Domestically, the White House turns to climate change

posted at 10:41 am on May 5, 2014 by Bruce McQuain

Apparently tomorrow, President Obama will “showcase” his climate change agenda.  According to the Washington Post:

After years of putting other policy priorities first — and dismaying many liberal allies in the process — Obama is now getting into the weeds on climate change and considers it one of the key components of his legacy, according to aides and advisers.

He is regularly briefed on scientific reports on the issue, including a national climate assessment that he will help showcase Tuesday. He is using his executive authority to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other sources, and is moving ahead with stricter fuel-efficiency standards for the heaviest trucks.

And while he routinely brings up climate change in closed-door meetings with world leaders, according to his aides, he also discusses it in his private life, talking about global warming’s implications with his teenage daughters.

As usual, he intends to proceed by using executive power, whether or not the people or their representatives agree and without any consideration of the cost to the consumer.  All in the face of mounting evidence that the supposed crisis of CO2 is a non-crisis.

According to the WaPo, this intention to address “climate change” was spurred by Obama viewing satellite pictures of the California mountain snow pack:

The satellite images viewed by President Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year.

Of course, most of us know that’s likely a local weather phenomenon, not a result of “global warming” or we’d be unlikely to be seeing things like this:

Antarctic sea ice continues to set new records, with extent in April at the highest since measurements began in 1979.

Remember, Antarctic and Arctic sea ice melts were to be the harbingers of doom.  In fact, the Arctic was supposed to be ice free last year according to the perpetually wrong alarmists.  Instead we saw record sea ice there as well.  Factor in the fact that there has been no global warming for over 17 years and one has to ask why this, in the face of a badly performing economy and over 92 million Americans being out of work, is suddenly to become a priority for the White House?  As one editorialist puts it:

The problem is, it’s just so hard to be an alarmist these days. Temperatures aren’t rising, U.S. CO2 emissions are down, and now it turns out that peak oil won’t peak. What’s a scare-monger to do?

The answer is keep on trying to gin up the alarm to satisfy the true-believers who are an important political constituency of the Democrats.  And it is becoming clearer every day that the Democrats are going to need all of their constituencies to even have a ghost of a chance in the November mid-terms.  To this point, the leftist environmental movement hasn’t been too happy with the Obama administration and it certainly wants more drastic action to be taken to curb the use of fossil fuel. So it’s time to shore up their support:

 Environmentalists such as Democratic donor and billionaire Tom Steyer want him to veto the Keystone pipeline and wean the nation from natural gas.

Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke said of the administration: “We have to increasingly get them to acknowledge that there has to be a major transformation away from fossil fuels.”

That desire the Natural Resources Defense Council voices has resulted in such things as the “war on coal” and the reduction in production of oil on federal lands and off our coasts.   It has also meant slow walking the permit process as well as holding the Keystone Pipeline hostage to presidential politics.

So why now? Why is this the time to do this?  Because he can:

 A White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the plans are not final, said Obama has made it clear that he considers climate change a priority and is less politically constrained now that he no longer faces reelection.

Meanwhile the public views the issue as a low priority if a priority at all, given jobs and economic problems.  Yet Obama persists.  Elections are in the offing, and if there is one thing he has at least a semblance of competence in, it’s getting elected (or helping others do so).  So all the high flying rhetoric aside, this is about votes, this is about elections and this is about trying to preserve at least one Democratic chamber in Congress for the last two years of his presidency.  It is one of many such moves he’ll be attempting in the coming months.  But make no mistake — this isn’t about the environment or his legacy, it’s about politics.

~McQ

 


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he also discusses it in his private life, talking about global warming’s implications with his teenage daughters.

Do they discuss how taking unnecessary trips around the world on multiple jumbo jets spews tons of Gaia-killing carbon into the atmosphere?

Bishop on May 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Amazing what an offer of $100M from Steyer will do for the WH! esh

CoffeeLover on May 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Hasn’t he seen the polls-Noone gives a crap.

jmtham156 on May 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

What a f’n idiot

txdoc on May 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

he also discusses it in his private life, talking about global warming’s implications with his teenage daughters

How nice. I guess they ride bikes or walk to school, and the whole family are now vegetarians and the Mooch separates all the recyclables herself and they don’t fly to Cancun or Aspen for spring break. What a crock.

BeachBum on May 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Arrogant little ….!

OldEnglish on May 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Amazing what an offer of $100M from Steyer will do for the WH! esh

CoffeeLover on May 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Okay that made me LOL.

In all seriousness though, if it was “global warming” and not weather, why did the lower 48 get beat like a red headed step child this past winter, and large parts of where I am and Canada (and down into California), not get crap, and we are probably going to have a drought (if not already). Wind = weather. Sorry Lower 48, you got the winter we were suppose to get on the west coast and northern hemisphere.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 10:52 AM

The satellite images viewed by President Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year.

Dog Eater should have viewed sat images of my yard mid-February, he would have discovered where all that snow went.

Bishop on May 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM

We all need to ride bikes with pretty purple helmets on and mom jeans.

acyl72 on May 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The only change I care about is in the White House and Congress…

PatriotRider on May 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Is this another one of the Prez’s short-attention-span pivots? Where he gets into another issue that nobody really cares about … momentarily? Where he wastes time, effort, tax-payer money, political capital … for some fringe cause? For the guy who’s supposed to be “the smartest guy in the room, you’d think he’d read up on both sides of this issue & realize that this is not “settled” science.

majorzot on May 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM

he also discusses it in his private life, talking about global warming’s implications with his teenage daughters.

I wouldn’t want them punished with a baby climate change.

~B.O.

Mark Boabaca on May 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I thought he was pivoting to jobs.

faraway on May 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Amazing what an offer of $100M from Steyer will do for the WH! esh

CoffeeLover on May 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

That’s “Coal-billionaire” Tom Steyer.

slickwillie2001 on May 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

No stone left unturned and no industry left unscrewed.

Rix on May 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Climate Change!? Are you friggin’ kidding me? “Dude, that was like 2 years ago….”

ColBubba on May 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

And while he routinely brings up climate change in closed-door meetings with world leaders, according to his aides, he also discusses it in his private life, talking about global warming’s implications with his teenage daughters.

This sounds like something written in North Korea.

faraway on May 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM

The Whitehouse is attempting to turn to focus on anything but Benghazi.

oscarwilde on May 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The Whitehouse is attempting to turn to focus on anything but Benghazi.

oscarwilde on May 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Like looking into the non “botched” lethal injection BS?

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM

If it were about Politics he’d get more steam out of fixing the economy, derailinig Obamacare, and putting a stop to his crazy expensive vacations. Putting global warming on the top of the list during a frigid winter and rather cold start to spring… I don’t see this bringing in more votes than it costs.

Ukiah on May 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM

On Tuesday, the White House’s reinvigorated strategy will be on full display.

In other words, Obama missed Earth Day by 2 weeks. Has he ever met a deadline?

de rigueur on May 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM

But look what they are NOT focusing on outside of the US.

obama and the UN hate Muslim girls.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The satellite images viewed by President Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year.

Why is it only California that is having this trouble every other place is not. Maybe its because the Dems have taken all the Oout of H2O by there dumb ideas. Or maybe mother nature is hoping that it will dry up and fall into the ocean

ConservativePartyNow on May 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM

It’s like we’re voting on who should pilot the Hindenburg.

BKeyser on May 5, 2014 at 11:11 AM

After years of putting other policy priorities first — and dismaying many liberal allies in the process — Obama is now getting into the weeds on climate change and considers it one of the key components of his legacy, according to aides and advisers.

He’s been in the weeds, and smoking weed, for 5-1/2 years. Maybe he’ll get poison ivy.

He is using his executive authority to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other sources, and is moving ahead with stricter fuel-efficiency standards for the heaviest trucks.

What will he do? Shut down the power plants? How will his Greenie friends charge up their Chevy Volts?

showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year.

Which is less than the percentage increase in the snowpack over Atlanta, and Washington DC.

Hey Barry O, why don’t you lead by example? Next time it snows in Washington DC, don’t send those diesel-belching plows down PA Ave, and ride your bike to work. On your next trip to South Korea, row across the Pacific.

Steve Z on May 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Now, if the increased heat were found to be coming from underground, perhaps it’s an early warning of the “big one”.

We can only hope.

OldEnglish on May 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

The nutty “sky is falling” CAGW kooks would be much more persuasive if they at least tried to act a little bit like they took their own screams of doom and gloom seriously.

Air Force One spews more carbon in a few hours than I’ve generated in my entire 60+ years of life. Hasn’t this guy heard of Skype? How about staycations?

Why are all the CAGW kooks such blatant hypocrites on the subject? Why does anyone believe them?

fadetogray on May 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

The satellite images viewed by President Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year.

Just curious, but by any chance was one of those photos take at the end of winter, and the other taken just before snow season? Does “summer” count as climate change?

I know that would be low, even for Dems, but given how much they actually lie…

talkingpoints on May 5, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Meanwhile, Russia invades Ukraine. Syria continues it’s gassing ways. Iran gets nuclear. Pakistan ISI wants to blow up U.S. embassy in India, and China threatens it’s neighbors. War drums all over the world and our President wants a serious meeting about climate change? The climate has been changing for a billion years or more Mr. President!

tomshup on May 5, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Climate Change!? Are you friggin’ kidding me? “Dude, that was like 2 years ago….”

ColBubba on May 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Made my day.

talkingpoints on May 5, 2014 at 11:16 AM

It always cracks me up to observe what Dems have to do to pander to their base.

His next move before the mid-terms might be to set up a UFO welcoming committee.

How degrading. Have fun Hussein. You cheap clown.

WhatSlushfund on May 5, 2014 at 11:17 AM

I thought he was pivoting to jobs.

faraway on May 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

He is continuing his strategy of eliminating jobs.

talkingpoints on May 5, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Obama advocates gerbil power. It fires up two components of his base.

BuckeyeSam on May 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

His next move before the mid-terms might be to set up a UFO welcoming committee.

WhatSlushfund on May 5, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The Day the Voting Stood Still?

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

That’s okay, the country go even redder in November.

Ward Cleaver on May 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

He is continuing his strategy of eliminating jobs.

talkingpoints on May 5, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Yes.

I do wonder when he is going to make the people strap methane holding packs to themselves, to capture the “gas”, rather than drilling for it.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Blue-collar voters need to decide which party will fight for their employment prospects rather than their cronyism prospects.

Increasingly, it seems that Obama wants objective for them is to make them some kind of useless government workers or weather strippers.

BuckeyeSam on May 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

That’s okay, the country go even redder in November.

Ward Cleaver on May 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Re-try:

That’s okay, the country will go even redder in November.

Ward Cleaver on May 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday. It was on this day — I guess cinco means five — that the French looked out over Mexico and thought, “Nah” — thus giving birth to the greatest Mexican military victory in history.

Be that as it may.

NANCY PELOSI TO GOP: HONOR CINCO DE MAYO BY PASSING AMNESTY

^ Mini thread pivot.

//Back to cow farts.

Axe on May 5, 2014 at 11:27 AM

And while he routinely brings up climate change in closed-door meetings with world leaders, according to his aides, he also discusses it in his private life, talking about global warming’s implications with his teenage daughters.

What is this guy? Captain Queeg???

WryTrvllr on May 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, climate change, blah, blah,blah, blah……

vnvet on May 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, climate change, blah, blah,blah, blah……

vnvet on May 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Er, blah. You forgot one.

You know, now that I think about it, you sound a lot like M. Mann. He would have forgotten that last blah too.

Chuck Ef on May 5, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Focus, from the Chicago Tribune, of all the sources

But if we allow our nation’s leaders to let politics obscure how our government works, we are making a fatal mistake. That’s how fools lose the Republic.

And those four in Benghazi weren’t fools. They died for our country, and years of political cover-up can’t obscure that.

Again, their names were Stevens, Smith, Doherty and Woods.

They didn’t die for politics.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

President Pen and Phone

warmairfan on May 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

http://www.ClimateDepot.com

Akzed on May 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

The auto update to this page obliterated my erudite comment.

That notwithstanding, this steaming pile of coming ice age . global warming climate change alarmism is being sold as/considered as “cool”.

By nature, people want to contribute to making the world a better place. Unfortunately for them, they have absolutely no effect on the world’s climate. Neither does the industrialized world. The effect of our activity pales by comparison to natural processes.

It’s hubris to believe otherwise. Our industrial output and cow farts are in the noise when compared to volcanic emissions.

Too bad we have an uphill battle fighting against those indoctrinated by the left.

freedomfirst on May 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

NANCY PELOSI TO GOP: HONOR CINCO DE MAYO BY PASSING AMNESTY Axe on May 5, 2014 at 11:27 AM

It’s not even a national holiday in Meheeco. If not for Corona Beer’s marketing campaigns pushing it on us gringos, Nancy Pelosi would have never even heard of it in all likelihood.

Akzed on May 5, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Climate Change mentality really makes so much sense now especially after Russia’s Annexation of the Crimea and Europe’s inability to do what’s right considering their almost addict like dependence on Russia’s oil & gas line that runs through Ukraine.

Makes even more sense to continue to oppose either through draconian regulations or one of the boy prince’s (aka President Obama) executive orders domestic natural resources. Considering from Fracking to shale to off shore oil drilling to drilling in Anwar this nation has more natural resources than the middle east and south America combined (too bad we couldn’t use than to wean Europe’s addiction to Russian fuel).

Exit Question: How much billionaire Tom Steyer have invested in current forms of transportation other than the proposed Keystone Pipeline and how much will he lose if it is finally approved? Kind of like Warren Buffet’s investment in rail which is why he’s against it.

terlizzi99 on May 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Translation: “I won, mother-effers”

Subtextual translation: “Sh*t storm a comin’, we gotta create more distractions. Pivot to the environment!”

Sub-subtextual translation: “Me and the rest of these bozos are so fired/impeached. Best to use up what power we got now.”

somewhatconcerned on May 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I don’t identify as liberal, I identify as progressive-marxist.
>

rogerb on May 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Cinco de quattro – yeah

koaiko on May 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Cinco de quattro – yeah

koaiko on May 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I haven’t heard that song – who sings it?

OldEnglish on May 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM

On the good side, it looks like there will be nowhere to go but up when this man leaves office.

Either that, or nowhere to go at all.

Meremortal on May 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The normally reserved Anthony Watts put it rather bluntly on this California Snowpack issue: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/05/05/houston-we-have-a-dumbass-problem/

Bottom Line:

The lack of snowpack in 2014 is all about ENSO and resulting jet stream patterns, something well known for years.

airupthere on May 5, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Zero will pirouette ANYTHING to get Benghazi off the front page.(and zerocare™ and the IRS and Russia killing people in Ukraine and so many others one needs a scorecard)

Resist We Much on May 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Great toons!

dogsoldier on May 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? – Gallup:

Dissatisfaction with Government: 21%
Healthcare: 16%
Environment/Pollution: 1%

Go get ‘em Mr. President.

airupthere on May 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

The satellite images viewed by President Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year.

Oh yeah?

If we are going to choose one photo and location to use to pivot to Global Warming it can be countered with one example of the opposite. Do we seriously have a President who makes broad based policy decisions that can affect the entire economy based off of anecdotal evidence? Gotta earn that Steyer money I guess.

We can easily find an opposing story, like Great Lakes Ice Coverage:

The reason is the unusually late ice cover that remains on the Great Lakes. Heading into May, the Great Lakes combined remain 26% ice-covered, with Lake Superior still more than half-blanketed in ice. By comparison, at this time last spring the lakes were less than 2% covered with ice.

That’s a 1200% difference in one year for those scoring at home.

Headline: Great Lakes Spring Ice Coverage Increases 1200% in one year.

airupthere on May 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

White House April 30th, 2014:

1. Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.1 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter of 2014, following the 3.4 percent annual pace in the second half of 2013. Looking at the various components of GDP, consumer spending grew at a rapid pace, mainly reflecting sharp increases in health care and utilities consumption, while the other elements of consumer spending on net rose only slightly. Consumer spending on food services and accommodations fell for the first time in four years, one of several components that was likely affected by unusually severe winter weather. Exports and inventory investment, two particularly volatile components of GDP, also subtracted from growth.

2. The first quarter of 2014 was marked by unusually severe winter weather, including record cold temperatures and snowstorms, which explains part of the difference in GDP growth relative to previous quarters. The left chart shows the quarterly deviation in heating degree days from its average for the same quarter over the previous five years. By this measure, the first quarter of 2014 was the third most unusually cold quarter over the last sixty years, behind only the first quarter of 1978 and the fourth quarter of 1976. In addition, there were four storms in the first quarter that rated on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS). The right chart shows that no quarter going back to 1956 had more than three such storms.

3. Within the first quarter, several key indicators were lower in January and/or February before rebounding strongly in March, suggesting that the severe weather had a disruptive effect that only began to abate at the end of the quarter. Light vehicle sales, average weekly hours, core retail and food service sales, and core capital goods shipments dipped starting in December and/or January before bouncing back in March, and so were left little changed for the quarter as a whole. One outside group has estimated that the elevated snowfall in the first quarter slowed the annual rate of GDP growth by 1.4 percentage points, with all of that lost activity to be made up in the second quarter.

Additionally, it is worth noting that consumer spending on utilities surged more than 38 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter, the largest increase on record (with data back to 1959). While this weather-related jump in utilities spending added to GDP growth, it was likely more than offset by the constraining effect of severe weather on other categories, including other components of consumer spending (like autos, household furnishings, and restaurants), some components of private and public fixed investment, and exports.

White House today:
The snow is gone! erahhh! GLOBAL WARMING!

airupthere on May 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Go big libtards. save the planet. Close the roads, shutter all industry, and fun the lights off. Its for the children.

Murphy9 on May 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

You notice the most people that are pushing climate change are the rich.

The people it hurts the most are poor and middle class.

When Mr. Steyer uses only wind and solar to power all his vehicles, home, travels only in such vehicles and doesn’t acquire anything not transported by such vehicles, maybe I might listen to him and all the other fruitcakes. Until then, he needs to shut up.

Barred on May 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Do we seriously have a President who makes broad based policy decisions that can affect the entire economy based off of anecdotal evidence?

airupthere on May 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

How else do you explain Obamacare?

somewhatconcerned on May 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

How else do you explain Obamacare?

somewhatconcerned on May 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

True.

airupthere on May 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

What I want to know is…is that ship still stuck in the ice?

crankyoldlady on May 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The satellite images viewed by President Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year.

It’s called a ‘drought’ — It didn’t rain this past summer or fall in California, either, because of the upper atmosphere weather patterns, which sent most of the precipitation to the north and inundated other parts of the country with snow during this past winter.

But the White House is hoping to turn a one-year weather situation into an alleged permanent condition, and are counting on the minds of low-info voters thinking droughts can’t happen in colder, snowy areas and only occur where there’s desert, giant cactus and coyotes chasing road runners.

jon1979 on May 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The satellite images viewed by President Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year.

It usually does in summer.

crankyoldlady on May 5, 2014 at 12:51 PM

The dork-in-chief doesn’t quite strike me as an imagery analyst. Maybe one of the “dudes” in the White House was taking a short course on giving persuasive presentations and slanted his supporting material to hoodwink the hoodlum.

freedomfirst on May 5, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Obama needs to demand all DC federal building be powered by wind or biomass. The MD, VA, DE elites will love the 400 foot tall windmills up and down the Chesapeake!!

– and the smell of biomass (cow poop) making energy — awesome!!

KenInIL on May 5, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Domestically, the White House turns to climate change

No doubt Lindsey Graham will be available to help him in the cause.

xblade on May 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

The Administration keeps using “climate change” but I think we all know that’s a more acceptable term for “global warming”. Hell, a few years ago, I cancelled my subscription to ‘National Geographic’ for their slavish worship of the concept of ‘global warming’.

But, I have to admit the Administration may actually be on to something. I have been daily measuring the high and low temperatures since Jan 1, 2014 and I have noticed a warming trend. Of course it is still much too early to tell but, so far at least, May is definitely warmer than January!

MaiDee on May 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

But look what they are NOT focusing on outside of the US.

obama and the UN hate Muslim girls.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The progressive left does not deal with such things as real world injustice like that. They work in the theoretical rhealm where 100% guilt can be assigned wherever needed for political effect,where any contradictory evidence can simply be ignored where all their pipe dreams are presumed to be easily implemented and 100% effective, where all disagreement has no legitimate basis and any shortfall in predicted outcomes can be explained by sabotage from the political undesirables.

Besides Dude, the kidnapping, rape, forced conversion and sale into slavery of these young school girls was like two weeks ago– are you kidding!

KW64 on May 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Another “pivot” from the White House.

Its a wonder that old house has not sunk 20 feet into the ground from all the pivoting.

Is there any indication this will drive votes?

Bob from Ohio on May 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Obama has made it clear that he considers climate change a priority and is less politically constrained now that he no longer faces reelection.

Yep. 2016 Elections have been cancelled, until further notice. Barky’s president-for-life king.

bofh on May 5, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Do you Dems buying all this bunk (like ignoring history, weather, etc.) ever think that you are being used? Because you are.

Foolish behavior by all of you Dems.

MN J on May 5, 2014 at 2:11 PM

“electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket”

Obama kept this promise:

A fifth of all power-generating capacity in a grid serving 60 million people went suddenly offline, as coal piles froze, sensitive electrical equipment went haywire and utility operators had trouble finding enough natural gas to keep power plants running. The wholesale price of electricity skyrocketed to nearly $2 per kilowatt hour, more than 40 times the normal rate. The price hikes cascaded quickly down to consumers. Robert Thompson, who lives in the suburbs of Allentown, Pa., got a $1,250 bill for January

The electrical system’s duress was a direct result of the polar vortex, the cold air mass that settled over the nation. But it exposed a more fundamental problem. There is a growing fragility in the U.S. electricity system, experts warn, the result of the shutdown of coal-fired plants, reductions in nuclear power, a shift to more expensive renewable energy and natural gas pipeline constraints. The result is likely to be future price shocks. And they may not be temporary.

http://articles.latimes.com/2014/apr/25/nation/la-na-power-prices-20140426

agmartin on May 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM

It’s all about control an nothing to do about science.

sadatoni on May 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Why are you writing this as if they wouldn’t blame climate change for this?

blink on May 5, 2014 at 1:08 PM

The dichotomy of their arguments is what is failing them in terms of people actually buying into the propaganda.

Most people, even idiots, have a hard time believing that Global Warming is responsible for both lack of ice/snowfall and more ice/snowfall.

It is the equivalent of trying to sell ice to Eskimos.

The MSM may push the propaganda, but LIVs aren’t smart enough to grasp any sort of explanation as to how warming can cause freezing. Most of America just doesn’t buy it, which incidentally is why Obama has to take Executive action. There is no appetite in Congress for the US to commit national suicide.

airupthere on May 5, 2014 at 3:04 PM

“Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke said of the administration: ‘We have to increasingly get them to acknowledge that there has to be a major transformation away from fossil fuels.’” How?? It’s not really working that well for Germany…..

georgekaplan on May 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Domestically, the White House turns to climate change

…thank goodness!…I thought it was going to be amnesty, the economy or equal pay or something else!

KOOLAID2 on May 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

According to the WaPo, this intention to address “climate change” was

spurred by Obama viewing satellite pictures of the California mountain snow pack:

The satellite images viewed by President Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year.

It is because of ENSO, and not “climate change”. No one in that room was smart.

The lack of snowpack in 2014 is all about ENSO and resulting jet stream patterns, something well known for years.

Other years that were that low: 1977, 1924, 1885, 1881.

Patriot Vet on May 5, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I agree with the WH because it certainly needs a Change of Climate.

But so do so many things these days.

That’s Climate Change I can live with.

Sherman1864 on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Factor in the fact that there has been no global warming for over 17 years…

It would be nice if that were indeed fact, but it is nothing more than rumor that is completely unsubstantiated by facts. Global warming continues undeterred by rumor.

Antarctic sea ice continues to set new records, with extent in April at the highest since measurements began in 1979.

So what? Looking at glacial ice and polar ice as an aggregate, the trend continues downward (and trends are what matter, not a summer here and a winter there). For example, Greenland is disgorging massive amounts of melt water. Glaciers are receding all over the planet, and Arctic ice trends steeply downward over the last couple of decades.

All in the face of mounting evidence that the supposed crisis of CO2 is a non-crisis.

What evidence, Mr. McQuain? Most all the data points in exactly the other direction from your fantasy.

In fact, the Arctic was supposed to be ice free last year according to the perpetually wrong alarmists.

More imagination at work, Mr. McQuain? Really? This year? What voices are you listening to?

Yet Obama persists.

Yes, Obama persists. Flying AF1 many thousands of miles to go on vacation and spewing massive amounts of GHG into the atmosphere, thereby helping to warm the planet more than just about any other single human on it. It’s hard to be credible when you set such a poor example, Mr. O.

oakland on May 5, 2014 at 9:25 PM