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Category: Global Warming

Dec 29 2022

Electric Garbage Trucks Fail in New York

Our moonbat rulers have decreed that, to signal compliance with their ideology, all vehicles must be electric — even heavy trucks, even school buses, even military vehicles. However, electric garbage trucks are not working out in New York:

The [Department of Sanitation] aims to switch all 6,000 vehicles in its fleet from gas to electric as part of the state’s goal to reduce emissions by 2040. But city officials say they haven’t found electric garbage trucks that are powerful enough to plow snow.

The department has ordered seven electric rear loader garbage trucks, custom-made by Mack and costing more than $523,000 each, with delivery slated for the spring. Used for curbside trash collection, the department’s current rear loader truck fleet runs on diesel and is outfitted with plows to clear streets during snow season.

But officials say previous electric trucks tested by sanitation have not lasted longer than four hours plowing snow before running out of power…

Fortunately, the same ideology that makes overpriced, unreliable electric trucks necessary also provides a solution. Just wait for global warming to melt the snow.

The founder of the Cult of Global Warming has been bellowing since at least 2007 that immediate radical action is required because the planet has a fever. Surely the snow must have melted already.

New York City’s commitment to plowing each street puts the sanitation department’s 2,100 collection trucks to work each winter, clearing the equivalent of 19,000 miles of street lanes. The service is one of the mayor’s most important duties. Mayors Bill de Blasio and Michael Bloomberg both faced withering criticism while in office for slow snow removal.

No worries. Government’s only commitment now is to uphold leftist ideology. All Eric Adams needs to do is denounce anyone who doesn’t like streets waist-deep in snow as a climate denier who hates The Science.

On a tip from Franco.

Dec 28 2022

Climate Kooks Try to Impose Nuclear Winter

We used to live in fear that nuclear war would first lay waste to our cities and then impose an ice age, as all the detritus thrown up into the atmosphere would block out the sun’s beneficent rays for years to come. We don’t need nuclear weapons anymore. We have liberals. They have already laid waste to our cities through policies that have reduced them to Third World war zones. As for nuclear winter,

A startup claims it has launched weather balloons that may have released reflective sulfur particles in the stratosphere, potentially crossing a controversial barrier in the field of solar geoengineering.

Geoengineering refers to deliberate efforts to manipulate the climate by reflecting more sunlight back into space, mimicking a natural process that occurs in the aftermath of large volcanic eruptions. In theory, spraying sulfur and similar particles in sufficient quantities could potentially ease global warming.

Even assuming there is anything wrong with the climate,

Little is known about the real-world effect of such deliberate interventions at large scales, but they could have dangerous side effects.

Normally real-world effects are not a concern, because climate change pertains to the unreal world of progressive ideology. However, the real world could get dragged into the mischief if stunts like this have a deleterious effect.

Some researchers who have long studied the technology are deeply troubled that the company, Make Sunsets, appears to have moved forward with launches from a site in Mexico without any public engagement or scientific scrutiny. It’s already attempting to sell “cooling credits” for future balloon flights that could carry larger payloads.

For years, gullible liberals have been purchasing virtue in the form of carbon credits. There is money in moonbattery:

The company says it has raised $750,000 in funding from Boost VC and Pioneer Fund, among others, and that its early investors have also been purchasing cooling credits.

Luke Iseman, cofounder and CEO of Make Sunsets, presents himself as a true believer in global warmism:

“We joke slash not joke that this is partly a company and partly a cult,” he says.

This is scary:

A 2018 white paper raised the possibility that an environmental, humanitarian, or other type of group [e.g., terrorist] could use this simple balloon approach to carry out a distributed, do-it-yourself geoengineering scheme.

Given the scale made possible by virtually infinite inflationary spending, this is scarier:

Biden signed Congress’ “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022” on March 15, providing funding for a five-year research plan to be coordinated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

If a 5-year plan sounds familiar, you are probably thinking of the USSR under Stalin.

The OTSP will come up with a “scientific assessment of solar and other rapid climate interventions in the context of near-term climate risks and hazards.”

Stratospheric aerosol injection, the method employed by Make Sunsets, is among the various solar geoengineering interventions the OTSP will study.

The cult is in control.

You thought Covid policy caused a lot of pointless damage? Wait until our moonbat rulers fully implement their climate policy.

On tips from Troy H, Wiggins, and Mr. Freemarket.

Dec 27 2022

Looters Exploit Storm in Buffalo

If a career criminal’s fentanyl overdose can serve as a pretext to loot, why not the conspicuous absence of global warming in moonbat-misruled New York State?

Todd Starnes reports on Buffalo:

Gangs of thugs have been looting large and small businesses — leading Mayor Byron Brown to condemn the criminals.

“People who are out looting when people are losing their lives in this harsh winter storm is just absolutely reprehensible,” Brown said. “I don’t know how these people can even live with themselves, how they can look at themselves in the mirror. They are the lowest of the low.”

That’s not very nice. Liberals tell us that cold weather is actually caused by global warming, which oppresses favored identity groups. So chalk up the looting to social justice, like the George Floyd riots.

On tips from Wiggins and Ed McAninch.

Dec 26 2022

Christmas Canceled Because EV Would Not Charge

Here’s hoping you had a Merry Christmas and that it was not canceled due to reliance on an electric vehicle, as happened to a Virginia radio personality:

Domenick Nati told Insider that he plugged his electric car into a supercharger on Friday when it was 19 degrees outside. The car’s battery level was at 40% at the time.

“Two hours went by and not much changed,” Nati told the outlet. “It was very slow and the numbers got lower as the temperature dropped. Eventually, it stopped charging altogether.”

Then he tried at home, and then at another supercharger. No luck; probably too cold. He had to cancel his Christmas plans and could not see family because the pricey car was down to a 19-mile range.

Sunday morning, Nati told Fox Business that he still had not heard back from Tesla and that his car still would not charge.

Others have had similar problems. Too bad global warming hasn’t been living up to the hype. Then it wouldn’t be so cold.

Our moonbat rulers have made it clear they intend to allow only electric vehicles, on the grounds that according to their ideology, real cars make it be too hot outside. Meanwhile,

The bomb cyclone that has brought freezing temperatures and up to six feet of snow to North America has caused at least 50 deaths across the US and Canada.

They should have stuck with the global cooling hysteria they tried to sell us in the 70s. Cold weather kills 20 times more people than hot weather does.

The deep freeze is linked to 18 deaths in the state of New York, particularly in Buffalo where the ‘lake-effect’ – when frigid air moves over warmer lake waters and creates a freezing spray – has been lethal.

According to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz:

“[W]e know there are people stuck in cars for more than two days.”

There will be a lot more of that in our green EV future. But the deaths won’t be in vain. Think of all the virtue we will signal!

On tips from Anonymous, Wiggins, and ABC of the ANC.

Dec 21 2022

New York Moves to Prevent Heating Homes

If the point really were to make the climate colder, they would have no idea what they are doing — not that the climate needs to get any colder anyway, with two thirds of the country plunging into a deep freeze. Unless our rulers are literally psychotic, the actual point is to prevent us from heating our homes:

A state commission [Monday] approved plans to phase out fossil fuel-burning furnaces beginning as soon as 2025 as part of New York’s aggressive program to address climate change.

No reasonable person believes this will prevent the climate from fluctuating the way it always has and always will.

The plan adopted [Monday] by the state Climate Action Council requires energy-efficient electric heat pumps or other non-combustion heating systems in every new home built in 2025 or thereafter.

Authorities admit that the ideologically correct heating systems cost more, but claim they will save money in the long run. However, if it made sense economically, the policy would not have to be mandatory.

Even if you swallow liberal global warming dogma, for homes being heated electrically to affect the climate, the electricity would need to be generated by means that do not produce CO2 emissions. Since wind and solar are unreliable and cannot provide more than a tiny fraction of the electricity needed, that means nuclear. Yet New York closes down its nuclear plants.

For existing homes, residents whose fossil fuel-burning heating units give out after 2030 will have to replace them with a zero-emission system.

Good thing New Yorkers have plenty of money to waste installing pricier heating systems for ideological reasons, even after paying some of the highest tax rates in the country, despite the Biden economy staggering toward a severe recession and the Empire State’s wealth generators escaping to Florida as quickly as they can.

Approximately 85% of households in New York State are heated with natural gas, propane, or fuel oil. Since heating these homes by other means will require more electricity than is likely to be available, there will be blackouts.

The ultimate point is power. Some people will freeze to death in their homes because Democrats decreed it, as sacrifices to their godless religion. That’s power.

On tips from R F, Wiggins, and Bluto.

Dec 19 2022

Commies Clap for Social Climate Fund

What is the point of brainwashing the impressionable into believing that the constant, unavoidable fluctuation of the climate is an urgent problem, caused by human activity, and controllable by Big Government? Power and money:

They are called watermelons for a reason: green on the outside, internationalist commie red on the inside.

We have real problems. The climate isn’t one of them. But climate ideology is.

On a tip from R F.

Dec 19 2022

Connecticut Public Schools to Mandate Climate Doctrine

Some ideas are so bad they have to be made mandatory or they would fade away. An example is leftist climate ideology, which is to be mandated in Connecticut public schools:

The requirement follows in the footsteps of New Jersey, which in 2020 became the first state to mandate K-12 climate change education across its school districts.

Currently, nearly 90% of public schools across Connecticut include climate change studies in their curriculums. However, by mandating it as part of state law from grades five to 12, climate education will effectively become protected from budget cuts and climate-denying political views…

Use of the mendacious term “climate denying” identifies the original source as liberal establishment. “Climate deniers” deny only that the climate is a problem and can be controlled by Big Government. Liberals deny that the climate will always fluctuate no matter what we do.

“The conservative turn in our country … often starts at a very hyper-local level of local town boards of education. There is this push towards anti-intellectualism, anti-science … anti-reason, and I didn’t want local boards of education to have the power to overturn the curriculum and say, ‘climate change is too political,’” Connecticut state representative Christine Palm told the Guardian.

If only her delusions were real. A conservative turn in the country would be wonderful. If liberals really did side with science, we could disabuse them not only of their climate ideology but also of pernicious transgender lunacy.

Even schools that preach global warming hysteria don’t teach it enough, according to Palm.

“Anecdotally, I knew that there was no uniform approach and that I felt there should be,” Palm explained.

A uniform approach to instilling uniform erroneous opinions is liberalism in a nutshell. If Palm didn’t work for the government, she would be in either education or the media.

Science teachers who don’t want to preach propaganda will face the same fate the Defense of Marriage Act will inevitably inflict on priests who don’t want to commit blasphemy by presiding over gay weddings.

The damage to young minds has already been considerable:

A global survey conducted last year amongst 10,000 children and young people across ten countries, including the US, found that 59% of respondents were very or extremely worried about the climate crisis. Over 50% reported feeling emotions including sadness, anxiousness, anger, powerlessness and guilt. Seventy-five percent of respondents said that they think the future is frightening.

This politically exploitable angst has been created over a problem that is entirely fanciful.

Lest anyone think this really is about the weather:

Lauren Madden, a science educator and professor at the College of New Jersey … stresses the importance of equity-focused conversations when discussing the climate crisis in classrooms.

“Equity” is a euphemism for neo-Marxism.

“We have to acknowledge that climate change does not affect all people equally … There are kids in lower-income communities, communities of color and immigrant communities that experience flooding and power outages and things like that … in a much more magnified way than others,” she said.

If you can believe that weather has suddenly become a problem, you can believe that it is more of a problem for groups that enjoy leftist favor.

Madden keeps barking:

“It’s critical that when we’re talking to kids at that upper elementary, middle school, high school level, we’re ensuring that we are coming from an equity-based perspective.”

Of course it is. Otherwise, there would be no point pretending that the climate is a crisis.

On a tip from R F.

Dec 14 2022

Virtually No One Watches AOC’s Climate Hysteria Movie

Don’t feel bad, Disney. Although your attempts to ram homosexuality down children’s throats have been crashing at the box office (Strange World, Lightyear), prominent Democrat congresscritter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has produced a still greater failure:

Her Climate Change (which is a hoax) documentary grossed just $81 per screen.

Director Rachel Lears’ To the End screened at Sundance, features AOC and made its weekend debut on 120 screens.

On those 120 screens, it grossed just $9,667, which averages to $81 per screen.

Critics love it, which is all the more reason for audiences to stay away.

Awful as this movie looks, it is surprising that well under a thousand out of a third of a billion Americans were willing to watch it. AOC’s climate delusions may prove to be highly relevant to our daily lives.

Along with ultra-left Senator Ed Markey, AOC is the ostensible author of the Green New Deal, an apocalyptic program of total social transformation reminiscent of what the Khmer Rouge inflicted on Cambodia. Democrats have already managed to impose some of it through the massive spending blowouts that are largely to blame for runaway inflation. When they achieve the leverage, they will hit us with the rest.

If AOC is the Future of the Democratic Party, as the liberal establishment media and former Democratic National Committee Chair Thomas Perez attest, her climate kookiness isn’t just the random raving of a malevolent lunatic; it is what we will have to live under, assuming Democrats prevail.

On a tip from Varla.

Dec 12 2022

EPA Moves Against Refrigeration, AC, Heat Pumps

We have come to take heat and refrigeration for granted. We shouldn’t. Anything worth having is worth taking away in the name of the global warming hoax. The unelected Deep State gremlins comprising the EPA propose a new rule:

The EPA’s proposed rule would crack down on the manufacturing and importing of goods containing HFCs [hydrofluorocarbons], which would restrict the use of HFCs in refrigeration units, air conditioning systems and heat pump equipment starting in 2025, according to an agency press release. In accordance with the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, a global climate treaty that the Senate ratified in September, the agency intends to reduce the production and consumption of HFCs by 85% by 2036.

If posturing elitists like John Kerry say refrigeration makes the climate continue to fluctuate, we may have to go without it.

On tips from Franco and Blackjack.

Dec 11 2022

Beavers Threaten to Green Arctic Wasteland

Global warming guilt is widespread. Even beavers cause the climate to keep fluctuating the way it always has and always will. The problem of beavers causing global warming was caused by global warming:

[R]apid warming in the Arctic has made the tundra more hospitable to the large rodents: Earlier snowmelt, thawing permafrost and a longer growing season have triggered a boom in shrubby plants like alder and willow that beavers need.

University of Alaska ecologist Ken Tape says he has spent his taxpayer-subsidized time counting 11,377 beaver ponds in the Alaskan tundra. Here’s how the four-legged climate criminals oppress the planet:

“We know that beaver dams create warm areas,” Tape explains, “because the water in the ponds they create is deeper and doesn’t freeze all the way to the bottom in the winter.” The warm pond water melts the surrounding permafrost; the thawed ground, in turn, releases long-stored carbon in the form of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane — contributing to further atmospheric warming.

The original blame for beavers’ transgressions against the climate lies heavily on our own consciences:

[S]ince human combustion of fossil fuels has now pushed atmospheric CO2 levels to 415 ppm and climbing, the spread of shrubs and trees onto today’s warming tundra appears unavoidable — as does the spread of animals that need those plants to survive.

Once, the entire arctic was covered in forest and thrived with animals. That’s why climate kooks work themselves into a state of hysteria about warmer weather in Alaska. Over the centuries—if the beavers aren’t stopped—the state could end up looking like Greenland did 2 million years ago:

Today, it’s a barren Arctic desert, but back then it was a lush landscape of trees and vegetation with an array of animals, even the now extinct mastodon. …

During the region’s warm period, when average temperatures were 20 to 34 degrees Fahrenheit (11 to 19 degrees Celsius) higher than today, the area was filled with an unusual array of plant and animal life…

We certainly can’t have Greenland turning green again. Life on earth would be threatened by all that life. Stern government action against beavers is overdue.

On tips from Lyle and Bluto.

Dec 07 2022

E-Cargo Bikes as the Future of Transport

Driving prices into the stratosphere by forcing the trucking industry to forsake fossil fuels in favor of unreliable, economically inefficient, and environmentally harmful electric vehicles is a politically virtuous start, but it won’t be enough, because nothing ever is. Shriek the climate kooks at Green Alliance:

New policy is urgently needed to get vans on the right road to net zero. Although electrifying vans is an important step, it is not the only action needed for a decarbonised transport system.

“Net zero” means that the harmless CO2 emissions that are produced by all life and that are essential to plant growth must be eliminated entirely. What zero Covid policy is to communist China, net zero will be under the rule of the Liberal World Order after it consolidates power sufficiently to impose the Great Reset.

Cue up the Wizard of Oz music that accompanies Miss Gulch riding her bicycle and behold the future of transport:

Just wait until they decarbonize the airline industry.

On a tip from Occam’s Stubble.

Dec 06 2022

David Attenborough Announces That Sky Is Falling

Sir David Frederick Attenborough, age 96, has had a long and storied career as a naturalist/propagandist for the BBC, British bastion of the moonbat establishment. Try not to succumb to gibbering panic as he informs us that we are on the brink of doom due to a small increase in the plant nutrient CO2 in the atmosphere over the past century, and an insignificant upward fluctuation in temperature that may or may not have anything to do with it:

This is truly alarming — not the hysterical hyperbole, but that our rulers expect us to take it seriously. Those who believe these fabulists might submit to any extreme of deprivation and authoritarianism to prevent the collapse of human civilization.

What a hoot that Attenborough characterizes the inevitable fluctuation of the climate as a threat to food production and fresh water. The climate kooks themselves threaten food production. As for fresh water, we are now told that freshwater lakes are a menace because they cause global warming.

Similar to Covid tyranny, the global warming hoax has an upside. Assuming that people have the intelligence and character not to go along, the phony climate crisis will instill a healthy distrust not to mention a strong dislike of our fraudulent ruling class.

On a tip from Lyle.

Dec 05 2022

Climate Lockdown Begins in UK

Despite the $trillions in wasted productivity and countless lives ruined, the Covid lockdowns were only a dry run, intended to test how submissive we are. The real tyranny will be inflicted in the name of a permanent emergency, guaranteed never to go away — the climate. Climate lockdowns are already getting underway in the UK:

On Nov. 29 Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet voted in favour of traffic filters, which are strict rules on how often motorists can drive and where they can go in the town centre.

The administration says this is to “achieve a sustainable transport system” by stopping most motorists from driving through Oxford’s centre, which divides the city into six “15-minute” neighbourhoods.

As noted at JoNova,

The 15 Minute City is a UN and WEF plan, because they care about you want you to drive less.

The Beeb is in on it too, claiming that authorities preventing us from moving around as in the USSR will “create stronger local communities and make residents happier.”

Forcing us to drive less is the point behind leftists pushing inefficient, expensive, unsafe, and unreliable electric vehicles, despite the harm they inflict on the environment. Our rulers know as well as we do that EVs will never meet our transportation needs.

If this flies, the screws will be tightened further. Absent sufficient pushback, the tightening will continue indefinitely.

The wise words of a genius come to mind:

It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

Paul Joseph Watson has more:

On tips from KirklesWorth and Occam’s Stubble.

Dec 05 2022

How Freshwater Lakes Endanger the Planet

The good news is that it looks like global warming isn’t going to plunge the world into drought after all. The bad news is that everything changes, and all changes are evidence and/or a cause of the Climate Crisis. Now we learn that freshwater lakes are a menace — because they are both.

From ScienceAlert:

A new study has revealed that small lakes on Earth have expanded considerably over the last four decades – a worrying development, considering the amount of greenhouse gases freshwater reservoirs emit.

Life produces CO2. Lakes are rife with life:

Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and other gasses are constantly produced from lakes, because of the bacteria and fungi feeding at the bottom of the water, snacking on dead plants and animals that have drifted down to the lake floor.

The CO2 emitted helps plants to grow, producing more life, which results in more CO2. This vicious cycle can only end in planetary doom. You can see why Democrats are anti-life.

In total, this lake spread equates to an annual increase of carbon emissions in the region of 4.8 teragrams (or trillion grams) of CO2 – which to continue the country comparisons equals the increase in CO2 emitted by the whole of the UK in 2012.

Maybe if we nuke England, it will compensate the planet for being afflicted with freshwater lakes.

Naturally, humans are to blame for the lakes:

More than half of the increase in lake coverage over the study period is due to human activity, the researchers say – essentially, newly constructed reservoirs. The rest is mainly due to melting glaciers and thawing permafrost, caused by the warming of our planet.

The alleged warming of the planet is also caused by humans, who have failed to raise taxes high enough to stop the climate from fluctuating.

No worries. Democrats can add filling in freshwater lakes to their next $trillion climate bill.

On a tip from Wiggins.

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