IT IS TIME TO END POLITICAL CORRUPTION: STARTING WITH FEDERAL EXTORTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
If an issue cannot generate bi-partisan legislative support in the Congress, it appears that the progressive socialist democrats will attempt to force states to knuckle under to their extortion by withholding federal funds that rightfully belong to the taxpayers from which they were confiscated in the first place.
The existing facts are simple: global warming is nothing more than a hypothesis supported by deeply flawed computer models and statistically manipulated data, and extreme weather events are most likely attributable to ENSO [El Niño (La Niña) Southern Oscillation] than to global warming.
Winters, during the El Niño effect, are warmer and drier than average in the Northwest, northern Midwest, and northern Mideast United States, so those regions experience reduced snowfalls. Meanwhile, significantly wetter winters are present in northwest Mexico and the southwest United States, including central and southern California, while both cooler and wetter than average winters in northeast Mexico and the southeast United States (including the Tidewater region of Virginia) occur during the El Niño phase of the oscillation. <Source>
La Niña causes mostly the opposite effects of El Niño, above-average precipitation across the northern Midwest, the northern Rockies, Northern California, and the Pacific Northwest's southern and eastern regions. Meanwhile, precipitation in the southwestern and southeastern states is below average. This also allows for the development of many stronger-than-average hurricanes in the Atlantic and less in the Pacific. <Source>
“ENSO causes extreme weather (such as floods and droughts) in many regions of the world. Developing countries dependent upon agriculture and fishing, particularly those bordering the Pacific Ocean, are the most affected.” <Source>
And according to another peer-reviewed climate study …
“We have shown that the Southern Oscillation is a dominant and consistent influence on mean global temperature.”
“Shifts in temperature are consistent with shifts in the SOI that occur about 7 months earlier. The relationship weakens or breaks down at times of volcanic eruption in the tropics, and meridional heat dispersal likely accounts for this.”
“The slight fall in temperatures prior to the Great Pacific Climate Shift can be attributed to the increasing dominance of positive SOI values (i.e., toward La Nina) leading up to that event and the rise in temperatures following the shift can be attributed to the dominance of negative SOI values since (i.e., a period of extended El Nino tendencies).”
“Since the mid-1990s, little volcanic activity has been observed in the tropics and global average temperatures have risen and fallen in close accord with the SOI of 7 months earlier.”
Finally, this study has shown that natural climate forcing associated with ENSO is a major contributor to variability and perhaps recent trends in global temperature, a relationship that is not included in current global climate models.
<Source: McLean, J.D., de Freitas, C.R. and Carter, R.M. 2009. Influence of the Southern Oscillation on tropospheric temperature. Journal of Geophysical Research 114: 10.1029/2008JD011637>
And, the science is far from settled …
Of course, not everyone agrees which negates the theory that the science of global warming is settled as per this comment by other climate researchers responding to the original paper in the manner that scientific inquiry is conducted. <Comment on “Influence of the Southern Oscillation on tropospheric temperature” by J. D. McLean, C. R. de Freitas, and R. M. Carter>
Governors need only acknowledge the existence of historical extreme weather events and the probability that such extreme weather events will occur in the future. It is intellectually dishonest and outright coercive that they acknowledge and support an unproven hypothesis in order to secure federal funding that is rightfully theirs.
FEMA to deny funds to warming deniers -- States whose governors refuse to acknowledge climate change will not get preparedness aid.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change.
The policy doesn't affect federal money for relief after a hurricane, flood, or other disaster. Specifically, beginning in March 2016, states seeking preparedness money will have to assess how climate change threatens their communities. Governors will have to sign off on hazard-mitigation plans. While some states, including New York, have already started incorporating climate risks in their plans, most haven't because FEMA's 2008 guidelines didn't require it.
Climate change affects droughts, rainfall, and tornado activity. Fracking is being linked to more earthquakes, he said. "This could affect state leaders across the country."
<Source: FEMA to deny funds to warming deniers>
Bottom line …
Pushing such public policy mitigation efforts such as carbon taxes, cap-and-trade arrangements, and other freedom-limiting public policies on the basis of an unproven hypothesis is not sound public policy and points to the corruption and cronyism that is killing America.
Governors have a duty to mitigate weather hazards such as reinforcing infrastructure, levees, water capture and conservation dams, water control channels, flood and irrigation routes, as well as other mitigation activities. But this should not be a carte blanch to impose additional taxes and restrictions based on the political agenda of the progressive socialist democrats.
Perhaps, the very first step that should be taken is to abolish the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) or to change its fundamental charter to examine ALL – not just man-made -- influences relating to global climate. To determine man’s input into the system and the degree to which this input actually changes global climate. Additionally, the current terrestrial temperature datasets must be re-examined and re-computed without statistical manipulation that appears to add artificial warming where none really exists.
Time of Day Changes Affect the Final Warming Bias
It is time to sanction those government agencies that are headed by unelected hyper-partisan political appointees and whose rules and regulations only set the stage for a long and costly court battle where the public loses and the attorneys for both sides win.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS