms that will kill birds

Wind Energy — Offshore:

*** Latest Offshore Wind Project Paid to Switch Off 25% of the Time

Conservation groups call for federal review of offshore wind impact on ecosystems

Right whale defenders question energy industry donations

Jacobs Launches Effort to Prevent Wind Turbines in Great Lakes

Wind Energy — Onshore:

*** Numbers Game: Smashing The Wind & Solar Power Storage Myth With Arithmetic

*** Wind Projects Rejections Across U.S. Now Total 328

*** A Mostly Wind- and Solar-Powered U.S. Economy Is a Dangerous Fantasy

NY State Thruway Authority loses lawsuit over non-functioning wind turbines

Solar Energy:

*** Greenwashing in the Solar Energy Industry? Here’s How to Spot It

*** Study: On-Grid Solar PV versus Diesel Electricity Generation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Economics and GHG Emissions

Five takeaways from the landmark Virginia Solar Survey (Note #3!)

Elon Musk: ‘We should not shut down nuclear power plants, we should reopen the ones that we’ve shut down’

They’re Paneling Paradise to Put Up Solar — a Lot

Nuclear Energy — California:

California promised to close its last nuclear plant. Now Newsom is reconsidering

Experts Weigh in on Seismic Safety at Diablo Canyon in Letter to Newsom

Possible extension for California’s last nuclear plant draws cheers from supporters, jeers from opponents

Nuclear Energy — Other:

*** Who’s Afraid of Nuclear Power?

*** Germany’s Nuclear Fumble

*** Boris Johnson says the UK will build one new nuclear plant a year

MIT Spinoff Raises $1.8 Billion From ‘Largest Ever’ Private Investment In Industry

One year ago, New York made a fateful and fallacious decision to pull the plug on a reliable, zero-emission power source

Fossil Fuel Energy:

*** Some Fallacies Attendant Upon the Biden Resumption of Fossil Leasing

*** China ignores climate pledges, tops list in building new coal plants

*** Europe Needs Natural Gas And America Could Help—If We Could Get Out Of Our Own Way

How Many Of The World’s 8 Million Will Survive Without Fossil Fuels?

Russia’s war is turbocharging the world’s demand for coal

Global coal-fired power at record levels

Climate Colonialists Disrupt African Pipeline, Perpetuate Poverty

China promotes coal-burning again as energy security becomes top priority

New Yorkers Deserve a Choice of Gas Heat or Electrification

Misc Energy:

*** The People Promising Us “Net Zero” Have No Clue About Energy Storage

Electric Bus Catches Fire After Battery Explosion

Study: Americans Don’t Want Electric Vehicles

A Lesson Being Ignored: Fuel Switching = Energy Reliability

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

*** Trump’s Climate Challenge to the GOP

*** FERC’s Greenhouse Gas Regulatory Policy Cannot Pass a Cost-Benefit Test

*** Study: Asia’s coastal cities sinking faster than sea level-rise

*** Report: Osman et al. 2021: a flawed Nature paleoclimate paper?

Biden: “In the U.S. military every vehicle is going to be climate friendly. Every vehicle.”

When prophecy fails: John Kerry moves the goal post and re-sets doomsday clock

Study: Climate Change & Cold Weather Extremes an Overlooked Issue in The Present Climate Debate

Climate Change Fanatics, Not Fossil Fuels, Threaten Nature

Manmade Global Warming — Misc:

*** The Many Benefits of Rising Atmospheric CO2 — An Introduction

*** Report: No Evidence of a Climate Crisis

Study: Exact Calculations of Climate Sensitivities Reveal the True Cause of Recent Warming

Ridding the world of climate misinformation and saving a trillion dollars per year

La Niña could enter rare third straight year. Here’s what that means.

President Biden’s Climate Ambitions Are All But Dead

Scientists say to eat bugs to slow global warming

Woods Hole: Are We on the Brink of a ‘New Little Ice Age?’

US Election:

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

*** Forensic Examination Proves Vote Manipulation and Illegal Destruction of Records on Dominion Voting Machines

*** Ranked Choice Voting is a Scam

*** YouTube Bans Video Featuring Conservative Expert on Voter Fraud

*** Election Integrity Dead: Killed in Court

*** Video: 2000 Mules

2000 Mules” Full of Must-See Surprises

Primer: The Biden Administration’s Attempt to Subvert Our Elections

Short Video: America UnCanceled with Matt and Mercedes Schlapp

FGA Ffiles lawsuit against Biden Admin Demanding Answers on Exec Order 14019

Princeton investigating Sam Wang for research misconduct, toxic workplace issues

Nonprofits and Foundations Likely to Come Under Fire as Senate Committee Explores ‘Dark Money’ in Politics

Report: The Carter-Baker Commission 16 Years Later — Voting By Mail

US Election — State Issues:

Heritage’s Election Integrity Take Action Page (by State — with more to come)

*** The NY Courts Blew Up the Democrats’ Redistricting Plans

*** Gov DeSantis Signs SB524 Making Ballot Harvesting a Felony

MAGA Candidates Chosen at Michigan GOP Convention

Why Tennessee’s New Residency Requirement for Congressional Candidates Is Blatantly Unconstitutional

Pathetic New York pols fail again to deliver gerrymander-free maps

Biden FEC pick claimed Georgia voting machines ‘switched’ votes from Abrams to Kemp in 2018

FGA Applauds the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Defending the Constitutionality of Florida’s Election Integrity Law

US Politics and Socialism:

*** Short video: Sheila Nazarian — I Am Proof the American Dream Is Alive

*** American Dream Of Home Ownership Turns To Dust

Weaponizing the Current Thing: Biden’s Ministry of Truth & its origins

Levin: Democrat Party is out to destroy Trump

Dirty Tricks: Gmail Sends up to 66% Of Conservative Email Straight to Spam Folders

Short video: China’s Social Credit System

Italy Announces Dystopian Social Credit System; Compliant Citizens Will Be Rewarded for “Good Behavior”

The Body Snatchers: The NWO’s Eugenics Agenda

Ministry of Misinformation: Freedom is Slavery!

Senators Effort to Defund Homeland Security’s “Disinformation Board”

Disinformation Panels, Control over Social Media Content and Now DOJ Environmental Justice, it is all One Long Continuum

Other US Politics and Related:

*** The Countless Failures of Big Bureaucracy

*** The Irrational, Misguided Discourse Surrounding Supreme Court Controversies Such as Roe v. Wade

*** An Attack on the Independence of the Supreme Court

*** Ode To Patrick Henry: We’re Still Fighting to Protect Our Liberty Today

*** Five Signals of Government Disinformation

Kamala Harris Is Not Legally Qualified For Office, And That Matters Now More Than Ever

Leftists Aren’t Losers

Religion Related:

*** American Churches are Killing Christianity

*** What A Small Price to Pay

Amazon Targets Conservative Children’s Book About Gender Identity

Education Related:

Why I’m suing my kids’ school district

Brainwashing 101: Lawmakers approve $2 million in funding to expand climate education in Maine schools

7th Grade Science Should Not Include Climate Indoctrination

Rescuing “Virtue and Talents” Amidst the War on Tests

Science and Misc Matters:

*** Mass Formation Psychosis

*** The Future of Substack

*** Short video: From Bachelorette Contestant to Target of the Woke Mob

*** Ideas on mute? Study: Remote meetings dampen brainstorming

Conservative Twitter Users Are Seeing Radical Changes Overnight


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Sweden Finally Gets Some Recognition

By Neland Nobel

During the recent government panic over Covid, almost all governments in one form or another used “lockdown”, or the quarantining of the healthy, in order to stop the spread of the disease. This was a first in history because usually, isolating the sick or the especially vulnerable was the strategy.

The result was severe economic distortion including soaring debt, rising inflation, and completely tangled supply chains. We will all be lucky if a global depression can be avoided as a consequence of these flawed policies.  Starvation in the Third World is a real possibility.

But even simply on the basis of healthcare outcomes, growing evidence shows it was a terrible mistake. This includes no better fatality rates, a bulge in health problems from those who could not seek treatment for other ailments and conditions, soaring mental health issues including drug and alcohol abuse, catastrophic disruption of schooling and the lives of children, and the severe diminution of personal liberty.

In the early phases of the pandemic, given the unknown nature of the virus from China, and the severe response China had to a pandemic that they likely were more knowledgeable about than other nations, it would be charitable to give governmental officials some latitude. They simply did not know what they were dealing with and copied China.

Computer models vastly exaggerated the possible fatalities. It also seemed to feed into the needs of Progressives to control every aspect of life, kind of a dry run for their coming “lockdown” to save the world from “climate change.”

There was widespread fear that hospitals would collapse under the weight of the infected.

As more information began to become available, it appeared many of these measures did little good and in fact did substantial harm. Some countries, continued harsh measures, while others began to relax the regulations.

Within the US, typically states and cities run by Democrats continued severe measures and while Republican states, used a lighter touch. It soon became clear that outcomes were no better, and sometimes worse, in states with harsh lockdown policies. Yet, advocates of harsh lockdown decided to follow only the “science” that supported their policies.

This caused a further divide politically in the U.S., with die-hard lockdown politicians seeming to revel in their newly found power to abuse civil liberties, while Republicans began to protest, refused to comply, and mock the excesses of others.

It divided families and friends as well. One group seems forever terrified and wanted to force others to embrace their fears by forcing others to vaccinate, wear masks, and curtail group activities.

Others calculated their own risk and tried as best to go on with their lives within the restrictions.

The vaccinated and boosted members of societies began to get the virus and spread the virus. If this was a vaccine in the traditional sense, it seemed quite ineffectual. Even President Trump, ever eager to brag about “Operation Warp Speed”, began to have doubts about the role he played in all of this.

But, we could have had mass vaccination without lockdown.

Even today, it is not uncommon to see people wearing masks alone while walking outside or riding in a car. It is hard to recall any period in U.S. history where such fear gripped a large segment of the population. The mask became a talisman to ward off evil spirits, it would seem.

To vaccinate very young children, who have virtually no chance of dying from the virus, but yet run the considerable risk of adverse reactions, still continues to be promoted.

Among nations, really only one pursued fundamentally a different strategy. It was generally to protect the vulnerable elderly while leaving younger citizens with lower risk to make their own calculations of risk.

We highlighted this experience in multiple articles to our readers as we found their approach much more balanced and their results really no worse than severe lockdown states.

The country, of course, was Sweden.

Sweden generally has designed a mixed economy, high taxes, generous state-provided benefits, and open immigration, while allowing considerable room for enterprise and personal freedom.

It does not exactly fit the description of a government that would pursue this lighter touch to the pandemic. But English-style democracies like Australia and New Zealand were among the most dictatorial, while quasi-socialist Sweden took another route.

Yet Sweden was constantly mocked for its approach. You just don’t stand apart from a good bureaucratic stampede.

To date, little press has been given to the remarkable difference in Sweden. Perhaps, this is because the information is so embarrassing to the more popular harsh lockdown politicians around the world.

We are proud that at The Prickly Pear, we repeatedly tried to call attention to the Swedish approach with multiple articles.

That is why it is perhaps an encouraging signal that a reckoning is coming for the harsh lockdown crowd with the publication in the Washington Monthly, of a major article on Sweden, and an analysis of all the terrible unintended consequences that followed in the U.S. from harsh lockdown policies.

The Washington Monthly is not known for being particularly conservative and its readership is Beltway elites. That makes their piece on this subject all the more revelatory. This is not a fringe publication, but rather one popular in the corridors of political power, the same corridors that produced awful lockdown policies.

Here are a few snippets from What Sweden Got Right About Covid :

But Sweden seems to have been right. Countries that took the severe route to stem the virus might want to look at the evidence found in a little-known 2021 report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The researchers found that among 11 wealthy peer nations, Sweden was the only one with no excess mortality among individuals under 75. None, zero, zip.

That’s not to say that Sweden had no deaths from COVID. It did. But it appears to have avoided the collateral damage that lockdowns wreaked in other countries. The Kaiser study wisely looked at excess mortality, rather than the more commonly used metric of COVID deaths. This means that researchers examined mortality rates from all causes of death in the 11 countries before the pandemic and compared those rates to mortality from all causes during the pandemic. If a country averaged 1 million deaths per year before the pandemic but had 1.3 million deaths in 2020, excess mortality would be 30 percent.

There are several reasons to use excess mortality rather than COVID deaths to compare countries. The rate of COVID deaths ignores regional and national differences. For example, the desperately poor Central African Republic has a very low rate of fatalities from COVID. But that’s because it has an average life expectancy of 53. People in their 70s are 3,000-fold more susceptible than children to dying of COVID, and even people in their 20s to 50s are far less likely to die than the elderly. So, it’s no surprise that the Central African Republic has a low COVID mortality rate despite its poverty and poor medical care. The U.S., by contrast, with its large elderly population (and general ill-health compared to most wealthy countries), was fertile soil for the coronavirus.

Excess mortality is the smart, objective standard. It includes all deaths, whether from COVID, the indirect effects of COVID (such as people avoiding the hospital during a heart attack), or the side effects of lockdowns. And it gets rid of the problem of underlying differences among countries, allowing a direct comparison of their performance during COVID.”

They go on to say:

Even among the elderly, Sweden’s excess mortality in 2020 was lower than that in the U.S., Belgium, Switzerland, the U.K., the Netherlands, Austria, and France. Canada, Germany, and Australia had lower rates than Sweden among people over the age of 70—probably because Sweden failed to limit nursing home visits at the very beginning of the pandemic.

The U.S., by contrast, had the highest excess mortality rate among all 11 countries in the Kaiser study. We also had a stunning number of COVID deaths—more than 1 million. Our lousy rate is probably due to multiple factors, says Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford University and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Our underlying health is worse than most wealthy countries because of our wide wealth gap, high rates of poverty and obesity, spotty access to high-quality health care for the poor, and an aging population.”

There is much to be learned about this whole Covid affair. Where did it come from? Why did governments react the way they did, even as information came in contradicting their policy? Why did so many people abandon their freedom and responsibility for their own lives? What role did the media play in spreading irrational fear? Will any of our leaders ever be held accountable for their decisions? Where were the checks and balances in our American system?

Maybe the process of self-examination can now begin because a beltway publication is now willing to talk about it. Let’s face it, our leaders, our press, and our medical establishment failed us terribly.

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America is now aware of the Department of Homeland Security’s new ‘Disinformation Governance Board’. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas called disinformation a “threat” that needs to be addressed with federal law enforcement power. (Is it coincidental that Elon Musk will shortly take Twitter private and re-establish a free speech platform in America?)

This new DHS office is the Biden Speech Police and represents an existential threat to our First Amendment and our Republic. Please click the adjacent red TAKE ACTION link for the resources to inform your Senators and Representatives about this unconstitutional and tyrannical assault on American Free Speech and our fierce rejection of it.

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ABSURD: AG Merritt Garland’s New Office of ‘Environmental Justice’ yet another Marxist attack on science and free speech

By Royal A. Brown III

My God, just when I thought it can’t get any worse, the Department of In-Justice and its Chief Arbiter, Marxist Merritt Garland announces a new Federal Agency the “Office of Environmental Justice.”  This is yet another Marxist frontal assault on science and freedom of speech. Watch:

The Office of Environmental Justice,

“[W]ill seek to redress health risks from climate change faced by minorities and low-income people in the United States.”

Another draconian measure designed to force and enforce their Climate Change Agenda. I’ll bet it will also create more Federal Agents with unchecked arrest power as well.   If you think we have bad inflation roaring at 8.5% just wait until this ridiculous agency kicks in and causes costs of everything to soar.

Biden DOJ Announces New ‘Office of Environmental Justice’

“Although violations of our environmental laws can happen anywhere, communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income communities often bear the brunt of the harm caused by environmental crime, pollution, and climate change”

Merrick Garland announced on Thursday that the Department of Justice is launching the Office of Environmental Justice. It speaks volumes about the priorities of this administration.

There are so many major problems in the country right now, and this is their concern.

It’s likely that this is just to remind the left how committed Biden is to fighting climate change. And of course to politicize the language around the topic and criminalize dissent.

Breanne Deppisch reports at the Washington Examiner:

DOJ launches new Office of Environmental Justice

The Justice Department is launching a new Office of Environmental Justice, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday, which will seek to redress health risks from climate change faced by minorities and low-income people in the United States.

You can guess where this is going.

Read full article.

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