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GLOBAL WARMING & IRRATIONAL POLITICS

IRONY: Obama CLAIMS he wants to reduce foreign oil dependence…So the US halts Gulf drilling & then the US cancels 36000 drilling permits in Montana…Remember actions, not words!

WAIT … 

  • The US needs more foreign oil…
  • So is it better to send OPEC the dollar for it to remain in the US? 
  • So we shouldn’t promote opportunities to employ Americans in the drilling industry? 
  • So Barry, do we need energy independence or not? 
  • Do you really believe oil will never be needed? 
  • Oil is only located off shore?
  • Foreign oil dependence is more important than a critter?  No.

The global hoax stimulated by media and politicians is astoundingly part of the Progressive plan to create hysteria. 

September 13, 2011 the 1973 Nobel Prize winner in physics, Dr. Ivar Giaever, a former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute resigned from the American Physical Society (APS), because he is disgusted by the company’s official policy that “global warming is occurring.”  An assertion with which Dr. Giaever wholly disagrees stating,

“In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible?  The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this ‘warming’ period.”

Jump back to March 2009 when more than 100 scientists responded to Obama’s support of global warming when they stated,

“We, the undersigned scientists, maintain that the case for alarm regarding climate change is grossly overstated.  Surface temperature changes over the past century have been episodic and modest and there has been no net global warming for over a decade now.  After controlling for population growth and property values, there has been no increase in damages from severe weather-related events.  The computer models forecasting rapid temperature change abjectly fail to explain recent climate behavior.  Mr. President, your characterization of the scientific facts regarding climate change a We, the undersigned scientists, maintain that the case for alarm regarding climate change is grossly overstated  Surface temperature changes over the past century have been episodic and modest and there has been no net global warming for over a decade now.  After controlling for population growth and property values, there has been no increase in damages from severe weather-related events.  The computer models forecasting rapid temperature change abjectly fail to explain recent climate behavior.  Mr. President, your characterization of the scientific facts regarding climate change and the degree of certainty informing the scientific debate is simply incorrect.  And the degree of certainty informing the scientific debate is simply incorrect.”

Dr. S. Fred Singer best explains the alleged conditions.  He has a physics PhD from Princeton; Founding Director of U.S. National Weather Satellite Service; Vice Chairman of the N.O.A.A.; and other distinctions.

“The nations of the world face many difficult problems, like poverty, disease, lack of sanitation, and clean water.  There are grave security problems arising from global terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.  Any of these problems are more important than the imaginary problem of man-made global warming.  Human activities are not influencing the global climate in a perceptible way.  Climate will continue to change, as it always has in the past warming and cooling for different reasons, regardless of human action.  I would also argue that a modest warming would be beneficial.

The problem is political.  The mistaken idea that government should take action…is resulting in misdirection of resources will adversely affect human health and welfare in industrialized nations.”

Dr. Singer continues, “…Many politicians and environmental activists appeal
to the so-called ‘Scientific Consensus’.”  There are two things wrong with this.  FIRST there is no such thing as consensus.  For example, the widely touted “consensus” of 2500 scientists on the UN IPCC is an illusion.  Most of the panelists have NO scientific qualifications.  SECOND, a “scientific consensus” is not how science works.  Science proceeds by the scientific method and draws conclusions based on evidence, not a show of hands.

In reality, the tropics indicate a slight decrease in warming over the equator.  The fact that observed and predicted patterns of warming don’t match indicates that the man-made greenhouse contribution to current temperature change is insignificant.  Research the impact of a volcano eruption of the atmosphere.

Natural factors have more influence.  These factors include: continental drift, mountain and building changes, earth’s orbit, volcanic eruptions, and solar variability.  Human caused increases in the CO2 level are quite insignificant to climate change.  Natural causes of climate change cannot be controlled by man and are unstoppable.”

Several Policy consequences loom from the scare:

  1. Regulation of CO2 emissions is pointless and hugely expensive.
  2. Non-fossil fuels, like ethanol or hydrogen, do not offer reduction in oil imports
  3. Wind and Solar are uneconomic and require huge subsidies.

IRONY: The 1970’s posed a “Global Cooling” scare….today it is “Global Warming”

Thousands of International Scientists disagree with Man-Made Global Warming.  Quotes from the scientists as noted in a U.S. Senate report:

“Hundreds of billion dollars have been wasted with the attempt of imposing a Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory that is not supported by physical world evidences…AGW has been forcefully imposed by means of a barrage of scare stories and indoctrination that begins in the elementary school textbooks.”

“In essence, the jig is up.  The whole thing is a fraud. And even the fraudsters that fudged data are admitting to temperature history that they used to say didn’t happen…Perhaps what has doomed the Climategate fraudsters the most was their brazenness in fudging the data”

“I am ashamed of what climate science has become today.” The science “community is relying on an inadequate model to blame CO2 and innocent citizens for global warming in order to generate funding and to gain attention.  If this is what „science‟ has become today, I, as a scientist, am ashamed.”

“Those who call themselves „Green planet advocates‟ should be arguing for a CO2- fertilized atmosphere, not a CO2-starved atmosphere…Diversity increases when the planet was warm AND had high CO2 atmospheric content…Al Gore’s personal behavior supports a green planet – his enormous energy use with his 4 homes and his bizjet, does indeed help make the planet greener. Kudos, Al for doing your part to save the planet.”

“Global warming is the central tenet of this new belief system in much the same way that the Resurrection is the central tenet of Christianity.  Al Gore has taken a role corresponding to that of St Paul in proselytizing the new faith…My skepticism about AGW arises from the fact that as a physicist who has worked in closely related areas, I know how poor the underlying science is.  In effect the scientific method has been abandoned in this field.”

“Climate change is a matter of geologic time, something that the earth routinely does on its own without asking anyone’s permission or explaining itself.”… “In principle, changes in climate should show up in rainfall statistics, hurricane frequency, temperature records, and so forth. As a practical matter they don‘t, because weather patterns are dominated by large multi-year events in the oceans, such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation and the North Pacific Gyre Oscillation, which have nothing to do with climate change.”

Tens of thousands of interested people and groups benefit directly from the global warming scare at the expense of the consumer.  Environmentally global organizations such as Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and the Environmental Defense Fund have raked in billions of dollars.  Multi-billion dollar government subsidies for useless mitigation schemes are large and growing.  Famine, Drought, and Temperature Fluctuation have occurred since the beginning of time. 

The fear mongering by Progressives is insulting.  Let’s take the United States as an example.  A Study found, “However, the instrumental record of the last 100 years contains only a limited subset of drought realizations.  One must turn to the paleoclimatic record to examine the full range of past drought variability, including the range of magnitude and duration, and thus gain the improved understanding needed for society to anticipate and plan for droughts of the future.  Historical documents, tree rings, archaeological remains, lake sediment, and geomorphic data make it clear that the droughts of the twentieth century, including those of the 1930s and 1950s, were eclipsed several times by droughts earlier in the last 2000 years, and as recently as the late sixteenth century.  In general, some droughts prior to 1600 appear to be characterized by longer duration (i.e., multidecadal) and greater spatial extent than those of the Twentieth century.”

Another Study on U.S. and Global Surface Temperatures reports, “The U.S. mean temperature has now reached a level comparable to that of the1930s, while the global temperature is now far above the levels earlier in the century.  The successive periods of global warming (1900-1940), cooling (1940-1965), and warming (1965-2000) in the 20th century show distinctive patterns of temperature change suggestive of roles for both climate forcing’s and dynamical variability. The U.S. was warm in 2000 but cooler than the warmest years in the 1930s and 1990s.”

Celebrate Earth Day

“Remind liberals of all the whacko predictions made by environmentalists in 1970, the year the event was founded: a new Ice Age (Newsweek); a world “eleven degrees colder by the year 2000” (Kenneth Watt); by 1985 air pollution to reduce the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half (Life magazine); by 1995 between 75 and 85 percent of all species to be extinct (Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson); mass starvation (Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes).  Say: “Thank you, thank you, Earth Day! If those 20 million hippies hadn’t taken the day off work, we’d all be dead by now!”  – James Dellingpole

What personally offends me is walking into a business I support, only to observe a sign on the counter reading:  “Help us go Green, please provide us your email for billing, reminders, and notices.”  Come on!  Be Honest!  It makes good business sense!  As a sole proprietor; small enterprise or large…it is incumbent upon you to manage your expenses! Change to wireless communications saves the business on:  postage; envelope expense; paper expense; ink expense; labor to stuff the envelope expense; and reduces the Federal outlay to the United States Postal Service – which helps lower costs of one federal program.  Do not insult us with your emotional hyperbole of saving the planet one tree by going electronic!  It is B.S.

Green People…please take your whacko, eco-friendly communist agenda and put it where the sun doesn’t shine.  Where is your ridiculous notion in the Constitution?  In the 70’s you ran around talking of Global Cooling!

Check out the CIA paper from 1974 titled, “A Study of Climatological Research as it Pertains to Intelligence Issues.”  The report stated, “Scientists are confident that, unless man is able to effectively modify the Climate, then Canada, the European part of the Soviet Union, and major areas of Northern China, will again be covered by 100-200 feet of ice and snow…Early in the 1970’s, a series of adverse climatic anomalies occurred.  The World’s snow and ice cover increased by at least 10-15 percent.”

The irony of Global Warming is that more carbon dioxide is in many ways beneficial.  Economic studies indicate higher CO2 levels increase GNP and raise standards of living, primarily by improving agriculture and forestry.  It’s a well-known fact that CO2 is a plant food and essential to the growth of crops and trees and ultimately animals and humans.  Climate has been changing for millions of years, show huge variations over time, and humans adapted.”

Many on the left push for a “Green Economy” and alternative energy sources to solve our evil oil import problem.  Brian Long, PhD, CPM provides the realities of cost breakdown or break even points for various energy sources:

  • $5-30                               Conventional oil – Middle East
  • $15-$45                          Conventional oil – Domestic
  • $35 – $65                        Deep offshore oil
  • $60 – 110                       Oil Shale
  • $66 – $110                      Coal to Oil
  • 0 – $90                             Tar Sands Oil (Canada)
  • $38 – $45                        Brazilian Sugar Cane
  • $58 – $65                        US Corn Alcohol (assumes $3 bushel corn)
  • $58 – $70                        Traditional Coal with pollution filters
  • $116 – $145                    Coal with Carbon capture (at $80 per ton)
  • $88 – $145                      Nuclear
  • $62 – $75                        Onshore Wind
  • $115 – $145                    Offshore Wind

Consider the Gulf incident; Environmentalists who value critters and parks above foreign oil dependence; and Federal restrictions limiting domestic oil production … it is no wonder our reliance on foreign sources is infinite.

How did we get here?  I will let Ronald Reagan tell you, “In regard to the oil industry, is there anyone who isn’t concerned with the energy problem? Government caused that problem while we all stood by unaware that we were involved. Unnecessary regulations, prices, and imposed price limits back in the ’50’s are the direct cause of today’s crisis.  Our crisis isn’t because of a shortage of fuel; it’s a surplus of government. Now we have a new agency of enormous power, with 20,000 employees and a $10 .5 billion budget.

That’s more than the gross earnings of the top seven oil companies in the United States.  The creation of the Department of Energy is nothing more than a first step towards nationalization of the oil industry.  “While I believe no one should waste a natural resource, the conservationists act as if we have found all the oil and gas there is to be found in this continent, if not the world.  Do you know that 57 years ago our government told us we only had enough for 15 years?  Nineteen years went by and they told us we only had enough left for 13 more years; and we’ve done a lot of driving since then and we’ll do a lot more if government will do one simple thing: get out of the way and let the incentives of the marketplace urge the industry out to find the sources of energy this country needs.”

The Federal Government subsidies energy companies via taxes from various items we pay on items like our gas bill.  The amount to all companies last year totaled $17 billion.  Wait, I am confused.  All of the oil companies earn enormous profit, and that is great, but why subsidizes for not drilling in America?  Yet, here we are ignoring cheap domestic oil because of conservationists and endangered animals.  Endangered animals?  Good grief, contemplate for a minute, the number of animal species on our planet.  Scientists don’t know how many species exist.  While they have identified around 1.5 to 2 million (animals and plants), most are insects and most of those are beetles; many more exist.  There could be 10 to 100 million species on Earth depending on who you listen to and whether they were the same ones who lied about Global Warming!  Sorry, I had to wipe the tears away thinking of extinct mosquito’s while we waste millions annually to save bugs while America itself teeters closer to bankruptcy and extinction.

The same people claim more than 90% of animal species are now extinct from our planet, yet here we are, alive and kicking regardless of alleged disruption in the food chain.  Cough, cough, and wheeze!  Yet environmentalists forced oil companies into the oceans while we pay more than $4 at the pump.  Oil is over $107.23 per barrel (4/2011) and Washington remains inactive, stymied, and frightened by political correctness.  Is this mentality beneficial to citizens of America?  No.  So why does Congress or our President not unleash Oil companies in America?

When public outcry of foreign oil dependence heightens, politicians jump on the bandwagon, yet fail to act.  Who are the dumb ones:  Us, for continuing to re-elect stupidity…or, the politician who ignores the problem?  What has our nation accomplished in the arena of domestic drilling since the 70’s OPEC crisis?

Wherever you may reside or travel, you will hear the illustrious quote, “Just wait a minute, the weather will change.  After all, this is (fill in your location).”  I have lived through extreme weather: tornadoes; blizzards; and hailstorms.  Complaints of extreme weather are part of the human condition.
What is the difference between the 50’s, 60’s,
or 70’s and today?  Communication, internet,
and technology, which expedited our ability to
learn of, weather conditions.

IRONY:  Electric cars.  Don’t need foreign or domestic oil; however, coal and nuclear is required to provide the electricity to operate it.  This leads to a second irony; the people pushing for these cars dislike coal and nuclear energy.

Lowering benefits to oil companies
would NOT reduce gas prices at the pump.  The problem is the tax code.  The tax code enables the oil business to write off legitimate expenses.  The government is not sending “Big Oil” a check…they receive tax deductions.  So what happens if the Fed eliminates favorable tax treatments?  John Q. Public shells out more from his wallet because the cost per gallon at the pump just jumped.  Here are examples of tax deductions by the American Petroleum Institute:

Intangible Drilling Costs (IDCs)

  • The IDC deduction allows accelerated deduction of drilling costs (approx. 60-80% of the cost of the well).
  • Exploration and production companies can claim a deduction equal to 100% of these costs in the year spent.

Foreign Tax Credit – Dual Capacity Rules

  • The dual capacity regulations are not a tax expenditure or “subsidy”
  • They represent additional rules placed on companies to prove that the credit used to offset payments to foreign countries are indeed income tax payments
  • Repeal of the rules generates revenue solely because it would impose double taxation on US based companies.

Domestic Manufacturer’s Deduction – Section 199

  • A deduction (not a credit) equal to 9% of income earned from manufacturing, producing, growing or extracting in the United States, is available to every single taxpayer who qualifies in the U.S.
  • The oil and gas industry, and only the oil and gas industry, limited to a 6% deduction.

Percentage Depletion

  • The percentage depletion deduction is a cost recovery method that allows taxpayers to recover their lease investment in a mineral
  • This depletion method is not available to companies that produce oil as well as refine and market it – “Big Oil”.
  • This is available to all extractive industries (gold, iron, clay, etc.) in the US

LIFO Repeal

  • Taxpayers that hold an inventory are required by law to track inventory
  • Repealing LIFO deems a sale of inventory to occur and generating a significant tax gain.  Therefore there is an assumed tax bill without any corresponding cash gain being generated.

Expensing of Tertiary Injectants

  • Tertiary injectants refers to items injected into older reservoirs to help continue production.
  • The cost of the injectants are expensed similar to materials and supplies
  • Without this provision, it is unclear how such operating costs would be recovered.

Geological and Geophysical Costs

  • G&G costs are the expenses associated with exploring for oil and gas.
  • Currently, independent producers are allowed to recover domestic G&G costs over two years, and the proposal would increase that period to seven.
  • “Big Oil” is not impacted, as the largest integrated oil companies already recover the costs over 7 years.

EOR and Marginal Well Credits

  • These tax credits are designed to support continued domestic oil production when oil prices are so low that it may otherwise be un-economical. The credit phase out when the price of oil is above a certain amount
  • These credits have not been applicable for taxpayers in the oil and gas industry for years, and in order to be even the least bit useful, the price of a barrel of oil must be at $42 (EOR credit) or $27 (marginal well).

Big Oil isn’t to blame…research the commodity market and OPEC influence on the cost of one barrel of oil and discover who is really to blame for the price of gas.  Or you can look at the cost history for one gallon of gas

1960 – $0.25 cents  vs.  2010 – $2.73…imagine inflation of.062 % annual increase.  Regardless of the year, dramatic media headlines capture the public attention.  Here are examples:

  • Expert’s claim great peril if is SST fumes cool earth.
  • Worrying about a new ice age
  • Experts do not blame radio for rain and chilly spring
  • Scientists agree world is cooler
  • Winters since 1940  found colder in studies by weather bureau
  • Ice in Antarctic reported on the rise
  • 50 years forecasts tied to sun’s heat
  • Change in climate killing park trees.

Examine the condescending morons of America’s University system.  The sheer impressive intellectual chatter geared only to impress other morons of the same stature.  The real world outside of the ivory pillars of academia does not coexist on the hyperbola of inbred mental patients. For every college student forced to write a paper to satisfy a professor’s beliefs in order to pass the class…this comment was for you.

The Fed conducted surveys of Compressed Natural Gas and the most recent report I could find was in October of 2010.  They discovered no diesel fuel spills; CNG provided economical energy expense; reduced emissions…yet CNG engines are available, but more expensive.  Okay, and your point?  If “Green” lobbyists; tree huggers; foreign oil haters or were sincere, wouldn’t they be pushing for an existing technology to reduce greenhouse gases; with absolutely no foreign oil dependence for gasoline?  Not to mention the source is a product the U.S. never has to import; one which avoids oil rigs; deep water horizons; and no chance of a Gulf oil disaster.

Homework:

Read the bill – HR 2454

Movie:  “Not Evil, Just Wrong”

Books:

  • Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives – CATO Institute, Patrick J. Michaels
  • How the EPA’s Green Tyranny is Stifling America, Rich Tzrupek
  • Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor – Roy W. Spencer
  • America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones – Anthony C. Sutton

Websites:        http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/20024/

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