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Small Business Group Blames ‘Climate Change’ for Rising Costs
Cybercast News Service ^ | August 7, 2013 - 10:30 AM | Alissa Tabirian

Posted on 08/08/2013 2:55:26 AM PDT by Olog-hai

The Small Business Majority, an advocacy group working to influence public policy, says that small businesses are facing higher costs due to extreme weather conditions, including floods, droughts, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, and a rise in sea level many claim is a result of man-made global warming. “Small businesses are particularly at risk from climate change and the extreme weather events it causes and must take steps to adapt,” the organization said in a new report. …

But when CNSNews.com asked the group’s spokeswoman how small businesses can be negatively affected when there has not been any significant global warming for the past 15 years, she responded: “The Small Business Majority and the American Sustainable Business Council prepared a report on climate change preparedness, and how small businesses are vulnerable to massive losses in the event of extreme weather events.” …

However, according to data compiled by the National Hurricane Center, an average of 5.6 major hurricanes struck the U.S. during the last five decades, compared to an average of 8.4 over the preceding 50 years. …

(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Weather; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: climatechangehoax; frontorganization; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; smallbizmajority
They call for “collective” action on this non-issue. That one word ought to say it all.
1 posted on 08/08/2013 2:55:27 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Too many so-called advocates are merely agitators.


2 posted on 08/08/2013 3:03:19 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Olog-hai

The first question I would ask “Small Business Majority” and “American Sustainable Business Council” would be:

“How many members do you have and where do you get your funding from?”

The second question after that is:

“Do you know approximately how many small businesses there are in the US, and what percentage of them are members of your group(s)?”

This is just another couple of examples in an endless line of specious groups pretending to speak for vested parties on issues that often do not EXIST. Their purpose is disinformation, fomentation, activism, and political change through deceit.


3 posted on 08/08/2013 3:09:39 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Olog-hai

“They call for “collective” action on this non-issue. That one word ought to say it all.”
_______________________________________________

In other words, “Give us money”.


4 posted on 08/08/2013 3:11:39 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Olog-hai
businesses are facing higher costs due to extreme weather conditions, including floods, droughts, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, and a rise in sea level many claim...

...and don't forget sharknados.

5 posted on 08/08/2013 3:12:10 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Gaffer

Did some surfing:

According to the SBA, there are about 5+ million small businesses that employ people; about 23 million small businesses that don’t employ people:

Looking at Small Business MAJORITY’s website:

If you search for their member ‘profile examples’ there are no more than 150 (that’s generous). Some states like mine, Georgia, have no examples at all.

I submit that their ‘example profiles’ are really just their total members. 150 One Hundred Fifty - out of 5 million, or worse, out of 23 million.

The name of their group “blah, blah MAJORITY” tells you what they are. An old liberal trick....make up a group, give it a name, pump out reams of bullshit, and hope some lazy assed reporter picks it up, hoping to spew lies as truth to the American people.


6 posted on 08/08/2013 3:18:03 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Flick Lives

OK!! Everybody pay attention!

Lesson for today:

1. The sun is 1,300,000 times as big as the earth.

2. The sun is a ball of fire that controls our climates.

3. The earth is a rock.

4. The earth is a speck in comparison to the size of the sun.

5. Inhabitants of the earth are less than specks.

Study Question: How do less-than-specks in congress plan to control the sun?


7 posted on 08/08/2013 3:18:32 AM PDT by abclily
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To: Gaffer

Terrific post. A model of how to speak to these imposters.


8 posted on 08/08/2013 3:19:30 AM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: Gaffer

“CommuPravda”


9 posted on 08/08/2013 3:19:31 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Gaffer

good work


10 posted on 08/08/2013 3:21:34 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: Olog-hai

Things liberals have blamed on AGW...sounds almost like a list of things that piss muslims off...

Acne, agricultural land increase, Afghan poppies destroyed, Africa devastated,  Africa in conflict, African aid threatened, African summer frost, aggressive weeds, air pressure changes,  airport malaria, Agulhas current, Alaska reshaped, moves,  allergy season longer, alligators in the Thames, Alps melting, Amazon a desert, American dream end,  amphibians breeding earlier (or not),  anaphylactic reactions to bee stings,  ancient forests dramatically changed, animals head for the hills, animals shrink, Antarctic grass flourishes, Antarctic ice grows, Antarctic ice shrinks, Antarctic sea life at risk,   anxiety treatment, algal blooms, archaeological sites threatened, Arctic bogs melt, Arctic in bloom, Arctic ice free, Arctic ice melt faster, Arctic lakes disappear, Arctic tundra to burn, Arctic warming (not), Atlantic less salty, Atlantic more salty,   atmospheric circulation modified, attack of the killer jellyfish, avalanches reduced, avalanches increased,  Baghdad snow, Bahrain under water,  bananas grow, barbarisation, beer shortage, beetle infestation, bet for $10,000,  better beer, big melt faster, billion dollar research projects, billion homeless, billions face risk, billions of deaths, bird distributions change, bird loss accelerating, birds shrinking, bird strikes, bird visitors drop, birds confused, birds decline (Wales), birds driven north, birds return early, bittern boom ends, blackbirds stop singing, blackbirds threatened, Black Hawk down,  blood contaminated, blue mussels return, bluetongue, brain eating amoebae, brains shrink, bridge collapse (Minneapolis), Britain one big city, Britain Siberian,  brothels struggle, brown Ireland, bubonic plague, budget increases, Buddhist temple threatened,  building collapse, building season extension, bushfires, business opportunities, business risks,  butterflies move north, camel deaths,  cancer deaths in England,cannibalism, cannibalism again,  caterpillar biomass shift, cave paintings threatened,  childhood insomnia, Cholera, circumcision in decline, cirrus disappearance, civil unrest, cloud increase,  coast beauty spots lost, cockroach migration,  coffee threatened, cold climate creatures survive, cold spells (Australia), cold wave (India), computer models, conferences, conflict, conflict with Russia,  consumers foot the bill, coral bleaching, coral fish suffer, coral reefs dying, coral reefs grow, coral reefs shrink , coral reefs twilight,  cost of trillions, cougar attacks, crabgrass menace,  cradle of civilisation threatened, creatures move uphill, crime increase, crocodile sex, crops devastated, crumbling roads, buildings and sewage systems, curriculum change,  cyclones (Australia),   danger to kid’s health, Darfur, Dartford Warbler plague,  death rate increase (US), deaths to reach 6 million, Dengue hemorrhagic fever, depression, desert advance,  desert retreat,  destruction of the environment,  disappearance of coastal cities, disasters, diseases move from animals to humans, diseases move north, dog disease, Dolomites collapse, dozen deadly diseases, drought,   ducks and geese decline, dust bowl in the corn belt, early marriages, early spring, earlier pollen season,  Earth biodiversity crisis, Earth dying, Earth even hotter, Earth light dimming, Earth lopsided, Earth melting, Earth morbid fever, Earth on fast track, Earth past point of no return, Earth slowing down,  Earth spins faster, Earth to explode, earth upside down,  earthquakes, earthquakes redux, earthquakes redux 2, Egypt revolt, El Niño intensification, end of the world as we know it, erosion, emerging infections, encephalitis, English villages lost, equality threatened, Europe simultaneously baking and freezing,  eutrophication, evolution accelerating, expansion of university climate groups, extinctions (human, civilisation,  logic, Inuit, smallest butterfly, cod, ladybirds,  pikas, polar bears,   possums,  walrus,   toads,  plants, salmon, trout,  wild flowers, woodlice,  a million species, half of all animal and plant species, mountain species,  not polar bears, barrier reef, leaches, salamanders, tropical insects) experts muzzled, extreme changes to California, fading fall foliage, fainting,  famine, farmers benefit, farmers go under, farm output boost,  fashion disaster, fever, figurehead sacked, fir cone bonanza, fish bigger, fish catches drop, fish downsize,  fish catches rise, fish deaf, fish get lost, fish head north, fish stocks at risk, fish stocks decline, five million illnesses, flames stoked, flesh eating disease, flood patterns change, floods,  floods of beaches and cities, flood of migrants, flood preparation for crisis, Florida economic decline, flowers in peril, fog (more) in San Francisco,  fog (less) in San Francisco,  food poisoning, food prices rise, food prices soar, food security threat (SA), football team migration,  footpath erosion, forest decline, forest expansion, frog with extra heads, frostbite, frost damage increased,  frosts, fungi fruitful, fungi invasion, games change, Garden of Eden wilts, geese decline in Hampshire, genetic diversity decline, gene pools slashed, giant oysters invade,  giant pythons invade, giant squid migrate, gingerbread houses collapse, glacial earthquakes, glacial retreat,  glacial growth, glacier grows (California), glacier wrapped, global cooling, global dimming, glowing clouds,  golf course to drown, golf Masters wrecked, grandstanding, grasslands wetter, Great Barrier Reef 95% dead, Great Lakes drop,  great tits cope, greening of the North,  Grey whales lose weight, Gulf Stream failure, habitat loss, haggis threatened, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome,  harmful algae,  harvest increase, harvest shrinkage, hay fever epidemic, health affected, health of children harmed, health risks, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes (Australia), heat waves, hibernation affected,   hibernation ends too soon, hibernation ends too late, HIV epidemic, homeless 50 million, hornets, high court debates, human development faces unprecedented reversal, human fertility reduced, human health risk, human race oblivion, hurricanes,  hurricane reduction, hurricanes fewer, hurricanes not,  hydropower problems, hyperthermia deaths, ice age, ice sheet growth, ice sheet shrinkage, icebergs,  illegal immigration, illness and death, inclement weather, India drowning, infrastructure failure (Canada),  industry threatened, infectious diseases,  inflation in China, insect explosion, insurance premium rises, Inuit displacement, Inuit poisoned, Inuit suing, invasion of cats,  invasion of crabgrass, invasion of herons, invasion of jellyfish, invasion of king crabs, invasion of midges,  island disappears, islands sinking, itchier poison ivy, jellyfish explosion, jets fall from sky, jet stream drifts north, Kew Gardens taxed, kidney stones, kidney stones again, killer cornflakes, killing us, kitten boom, koalas under threat, krill decline, lake and stream productivity decline, lake empties, lake shrinking and growing, landslides, landslides of ice at 140 mph, lawsuits increase, lawsuit successful,  lawyers’ income increased (surprise surprise!),  lawyers want more, legionnaires’ surge,  lives saved, Loch Ness monster dead, locust plagues suppressed, Lopsided Earth, lush growth in rain forests,   Malaria,   mammoth dung melt, mango harvest fails, Maple production advanced, Maple syrup shortage, marine diseases, marine food chain decimated, Meaching (end of the world), Mediterranean rises, megacryometeors, Melanoma, Melanoma decline, methane emissions from plants, methane burps, methane runaway, melting permafrost, Middle Kingdom convulses, migration, migration difficult (birds), migratory birds huge losses, microbes to decompose soil carbon more rapidly, minorities hit, monkeys on the move, Mont Blanc grows, monuments imperiled, moose dying, more bad air days,   more research needed, mortality increased, mountain (Everest) shrinking,  mountaineers fears,  mountains break up, mountains green and flowering,   mountains taller, mortality lower,  Myanmar cyclone, narwhals at risk, National security implications, native wildlife overwhelmed, natural disasters  quadruple, new islands, next ice age, NFL threatened, Nile delta damaged, noctilucent clouds, no effect in India, Northwest Passage opened, nuclear plants bloom, oaks dying,  oaks move north,  ocean acidification, ocean acidification faster, ocean dead zones unleashed, ocean deserts expand, ocean waves speed up, oceans noisier, opera house to be destroyed, outdoor hockey threatened,   ozone repair slowed, ozone rise, Pacific dead zone, penguin chicks frozen, personal carbon rationing, pest outbreaks, pests increase, phenology shifts,  plankton blooms, plankton destabilised,  plants lose protein, plants march north, plants move uphill,  polar bears aggressive, polar bears cannibalistic, polar bears deaf,   polar bears drowning,   polar bears eating themselves,   polar tours scrapped, popcorn rise, porpoise astray, profits collapse, prostitution, psychiatric illness,   puffin decline,  radars taken out, railroad tracks deformed, rainfall increase, rape wave, refugees,  reindeer endangered, release of ancient frozen viruses, resorts disappear, rice threatened, rice yields crash,  rift on Capitol Hill, rioting and nuclear war, Rise and Fall of Rome,    river flow impacted, rivers raised, roads wear out, robins rampant,   rocky peaks crack apart, roof of the world a desert, rooftop bars, Ross river disease,  ruins ruined,  Russia under pressure, salinity reduction, salinity increase,  Salmonella,  Salmon Decline,  satellites accelerate, school closures, sea level rise, sea level rise faster, seals mating more, sewer bills rise, severe thunderstorms, sex change, sexual promiscuity, shark attacks, sharks booming, sharks moving north, sheep shrink, shop closures, short-nosed dogs endangered,  shrinking ponds, shrinking shrine, ski resorts threatened, skin cancer, slow death, smaller brains, smog, snowfall increase, snowfall heavy,   soaring food prices, societal collapse, soil change, songbirds change eating habits, sour grapes, space problem, spectacular orchids, spiders invade Scotland, squid aggressive giants, squid population explosion, squid tamed, squirrels reproduce earlier, stingray invasion, storms wetter, stormwater drains stressed, street crime to increase, subsidence, suicide, swordfish in the Baltic, Tabasco tragedy, taxes, tectonic plate movement, teenage drinking, terrorism, threat to peace, ticks move northward (Sweden), tides rise, tigers eat people, tomatoes rot, tornado outbreak, tourism increase, trade barriers, trade winds weakened, traffic jams,  transportation threatened, tree foliage increase (UK),   tree growth slowed, trees in trouble, trees less colourful,  trees more colourful, trees lush, tropics expansion, tropopause raised, truffle shortage, truffles down, turtles crash, turtle feminised, turtles lay earlier, UFO sightings, UK coastal impact, UK Katrina, uprooted - 6 million, Vampire bats, Vampire moths, Venice flooded, violin decline, volcanic eruptions, volcanic eruptions redux, Iceland volcano eruption,   walrus pups orphaned,  walrus stampede, war, war between US and Canada, wars over water, wars sparked, wars threaten billions, wasps, water bills double, water scarcity (20% of increase), water stress, weather out of its mind, weather patterns awry, Western aid cancelled out,  West Nile fever, whales lose weight, whales move north, whales wiped out, wheat yields crushed in Australia,  wildfires, wind shift, wind reduced,  wine - harm to Australian industry, wine industry damage (California),  wine industry disaster (US),  wine - more English, wine -  England too hot, wine -German boon, wine - no more French ,  wine passé (Napa), wine stronger, winters in Britain colder, winter in Britain dead, witchcraft executions, wolves eat more moose, wolves eat less, workers laid off, World at war, World War 4, World bankruptcy, World in crisis, World in flames, Yellow fever...

AND...

Small business costs rising.


11 posted on 08/08/2013 3:23:50 AM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: agere_contra

I got so pissed, I logged onto CRS website and told them how journalistically lazy the author was.

She fell for these two groups’ bait and switch claims and started running off examining hurricane data when she should have checked out her sources first.

Shoddy work giving collective significance to a group that comprises a miniscule percentage of real American Small Businesses.


12 posted on 08/08/2013 3:31:28 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Olog-hai.
But when CNSNews.com asked the group’s spokeswoman how small businesses can be negatively affected when there has not been any significant global warming for the past 15 years, she responded: "The Small Business Majority and the American Sustainable Business Council prepared a report on climate change preparedness, and how small businesses are vulnerable to massive losses in the event of extreme weather events."
IOW, Astroturf.


13 posted on 08/08/2013 3:39:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Olog-hai

If ever I had a suspicion that a grass roots group was Astro-turf, this is it. “We are a small business group that favors more regulation and taxing of small businesses.” Sure thing.


14 posted on 08/08/2013 3:39:14 AM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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Liberals Love to Create Phony Groups to Promote High taxes and Bad Policies

They're based in San Francisco. On gaydar their CEO lights up the display.


15 posted on 08/08/2013 3:52:00 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: skr

“Too many so-called advocates are merely agitators.”

They are also part of a growing n umber of people I meet who are (either deliberately or naively) in denial about why the economy is stagnant. I’ve had managers in retail try to explain it away as seasonal fluctuations (then act bewildered when the “slow season” ends with no uptick in business), and people in charge of charity drives point to the stock market to explain the drop in giving (while their average donor wasn’t tied to the market at all); in all cases nobody wanted to say: PEOPLE HAVE LESS DISCRETIONARY MONEY TO SPEND.

Five years into Obamunism, and they won’t tell it like it is...


16 posted on 08/08/2013 3:57:39 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Olog-hai

They keep shoveling this horse crap hoping some fool will buy it.


17 posted on 08/08/2013 4:10:22 AM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: Olog-hai

Collective Indeed:

“The Small Business Majority is a liberal Democratic group based in San Francisco.

http://calwatchdog.com/2012/10/26/new-small-biz-survey-supports-tax-increases/#sthash.UDKzPbvd.dpuf";

Hard Leftist think piece article that mentions the American Sustainable Business Council:

The Ascendant and Necessary Transition to a New Economy

https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/03/01-7

“These most forward thinking businesses have joined together to create a new political voice for themselves called the American Sustainable Business Council. From energy and climate change to fair elections and taxation, ASBC is bringing the new business voice to politics.”

“More and more each day, we see the need for a fundamental transformation that would take us well beyond 20th century notions of capitalism, socialism, communism, etc. People were much more optimistic about capitalism than they are today, as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce now recognizes.”

ABSOLUTE LEFTIST PROPAGANDA

And the repeated use of the word “new” is a dead give away.


18 posted on 08/08/2013 4:13:54 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, since then a State in the US, but it is Still Texas where I live.)
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To: Bikkuri

Not “CommunPravda”, Agenda21 plain and simple signed off by Bush1 and steam rolling across the America and the rest of the world.


19 posted on 08/08/2013 4:14:59 AM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: Olog-hai

Bottom line:

Americans elected/re elected a guy with

• NO business acumen
• NO conception of W O R K
• NO conception of how wealth works
• NO regard for working people
• NO interest in the success of businesses (large OR small)
• NO intention of easing the burden of regulations businesses (large OR small)
• NO sense of the personal sacrifice which small business owners routinely make, just to stay IN business
• NO comprehension of either domestic or global economy

I could do this all day and never finish the list


20 posted on 08/08/2013 4:18:32 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: Gaffer

Thats true. If you look into most of these groups you will find the same people. They are also receiving large amounts of fed tax dollars and employ advertising agencies to create the perception they are a large mainstream organization . Actually the truth is they are run out of a livingroom at someones house. They use virtual offices rented by name at some impressive address and have virtual telephone services with many extensions all going to the same phone. CAIR is a good example of this type of group. When they make public appearances for media the rent crowds to give airs of legitimacy.


21 posted on 08/08/2013 4:25:09 AM PDT by DeWalt
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To: Gaffer

All a person needs is a fax machine, a computer and some fancy letterhead and they can become any advocacy group they desire. Fax “news releases” to MSM outlets and, if they are controversial enough, they will give you nation wide exposure. For good measure, put a place on your website or facebook page for donations to you cause and you will rake in millions.


22 posted on 08/08/2013 4:31:29 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Olog-hai

If you want to get at the head of the beast, look into a group called the Aspen Institute. This is where goverment and corporate ideas and people interact. This is where your lower generals are trained. I retired from a large energy company and if you got to V.P. level you had to go to one of their “Retreats” to get your lobotomy. If you didn’t have certificates from this group hanging on your wall you went nowhere up the ladder. If you research the members list you will be amazed who you will find. Many seem like contradictions as a lot of goverment policy seems be at odds with their business.


23 posted on 08/08/2013 4:53:30 AM PDT by DeWalt
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To: SMARTY
The poster boy of the leftist propaganda tactic:


24 posted on 08/08/2013 7:48:00 AM PDT by Reeses
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