moonbattery logo

Category: Global Warming

Oct 20 2020

Bill Gates: Large-Scale Shutdowns Will Not Suffice

If you liked the COVID-19 lockdowns that senselessly threw tens of millions of Americans out of work, you will love the coming solutions to the imaginary crisis of anthropogenic global warming. Large-scale shutdowns will not suffice. Liberal elitist social engineer Bill Gates has spoken:

Gates made the remarks during a keynote address for the National Academy of Medicine’s 2020 annual meeting, which this year was titled, “Confronting Urgent Threats to Human Health & Society: COVID-19 and Climate Change.”

The two topics go well together. The overreaction to the first was a dry run for what will be inflicted in the name of the second once Democrats have control.

“The change in behavior, like driving less or flying less, is helpful but nowhere near sufficient — 2020 is a great example of this,” Gates said. “We’ve cut down carbon emission with these drastic changes in the economy, but the reduction in emissions is actually quite modest.”

Economic shutdowns in reaction to COVID-19 only reduced harmless carbon emissions by 8%. Moonbats want them down by 100%.

The solution, says Gates, is to “get rid of emissions from all the different sectors.” Then, for the first time in the planet’s history, the climate will stop fluctuating.

“This crosses many areas,” Gates continued. “How we make electricity, how we make industrial products, grow food, cool our buildings, and all of transportation.”

Every aspect of society must be reengineered from above to perfect the weather. The level of authoritarianism required to impose this would impress Joseph Stalin. As for the cost,

In July last year, the Competitive Enterprise Institute estimated that if the Green New Deal was implemented as currently proposed, it would cost the average household $70,000 in just the first year.

Short of a nuclear holocaust, could you think of a more effective way to destroy the American economy? Let’s elect Democrats and see if it works.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Oct 13 2020

NY Times Reporter Links White Supremacy, Fossil Fuels

Everything is intersectional with leftists. White supremacy is bad. The fossil fuels that keep the lights on are bad. New York Times climate and energy reporter Hiroko Tabuchi reached the logical conclusion that the two must be linked. NewsBusters quotes her deleted tweet:

I’ve been thinking a lot about fossil fuels and white supremacy recently. Almost every single oil executive, lobbyist, spokesperson I’ve dealt with is white and male. It’s difficult not to see a link.

Wherever there are white males, there is not only racism but sexism. Causing total economic collapse by banning fossil fuels would not improve the weather, but it is still ideologically justified.

Deleted tweets let you see the future. A couple years from now, tweets like the one above will be left to stand, because no one inside her bubble will know enough to tell Hiroko that deplorables are laughing at her. A couple years after that, such tweets will inspire legislation.

Hat tip: Maggie’s Farm.

Sep 30 2020

Open Thread

Global warming - at least the modern nightmare vision - is a myth. I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists. But what is really worrying is that the world's politicians and policy makers are not. - David Bellamy
Sep 26 2020

Religion of Green

California cannot keep the lights on, unable to meet its energy needs due to green energy policies fancifully intended to alter the world climate. Governor Gavin Newsom responds to this alarming situation by announcing a ban on nonelectric vehicles with the same chimerical intention. This underscores that global warming zealots are not grounded in reality. Their creed is not so much an ideology as a false religion, comprised of fear, doctrine, superstition, apocalypse, and a priesthood. However, its objectives are ideological: authoritarian world government and the reduction of the human race.

PragerU investigates the pernicious doomsday cult currently known as Climate Change:

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Sep 24 2020

Gavin Newsom Bans Conventional Vehicles

Never assume that Democrats will not follow up on an agenda item that is self-evidently insane. Where they have consolidated unchallenged power, there is no limit to the lunatic tyranny they will inflict. California is a case in point.

Only 10 years ago, California had a Republican governor (if you want to count Arnold Schwarzenegger as Republican). Only 45 years ago, Ronald Reagan was the governor. But due largely to demographic changes, Democrats will control the state for the foreseeable future, no matter how poorly they rule. So they rule like this:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed an executive order to ban gas-powered cars and trucks in California by 2035…

Barks Newsom:

“This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change. … Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.”

No serious person could believe that banning cars in California will have a perceptible effect on sea levels.

Electric cars are mainly powered by fossil fuels anyway, since wind and solar generate nowhere near enough electricity, and leftists consider nuclear energy politically unclean. Manufacturing the batteries for electric cars is environmentally devastating.

Banning regular cars is economically crippling tyranny for its own sake.

Damage to the economy isn’t a bug; it’s a feature. The Great Depression and FDR would have kept each other going indefinitely if World War II had not intervened. The economic crash of 2008 swept Barack Obama into power; his policies stalled recovery for years. Trump was coasting to reelection until overreaction to COVID-19 caused the economy to crash again. What is bad for the economy is good for the Democratic Party.

Stand by to see if California Democrats ban electricity next. By then, these people could control the whole country. Already, a far-left California Democrat is running for de facto president.

On a tip from R F.

Sep 23 2020

Government-Fueled Fires

Gavin Newsom smirks that the debate is over; everyone agrees with him that the fires ravaging the West Coast were caused by climate change, which has always existed but can be arrested if we turn over enough money and power to Big Government. The liberal media establishment backs him up. However, those without a power-grabbing agenda don’t — including environmentalist Michael Shellenberger. The actual culprits are bad policy and poor forest management:

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Sep 10 2020

Jane Fonda: There Is Only One Issue

Here’s something you probably didn’t know. Ageing Hollywood starlet Jane Fonda has “been a climate scientist for decades and decades.” That’s how she knows that the global warming hoax is the issue that “will determine the survival of our species.”

If Hanoi Jane has been a climate scientist for that long, she must remember when her fellow liberal establishmentarians screeched hysterically about a coming ice age, as Tony Heller reminds us:

Fonda may be right that there is only one issue, and that it is the campaign to convince people only overbearing government control can stop the weather from being too warm.

Back when she was in her prime, leftists would say that the issue is never the issue; the issue is always the revolution. That is, seizing power is the issue.

Lately it seems the only issue is Black Lives Matter ideology, but cultural Marxism can only be used to tear down the current society, not to construct a new one. Once leftists secure their grip on the levers of power, climate ideology will be more useful as an ongoing justification for authoritarianism.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Aug 24 2020

New York Times v New York Times on California Fires

If you were to judge by coverage in the New York Times, you might think that this year’s wildfires in California are a cataclysmic event, unprecedented and irreversible. The fires must have been caused by anthropogenic global warming, so the only rational response is to allow the federal government to radically reduce our standard of living in the hope that even if this would probably have no measurable effect on the climate, at least Mother Nature might appreciate the gesture.

Tony Heller has discovered that one way to debunk the agenda-driven mendacious hysteria that characterizes the New York Times is with earlier material from the same paper, dating back to when it was a more credible source of information:

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Aug 18 2020

Open Thread

My first inclination is to be a bit skeptical about the claims that human-produced carbon dioxide is the direct contributor to global warming. - Buzz Aldrin
Aug 15 2020

Global Warming Did In the Woolly Rhinoceros

Global warming has been a menace to the planet for longer than some realize. Current Biology says it may have killed off the woolly rhinoceros:

Although overhunting led to the demise of some prehistoric megafauna after the last ice age, a new study found that the extinction of the woolly rhinoceros may have been caused by climate change. By sequencing ancient DNA from 14 woolly rhinos, researchers found that their population remained stable and diverse until only a few thousand years before it disappeared from Siberia, when temperatures likely rose too high.

Forgive the cynicism, but it seems that obtaining funding on any scientific topic may be easier if you can link it to the perils of global warming.

However, most species find it easier to adapt to warmth than cold. Life is more abundant at the equator than the poles.

Tyrannosaurus Rex — who likely perished of the cold — could not be reached for comment on the demise of the woolly rhino by global cooling.

On a tip from Lyle.

Aug 12 2020

COVID-19 Tyranny as a Trial Run for Climate Control

COVID-19 tyranny could be a trial run for something even more repressive, economically devastating, and permanent. Via Breitbart:

Elliott Harris is helping lead the U.N.’s development of policy advice for nations grappling with the pandemic.

Yet Harris has even greater concerns. He recently spoke at an online seminar:

“What we’ve seen in this COVID crisis is that governments are indeed capable of really ambitious, rather unorthodox and extremely important and even massive interventions,” he told the webinar.

“I can think of no stakes that are higher than the climate crisis that we are living in right now.”

If a virus with a mortality rate that might turn out to be not that much worse than the flu justifies lockdowns, mandatory masks, suspension of religious freedom, and throwing tens of millions out of work, what might be warranted in the face of a climate crisis that according to progressive rhetoric threatens the very existence of life? That depends on how much pushback they get.

We may soon have a president with no interest in standing up to the United Nations.

On a tip from Rapinhoe.

Alibi3col theme by Themocracy