Trump Proposes National Carbon Tax To Fund US-Mexico Wall

GWPF | 1 April 2016

[AM editor’s note: April fool surely? Say it ain’t so …]

A nationwide carbon tax could raise enough revenues to fund the construction of a wall between the US and Mexico, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump announced Friday morning in a surprise policy U-turn on the climate change issue. Previously claiming that he was “not a big believer” in man-made global warming, Trump has now embraced a coordinated national approach to reducing US greenhouse gas emissions in a move that he said will also help stop illegal immigration. “Really, it’s a no-brainer. We make the left-wing tree-huggers happy by introducing a price on carbon, and we make my right-wing supporters happy by closing the funding gap for my wall,” he said in a statement. —Carbon Pulse, 1 April 2016

1) Trump Proposes National Carbon Tax To Fund US-Mexico Wall
Carbon Pulse, 1 April 2016

2) More Of The Usual Hype About Arctic Ice
Not A Lot Of People Know That, 30 March 2016

3) New Study Debunks Polar Bear Scare, Confirms GWPF Report
Patriot Post, 28 March 2016

4) California Lawmaker Proposes Law Against Climate Sceptics
The Daily Caller, 31 March 2016

5) ‘Kill The Deniers’: A Government-Funded Play Where Green Terrorists Solve Climate Issues
Jo Nova, 1 April 2016

NSIDC has provisionally announced that Arctic sea ice extent has recorded the lowest maximum in the satellite record. This has naturally set the media off ringing alarm bells, like this silly one from Climate Home, “Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest winter extent in recorded history.” The reality is much more boring. Far from collapsing, Arctic sea ice area has been remarkably stable in the last decade. And with multi year ice continuing to recover from 2008 lows, ice volume has also been growing in the last few years. –Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That, 30 March 2016

A new study conducted by scientists at Lakehead University in Canada should help alleviate any concerns we might have that polar bears are nearing extinction. The authors write, “[W]e suggest that the current status of Canadian polar bear subpopulations in 2013 was 12 stable/increasing and one declining (Kane Basin). We do not find support for the perspective that polar bears within or shared with Canada are currently in any sort of climate crisis. We show that much of the scientific evidence indicating that some polar bear subpopulations are declining due to climate change-mediated sea ice reductions is likely flawed by poor mark–recapture (M-R) sampling and that the complex analysis models employed to overcome these capture issues apparently fail to provide accurate estimates of the demographic parameters used to determine subpopulation status.” —Jordan Candler , Patriot Post, 28 March 2016

A California lawmaker wants to change a law to make it easier for state prosecutors to go after companies skeptical of global warming. The proposed bill would punish skeptical companies for “many years of public deception” with regards to global warming science. “I want to give law enforcement the tools they need to hold people accountable for their actions if that’s where the evidence takes them,” Democratic state Sen. Ben Allen, who proposed legislation targeting skeptics, recently told InsideClimate News. Allen’s proposed legislation would extend the statute of limitations under California’s Unfair Competition Law from four to 30 years specifically for “behavior related to scientific evidence of climate change,” according to a summary of the bill. –Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller, 31 March 2016

This is your brain on government funding (pace Mark Steyn). The government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) gave $18k to a theatre group to put on a play called “Kill the Deniers”. Now, lucky us, we can read the e-book. Because the climate debate really needs more guns, hostages, brute force, and threats right? Well, it does if you don’t have any evidence. “Kill the Deniers” — All the wit and wisdom of government funded “arts”. Can’t persuade the voters? Shoot their representatives. —Jo Nova, 1 April 2016

1) Trump Proposes National Carbon Tax To Fund US-Mexico Wall
Carbon Pulse, 1 April 2016

A nationwide carbon tax could raise enough revenues to fund the construction of a wall between the US and Mexico, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump announced Friday morning in a surprise policy U-turn on the climate change issue.

Previously claiming that he was “not a big believer” in man-made global warming, Trump has now embraced a coordinated national approach to reducing US greenhouse gas emissions in a move that he said will also help stop illegal immigration.

“Really, it’s a no-brainer. We make the left-wing tree-huggers happy by introducing a price on carbon, and we make my right-wing supporters happy by closing the funding gap for my wall,” he said in a statement.

“I’m surprised no one’s proposed a market-based solution to fighting climate change until now. In any case, no one does market-based solutions better than me.”

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2) More Of The Usual Hype About Arctic Ice
Not A Lot Of People Know That, 30 March 2016

Paul Homewood

Far from collapsing, Arctic sea ice area has been remarkably stable in the last decade.

ScreenHunter_3879 Mar. 30 13.44
NSIDC has provisionally announced that Arctic sea ice extent has recorded the lowest maximum in the satellite record.

This has naturally set the media off ringing alarm bells, like this silly one from Climate Home, “Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest winter extent in recorded history”

The reality is much more boring. According to NSIDC themselves, maximum extent this year has dropped from 5.612 to 5.607 million sq miles since last year. Such a small amount must be well within the margin of error, although these are not published.

Far from collapsing, Arctic sea ice area has been remarkably stable in the last decade.

seaice.anomaly.arctic
http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.arctic.png

And with multi year ice continuing to recover from 2008 lows, ice volume has also been growing in the last few years.

BPIOMASIceVolumeAnomalyCurrentV2.1
http://psc.apl.uw.edu/research/projects/arctic-sea-ice-volume-anomaly/

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3) New Study Debunks Polar Bear Scare, Confirms GWPF Report
Patriot Post, 28 March 2016

Jordan Candler

If past predictions are any indication, enough ice should have melted by now as a result of anthropogenic global warming to threaten the existence of polar bears. That’s not to say Arctic sea ice is doing exceedingly well or even that it’s near average. For the record, ice extent appears to have registered a new record low this winter, though any alarm is dampened by the fact El Niño and an overall warm Pacific ocean contributed to more heat across the globe, and likely significantly so.

On the flip side, it’s true also that the Arctic has not experienced the death spiral that was predicted by so many. That goes for both ice and polar bears. A new study conducted by scientists at Lakehead University in Canada should help alleviate any concerns we might have that polar bears are nearing extinction.

The authors write, “[W]e suggest that the current status of Canadian polar bear subpopulations in 2013 was 12 stable/increasing and one declining (Kane Basin). We do not find support for the perspective that polar bears within or shared with Canada are currently in any sort of climate crisis.”

They continue: “We show that much of the scientific evidence indicating that some polar bear subpopulations are declining due to climate change-mediated sea ice reductions is likely flawed by poor mark–recapture (M-R) sampling and that the complex analysis models employed to overcome these capture issues apparently fail to provide accurate estimates of the demographic parameters used to determine subpopulation status.”

These findings are more or less in line with other studies, including one by Dr. Susan Crockford for the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Last year she wrote, “On almost every measure, things are looking good for polar bears. Scientists are finding that they are well distributed throughout their range and adapting well to changes in sea ice. Health indicators are good and they are benefiting from abundant prey.” Moreover, other estimates show that the polar bear population has increased significantly over the years and now sits in the tens of thousands, perhaps as high as 30,000.

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4) California Lawmaker Proposes Law Against Climate Sceptics
The Daily Caller, 31 March 2016

Michael Bastasch

A California lawmaker wants to change a law to make it easier for state prosecutors to go after companies skeptical of global warming. The proposed bill would punish skeptical companies for “many years of public deception” with regards to global warming science.

“I want to give law enforcement the tools they need to hold people accountable for their actions if that’s where the evidence takes them,” Democratic state Sen. Ben Allen, who proposed legislation targeting skeptics, recently told InsideClimate News.

Allen’s proposed legislation would extend the statute of limitations under California’s Unfair Competition Law from four to 30 years specifically for “behavior related to scientific evidence of climate change,” according to a summary of the bill. Allen’s proposal comes as state prosecutors pledged to investigate Exxon Mobil for allegedly misleading the public about global warming.

“Given the environmental, health, and economic impacts that Californians are already paying for as a result of the fossil fuel industry’s many years of public deception and their efforts to block action on climate change, it is important to hold the industry responsible,” Allen’s office wrote in the bill’s summary.

The legislation is part of a larger effort by Democrats and environmentalists to draw parallels between oil companies and the tobacco industry as states attorneys general investigate Exxon’s disclosures about global warming’s risks to shareholders.

California’s attorney general is already investigating Exxon for allegedly misleading shareholders about the risks the company faces from global warming. New York, Massachusetts and the U.S. Virgin Islands have also launched investigations into Exxon’s global warming stance.

“Keeping the statute limited to only four years undermines the state’s ability to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for their unfair and deceptive practices that extend back well beyond four years, as well as the damages and risks that Californians and everyone else must face for centuries to come,” according to Allen’s office.

AG investigations, and Allen’s bill, into Exxon were inspired by reports from InsideClimate News and Columbia University claiming the company knew of the risks of global warming for decades, but funded groups skeptical of warming and opposed regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

“Certainly everything we’ve seen suggests there may be a really strong case,” Allen said.

State AGs held a conference Tuesday to pledge their support for federal regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and some AGs even promised to investigate fossil fuel companies questioning man-made global warming.
New York’s AG even suggested harsher punishment than fines for skeptics, which he said were “insufficient” to punish those who opposed top-down global warming regulations.

“Financial damages alone may be insufficient,” AG Eric Schneiderman said during the event in New York City Tuesday. “The First Amendment does not give you the right to commit fraud.”

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5) ‘Kill The Deniers’: A Government-Funded Play Where Green Terrorists Solve Climate Issues
Jo Nova, 1 April 2016

This is your brain on government funding (pace Mark Steyn). The government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) gave $18k to a theatre group to put on a play called “Kill the Deniers”. Now, lucky us, we can read the e-book. Because the climate debate really needs more guns, hostages, brute force, and threats right?

Well, it does if you don’t have any evidence.

“Kill the Deniers” — All the wit and wisdom of government funded “arts”. Can’t persuade the voters? Shoot their representatives.

The Kill the Deniers e-book is coming:

…writer and theatre-maker whose work sits at the intersection of art and science, [David] Finnigan said Kill Climate Deniers grew out of discussions with Aspen Island Theatre Company’s Julian Hobba.

‘We got really interested in talking about the climate debate, and we were wondering why it was that in Australia the debate had stalled so badly; what is it about this country? And then we moved on to asking what would it take to shift the debate forward again – what would it actually take to generate real political change?’ said Finnigan.

Why did the debate stall? They could have done some research and asked skeptics. Instead…

The answer they came up with (‘though not one that I feel comfortable or very positive about,’ he stressed) was guns.

Subsequently, Finnigan wrote an action movie-style drama in which Parliament House is invaded by gun-toting eco-terrorists. With the Government held hostage, and facing the threat of imminent execution unless she ends global warming immediately, the embattled Environment Minister has no choice but to defend her ideals – one bullet at a time.

Because terrorism is fun, right?

‘It’s a really fun, really action-packed, really over the top hostage drama, and action film genre piece; and hanging from that are some really important questions about the climate debate,’ Finnigan said.

And the play inspires important questions
Questions like, why are Arty types so dysfunctional that they miss the obvious solution to solve their angst, and why are taxpayers forced to pay to amplify that dysfunction?

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