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•As floodwaters from Hurricane Florence along the Carolina coast gradually recede, we are once again battered by the Democrats claiming that mankind is causing the number and intensity of tropical storms to increase due to the use of fossil fuels' causing the planet's temperature to increase (global warming).

The esteemed climate scientist, Roy Spencer, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (He was a Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and has provided congressional testimony several times on the subject of global warming) recently addressed the subject of Hurricane Florence on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show, and addressed whether it could be blamed on humanity. Here’s what he has to say about it:

“You really can't say much in only a couple of minutes, and it's difficult when you don't know what the questions will be. I got a plug in for Anthony Watts' (www.wuwt.com) revealing the deception Bill Nye's (The Science Guy) faked global-warming-in-a-jar experiment.

“How did I get on Tucker's show? It started when the folks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation asked me to write an op-ed to counter the global warming hype around Hurricane Florence. That was published in USA Today yesterday morning. They also set up several radio talk show interviews during the day, and scored the Tucker Carlson spot several hours before showtime…

“The more I think about Bill Nye's experiment, the more irritated I get with the consensus scientific establishment for not telling Bill Nye that such an experiment cannot work; you cannot demonstrate the greenhouse effect on temperature with CO2 in a glass jar. Scientists who understand atmospheric radiative transfer know that.

“The fact that the 'Climate 101' video is still out there means the scientific establishment (plus Al Gore, who used it in his 'Climate Reality Project'), are complicit in scientific fraud in order to advance the alarmist global warming narrative.

“If their evidence for human-caused climate change is so good, they shouldn't have to fake evidence to support their claims. I realize Bill Nye isn't part of the climate research establishment, but he has a huge influence on public perception and scientific understanding. James Hansen also has had a huge influence on the public debate, and yet broke NASA rules by speaking to the press and Congress without management approval (and also likely violated the Hatch Act by campaigning politically..yes, he did, ThinkProgress, because he was a member of the Senior Executive Service, which has special Hatch Act rules.. I know because I was one of them, and I resigned NASA rather than have my hands tied).

“This is the state of climate science today: if you support the alarmist narrative, you can exaggerate threats and connections with human activities, fake experiments, break government rules, intimidate scientific journal editors (and make them resign), and even violate the law.

“As long as you can say you are doing it for the children.”

•Back to the subject at hand, Dr. Spencer pointed-out on a Facebook post that hurricane damages (in $) have increased dramatically in recent decades, but the intensity of those most-damaging storms has not. It's all due to increasing population and infrastructure vulnerability.

Actually, while the wind, storm surge, and freshwater flooding from Category 1 Hurricane Florence is causing massive damage, historically, major landfalling hurricanes were more frequent in past decades.

Contrary to popular perception, the number of major hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. has dropped by an average of more than 50% since the 1930s.

While the current decade isn't over yet, if we assume the long-term average of 6 storms per decade continues for the remaining 2.5 hurricane seasons, the downward trend since the 1930s will still be a 50% reduction.

Why pick the 1930s as the starting point?

Because yesterday Dr. Spencer presented U.S. Government data on the 36 most costly hurricanes in U.S. history, which have all occurred since the 1930s. Since the 1930s, hurricane damages have increased dramatically. But, as Roger Pielke, Jr. has documented, that's due to a huge increase in vulnerable infrastructure in a more populous and more prosperous nation. In other words, we are more affluent, so we move closer to the ocean where the domiciles we build are more expensive and they get destroyed in tropical storms.

It's not due to stronger hurricanes hitting the U.S. or to global warming.

(Email The Landmark’s Brian Kubicki at bfkubicki@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)



•From The Daily Caller, Hillary Clinton wants supporters to tell their senators to vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh becoming a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Clinton's expressed reason for opposing President Donald Trump's second Supreme Court nominee is that he will impede the lefties' efforts to grow government by fighting the imaginary demon of man-made (anthropogenic) global warming.

“Replacing Kennedy with Kavanaugh would swing the Court to a new, hard-right majority that would rule against curbing greenhouse gases for years—maybe decades—that we can't afford to waste on inaction,” Clinton wrote in a series of tweets published Friday.

Kavanaugh defended his record on environmental cases.

“In environmental cases, some cases I've ruled against environmentalist interests, and in many cases I've ruled for environmentalist interests,” he told senators, pointing to three major cases in the last decade.

Clinton and others also worry Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court could frustrate a future Democratic administration's climate policy goals.

“We're not fighting for the planet in some abstract sense here. We're fighting for our continued ability to live on it,” Clinton tweeted.

Gawd she is an idiot!

•A guest essay recently appeared in the fantastic website, www.wuwt.com written by Vijay Jayaraj, M.Sc. Environmental Science from University of East Anglia, England. The best parts follow:

“Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is fairly popular. Even people in far eastern countries like India and Australia know about it.

But little do we hear about Climate-Change Derangement Syndrome (CCDS) and another new syndrome emerging from it.

CCDS is a behavioral pattern in which a section of our society responds irrationally to any trend in global temperatures that contradicts its narrative of a dangerous rise in global temperatures, without regard to the actual data.

For example, recently a group of 60 scientists, journalists, politicians, activists, and others signed an open letter saying they won't debate anyone who denies either that climate change is human induced or that it is dangerous and needs to be prevented…”

Isn't that collegial!

Rather than accurately representing what skeptics think and presenting evidence to the contrary, sufferers of CCDS caricature skeptics as denying any human contribution to warming or even as denying any warming at all.

Those who are new to the climate controversy might be surprised to learn that almost 100% of climate skeptics within academia acknowledge the current warming trend in our world.

The earth experienced a very cold period during the 16th and 17th centuries. Dubbed the Little Ice Age, this period was brutal for the Northern Hemisphere. It was followed by a natural rise in global temperatures, long before the Industrial Revolution grew enough to add enough to the atmosphere's carbon dioxide content to make any significant contribution to temperature.

The warming that began during this phase continues to date, and scientists call the current phase the Modern Warm Period. So, all the academicians agree on the current warming phase.

However, by repeated attacks on skeptics through a complicit mainstream media, those with CCDS have led much of the public to believe skeptics deny all warming—or at least all human contribution to it.”

“…most skeptics…remembering the undeniable evidence about the existence of similar warm periods in recent climate history, question not whether the world is warming, or even whether human activity contributes to the warming, but how much, and in what relation to natural causes, and whether the proposed changes in global energy policies are worth the effort.”

That's the money quote!

“One variation of CCDS we might call the Global Temperature Plateau Syndrome (GTPS). It afflicts those who are in constant denial of the approximately 19-year trend of reduced, possibly even completely absent, warming.

This trend is fascinating because it coincides with an unrelenting increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration that should, according to alarmist theory, have driven warming much faster than actually observed. Frustrated by academic scientists' failure to toe the line, GTPS sufferers increasingly turn to politics (and the entertainment industry) rather than science to enforce their views…”

This is where we get nincompoops like Leo DiCaprio barging-into port in his multi-million dollar smoke-belching yacht telling us all to shut-down our power plants.

“The real intensity of GTPS, however, will be revealed if global temperature prolongs the downward spiral of February 2016–February 2018, during which global average surface temperature dropped 0.56°C—the biggest two-year drop on record.

Translation: if it's cold, mankind generally struggles. When it is warm, mankind generally flourishes.

(Email Brian Kubicki at bfkubicki@gmail.com)



•After this past week of public media-driven funerals, and considering purportedly important funerals of past years, I am left with these questions:

Why Michael Eric Dyson and Louis Farrakhan were not present at Mother Theresa's funeral?

What in the name of the Me Too movement was Bill Clinton doing being on stage at Aretha Franklin's funeral?

Why do Democrats always associate black-skinned people with members of the simian species?

Not holding my breath for answers.

•From a quarter to one-half of Earth's vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change
An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or amount of leaf cover, over the planet's vegetated regions. The greening represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees equivalent in area to two times the continental United States.

Gee, who'd have predicted that? More carbon dioxide means more plant life!

•The sun has been void of sunspots for more than half of the year. Scientists believe the Earth could be in for a huge cold snap.

The sun has been free of sunspots (causes of planetary heat) for a total of 133 days this year.

With only 241 days of 2018 passing, that means the sun has been blank for the majority of the year.

Experts warn this is a sign that the solar minimum is on its way.

“To find a year with fewer sunspots, you have to go back to 2009 when the sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century. Solar minimum has returned, bringing extra cosmic rays, long-lasting holes in the sun's atmosphere, and strangely pink auroras.”

The sun follows cycles of roughly 11 years where it reaches a solar maximum and then a solar minimum.

During a solar maximum, the sun gives off more heat and is littered with sunspots. Less heat in a solar minimum is due to a decrease in magnetic waves.

The sun was not expected to head into a solar minimum until around 2020, but it appears to be heading in early which could prove to be bad news for those hoping to redistribute global wealth using the climate as the main justification.

The last time there was a prolonged solar minimum, it led to a “mini ice-age,” scientifically known as the Maunder minimum - which lasted for 70 years.

The Maunder minimum, which saw seven decades of freezing weather, began in 1645 and lasted through to 1715, and happened when sunspots were exceedingly rare.

During this period, temperatures dropped globally by 1.3 degrees Celsius leading to shorter seasons and ultimately food shortages.

Vencore Weather, a meteorological website, said: “Low solar activity is known to have consequences on Earth's weather and climate and it also is well correlated with an increase in cosmic rays that reach the upper part of the atmosphere. The blank sun is a sign that the next solar minimum is approaching and there will be an increasing number of spotless days over the next few years.”

•Former Vice President Al Gore on Wednesday reiterated his call that President Trump should resign.

“My only message would be resign,” Gore, an environmental activist, told Fox 11 Los Angeles during an interview about climate change. Gore's remarks came in response to a question about what he would say to the president.

“I think everyone knows to discount what this current administration is doing and saying. They've made the EPA the CPA — the Coal Production Agency — instead of protecting the environment," he said, referring to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The comments come a little more than a year after Gore told LADbible that, if he could give Trump one piece of advice, he would tell him to resign.

Gore also said last year that Trump's attitude toward climate change had sparked an unprecedented wave of pro-climate activism.

"What we are seeing in the United States of America today is the biggest upsurge of activism in favor of the climate that we have ever experienced. And it's in reaction to what President Trump has said," he said during a taping of a SiriusXM town hall interview. "And we are seeing the same thing around the world — the other countries have doubled down on their commitment.”

Trump has sparked fierce criticism from Gore and other environmental activists, including actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), over a raft of Obama-era environmental policy rollbacks. Trump also drew backlash last year for pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.

In other words, if he is angering Al Gore and The Terminator, President Trump is on the right track – keep it up!

(Email Brian Kubicki at bfkubicki@gmail.com)



•Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the EPA, signed a plan last week to reduce regulation of coal-fired power plants.

The agency discussed the details of the proposal on Tuesday, calling the plan the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, intended to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which was designed to try and put coal and oil companies out of business.

President Trump visited West Virginia coal country on Tuesday and used the rally to tell supporters he is following through on that promise.

Trump administration officials have long said that the Clean Power Plan exceeded the federal government's authority. They have said that the new plan operates within the bounds of the 1970 Clean Air Act, which obliges the government to design a way to cut carbon emissions.

Still, many coal and oil companies are gradually moving away from coal in response to economic reality – remember that necessity is the mother of invention - other fuels, like natural gas, have become more cost-effective.

The new rule is expected to have huge implications for aging coal-fired plants across the country, offering incentives to keep them running longer or enabling them to avoid installing over-burdensome pollution controls.

Of course, the environuts came out in screaming, pant-filling opposition: “This egregious climate-denial plan fails to protect the American people from the serious risks of climate change…” said Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The plan, he added, “goes even further and allows polluters to increase the amount of smog and soot they emit into the air our children breathe.”

NOW they care about children!

The EPA says the reductions under its proposal would be comparable to the Obama Administration rule but will be achieved in a reasonable manner. While the Clean Power Plan aimed to cut carbon emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, the Trump plan sets no national benchmark.

This is the part that makes me grind my teeth in frustration. There should be no benchmark for controlling carbon emissions. Carbon dioxide is plant food. It is a trace gas in the atmosphere.

When we kowtow to the terminology of the other side, we give them support.

Stop it!

•Have you seen the ads for the “new” Papillion movie? Why re-create Papillion? Why not just re-release the original classic that featured Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen? Hollywood is bereft of morals and fresh ideas – not a good combination.

•Now the next step after snipping Obama's Clean Power Plan…strip the EPA of its authority to regulate greenhouse gases.

“The one Obama era rule that still needs to be revisited is the endangerment finding that labels life-giving carbon dioxide as a threat to public welfare,” former Trump transition official Steve Milloy told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Milloy is referring to an EPA regulatory document from 2009 that found greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, indirectly harm public health through global warming. That endangerment finding gave EPA the legal cover it needed to issue global warming regulations.

The endangerment finding authority underlies sweeping regulations on power plants, vehicles and oil and gas operations estimated to cost billions of dollars, including the Obama Clean Power Plan.

Milloy and others want the EPA to reopen the 2009 endangerment
finding, so that they can reveal the flaws in the evidence presented for the 2009 finding.

Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, a Republican, gave conservative groups some hope on Tuesday when he said “the issue is still alive,” referring to considerations over reopen the endangerment finding.

Twenty-seven states challenged the 2015 Obama regulation, scoring a legal victory in early 2016 when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay against implementation.

“The ACE proposal establishes breathing space for the endangerment finding rollback to occur in the future,” said Milloy, a lawyer and policy expert who runs the website JunkScience.com.

Environuts, of course and some of them still in the EPA, oppose revisiting the endangerment finding, going with the oft-used argument that the “science is settled” when it comes to global warming. Acting EPA chief Wheeler told The Washington Post in July he saw no “compelling reason” to review the endangerment finding.

“There would have to be a major, compelling reason to try to ever reopen that. I don't think that's an open question at this point,” Wheeler said.

However, Myron Ebell, the director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Center for Energy and Environment, said leaving the endangerment finding in place left the door open for future administrations to impose sweeping regulations over the economy.

“The 'Clean Power' Plan was a key part of the Obama administration's war on affordable energy and based on the finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare…However, the best and most recent science undermines that claim and therefore reconsideration is warranted,” Ebell said in a statement.

Our work is NEVER done!



•Did you see that story about ICE agents in San Bernardino arresting a man who was taking his pregnant wife to the hospital to have their fifth child? It was plastered all over Twitter this weekend with people losing their minds that she was forced to drive herself to the hospital. Many portrayed the situation of one where she was in labor and an emergency. She was going to the hospital for a pre-scheduled C-section. ABC News was carrying the story along with surveillance video from the gas station they had stopped at to refuel their car.

ICE later claimed that the man was wanted for murder in Mexico. ABC News reported that the wife claimed he wasn't the guy. Now, I just heard a brief report from ABC News on the radio that an official from the Mexican state of Guanajuato confirmed Monday that a man arrested while driving his pregnant wife to a hospital for a C-section in San Bernardino is indeed wanted for homicide. I found this clarification on the ABC affiliate TV station's website posted a couple of hours previous.

So next I go to the ABC News website to see if this information is provided for their readers. Here are the “Top Stories” headlines:

Trump ready to ease rules on coal-fired plants
Baby boy dies after dad finds him in hot car
Melania Trump speaks out against cyberbullying
MeToo activist reportedly paid off her own accuser
'Unacceptable violent weekend': Chicago police
Employee opens fire at warehouse, killing manager
Goats roam onto subway tracks in Brooklyn, NY
Man had violent run-in with cop before viral video
Priest disappears amid molestation allegations
US firms warn Trump against China tariffs

Nothing appears on the ABC News splash page about correcting their original story, which is available on their (ABC's) San Bernardino affiliate's website. If you search the entire website for the story itself, you find several, but none of them mention that the guy actually WAS wanted for murder.

THAT is media bias.

•A federal judge in South Carolina issued an injunction against the Trump administration Thursday, lifting a stay on an Obama-era rule that expanded federal authority under the Clean Water Act.

The EPA finalized the “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule in 2015, giving the agency the authority to regulate seasonal and relatively insignificant bodies of water as “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act. President Donald Trump issued an executive order in February 2017 to review and rewrite the WOTUS rule to constrict its application “consistent with the opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia in Rapanos v. United States.”

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt followed up on Trump's executive order in January, beginning the review process and staying the WOTUS rule until 2020. Thursday's injunction lifts Pruitt's order to stay the rule in 26 states, or every state in which a district judge has not already ordered the rule stayed.

“Navigable waters” refers to “relatively permanent, standing or flowing bodies of water,” Scalia, who died in 2016, wrote in the majority opinion in Rapanos. The definition is narrower than what the Obama administration had regulated and considered protected under the Clean Water Act.

Republicans, industry and agriculture interest groups, farmers and ranchers have all complained about the rule and application of the Clean Water Act in general.
The Army Corps of Engineers fined a California farmer $2.8 million in 2012 (under Obama) for plowing over vernal pools, which are seasonal lakes or puddles that house some marine life. The farmer eventually settled for $1 million after trying to fight the fine in court.

Eliminate the EPA!

•Southwest Airlines issued a statement last week notifying passengers that they are limiting them to one emotional support animal per person. The only emotional support animals that will be permitted on flights are dogs and cats. When it comes to trained service animals ? defined by the airline as an animal “individually trained to perform a task(s) or work for a person with a physical and/or mental disability” ? Southwest will allow service dogs, cats and miniature horses.

Miniature horses? Isn't that discriminatory toward non-miniature horses?

•I don't know if it's because of the recently-passed Shark Week on the Discovery channel, the movie, Sharknado, or a few recent reports of shark attacks, but sharks have been all over the news cycle.

Did you know that you are more than twice as likely to be killed by a bear than by a shark?

A comparison of shark attack fatalities with bear attack fatalities in the U.S. and Canada spanning 1900 to 2009 revealed the following.

In Canada and Alaska, 49 people were killed by bears, 0 were killed by sharks. In the lower 48 states during that same time period, 14 people were killed by bears and 30 by sharks, resulting in totals of 63 people killed by bears and 30 killed by sharks.



•This is one of our favorite topics here…

From Chris White at CFact.com, the Trump administration is preparing to repeal an Obama-era rule banning a wide swath of popular light bulbs.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is ready to scrap a rule broadening the number of light bulbs that must meet strict energy efficiency standards set to take effect in 2020, according to a document the agency published on its website.

Obama's DOE expanded the class of bulbs covered by a 2007 light bulb ban to include bug lights, three-way bulbs, rough service lamps (bulbs you use in the garage when you work on your car), and some decorative bulbs, such as globe-shaped bulbs. Obama's decision came in January 2017 and included bulbs that had previously been exempt from the ban.

Obama officials argued the expansion was needed because consumers might use the unregulated bulbs to replace regulated ones. “DOE expects these sales will likely increase since these lamps could be used as replacements for other regulated lamp types,” the law notes.

Eliminating the regulation is potentially as groundbreaking as President Donald Trump's move to roll back fuel emission rules, according to some experts.

Congress passed into law in 2007 new efficiency requirements for general light bulbs, with strict requirements set to take effect in 2020. LED bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps can easily meet the 2020 standard of 45 lumens per watt, but traditional incandescent bulbs cannot.

Obama also banned sales of the 100-watt incandescent lightbulb in 2012 as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (which was signed into law by George W. Bush! Arrrgggghhhh!!! I soooo hate the Bushes) was taking
hold. Many people complained at the time, calling the bans an infringement on consumers' rights to choose how they light their homes.

That is great news, especially since my stockpile of incandescent bulbs built after the ban went into effect is starting to dwindle.

•I was thinking the other day that based on my TV show watching from my youth, I would have guessed quicksand would be a much greater problem in this country now that I'm grown up.

•From Michael Bastasch at The Daily Caller, Department of the Interior (DOI) head Ryan Zinke blamed “frivolous litigation from radical environmentalists” for keeping federal officials from managing forests. He laid out Trump administration efforts to clear more forests of debris that provide fuel for fires.

“I've visited too many fire camps and spoken with too many experts to know that those who perished fighting these fires could have been saved,” Zinke wrote in an op-ed for USA Today.

Zinke went after “radical environmentalists” who use litigation to stop the federal government from actively managing forests in a way to prevent massive wildfires.

“Every year we watch our forests burn, and every year there is a call for action,” Zinke wrote in an op-ed for USA Today, detailing the Trump administration's plans to reduce wildfires.

“Yet, when action comes, and we try to thin forests of dead and dying timber, or we try to sustainably harvest timber from dense and fire-prone areas, we are attacked with frivolous litigation from radical environmentalists who would rather see forests and communities burn than see a logger in the woods,” Zinke wrote.
Zinke signed a secretarial order demanding “aggressive fuels management and protecting structures that lie within the wildland-urban interface” and the department began “using drones like never before to monitor and contain fires,” he wrote.

For years, wildfire experts and Republican lawmakers have been calling for more active management of forests — logging, thinning, prescribed burns and other activities meant to keep fuel loads down.

Hot and dry conditions, particularly on the West Coast, prime the region for wildfire activity every year. While some scientists have linked growing wildfires to global warming, most experts say land management is the driving factor.

More than five million acres across the country have burned in wildfires, including more than 700,000 acres in California and Oregon where the U.S. Forest Service controls most of the wooded areas.

Thousands of homes have been burned to the ground and lives have been lost to the flames and smoke. Thousands of firefighters are battling blazes, including 200 active duty military personnel.

Fires across the west are burning hotter and more intense. The overload of dead and diseased timber in the forests makes the fires worse and more deadly. We must be able to actively manage our forests and not face frivolous litigation when we try to remove these fuels.


•Am I alone in growing really tired of seeing Robert Mueller's “Herman-Munster-like” noggin on the news every night?

Wrap-up this sham investigation already!

(You can follow The Landmark’s Brian Kubicki on Twitter @bkparallax and email bfkubicki@gmail.com)



•While you’re sweating your way through the summer, consider this – it could be worse.

Anthony Watts from www.wattsUpWithThat.com noted recently that the environment around the weather station used to measure the official temperature changed dramatically in the past few years.

A headline recently circulation by the Associated Press:

“Death Valley sets tentative world record for hottest month.”

The month's (June or July I believe) average temperature was 108.1 degrees according to the Las Vegas office of the National Weather Service. That eclipsed the previous record, set in July 2017 when the average was 107.4 degrees.

The temperatures are measured at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park, a huge, abandoned and unforgiving terrain in the desert of southeastern California that includes Badwater Basin, which at 282 feet below sea level is the lowest point in North America.

Note that in Death Valley National Park, the temperature monitoring site is operated by the National Park Service.

First, yes there was a weather pattern in July that made much of the southwest hotter than usual. Key word: weather pattern.

But, what really caused the increased average high temperature to be a record setter? Simple; the environment around the weather station used to measure the official temperature changed dramatically in the past few years.

Death Valley National Park has become a tourist attraction. People seem fascinated by the extreme temperatures there. The National Park Service indulges them, making an outdoor photo-op sign that allows them to be photographed with near record-setting temperatures.

But, the sign and the site are operated by the National Park Service, so accuracy in temperature measurement isn't their goal. They want more visitors.

With more visitors, the National Parks Service collects more money from fees. Their mission is about visitors, even though the extreme temperature is a major attraction, they aren't tasked with measuring it. While the National Park Service uses NOAA equipment for that purpose, NOAA has no say about what happens around the thermometer, and that's the issue.

The environment where the temperature is measured has changed, dramatically. Not only that, the location of the equipment has changed, and the equipment itself has changed.

Watts visited the Furnace Creek Visitor Center back in 2007. The official NOAA thermometer was poorly-sited (in violation of NOAA's own rules) near the asphalt driveway.

There was also a National Park Service operated weather station attached to the roof, which is not recommended for accurately measuring temperature.

Death Valley National Park started the rehabilitation of Furnace Creek Campground in February 2012 and will near completion at the end of this summer.

So what does this mean for temperature? In addition to the ground change from gravel to asphalt paving, which will raise night-time temperatures because asphalt acts as a heat sink for daytime solar radiation, dumping it back into the atmosphere at night, RVs can now park overnight, and run their air conditioners thanks to the electrical hookups. Even more heat is dumped into the environment.
Then, just 74 feet away to the South, is a large solar farm. These likely raise temperatures the most as studies have found.

Large-scale solar power plants raise local temperatures, creating a solar heat island effect that is similar to that created by urban or industrial areas.

One particular study found the heat island effect caused ambient air temperatures around the solar power plant compared to that of the surrounding wild desert landscape to be 5.4 to 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer.

So, there it is - in the hottest place on Earth, the effect of recently installed solar panels designed to reduce greenhouse gas emission, is making it even hotter!

Could anything be more absurd?

Consider this - none of the following temperature-increasing items were in-place when the original weather station was placed at Furnace Creek in 1913.

In this time period, circa 1913-1922 there were:

No visitor center
No nearby solar panels
No parking lots
No paved RV parks
No AC heat exchanger units
No golf courses
No irrigation

These land-use changes all likely have had a cumulative effect on temperature measured in Death Valley. Because the environment has changed so much, it's ridiculous to believe man's burning of fossil fuels is responsible for any perceived climate change.



From www.WattsUpWithThat.com, we learned of a stunning admission from National Geographic.

Remember that video last December of an emaciated polar bear that enviro-wackos went viral over? Photographer Cristina Mittermeier admitted they didn't just come across the dying bear the day it was filmed: it was spotted at least two days earlier by Paul Nicklen. The only call he made was to his film crew — he made no attempt to find a local conservation officer to euthanize the bear, which would have been the humane thing to do.

The bear's emaciated, near-death stagger was simply too tantalizing to pass up. Mittermeier claims they knew when they filmed the bear that he was sick or injured, but Nicklon presented it as an effect of climate change regardless. Mittermeier now says National Geographic simply 'went too far' with their video caption ('This is what climate change looks like'), that she and Nicklan 'lost control of the narrative.'

Statement from the organization:

“National Geographic went too far in drawing a definitive connection between climate change and a particular starving polar bear in the opening caption of our video about the animal. We said, 'This is what climate change looks like.' While science has established that there is a strong connection between melting sea ice and polar bears dying off, there is no way to know for certain why this bear was on the verge of death…”

Here are some excerpts of comments from the photographers:

“Photographer Paul Nicklen and I are on a mission to capture images that communicate the urgency of climate change. Documenting its effects on wildlife hasn't been easy. With this image, we thought we had found a way to help people imagine what the future of climate change might look like. We were, perhaps, naive. The picture went viral—and people took it literally. Paul spotted the polar bear a year ago on a scouting trip to an isolated cove on Somerset Island in the Canadian Arctic [August 2017]. He immediately asked me to assemble our…team. ..The day after his call our team flew to an Inuit village on Resolute Bay. There was no certainty that we would find the bear again or that it would still be alive. …Only when it lifted its head were we able to spot it lying on the ground, like an abandoned rug, nearly lifeless. From the shape of its body, it seemed to be a large male.

We needed to get closer; we boarded a Zodiac boat and motored to land. Strong winds covered our noise and smell. From the shelter of one of the empty buildings, we watched the bear. He didn't move for almost an hour. When he finally stood up, I had to catch my breath. Paul had warned me about the polar bear's condition, but nothing could have prepared me for what I saw.

The bear's once white coat was molted and dirty. His once robust frame was skin and bones. Every step that he took was pained and slow. We could tell he was sick or injured and that he was starving. We could see that he was probably in his last days.

I took photographs, and Paul recorded video.

When Paul posted the video on Instagram, he wrote, 'This is what starvation looks like.' He pointed out that scientists suspect polar bears will be driven to extinction in the next century. He wondered whether the global population of 25,000 polar bears would die the way this bear was dying. …

National Geographic picked up the video and added subtitles. It became the most viewed video on National Geographic's website—ever. … The mission was a success, but there was a problem: We had lost control of the narrative. The first line of the National Geographic video said, 'This is what climate change looks like'—with 'climate change' highlighted in the brand's distinctive yellow. In retrospect, National Geographic went too far with the caption.

Perhaps we made a mistake not telling the full story—that we were looking for a picture that foretold the future.

We had sent a 'gut-wrenching' image out into the world. We probably shouldn't have been surprised that people didn't pick up on the nuances we tried to send with it. Yet we were shocked by the response.”

I thought National Geographic was supposed to be kind to nature and animals and humane in their treatment of them? What kind of “humane” organization and people lurk for days knowing an animal is suffering an agonizingly slow death and do nothing but plan how to use that suffering animal to make money and further their fallacious cause?

Not only did Nicklen and Mittermeier cold-bloodedly exploit a defenseless, suffering animal without a thought to ending its pain, they still think that what they did was noble and self-sacrificing (they were 'on a mission'). They apparently think that their advocacy for climate change relieved them of the responsibility of being humane.


(Email The Landmark’s Brian Kubicki at bfkubicki@gmail.com)



•This 2018 Royals season is kind of surreal.

They stink.

They stink badly.

Nobody is watching. They don't watch on TV in bars or restaurants, listen on radio, or attend the games in great numbers.

But it seems like the fans want to watch, they want to follow a winner, hit the K in the middle of the week, but they're just waiting for wins to follow and build their interest level.

Weird! It seems like you need to win in order for the fans to come out and pay attention.

What a novel concept!

•According to the latest Gallup poll, NOBODY thinks global warming is our most important problem, contrary to what all the polling sock puppets tell us, nobody cares about whether global warming – or climate change – is a real problem to care about.

It's not.

In the summer, it gets hot. In some years, it gets really hot, in other years, not so much.

Just ride it out. It is what we have done for generations.

That's what life is all about. It's a roller-coaster.

•What are the Chiefs going to be this year? Many in KC have asked that questio

I have the answer.

They are going to be terrible.

They are led by a rookie at the quarterback position (c'mon, Mahomes is essentially an NFL rookie!) , and he has to go through his rookie growing pains. That has to happen. It even happened to Joe Montana, Steve Young, Tom Brady…name another….


If Patrick Mahomes is all that he is forecasted to be, we will see and experience it - but not until 2019 at the earliest. It may indeed be a few years later.

So relax. Let the kid develop.

•Okay, now to the important stuff…

Whether Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election in 2016 is not up for serious debate — numerous intelligence agencies, both foreign and domestic, concluded it did.

This is what they are telling us:

During a joint press conference with President Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin went a long way toward answering why.

“I did [want Trump to win] because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal,” Putin said.

That statement was widely covered, but I'm convinced something else Putin said during the press conference is more important.

“I think that we as a major oil and gas power, and the United States as a major oil and gas power, as well, we could work together on regulation of international markets,” he said. “We do have space for cooperation here.”

Some close observers have drawn this connection before, but it's worth saying again explicitly: There's no way to understand Trump's relationship with Russia without putting oil and climate politics at its center.

Fossil fuels still power 80 percent of the world's economy. You can see why rapidly reinforcing efficient energy sources — exactly what science says we have to do — might be fiercely supported by politicians.

Russia is a petrostate, and the U.S. is now, too. In fact, the two countries are the world's largest non-OPEC oil producers, extracting nearly as much as all OPEC countries combined. They also own an even greater share of the global natural gas
market: Added together the two countries produce six times more natural gas than the rest of the world.

By working together, they can keep the global economy swimming in oil and gas.
And what's the primary force working against the fossil fuel industry these days? Climate activists.

Trump's promise to withdraw from the Paris climate accord was specifically designed to weaken that agreement — and the spirit of cooperation it helped embody.

Trump's moves to open up offshore drilling in the Arctic will help both the U.S. and Russia access the oil-rich and increasingly ice-free region.

It will also hugely improve the economies of both countries.

Trump's steel tariffs on Europe will help bolster Russia's pipeline-building oil and gas industry.

Trump's claims that by purchasing natural gas, Germany was being “controlled by” Russia is a window into his vision of fossil fuel-driven geopolitics.

This is a good thing for us.

Trump's buddying with North Korea might even be designed to clear the way for a Russian gas pipeline there.

From their comments leading up to Monday's meeting, it's clear that Trump and Putin see the oil and gas industry as a critical component to their working relationship.

Once again, this is good.

They are working right into our hands.

Where fossil fuels are on the ledger, the United States wins, and our worldwide enemies lose.

Let's make America great again!

(Reach Landmark columnist Brian Kubicki by email to bfkubicki@gmail.com)



•It is amusing listening to RINOs, NeverTrumpers, and Democrats venting over President Trump's comments about his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They apparently expected Trump to horsewhip Putin on a national stage. Truth is Trump is fully aware that the previous administration and the Clinton Campaign conspired against his campaign by spying on him and his campaign staff during and after the election. Those are facts. How is he supposed to be outraged that John Podesta was too stupid to know that you shouldn't click on a phishing email?

•Read in WattsUpWithThat.com this week that there may be more than one quadrillion tons of diamond hidden in the Earth's interior, according to a new study from MIT and other universities.

Don't grab your shovels just yet though. Scientists estimate the precious minerals are buried more than 100 miles below the surface, far deeper than any drilling expedition has ever reached.

The ultradeep cache may be scattered within cratonic roots — the oldest and most immovable sections of rock that lie beneath the center of most continental tectonic plates. Shaped like inverted mountains, cratons can stretch as deep as 200 miles through the Earth's crust and into its mantle.

Scientists estimate that cratonic roots may contain 1 to 2 percent diamond.

Considering the total volume of cratonic roots in the Earth, the team figures that about a quadrillion tons of diamond are scattered within these ancient rocks, 90 to 150 miles below the surface.

“This shows that diamond is not perhaps this exotic mineral, but on the [geological] scale of things, it's relatively common,” says Ulrich Faul, a research scientist in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.

"We can't get at them, but still, there is much more diamond there than we have ever thought before.”

In a way, Faul says cratonic roots made partly of diamond makes sense. Diamonds are forged in the high-pressure, high-temperature environment of the deep Earth and only make it close to the surface through volcanic eruptions that occur every few tens of millions of years. These eruptions carve out geologic “pipes” made of a type of rock called kimberlite (named after the town of Kimberley, South Africa, where the first diamonds in this type of rock were found).

Diamond, along with magma from deep in the Earth, can spew out through kimberlite pipes, onto the surface of the Earth.

For the most part, kimberlite pipes have been found at the edges of cratonic roots, such as in certain parts of Canada, Siberia, Australia, and South Africa. It would make sense, then, that cratonic roots should contain some diamond in their makeup. When we one day figure out how to mine to that depth, diamonds are going to become worthless.

•President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy prompted rampant speculation about the future of Roe v. Wade. There was less talk, however, about Massachusetts v. EPA.
The latter ruling is the reason the EPA has the legal authority to regulate greenhouse gases. The Clean Air Act of 1970 requires the government to regulate air pollution—in fact, the EPA was created to implement those requirements—but in 2003 the Bush administration insisted that the law didn't compel it to regulate greenhouses gases such as carbon dioxide. Massachusetts and other liberal-hive/states and cities disagreed, and sued.

When the case reached the high court, the justices narrowly ruled that greenhouse gases were indeed pollutants. Kennedy was the deciding vote, joining the court's four liberal justices. Now, with Kavanaugh set to replace Kennedy, conservatives may have the votes to overturn that precedent.

Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old judge for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, is pretty consistently conservative on the environment. That includes the issue of greenhouse gases. Kavanaugh will not be intimidated to say that greenhouse gases don't fall into the category of pollutants the Clean Air Act was supposed to address. He has exhibited a level of discomfort for anything that appears to be an extension in authority for the EPA.

In a 2012 case, for instance, Kavanaugh rejected the EPA's authority to create a greenhouse gas permitting program. “The task of dealing with global warming is urgent and important,” he wrote. But, he added, “As a court it is not our job to make policy choices.”

Overturning Massachusetts v. EPA is important because the decision was the impetus for the EPA's 2009 rule—known as “the endangerment finding”—stating that climate change is hazardous to human health and must be regulated. That rule is the main reason the Trump administration can't simply eliminate every climate regulation President Barack Obama put in place during his tenure. Overturning Massachusetts v. EPA would thus make it easier for Trump's EPA to do away with the endangerment finding, and create a path for gutting air pollution regulations.

So don't be disheartened if you hear Kavanaugh say during his confirmation hearing that he believes man causes global warming. He needs to feed that to the libs to get confirmed..




Did you hear that thousands of Southern Californians were left without power as a heat wave gripped the region? 15,000 Los Angeles residents were still without power Monday morning. The outages were a result of too much strain placed on the grid as people cranked up their air conditioning to escape the heat. (Who could have predicted THAT?!?)

The electric grid on Friday reached 6,256 megawatts, a record for a July day. Saturday exceeded 5,700 megawatts, the second-highest weekend day ever recorded in Los Angeles history. The extremely high use of the grid comes as Los Angeles is undergoing a scorching heat wave.

Utility crews have worked non-stop to bring relief to residents with no air conditioning. While 15,000 people still had no power on Monday morning, it was an improvement of the 30,000 who were powerless a day before.

The power outages come as no surprise to those who have long warned that California was at risk of rolling blackouts. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the grid reliability watchdog in the U.S., cautioned that California was at potential risk of power outages during summer heat waves, with NERC officials stating in May that California has “potential reliability concerns” stemming from “a resource shortfall or a diminishing resource surplus.”

The state’s grid reliability issues are largely due to closed-down power plants and a lack of energy storage. That’s what you get when you replace reliable fossil fuel power plants with solar collectors and wind turbines!

•Michael Bastasch at The Daily Caller noted recently that United Kingdom meteorologists won’t be declaring a June 28 temperature reading as the hottest recorded in Scotland since the early 20th century after discovering a car parked near the weather station may have contaminated the data.

That’s science for you!

•I love when Supreme Court nomination time rolls around under a Republican President and the Democrats kick their smear machine into gear insisting that any and all potential candidates be forced to publicly admit that they believe in Stare Decisis, which is the legal principle of determining points in litigation according to precedent. They of course use it as a wedge against nominees that may be in favor of repealing Roe vs Wade.

I’d like to know if Democrats think that the Dred Scott Decision, an 1857 case wherein the Supreme Court held that black slaves were not considered people under the U.S. Constitution, should be restored using the principle of stare decisis?

What about Korematsu vs. United States, the 1944 Supreme Court case concerning the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066, which ordered Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II regardless of citizenship.
In a 6–3 decision, the Court sided with the government, ruling the exclusion order was constitutional. Six of the eight justices appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt sided with Roosevelt. The two others and the lone Herbert Hoover appointee, Owen Roberts, dissented.

Should that decision be restored using stare decisis?

And for the record, I am not going to fill my pants over the bona-fides of a Supreme Court nominee. The key is he or she staying true to the Constitution as they fit into liberal D.C.

•The city of Motherwell, southeast of Glasgow, Scotland recorded a record-high temperature of 91.8 degrees on June 28, according to Met Office figures, breaking the previous record of 91.2 degrees set in Greycrook in August 2003.
The record temperature reading was noted in the Washington Post. The Post’s Capital Weather Gang included Motherwell’s heat in a round-up of record-high temperatures around the world.

“No single record, in isolation, can be attributed to global warming,” the Post reported, trying to link summer weather to global warming. “But collectively, these heat records are consistent with the kind of extremes we expect to see increase in a warming world.”

However, the Met Office posted a blog post on Thursday noting “subsequent information has cast some doubt on the Motherwell measurement for that day, meaning that we will not be able to accept it as an official new record for Scotland.”

So what happened? It turns out exhaust from a nearby vehicle may have heated up the weather station that reported the record-breaking heat.

“Unfortunately in this particular instance we have evidence that a stationary vehicle with its engine running was parked too close to the observing enclosure and the Stevenson screen housing the thermometers during the afternoon of 28th June,” the Met Office explained.

“Although the measurement appears plausible given the weather conditions that day we cannot rule-out the potential for contamination of the measurement by this non-weather-related factor,” officials wrote.

This is a common problem for weather stations. Many are located in urban areas, especially airports, where they’re susceptible to urban heat islands (UHI) — which results in erroneous measurement data falsely indicating warmth present in cities. They are contaminated by artificial heat sources.



•From Tony Heller at The Deplorable Climate Science Blog, a review of June temperature data from 1895 to 2018 from all U.S. historical climatological network stations revealed some interesting observations.

Maximum temperatures have been a little below average.
Mean temperatures have been a little above average.
The frequency of hot days has been about average.
Conclusion: June is typically hot.

•From the Seattle Times, climate nonsense lives and breathes.

All businesses that sell food or drinks must offer compostable or recyclable options — or ask patrons to forgo the tools altogether — come next July as part of a citywide ordinance to curb plastic waste across the city.

The ban is intended to prevent the plastic from polluting ocean waters and threatening marine life. It is among similar efforts by advocacy groups in largely Democrat-led cities spanning the country, from San Diego to Miami.

Supporters say the change will save one million plastic straws from circulating in Seattle this month alone. That many straws end to end could nearly cover the distance from Seattle to the Canadian border. Who would stack straws end-to-end? Isn't that a pipeline?

Many places across the city have made the switch from plastic to compostable straws, utensils and other items, including CenturyLink Field, Safeco Field and Columbia Tower's Juicy Café, for example. Other local restaurants, such as Kidd Valley, are in the process of phasing out plastics.

“When they go to a restaurant they may not get a straw — and that's OK,” Ives said, shortly after a Thursday-morning event at the Seattle Aquarium to raise awareness for the September campaign. “They're a part of this.”

Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils is part of a 2008 ordinance that phases out various plastic products from the city's food industry, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) spokeswoman Becca Fong said. Grocery and supply stores are not included.

SPU officials revisit the list each year, creating exemptions for certain plastic items — such as straws and other utensils. But come June 30 they will let that exemption expire, Fong said.

Restaurant leaders for years have supported a switch to remove the plastic tools from the ordinance's exemptions, she said. But they waited until the supply market advanced enough to provide good alternatives, like compostable spoons that will not melt in hot soup.

“Seattle is a super-progressive city, and we had a lot of support for phasing some of these things out,” Fong said. “But the market had not caught up.”

Via mailers and outreach events, SPU is reaching out to business owners to help them prepare for the switch from plastic straws and utensils, she said. The agency will also host a public-comment period.

At this point, it is unclear if the city will allow a grace period for places to swap out plastic supplies after the ban takes effect in July. Also unclear is whether the city will fine businesses for serving the plastic items.

As part of that push, SPU is working with leaders of the campaign to protect whales, turtles, seabirds and other marine life, led by the Lonely Whale Foundation.

The advocacy nonprofit launched “Strawless in Seattle” this month with support from big-name influencers, including the Seahawks, Mariners, Space Needle and Port of Seattle.

Participants will use straws by one manufacturer, specifically, called Aardvark Straws. The foundation applauds Aardvark for making “flexible, customizable, durable and marine degradable paper straws that decompose in just 45-90 days.”
More than 170 species of marine life are affected by ingesting debris, according to biologists. Researchers estimate that more than 70 percent of seabirds worldwide, for instance, have swallowed plastic at some point, according to a 2015 research paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Actor Adrian Grenier, who is known for playing Vincent Chase in HBO's “Entourage” series, is a co-founder of the Lonely Whale Foundation. “We are living during a critical turning point for our ocean, and that's why I'm excited to celebrate the city of Seattle as a true ocean health leader,” he said in a news release. The nonprofit is set to launch similar campaigns in cities elsewhere, too.
The movement nationwide to stop plastic straws from polluting seas took off after a video of a sea turtle with a straw stuck in its nose went viral online in 2015.

More than 12.8 million people have viewed the clip. Another popular video shows a sea turtle harmed by a plastic fork.

Manhattan Beach outside Los Angeles has banned all disposable plastics, including straws, The Washington Post reported.

Berkeley, Calif., is also considering a ban. And restaurants in San Diego; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Asbury Park, N.J.; New York; Miami; Bradenton, Fla.; London; and British Columbia have pledged to ban straws or withhold them until patrons ask for them, the newspaper reported.

This is just nuts! When I order fish, turtle soup, or whale, I am pleased to remove the straw from my meal before I eat it. Isn't that just common sense?

(Email The Landmark’s Brian Kubicki at bfkubicki@gmail.com)



•The Trump administration seems to be getting ready to take the subject of climate change away from the responsibility of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is part of the Department of Commerce, for some odd reason.

Past and present missions for the agency have been: “to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts.” The present mission removes the word “climate” and the wording changed: “to observe, understand and predict atmospheric and ocean conditions.”

Also, a new emphasis was added: “To protect lives and property, empower the economy, and support homeland and national security.”

Piece-by-piece the Obama Network of Nonsense is slowly and steadily being dismantled!

•Did you know that this is the 30th anniversary of climate alarmist James Hansen's testimony to Congress regarding “global warming?” It was his testimony that set off the disastrous 30 Year War on Carbon.

It has been a war with many victims; mostly the poor who can least afford it. It's a war that has increased energy prices across the board.

How did we get into this insane fight against a natural component of the atmosphere? Much of it traces back to a very successful scam pulled off by James Hansen surrounding his Congressional testimony during that summer 30 years ago.
Here's a description of the deception from an interview with Senator Tim Wirth, one of the con men who helped Hansen with his Congressional testimony. The interviewer is asking Senator Wirth about the events surrounding that Congressional Hearing. The interviewer asks:

“What else was happening that summer? What was the weather like that summer?”

Senator Wirth: “Believe it or not, we called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6 or June 9 or whatever it was, so we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo: It was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it. It was stiflingly hot that summer. [At] the same time you had this drought all across the country, so the linkage between the Hansen hearing and the drought became very intense…”
So these clowns set the stage for hyping “global warming” by deliberately choosing the hottest day of the year for Hansen's testimony. Then they morphed his oh-so-movingly hot testimony into a very successful partisan political issue for the Democrats.

But that's not all of it. Here's the next question to Senator Wirth:

“And did you also alter the temperature in the hearing room that day?”

Senator Wirth: “… What we did was went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right? So that the air conditioning wasn't working inside the room and so when the, when the hearing occurred there was not only bliss, which is television cameras in double figures, but it was really hot. …

So Hansen's giving this testimony, you've got these television cameras back there heating up the room, and the air conditioning in the room didn't appear to work. So it was sort of a perfect collection of events that happened that day, with the wonderful Jim Hansen, who was wiping his brow at the witness table and giving this remarkable testimony. …”

They picked the hottest day, opened the windows, and disabled the air conditioning to create a made-for-tv illusion of global warming, nobody could deny it seeing Hansen and the Senators sweat … and now Senator Wirth is boasting about how clever they were.

The Thirty Year War on carbon dioxide was born of lies, cheating, deliberate subterfuge, and intentional misrepresentations by James Hansen and Senator Tim Wirth … and it has continued down that same path since the beginning.

The most amazing part of this story is that even though these scientific malfeasants fooled Congress, lied, stacked peer review panels with climate alarmists, and though the governments and universities and scientific organizations and the mainstream media all bought into their deceit, even despite the fact that tragically they poured billions and billions of dollars into the effort, they still haven't convinced the core of the US population that CO2 is the control knob that can simply be turned up and down to regulate the global temperature to the nearest degree.

Thirty years, and all that time and effort and deception, but they still couldn't pull it off.

•The war on carbon and human progress is not over, but we're winning!

(Email Landmark columnist Brian Kubicki at bfkubicki@gmail.com)



••The liberal media's obsession with Border Patrol agents “tearing children away from their parents” who are storming the border supposedly fleeing oppression is nothing more than an attempt for Democrats to deflect from the Department of Justice’s Inspector General (IG) report on the Clinton Server and FBI controversy. Do not let them distract you from what is REALLY important.

Like this…

•On Thursday, the Justice Department's IG released a long-anticipated report on the FBI's handling of the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server that handled classified information.

Mollie Hemingway wrote a fantastic summary of that report that appeared at TheFederalist.com. Highlights follow:

The 568-page report includes many examples of then-FBI Director James Comey being duplicitous and sneaky during his handling of the Clinton email probe. For instance, he asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch how to handle questions regarding the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information on a secret server. She told him to call it a “matter.” He didn't object and even complied.

Comey also claimed he didn't grasp the significance of the hundreds of thousands of Clinton emails being found on Weiner's computer because he didn't know that Weiner was married to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Some FBI sleuth he was!

The claim is hardly exonerating. It would mean he was not interested to learn that hundreds of thousands of Clinton emails relevant to a highly charged criminal investigation were found on the laptop of an unrelated man.

The report showed myriad FBI employees violating FBI policy and department ethics rules.

FBI employees received tickets to sporting events from journalists, went on golfing outings with media representatives, were treated to drinks and meals after work by reporters, and were the guests of journalists at nonpublic social events.

In September 2016, when an investigator in the Southern District of New York found hundreds of thousands of Clinton emails and Blackberry messages on a laptop being searched in relation to an investigation of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, he immediately alerted his supervisors. They alerted the FBI, who sat on the information for weeks, only acting after the New York office complained repeatedly.

By Oct. 3, the case agent assigned to the Weiner investigation expressed concern that the FBI appeared to be sitting on what he'd told them.

The FBI claimed that they didn't take action on the laptop because “…key members of the FBI Midyear team had been reassigned to the investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. election, which was a higher priority.”

So Hillary was ahead in the polls, would likely be president, so the FBI decided it was a higher priority to look into Trump-Russia so as to serve it up for President Hillary to take it on after the election!!!

The IG found breathtaking anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias from five of the key employees handling the Clinton email probe. No evidence was found of pro-Trump bias.

The texts range from vile insults of Trump and his supporters to fears about how awful a Trump presidency would be and the need to prevent it. One employee said Trump voters were “all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS.” One FBI lawyer discussed feeling “numb” by Trump's November 2016 election win, later proclaiming “Viva le Resistance” when asked about Trump.

Strzok wrote in July 2016, “Trump is a disaster. I have no idea how destabilizing his Presidency would be.” After the election, Page wrote that she'd bought “All the President's Men,” adding, “Figure I needed to brush up on watergate.” The two openly fantasize about impeachment.

In the preparation to interview Clinton as part of the criminal probe, Page tells a handful of her colleagues to take it easy on Clinton. “One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear.”

After each text exchange, the IG report includes defenses from the agents, some even harder to believe than the previous:

August 8, 2016: In a text message on August 8, 2016, Page stated, “[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Strzok responded, 'No. No he's not. We'll stop it.' When asked about this text message, Strzok stated that he did not specifically recall sending it, but that he believed that it was intended to reassure Page that Trump would not be elected, not to suggest that he would do something to impact the investigation.

•Then there was this…

The IG found that Obama was “one of the 13 individuals with whom Clinton had direct contact using her clintonemail[.]com account.”

In fact, Clinton used her private email for “an exchange with then President Obama while in the territory of a foreign adversary,” a move that led investigators to believe hostile actors had likely gained access to her server. But a paragraph in a draft of Comey's exoneration of Clinton was changed from Obama to “another senior government official,” and later deleted. Obama had falsely told reporters he didn't know of Clinton's private email system.


(Email The Landmark’s Brian Kubicki at bfkubicki@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)




•For the record, President Trump meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a mistake.

A leader of the free world should not meet with the leader of a brutal dictatorship because such an action elevates the status of the brutal dictator.

Trump should bring Un to his knees. They have nothing to bargain with. Are they really going to fire a nuclear weapon onto American soil? Give up your nuclear weapons and free your people or face the might of America.

It is that simple.

•President Trump departed from last weekend's G7 summit in Canada several hours early, punctuating an explosion of angst among his foreign liberal Leftie counterparts.

Trump departed mid-morning on Saturday, skipping sessions on climate change and the environment. An aide will take his place, the White House said.

I would have LOVED to be that aide!

The announcement came as Trump engaged in a bitter back-and-forth with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over Twitter.

Trump expected, and got, a cool reception from Germany, France, and Canada over trade during his time at the conference, held in remote Quebec.

At the end of the day, the G7 is only about getting more money out of the US, whether it be in the form of tariffs, carbon taxes, or actual monetary aid. That's all the United States is to these leftie countries. Let them fund their own nonsense for a while.

•The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote last week that Obama's Environmental Protection Agency jammed through an average of 565 new rules each year during his eight years, imposing the highest regulatory costs of any agency. It pulled off this regulatory spree in part by gaming cost-benefit analysis to downplay the consequences of its major environmental rules. The Trump Administration has already rolled back some of this overregulation, and now Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to stop the EPA's numerical deceptions as well.
On Thursday the EPA will take the first step toward a comprehensive cost-benefit reform by issuing an advance notice of proposed rule-making. After weighing public input, EPA will propose a rule establishing an agency-wide standard for how regulations are assessed. The reform would make it easier for Americans and their elected representatives to see whether more regulation is truly justifiable.

The EPA has a statutory obligation to look at the costs and benefits of many proposed rules. That responsibility has been reinforced by executive orders and court rulings. But while all three branches of government have supported such assessments, they leave the EPA broad discretion. Enter the Obama Administration, which saw the chance to add additional considerations to the cost-benefit equation.

By introducing “social costs” and “social benefits,” the EPA began factoring in speculation about how regulatory inaction would affect everything from rising sea levels to pediatric asthma. EPA optimists even included their guesses about how domestic regulations could have a global impact. Meanwhile, the agency ignored best practices from the Office of Management and Budget, juking the numbers to raise the cost of carbon emissions.

This proved as politically useful as it was scientifically imprecise. Months before introducing the Clean Power Plan, the EPA suddenly raised the social cost of a ton of carbon emissions to an average of $36 from $21. Before it embarked on new oil and gas regulations, the EPA put the social cost of methane at an average of $1,100 per ton.

At White House direction, the Trump EPA recalculated those figures last year to include only demonstrable domestic benefits. The social cost estimates dropped to an average of $5 per ton of carbon and $150 per ton of methane. That made a big difference in the cost-benefit analysis. While the Obama Administration claimed the Clean Power Plan would yield up to $43 billion in net benefits by 2030, the Trump EPA concluded it would carry a $13 billion net cost.

Another statistical sleight of hand involves the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The regulation's stated purpose was to reduce mercury pollution, but the EPA added the rule's potential to decrease dust. That was irrelevant to the central question of whether it was worthwhile to regulate mercury as proposed. But without the erroneous co-benefits, EPA would find such regulations tougher to justify.

The regulatory specifics will be hashed out in the coming months, but there's real potential here to curb the distortions that mask bad policy. If Mr. Pruitt succeeds, future cost-benefit analyses will be more consistent and transparent. The reform would help to ensure regulation is based on sound scientific analysis instead of wishful bureaucratic thinking.

I've said it before and it bears repeating – Scott Pruitt is the most important and effective cabinet member of the Trump Administration. The more the liberal media tries to make up controversies about Pruitt, the more effective he is being at dismantling the Obama liberal regulation machine.

Get behind Pruitt and be vocal about it!

(Email The Landmark’s Brian Kubicki at bfkubicki@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)



•Remember when I once told you that the weight of all the life underground, like earthworms and whatnot, outweighs all the life on top of the ground? Well, here's some elucidation…

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers some interesting information. Every living thing on Earth — from the tiniest bacteria to a mighty redwood tree — weighs a combined 550 gigatons when removing water from the equation.

One gigaton is one trillion metric tons. You're probably going to be surprised by how little humans contribute to that total. As it turns out, the combined weights of many different classes of animals outweigh humans by a huge margin. Fish, for example, weigh roughly 0.7 GT C (gigatons of carbon), while viruses weigh around 0.2 GT C. Humans weigh even less than that.

According to the research, the combined weight of humans comes in at approximately 0.06 GT C. We're outweighed by almost everything, including bacteria (70 GT C), fungi (12 GT C), arthropods (1 GT C), Mollusks (0.2 GT C) and even our own livestock (0.1 GT C). When combined, the mass of humans and their livestock outweigh wild mammals by a huge margin, with wild mammals only accounting for 0.007 GT C. In fact, all of the animal kingdom only accounts for a measly two gigatons overall.

The biggest heavyweight? Plants, of course! Plants account for an absolutely mind-boggling 450 GT C. That's every tree, blade of grass, vine, veggie and floating clump of algae, among many other things.

To arrive at these figures, scientists spent three years calculating the biomass of every living thing and feeding that data into their census. They initially intended to discover the amounts of different proteins present on the planet — the scientists will be working more on that soon — but in order to do so they had to also figure out how much all life on Earth weighs, which is probably a more interesting data point for most casual science fans.

So we humans really aren't that much of a “thing” and never have been.

•Netflix host “Science Guy” Bill Nye has a new solution for the world's environmental problems: tax cow farts.

“Well, this is what we can do and it's a win-win: to have a fee on carbon. So if you are raising livestock and producing a lot of carbon dioxide with your farm equipment and the exhaust from the animals, then you would pay a fee on that and it would be reflected in the price of meat, reflected in the price of fish, reflected in the price of peanuts,” Bill Nye said in a recent interview with the Daily Beast.

“This would be a free-market way to reckon the real cost of a meat diet to the world,” Nye continued. “But conservatives now are against such a thing because they're against any regulation, any tax or any government involvement in anything. But again, it won't last, and a carbon fee would be a fantastic thing for the world.
How exactly are taxes a part of the free market?

Environmentalists have been barfing up nonsense like this for years. In 2008, Rajendra Pachauri the then-head of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was urging people to go meat-free at least once a week to save the planet.

In 2010, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), also urged the world to go vegan, claiming in a report: “Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels.”
In 2016, an Oxford University report made much the same claim: “The research, led by scientists at the Oxford Martin School, found that shifting to a mostly vegetarian diet, or even simply cutting down meat consumption to within accepted health guidelines, would make a large dent in greenhouse gases.”

But there is, in fact, little scientific evidence to support the contention that cow farts contribute in any serious way to global warming.

As climate scientist Tim Ball has argued, the myth arose because “special interest environmental groups used inadequate data and scientific knowledge to create a false narrative.”

In fact, Ball says:

Methane is 0.00017% of all atmospheric gases and only 0.36% of the total greenhouse gases. These fractions were so small that even people who didn't understand the science became skeptical of the claims that it was doing harm.
But Nye's cow farts theory is just another part of his nonsensical opinions on mankind and environmentalism, many of which regurgitate the green lobby's favorite scare stories.

Last year, for example, the Bill Nye Saves the World star charmingly hinted that the best thing older people can do to save the planet is die:

“Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It's generational. So we're just going to have to wait for those people to 'age out,' as they say.” “Age out” is a euphemism for “die.”

We can say the same thing for environuts like Nye.

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