COP-21, the 21st Conference of the Parties (to the Global Climate Treaty) is convening in Paris (November 30 to December 11, 2015) to try to impose global restrictions on the emission of the greenhouse (GH) gas carbon dioxide. The usual cast of characters will show up -- delegates from nearly 200 nations, who have made a lifetime career out of the climate business, plus some 15,000 hangers-on. We think they will fail to reach an effective international agreement -- for a variety of reasons: Important developing countries have other priorities; scandals are brewing and may flare up; and the climate itself is not cooperating. But the media will portray Paris as a huge success, trying to burnish the environmental-climate legacy of President Barack Obama. - Paris will be a big “nothing-burger” - Do you remember Anne Gorsuch, who may have coined this pungent term? She was the first female administrator of EPA, and rather different from both Lisa Jackson and Gina McCarthy. Gorsuch served for a couple of years in the Reagan administration, during which time she managed to cut the EPA budget and slim down the agency. She proved that a determined administrator can do something to rein in the regulatory excesses of the EPA. [Actually, one of the most effective ways of achieving that goal might be to expand the EPA office in Alaska, and then transfer most of the Washington activists to that office.] More
Dennis Miller perfectly described Barack Obama as a "debonair grifter." Donald Trump is just a grifter without the charm. Given the performance of these two men, it is difficult to understand the emotional (yes, emotional) attachment of their followers. A minority of us doubted Obama's promises for many good reasons. For example, there were Obama’s own words in two autobiographies. There were Obama’s associations with, among others, Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers. (One has to admire former mayor Richard Daley's earnest defense of Obama: "You have to understand, in Chicago Ayers is mainstream.") …..It is said that you cannot con an honest person, but Donald Trump proves that you can…… And Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof) had a point about gullibility: "When you're rich, they think you really know!" Obama and Trump share several traits. They are both narcissistic…..More
Repeating the Democratic mantra that President George W. Bush, barely eight months into his presidency on September 11, 2001, was responsible for the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers, Donald Trump says his immigration stance would have prevented the atrocity. On Monday, the mouth that roars told “Fox and Friends that his policies would have made it more difficult for the 9/11 hijackers to obtain visas and challenged presidential rival Jeb. Bush’s assertion that his brother, President George W. Bush “kept us safe”…..More
My Take – Actually everyone should be blaming Jimmy Carter.
We are seeing an interesting phenomenon in Europe and in the U.S. "Green" candidates and officeholders are vying to outdo one another in boasting of their environmental credentials. In debates here and abroad, it's not uncommon to hear those office seekers asking voters to give them ever more power because, they claim, the "planet" is in dire need of their help. Some of our European friends, especially those from the formerly Captive Nations held down for half a century by the power of the USSR, jokingly call the new Greens "watermelons." Why so? They may be green on the outside, our newly freed friends say, but they are red (Communist) on the inside.…….More