Obama: We Can Reverse Climate Change Video — Obama Continues Global Warming Hoax — Steven Chu: Americans Are Like ‘Teenage Kids’ When It Comes to Energy — US tops $1 bln in stimulus for clean energy projects — A Secret White House Power Grab Is In Full Swing — Czech President Compares Global Warming Hype to USSR (Glen Beck Video) — Obama Serves Up America on Silver Platter to UN Freak Show — Cool Temps Chill Global Warming Proponents


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An outback dust storm has swept across eastern Australia, shrouding Sydney in a dramatic red glow. It’s also been wreaking havoc, disrupting transport and placing health authorities on alert for widespread respiratory illness. International flights were diverted from Sydney, ferries on the harbour were suspended, and motorists were warned to take care on roads as visibility was dramatically reduced.

The gale force winds – measuring in excess of 60mph – also fanned bush fires in the state. By noon on Wednesday the storm, carrying an estimated 5 million tonnes of dust, had spread to the southern part of Australia’s tropical state of Queensland. The dust storms stripped valuable topsoil from farmlands. At one stage up to 75,000 tonnes of dust per hour was blown across Sydney and dumped in the Pacific Ocean… DailyMail



Obama Continues Global Warming Hoax

Mens News Daily, By Roger F. Gay

The American people are more than just a little sick of being lied to and cheated by their politicians. Barack Obama remains defiant, trivializing historic protests taking place throughout the nation.

In his most recent PR thrust, this past Friday, he brushed the national fury aside, describing it as typical right-left drivel, and likened himself to Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR, of course, instituted a number of socialist programs, many of which were imported from Sweden, in the face of opposition. The message was clear. Implementation of Obama’s agenda is a foregone conclusion. What the American people want and what they have to say just doesn’t matter.

That was followed by action. Back to business-as-usual on Tuesday, he addressed a group at the United Nations in a process intended to lead to a new international Cap-n-Trade agreement.

That so many of us are here today, is recognition that the threat of climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing. Our generation’s response to this challenge will be judged by history. For if we fail to meet it boldly, swiftly, and together, we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe. No nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten every coast line. More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent. More frequent droughts and crop failure breed hunger and conflict in places where hunger and conflict already thrive. On shrinking islands, families are already being forced to flee their homes as climate refugees. The security and stability of each nation and all peoples, our prosperity, our health, and our safety are in jeopardy, and the time we have to reverse this tide is running out. And yet, we can reverse it. John F. Kennedy once observed that our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man.

Even while protagonists continue the propaganda campaign, an already large and still growing number of people realize that the global warming scare is a hoax. Climate change is not man-made and there is nothing we can do that would have a significant impact on global climate. Carbon dioxide, made the villain in the fake battle, is not a pollutant nor is it threatening catostrophic global warming. The threat of rising sea levels, more powerful storms and floods, droughts and crop failures, shrinking islands and climate refugees are ideas popularized by Al Gore’s work of fiction, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Meanwhile, the climate seems to be in a bit of a cooling trend. Even this doesn’t seem to matter. We can only imagine that the election campaign in 2012 may sport a claim that rapid political action is already yielding positive results. Perhaps then, the army of unemployed, growing in response to Barack Obama’s leadership, will remind us of what we already know. BO is not FDR.


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Steven Chu: Americans Are Like ‘Teenage Kids’ When It Comes to Energy

When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons.

Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

CHINA STEVEN CHU“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” (In that case, the Energy Department has a few renegade teens of its own.)

The administration aims to teach them—literally. The Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on real children. Partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization, the agency earlier this month launched a cross-country tour of 6,000 schools to teach students about climate change and energy efficiency.

“We’re showing people across the country how energy efficiency can be part of what they do every day,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. “Confronting climate change, saving money on our utility bills, and reducing our use of heavily-polluting energy can be as easy as making a few small changes.”

Still, Secretary Chu said he didn’t think that the public would throw the same political temper tantrum over climate legislation has has happened with the healthcare debate.

Asked if he expected a town-hall style pushback, Dr. Chu said he was optimistic the public would buy the administration’s arguments that energy efficiency and caps on greenhouse-gas emissions will spark an economic rebound.

“I don’t think so…maybe I’m optimistic, but there’s very little debate” that a new green energy economy will bring economic prosperity, Mr. Chu told reporters.

Don’t look now, but there’s actually quite a lot of debate as to the economic merits of the new green-energy economy. Whether that will spell a healthcare-style revolt against the energy and climate bill stewing in the Senate is another question.

An update: Energy Department spokesman Dan Leistikow added: “Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers. He was saying that we need to educate teenagers about ways to save energy. He also recognized the need to educate the broader public about how important clean energy industries are to our competitive position in the global economy. He believes public officials do have an obligation to make their case to the American people on major legislation, and that’s what he’s doing.”


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US tops $1 bln in stimulus for clean energy projects

The US government has spent more than one billion dollars on private sector renewable energy projects from the massive economic stimulus program passed seven months ago, officials said Tuesday.

At a meeting of a group of clean energy developers and manufacturers at the White House Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced 550 million dollars in new awards through the Recovery Act.

The awards for 25 projects brings the total to more than one billion dollars awarded to date “to companies committed to investing in domestic renewable energy production,” the Treasury and Energy departments said in a joint statement.

The milestone spending number is a fraction of the 787-billion-dollar American Recovery and Reinvestment Act enacted on February 17, a package of tax cuts and spending aimed at pulling the world’s biggest economy out of the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Under the Recovery Act, the renewable energy awards are made from a program that provides cash assistance to energy producers in place of a tax credit totaling 30 percent of the qualifying cost of the project — thus spending one federal dollar for every two private dollars invested in a project.

The officials said that the federal stimulus spending in green energy was attracting billions of dollars of additional capital towards projects in the US.

Chu said the investments were crucial to ensuring the United States can compete and win in the race for the clean energy jobs of the future.

“With American workers and American innovation, we can and must lead the world when it comes to the new Industrial Revolution in clean energy,” he said.

The first round of the awards, totaling 502 million dollars, was announced on September 1.


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A Secret White House Power Grab Is In Full Swing

It’s one thing for President Obama to surround himself with the advisers he’d like to have, but it’s another to bestow on them sweeping powers to broker secret negotiations and push forward vast new regulations that could cost American families thousands of dollars.

FOXNews – By Phil Kerpen, September 23, 2009

Cap-and-trade energy tax legislation appears stalled, at least for now, in the U.S. Senate. But that doesn’t mean the cap-and-trade energy tax isn’t imminent.

Senate Environment Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer hasn’t even introduced the bill yet; new Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln has declared the House bill dead on arrival; and there are several other cross-cutting controversies that divide Democrats on the bill. The Obama administration is unfazed. They are moving full steam ahead with an even more costly regulatory scheme in the name of global warming—shoehorning the regulation of greenhouse gases into the 1970 Clean Air Act, a bill passed before anyone had ever thought of global warming and that couldn’t be less suited to the task.

Driving the push for this massive power grab and circumvention of the elected branches is a key White House official who avoided Senate confirmation by being installed not as EPA director, but instead as White House Climate Czar: Carol Browner.

Long before the Supreme Court ruled in a highly questionable 2007 case, Massachusetts v. EPA, that the EPA has the legal authority to justify its proposed 18,000 pages of greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act, Browner (then EPA director under President Bill Clinton) had her general counsel, Jonathan Cannon, prepare a now-infamous memorandum arguing—for the first time—that the EPA possessed such a power. At the time it was dismissed as a wild-eyed overreach that Congress would never allow. Now it’s happening, and Browner is right at the center of it.

Mary Nichols, the chair of the California Air Resources Board, has confirmed that Browner was the lead White House negotiator in establishing new automobile emissions standards, which for the first time rely on EPA’s presumed authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the 1970 Clean Air Act. Nichols told The New York Times that Browner quietly orchestrated private discussions from the White House with auto industry officials. “We put nothing in writing, ever,” Nichols said.

Left unchecked, Browner will move beyond automobiles to EPA’s entire staggering 18,000-page blueprint for regulating the U.S. economy. It will eventually regulate everything that moves (light-duty trucks, heavy-duty trucks, buses, motorcycles, planes, trains, ships, boats, tractors, mining equipment, RVs, lawn mowers, fork lifts, and just about every other piece of equipment that has a motor) and lots of things that don’t (any building over 100,000 square feet could be pulled in, along with smaller carbon dioxide emitters, like restaurants, schools, and hospitals that have commercial kitchens with gas burners).

It’s bad enough that the EPA is moving ahead with plans to pursue expensive global warming regulations instead of leaving the complex issue to Congress, the branch of government constitutionally tasked with making laws. It’s made much worse by the fact that the effort is being led not by Lisa Jackson, the duly confirmed and therefore accountable administrator of the EPA, but by Carol Browner, the unaccountable, unconfirmed White House Climate Czar.

Browner was made a czar so that her powers could be more sweeping than they would be in any single official appointment—witness her cross-agency role in the secret automobile emissions regulations—and to avoid the scrutiny of Senate confirmation, which would have been difficult for Browner. Since leaving the Clinton administration she has moved further left, even becoming one of the 14 members of the “Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society” on whose Web site she was listed as a member as recently as January 5, the day she was named White House Climate Czar.

This Commission pursues a clearly socialist agenda of centralized control under a regime of “global governance” that would enforce extreme environmental political correctness on a global basis. It’s far outside the political mainstream and would have presented serious problems for centrist Democrats facing a confirmation vote.

It’s one thing for President Obama to surround himself with the advisers he’d like to have, but it’s another to bestow on them sweeping powers to broker secret negotiations and push forward vast new regulations that could cost American families thousands of dollars.

Fortunately, we’ll be able to see this week where members of the U.S. Senate stand on allowing Carol Browner to direct taxpayer dollars and pursue vast new regulatory power grabs. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana has introduced an amendment (SA 2440) to the Department of the Interior appropriations bill that prohibits any federal funding for Browner’s policy directives. Any senator who votes against it is voting to support not just Carol Browner, but also her vast regulatory power grab and the president’s system of unaccountable czars.


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“It was sad and it was frustrating,”

“It’s a propagandistic exercise where 13-year-old girls from some far-away country perform a pre-rehearsed poem,”

“It’s simply not dignified.”

Czech President Vaclav Klaus sharply criticized a U.N. meeting on climate change on Tuesday at which U.S. President Barack Obama was among the top speakers, describing it as propagandistic and undignified. Reuters


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Obama Serves Up America on Silver Platter to UN Freak Show

Rush Limbaugh, September 23, 2009

RUSH: The world is on the brink of destruction. We face threats daily that can wipe us out in an instant. What are these threats? Are these threats terrorism, Muslim extremists, international drug and thug cartels? No. No, no, no, no. None of that is the threat. This is.

OBAMA: The danger posed by climate change cannot be denied. Our responsibility to meet it must not be deferred. If we continue down our current course, every member of this assembly will see irreversible changes within their borders.

01125106.Par.57694.ImageFileRUSH: Flat-out lie.

OBAMA: Our efforts to end conflicts will be eclipsed by wars over refugees and resources.

RUSH: This is amazing.

OBAMA: Development will be devastated by drought and famine. Land that human beings have lived on for millennia will disappear.

RUSH: We’ve got a kook! We have a left-wing radical kook who now thinks that he’s president of the world. Friends, that is irresponsible, that is simply irresponsible and juvenile to go before the world and spew that bunk? Not one word of that is true, and then you add to it that he thinks we are the leading contributor to all of this coming devastation. Irreversible changes within their borders, our efforts to end conflicts will be eclipsed by wars over refugees and resources.

Development will be devastated by drought and famine. Land that human beings have lived on for millennia will disappear. It’s just outrageous, it is irresponsible, it is childish, it is juvenile, it is sixties left-wing radicalism they now seek to make mainstream. This is not what he was elected to do, even the people that voted for him. Let’s categorize some of those people. The precious moderates and the independents who believed all that nonsense about postpartisan Obama, no more conflicts, no more racism, everybody would love one another with a new utopia. Why, we had never seen a politician like this before.

Never in our history as human beings had such a man trod the earth with the remarkable ability to bring peoples of all kinds together, remember that magic? There were actually some dolts in this country who voted for the guy thinking that was possible. I did my pre-interview yesterday afternoon for the Leno Show tomorrow. And one of the questions they want to ask me is, “Why can’t we all just get along? Why can’t we just compromise, Rush?” And I said to the pre-interviewer, you know what the purpose of a pre-interview is? I learned this long ago.

The purpose of a pre-interview is not to find out what you’d like to talk about. It’s to find out what irritates you. They keep goading you and goading you and finally when you raise your voice, you get a little mad, that’s when they know what to ask you about. I know this is true, it’s happened, so I purposely acted like I was being goaded so that they would ask me things I want to be asked. You can’t trick old El Rushbo. I said to the person doing the pre-interview, I said, “How come you’re always talking to me about this? How come you’re always coming to people on my side and saying, ‘Why can’t you compromise?’ When’s the last time any liberal Democrat ever compromised with me on anything?”

I said, “Where is the compromise between good and evil? Where is the compromise between victory and defeat? Where is this?” I said, “Besides, why are you even asking me about this? Obama said this is what he was going to bring and make happen, and you’re asking me?”

There are people who voted for Obama thinking all this was going to happen, and now he’s up there giving this country away, remaking it, reforming it, blaming it for everything that’s wrong in the world, cutting it down to what he thinks is its proper size and then lying to the people of the world about the dangers posed by climate change? He describes things of biblical proportion when he gets into all this destruction. Good Lord, folks, this is just breathtaking to listen to this. So I’m thinking, how many of these precious, very intelligent, stupid — we got some of the smartest dumb people in this country you could ever run into — how many of them voted for this guy, now are thinking, “Wait a minute, this is not what I voted for.”

He did not have a landslide victory. He had a ten million vote margin. Even scarier than that, though, is to start thinking about and conjuring up, envisioning the Looney Tunes people that voted for the guy hoping to get exactly what he’s giving them, people who also have some giant guilt complex about this country. They think this country is the source of all evil in the modern world along with the US military and it needs to be cut down, there’s a lot of those people that did vote for the guy.

But I am confident the vast majority of this country, conservative people, are just listening in increased shock and horror every day at what they hear from this guy. You walk by a television, I don’t care where you are, he’s on it. Every day, night and day, weekends, wherever you see a TV, likely he’s going to be on it. And I think at some point people are going to tune him out, which is not good. Oh, Obama again, screw it, move on to something else.

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Cool Temps Chill Global Warming Proponents

Accuracy In Media: By Don  |  September 23, 2009

Advocates of global warming are being stymied by cooler temperatures as the president pushes for climate change legislation.

From the New York Times

The world leaders who met at the United Nations to discuss climate change on Tuesday are faced with an intricate challenge: building momentum for an international climate treaty at a time when global temperatures have been relatively stable for a decade and may even drop in the next few years.

The plateau in temperatures has been seized upon by skeptics as evidence that the threat of global warming is overblown. And some climate experts worry that it could hamper treaty negotiations and slow the progress of legislation to curb carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.

Scientists say the pattern of the last decade — after a precipitous rise in average global temperatures in the 1990s — is a result of cyclical variations in ocean conditions and has no bearing on the long-term warming effects of greenhouse gases building up in the atmosphere.

But trying to communicate such scientific nuances to the public — and to policy makers — can be frustrating, they say.

Mojib Latif, a prize-winning climate and ocean scientist from the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel, in Germany, wrote a paper last year positing that cyclical shifts in the oceans were aligning in a way that could keep temperatures over the next decade or so relatively stable, even as the heat-trapping gases linked to global warming continued to increase.

But Dr. Latif, who gives about 200 talks to the public, business leaders and officials each year, said he had been met with confusion and even anger when he tried to describe this normal variation in climate while at the same time conveying the long-term threat of global warming.

“People understand what I’m saying, but then basically wind up saying, ‘We don’t believe anything,’ ” he said in a telephone interview…]


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