By Nancy Thorner -
President Obama has made 2014 his “year of action" and plans to use his executive authority to implement various actions of his agenda that are too divisive for Congress to consider. John Podesta, as White House adviser, was brought on board late last year to help Obama find ways to use executive orders to unilaterally push climate policies.
The EPA has already released emissions limits for existing coal-fired plant. Early last month the EPA rolled out new proposed rules that would require power plants to slash carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next 15 years as part of the Obama administration efforts to curb air pollution and fight climate change.
Recently (July 23) a coalition of top business groups expressed rising concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants and demanded more time to respond. The same business group coalition is also eying a legal battle against the Obama administration if called for. According to the EIA (Energy Information Administration), if power companies are further mandated to comply with the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) which limit mercury emissions and others pollutants, it is estimated that by 2040 this nation will have lost 15% of its coal-fired capacity.
Before drastic action is taken to curb CO2 emissions which would result in higher energy prices, the loss of jobs, certain electricity black outs, and an overall drag on this nation's economy and productivity, shouldn't both sides of the global warming argument be heard? Given a fair and balanced approach, those Americans who accept Global Warming as settled science might not be so willing to go along with alarmists who are prepared to ruin the economy, sacrifice jobs, and our standard of living all for the sake of a crusade being promoted and conducted by politicians and world leaders seeking to tell everyone else how to live.
Undoubtedly Al Gore has done much to promote alarm and concern that catastrophic Global Warming is taking place through his 2006 Academy Award winning documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth.
UN as a Promoter of One World Government through social engineering
Understanding how the issue of Climate Change originated and why green energy vs. carbon-produced energy sources is now being pushed by nations all over the world (including the U.S.), requires some historical knowledge. Social engineering has been the orchestrated role of the progressive-oriented United Nations since its founding in 1945, when 50 nations and several non-governmental organizations signed the U.N. Charter. Today almost every fully recognized independent states are member states in the U.N. If accepted for U.N. membership, member states must accept all obligations outlined in the Charter and be willing to carry out any action to satisfy those obligations.
An attempt at U.N. social engineering took place this week on Tuesday, July 22nd, when the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee began discussion of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD). Should the Senate approve the UN CPRD treaty, it could threaten U.S. sovereignty and parental rights, putting this nation under international law when it comes to parenting our special needs children by giving the U.N. discretion over healthcare and education decisions for special needs kids. Our nation already has laws to protect Americans with disabilities!
UN's Rio+20 conference: a blueprint for sustainable development worldwide, with emphasis on the environment
Operating within the U.N. is the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) established in 1972, with its mandate "to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment." This agency has become the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, that promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimensions of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and that serves as the authoritative advocate for the global environment.
Twenty years after the establishment of the UNEP, the UN Climate Change crusade began in earnest. Initiated at the UN Rio+20 Conference (also known as the "Earth Summit") held from June 3-14, 1992, the Conference themes were that of a green economy in the context of an institutional framework for "sustainable development" to eradicate poverty. The two-week 1992 UN Earth Summit produced Agenda 21, adopted as a climax to a process that had begun in 1989 through negotiations among all U.N Member States. Its intent was to serve as a wide-ranging blueprint for action to achieve sustainable development worldwide. As written, Agenda 21 was a Declaration on Environment and Development, the Statement of Forest Principles, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
172 governments participated in the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, 108 as heads of State of Government. George H. Bush represented the U.S. The UN Rio+20 "Earth Summit" set the agenda for further UN conferences, at which time the emphasis continued on the need for "environmentally sustainable development" -- that which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Subsequent U.N. Conferences included those held Copenhagen (2009), Cancun (2010), and Durbin (2011).
Sustainable government in the here and now
An example of sustainable development presently being enacted throughout the world under the guise of saving the planet from global warming, was brought home in a recent article titled, “Agenda 21: Home Sweet Home in Freight Shipping Containers,” written by senior columnist for Canada Free Press, Ileana Johnson, and best-selling author of UN Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy. Ileana Johnson relates how damaged shipping containers are now being tuned into housing units in this nation and throughout the world
Writes Ileana Johnson: These tiny spaces are expensive but they give the occupants a false sense of saving money and the planet by not using a car, walking or biking everywhere, just like the zoning environmentalists have been pushing for a while now, high density, and high rise living, five minutes from work, school, shopping, and play while the metro is nearby. Absolute heaven if you want to live like a rat in an 8-by-40-foot box! Who would not enjoy living in "lovingly repurposed steel husks" that have been previously sloshing across oceans.
So it is that the progressive UN-inspired social engineering projects of Sustainable Urbanism, Sustainable Development, and Equitable Communities are now being implemented around the world. Having been adopted at the UN's Rio+20, the UN's social engineering projects are not just aimed at destroying national sovereignty, language, and cultural identity. Social engineering, as being imposed on entire neighborhoods, is resulting in a massive replacement of rural areas and suburban sprawl with high density, high rise urban dwellings, all in the name of green environmentalism as a way of saving the planet from the destruction of manufactured man-made global warming/climate change.
UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
In tandem with the UN Conferences, which have colored the thinking of world leaders since 1992 and have led them to become advocates of Global Warming, is the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific intergovernmental body under the auspices of the United Nations, set up at the request of member governments. So far there have been five reports. All of the IPCC reports assess scientific information relevant to:
1. Human-induced climate change.
2. The impacts of human-induced climate change.'
3. Options for adaptation and mitigation.
The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (WGII AR5) was the product of this year's March 25-29 meeting in Yokohama, Japan. As with the other four assessment reports, the consequences of Global Warming were many and required the issuance of a thirty-two page report for policymakers! The AR5 report reads like a bad novel with consequence after consequence stated unless human induced climate change is addressed without delay.
Evaluatng IPCC scientists
John Christy, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama, describes the IPCC as a framework around which hundreds of scientists and other participants are organized to mine the panoply of climate change literature to produce a synthesis of the most important land relevant findings. These finding are published every few years to help policymakers keep tabs on where the participants chosen for the IPCC believe the Earth's climate has been, where it is going, and what might be done to adapt to and or even adjust the predicted outcome.
Although Christy refers to most IPCC participants as scientists who bring an aura of objectivity to the task, he does note two drawbacks which limit the objectivity of IPCC scientists:
1. IPCC is a political process to the extent that governments are involved. Lead Authors are nominated by their own governments.
2. Scientists are mere mortals looking at a system so complex that it's impossible to predict the future state even five day ahead. It doesn't help that it's tempting among scientists as a group to succumb to group-think and the herd-instinct (now formally called the "informational cascade." Scientists like to be the "ones who know" and not thought of as "ones who do not know.
As far as process is concerned, IPCC scientist trust computer simulations more than actual facts and actual measurements. Many times there are not exact values for the coefficients in computer modes. There are only ranges of potential values. By moving a bunch of these parameters to one side or the other, a scientist of computer modeler can usually get very different results -- ones that are favorable to the individual or institution doing the study which, in turn, insures a continuance of government funding.
Patrick Moore, Ph.D., once a Greenpeace Insider, lashes out at UN's IPCC.
Patrick Moore, Ph. D. at the 9th International Conference on Global Warming
Moore co-founded the environmental activist group Greenpeace as a PhD student in ecology in 1971, but left Greenpeace in 1986 after the group became more interested in "politics" than science. Patrick Moore has angered environmentalist groups after saying climate change is "not caused by humans" and there is "no scientific proof" to back global warming alarmism.
On February 28, 2014, Moore told a US Senate Committee: “There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth's atmosphere over the past 100 years," "If there were such a proof, it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists."
Patrick Moore is critical of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for claiming "it is extremely likely" that human activity is the "dominant cause" for global warning, noting that "extremely likely" is not a scientific term.
Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist is Moore's firsthand account of his many year as an ultimate Greenpeace insider.
Dr. Patrick Moore was the winner of The Speaks Truth to Power Award in Las Vegas at the 9th International Conference of Climate Change.
Articles by Nancy Thorner based on Heartland's 9th International Conference on Global Warming:
- Article 1: http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/07/ready-thorner-a-climate-change-holocaust.html#more
- Article 2: http://blog.heartland.org/2014/07/heartlands-science-director-breaks-ground-to-rein-in-us-epa/
- Article 3: http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/07/scientist-honored-at-heartland-conference-seeks-us-congressional-seat.html