12-5-17 Climate Change and Crony Capitalism

TODAY:  ALL WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE IS HERE FOR OUR ENERGY-ORIENTED READERS!

Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change

We acknowledge a change in the climate.  Once it was summer and warmer.  Now it is winter, in the Northern Hemisphere, and colder.  Either way, the United Nations climate change leadership has boldly acknowledged that climate change strategy is not about the environment; it is about killing capitalism.

There you go.

-dh

P.S. PLEASE…YOU MUST NOT MISS THE TWO VIDEOS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE, AND, ESPECIALLY, DON’T WATCH THE FIRST AND THEN FORGET THE SECOND.  BOTH ARE GEMS!   


P.P.S.  FINALLY, TODAY WE URGE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE WEALTH PRODUCING, CIVILIZATION SUSTAINING FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRIES TO BE PROUD OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION AND PUSH BACK AGAINST POLITICALLY CORRECT INTIMIDATION THAT IS DEFINITELY NOT SCIENCE-BASED AND DESIGNED MORE TO EXPROPRIATE OUR INDUSTRIES (i.e. witness today’s Alaska) THAN TO LIBERATE THEM.  -DH


The hand of George Soros is behind much of the socialist/enviro-activist movement designed to take down the American way of life.  TODAY WE HAVE the most recent example of this highly organized effort to create new socialist institutions at the expense of capitalism and the free market.  -dh


TODAY: From our Canadian friend and longtime reader Thorpe Watson:

Trail Times   Tuesday,  December 5, 2017  A7

LETTERS & OPINIONS

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

In defense of carbon dioxide

Thorpe Watson

I heartily applaud the Trail Times for publishing the editorial cartoon entitled “Thousands of things we use everyday made from oil” (Trail Times, Nov. 22). With politicians encouraging the transition from hydrocarbon fuels to renewable energy, it is important we recognize the deprivations, if not the grinding poverty, we will have to endure in a carbon-free economy.

This energy transition is driven by the false narrative that we must fight climate change by restricting the generation of carbon dioxide (“CO2”) from hydrocarbon fuels (aka “fossil fuels” – coal, oil, and natural gas). Politicians fail to mention that Canada’s role would be meaningless simply because our share of the world’s CO2 (aka “carbon”) emissions is a meager 1.6 per cent.

Contrary to the climate-alarmist message, the benefits of adding CO2 to the atmosphere far outweigh any unproven climate risks. The sustainability of plant and animal life is critically dependent upon the availability of CO2 that is stored in the oceans and atmosphere.

Courtesy Trail Times

It is well documented that the store of CO2 in ancient times was massive compared to the current, seriously-depleted store. What happened to all the planet’s CO2?

An examination of the planet’s carbon inventory reveals that most of the planet’s CO2 was consumed to form the sedimentary rocks (e.g. limestone) found in the Earth’s crust. The CO2 available to support carbon life forms was severely reduced (99.96 per cent) to a dangerously low level (atmospheric CO2 – 0.04 per cent).

This sequestration of CO2 is an ongoing process, which has the potential to terminate the planet’s Green Period.

The planet’s carbon inventory also reveals that CO2 emissions from all reserves of hydrocarbon fuels will not materially replenish the store of CO2. Unfortunately, the atmosphere will remain CO2 impoverished (0.04 per cent to 0.05 per cent).

Inappropriately named “green” government policies must be denounced because they are anti-green (i.e. anti-CO2). These policies have the capacity to destroy our modern lifestyle and the potential to be counter-productive in sustaining life on the planet.

Thorpe Watson, PhD

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The ABOVE letter was published in the Trail Times after the deletion of a table (BELOW: Earth’s carbon inventory) and specific references thereto.

EARTH’S CARBON INVENTORY

Atmosphere (CO2 as a trace gas – 0.04%)              750 gtC*

Oceans (absorbed CO2)                                        38,000

Plants                                                                              560

Soils.                                                                            1,500

Hydrocarbon (“Fossil”) Fuels                             10,000

Sediments (limestone, etc.)                     100,000,000

*The quantities are expressed as gigatonnes (billions of tonnes) of contained carbon (gtC).

The formation of sedimentary rocks in the Earth’s crust would have involved the consumption of a massive quantity of CO2. The remaining CO2 available to support life (38,000+750 gtC) is only 0.04% of the original amount. This seriously depleted store provides us with a CO2-starved atmosphere, which will remain starved even after the consumption of all reserves of hydrocarbon fuels (10,000 gtC).

The importance of hydrocarbon fuels is depicted in the two cartoons copied below, including the one referred to in my letter. A more dramatic demonstration of oil’s importance is shown in a short video entitled “Life without oil”.

In keeping with the festive Christmas season, I would like to refer you to Mark Steyn’s humorous keynote address. He is able to provide humour even with a most depressing/distressing controversy such as ‘climate change’.

Mark Steyn vs Michael Mann, Climate Change: The Facts, Keynote 4, ICCC10

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thorpe


Commentary on fake climate change industries – or, as we have called them for years, “crony capitalists”

from

The Financial Post

Elon Musk

Fake industry is another way of describing the crony capitalism we’ve been writing about for years.  The Financial Post — in the link above — gives the subject the increased mainstream recognition that it deserves.

It has pained us over the years to reveal this deception to friends and family and NGP readers.  Entrepreneur Genius Elon Musk and other climate change subsidy businesses have convinced millions of good folks (i.e. and their lawmakers and regulators) that, “a little more public subsidy is all that is needed to help our beneficial alternate industries ease into the competitive family of privately funded enterprises.”

But Harbour’s law of subsidies reigns supreme: “When asked how much longer subsidies will be required, happy recipients always argue, ‘for just a few more years…’”

…until burdened taxpayers and utility ratepayers finally wake up and proclaim, “You’re killing me and I won’t take it anymore!”

-dh


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About the Author:

Dave Harbour, publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines, is a former Chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, a Commissioner Emeritus of NARUC, NARUC's Official Representative to IOGCC and Vice Chairman of NARUC's Gas Committee. He served as Gas Committee Chairman of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners. He also served as commissioner of the Anchorage Bicentennial Commission and the Anchorage Heritage Land Bank Commission.He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree: English, at Colorado State University, a Master of Science Degree: Communications-Journalism at Murray State University and graduated from Utility Regulatory School for Commissioners at Michigan State University. He served as a Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Alaska Pacific University, taught bank marketing classes at the University of Alaska and was an English teacher at Los Alamos High School.Harbour served in ranks of Private - Captain during a 4-year assignment with the Army in Korea, Idaho, Georgia and Fort Meade and received the Meritorious Service Medal among other commendations.Harbour is also a past Chairman of the Alaska Council on Economic Education, the Alaska Oil & Gas Association Government Affairs Committee, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Export Council of Alaska and the Department of Commerce's District Export Council. He is a past President of the Alaska Press Club, American Bald Eagle Foundation, Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska and Common Sense for Alaska.Harbour was instrumental in founding the American Bald Eagle Research Institute (UAS), the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, the Downtown Anchorage Business Partnership, and Arctic Power.He also served as CEO of several small Alaska organizations, including the Anchorage Parking Authority and Action Security, Inc. Harbour is also Chairman Emeritus of the Alaska Oil & Gas Congress.Harbour's wife, Nancy, is a professional, performing arts administrator and his three boys, Todd, Benjamin and William work in the fields of environmental management, energy marketing and medicine.