Climate Change Articles

Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva Backs Off Climate Scientist Witch Hunt

3:05 PM, Mar 03, 2015

Last week, I noted that Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee were suddenly demanding extensive information from seven prominent climate scientists, all of whom to varying degrees were not sufficiently toeing the line on climate change alarmism.

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White House: Seven in Ten Doctors Say Climate Change Is Harming Patients

7:11 AM, Feb 27, 2015

Usually when the Obama administration is discussing doctors and health issues, Obamacare is on the table. Thursday, however, the White House threw a curve by linking health to climate change.

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Dem. Congressman on Witch Hunt Against Climate Scientists

10:13 AM, Feb 25, 2015

On his blog this morning, Roger Pielke Jr. at the University of Colorado, a respected climate scientist, reveals that he was one of seven academics being being investigated by Rep. Raul Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources. Grijalva wants to know all university financial disclosure policies that are applicable to Pielke, detailed information about any sources of external funding and grants he may have received, as well as any communications related to external funding.

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Kerry Issues Climate Warning: 'There is No Planet B'

'We’d better stick to the Creator’s original plan'
7:48 AM, Feb 23, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry continued to beat the drum on the dangers of climate change Friday, noting that "there is no Planet B." The secretary made the 

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Obama: 'No Challenge – No Challenge – Poses a Greater Threat to Future Generations Than Climate Change'

Won't Mention 'Al Qaeda'
9:02 PM, Jan 20, 2015

President Obama will talk about ISIS in tonight's State of the Union Address. He'll talk about Iran. And he'll talk about North Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. (He won't mention "al Qaeda.")

But what's the biggest threat to "future generations"? Climate change, according to Obama.

"[N]o challenge – no challenge – poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change," Obama will say, according to the prepared text of the president's speech.

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Kerry: Climate Change 'Enormous Cloud Hanging Over All of Us'

'Global Climate Change Is Already Violently Affecting Communities … Around the World'
7:03 AM, Jan 12, 2015

While the attention of much of the world Sunday was focused on the massive unity rally in France in response to the recent terror attacks in that country, Secretary of State John Kerry was in India for a "global business" summit where he spoke of, among other concerns, the "one enormous cloud hanging over all of us which requires responsibility from leaders.

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Kerry Uses Tsunami Anniversary to Push 'Climate Change' Agenda

3:10 PM, Dec 22, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry used the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the Indian Ocean region as a reminder about climate change. The earthquake released huge walls of water that inundated a number of coastal regions in both Asia and Africa just before Christmas in 2004. Kerry recalls hearing the news:

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China's Shrewd Maneuvers

12:00 AM, Nov 15, 2014

There is more than might have been, but a lot less than first meets the eye. That describes the climate deal struck this week by President Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping in their private two-day meeting following a gathering of 19 Asian Pacific leaders in Beijing. The very fact of a deal is more than even well-informed observers expected.

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McConnell Blasts Obama's China Carbon Deal: 'Unrealistic'

7:25 AM, Nov 12, 2014

Late last night, the White House announced a carbon deal with China. As the Washington Post explains:

Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Obama struck a deal Wednesday to limit greenhouse gases, with China committing for the first time to cap carbon emissions and Obama unveiling a plan for deeper U.S. emissions reductions through 2025.

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If Obama Were as Tough on China as Republicans ...

An idea for the president.
7:48 AM, Nov 10, 2014

President Obama, an increasingly leaky White House tells us, fears irrelevance. I am still relevant, the president all-but declared at his recent press conference. And to prove it, he told us about his constitutional authority to issue executive orders and to veto bills that he finds in conflict with his progressive agenda. Perhaps.

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Better Than Regulation

A carbon tax won’t happen without some give from the left.
Nov 10, 2014

Despite growing support from some conservative policy wonks, the idea of taxing carbon dioxide emissions, even as an alternative to the sort of heavy-handed greenhouse regulations promulgated by the Obama administration, has failed to garner much enthusiasm on the right.

The idea remains almost untouchable for Republican politicians, and the notion that there’s any chance that could change in the near future has been dismissed as “wishful thinking” by left-wing outlets like Mother Jones.

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Weather Warmongers

12:26 PM, Nov 06, 2014

The warmongers are at it again. In case you haven’t heard, the Pentagon has declared a global war on global warming. It’s our armed forces vs. the forces of nature, and we are the enemy. Those entrusted with protecting us from suicide bombers are now trying to protect the environment from us.

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Kerry: If U.S. Gave Up All Fossil Fuels, It Wouldn’t Stop Climate Change

9:21 AM, Nov 05, 2014

While the nation was focused on the mid-term elections Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the Johns Hopkins School

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Al Gore: Election 'Monumentally Important' for 'Solving the Climate Crisis'

12:01 PM, Nov 01, 2014

This election might determine whether the "climate crisis" is solved, former Vice President Al Gore claims. The former politician makes the statement in a fundraising email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"Here's what I believe," writes Gore.

"There is nothing more pressing in our time than confronting and solving the climate crisis.

"We have no time to spare. We must act now. Luckily, we have all the tools we need to solve this challenge. All we need is political will -- but political will is a renewable resource!

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Video Mocks Leo DiCaprio for Being Climate 'Hypocrite'

9:31 AM, Oct 10, 2014

A new video by the Environmental Policy Alliance mocks Hollywood celebrity Leonardo DiCaprio for being "just another celebrity hypocrite" when it comes to the topic of climate change:

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Grimes Memo: How To Woo Liberal Journalists

1:43 PM, Oct 09, 2014

In a few minutes, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky will meet with the editorial board of the Courier-Journal in Louisville.

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Kerry: World is 'On Track To Warm At Least 4 Degrees' in 20-40 Years

10:22 AM, Sep 23, 2014

"Mother Nature ... is screaming at us about" climate change, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the crowd at the opening event of Climate Week NYC 2014. While Kerry used a more measured tone than that which he attributed to Mother Nature, the apocalyptic nature of his warnings were in keeping with her purported sentiment. Using projections that appear hyperbolic, even compared to the worst case scenarios presented in the latest United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, Kerry said that "we’re on track to warm at at least 4 degrees over the course of the next 20, 30, 40 years, and by the century, even more.

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Kerry Makes 'Climate Change … a Foreign Policy Priority' at UN

12:42 PM, Sep 21, 2014

At the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary of State John Kerry will make "climate change ... a foreign policy priority," the State Department announced in press release. "Secretary Kerry Elevates Climate Change at UN General Assembly," the press release is titled.

"Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in several high-level events to reinforce U.S. leadership on climate change action this coming week during the UN General Assembly in New York," reads the release.

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Kerry: 'People Killing Each Other Over Water' Shortages Due To Climate Change

1:08 PM, Sep 19, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at U.S. Aid's 2014 Frontiers in Development Forum Friday and gave a stark warning about "500-year" drought conditions around the world that he says are a result of climate change. He went so far as to say that "[t]here are people killing each other over water in certain parts of the world," and part of the solution lies in a "low-carbon economy" [emphasis added]: 

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By Decree It Is Ordered That …

11:29 AM, Aug 27, 2014

The man who is described by his mouthpiece as “the constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office” is increasingly bored with the routine demands of his job (so much so that even Maureen Dowd has noticed) and finds the Constitution a darned nuisance and an obstacle.

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The Case for a Carbon Tax

9:31 AM, Jul 17, 2014

Conflate two separate issues and you get one policy error. That is what too many opponents of carbon taxes are doing, getting caught up in the argument about climate change, which really has nothing to do with the case for a carbon tax. That case is that such a tax can make growth-inducing tax reform easier to achieve, and reduce the need for an expansion of the regulatory state, while protecting the competitiveness of our industries.

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Climate Cultists

Has the desperate global warming crusade reached its Waterloo?
Jun 16, 2014

The climate change crusaders, who have been at it for a quarter-century, appear to be going clinically mad. Start with the rhetorical monotony and worship of authority (“97 percent of all scientists agree!”), add the Salem witch trial-style intimidation and persecution of dissenters, and the categorical demand that debate about science or policy is over because the matter is settled, and you have the profile of a cult-like sectarianism that has descended into paranoia and reflexive bullying.

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Bring on the Nukes

3:04 PM, Jun 06, 2014

When the EPA released its new rules aimed to get the nation on the road carbon free (sort of) energy generation, the news was plainly bad for coal. No surprise there.  The prospects for renewables solar, wind, hydro, etc. – were enormously enhanced by the plan. This was also unsurprising.  But what about nuclear power?

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Hot and Bothered: When Liberals Want Conservatives to Talk About Climate Change Instead of the Middle Class

1:48 PM, Jun 04, 2014

"Everything reminds Milton of the money supply," Robert Solow once said of his fellow Nobel-winning economist Milton Friedman at a symposium. "Well, everything reminds me of sex, but I keep it out of the paper."

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Let’s Tax Carbon

It’s the worst form of energy policy, except for all those others that have been tried
May 26, 2014

Having lived through and survived Richard Nixon’s promise of energy independence, Jimmy Carter’s effort to substitute a hair shirt and a woolly sweater for a thermostat set at comfortable levels, George W. Bush’s insistence that Americans surrender their incandescent light bulbs, other presidents’ support for subsidies for ethanol and nuclear power, and the current administration’s plan to substitute subsidized wind and sun for fossil fuels, I thought I had seen it all—every technique imaginable for interfering with free markets and consumer choice. I was wrong.

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State Department Official: 'Can Agriculture Save the Planet Before It Destroys It?'

6:01 AM, May 22, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry recently told the graduating class of Boston College that climate change is threatening "nothing less than the future of the entir

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Kerry: If We're Wrong on Climate Change, 'What's the Worst That Can Happen?'

What if '97 percent' of scientists are wrong?
10:38 AM, May 20, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry did not shy away from pejorative language when addressing "climate change" in his commencement speech at Boston College on Monday.

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French Foreign Minister: '500 Days to Avoid Climate Chaos'

6:29 AM, May 14, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to the State Department in Washington on  Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, from Iran to Syria to climate change.

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The EPA’s Environment … Toxic & Stormy

1:38 PM, May 07, 2014

The administration has made climate change its signature issue until something better comes along. This means that the the EPA will be walking point. After all, no new environmental legislation will be coming out of Congress. President Obama didn’t ever try for that when his party had majorities in both the House and the Senate.

Of course the weather was nicer back then, so Washington may not have felt the urgency.

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Kerry: Big Bucks in Climate Change

10:01 AM, Apr 14, 2014

What we usually hear about when the subject is climate change is stuff meant to scare you out of your socks.  Rising oceans, violent storms, draughts, famines, plagues of locusts … and so forth.  The implied alternative is austerity so severe – no cars, rationed electricity, smaller houses, once-a-week cold showers, etc.

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