If you find yourself tempted to believe anything whatsoever that the liberal authorities tell you, just remember global warming. What, you’ve already forgotten it? That could be because despite steadily rising CO2 levels that “the consensus” promised would turn the planet into an inferno, global warming ended half a generation ago:
The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week.
The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.
This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years.
Again, despite a whole lot of CO2 put into the air. Obviously, Al Gore’s self-serving global warming theories are total bunk, no matter how they are hyped by the media.
Meanwhile, in the Land of Fruits and Nuts:
On Jan. 1, [California] will become the first state in the nation to charge industries across the economy for the greenhouse gases they emit. Under the system, known as “cap and trade,” the state will set an overall ceiling on those emissions and assign allowable emission amounts for individual polluters. A portion of these so-called allowances will be allocated to utilities, manufacturers and others; the remainder will be auctioned off.
Over time, the number of allowances issued by the state will be reduced, which should force a reduction in emissions.
That is, you will have to buy allowances in order to engage in economically productive activity, and these allowances will be steadily reduced, correspondingly reducing wealth generation.
Don’t worry about the effect this insanity will have on California’s already staggering economy. The other 49 will be glad to bail it out so that it can continue wallowing in irresponsible moonbattery until the entire country collapses under the sheer weight of liberal asininity.
On tips from Just TheTip, Stormfax, Bob Roberts, Ghost of FA Hayek, K, and G. Fox.