White House Plans Another Big Climate Push (on behalf of Hank Paulson and his billionaires)

(please read Hank Paulson Pushes Global Warming “Climate Crash” for his Billionaire Partners at Risky Business )

from the Huffington Post

One year after President Barack Obama rolled out his climate change action plan, the administration is putting fresh emphasis on its environmental agenda.

The White House plans to host two roundtable discussions this week on the economic threats that climate change poses and the “opportunities to overcome those risks,” a White House official said in an email Monday night, which emphasized the potential costs of not addressing planet-warming emissions.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and White House leaders also plan to meet with billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer and former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson on Wednesday to discuss a report they will release this week titled, “Risky Business,” which assess the economic costs of climate change. Steyer and Paulson are the co-chairs for the report.

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Hank Paulson Pushes Global Warming “Climate Crash” for his Billionaire Partners at Risky Business

by Scott Creighton

THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting…For too many years, we failed to rein in the excesses building up in the nation’s financial markets. When the credit bubble burst in 2008, the damage was devastating. Millions suffered. Many still do. We’re making the same mistake today with climate change.

… We need to craft national policy that uses market forces to provide incentives for the technological advances required to address climate change. As I’ve said, we can do this by placing a tax on carbon dioxide emissions. Many respected economists, of all ideological persuasions, support this approach. We can debate the appropriate pricing and policy design and how to use the money generated. But a price on carbon would change the behavior of both individuals and businesses. At the same time, all fossil fuel — and renewable energy — subsidies should be phased out. Renewable energy can outcompete dirty fuels once pollution costs are accounted for.

… To add reliable financial data to the science, I’ve joined with the former mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg, and the retired hedge fund manager Tom Steyer on an economic analysis of the costs of inaction across key regions and economic sectors. Our goal for the Risky Business project — starting with a new study that will be released this week — is to influence business and investor decision making worldwide.” Hank Paulson, June 21, 2014

Henry “Hank” Paulson, former Goldman Sachs CEO, failed to rein in the excesses of the financial market place for years. In fact, he did everything he could to ensure that the sub-prime mortgage bubble, created by the same financial institutions he serves, would cripple the economy forcing an ideological shift in the economic structure of the United States (anti-entitlement programs, harsh austerity… a.k.a. neoliberalism) and every other country places like Goldman Sachs could sell off their toxic derivative economic WMDs.

The results were breathtakingly bad for the average citizen ranging from heavy losses in their retirement nest-eggs to the losses of their homes, jobs and pensions. But big finance profited immensely  by selling the bad loans, to bundling them into toxic assets, to betting against their inevitable failure, to forcing congress to bail them out in the end to the tune of trillions upon trillions of dollars, to the consolidation of the banking industry, the likes of which has never been seen in the history of mankind.

Yesterday, the Sunday Review of the New York Times published an op-ed by Mr. Paulson in which he touted the desperate need to impose a carbon tax on individuals and businesses to combat man-made global warming. He specifically cited “Hurricane Sandy and the deadly Oklahoma tornadoes”  as proof of the dire consequences that are coming if we don’t give in as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter to Mr. Paulson that Sandy was neither a hurricane, nor did it have anything to do with global warming, according to the experts writing about it at the time.

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Global warming research suppressed due to intolerance of scepticism, claims scientist

by Claire Carter, Telegraph

A climate change researcher has claimed that scientists are confusing their role as impartial observers with green activism after his paper challenging predictions about the speed of global warming was rejected because it was seen as “less than helpful.”

Professor Lennart Bengtsson says recent McCarthy-style pressure from fellow academics forced him to resign from his post on a climate sceptic think-tank.

The research fellow from the University of Reading believes a paper he co-authored was deliberately suppressed from publicatoin in a leading journal because of an intolerance of dissenting views about climate change by scientists who peer-reviewed the work.

“The problem we have now in the scientific community is that some scientists are mixing up their scientific role with that of climate activist,” he told the Times.

Professor Bengtsson claims a scientist advised that the paper, which challenged findings that global temperature would increase by 4.5C if greenhouse gases were to double, should not be published in a respected journal because it was “less than helpful.”

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If you still believe in ‘climate change’ read this…

by James Delingpole, Telegraph

If any business were to submit a prospectus as patently false and deliberately dishonest as the ones used to advance the cause of the global warming industry, its directors would all be in prison by now. (C Jeff Randall)

Does that mean Ed Davey should have followed Chris Huhne into the slammer for his claim to Andrew Neil on BBC Daily Politics the other day that in “a recent analysis of 12,000 climate papers…of the scientists who expressed a view 97 per cent said that climate change was happening and that it was human-made activity.”?

Not quite, unfortunately, because nothing Davey has said there is technically untrue. A better candidate for prison, actually, would be whoever tweets under the name @BarackObama. When he Tweeted: “Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous” he was promulgating a demonstrable untruth.

No one has ever doubted that climate changes.

Pretty much everyone – probably more than 97 per cent, even – agrees that there is a degree of anthropogenic input, even it’s just the barely measurable contribution of beef cattle farts or the heat produced by cities.

But the dangerous bit? No one has come even close to demonstrating it, there is no reliable evidence for it, and very few scientists – certainly far, far fewer than 97 per cent of them – would ever stake their reputations on such a tendentious claim.

The background to all this – and the “97 per cent of climate scientists say….” meme – is expertly covered in a new paper for the Global Warming Policy Foundation by Andrew Montford.

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Post Tropical Cyclone Sandy: Chris Mathews Drools Over Clinton; Calls Deniers “Luddites” and “Pigs”

by Scott Creighton

Chris Mathews proves his sycophancy and his ignorance once again.

It’s all about man-made global warming … I mean climate change … I mean global warming. Can’t question those scientists because we have to get Barack Obama ready to force the failed UK carbon credits market on the U.S. just as soon as the fraud election is over (read as “Romney takes a dive like McCain, Kerry, and Gore before him”)

Chris Mathews went on Hardball yesterday and breathlessly drooled over Bill Clinton saying that Sandy proves man-made global warming is real. He also called deniers of this new religion “pigs” and “Luddites” (for the “Luddites” quote see this)

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Street lights turned off in their thousands to meet carbon emission targets

(Turn out the lights for global warming?)

Huge swathes of Britain are being plunged into darkness as more and more streetlights are switched off by councils and roads authorities.

from the London Telegraph

Lights are being turned off on motorways and major roads, in town centres and residential streets, and on footpaths and cycle ways, as councils try to save money on energy bills and meet carbon emission targets. The switch-off begins as early as 9pm.

They are making the move despite concerns from safety campaigners and the police that it would lead to an increase in road accidents and crime.

The full extent of the blackout can be disclosed following an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph – which comes on the day that clocks moved back an hour, making it dark earlier in the evening…

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CNN’s Arwa Damon is at it Again – Filing Fake Reports About Syria

by Scott Creighton

One day after Glenn Greenwald declared that CNN’s Erin Burnett was the “worst of the worst” of the lying war-mongering talking heads on corporate media, CNN’s Arwa Damon throws her hat back in the ring with a more than despicable challenge to the title.

A quick note about Arwa before we get into her new chicken hawk efforts: I exposed a fraudulent little pro-war/regime change bit she did a while back in June of 2011. She went somewhere (probably Bahrain) and filmed what she claimed was a refugee camp for Syrians suffering under the Assad led government. It was complete bullshit, but she did manage to exploit some little kids who were there, brought by their paid parents no doubt, trying to make them seem frightened and lost. They looked at her as if she was an idiot.

Arwa really likes using children to try to help spur another brutal NATO bombardment of civilian targets, this time in Syria. She must get paid well or have absolutely no conscience what-so-ever. To use children as pawns in an effort to bring about a military invasion which will undoubtedly kill and maim children in the process is morally reprehensible.

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