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By Paul Driessen and Willie Soon Saturday, January 1, 2011

Any Texas granddaddy will tell you he’s seen it all, when it comes to weather and climate extremes. Tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, blizzards, droughts, flash floods, and storms that bring unique combinations of wind, dust, thunder and hail.

Any Lone Star citizen will point out that Texas is America’s leading producer of crude oil, natural gas and (heavily subsidized) wind-based energy. It has the second largest workforce and gross state product in the USA, produces more electricity than any other state, and refines one-fourth of our petroleum – for a country that is 85% dependent on fossil fuels.

Mess with Texas, and the damages will reverberate throughout our nation.

So why is the US Environmental Protection Agency sending federal agents to Texas – to arrest the state’s economy for the “crime” of emitting carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4)? Texas is also challenging EPA over other arbitrary new air pollution standards, but that’s another article.

Cowboys and cowgirls recognize CO2 as the plant-fertilizing “gas of life” and CH4 as natural gas and cow farts. Scientists will tell you carbon dioxide is 0.0387% of Earth’s atmosphere and methane is 0.000179 percent. Anyone with an eighth grade economics education or ounce of common sense knows CO2 is what results when CH4 heats homes, generates electricity, fuels cars and factories, and makes our health, welfare and living standards possible.

But EPA says they are “greenhouse gases” that cause “runaway global warming.” So the ideologues who run this agency are telling Texas to start regulating its power plants and refineries into bankruptcy or oblivion – or EPA goons will take over its air quality programs and economy.

Since few cowboys and cowgirls – or even college grads or most PhDs – are experts on “greenhouse” gases and radiation physics, let’s take a quick look at what’s behind these EPA claims.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says her agency’s actions will “protect human health and welfare” and “ensure environmental justice,” which are “threatened” by rising temperatures and “global climate disruption.” Let EPA regulate these evil greenhouse gases, she promises, and the climate will remain “stable” and average global temperatures will never be more than 2 degrees higher than now. Bunk.
Ms. Jackson willfully ignores the immense harm that driving up energy prices will have on jobs, state revenues, people’s health and welfare, and even human lives

Ms. Jackson willfully ignores the immense harm that driving up energy prices will have on jobs, state revenues, people’s health and welfare, and even human lives. But her views are supported by scientists like Dr. Richard Alley, Michael Mann’s colleague at Pennsylvania State University, all handsomely paid by EPA and other federal agencies for raising alarms about global warming.

Alley was recently extolled in the New York Times (which no real, red-blooded Texans reads) as a “major voice of climate science.” He says that under a true worst-case scenario of doubling the concentration of CO2 and methane, our planet will fry due to 18 to 20 degrees F of global warming.

This much gas of life and cow farts, the great professor insists, would result in “an addition of heat so radical that it would render the planet unrecognizable to its present-day inhabitants.” He bases this horrifying prediction on computer models that assume human CO2 and CH4 control our climate – not the sun and dozens of powerful, complex, interacting natural forces.

The fact is, mankind has been emitting gas of life and cow farts since time immemorial. However, according to MIT’s Dr. Richard Lindzen, we are still only 80% of the way toward doubling the greenhouse gas levels found in our atmosphere at the start of the Industrial Revolution (0.0280%). But taking Dr. Alley’s computer models and doomsday predictions at their word, 80% of the way should mean temperatures in the great state of Texas should have warmed some 14 to 16 degrees between 1860 and 2010.

Hooo-weee … is that HOT, or what?

Something doesn’t seem quite right here. National Climate Data Center studies show Texas’ annual mean temperature fluctuates from year to year – but has generally been 65 to 71 degrees F, from 1895 through 2010. (We don’t have reliable data before 1895.) From the rear view of flatulent Texas longhorns, that’s a change of just 6 degrees, up or down, with no two years of identical weather, for 116 years!

Where in tarnation are those extra 10 to 12 degrees of warming that Professor Alley (in his generous spirit of “worst-case scenarios”) assures us are happening? Did the Grinch steal them? Or are those missing degrees just lurking out there, waiting to surprise us the instant CO2 levels hit 560 ppm (0.0560% of the atmosphere)? Does nature actually work that way: no response, no response – then, bam!?!? Disaster!

He and Professor Mann and Penn State sure did get a lot of millions from us taxpayers, to cook up all these disaster scenarios. So there must be something to them. (One of their buddies got a pile of taxpayer cash for saying dinosaur farts “may have contributed to global warming” 70 million years ago!)

But farmers and ranchers in Texas just cannot find that missing “heat” in their cows or plants or wild grasses. No one can find that “heat” in hurricane, tornado, hail or dust storm records, either. In fact, NOAA tells us, strong tornadoes, among top-three ranks in wind and damage scales, have been occurring less and less since record intensities during 1950s and 1960s.

That’s just the opposite of what the good professor, his sidekick Al Gore and their Climate Doomsday Gang say will happen. But isn’t that good news for Texas?

In fact, using their logic, we could argue that, since CO2 has been rising while tornado intensity is falling, maybe we should increase carbon dioxide even more, to eventually turn tornadoes into dust devils. Or say decreasing CO2 emissions could cause stronger tornadoes and damage to ramp up again.

Somehow, we don’t think carbon dioxide or methane has quite this power. We suspect there are a lot of other, far stronger, natural forces at work – causing all kinds of cyclical climate patterns. Ms. Jackson and Dr. Alley’s computer-created monsters might have a role in Frankenstein, raptor and blood-lusting alien movies. They should play no role in dictating Texas energy use and economic decisions.

So now the alarmists from the Climate Doomsday Gang have a new scare. Global warming from rising CO2 is going to cause more vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever and West Nile Virus. Are you a-trembling in your bull-doodoo -covered boots now?

If Texas didn’t have decent history books in its classrooms, people might actually buy this scary story. But as those books show, malaria was eradicated in Texas and the USA during the 1950s, thanks to DDT, window screens and medical advances – not because the state’s climate got too hot or cold, wet or dry for anopheles mosquitoes.

Moreover, from 1980 to 1999 there were 62,514 cases of dengue fever (from mosquito bites) in northeastern Mexico. Meanwhile, just across the border, only 64 cases of dengue were counted in Texas. The disparate disease rates are clearly not due to the climate, but to differences in housing, medical care, wealth and technology.

The alarmists need to get their computer models, scenarios, scare stories and climate cops out of Texas. If they don’t, Governor Perry and his Texas Rangers should arrest them for violating Lone Star rights to energy, jobs, health and the American Dream.

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/31648
 

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It's just the EPA flexing it's leftist muscles. They picked TX to stomp first because it's so red. Payback time. :down:
 

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That's OK, brothers... we can't but 100 watt bulbs in Cali. Incandescent will be gone in the next two years.
 

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Good. If you don't like federal law, you fight it. You don't ignore it. Follow the chain of command!
 

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When I was a kid growing up in Dallas in the 50's and 60's, the air was brown. Cars belched smoke and every jet flying overhead had 4 streams of smoke coming out of their engines. Today, the air is clear as a bell during most weather, and a little hazy in the long hot summer. We have much cleaner air than we did 40-50 years ago. Only politics would make this kind of response.
 

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When I was a kid growing up in Dallas in the 50's and 60's, the air was brown. Cars belched smoke and every jet flying overhead had 4 streams of smoke coming out of their engines. Today, the air is clear as a bell during most weather, and a little hazy in the long hot summer. We have much cleaner air than we did 40-50 years ago. Only politics would make this kind of response.
sounds like you rather enjoy the benefits of a leftist program.

guess that makes you a "to the core" liberal according to Newb..
 

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sounds like you rather enjoy the benefits of a leftist program.

guess that makes you a "to the core" liberal according to Newb..
:laughing: You brownshirts are comical..

Actually what Tex is telling you, is that what Texas is doing, is working. We don't need any obamabots coming down, trying to press bogus pseudo science into our regulatory system. The congress told them no, and Texas is telling them no.

I told you already, we don't need your fake fixes, for fake problems.
 

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:laughing: You brownshirts are comical..

Actually what Tex is telling you, is that what Texas is doing, is working. We don't need any obamabots coming down, trying to press bogus pseudo science into our regulatory system. The congress told them no, and Texas is telling them no.

I told you already, we don't need your fake fixes, for fake problems.
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sounds like you rather enjoy the benefits of a leftist program.

guess that makes you a "to the core" liberal according to Newb..
Like I've said before, we are not asking for NO regulation. We are asking for reasonable regulation. We've probably cleaned up our air 90% since 1965. But the cost of cleaning up another 9% is onerous and for no proven benefit. This is government run amok.
 

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Make a big enough 'stink', and with the new congress about to kick regulatory ass, they'll be gone in a year.

 

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Good. If you don't like federal law, you fight it. You don't ignore it. Follow the chain of command!
Good ? What's "good" about it ?

I don't possess that "OBEY" mentality that plagues you guys on the left. I don't possess the "they are more intelligent and know better then I do -therefore... they are deserving of my obedience" mentality that plagues you guys on the left.

Have you ever broke a light-bulb ? In fact, do you know anybody that has not ?

Here are the instructions from GE... on how dispose of these toxic bulbs... broken and unbroken. -as you my receive a fine if you just put them in the trash or recycle bin.

Steps to the Proper Disposal of New Light Bulbs

Before a consumer transports a new light bulb to a recognized recycling site, some prudent steps must be taken, especially if a CFL or DIH bulb has broken:

If a CFL is not broken but needs to be replaced, follow these steps:

Step 1: Carefully remove the bulb from the fixture, then store it inside an airtight container until it can be recycled. It's often best to replace it inside the cardboard container it came in for extra protection before sealing it away. Though air tight plastic bags can be used to store them, it's better to use a plastic or metal container.

Step 2: Mark the container so that it is not accidentally damaged or thrown in the trash.

Step 3: Take to a recycling center.

If the CFL light bulb has broken, take the following precautions:

Step 1: Remove children and pets from the area.

Step 2: Turn off heat or air conditioning and open windows; ventilate the room for at least 15 minutes.

Step 3: Gather the following materials before you attempt clean up: gloves, cardboard or stiff paper, plastic bags, duct or masking tape, and wet paper towels.

Step 4: After putting on gloves, pick up and place the larger pieces of glass into a resealable plastic bag.

Step 5: Using cardboard or stiff paper, scoop up the rest of the pieces. Discard into plastic bag bag.

Step 6: Use the sticky duct or masking tape to pickup any leftover residue. Discard into plastic bag.

Step 7: Wipe down the affected area with a wet paper towel or hand wipes. Discard into plastic bag.

Step 8: Vacuum the area, then discard the disposable vacuum bag into a plastic bag and seal. If using a canister style vacuum, discard vacuum sweepings into a plastic bag. Then, using wet paper towels, wipe down the canister. Discard the used paper towels in a resealable plastic bag.

Step 9: If shoes have come into contact with the breakage, clean them thoroughly before wearing again.

Step 10: If clothing has come into direct contact with the breakage, throw them away. Washing them may disperse the mercury throughout your washer.

Step 11: Air out the room the next few times after you vacuum the affected area.


Step 12: Make a plan to carefully recycle the above materials.

The old instructions warned you to cut a 4 ft. square in the carpet, where the bulb broke. This turn people off and caused too many questions and concerns. This line was removed from the instructions, shortly after this was realized.
 

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:laughing: You brownshirts are comical..

Actually what Tex is telling you, is that what Texas is doing, is working. We don't need any obamabots coming down, trying to press bogus pseudo science into our regulatory system. The congress told them no, and Texas is telling them no.

I told you already, we don't need your fake fixes, for fake problems.
Uh... no...

He says that had Texas ignored federal laws back then like they are now, the air would still be bad.

If you don't like a rule, you must still follow it until you can have it changed!!! That's called respect. That's the chain of command. That's civilized society.
 

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Uh... no...

He says that had Texas ignored federal laws back then like they are now, the air would still be bad.
No, he is saying the same thing I am, we don't have a problem, and don't need a make-believe problem with a make believe fix that kills jobs and drives up energy costs.

If you don't like a rule, you must still follow it until you can have it changed!!! That's called respect. That's the chain of command. That's civilized society.
Congress already said no to the rule, the EPA does not have the authority.. we have a constitution and 3 branches of government at the federal level, and none has authorized the EPA to inflict economic damage in the name of scientific fraud.. respect is the EPA listening to their bosses (the people) and doing wtf they are told.. they are an agency, not a branch of government.
 

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In times of plenty you can afford enviro-overkill, which is what this Texas story is all about. But when times get tough and its burn energy or die -- you know what's going to happen. :laughing:

limit pollution = good. Save Earth = hysteria.
 
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