Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Our enemy in Congress

Ilhan Omar is an enemy of America, of liberty, and of Western civilization.  This is easily shown.  Her recent slander of Jews and of AIPAC was excused by the majority of Democrats in the House.  Nancy Pelosi idiotically claimed that Omar "has a different experience in the use of words, doesn’t understand that some of them are fraught with meaning that she didn’t realize."

Yes, it turns out Omar has a very different experience, it seems.

That's quite a "different experience in the use of words."  Here's another.  She recently characterized America as founded on genocide and colonialism

Ilhan Omar is clearly an enemy of America, of liberty, and of Western civilization.  That she's a member of the Democrat majority in the House, and apparently in good standing with them, says much about the current Democrat party.  Perhaps the title for this post ought to be "Our enemies in Congress."

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Scott Adams on obstruction

“If you find yourself blaming President Trump for almost-sort-of-maybe intending to obstruct a witch hunt you have a mental health crisis not a political opinion.”

Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/04/things_the_media_ignored_in_the_mueller_report.html#ixzz5lmTdgxky

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Green New Deal: Blueprint for Destruction

Back on Valentine's Day of this year, I had a piece in Washington Examiner on the Green New Deal.  Owing to space constraints, half of it was cut.  Some matters worth noting were dropped but the essential pojnts remain.  The GND, if implemented, would impose socialism, eliminate our freedom, and destroy the American economy.  It's a terrible idea.  And, should the Democrats retain the House and take the Presidency in 2020, they will try to shove some version of it down our throats.  It's imperative we not allow this to happen.  Here's why:

Dreaming the impossible dream: What the 'Green New Deal' and the end of fossil fuels would mean

A number of Democrats are proposing a " Green New Deal" to address climate change, and, if Democrats take the Senate and the White House in 2020, we almost certainly will see a version of it passed and implemented.

Although the "Green New Deal" has a number of secondary components, such as jobs programs, its primary aim is to end all use of fossil fuels in the United States in 10 years. Here’s what that means:


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Elimination of fossil fuels would have drastic effects on transportation. Nearly all cars and trucks now on the road will be outlawed or unusable. Electric cars will still be usable, if they are charged by electricity from non-fossil sources.

This would eliminate air transportation as well. There is research into “drop-in” alternative fuels that could be substituted into current existing aircraft, but currently there’s no alternative to aviation fuel.

Space travel will likewise be reduced or eliminated. This means ending the maintenance and upgrading of the GPS systems, satellite communications, television, broadband, remote sensing systems, and weather monitoring systems that power our modern world.

Water transport, across oceans and the Great Lakes, and on rivers and canals, will be greatly curtailed. Nuclear-powered naval vessels and sailing ships will operate, but for most vessels, there are no good alternatives to diesel, fuel oil, and nautical fossil fuels.

In short, movement of goods will become difficult and expensive. Travel for business and pleasure will be rare. Communities will become more isolated.


The "Green New Deal" would also have a major impact on our energy sources. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fossil fuels generate more than 62 percent of our electricity, 30 percent by coal, and 32 percent by natural gas. The remaining third is powered by wind, solar, hydroelectric, nuclear, and geothermal sources, with a small fraction from oil. This means, in essence, that the "Green New Deal" will eliminate nearly two-thirds of America’s energy sources over 10 years.

Greatly expanding hydro, nuclear, and geothermal power within 10 years is virtually impossible. That means we would have to install, in 10 years, wind and solar infrastructure capable of generating more than nine times as much energy as that installed in the previous 10 years, all while simultaneously dismantling the fossil fuel system that provides the energy needed to build new wind and solar infrastructure. Not possible.

Even worse, conversion to 100 percent wind and solar also requires technology that does not currently exist. Wind and solar energy are intermittent, and there is no technology to store this energy. Wind and solar cannot possibly replace current fossil fuel electricity sources in 10 years.

Under the "Green New Deal," we will have less electricity than we do now, and it will be unreliable and more expensive. The use of electric cars will be next to impossible; we will not have energy to build them, much less to power them.


Most agriculture is highly mechanized and energy intensive, using diesel- and gasoline-powered equipment, and there are no non-fossil alternatives on the horizon for powering farm equipment. Similarly, there are no reasonable alternatives for the natural gas that is the primary feedstock for making commercial fertilizers and pesticide production. Eliminating agricultural chemicals will unquestionably reduce crop yields.

Some advocates tout biofuels as an alternative to fossil fuels, even though they often have the same or greater carbon footprint as fossil fuels. They might have a place in the "Green New Deal," but it will not be possible to greatly expand their production while eliminating fossil fuels from farming.

Climate Benefits

The unpleasant reality is that even these massive changes will do little to avert global warming, even if they are implemented in the U.S. and Western Europe. Average warming would be reduced by less than 0.5 degrees Celsius, even using optimistic forecasts, according to a version of the MAGICC climate modeling tool developed by the EPA and others. Most growth in greenhouse gas emissions is expected to come from China, India, and the rest of the developing world, not the U.S.

The "Green New Deal" is not the grand undertaking, like the Apollo, that its proponents claim. Realistically, it will move us backwards. It will kill people. It takes reliable power, and lots of it, to do a coronary bypass, or to run a neonatal unit for premature infants; to protect people from heat and cold, and to light the streets at night.

This is not to say that we shouldn’t be concerned with global warming. But the "Green New Deal" is costly, ineffective, and extremely dangerous, and could well be passed in a few years. We must approach this proposal without illusions and think carefully before we take this next step.

Charles N. Steele is the Herman and Suzanne Dettwiler Chair in Economics at [DiLorenzo Rule Redaction].
Photo: cheap, clean energy -- natural gas.

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