New York City cuts 1,000 trees to raise park 8-10 feet to address panic over 3mm sea level rise.

 

All for the mere sum of $1.45 Billion to start. De Blasio claims it’s the first project such as this done in the world. “Coastal Resiliency” is the new term for boondoggles that plunder the treasury in the name of climate change. East River Park is the lucky recipient of this destruction. No millionaires living here in the East River Park area. It is no Central park. But for these folks, it was their little piece of heaven. No second homes for them to escape the city.

East River Park Org:

New York City is demolishing our big, beloved park on the unwealthy side of the Lower East Side and East Village. Everything must go–shady lawns, picnic areas, ballfields, running track, amphitheater, the compost yard, historic buildings, and 1,000 trees, most 82 years old and healthy.

The city is going ahead with the massively destructive ESCR–East Side Coastal Resiliency project–even though there are alternatives that could preserve much of our park and provide flood control.

Under the current plan, the city will build a 1.2 mile wall along the water and cover the razed park with eight feet of fill. Eventually a new park will be built on top of this levee.

It is scheduled to take five years (but when has NYC ever done anything on schedule?) and cost $1.45 billion. Accepted bids have already exceeded that budget by $73 million, and the crucial expanded sewer system part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency has not even been bid out yet. Where will the money come from? See our “Already Over Budget” report.

 

 

Green Wire:

When Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled final details of the plan in 2019, he called the project “a very, very big undertaking.” Its outcome could be watched closely as other cities embark on resilience projects of their own and encounter the hard choices required when remaking urban landscapes in the face of global warming.

Photo by Allie Ryan via The Village Sun.

At right, the cherry trees have been cut down and so have 82-year-old London planes. Dec. 7, 2021.

 

“It is audacious, but most of all, it is necessary,” said de Blasio, a Democrat.

But the city’s ambitious plan has provoked a loud uproar in the waning days of de Blasio’s term as mayor, which will end Dec. 31.

Some critics have already given de Blasio, who’s now considering a run for governor, a new nickname: Tree-Kill Bill.

Anger at the mayor hit a boiling point last week after his opponents accused him of ignoring a court order that called for a temporary stop to the tree removal. But a state appeals court judge on Thursday sided with the city and allowed the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project to go forward.

Wearing a white hard hat and a lime green vest during a recent visit to the sea wall construction site, Jainey Bavishi, the director of the New York Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency, surveyed the work underway near East 20th Street, where crews were pouring concrete for part of the wall.

“It’s actually the first flood protection project of its kind in a dense urban environment anywhere in the world,” Bavishi said, straining to be heard over the roar of construction trucks and car horns from the nearby Manhattan streets. “I think there’s a lot of planning that’s happening for flood protection projects, but nothing of this scope or scale.”

 

If anyone thinks this is the end, think again. Just think of the tens of thousands of miles of coastal areas that are ready for all of these “shovel ready” jobs waiting in the new “Green” projects awaiting in the recent boondoggle bill just passed by Congress.

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VP Kamala Harris Asks NASA if It Can Track Trees by Race for ‘Environmental Justice’

 

It was a toss up today deciding the header for today’ post. Samantha Power’s giveaway to our BFF south of the border or our gal Kamala Harris. Looks like Harris has been demoted from her Border responsibilities and has moved on to trees.

Samantha Power and Biden Regime Announce $300 Million Payday to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala for Equitable Economic Growth, Human Rights and Fighting Gender-Based Violence in Migration “Root Causes” Funding

Lest we forget, Harris serves as chair of the National Space Council. She managed to find her way over to Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland to pay a visit and to show her amazing space acumen. Her take away? “I truly believe space activity is climate action.”

Vice President Kamala Harris asked NASA if it could use its satellites to track trees “by race” in various neighborhoods as part of “environmental justice” during a recent display on climate change, leading many to poke fun at the vice president online and even giving rise to a “Black Trees Matter” hashtag which has been great fun and with creative threads.

“I thought this was a Babylon Bee headline, turns out it’s our totally serious Vice President,” wrote Republican congressional candidate Leon Benjamin. 

As she met with scientists and engineers and received a firsthand look at how the climate is studied by the space program as well as how it provides data concerning planetary changes and their impacts, the vice president declared, “I truly believe space activity is climate action.”

“Can you measure trees — part of that data that you are referring to, [and it’s an issue of] EJ, environmental justice — that you can also track by race their averages in terms of the number of trees in the neighborhoods where people live?

H/T: Breitbart

 

Can someone turn this clown show around?

Appeals court rules the Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees’

A federal appeals court cited Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax to slam the U.S. Forest Service for granting a private company a permit to build a natural gas pipeline across two national forests and the Appalachian Trail.

“We trust the United States Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.’”

— The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

 

Remember this?  

 

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Clint Eastwood. “I Talk To the Trees”

 

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Buffon Biden Heads Over To Europe – Here Are A Few’Golden Moments’ From The Past!

Our buffoon in Chief, one Joe Biden, and his lackeys are headed out to Europe to sell America down the proverbial tubes.

Biden leaves for Italy today. He is slated to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday before kicking off meetings with leaders of the world’s largest economies in Rome. After the G20 meetings, Biden travels to Glasgow, Scotland, to attend the U.N. climate change conference COP26.

One special tag-along, John Kerry no doubt will be a big hit. Included are a few special hits from posts “way back.”

Kerry: No more farms for African starving kids because it causes Global Warming

So if Kerry is not troubled by dispensing with Africans, no doubt he would not be troubled by a diminished population of Americans. Just saying.

Sec Kerry: Creating more farms in Africa causes too much carbon so let’s discourage more farms

That is why they call it climate change now because they have no idea if the planet will rise or lower in temperature.

Now for some real fun. A wonderful take down of the wacko at CNN.  Then a reminder of the Ice Age of the ’70s/ Enjoy! 

A few bonuses just for old times sake. 

Kerry: ‘Bible commands we protect Islamic countries from Global Warming’

September 4, 2014 — bunkerville 

Wednesday at a ceremony to appoint Texas lawyer Shaarik Zafar to be special representative to Muslim communities, Secretary of State John Kerry said it was the United States’ Biblical “responsibility” to “confront climate change,” including to protect “vulnerable Muslim majority counties.”

Kerry said Scripture, in particular the Book of Genesis, make clear it is our “duty” to protect the planet and we should look at Muslim countries “with a sense of stewardship of earth,” adding, “That responsibility comes from God.”

And this man is still out there peddling his nonsense.

Let’s not forget our stalwart writer Mustang’s post here-

Fat people contribute to Global Warming

Obese people contribute to global warming as they emit more carbon dioxide than those of a normal weight, according to research.” This from the Daily Mail

“The study, published in the journal ‘Obesity,’ also points out that by consuming more, they increase their impact on the planet.”
 
“Obesity is estimated to be responsible for 700 megatons of carbon dioxide, or about 1.6 per cent of all man-made emissions.”
  • Obesity Society calculated environmental impact of increased food intake
  • Overweight people are responsible for 20 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions compared with a lean person 
  • Transporting obese people also causes an excess of carbon dioxide emissions

One can wonder if perhaps the summit can agree to put us on a treadmill? Maybe a carbon tax for all us “fat Americans?”

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Biden: ‘“We Will Take, Literally, Millions of Automobiles off the Road. Off the Road”

 

Joe managed to find his way to Scranton yesterday with this announcement that surly will help his poll numbers. Americans love our cars Joe. Better yet the man says “it will save millions of barrels of oil.” Sure, walking does too. The truth of the matter is he wants expensive gas. Restricting movement is part of the agenda.

It was a bizarre meandering speech. Here are a few of the low points. He was back to his well debunked Amtrack days. Actually it was pretty scary thinking this is the man in the WH.

 

 

How soon before we go through another cash for clunkers program when good used cars were destroyed by pouring concrete into the engine block in the name of this Marxist rot and this Green nonsense?

 

I think this about sums it up.

Jen Psaki is the face of this administration, since conversations with Biden are few and far between. Her snark grows by the week. Here is one for the books. I dare say the media cannot disregard her nonsense forever.

Classic Psaki. The bill hasn’t even been written yet it won’t cost a dime.

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Shock! Energy Secretary Granholm: US doesn’t “have much moral authority” to criticize China’s energy policies.

Biden’s Marxist lackeys keep rolling along. This time it’s Secretary of Energy Granholm. China emissions have tripled over the last 30 years and are on the rise while ours are going down. How embarrassing is that, flat out lying in order to try and pass an agenda so dangerous? And to liken ourselves with Communists via a carbon footprint? This is setting the stage for dissing America at the forth coming Climate summit.

This is looking up to be one grand Socialists party.

Yes, The U.S. Leads All Countries In Reducing Carbon Emissions.

According to the 2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, since 2005 annual U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have declined by 758 million metric tons. That is by far the largest decline of any country in the world over that timespan and is nearly as large as the 770 million metric ton decline for the entire European Union.

Let’s keep in mind what Yellin has in mind for this little get-together.

Janet Yellen weighs visit to China, her first as US Treasury Secretary,  East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits TimesTreasury Secretary Yellin

And it’s all hands on deck in destroying life as we know it. Let’s pump up inflation even more since everything is going so swell in the world. As if corporations will not simply raise prices to cover taxes.

Who else besides us will be paying this and how much more will this Administration & its minions (Yellin) be allowed to do to undermine our economy & future?

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Tuesday she is looking for G20 countries to reach political agreement on a global minimum corporate tax deal at their summit in October and has not ruled out a rate higher than 15%.

Yellen, speaking to the National Association for Business Economics, said the Senate Finance Committee is looking at a “slightly higher” overseas minimum corporate tax rate than the 16.5% passed by the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee.

“We’ll see where it all shakes out, but my hope is that when reconciliation (legislation) passes, we will come into compliance with this regime, and we’re looking for political agreement to be achieved at the G20 summit at the end of October, and then countries will quickly put this into place,” Yellen said.

Some 134 countries agreed over the summer to support a global minimum tax of at least 15%, but low-tax Ireland has held off on endorsing the deal as it waits to see if the U.S. Congress accepts the Biden administration’s proposed tax increases on corporations and wealthy Americans. read more

Back to our gal Granholm:

Granholm’s comments come one month before the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, where the Biden administration plans to flood the zone with 13 high level cabinet members and officials to meet with other world leaders on creating more commitments to limit global warming, while emphasizing what the US is doing to lower its own greenhouse gas emissions. 

Just embarrassing. She is saying this to peddle the Green New Deal.

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm has sparked a furor by saying the US doesn’t “have much moral authority” to criticize China over its energy policies.

During a roundtable conversation with Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, and other energy leaders in Grand Forks, North Dakota last Thursday, Granholm spoke on diversifying the state’s energy infrastructure and investing carbon capture. 

“You know, we’ve got a global problem and China is a big contributor to that — we are, too,” Granholm said. “And we don’t have much moral authority to say you should be doing this if we are not taking action and deploying the technology that we need to deploy.”

More at the New York Post

Biden will also swing by the Pope to get a pump on this Carbon nonsense.

WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet Pope Francis when he visits the Vatican later this month as part of a five-day swing through Italy and the U.K. for global economic and climate change meetings.

Biden plans to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the climate crisis and poverty during his meeting with the pope, according to the White House. The meeting will take place on Oct. 29, and Biden will then attend a two-day summit of G-20 leaders in Rome, before heading to Glasgow, Scotland for the U.N. climate conference known as COP26.

I can only imagine the spectacle of Biden at the two day summit.

Bonus preview: Kerry will pitch in.

Meanwhile Joe is trying to figure out whats going on. Paging Nurse Jill. Cannot wait to see him in action at the Summit.

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Fires of hell, drought, flood not caused by Climate Change but by…what a surprise!

It turns out California has a long history of major drought followed by massive flooding.

A 43-day storm that began in December 1861 put central and southern California underwater for up to six months, and it could happen again so goes the headline story from a 2013 Scientific American article.

But first the set up:

Broken California Dam Is a Sign of Emergencies to Come,” reads the story, adding that “[c]limate change is leading to more extreme rainfalls that can overwhelm infrastructure.” (Note it says “broken” Dam – means it needs fixing)
 
Climate change is leading to more extreme rainfalls that can overwhelm infrastructure.
A deluge of repeated rainstorms set the stage for the near-disaster at the Oroville Dam in California, a crisis that foreshadows what the Golden State can expect more of with climate change, several experts said.
While it’s too soon for studies that would look for a climate link to the Oroville drama, experts said climate models show California likely will swing between devastating droughts and extreme storms. That could cause significant problems if the state’s infrastructure isn’t ready, they said. 188,000 people had a mandatory evacuation.
 
Dam it up, don’t maintain it so it can fail and flood the poor citizens living below it, then can blame it on climate change. So much for planned water management and building reservoirs.  But wait wait:

Actually,

California has a history of abruptly switching from drought conditions to torrential rain.

Brewer describes in 1861-1862 a great sheet of brown rippling water extending from the Coast Range to the Sierra Nevada. One-quarter of the state’s estimated 800,000 cattle drowned in the flood, marking the beginning of the end of the cattle-based ranchero society in California. One-third of the state’s property was destroyed, and one home in eight was destroyed completely or carried away by the floodwaters.

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The Coming Megafloods, talks about what is responsible for most of the largest historical floods in many western states. The megaflood to strike the American West in recent history occurred during the winter of 1861-62. California bore the brunt of the damage. This disaster turned enormous regions of the state into inland seas for months, and took thousands of human lives. The costs were devastating: one quarter of California’s economy was destroyed, forcing the state into bankruptcy.

Today, the same regions that were submerged in 1861-62 are home to California’s fastest-growing cities. Although this flood is all but forgotten, important lessons from this catastrophe can be learned. Much of the insight can be gleaned from harrowing accounts in diary entries, letters and newspaper articles, as well as the book Up and Down California in 1860-1864, written by William Brewer, who surveyed the new state’s natural resources with state geologist Josiah Whitney.

In 1861, farmers and ranchers were praying for rain after two exceptionally dry decades. In December their prayers were answered with a vengeance, as a series of monstrous Pacific storms slammed—one after another—into the West coast of North America, from Mexico to Canada. The storms produced the most violent flooding residents had ever seen, before or since.

Story continues The Coming Megafloods A great read. Wasn’t this before humans could cause climate change?

Now we go on to drought.

California drought created by politicians over the Delta Smelt.

Brazen Boxer, Feinstein reverse, Now Want Water for California Farmers

The president’s health care reforms are on the ropes and the San Joaquin Valley’s two blue-dog Democratic congressmen Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa have been reluctant to support the president’s reforms. So imagine everyone’s surprise when the Department of the Interior announced yesterday that it is dramatically increasing the water supply to the valley’s parched lands. And what a coincidence, now the two California congressmen who were once “undecided” are being moved over into the “yes” column:

As a vote approaches on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare, Code Red is now considering two supposedly “undecided” California Democrats, Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, to now be “yes” votes.

Guess what:

The U.S. Department of Interior announced yesterday that it is increasing water allocations for the Central Valley of California, a region that depends on these water allocations to support local agriculture and jobs. The region has recently been starved for water and as a result unemployment has soared. Not surprisingly, Cardoza and Costa had a hand in the announcement:

“Typically, Reclamation would release the March allocation update around March 22nd, but moved up the announcement at the urging of Senators Feinstein and Boxer, and Congressmen Costa and Cardoza.“(“Interior Announces Increased Water Supply Allocations in California,” U.S. Department of Interior news release, 3/16/10)

BEFORE:

Feinstein & Boxer Vote Against Water for California Farms.   September 23rd, 2009 • Richard Cochrane

On the Senate floor, a clearly unhappy Feinstein likened the surprise amendment to Pearl Harbor and she voiced dismay that it would be brought up without her prior knowledge.

The video of Feinstein is either before she was for it or against it. It gets confusing.

federal judge ruled on in December 2010 that the liberal study that forced California officials to cutback on water to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta was based on faulty science.

Despite this Barack Obama said he would veto any Congressional bill that would “reverse the progress” (drought) in the San Joaquin Valley.
Investor’s reported, via HotAir

DeMint’s long-shot amendment to a Fiscal 2010 Interior Department funding bill would have effectively restored full irrigation deliveries for a year to what is being referred to as a new Death Valley. The 400 miles San Joaquin Valley is a fertile strip of farm land that produces more fruits and vegetables per square foot than any comparable land in the nation – when it has water, which it does not.

With hundreds of thousands of Californians out of work, food prices rising rapidly and California’s farmers desperate, both its U. S. Senators voted no to an amendment that was billed as a way to help solve the San Joaquin Valley’s water problems.

By a nearly party line 61-36 vote, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected the amendment offered by Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

Now the fires.

CA fires of hell, thank the environmentalists

Obama-Era Eco-Terrorism through Environmental Regulations

These Obama-era regulations introduced excessive layers of bureaucracy that blocked proper forest management and increased environmentalist litigation and costs — a result of far too many radical environmentalists, bureaucrats, Leftist politicians and judicial activists who would rather let forests burn than let anyone thin out overgrown trees or let professional loggers harvest usable timber left from beetle infestation, or selectively cut timber.

In a 2016 Townhall column, Paul Driessen explains:

Eco-purists want no cutting, no thinning – no using fire retardants in “sensitive” areas because the chemicals might get into streams that will be boiled away by conflagrations. They prevent homeowners from clearing brush around their homes, because it might provide cover or habitat for endangered species and other critters that will get incinerated or lose their forage, prey and habitats in the next blaze. They rarely alter their policies during drought years.

The resulting fires are not the “forest-rejuvenating” blazes of environmentalist lore. They are cauldron-hot conflagrations that exterminate wildlife habitats, roast bald eagle and spotted owl fledglings alive in their nests, boil away trout and trout streams, leave surviving animals to starve, and incinerate every living organism in already thin soils … that then get washed away during future downpours and snow 

In September 2016, Governor Brown vetoed SB 1463, a bill in the California legislature which would have required the California Public Utilities Commission to prioritize areas at increased risk from overhead wires in their management of wildfires.

Then we had Brown slashing the forest management budget. Good move moonbeam.

Also note the infamous Delta Smelt budget was not cut… this endangered specie causing the water shutdown thus causing the drought in the lush farmland of  Central California.

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Governor Newson continued the absurd fire policies as his predecessor.

And the coup de grâce of California at its finest

More than 2 million people are being plunged into darkness as part of an unprecedented, orchestrated blackout across Northern California. But good luck finding out whether you’re one of them. Bloomberg’s Lynn Doan reports on “Bloomberg Markets.”

Recall 2019:

PG&E Blackouts Spread Across Northern California

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Climate Official : ‘We have to break your will’ – regular people who heat homes

 

Every now and then they say really what they plan and the thoughts they have for our future. Break our will? How about our bank account and destroy our standard of living. One can only wonder where the outrage is over the XL Keystone pipeline. Here tis:

A Massachusetts climate official said people who heat their homes and fuel their cars will need to have their “will” broken in order to combat emissions and climate change.

“I know one thing that we found in our analysis is that 60% of our emissions come from … residential heating and passenger vehicles,” said David Ismay, Massachusetts, undersecretary for climate change, during a virtual meeting with the Vermont Climate Council. “Let me say that again: 60% of our emissions that need to be reduced come from you, the person on your street, the senior on fixed-income. Right now, there is no bad guy left, at least in Massachusetts, to point the finger at and turn the screws on and now break their will, so they stop emitting. That’s you. We have to break your will.”

Ismay reasoned that climate agencies were running out of options.

……..

“It’s frightening to think an official so high up in the Baker administration is bragging to an out-of-state group about the economic pain he wants to inflict on the very people who he’s supposed to work for,” Paul Craney, a spokesman MFA, told Commonwealth Magazine. “Remarks like this have no place in state government. Ismay should be dismissed from his position in state government, as he’s clearly demonstrated he does not have the best interests of the residents of Massachusetts at heart.

H/T: Washington Examiner

Ed: You think so?

Meanwhile:

Oil futures reach 13-month high as global stocks advance with U.S. markets shut

The rally in commodities that some say is the start of a supercycle continued on Monday, buoying resource stocks.

The West Texas Intermediate contract CL.1 , the leading benchmark for oil in the U.S., topped $60 a barrel for the first time since Jan. 2020. Other commodities including platinum PL00 also advanced.

 

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Whom to Believe?

 

 

Whom to believe?

Reason separates man from animals and politicians

by Mustang

Founded in 1968 at the Academia den Lincei (the Lincean Academy), the so-called Club of Rome is an association of 100 full members from among former and current heads of state, high ranking members of government, United Nations officials, diplomats, scientists, economists, and business leaders from around the world.  Today, the Club of Rome is based in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Stop laughing — it matters.

One of its founders was a gentleman named Alexander King (1909-2007), a British chemist and a pioneer of the so-called sustainable movement.  King’s concern was the impact upon the environment of “unprecedented economic growth.”  He argues that economic growth is a good thing, but too much of it has a deleterious effect on the environment.  To my mind, such a claim seems wholly sensible.  The problem, on this one issue, is the answer to the question, “Who gets to ‘regulate’ the global economy to mitigate its environmental impact?”

The real subject is the development and use of the chemical with the rather ridiculous sounding name Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane.  With any name exceeding the number of letters in the alphabet, it seems prudent to shorten it to DDT.  One may recall that DDT was developed as a cure for insects known to cause serious illness and death among human beings.  It was developed in the 1930s, and came into use during World War II.  In 1962, Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” was able to persuade John F. Kennedy to ban the product owing to her claim of birth defects to humans and the extinction of wildlife.

Alexander King (left) (1987)

Dr. Alexander King might have agreed with Carson to ban the product, but for entirely different reasons.  According to King in 1990, “My own doubts came when DDT was introduced for civilian use.  In Guyana, within two years, it had almost eliminated malaria — but at the same time, the birth rate had doubled.  So my chief quarrel with DDT in hindsight is that it has greatly added to the population problem.”

Dr. King was a chemist.  Rachel Carson had a Master’s Degree in Zoology.  I make this point because while we may give credit to her work as an undersea biologist, she was out of her depth in matters of pesticides.  Her only practical work beyond university study, never quite making it to a doctoral level, was that she worked for the U. S. Bureau of Fisheries.

Why this matters (primarily to me, I suppose) is that I recently read a post at Pacific Paratrooper, whom I admire for her work respecting World War II, wherein G. P. Cox told the story of DDT’s development and how it materially served the interests of our combat troops in protecting them from virulent illnesses and diseases caused by insects.  While reading this article, I remembered as a youngster the DDT truck making a pass through our neighborhood on base housing at Camp Pendleton, California in 1952-53.

One commenter at Pacific Paratrooper, self-identifying at Jet Eliot, wrote, “I enjoyed this essay, GP, reading how the malaria and insects were dealt with in war times. A sign of the times, they created what they thought was a great thing to remedy their problems. Fortunately Rachel Carson and others were able to demand deeper investigation into these lethal chemicals and their detrimental effects on humans and the planet. We have pelicans and bald eagles and numerous other wildlife species now, all these years later, that were close to extinction due to DDT. And we are the generations of humans who have developed and benefitted from the curtailment of these strong chemicals. We live and learn, and fortunately our species continues.”

Unfortunately, Ms. Eliot’s argument is greatly contested in the scientific community, but it is a lie told so often that claims that DDT is harmful to humans is generally accepted as true.  It is what we’ve been told for the past 60 years.  Scientists today assure us that the lie is actually a damn lie.  Carson’s claim, they say, was based on emotion and junk science, and if this were not bad enough, the cost of such claims have been, quite literally, millions of lives.  This was the point made by Dr. King — whose only complaint was that DDT so effectively saved lives that we ended up having too many people on planet earth.

Of course, there a few issues with DDT that most people are unaware of.  For example, there is an issue with how the US Agency for International Development (USAID) went about forcing poor countries to stop using the product.  Essentially, USAID refused to fund any international projects that used DDT.  Around the world, poor countries were told that if they continued to use DDT, then they wouldn’t get any more monetary aid from the United States.  So, because many of these regimes were corrupt and put a higher value on access to the American people’s money than they did on the lives of their own citizens, they stopped using DDT.

Another issue is/was, the question of whose lives were saved through the use of DDT — mostly people of color living within the third and fourth world countries.  Since the suspension of the use of DDT (we are told), more than 100 million people have died in Africa alone due to  malaria (and other insect-borne diseases).  Apparently, the lives of one-hundred-million people do not matter quite as much if they have a darker complexion than the rest of us.

A third (but not last) issue is that Rachel Carson’s science was so fraudulent and distorted that one’s only rational conclusion is that she may rank along with Margaret Sanger as one of humanity’s greatest monsters, far above Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

Modern scientists now tell us that the tragic irony of the tens of millions of deaths attributed to the banning of DDT is that all central claims made by Carson (and others) are patently false.  For example, in order to cause cancerous tumors in mice, the animal would have to be exposed to DDT 10 times its body weight over an extended period of time.  There is, today, no correlation of Carson’s data.  According to the World Health Organization, numerous studies have failed to show ‘any convincing evidence’ of patterns of associations between DDT and cancer.  A US study corroborated the WHO findings.

Carson claimed that the effect of DDT on wild birds was so severe that one day, all the birds on earth would be dead and we would experience the “silent spring.”  It was pure poppycock.  Scientific data reflects that between 1941 and 1960, when DDT was regularly used to thwart infectious diseases from insects, bird populations actually quadrupled.  Among Robins, whom Carson specifically singled out, the population of these animals between 1941-60 increased twelve-fold.

Worse than this was Carson’s (and Charles Wurster’s) claim that DDT was dangerous to phytoplankton in sea water.  Wurster, co-founder of the Environmental Defense Fund, conducted his experiments in salted water with alcohol added, not sea water.  So again, the science was skewed from the beginning.  Again, more than 100 million people have died because we stopped using DDT.

So far, at least, I suspect there may not be much interest in this topic, especially since malaria is not a problem most Americans have to deal with.  Dengue fever is, though.  But here’s the real point of this tirade.

If we cannot trust science on a matter such as DDT, then how can we have confidence in any other scientific product — where there are agendas to pursue.  Shall we, then, blindly trust science on matters that DO affect us — such as immunology and COVID-19, climate change as a man-caused phenomena, or that the oceans will soon cover all of our coastal cities?

You tell me.  Whom do we believe — and why?

 

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Trump administration sued over faster dishwashers by environmentalists

 

It’s all vintage Trump. Trump won’t go out with a whimper. He gives us what he promises. That is why there is no question that he won re-election. But of course an appeals court will step in and no doubt overturn the concept of “faster dishwashers.”

It sums it all up doesn’t it? Shower heads, lightbulbs, flushers… the government must control it al.

Washington (CNN)A coalition of environmental groups sued the Energy Department on Tuesday in an effort to block a new federal rule that would allow for faster dishwashers, arguing it could possibly lead to “higher household utility bills and more pollution.”

The rule finalized by the department in October would create a product class of dishwashers “with a cycle time for the normal cycle of one hour or less from washing through drying.”

But the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and other groups want a federal appeals court to review and set aside the new rule, saying it is unnecessary in part because “most of today’s dishwashers already offer quick cycles, including some that take less than an hour.”

More at  CNN

EPIC MOMENT: President Trump RANTS About Toilet and Sink Issues – NO WATER PRESSURE

January 15, 2020

 

And that is that as far as the swamp goes today.

Bill Gates: ‘Let’s block out the sun’ – spends big bucks

Bill Gates who apparently is willing to risk life on earth as we know it, and is apparently all set to spend his gazillion buckeroos in an elaborate scheme to change life or otherwise eliminate it all together for the sake of the earth. Anyway, he has been complaining that there are far far too many humans here anyway so what the heck. Who cares if there is a disaster? Here tis:

The plan sounds like science fiction — but could be fact within a decade; every day more than 800 giant aircraft would lift millions of tonnes of chalk dust to a height of 12 miles above the Earth’s surface and then sprinkle the lot high around the stratosphere.

In theory, the airborne dust would create a gigantic sunshade, reflecting some of the Sun’s rays and heat back into space, dimming those that get through and so protecting Earth from the worsening ravages of climate warming.

This is not the crackpot plan of a garden-shed inventor. The project is being funded by billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates and pioneered by scientists at Harvard University.

Indeed, the plans are so well advanced that the initial ‘sky-clouding’ experiments were meant to have begun months ago.

SCoPEx is, however, on hold, amid fears that it could trigger a disastrous series of chain reactions, creating climate havoc in the form of serious droughts and hurricanes, and bring death to millions of people around the world.

One of the Harvard team’s directors, Lizzie Burns, admits: ‘Our idea is terrifying… But so is climate change.’ An advisory panel of independent experts is to assess all the possible risks associated with it.

Want to know how he is going to do it?

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