“It’s almost as if there is no connection between the green policy agenda and environmental progress”

And the Church of Chicken Little takes yet another hit:

ChickenlittleMuch to the surprise (and, one suspects, the chagrin) of the deranged doomsaying wing of the environmental movement, new forecasts of US CO2 emission are out and they point to an even steeper drop than the last set of predictions.

No cap and trade, no huge new taxes on oil, no draconian driver restrictions, no air conditioning bans, no rationing — and the US is on track to cut its CO2 emissions 17 percent below the 2005 levels by 2020 — and to keep cutting our emissions levels beyond that.

And this news doesn’t come from embattled climate skeptics banished to the fringes of the scientific community; these numbers come from the Obama administration and are sitting right up on Don Lashof’s well respected blog at the National Resource Defense Council website. Take a look for yourselves.

So, to summarize, the United States of America basically blew the global greens off completely, trampling all over their carbon tax and cap and trade agendas, and earning wails and shrieks of hatred at the Rio+20 Summit — while making huge strides toward reducing CO2 emission levels.

It’s almost as if there is no connection between the green policy agenda and environmental progress.

More enlightening commentary at the link.

Check it out, pass it on.

It’s always good to do your part in making the brethren of the Church of Chicken Little gnash their teeth and tear their robes.

H/T to Lex Communis.

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  • “It’s almost as if there is no connection between the green policy agenda and environmental progress”

    “Almost.”

    If Inigo Montoya shows up, I ain’t sayin’ nothin’.

  • GarandFan

    Al Gore was unavailable for comment.

    • Why have kids and grandkids if they will die in a desert wasteland? 98% of the earths species have gone extinct. Human extinction is inevitable – you can only slow it down. Oil Coal & electricity lobbyists bribe scientists to lie about climate change. But 98% of real scientists know its caused by Human CO2 – we create more pollution than volcanoes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_scientists_opposing_the_mainstream_scientific_assessment_of_global_warming

      • GarandFan

        So YOU don’t use electricity? Don’t drive a car? Grow your own food?

        • I try to minimize my energy use , unlike energy companies who bribe scientists & the republican party into denying climate change. Republicans make good brainwashed pawns – they are naturaly angry, and dont think for themselves- Oil lobbyist API.org have spent their money well brainwashing you.

          • GarandFan

            Whenever a liberal has a different point of view, it’s because of their superior intelligence. If someone opposed their view, that person is “brainwashed”.

            How convenient.

          • GarandFan

            Whenever a liberal has a different point of view, it’s because of their superior intelligence. If someone opposed their view, that person is “brainwashed”.

            How convenient.

      • You should cease contributing CO2 to the atmosphere. You should immediately self exsanguinate.

        • Guest

          Always nice to see a comment thread moderator suggesting somebody should die because their opinion differs from yours.

          It points out the integrity of the people behind the blog, don’t you think?

  • Commander_Chico

    Yeah, the huge strides are called “economic depression.” Less production, less electrical demand, less freight, less driving = less CO2.

    Several commenters at the link point out the same thing. It’s pretty obvious.

    • jim_m

      You are correct but only in part. Improving technology enables a lot fo that reduction too. There is a great deal of credibility to the argument that any Cap and Trade agreement would not only put a ceiling on emissions, but also put a floor on them at the same time.

    • GarandFan

      So when will The Obamassiah step forward and claim credit? After all, it’s His policies that continue to cripple the economy and keep it moribund. You’d think The Chosen One would want to grab the credit to fire up his base.

    • SCSIwuzzy

      Increased use of NG from fracking also plays a part. With NG so cheap, the utilities are using the gas turbines far more than anyone would have predicted 10, even 5, years ago.

      • jim_m

        Hence why the enviro left wants fracking stopped. NG makes a lot of sense when it is clean and cheap. The left wants energy expensive so no one can use it.

    • Jwb10001

      You may be right Chico, so are you going to vote for Romney to try to make a “change” or are you still pissing your vote down the drain on some Johnson…

  • Guest

    as Colorado burns…. nice fiddle.

    • GarandFan

      Hey Grump! It’s “nature”. You got something against Mother Gaia?

      • Protect the environment from man, keep from clearing the underbrush, logging, any sort of forestry practices that revolve around removing fire hazards… and it’s funny how much worse wildfires get.

        • retired.military

          You beat me to it Jlawson. But dont confuse chickenshit there with facts. his little brain cant handle it

      • Grumpy, mommy issues? NEVER!!!!

    • jim_m

      Yeah, what was it, 6 months of fires in Texas before obama finally reacted? I guess when you might win their electoral votes the government can act.

      0bama is not the president of the whole united states. He is only president for those who voted for him. He feels no obligation to serve the country as a whole, just his own boot lickers.

      • And in so doing established a precedent the left may yet come to regret.

      • Pfft! Obama doesn’t even serve those who voted for him. He only serves himself.

      • Jwb10001

        Obama doesn’t care about Texans….

    • What do the Colorado wildfires have to do with the issue other than the fact that liberal policies have crippled firefighting efforts and created forests full of kindling? Forest fires happened long before civilized men came to these shores. They’re simply the natural way for forests to clear out the junk and be renewed. Humans can and have prevented forest fires by overseeing and maintaining the forests, but, as I said, liberal policies have hampered that endeavor. The result is out-of-control wildfires.

    • Grumpy’s red herring isn’t working.

    • DERP!

    • 914

      You get stupider by the post! If that’s possible.

    • Vagabond661

      And who cut the funding? Can you say Obama? I knew that you could!

    • jim_m

      http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/obama-cuts-air-force-planes-guess-who-is-taking-the-brunt-colorado-no-planes-for-fire-fig/question-2759307/

      Maybe if 0bama hadn’t cut all those firefighting planes the fires would have been put out ages ago. Too bad he didn’t care about the people of Colorado.

      I’ll bet he diverted the money into greens fees.

  • lasveraneras

    This from a June 13 article in the Financial Post:

    “Just how good are climate models at predicting regional patterns of
    climate change? I had occasion to survey this literature as part of a
    recently completed research project on the subject. The simple summary
    is that, with few exceptions, climate models not only fail to do better
    than random numbers, in some cases they are actually worse.”

    In other words in a contest of climate predictions between your six year old and NASA, you kid has at least a 50/50 chance of winning! Climate “science;” the first post-modern scientific discipline.

    • GarandFan

      Don’t forget, there’s “science” and then there’s Al Gore’s “$cience”.

      • TEXAS is a Dirty Secessionist Asshole of America. Hope the drought makes Texans extinct, so they know what climate change is. Texas is looking more like a desert wasteland like Sudan or Iraq – there will be a mass exodus when the state economy collapses. The more of the southwest is becoming a desert wasteland each year thants to blocking climate change laws.

        • GarandFan

          Well that certainly was an intelligent, well thought out statement.

          • Read Texas history- they frequently secede, or talk about seceding and they were the chief gun supplier of the treason pro slavery states in the civil war. Texas- always on the wrong side of history.

          • GarandFan

            NEWS FLASH junior. Primary weapons source for the Confederacy was state arsenals. Jeff Davis was stocking up when he was Sec War. Weapons were also purchased on the open market. Richmond Arsenal made weapons using tooling taken from Harpers Ferry Arsenal.

            Oh, and the thread is about something entirely different.

          • Poor sap seems to think that laws actually do something. The thing to remember is that COMPLIANCE is far more important.

            And if the ‘compliance’ is already there – why pass the laws?

            http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/02/us-co2-emissions-may-drop-to-1990-levels-this-year/

            Interesting, eh? Looks like CO2 levels are ALREADY dropping.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    Most of you seem very overwrought, but maybe the heat is getting to you, or it gets tiring defending the indefensible!
    Mother Nature is just warming up.The time to act is yesterday.

    • jim_m

      The earth has warmed, but not by man. Go look at the science idiot. In the last year this “settled science” has been shown to be a bunch of bs.

      The CERN CLOUD Study showed that all current climate models are inherently flawed and lack an understanding of climate necessary to predict anything.

      Global temperatures have not risen appreciable for over a decade now.

      Many of the IPCC claims have been admitted to be false (Polar bears, Polar ice cap melting, sea rise, Himalayan glacier melting, etc).

      Weather station data has been shown to be scientifically flawed and inaccurate at he data collection point.

      NASA was forced to restate temperature records for the last decade based on a computer error (adjusting them down).

      The real science is not on your side. Only Al Gore’s $cience is on your side.

    • herddog505

      Absolutely. I ALWAYS trust computer models that have been demonstrated to be crap, myself.

    • jim_m

      Stevie,

      Why should we act when the IPCC has already admitted that if we eliminated ALL carbon output from human activity that the reduction in potential warming would be so small that we could not even measure if it were successful?

      • SteveCrickmore075

        What you said now Jim is total nonsense! give up the ghost, Why don’t you argue the earth is flat? The evidence is unequivocal, which is why no wizbang writer will write about the giant heat wave , that much of the US is preoccupied with this weekend, not even a word.

        • jim_m

          It isn’t a question of your religious faith. It is a question of how accurately we can measure global temperature. It has been in the reports for several years now and even if we stop making CO2 the amount of reduction in heir projected warming is not reliably measurable.

          Add to that the fact that much of IPCC “science” like the Mann hockey stick (shown to be a fraud by unscientific manipulation of the data to produce the result), the polar ice cap melting (North pole was predicted to be ice free in 5 years, 6 years ago) the Himalayan glacier melting, ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jan/20/himalayan-glaciers-melt-claims-false-ipcc ) etc is all fraud and you aren’t left with much to base your faith on.

        • Sky__Captain

          So the next time we have a cold winter, it’s “global cooling”?
          Thanks for the info!

          When I wad a wee lad, hot weather like this was called “summer”.

          “Global warming/Climate change”! Is there nothing it can’t do?

          • Brucehenry

            I’m not opining on whether AGW is a “fraud” or not, but this heat ain’t normal summer. It was 105 degrees in Raleigh yesterday, 102 today, with a heat index of 115. It was hotter than I ever remember, and I’ve lived in the South all my life — I’ll be 58 next month.

            I went outside about 2:00 yesterday and it was like being on another planet. Scary hot. Dangerous. It was 97 degrees at 11:00 last night.

          • jim_m

            Go read a good book on chaos theory and you will understand a lot about weather and climate. Weather functions as a chaotic attractor. Weather will shift into a pattern without apparent reason and remain there and then suddenly shift out into a new pattern. Hence the heat wave we are experiencing now.

            Warmists will, of course, point to the present heat as evidence of global warming and then when it is unseasonably cool claim that it is just weather and not climate. Warmism is a faith and not science based. 40 years ago those who are warmists today were crying doom about the coming ice age. They were wrong then and they are still wrong today.

          • Sky__Captain

            Yes, currently there are above average temperatures in much of the continental US. It’s also summer.

            A couple of winters ago, IIRC much of the continental US had record cold. It’s called “winter”.

            It also has nothing to do with the doctored data and flawed computer models that are used to “prove” the climate change agenda.
            To draw the conclusion that a summer heat wave is caused by the doctored data and flawed computer models is not very scientific.

          • 914

            That happened to me one morning some 12 years ago. Walked out every half hour to start the car to keep the engine warm. (overnight shift) It was -64 and the sound and feel were surreal.

            And I’ve lived in Minnesota for 49 years. 40 below is one thing but this was ridiculous.
            Extremes. Strange how after 30 days of 30 below 0 feels warm.

          • Jwb10001

            So let’s see CO2 is down and the temp is up…. hummm must be global warming caused by excessive human activitiy increasing CO2 levels…oh wait.

        • 914

          Its called ‘Summer’ genius.. Happens once a calendar year around here.

          I usually go to the lake when it is hot out. FYI, That little bright spot in the sky controls all of Earth’s climate.

          Deal with it and keep your hysterics to yourself.

        • The evidence is unequivocal

          You flunked science, didn’t you?

          • jim_m

            At least the idiot didn’t say,”The science is settled!”

            But he’s right, you know. THe evidence that Michael Mann fudged his data sets to make the hockey stick is unequivocal. The evidence that the Himalayan glacier melting was a fraud is unequivocal. The evidence that polar bear populations are expanding and not shrinking is unequivocal. The evidence that US weather station data is inaccurate and hence, deeply flawed is unequivocal.

            Really the evidence that warmism is a religion based on fantasies of the enviro left in order to exert political control is unequivocal.

          • I hear he managed a D in lunch…

        • 914

          By your convoluted logic, the snows across the mid-east a couple years back meant the ushering in of the next ice age that was foretold in school 40 years ago?

          “The evidence is unequivocal, ”

          Yes, the evidence is unequivocable that the stupid should not vote

    • The time to act is yesterday.

      But we’re the ones that are overwrought.

    • 914

      “The time to act is yesterday.”

      Do you have a time machine? If you do, please take us back to 5 % unemployment and $1 a gallon gas.

  • Drill Here
    Drill Now
    Drill Anyone who gets in the way!

    • Guest

      Quite the quality staff around here. Makes the real trolls look like saints.