Posted: December 1, 2016 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Economics, Politics, White House | Tags: Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Donald Trump, Environment, EPA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Presidency of George W. Bush, Regulations, Republican Party (United States)
The Regulatory Gray Goo Nightmare
Paul Bedard reports: The new implementation of EPA rules on heavy trucks has boosted the 10-year regulatory burden on America past $1 trillion, 75 percent of which have been imposed by the Obama administration.
That amounts to a one-time charge of $3,080 per person, or an annual cost of $540, according to a new analysis from American Action Forum.
“In other words, each year every person, regardless of age, in the nation is responsible for paying roughly $540 in regulatory costs. These burdens might take the form of higher prices, fewer jobs, or reduced wages,” said AAF’s Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the watchdog group.
The staggering amount is likely to surge even higher as President Obama scrambles to lock in several environmental regulations before leaving office. He has already broken records for new regulations and added red tape this year and still has 50 days in office.
Incoming President-elect Trump has promised to kill two current regulations for every new one he adds.
[Read the full story here, at Washington Examiner]
The new high in regulatory costs, said Batkins, came after new fuel standards for trucks were implemented. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 26, 2016 Filed under: Economics, Global, History, Think Tank | Tags: Air Pollution, Bacteria, Capitalism, Disease, Economic planning, Environment, Free Markets, Health, Indoor air quality, Industrial Revolution, Life expectancy, Pollution, Sick building syndrome, University of California, University of Surrey
Contrary to popular myth, the environment over the past 200 years has become less polluted and toxic for humans.
In July 1924, Calvin Coolidge Jr., the Presdient’s 16-year-old son, died of an infection from a toe blister he got playing tennis on the White House lawn. The bacteria that took young Calvin’s life is staphylococcus aureus, known as “staph.” …
Were health-care products such as antibiotics, antibacterial ointments, and inexpensive clean and disposable bandages available 92 years ago, Calvin Coolidge Jr., would have escaped the bacterial pollution that killed him. Factories and vehicles used to produce and distribute these items use energy, and dispense waste. But capitalist production and consumption are not destroying a pristine Eden. Instead, capitalist production and consumption are replacing more immediate and more lethal forms of environmental pollution for less immediate and less lethal forms.
We denizens of modern market economies are today largely free not only of the filth of lethal staph infections, but also of other up-close and dangerous pollutants that our ancestors routinely endured, or died of. We sleep, in sturdy buildings, on beds that rest on hard floors beneath hard roofs. Our pre-industrial ancestors did not. Save for the tiny fraction of people in the nobility and clergy, nearly everyone slept in flimsy huts on dirt floors beneath thatched roofs. (Sometimes these dirt floors would be strewn with hay, thresh, to make them less unpleasant.)
Not only were thresh-strewn dirt floors obvious sources of regular up-close pollution of a sort that is unknown to a typical first-world person today, thatched roof themselves were ferments of filth. They kept out rain and cold less effectively than our modern dwellings. Worse, they were home to rats, mice, birds, spiders, hornets, and other animals, which would drop their own wastes onto the huts’ inhabitants. They were also highly flammable.
Of course these pre-industrial huts contained no running water or indoor plumbing. Daily bathing and other routines of personal hygiene that we moderns take for granted were largely unknown to most before the industrial revolution.
For heat in the winter families would bring farm animals into the huts, especially at night. To shield themselves from the droppings of these farm animals, each of these families would cut a trench in the floor across the width their hut. They’d sleep on the side of the trench opposite where the animals slept. Unfortunately, the trench did little to protect the family from whatever insects the animals brought into the huts with them. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 29, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Activism, Advertising, Audi, Automobile, comedy, Environment, Extremism, Green Movement, Green Police, Parody, Progressivism, propaganda, satire, Stalinism, Superbowl 2010, TV Commercial, YouTube
Posted: August 3, 2015 Filed under: Global, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: anti-science, Barack Obama, Coal, corruption, Environment, EPA, Foreign policy of the United States, Green Energy, John Kerry, Progressivism, propaganda, Treaty, United States, United States Congress, United States Constitution, United States Senate
Another Overreach from Obama’s EPA
“A few things are going on here. One is that the president is positioning himself to ride into Paris on a white charger when world leaders convene there to negotiate a broad emissions treaty — a treaty that the U.S. Senate under Republican control is unlikely to ratify. The ratification of the treaty is not the object; the rejection of the treaty is the object, giving Democrats a low-cost opportunity to engage in moral preening on the environment and to tsk-tsk Republicans and their purportedly anti-science attitudes. The second thing that this accomplishes is that coal companies, business organizations in coal-heavy states, and their political allies — not habitual friends of the progressive wing of the Democratic party — will be obliged to spend millions or billions of dollars and countless man-hours defending themselves against the new mandate, while hedge-funders long on politically connected green-energy companies — prominent sponsors of many Democratic endeavors — will be enriched.”
National Review Online
Posted: June 13, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Big Hollywood, Brad Bird, Climate change, Disney, Environment, George Clooney, Global warming, Hollywood liberals, Tomorrowland
The film also failed to catch on in China, the world’s second largest market, and debuted to just $13.8 million
Disney could lose up to $140 million on the Brad Bird-directed George Clooney dystopian fantasy dud Tomorrowland.
Kipp Jones reports: According to the Hollywood Reporter, in addition to spending $180 million to produce Tomorrowland, Disney shelled out an astonishing $150 million to market the film.
“Sources tell THR it is now expected to lose between $120 million and $140 million, which would make Tomorrowland Disney’s biggest flop since Johnny Depp’s 2013 film The Lone Ranger, which lost somewhere between $160 million and $190 million.”
Despite leading the U.S. box office during its extended Memorial Day weekend opening, the climate change fantasy only brought in $41.7 million across 3,972 theaters, less than the $50 million projected over the slow holiday weekend.
The film also failed to catch on in China, the world’s second largest market, and debuted to just $13.8 million, earlier this month.
“When a guy like that comes to you with an original idea, and Clooney is part of the package, you’ll take the swing.”
After its disastrous release, Disney’s distribution chief Dave Hollis told the industry news outlet Variety the film would benefit from being the only family release until Pixar’s Inside Out hits theaters June 19.
“It’s going to take more time for word-of-mouth to build,” he told the site.
Two weeks later, things haven’t improved. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 23, 2015 Filed under: Asia, China, Mediasphere | Tags: Algae, Environment, Hong Kong, Photography
Posted: May 6, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Science & Technology, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Carbon Management, Charles Krauthammer, China, climate change religion, Environment, Fox News Special Report, Global warming, Greenhouse gas, India, religion
“Any scientific theory that explains everything explains nothing.”
Despite the United States reducing its carbon emissions to 1992 levels, worldwide carbon emissions are higher than ever, “because we don’t control the emissions of the other 96 percent of humanity, especially China and India,” he said…(read more(
“And no matter what happens in climate that’s unpleasant, it’s attributed to global warming.”
National Review Online
Posted: March 2, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: Apple, Ars Technica, Climate Alarmism, Climate change, climate change religion, cultism, Environment, National Center for Public Policy Research, religion, Shareholder, Sustainability, Tim Cook
Influenced by board member Al Gore? Apple CEO Tim Cook: Guzzling the climate-alarmist Kool Aid
“If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock.”
As Glenn Reynolds says “Duly noted”
At Apple shareholder’s meeting, Tim Cook tells off ‘climate change deniers’ | Ars Technica
Posted: February 21, 2014 Filed under: Humor, The Butcher's Notebook | Tags: Barack Obama, Chipotle, Competitive eating, Environment, Godzilla, Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online, NRO, Opposing Views, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
One of the benefits of subscribing to Jonah Goldberg‘s G-File is the pleasure of scrolling down to the bottom of his informal collection of weekly thoughts, essays, opinions, wisecracks, dog tales, and think tank coffee break items, to get to the sugary dessert at the end: His links. ‘Various & Sundry’. I sometimes borrow from this list because there’s always better stuff in his browser history, even on a slow news week, than there is in mine, any week. Where he gets this stuff, who knows. Maybe those NRO guys collect and share items from procrastination browsing, tweets, emails, post-it notes on the medicine cabinet, bartenders, cab drivers…
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Instead of posting relevant material from the main course of the weekly edition of Jonah’s G-File, I’m cheating, skipping right to the dessert, and sharing it here:
Various and Sundry:
I’d like to see what she’d do if a squirrel tried this.
Who knew the faces of Olympic figure skating could be so creepy?
This, however, is pretty cool: view from on top of an Olympic ski jump.
Another reason to like cows: They dislike Euro-club music. Cows make more milk when listening to slow jams.
The favorite books of all 44 presidents of the US.
Candle company releases manly musks like gasoline, wet grass. That’s fine, but I want to copyright my term for man-smell: “manbrosia.”
If I wasn’t on a low-carb diet, I would so try to beat this. Man eats four Chipotle burritos in three minutes.
Camels are awful animals, Part 23,997,004.c.
Literary predictions that came true!
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Posted: January 29, 2014 Filed under: History, Science & Technology | Tags: Delaware, Environment, Philadelphia, Philly, Schuylkill, Schuylkill River, United States, Water supply network
Pop-Mech has a great slide show featuring America’s industrial-age backbone, an illustrated display of assorted historic engineering feats. Here’s one example. Go here to see the rest…
Water System: Philadelphia Water Department
The City of Brotherly Love has one of the oldest water systems in the United States. While the pipe that broke two weeks ago was built in 1895, the average age of a Philly water line is 78 years, and the wastewater lines average 100 years old, according to the city\’s water department. Eighty-seven percent of the more than 3000 miles of water mains are made of cast iron, which was the preferred building material until the 1960s. Drawing water from the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers, the system supplies 1.5 million Philadelphia residents. The mains are supposed to function properly for 100 to 120 years. The Philadelphia Water Department is still investigating what caused the most recent break…
Posted: January 9, 2014 Filed under: Global, Mediasphere, Science & Technology | Tags: Akademik Shokalskiy, Al Gore, Amundsen, Australasian Antarctic Expedition, Big Climate, carbon, Climate, Commonwealth Bay, Douglas Mawson, eco-doom tourism, ecopalypse, Environment, IPCC, Mark Steyn, Rajendra Pachauri, Richard Branson, Titanic, Weather
The view from the trapped ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy
The always entertaining, perpetually ill-tempered Mark Steyn writes: Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ‘climate change’; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain, America and continental Europe.
But still: you’d have to have a heart as cold and unmovable as Commonwealth Bay ice not to be howling with laughter at the exquisite symbolic perfection of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition ‘stuck in our own experiment’, as they put it. I confess I was hoping it might all drag on a bit longer and the cultists of the ecopalypse would find themselves drawing straws as to which of their number would be first on the roasting spit. On Douglas Mawson’s original voyage, he and his surviving comrade wound up having to eat their dogs. I’m not sure there were any on this expedition, so they’d probably have to make do with the Guardianreporters. Forced to wait a year to be rescued, Sir Douglas later recalled, ‘Several of my toes commenced to blacken and fester near the tips.’ Now there’s a man who’s serious about reducing his footprint.
But alas, eating one’s shipmates and watching one’s extremities drop off one by one is not a part of today’s high-end eco-doom tourism. Instead, the ice-locked warmists uploaded chipper selfies to YouTube, as well as a self-composed New Year singalong of such hearty un-self-awareness that it enraged even such party-line climate alarmists as Andrew Revkin, the plonkingly earnest enviro-blogger of the New York Times. A mere six weeks ago, pumping out the usual boosterism, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that, had Captain Scott picked his team as carefully as Professor Chris Turney, he would have survived. Sadly, we’ll never know — although I’ll bet Captain Oates would have been doing his ‘I am going out. I may be some time’ line about eight bars into that New Year number.
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Posted: January 7, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Climate change, Drudge Report, Environment, Global warming, Matt Drudge, MSNBC, Twitter
Is it just me? Or is Matt Drudge losing perspective? Or is it just a slow news week? While I admire his obsession with tweaking the climate changers, exposing their agenda (a borderline religious cult, really) I keep wondering how many days in a row he can carry on with this mission, before introducing a new headline theme. Until then, we can expect more of the same: indulging monomaniacal glee on a singular headline topic.
Posted: December 7, 2013 Filed under: Economics, Global, History, Think Tank | Tags: Education, Environment, Georgetown University, Global citizenship, Global Community, Oxfam, Paul Nitze, United States, World citizen
Jakub Grygiel writes: The call for global solutions to global problems has become a familiar refrain: If only we could see past our petty national interests, we could come together to solve everything from climate change to poverty to terrorism. Schools like mine are increasingly being called upon to educate “global citizens” who belong to the world rather than to their nation of birth or state of choice — and who seek challenges to address rather than enemies to defeat.
But the global citizen is like the Himalayan Yeti: a figment of the imaginations of a few, not a living member of the political fauna of the world. And it isn’t something we should try to create.
According to a global-citizenship education guide issued by Oxfam, it is important to teach students that the world is unfair and unequal, and that they can and need to change it. Those terms are, by and large, empty vessels to be filled by the holder of power or the ideological flavor du jour, but most often they refer to a version of the argument that the North is richer than the South and this social injustice (another common term) must be addressed. This formulation does have a modicum of substance, albeit of a tired ideological variety reminiscent of post-colonial grievances. It also carries a set of preferred actions. The global citizen knows to drink only fair trade skim lattes.
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Posted: September 25, 2013 Filed under: Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: Environment, Global warming, Greenhouse gas, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, Matt Ridley, Millerism, Stockholm
Global temperatures haven’t increased over the last 15 years. Global warming models predicted they would. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Events have failed to fulfill the prophecy. Preachers have suddenly been struck dumb by uncertainty. Believers are understandably nervous and some, under their breath, are abandoning the dogma.
These sentences could have been written at the end the day on Oct. 22, 1844, about the Millerites, a religious sect started in upstate New York. Preachers had told their followers that Jesus would return to earth that day. He failed to show.
But the subject here is not Millerism but another kind of religious faith: the faith of the global warming alarmists. And while it’s not likely to have the impact of the Millerites’ Great Disappointment, we could be seeing the beginning of something similar on September 27, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues its fifth assessment report in Stockholm. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 18, 2013 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: Charles Krauthammer, Climate change, Environment, Krauthammer, National Review, Sally Jewell, Scientific theory, United States Secretary of the Interior
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s declaration that there will be no “climate change deniers” in her department is not totalitarian, but it is arrogant and anti-scientific, Dr. Charles Krauthammer said on Special Report.
“The entire idea of science is that you are open to contrary evidence—it’s the definition of a scientific theory,” Krauthammer said, and he declared the fact that government bureaucrats and “political hacks” are calling climate change a settled science “scandalous.”
via Krauthammers Take: National Review Online.