Category Archives: global warming
When wild fires destroyed the town of Paradise, California Governor Jerry Brown blamed climate change. For the past few weeks Paris has been burning and French President Macron can blame the climate too. The French revolted against a carbon taxed aimed at reducing France’s .4% share of global warming caused by cars.
The €8 billion tax bite comes on top of a 9% unemployment rate. The peasants are pissed.
And so far it’s peasants 1, president 0. Macron backed down and delayed the tax.
Time’s running out according the latest government climate change report. The Fourth National Climate Assessment says global warming will shrink the economy 10% by the end of the century.
But Bjorn Lomborg says it’s not all that bad. His worst case scenario would only cause a 5% hit to the economy.
Deadly Global Warming
Oh wait, that’s not the real worst case scenario. In 2017 the Daily Mail said there’s a 5% chance climate change will kill every last one of us by 2021.
Anyway, it seems like people who take these reports seriously might also take nuclear power seriously as a solution. This Scientific American article says we can nuke our way out of global warming.
There was discord during the buildup to the G7 meetings of rich nations in Quebec. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau was insulted because he thinks Trump considers Canada to be a security threat.
But President Trump did say he had to hit American allies with high tariffs for national security reasons.
G7 American Allies
Then on Thursday, which happened to be the D-Day anniversary, French President Macron took a shot at Trump saying, “No leader is forever.” He also said, “the six G7 countries without the U.S. are bigger than the American market.”
The next day Trump waded into the meetings insisting that Russia be included.
Aside from ObamaCare, most of President Obama’s legacy was achieved through executive fiat.
Except for the Nobel Peace Prize. And even the guy responsible for that has had second thoughts.
The Iran Nuclear deal would have had staying power as a treaty with two thirds U.S. Senate approval. But Obama couldn’t get that. So he settled for the authority of a narrative by aspiring novelist Ben Rhodes.
Here’s Dan Henninger in the WSJ:
The Iran nuclear deal is just that—a deal Mr. Obama did with the mullahs, Russia, Germany, France, the U.K. and China, with no formal instrument of ratification.
And the same goes for the Paris Climate Accord:
The Paris climate agreement is an “accord” with so little domestic support that even some Democrats would have voted “no” if Mr. Obama had submitted it to the Senate for approval.
President Obama Legacy
Not that Trump has any better luck getting the approval of Congress. But then, he doesn’t need it. He’s unraveling the Obama Legacy with the same pen and phone Obama used to create it.
Trump ended Obama’s war on coal, as promised. Come to think of it, I don’t know why Obama declared the war in the first place. Or why Hillary signed on for it. The natural gas industry went to war against coal for them. Gas is cheap, clean, and – despite President Obama’s efforts – plentiful.
So, looks like a rout.