Lift A Rock – Find Creepy Crawlies

“Myron Ebell is Director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a libertarian advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. He is also the chairman of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a loose coalition formed in 1997 which presents itself as “focused on dispelling the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis”.
 
In these organizations, Ebell has been central in promoting climate change denial, distributing his views to the media and politicians. Ebell, who is not a scientist, has been described as a climate change skeptic, a climate contrarian and a climate change denier.”
 
See Myron Ebell – Wikipedia
Where does Trump find these crackpots? He’s invited a guy who has fought against every reasonable attempt by government to preserve the environment for later generations to take over the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). This isn’t about Free Speech, having an opinion, etc. It’s about propagandizing harm to the environment.

See also Myron Ebell: Paris Agreement ‘a dead end’ where this guy spouts lies about going to renewable energy being a burden on the economy. He even denies China is busy adopting renewable energy. That’s absolute crap. China is the world’s biggest producer of renewable energy and they are intent on taking a serious dent out of fossil fuel usage.

“Costs have since plummeted and by 2020 China – which is now the world’s top clean energy investor – hopes to be producing 110GW of solar power and 210GW of wind power as part of an ambitious plan to slash pollution and emissions. By 2030, China has pledged to increase the amount of energy coming from non-fossil fuels to 20% of the total.”

This is not a whim on China’s part. They can barely breathe the air in Beijing sometime and that would only get worse if they continue to rely on fossil fuels. Solar power and wind are quite feasible and they are installing capacity at a great rate.

Consider Canada. We are not short of energy and our economy is quite healthy. We get only 25% of our electrical power from fossil fuels and this turkey thinks 20% renewable is impossible? The guy’s looney, just like Trump.

See also Trump is taking advice on the future of the environment from a man who denies basic science

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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9 Responses to Lift A Rock – Find Creepy Crawlies

  1. dougman says:

    “his Trumpists march on Washington, DC and demand Trump assume all power?”

    Heh, the people that voted for him, are too busy making money to be concerned about a march.

  2. Deaf Spy says:

    Now, the courts worked to check that but what happens if his Trumpists march on Washington, DC and demand Trump assume all power?

    And pigs have wings.

    You know, Robert, 53% of all white women in USA voted for Trump. Are all these white women fascists, demanding blood for all colored people? I really doubt that even 0.1% of them would even think about that.

    Being neutral when it comes to Trump and Clinton, I just see how anti-Trumpists are simply refusing to even stop for a minute and think why the hell their beloved lady lost the elections (which Bernie Sanders would have easily won).

  3. Deaf Spy wrote, “I can’t even imagine Trump would be left to take military actions unsanctioned.”

    Trump argued in court that his decisions on matters of security were “unreviewable”. Now, the courts worked to check that but what happens if his Trumpists march on Washington, DC and demand Trump assume all power? Whose side will the military take? We’ve seen the cheers when he visited military posts and promised massive upgrades… If he issues some dangerous/wrong/illegal order, will the military question its legality or execute it? At that moment, the courts are out of the circuit. We live in dangerous times. Just listen to his rhetoric. There’s no moderation. No thoughts of consequences. Just the end justifying the means, any means. That’s dangerous.

  4. Deaf Spy says:

    Hitler did more damage with less.

    Pardon me, but this is plain silly. USA, contrary to post-WWI Germany, has a solid and well-working legislation system, and a Senate. I can’t even imagine Trump would be left to take military actions unsanctioned.

    If you are afraid of military actions, Russia are a much greater danger. Ruled by a self-loving and irrational policeman, with illiterate and wretched population (poor, top alcoholics and drug addicts), corrupted institutions, servile court and non-existing parliament, they are much of a threat. See what happened in Georgia, see what happens in Ukraine. For the last century they got into so many wars one can’t even count.

  5. Deaf Spy wrote, “why this obsession with Trump?”

    I’m not obsessed. USA is. There’s danger in that, combining the world’s strongest military with a puffer-fish like Trump. What will he do when he’s done with all his campaign-promises under “‘merica First!”? Hitler did more damage with less.

  6. dougman wrote, “the EPA has done more damage, and wrecked more lives than any sort of good that it supposedly did.”

    ISTR that we used to drive 8-cylinder tanks as “sedans”. I think the EPA had something to do with giving us smaller/lighter cars with 4-cylinder engines. Good for them.

  7. ram says:

    Some comments on events in Australia from contributors to The Guardian:

    I think Josh Frydenberg the energy minister who along with Malcolm turnbull has declared war on South Australia and renewable energy played silly buggers for political gain and as Mark Butler explained to the belligerent Stan Grant tonight on 7.30 that apart from the Australian Energy Market Operator , Frydenberg is the only person in the country with the power to order the power station to switch on regardless of market forces , for some strange reason he was no where to be found on the one day he was needed. It seems highly coincidental and predictable that the liberal party would come out the next day calling blue murder on renewable energy and brandishing lumps of coal in the house of representatives.
    The public are not idiots the liberal party are interested in coal and that’s the depth of their energy policy, Morrison confirmed that for us yesterday .

    What an absolute shambles. Firstly we have a situation where there is an increase in demand, and a capacity for supply to meet that demand, but the supply is not forthcoming, for reasons not satisfactorily explained by the person supposed to be in charge. Result ? Thousands of Australians are unnecessarily put into blackouts.
    We had the power, there was no technical breakdown, so exactly why was the power not supplied. Secondly, this system (haha) is a national setup, but does the federal government accept any responsibility ? No way. Our Fake PM does not give a hoot.

    One of the founding beliefs in neoliberalism is to get the government out of the way so that the market can operate freely. Can operate freely to screw everyone over using the ENRON manoeuvre. This manoeuvre, well known in business circles, involves the withholding of supply, and then the sudden meeting of demand once prices spike to 10x their actual value. It’s a very successful manoeuvre, and the beauty of it is that the government can pretend that it’s none of their responsibility.

    Wind + Gas backup = Baseload power.
    Wind (Labour state gov) + gas backup (COALition federal government) = Can you see where this is heading? Does the term “pull the rug out from underneath someone’s feet” mean anything here?

  8. dougman says:

    Pogsey, the EPA has done more damage, and wrecked more lives than any sort of good that it supposedly did.

    But off topic slightly. South Australia, the world’s renewable energy crash test dummy, is once again experiencing horrendous power price spikes and rolling blackouts, thanks to excessive reliance on wind, a lack of dispatch-able power capacity, and high demand caused by a summer heatwave.

    Global Warming, Global Cooling, Climate Change are all scams to tax people. Sans subsidies, renewables lose big time. Renewables won’t work, even if climate claims are remotely true.

    Take for instance, Australia.

    Rolling Blackouts in South Australia on 40ºC day

    Demand nearly 3000MW, Wind 100MW

    Spot price hits $13,440/MWh !!

    Wind power is only producing 7% rated capacity.

    http://joannenova.com.au/2017/02/rolling-blackouts-in-sa-in-40c-heat/

    Looks accurate to me, wind power will NEVER provide the rated capacity required.

  9. Deaf Spy says:

    Robert, sorry, but why this obsession with Trump? I mean, he’s a president of USA, not Canada. What is your problem?

    For example, I care that Erdogan is a president of Turkey, because he spoils the country as a tourist destination, and Turkish kitchen is one of the good things in this world. But I can’t care less who the president of Greece is, for instance.

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