“Early Christmas gift from Lisa Jackson: power plant greenhouse gas limits“. Ryan Maue tells us that those criminals at the EPA are abusing their powers and regulating power plant and refinery emissions. Just like every other administration over the last 30 years!
“Obama caves on promise, Internet to be regulated by FCC“. Anthony Watts is now a telecommunications expert! The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is enacting weak “Net Neutrality” regulations for internet access that protect service providers but don’t protect consumers.
The immediate question that comes to Anthony’s mind is this:
With this newfound power, how long before it mutates beyond original scope, and websites that are critical of the government begin to be shut down, or simply IP throttled out of meaningful existence?
I would imaging [sic] that site [sic] like this one would be a target, since we don’t report what the government line on climate change is.
Well of course you’d think that if you’re a self-important conspiracy theorist with a hatred of gubmint.
The FCC Net Neutrality regulations are a heavily flawed political compromise. But what else is new? Presumably Anthony’s outrage dovetails neatly with the Republican position. Hmmm… Let Big Businesses charge whatever they want! Don’t do anything because we can’t predict what the future! We can’t trust governments! Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
“Monckton’s Mexican Missive #3“. Anthony Watts offers more profound insights from the comical Lord Monckton. The UN’s Cancun climate conference is the beginning of a World Government, probably communist, eager to create vast un-answerable bureaucracies! Etc, etc, etc.
Wait, I thought that the crypto-communist climatologists that are conspiring to rule the world received a mortal setback in Copenhagen. Ooh, this wild speculation thing is tricky.
“A Fertilizer Trading Market?” Anthony Watts uses a University of Maryland report on agricultural practices to smear the failed Chicago Climate Exchange and mutter about governments trying to control the lives of Americans.
From the Multiple Ecosystem Markets in Maryland report:
The researchers conclude that setting up a “trading market,” where farmers earn financial incentives for investing in eco-friendly techniques, would result in a double environmental benefit – reducing fertilizer run-off destined for the Chesapeake Bay, while at the same time capturing carbon dioxide headed for the atmosphere.
Of course howling “bullshit” is the closest Anthony comes to critical thought, so it must be hard for him to resist.
“During Cancun COP16 – calls for a return to WWII style rationing“. Anthony Watts loves to suggest that climate scientists want to install a World Government, tell Americans what to do, and make them live in caves. He finds an article in the Telegraph that lets him take this idea out for another ride around the block. Scientists want to start rationing! And Al Gore will be on the gas vouchers! Or something.
Hmmm. Dr. Kevin Anderson wrote an article in a special report by the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society that discusses the ineffectiveness of current Global Warming mitigation efforts, and the options for improving mitigation efforts.
From a mitigation perspective, the gap between the scientific and policy understanding of the challenge needs urgently to be addressed.
Where’s the “rationing”?
“The little conference that can can’t“. Yuck, yuck, yuck. A cartoon of an empty conference room is definitely an honest representation of a less ambitious conference with fewer planned delegates. They’re all gubmint freeloaders don’t you know.
However X-ray analysis of the ‘under-painting’ reveals that it actually depicts the interest that Monckton and Spencer will receive as they make themselves “available to answer questions”.
IPCC Official: “Climate Policy Is Redistributing The World’s Wealth. This one’s a bit out of order, but Anthony Watts’ world government paranoia is just to classic to pass up. Anthony has received instructions from the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a denialist lobby group, that he should suggest to his readers that an IPCC official has admitted that Climate Change policies are really just a way for environmentalists and their cronies to steal money from decent Americans.
But what did Ottmar Edenhofer really say (italics mine)?
Basically it’s a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization. The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference, but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War.
First of all, developed countries have basically expropriated the atmosphere of the world community. But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. Obviously, the owners of coal and oil will not be enthusiastic about this. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole.
That sounds like commie talk to me! Or, maybe, it sounds like rationality. There are serious economic implications to attaching the real costs of carbon emissions to the industries and products that generate them. And the transfer he is talking about is from carbon-intensive industries to… humanity. Read some intelligent comments about this at Rabett Run.
“Shackling national security – and renewable energy“. Because conservationists didn’t enthusiastically embrace consuming mineral resources as fast as possible, talking about their strategic value now is in Anthony Watts’ view hypocritical.
Just read Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise lobbyist Paul Driessen’s guest post. All you need to do is vote Republican and the problem is solved. No more energy technologies using up rare earth minerals that we need for military purposes, just drill, baby, drill! America will once again be strong and free!
Oh, and by the way, oil is magically created deep in the Earth now, so don’t worry ’bout dat any more neither. (Boy, do the commenters love that idea!)
“Admission of unfair dealings by DEC to the Thompsons“. The “tragic” Thompson family feed-lot saga in Australia continues; the Department of Environment and Conservation heavies may have blinked! But is it “governmental abuse”, or are the Thompsons being held up as martyrs because they expressed denialist sentiments and drew the wrath of intolerant environmentalists?
Maybe that’s why Anthony Watts is taking such an interest, it’s a two-fer! Oppressive government (by the way Australia’s “Liberal” parties are an analog for America’s Republicans, so you might want to re-think some of the invective) and fascist environmentalists! Delicious.
Well, they’re both the final nail in the coffin for AGW, right?
“21 complaints about farm smells and an idiotic bureaucracy – enough to ruin a life, a livelihood, and a family home“. Anthony Watts offers more outrage about the bureaucratic wrangling over the Thompson family’s farm in Western Australia.
“Is there a vendetta by some green elements of the DEC [Department of Environment and Conservation] against the Thompsons?”