Climate Alarmist Calls For Burning Down Skeptics’ Homes
“Let’s start keeping track of them…let’s make them pay”
“We know who the active denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn. Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands. Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices,” writes Zwick, adding, “They broke the climate. Why should the rest of us have to pay for it?”
What a dingle-berry.
How about this: how about we make a list of all the people who got the global warming thing wrong and then charge them for all of our energy bills (gasoline, coal, electricity, natural gas, etc.) going higher because of their stupid regulations?
Let’s start with Al Gore who lives in a huge mo fo house using 10 times the energy of the average person and wants to drive up the energy costs of poor people living in everything from cheap apartments to public housing.
From there we’d move on to all the folks who don’t want to drive for oil in the Gulf of Mexico and ANWAR. There should be two prices for gas in this country: $2.65 for all the folks who support drilling and $6.75 for all the folks who don’t.
A new meme is carefully being inserted into society: that a president generally, and Obama specifically, cannot control oil prices. Like all good lies there is just enough truth in this meme in order to not make it laughable. The notion is absolutely true in the short term (Obama cannot make $2.50/gal gas appear overnight, or even in a few months) but over the long term however, a President can have remarkable sway over oil prices.
Bloomberg wants to blame the oil refineries:
Actually, the President doesn’t have that kind of pricing power. The more likely reason behind the price increase, though certainly less compelling as a political argument, is the recent spate of refinery closures in the U.S. Over the past year, refineries have faced a classic margin squeeze. Prices for Brent crude have gone up, but demand for gasoline in the U.S. is at a 15-year low. That means refineries haven’t been able to pass on the higher prices to their customers.
As a result, companies have chosen to shut down a handful of large refineries rather than continue to lose money on them. Since December, the U.S. has lost about 4 percent of its refining capacity, says Fadel Gheit, a senior oil and gas analyst for Oppenheimer. That month, two large refineries outside Philadelphia shut down: Sunoco’s plant in Marcus Hook, Pa., and a ConocoPhillips plant in nearby Trainer, Pa. Together they accounted for about 20 percent of all gasoline produced in the Northeast.
A careful reader will note the the literary slight of hand. Brent crude is up, demand is down, refiners are stuck in the middle, some have lost money, and thus it makes simple business sense to shut down. Therefore gas is expensive. This is a logical fallacy of Ignoring a Common Cause. This story makes the case that given facts A & B & C & D & E that E is the cause of high gas prices. A refinery shuts down in the Northeast thus making gas expensive in the Northeast. That’s the “E”. This ignores high gas prices in the Midwest. The common cause of high gas prices is “A” — high oil prices.
This is further proved by a piece from the other side of the country:
The oil company BP is zeroing in on a cause for last week’s explosion at its big Cherry Point refinery near Ferndale, Washington. …
The Cherry Point refinery supplies about 20 percent of the transportation fuels for Washington and Oregon. Since the shutdown, gasoline prices in the region have spiked. …
According to AAA, the average price of regular unleaded shot up 23-24 cents per gallon just in the past week in western Washington and Oregon. By comparison, the average price at the pump in Idaho went up by 14 cents in the past week. Idaho and eastern Washington receive most of their gasoline from refineries in Montana and Utah, which are operating normally.
Yes, oil prices drove up the cost of gas throughout the Northwest, however in the area directly served by the Cherry Point refinery gas prices went up almost twice as much. With no mention of other factors, it appears the refinery bottleneck is responsible for nearly 1/2 of the total price increase.
Further, back to Bloomberg/Businessweek:
“The U.S. refining industry is undergoing a huge, regional transformation,” says Ben Brockwell, a director at Oil Price Information Services. “If you look at refinery utilization rates in the Midwest and Great Lakes areas, they’re running at close to 95 percent capacity, and on the East Coast it’s more like 60 percent,” he says.
So while claiming that shutting down refining operations is that cause of gas price increases it actually turns out that there’s amply refining supply. The refiners CAN refine more oil into gas; they’re choosing not to because the gas demand is so low that it doesn’t make any sense to make more gas.
One hundred years of economics turned on its head; the Bloomberg argument is that low demand is the cost of high prices. But this story is not about logic… it’s about advancing the meme that Obama cannot control oil prices.
So let’s just ask, how closely does the price of gas track oil prices?
Wow! So I guess that closes the question about what’s really causing high gas prices… it’s high oil prices.
So the next question would be to determine if a president can control oil prices.
Well we know what Obama thinks:
Democrat Barack Obama on Friday blamed high gasoline prices on Washington and a political establishment that he says hasn’t stood up to oil companies, his two rivals for the presidency included.
“The candidates with the Washington experience – my opponents – are good people. They mean well, but they’ve been in Washington for a long time and even with all that experience they talk about, nothing has happened,” Obama said in remarks delivered at a gas station. “This country didn’t raise fuel efficiency standards for over 30 years.”
The result, the Illinois senator said, is that consumers are suffering.
“So what have we got to show for all that experience?” Obama asked. “Gas that’s approaching $4 a gallon.”
via CBS News June 18, 2009.
It appears that [candidate] Obama believed that Washington can effect gas prices. Further, Obama at least used to believe that one such measure for controlling gas prices was to raise the fuel efficiency standard — often referred to as the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards. Interestingly, the CAFE standards to which Obama refers are under the direct control of the NHTSA and the EPA, both of which a president has direct control over.
By Obama’s own argument he has some control over the price of gas.
“Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”
— Steven Chu, President Obama’s Secretary or Energy in 2008
Gas prices are exactly where Obama wants them.
Billions invested in bogus and failing technologies. It’s easy to beat up on oil companies, however they average high tax rates and lower margins than many other businesses.
He ran as the anti-oil president and he is the anti-oil president. Now it’s time to reap what you sow. Obama owns the gas price issue.
“[R]ising jet fuel costs put significant cost pressure on the airline industry,” Steve Lott, vice present of communications for Airlines for America told CBSDC. “Regarding fuel, it was the airline industry’s largest expense in 2011, representing 35 percent of total costs. In 2011, the price of jet fuel reached a record high of $3.00 per gallon for the year. …
“As with any business, if [an airline] pays more for fuel and operational costs, they need to pass that cost on to the consumer,” she told CBSDC. “There have been [similar] effects in the past.”
via CBS DC.
The article cites way that airlines try to reduce the impact of rising fuel prices, include “single engine taxi” which is just as it sounds. One issue with this practice is that jet engines are really designed to run “at operating temperature” and not take to the air immediately upon start-up. Naturally the airlines’ practices are pretty safe, but I would suggest this particular solution is less than ideal.
The authors of the U.N.’s climate policy guide were red-faced two years ago when it was revealed that they had inaccurately forecast that the Himalayan glaciers would melt completely in 25 years, vanishing by the year 2035.
Rajendra Pachauri, head of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and director general of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Dehli, India, ultimately issued a statement offering regret for what turned out to be a poorly vetted statement.
A new report published Thursday, Feb. 9, in the science journal Nature offers the first comprehensive study of the world’s glaciers and ice caps, and one of its conclusions has shocked scientists. Using GRACE, a pair of orbiting satellites racing around the planet at an altitude of 300 miles, it comes to the eye-popping conclusion that the Himalayas have barely melted at all in the past 10 years. …
Some previous estimates of ice loss in the high Asia mountains had predicted up to 50 billion tons of melting ice annually, said Wahr, who is also a fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Instead, results from GRACE pin the estimated ice loss from those peaks — including ranges like the Himalayas and the nearby Pamir and Tien Shan — at only about 4 billion tons of ice annually.
Bristol University glaciologist Jonathan Bamber, who was not part of the research team, told the Guardian that such a level of melting was practically insignificant.
“The very unexpected result was the negligible mass loss from high mountain Asia, which is not significantly different from zero,” he told the Guardian.
via Fox News.
What the?! This is the problem with some (not all) scientists. There is the whole scientific method which is appropriate; but too many of these global warming folks seem to forget that you must rely on the results of testing (a/k/a observations) to enforce your conclusions. When the results (i.e. observations) are not in-line with your hypothesis (i.e. conjecture) then your hypothesis WAS WRONG.
i.e. Why is this guy — who was so clearly wrong years ago — still working at the U.N.? And how much are we paying him to be wrong all the time?
The problem with society and the media that they continue to give attention to these “scientists” who are wrong, and then wrong, and then wrong, again and again. We should not pay any attention to their their kooky ideas.
How this news story should read is:
Disgraced scientist, Rajendra Pachauri, once the former head of the U.N.’s IPCC and who was also the director of TERI has officially been proved wrong by actual scientific observations. Mr. Pachauri, once a prominent raising star in the scientific community is now selling cars in southern Kentucky. When contacted he stated, “I now realize I was wrong for many years issuing false reports based on bogus data but there can be no doubt that now is the time to get into a new Ford Feista which is both cute and gets great gas mileage.”
The Tevatron at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will be shut down later this year after the Batavia-based lab failed to win additional funding from the Obama administration.
Once the world’s largest atom smasher — technically, a proton-antiproton collider — the Tevatron was scheduled to cease operations this year with the recent startup of a much more powerful accelerator known as the Large Hadron Collider, which straddles the border of France and Switzerland.
But with Tevatron running glitch-free and still producing useful research on the elementary building blocks of matter, Fermilab sought an additional $35 million a year to keep it going another three years, a proposal endorsed last year by a U.S. Department of Energy advisory panel on high-energy physics research.
However, the Energy Department last week notified the University of Chicago, which runs the lab for DOE, that the additional funding would not be included in the soon-to-be-released White House budget request for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.
This is very sad. A long (LONG) time ago I took a series of Saturday classes out at Fermilab and learned about high energy physics and the Standard Model. It was fascinating.
This is a huge loss for the area, including Chicago. Fermilab employs some of the smartest people on the planet. People who were good to have in the neighborhood to work on things like solar power, new batteries for cars, LED lighting, improved windmill design, and the like. Many of these people will now leave the area. Dreadfully, many will head to Silicon Valley or Texas.
It’s sad Obama, our home town hero, couldn’t find a mere $35 million in the entire federal budget to keep this place running for another three years.
I say we fire half the aldermen thus saving more than enough to keep the Tevatron going.
NOTE: This story is a few weeks old. 12/28/2010
Gasoline rationing and $5 pump prices are predicted by 2012 for consumers if U.S. politicians don’t get their act together, a former Shell executive said. …
John Hofmeister, a former president at Shell Oil, told the Platts news service that energy shortages and record-high gasoline prices were on the horizon because of high demand and ineffective governing.
“The politically driven choices that are being made, which are non-choices, essentially frittering at the edges of renewable energy, stifling production in hydrocarbon energy — that’s a sure path for not enough energy for American consumers,” Hofmeister told the news service.
He said 2012 might create “panic time” for U.S. lawmakers who are “suddenly” going to be pressed to rethink U.S. energy strategies.
“When American consumers are short or prices are so high — $5 a gallon for gasoline, for example, by 2012 — that’s going to set a new tone,” he added.
I read this story back in December, thought about posting it, then it passed. With the news yesterday that Chicago has the highest gas prices in the country, my memory clicked and I went and found this gem.
Talk about killing the economy. Since the 1980’s we’ve all been on the cheap energy economy. Looks like that’s about to change.
Poor leadership across the board: federal, state, local governments have done nothing to assist the citizens at making sure that the we continued to get a good deal at the pump.
If $5/gal gas come to pass, you can bet the bank on a double dip of the great recession that will last another 10 years.
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The twice-monthly Lundberg Survey has found the price of regular gasoline has risen about nine cents a gallon over three weeks to $3.08. …
Lundberg says the highest gas price in the country was recorded in Chicago at $3.35 a gallon. The low, $2.73, was in Salt Lake City, Utah.The survey was completed Friday.
Highest gas prices in the nation. Ridiculous.
Since everything we buy: food, clothes, cars, TV’s, etc., all travel by truck at some point in time, high gas prices cause inflation. So not only do you personally pay more for the gas you use, but you pay more for everything that you use.
This is a real problem that we have to get under control if we are to not only survive but thrive.