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Victor Davis Hanson: Global Warming RIP? The issue seems deader than a doornail.
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | October 27, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 10/27/2011 6:51:45 PM PDT by neverdem

Global Warming — RIP?
The issue seems deader than a doornail.

Not long ago, candidate Obama promised to cool the planet and lower the rising seas. Indeed, he campaigned on passing “cap-and-trade” legislation, a radical, costly effort to reduce America’s traditional carbon energy use.

The theory was that new taxes and greater regulations would make Americans pay more for fossil-fuel energy — a good thing if it reduced our burning of coal, oil, and gas. Obama was not shy in admitting that under his green plans, electricity prices would “necessarily skyrocket.” His energy secretary, Steven Chu, at one point even said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe” — that is, about $8–10 per gallon. Fairly or not, the warming movement appeared to be a tiny elite attempting to impose costs on a poorer and supposedly less informed middle class.

But despite a Democrat-controlled House and Senate in 2009–2010, President Obama never passed into law any global-warming legislation. Now the issue is deader than a doornail — despite the efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency to enact new regulations that would never pass Congress.

So what happened to the global-warming craze?

Corruption within the climate-change industry explains some of the sudden turnoff. “Climategate” — the unauthorized 2009 release of private e-mails from the Climatic Research Unit in the United Kingdom — revealed that many of the world’s top climate scientists were knee-deep in manipulating scientific evidence to support preconceived conclusions and personal agendas. Shrill warnings about everything from melting Himalayan glaciers to shrinking polar-bear populations turned out not always to be supported by scientific facts.

Unfortunately, during the last three years “green” has also become synonymous with Solyndra-style crony capitalism. Commonsense ideas like more windmills, solar panels, retro-fitted houses, and electric cars have all been in the news lately. But the common themes were depressingly similar: few jobs created and little competitively priced energy produced, but plenty of political donors who landed hundreds of millions of dollars in low-interest loans from the government.

Of course, it didn’t help that the world’s most prominent green spokesman, Nobel laureate Al Gore, made tens of millions of dollars from his own advocacy. And he adopted a lifestyle of jet travel and energy-hungry homes at odds with his pleas for everyone else to cut back.

But even without the corruption and hypocrisy, sincere advocates of the theory of man-made global warming themselves overreached. At news that the planet had not heated up at all during the last ten years, “global warming” gave way to “climate change” — as if to warn the public that unseasonable cold or wet weather was just as man-caused as were the old specters of drought and scorching temperatures.

Then, when “climate change” was still not enough to frighten the public into action, yet a third term followed: “climate chaos.” Suddenly some “green experts” claimed that even more terrifying disasters — from periodic hurricanes and tornadoes to volcanoes and earthquakes — could for the first time be attributed to the burning of fossil fuels. At that point, serially changing the name of the problem suggested to many that there might not be such a problem after all.

Current hard times also explain the demise of global-warming advocacy. With high unemployment and near-nonexistent economic growth, Americans do not want to shut down generating plants or pay new surcharges on their power bills. Most people worry first about having any car that runs — not whether it’s a more expensive green hybrid model.

Over the last half-century, Americans have agreed that smoky plants and polluting industries needed to be cleaned up. But when the green movement began to classify clean-burning heat as a pollutant, it began to lose the cash-strapped public.

While the Obama administration was subsidizing failed or inefficient green industries, radical breakthroughs in domestic fossil-fuel exploration and recovery — especially horizontal drilling and fracking — have vastly increased the known American reserves of gas and oil. Modern efficient engines have meant that both can be consumed with little, if any, pollution — at a time when a struggling U.S. economy is paying nearly half-a-trillion dollars for imported fossil fuels. The public apparently would prefer developing more of our own gas, oil, shale, tar sands, and coal as an alternative to going broke by either importing more fuels from abroad or subsidizing more inefficient windmills and solar panels at home.

We simply don’t know positively whether recent human activity has caused the planet to warm up to dangerous levels. But we do know that those who insist it has are sometimes disingenuous, often profit-minded, and nearly always impractical.

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author, most recently, of The End of Sparta, a novel about ancient freedom. © 2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 10/27/2011 6:51:50 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Mittens is still at it.


2 posted on 10/27/2011 6:54:57 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: neverdem; Nervous Tick; SteamShovel; Tunehead54; golux; tubebender; Fractal Trader; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

3 posted on 10/27/2011 6:55:52 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: neverdem

It’s going to be a big business in the windmill recycling business in a number of years.

Tear them down, ship the materials to various boneyards.

And we’ll probably have to pay for it all over again.


4 posted on 10/27/2011 7:01:21 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: quantim

They can’t shut the windmills down.
We’re depending on the shredded poultry downstream to feed the starving victims of the Baraqqi Depression.


5 posted on 10/27/2011 7:03:21 PM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: neverdem
Global Warming — RIP?
The issue seems deader than a doornail.


Don't bet the farm on it.

Libs have a way of resurrecting these pet issues, if at first they fail. Lefties will let it rest for a few years -- after memories fade -- and start the issue again under some other catchy name.


6 posted on 10/27/2011 7:03:42 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: neverdem

Another good article.


7 posted on 10/27/2011 7:03:59 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: neverdem

California, which now has cap & trade, hasn’t gotten this message.


8 posted on 10/27/2011 7:09:09 PM PDT by umgud
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To: neverdem

It’s not dead. This is a religion with a following, prophet, dispensations, doomsday message (unless we repent), all the trappings. Driven by hard cash to the promoters.


9 posted on 10/27/2011 7:10:59 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: neverdem

It is not dead to Obama and the EPA.
They are about to crush us with regulation.

Don’t get complacent.


10 posted on 10/27/2011 7:11:33 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Precisely so. CA just implemented cap and trade regulations in the last week, and the EPA is already crushing us, it just hasn’t made most people’s radar. Once about 15% of our coal capacity shuts down in the next couple years due to new regulations put in place in the last 6 months, it’ll really get on people’s radar.


11 posted on 10/27/2011 7:15:11 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: neverdem

There never was an issue.

Just a bunch of evil leftists trying to manufacture a crisis so that they can empower government to “solve it”.

Only the stupidest of the stupid or the complicit would go along.

Enter Mitt R0mney and Krispy Kreme Christy.


12 posted on 10/27/2011 7:22:01 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: neverdem

The Department of Energy is still throwing billions down this rathole.

And the EPA is still crushing whole industries with its regulations.

It will be over when the government gets out of the green energy business. And they won’t, because it’s a perfect way to destroy the economy and shovel pork to your friends and donors. It won’t end until someone with real common sense and guts and moral principles is elected to the White House, with a congress willing to support her.

Sarah Palin was such a person, but I don’t see anyone else in sight, and she’s not running.


13 posted on 10/27/2011 7:25:38 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: steelyourfaith

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14 posted on 10/27/2011 7:31:39 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: neverdem
Obama promised to cool the planet and lower the rising seas.

Mission Accomplished!

The world has been cooling in the last 12 years, and the seas haven't been rising, so Obama must've done something right.

What?!? He hasn't been president the president for the last 12 years? Then, who's responsible for the cooling then? And the calm seas?

Is someone lying to us? Hmmm.... wonder who?
15 posted on 10/27/2011 7:49:28 PM PDT by adorno (<)
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16 posted on 10/27/2011 8:04:56 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: SaraJohnson

Mittens?


17 posted on 10/27/2011 8:16:16 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: neverdem

It’s snowing here in southern New Hampshire tonight...earliest snowfall I’ve seen since arriving here 20 years ago.


18 posted on 10/27/2011 8:17:56 PM PDT by mkleesma (`Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.')
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To: mkleesma

Climate Change!


19 posted on 10/27/2011 8:37:33 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: neverdem
RIP? The issue seems deader than a doornail...not according to candidate Huntsman, who on Fox this week insisted that he had heard that 96 out of 100 respectable scientists believed in man-made global warming - helps explain why he's at 1% in the polls maybe......
20 posted on 10/27/2011 8:57:16 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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