Excerpts on climate from the SOTU – comments welcome

I made it back to a computer in time today to get a copy of the State of the Union address, here are the relevant passages about climate:

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“Now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy.  The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades.

One of the reasons why is natural gas – if extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change.  Businesses plan to invest almost $100 billion in new factories that use natural gas.  I’ll cut red tape to help states get those factories built, and this Congress can help by putting people to work building fueling stations that shift more cars and trucks from foreign oil to American natural gas.  My administration will keep working with the industry to sustain production and job growth while strengthening protection of our air, our water, and our communities.  And while we’re at it, I’ll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.

It’s not just oil and natural gas production that’s booming; we’re becoming a global leader in solar, too.  Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced.  Let’s continue that progress with a smarter tax policy that stops giving $4 billion a year to fossil fuel industries that don’t need it, so that we can invest more in fuels of the future that do.

And even as we’ve increased energy production, we’ve partnered with businesses, builders, and local communities to reduce the energy we consume.  When we rescued our automakers, for example, we worked with them to set higher fuel efficiency standards for our cars.  In the coming months, I’ll build on that success by setting new standards for our trucks, so we can keep driving down oil imports and what we pay at the pump.

Taken together, our energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet.  Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth.  But we have to act with more urgency – because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods.  That’s why I directed my administration to work with states, utilities, and others to set new standards on the amount of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed to dump into the air.  The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way.  But the debate is settled.  Climate change is a fact.  And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”

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201 Responses to Excerpts on climate from the SOTU – comments welcome

  1. Frank K. says:

    “But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.”

    Well, that says it all, I guess…[sigh]

  2. PRD says:

    Zero substance, all rhetoric. Fact free bloviation.

    The climate remarks and all the rest have the above ingredients.

  3. GeneDoc says:

    Climate change has always been a fact… what debate?

  4. Timothy Sorenson says:

    If that is the totality of his references to climate, climate science, climate change, global warming or extreme events. It is clear, we are truly winning the war.

  5. Notanist says:

    >I’ll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.

    Heard that ‘future generations’ stuff all my life. Maybe this current crop, this millenial generation, being hit full in the face by 50 years of old-hipster neo-socialist economic self-destruction, will be that future generation that will need to tap in to every resource we have left to get themselves and this country back on its feet.

    “Get out of my way!” -John Galt

  6. Bewitch says:

    Glad he is yours. We dumped our own shrieking violets last September in our Federal election here in Australia. Patience people, the worm will turn.

  7. TonG(ologist) says:

    “Mostly harmless.”

  8. commieBob says:

    He’s all excited about natural gas and wants us to power our cars and trucks with it … but he’s going to protect our pristine federal lands. Anybody can read anything they want into this speech.

  9. Jim Brock says:

    Sounds like T Boone has snuggled up to the One.

  10. Chad Wozniak says:

    Climate change is a fact, but man has NOTHING to do with it.

    Let’s not forget that der Fuehrer’s meme isn’t about climate, or CO2, or man’s activities and their effect on climate – it is his pretext for regulating and taxing everything to death. It is his justification for asserting dictatorial power to achieve his Marxist agenda, take the fruits of our labor, put an end to liberty, and destroy the middle class – the bourgeois class enemy.

    He repeats all the usual superstitions about “carbon pollution” and “renewable” energy.
    He glosses over the 1,500,000 jobs that will be lost because of his war on coal (i.e., his reinstitution of the Salem witch trials of 1693), and the additional 800,000 jobs to be lost because of his denial of the Keystone pipeline – all of which will have exactly ZERO effect on climate.

    The reptiles, mendacity knows no bounds.

  11. ” Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye…”

    …they’ll wonder why a guy with a carbon footprint estimated at 41,000 tons, who sends his family and dogs off on separate flights for vacations in far off ritzy spots, who takes crosscountry flights to give 30 minute speeches, who keeps the White House at a toasty 77F, and who goes to the golf course every couple of weeks in a 17 vehicle motorcade has the cajones to lecture anyone.

  12. jim Steele says:

    Climate change is a fact. But the causes of that change are speculative and more often political.

  13. seedy says:

    So carbon, the basis of life, is a pollutant. The idiocy of our politicians seems to know no bounds.

  14. William Sears says:

    Quote “stops giving $4 billion a year to fossil fuel industries”. Is this Orwellian newspeak for the difference between what we could confiscate and what we actually do? What we let you keep is a gift since you didn’t earn that.

  15. rogerthesurf says:

    Ah, but did he mention that regardless of whether AGW is fact as he claims, did he mention what Agenda21 is doing to us world wide? The same solutions designed to break the economy and more.
    Roger
    http://www.thedemiseofchristchurch.com
    (see what agenda21 is doing to my city!)
    How does that guy sleep at night anyway?

  16. Ric Werme says:

    Well, at least he didn’t promise billions for help the countries that are about to be washed away or blown away. And he didn’t point out that today’s cold weather is proof of global warming.

  17. Larry Hamlin says:

    The President makes a truly brilliant announcement regarding climate change in his state of the union speech. He proudly proclaims that “Climate change is a fact”. I’m overwhelmed,

  18. Mike Farrell says:

    Listenening to it live over here in Sydney. Hussein is stuffed without the teleprompter. Loved his despotic excutive order that all government contractors wont get work unless they pay staff $10.10/hour. What a fascist. He’ll do anything to bypass Congress.

    Then he says schhool access wont cost a dime. What about lower tax revenue from telcos who are giving it out for free.

  19. starzmom says:

    Where are these “buildings with solar panels being installed every four minutes”? And who is paying for them?

  20. Bill Marsh says:

    He really needs to keep up. It isn’t ‘climate change’ anymore, it’s ‘Climate Disruption’.

    Not sure how a drought in the west can be called ‘a changing climate’? seems to me that drought has always been part of the climate in the west.

  21. Mac the Knife says:

    But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.

    The Climate Chooom Gang agrees with their Dear Leader……

    You really have to admire the chutzpah of a math and science illiterate lecturing anyone about the veracity of ‘climate change’ science.

  22. John F. Hultquist says:

    Notice he is taking credit for the increase of natural gas production and the decrease of CO2 emissions, neither of which he should rightly get credit for except for the slowing of economic activity. He gets that the laborer that installs a solar panel is a non-outsourced worker but says nothing about the high cost of subsides (in the true meaning of the term). Then mentions the $4 B to fossil fuel industries that is not a subsidy, but rather investment incentives via tax breaks.** The higher fuel standard (54.5 mpg) is unlikely to be met unless they somehow cheat, say by burning coal to make electricity to power vehicles either full or part time. Look for exemptions or some sort of new-speak to be used.
    ___
    **Here is what they do. Gov. says we want $100 of your money. However, if you spend money in a way that we approve, we will only take $80. We will be pleased to tell the citizens that we are giving you a $20 subsidy and threaten you because you agree with this scam.

  23. HGW xx/7 says:

    As Mr Sorenson said above, this is far more ‘sensible’ than I expected from a guy who no doubt shares bunk-beds with the Al Gore. I truly am amazed by his restraint. I know he must have wanted to die in having to switch from saying “Global warming is a fact” to what he said instead. Someone who helps in the executive branch knows the winds are shifting (yes, a pun of sorts) and it’s time to maybe pull it back a bit.

    Now, that is the optimistic side of me, a half which rarely makes an appearance. I still can’t stand government, left or right, and I am anything but a supporter of this administration, but I really think this is a big loss for the whinging lefties tonight. Considering the asinine build-up of pro-warmist articles as of late, I was not expecting such reserve on his part.

    And William Teach gets my vote for comment-of-the-day. :)

  24. NikFromNYC says:

    Despite representing nearly all official scientific bodies in blasé fashion by giving mere lip service to the climate modeled emergency, he acted as a good leader by educating low information voters that fracking should be encouraged by government instead of thwarted. Bingo! This is what winning looks like, gentlemen.

  25. Big, unstated contradictions -

    + All that excess natural gas that has created glut prices comes from fracking, and self declared environmental wonks say the net is no impact on CO2: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/21/the-shale-gas-boom-wont-do-much-for-climate-change-but-it-will-make-us-a-bit-richer/

    They maintain that cheap natgas will crowd out cleaner tech and will also encourage more consumption, so while coal to natgas cuts CO2 per BTU by half, it cuts $/BTU by more.

    + Fracking is an area that Obama has already used Executive Orders to regulate: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/13/executive-order-supporting-safe-and-responsible-development-unconvention

    There is a lot of pressure on Obama from liberals to come down hard on fracking: https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/16-0

  26. Alan Robertson says:

    “In the Americas we are building a ‘new type of commerce’… ”
    ———————-
    And just what might that be?

  27. Gail Combs says:

    BROKEN WINDOW FALLACY!

    link

  28. Eric Worrall says:

    Hilarious – no reference to “warming” or “heat”.

    Alan Robertson as for his new type of commerce – I suggest what he means is the corporatist government calls the shots kind of commerce, which is serving the EU economy so well.

  29. Pamela Gray says:

    Our great-grandchildren will scoff at brainless idiots – us – in much the same way we scoff at 6000 year old earth believing idiots. And their great-grandchildren will so the same to our future off-spring. Humans do not get smarter. We will have the same mix of village idiots, sheeple, and independent folks in the future as we do now. Sigh.

  30. Bazza McKenzie says:

    Anyone who utters the phrase “carbon pollution” in relation to CO2 brands themselves a moron without the faintest inkling of the cycle of life on earth.
    Trust Obama to once again demonstrate his monumental ignorance.

  31. negrum says:

    ” … Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced. …”
    —-l
    Nothing said about where the panels are manufactured :)

  32. BTW – what event constitutes the sea level rise that Obama inferred in the SOTU?

    I thought the sea level rise had decelerated, as mentioned here: http://www.columbia.edu/~mhs119/SeaLevel/

    “… sea level rise slowed slightly in the past few years. The reason seems to be that ocean heat storage decreased in the past five years reducing thermal expansion. Reduced heat storage may be related in part to solar minimum radiation. Ocean heat uptake will surely resume, so acceleration of sea level rise in the next few years may occur. We will discuss the interconnections of climate forcings, global temperature, ocean heat storage, ice melt, and sea level in a paper now in preparation.”

  33. OssQss says:

    Well after watching the whole painful thing. This played in ny head.

    Just sayin, ,,,,,,,,,

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EheLN-MDzrA

    Not sure if this will post,,,, ,,

  34. Lawrie Ayres says:

    It’s too early to tell yet but Tony Abbott and his chief advisor are making the right noises here about CC, CO2 and renewable energy. There is change coming and that is a fact. As for Barry O he will have to stick to the script albeit watered down somewhat until the next election but his replacement, whoever that will be, should have clean air to rebut the fraud. The Democrats will die on the cross of windmills just as the ALP/Greens here will perish in the carbon tax.

  35. Robin. W says:

    Quote…”And while we’re at it, I’ll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations”.
    That’s code for ….I will use Executive orders to add to the ones I’ve done already to promote UN Agenda 21 so even more of the country is off limits…. UN’s aim is 50% of USA locked up as wilderness and no humans allowed. (no need for Congress or votes etc)

  36. DDP says:

    “But we have to act with more urgency…”

    …because every day my record is getting weaker, and I only have two more years to try and force this crap through people.

  37. Rob aka flatlander says:

    F U Canada we don’t need any of your stinking oil. We have solar panels built out of plastics to go on our houses built out of plastics by trucks built out of plastics hauled here on diesel ships and diesel trucks from Saudi countries that respect the equality of women and gays. So no we don’t want your pipeline or your oil.

  38. Rob Ricket says:

    The “pea” in O’s litany of rhetorical nonsense is the 100 billion for new factories. Follow the money to Chicago.

  39. Bart says:

    Alan Robertson says:
    January 28, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    “In the Americas we are building a ‘new type of commerce’… ”
    ———————-
    And just what might that be?

    That would be non-commerce.

  40. Lew Skannen says:

    “every panel pounded into place by a worker ”

    Is this really the way you are meant to install delicate electronic apparatus?
    Glad Obama is not a surgeon “every appendix hacked and ripped from a patient…”

  41. Janice Moore says:

    Such a telemarketer’s script full of half-truths and bold-faced l1es can only be one thing: a campaign speech for his party.

    Why else would a lame duck bother saying:

    … strategy I announced a few years ago is working … My administration will keep working … Let’s continue that progress … our energy policy is creating jobs … .

    {emphasis mine}

    It’s all about the congressional seats up for election in November, 2014. Barack’s people (whether Democrats or RINOS (Republicans in Name Only)) are heading for a major defeat. Having run the U. S. economy into the ditch with, inter alia, their tripling the budget deficit, their Fed. and state fuel taxes, their unwanted, unneeded, abysmally failing “Obamacare,” and their Envirostalinism, junk science regulations, the average American voter has had it UP TO HERE. They won’t vote “Democrat” unless they are “yella dog Democrats” and there aren’t as many of that breed around, these days, heh, heh.

    And, blah, blah, blah, …

    Translation of entire speech: “Next November, Vote Democrat.”
    ***************************************************************

    Unions can try to arm twist and Acorn can try to brainwash, but, there are a lot of Americans out of work. And all they are singing is:

    “What Have You Done for Me Lately?”

  42. Crispin in Waterloo says:

    Pamela you have a point: who says our grandchildren will say nothing other than to wonder how much poor quality modelling drove important decisions in such ill-informed groups of powerful people.

    The government of Spain is out-classing that of the USA when it comes to understanding the simple economics of solar PV. Wow. Wow.

  43. Rob aka flatlander says:

    Meanwhile back in China scientists move forward using declassified information from US research to build an empire using thorium reactors to become the first truly carbonless powered in the world.

  44. Lew Skannen says:

    “every contact lens nailed into place by a wrestler”….

  45. Jon Dough says:

    What a maroon…. 😝

  46. Rob aka flatlander says:

    Oh ya, which coastline of the USA “flooded” again? I missed which one had an actual increase in the level of ocean beside it.

  47. Leon Brozyna says:

    As expected … what a load of … \\ fill in the blank \\

    Also as expected … had more fun surfing the web and finding such fun gems as If I Could by Sunny Sweeney (knew that that YouTube thingy was good for something besides cat videos) … more appealing than getting fed a bunch of bovine excrement by some DC politicos …

  48. WestHighlander says:

    Here’s the true gist — ” Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced. ”

    Of course that job of pounding a panel into place cant’t be outsoursed outside the US — but the ignorant, gullible illegal alien who does the job manages to do two very good things from the point of view of oBumbler:
    1) displaces an American worker who goes on unemployment and food stamps and ultimately becomes creates more dependency on gov’t handouts
    2) hires another illegal who eventually follows the American Citizen down the path to dependency [as above] and creates the opportunity for yet another illegal worker to enter the country

    Since these solar panel installation projects are just like roofing projects — they are one day and done — and so no-one can find-out about the worker’s status — around New England most roofing projects are manned by illegal Brazilians

    Feeding the oBumbler dependency economy and associated corrupt voting system

    In contrast Oil / Gas drilling is an All-American — anti -oBumbler solution:
    A) creates opportunities for Americans to get into good paying jobs in a rapidly expanding industry
    B) creates additional opportunities for small business to develop, manufacture and install technology at all levels
    C) creates a pool of independent-minded working voters who will eshue anything oBumbler

  49. Gail Combs says:

    Alan Robertson says: @ January 28, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    “In the Americas we are building a ‘new type of commerce’… ”
    ———————-
    And just what might that be?
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    IMAGE

  50. Janice Moore says:

    @ Loose Cannon (Lew Skannon, heh): LOL. Great observation (and analogies). John Doe (Jon Dough) is sitting right next to you, isn’t he? Perfect!

    Just like those “shovel ready” jobs we’re all going to be doing….. one of these years……building airplane wings, I guess.

    Bwah, ha, ha, ha, haaaaaaa!

    Barack Hussein (translation from the Arabic): The Gift That Keeps on Giving

  51. Steve B says:

    Pamela Gray says:
    January 28, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Our great-grandchildren will scoff at brainless idiots – us – in much the same way we scoff at 6000 year old earth believing idiots. And their great-grandchildren will so the same to our future off-spring. Humans do not get smarter. We will have the same mix of village idiots, sheeple, and independent folks in the future as we do now. Sigh.
    ********************************************************************************************************************88
    And you scoff at your own peril :)

  52. Gail Combs says:

    Rob Ricket says: @ January 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    The “pea” in O’s litany of rhetorical nonsense is the 100 billion for new factories.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Since Obama took office the actual unemployment rate went from ~ 12% to ~ 24% And from December 2007 to October 2011 the USA has lost 6.5 million jobs. So why would anyone in their right mind believe him?

    “If Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.”

  53. gregole says:

    Here are the real heroic doers that made and continue to make the shale revolution happen:

    http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/11/essential-ingredient-of-us-shale-boom-an-american-culture-that-never-gave-up-even-in-the-shadow-of-the-global-recession/

    Just about all of it done on private land.

    Ignore the putz on TV tonight. Pretender. Fake.

  54. u.k.(us) says:

    “The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way.”
    ===========
    It just did happen “overnight” with innovation in our gas supplies.
    Leave the “tough choices” to those qualified to make them.

  55. albertalad says:

    Had this guy even watched the weather in his own country anytime this year – the coldest in a century. And no its not climate change when morons build on ocean and river flood plains. That’s call human idiocy. Drought? Yeah – if you build cities in dry climates you get exactly what you expect – drought. God – this guys leads a nation?

  56. Gail Combs says:

    WestHighlander says: @ January 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Here’s the true gist — ” Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced. ”

    Of course that job of pounding a panel into place cant’t be outsoursed outside the US — but the ignorant, gullible illegal alien who does the job….
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Actually the American economy is so bad there is a net migration BACK TO MEXICO!

    Illegal Immigrants Returning to Mexico in Record Numbers

    (Did some one say something about deserting a sinking ship…)

  57. OssQss says:

    Janice Moore says:
    January 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    “What Have You Done for Me Lately?”

    ———

    Ya know I can’t pass that up ;-)

  58. Janice Moore says:

    Re: (said with a smile, ugh)
    “… your own peril … .” (Steve B to Pamela Gray at 7:58pm)

    What peril is that, exactly, Mr. B.?

    FYI: Ms. Gray has a big, burly, boyfriend who adores her and who hunts for a hobby… .

    ********************************
    How’s everything, Pamela? I hope that this will be a truly happy Valentine’s Day for you. (Still smiling.)

  59. Don Villeneuve says:

    “…with less of the carbon pollution…”
    Diamonds are pollution? Why is Mr. Obama afraid to say “carbon dioxide?” Is he worried a grade school student will learn he thinks plant food is pollution?

  60. ElmerF says:

    And not one iota of the new gas and oil production is because of this giant Zero, it is in spite of him. What a loser.

  61. Claude Harvey says:

    A “one trick pony” act rapidly loses audience interest, no matter how flawless the performance may be. The pony never understands.

  62. To really understand where Obama is coming from, you need to read this:

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/09/16/130916fa_fact_lizza?currentPage=all

    It’s almost if is straight out of MC “State of Fear”
    For Example:

    “Steyer put on a pair of khakis, changed into a blue shirt, and read his script aloud. “I’m Tom Steyer, I evaluate investments and help grow companies,” he said.”

    Obama is tainted by the rich and powerful utopian left. He tries to shake them off….but alas..he cannot.

  63. Janice Moore says:

    OssQss! Heh, heh. I’m not surprised (great minds, heh, heh). I almost posted that one, too! (But, it’s a little ambivalent at the end… actually that’s perfect — to represent those wishy-washy libs)

    Say, I sure hope you see this post: Thank you for your encouragement to us all (about 2 weeks ago) to “make it a good one” (a good day). That same afternoon, when I hit the uphill grade in my jog, I grimly repeated that and IT HELPED! (and I’ve used it since — a simple but profound and good truth!)

    Carpe diem!

  64. Max Hugoson says:

    Janice, JANICE…we need to explain to Mr. B that there is NO THREAT from Pamela Grey’s “boyfriend”. After all he only hunts BIG GAME and not small varmits!

  65. Gail Combs says:

    albertalad says: @ January 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    God – this guys leads a nation?
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Obummers last job was community organizer. He would not know real work if it bit him in the arse!

    At one point a few years ago, he said something like the most meaningful job you could do was work for the government or words to that effect.

    The guy has NO CLUE what actually runs an economy.

  66. Janice Moore says:

    Ha, ha, ha, Mr. Hugoson. Good one.

    Let’s see if Mr. B. comes up with anything that could count as a real “peril”.
    (wasn’t that smile he gave Pamela creepy? ugh)

  67. gregole says:

    Another worthwhile link:

    http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/10/what-delicious-irony-the-oil-industry-including-arch-enemies-the-koch-brothers-are-boosting-obama/

    The Obama Administration has done plenty to attempt to slow domestic energy production:
    http://anotherslownewsday.wordpress.com/about/politics/american-energy-2/barack-obamas-energy-policies/

    Personally I get a chuckle from all this – POTUS really is in a spot – if he keeps up the anti-humanity, faked-up “environmental” rhetoric, which of course he has to if just to keep the loyal leftists in line behind him, he risks the Great American Energy Train leaving the station without him; and after all, he wants to take credit for the renaissance in American energy that is fracking. You know he does. It has gotten too big to ignore, and things are moving fast. He needs to reposition without alienating the mindless robots that are his supporters and electoral base. So he says some faked-up crap; just like he always does. He’s just a PR man.

    Man-Made Global Warming is so last century. We care on this blog a lot more about it than the public – look at the public polls. No one gives a hoot. They talk about warming, and everyone sees winter is doing just fine. They talk about flooding, and seaports around the world remain a top real-estate investment – Al Gore buys beachfront property. Laughable. That he can stand in front of a camera with a straight face and spew that nonsense is…. amazing.

  68. Janice Moore says:

    @ Gail Combs — Thank you for all those great links. Sure do appreciate how MUCH of your extensive research library you share with us, Wonder Woman.

  69. OssQss says:

    Carpe diem!

    You Betcha!

    We only have so many opportunities to do so.

    It is always a beautiful day when you wake up and see green grass and not roots 😊

    Insert U2 Video here ;-)

  70. gallopingcamel says:

    You folks must be “Mean Spirited Republicans”. How can you denigrate Obama’s wonderful achievement? Here is what he said:
    ” Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth. ”

    Yes! Thanks to our glorious leader we did that while China, Russia, India & Brazil increased their “Carbon Pollution” at an accelerating rate. The economies of the BRIC countries prospered while ours went into decline with fewer jobs and more poverty. Hail Obama!

  71. TonyS says:

    “…a smarter tax policy that stops giving $4 billion a year to fossil fuel industries that don’t need it…” I’m looking forward to seeing how he does this.
    Unfortunately I lost the link when I upgraded computers, but of that “4 billion”, just over a billion goes to the national oil and gas reserves. Chop that and lose the election!
    A little under 1 billion goes to agricultural subsidies. Chop that and lose the election!
    A little under a billion goes for home heating subsidies so that all those people in the NE who can’t afford heating oil won’t be able to afford any at all. Chop that!
    I can’t remember where the remaining “subsidy” is allocated, but it’s all just padding and pandering to his voting base.

  72. RACookPE1978 says:

    Janice Moore says:
    January 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm (replying to)

    @ Gail Combs — Thank you for all those great links. Sure do appreciate how MUCH of your extensive research library you share with us, Wonder Woman.

    Yeah, yeah. Just trying to get on her good side so you don’t have to bring back all that gunpowder-loaded firewood you “borrowed” off her back porch the other day. ….

  73. Jim D says:

    “we’re becoming a global leader in solar, too.”

    Perhaps we’d be there already Solyndra didn’t go bankrupt.

    While pounding in those fragile panels might not be outsourced, the labor needed is greatly reduced by advancing technology. And that trend is certain to increase because of costs mandated by some of his other programs.

  74. r murphy says:

    My prayers are with my American friends tonite, with a President like that you certainly need them. Thank God PM Harper seems to have the courage to not bow to green tyranny.

  75. AndrewK says:

    “I’ll use my authority…”

    Translation: I’ll continue to subvert the democratic process by bypassing congress. You, people, will get what I think is good for you. Suck it up.

  76. rogerknights says:

    America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades.

    One of the reasons why is natural gas – if extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change. Businesses plan to invest almost $100 billion in new factories that use natural gas. I’ll cut red tape to help states get those factories built, and this Congress can help by putting people to work building fueling stations that shift more cars and trucks from foreign oil to American natural gas.

    That last sentence is what Obama should have said five years ago, instead of betting on breakthroughs in Electrically Powered Vehicles and their batteries. The advisor who plumped for EPVs (Chu?) is gone, after numerous embarrassing bankruptcies in the subsidized start-ups. If he’d given ear to a few skeptics, he wouldn’t have squandered those years and that time on a dead end–or at least the money would have gone into research only, not manufacturing.

  77. Janice Moore says:

    Oooo, R. A. Cook!!! You KNOW that was you! I saw you barreling down the highway at midnight with it all a piled high in the back of your pick-up. And to confirm my suspicions, when your wife lit off the stove to cook your scrambled eggs the next morning, there was a miiiiiiiighty suspicious BOOM.
    #(;))

    ******************************************************
    Mr. Greg ole buddy ole pal (hope that was okie dokie) — EXCELLENT arguments and facts. LOL, there he goes, widdo Bawee, racing after the “energy” train as it pulls out of the station. He’ll never catch it. He can only tell a tall tale about it. And only those who believe his stuff will buy what he’s selling. That crowd has dwindled over the past few years. Heh. That’s why he and the gang of thugs who do his thinking are becoming so shrill. IF WE TALK LOUDER IT MEANS WE ARE SINCERE (and knowledgeable).

  78. Mike Bromley the Kurd says:

    Didn’t he make the same statements in his 2008 campaign speeches?

    Recycled rhetoric……

  79. Bob says:

    Sorry, but Obama is a bald faced liar. Or do we prefer the term habitual? He is far too lose with his facts to be considered even a D student on most subjects. He is wrong about job numbers and he is wrong about Obamacare numbers. So why would we expect that he could read a thermometer? Obama is all about politics and all about himself and that sums it up. He preys on the ignorant and uniformed.

  80. TimC says:

    Wow: “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar”. That’s 15 per hour, 360 per day, so 131,500 per year. With, say, 132 million houses in the USA and 176,000 already completed installations (2011 US Housing Survey) at the current rate it will take about 1,000 years for the entire housing stock to be fitted. I’m rather surprised that this is something to be proud of, for a nation with such a “can-do” ethos …

  81. yirgach says:

    Dear Mr. President,
    What’s the ugliest
    Part of your body?
    What’s the ugliest
    Part of your body?
    Some say your nose
    Some say your toes
    (I think it’s your mind)
    But I think it’s YOUR MIND

  82. It looks to me like Obama is doing a bit of jui-jitsu with the environmentalists. What he really seems to want to promote is fracking, which the environmentalists are of course opposed to. So he’s justifying it by sounding like a full-bore zealot on climate change, nullifying any opposition from that quarter. He’s saying we have to go big on fracking in order to save the west coast from droughts and the east coast from storms and floods. All BS, of course, but smart politics. Notice that he’s not calling for carbon taxes or cap and trade or any sort of UN taxation transfers to other nations. Who knows what he really believes, but though he’s seeming to give some rhetorical support to the climate change believer crowd, he’s not actually doing anything they want, and in fact doing things that the environmentalists oppose – fracking. Not so dumb, really.

  83. Janice Moore says:

    Well, thank you, R. Murphy. Prayer is what we need most. “Oh, dear God, help us.” And you know what? I believe He will. Just watch and see what the Lord will do…. . Choose to live in hope, Americans! Truth will win — it always does.

    I’m not asking (none of my business), but I hope all is going okay with your kids (or maybe it was just one kid) — and with you, too, of course). I have not forgotten our brief “conversation” along those lines last summer (or was it early autumn?) (re: youthful indiscretions of a certain nature…). I’ve been praying for them (and you) ever since. Take care. J.

  84. F. Ross says:

    Regarding energy I wonder why the president didn’t mention controlled fusion power? After all it’s only about 15 years away and will be so cheap we will not even need to meter home usage.
    /sarc

  85. Janice Moore says:

    Mike Bromley! Take care, over there! (youarebeingprayedfor)

    Yes, indeed — I thought the same thing. And thus, I say to Mr. Goehausen, re: “Obama is doing a bit of jui-jitsu” — that is exactly right; he was campaigning for November, 2014. And that is all.

  86. Bob Weber says:

    No mention of the suffering and deaths from this winter’s frigid weather. No mention of how his “successful energy policy” resulted in propane shortages in many states and the hardship that is causing untold numbers of families RIGHT NOW. Not to mention his false assertion that the debate is “settled” and that climate change (as the left defines it) is a “fact”. NO MENTION of GLOBAL WARMING at all (thank you). No mention of a carbon tax (thank you). Not to mention his false assertion regarding carbon as “pollution”…

    No mention of the number of people who have lost their health care plan because of his policies. No mention of how unaffordable health care plans are becoming for families as rates go up. No mention of where the money is going to come from to “give America a raise”. No mention of the number of unemployed who have given up looking for work…

  87. Mark says:

    This was a top Google News story.

  88. fxk says:

    At least it’s just the debate that’s settled and not the science. Oh wait…

  89. General P. Malaise says:

    what an embarrassment to Americans that that idiot is the president.

  90. Werner Brozek says:

    Now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy…….My administration will keep working with the industry to sustain production and job growth

    At this point, can anything else follow except that Keystone will finally be approved? But alas, this was followed by
    while strengthening protection of our air

  91. Slacko says:

    I didn’t notice a single element of truth in any of that. Should I look again?

  92. effinayright says:

    >I’ll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.<

    When I hear that word "pristine" I want to reach for my sidearm.

    And since the federal gummint increasingly ropes off America's land to present generations, just WHEN does anyone think it will give "future generations" access to it??

    Remember: a near anagram for SOTU is STFU.

  93. ktwop says:

    A paean to shale gas!
    “Pounding a solar panel into place”. Really!
    A remarkable tribute to gas.
    I note that “global warming” was not mentioned since “climate change” is undeniable.

  94. TomRude says:

    Yep Climate changes and that’s a fact… Pretty lame stuff.

  95. jorgekafkazar says:

    How many “debates” were there? I remember several being set up (incl, James Cameron), but the Warmist didn’t show up. I’m sure Al Gore was invited to debate by many scientists, but, again, he knew he couldn’t win, and refused. There are probably dozens of other phony debates. The only ones i know of ended in a loss by the warmist side.
    But of course, when the Bamma says the debate is over, he means he’s going to ignore the science, ignore the weather, ignore the data, ignore the failed models, ignore American opinion, and do exactly what he wants, without recourse. God save us from this creature.

  96. FrankK says:

    It reminded me of Jack Lemon as President in the movie ‘My Fellow Americans’ especially the bit about our “children’s children”. It all sounded quite insincere and out of date. Time to migrate to Australia my fellow Americans, our bloke reckons human caused climate change is crap.

  97. phlogiston says:

    Meanwhile, mother nature sends us a big clue as to the true climate sensitivity to CO2. Check out the snow-roller image in this news item on deep cold deep south:

    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25932429E

  98. Another geologists take says:

    Gotta agree with Tom (Geologist). Mostly harmless. Political bloviating? Well yeah. It’s the SOTU address. What president has done differently? Skeptics should take heart. It was nada…zip.

  99. phlogiston says:

    Sorry – please delete the final E from that link:

    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25932429

  100. Ed Mertin says:

    Anybody ever notice that John Boner is actually darker skinned than SpaghettiO is? I’ve been busy, haven’t watched it yet but I’ll watch it and review all the Tea and Libertarian comments and write up something in depth from the National Forest Wilderness Area. No four wheelers, windmills, oil pipe and fracking rigs here.

  101. My dog loves me. I feed her. Whatever nonsense comes from my mouth, even if she doesn’t have a clue about me having no clue, she is hell-bent on protecting me, and will vote for me any time I tell her to vote for me. Because I am her master, because she eats out of my hand.

    To stop the end of civilization, we need to stop the welfare society and to abolish universal suffrage. Rational social behavior and universal suffrage are incompatible.

  102. AnthonyH says:

    I watched the Fox News analysis after the speech, as well as the speech itself. Turns out that the most tepid applause and lowest rated portion of his speech was when he mentioned climate change as a fact. Apparently, the public has figured out that climate change is a code word for the absent “global warming,” and that it’s also a code word for increased energy costs and lost jobs.

  103. Mac the Knife says:

    Bob Weber says:
    January 28, 2014 at 8:56 pm
    No mention of………

    Bob,
    Our Dear Leader proposed business tax changes to encourage company operations here and discourage off-shoring operations to overseas locations.
    Both Democrats and Republicans have argued that our tax code is riddled with wasteful, complicated loopholes that punish businesses investing here, and reward companies that keep profits abroad. Let’s flip that equation. Let’s work together to close those loopholes, end those incentives to ship jobs overseas, and lower tax rates for businesses that create jobs here at home. Moreover, we can take the money we save with this transition to tax reform to create jobs rebuilding our roads, upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes – because in today’s global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure.

    Haven’t we heard these empty promises before? It seems to me we should be funding Our Dear Leaders laundry list of transportation projects with all of the money we are saving with ObamaCare. The average family of 4 will see savings of $2,500.00 That should work, right? ‘Cause OKare is going to save us LOTS of money, right?!

    Oh wait… I forgot. If you like your ObamaCare savings, you can keep your ObamaCare savings! Period!

    No mention of that, either.
    Mac

  104. Pethefin says:

    Did you notice that Obama did not mention science in connection with climate. Instead he talks of a debate being settled. They might have finally realized that all talk of consensus science was anti-scientific and that scientific observations do not support their claims of facts.

  105. What, if anything, does Obama mean when he says that “carbon pollution” causes “climate change”? Doesn’t he realize that scientific research has not proved there to be a cause and effect relationship between CO2 concentrations and global temperatures? Doesn’t he grasp that our climate changes with or without man-made emissions of CO2? Doesn’t Obama realize that putting unemployed people into low productivity jobs such as installing solar panels is the road to economic ruin for the people of the U.S. rather than the opposite? Why does Obama wish to increase our supply of labor by opening our borders to cheaper foreign labor in a period of high unemployment? Does Obama have a clue to logic or to elementary economics? Can’t we attract better people into public office than Obama?

  106. Please insert “he” before “says” in the first sentence of my previous post.

    [Done. ~ mod.]

  107. Russ R. says:

    The Farce is Strong with this one.
    10 below outside, and solar panels, he wants.
    The dark side clouds his judgement.
    At an end, his power to deceive.
    Stopped he must be.

  108. Jean Parisot says:

    Climate Change is a fact, which direction, how fast, how much, and how certain are we of that is the problem?

  109. Mac the Knife says:

    Alexander Feht says:
    January 28, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Alexander
    ‘Your dog’ is an apt analogy.
    If you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on Pauls vote.
    Mac

  110. Janice Moore says: January 28, 2014 at 7:46 pm
    [...]

    Barack Hussein (translation from the Arabic): The Gift That Keeps on Giving

    Sorry, Janice, but my Arabic-English dictionary has a somewhat different translation: “The Hopeless Grifter’s unChanged Gift for Lying” ;-)

  111. Janice Moore says:

    LOL, Hilary, you are right! I was on the wrong page in my dictionary — what I gave was the translation of: “Joe Biden.”

  112. Don says:

    As long as the Stupid burns, it’s likely we will never run out of energy.

  113. R. de Haan says:

    Impeachment ASAP.

  114. 4TimesAYear says:

    “But we have to act with more urgency – because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods.”
    Where are the alarmists that tell us “that’s weather”?

  115. Mark Luhman says:

    Our fine fearless leader quote:
    >I’ll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.<

    The pristine Federal land he protecting in North Dakota is the farm land brought back from the farmers in the thirties. Prairie land once plowed is not pristine and to top it off the mineral acres are owned by BNSF. The reason BNSF owns the mineral right ids that the land was land grant land the railroad received to build the track that runs through North Dakota, Pristine my a**, any body who has a half a brain can till grassland that pristine from that that been plowed, the contrast is stark. On top of that the only surface owner that can denied a mineral owner his property is the Federal government. The only good thing about most of the so called wilderness area is so small the oil can be extracted by stand off on the next section and then drill under the so called wilderness area..

  116. There’s no hope when you have a president who doesn’t know the difference between carbon and carbon dioxide. Carbon is too valuable to waste by polluting the air with it.

  117. Slacko says:

    Gail Combs says:
    January 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    From your link to the Broken Window Fallacy (which BTW is an excellent insight).
    (“the things that are seen, and the things that are not seen”)

    Whence we arrive at this unexpected conclusion: “Society loses the value of things which are uselessly destroyed,” and we must assent to a maxim which will make the hair of protectionists stand on end — to break, to spoil, to waste, is not to encourage national labor; or, more briefly, “destruction is not profit.”

    Now I’m surprised by this, because I just don’t see the stated conclusion being “unexpected” at all. I have always thought it to be entirely expected.

  118. Mark Luhman says:

    Terry you question are valid but you have remember when it come to Obama what Thomas Sowell said “well educated, smart but ignorant.” Unfortunately that sums up most of the graduates from our major Universities in the last forty years. Also for the MSM crowd you can eliminate smart.

  119. ren says:

    Most important to understand that the pulses in the winter over the polar circle running from the stratosphere to the troposphere, and not vice versa.
    In winter, the temperature gradient at the edges of the vortex increases with altitude in the stratosphere from level 150 hPa, and the maximum is observed at the level of 50-10 hPa (20-30
    km), so the vortex is most evident at the level of 50-30 hPa, where there is the lowest temperature and the highest gradients.
    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/intraseasonal/temp10anim.gif

  120. pat says:

    speaking of politicians…

    the Chris Turney Fiasco is far from over in Australia, yet we already have a new comedy unfolding:

    28 Jan: Cairns Post, Australia: Caitlin Guilfoyle: Sea Shepherd on trial over spill in coastal waters off Cairns
    A WELL-known marine life conservation group has been charged with discharging oil in coastal waters off Cairns.
    Sea Shepherd Australia Limited was recently mentioned in Cairns Magistrates Court charged with discharging oil in Trinity Inlet on October 13, 2012…
    Former Greens leader Dr Bob Brown is Sea Shepherd Australia’s chairman.
    Sea Shepherd Australia Limited and the Department of Transport and Main Roads declined to comment while the matter is going through the court.
    http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/sea-shepherd-on-trial-over-spill-in-coastal-waters-off-cairns/story-fnjpusyw-1226811832390

  121. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/01/22/bill-gates-3-myths-that-block-progress-for-the-poor/#comment-1547803

    Posted 24Jan2014 (pre-SOTU):

    [excerpt]

    In the developed world, we need less government, not more, and we need much more common sense than is displayed by our current global leadership. Obama and most of the leaders of Western Europe have failed badly. The average world leader today is lacking adequate education to function effectively in this complex modern technological world, and is easily misled by the latest fads and foolishness. Again, global warming hysteria and green energy nonsense are excellent examples.

  122. goldminor says:

    Jim Brock says:
    January 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Sounds like T Boone has snuggled up to the One.
    —————————————————————-
    The natural gas boom has bought significant benefits along with it,s growth. Obama wants to claim this benefit as a positive achievement of his administration. Which makes sense, considering the many negative achievements that will stand as his record. He has made ‘Climate Change ‘ a substantial part of his presidency, and over time he will be remembered for that.

  123. ren says:

    Forecast polar vortex February 5th altitude of 23 km.
    http://oi59.tinypic.com/dxyb86.jpg

  124. Ed Mertin says:

    Gosh, gotta sit through four or five different Republican responses to get the response??? WUWT? Takes Kathy Rodgers, Mike Lee (tea), Rand Paul (libertarian) and the Cruz (keep my Cuba) just to say something?? Kind of fractured, ya think? This is going to take all night.

  125. pat says:

    some of u may know of WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance), which was founded by British musician, Peter Gabriel, in the 80s. it is now in a number of countries, including United Arab Emirates…and Adelaide in Australia. this year looks like fun:

    WOMADelaide 2014: The Planet Talks
    The Planet Talks return to Speakers Corner with a line-up of stimulating and inspiring speakers from Australia, Europe and the USA.
    The sessions will be hosted by Robyn Williams (ABC Radio National) and Bernie Hobbs (ex ABC TV’s The New Inventors).
    The Planet Talks is presented by the University of South Australia.
    Speakers:
    TIM FLANNERY
    Tim Flannery is one of the most well known Australian environmentalists and climate change activists of our time. With a long list of published works and a past Commissioner of the Australian Climate Commission, Flannery brings a wealth of practical experience and fundamental understanding of the key issues facing our planet today…
    PROFESSOR TOM WIGLEY
    Dr Tom Wigley is a Professor at the University of Adelaide and has a position at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He is one of the world’s most highly cited scientists in the field of climatology.
    PLUS other assorted smug-faced, well-off CAGW zealots.
    SUNDAY PROGRAM INCLUDES:
    Politics, Media, Law & Merchants of Doubt
    SESSION 01 – The Captain Kirk & Dr Spock of communicating climate change
    Hosted by Robyn Williams (TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABC)
    Speakers: Annabel Crabb (TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABC), Tory Shepherd, Tanya Ha
    The Media, MPs and Mothers all play vital roles in shaping our emotional (Kirk) and rational (Spock) attitudes to environmental action.
    How do they frame a climate change message in ways that are relevant, accurate and meaningful to their audiences?
    Our panel of expert science, environment and politics communicators discuss some of the social, cultural, political and psychological machinations behind the things we see, hear and read about climate change…
    SESSION 02 – When Polly met Peter & Tim
    Hosted by Bernie Hobbs (EX-TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABC)
    Speakers: Polly Higgins, Peter Garrett & Tim Flannery
    Find out what happens when one of the world’s most visionary thinkers in the area of law and environmental action – Polly Higgins – meets Australia’s leading environmental thinker, writer and activist Tim Flannery and former government minister, ACF president and Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett for a frank conversation about why and how the law and legislation must tackle climate change.
    http://www.womadelaide.com.au/program/the-planet-talks

  126. jones says:

    And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”

    .
    Doesn’t he care about our children’s children’s children?…

  127. george e. smith says:

    So all these new solar panels getting POUNDED into place by people whose jobs can’t be outsourced.

    Ever watched solar panels being pounded into place, and wondered just what the workers were doing. Not easy to find out, because the language on the roofs, isn’t English.

    Construction jobs were outsourced a long time ago.

    So natural gas is just a bridge fuel. From what, to what ??

    The Government gives $4B per year to fossil fuel industries ?? Howcome ?? The US government, is the biggest beneficiary of fossil fuel industries; and they don’t get a dime from the government.

    So what are these “fuels of the future” that need taxpayer money ?? Maybe Obama is going to plant more fig trees, to get figs for fuel, just like we had, before we got down on the ground, and discovered fire. Oh I see they are going to use AUAVs to pick the figs, so we don’t have to climb the trees again.

    Did he give this speech (I didn’t listen, or watch) using his stereo teleprompters; or does lying just come naturally from him now ??

  128. asybot says:

    First thanks to all of the comments that were made This guy is seemingly a jerk but do not be fooled! I cannot add more because most of the comments were great, but the one one sentence that Obama said ( and to many it may not mean much), is when he used the word “pound” to describe a contractor placing a solar panel, my hair actually stood on end (i think somebody else mentioned it) it somewhat reminds me of Khrushchev using his “shoe” at the UN. Somehow for a moment moment Obama lost his composure (community organizer popped up?). And although most of the time he followed script thus fooling most if not all of you he made a few more bizarre statements. Do not laugh, please , this guy (and the group behind him). Do not ridicule him (them). There was also not much of a “balloon type , happy days are here again” departure after the speech less than 2 minutes btw.

  129. John Law says:

    Claude Harvey says:
    January 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm
    “A “one trick pony” act rapidly loses audience interest, no matter how flawless the performance may be. The pony never understands”

    Don’t you mean, donkey never understands!

  130. DirkH says:

    pat says:
    January 29, 2014 at 12:25 am
    “WOMADelaide 2014: The Planet Talks”

    Still enough shroom eaters to keep that thing alive?

  131. george e. smith says:

    “””””…..Jim D says:

    January 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    “we’re becoming a global leader in solar, too.”

    Perhaps we’d be there already Solyndra didn’t go bankrupt……”””””

    Well Solyndra didn’t GO bankrupt .

    They were insolvent before they even opened their doors.

    You have to be really dumb to build a PV solar cell, that is cylindrical, and built out of hygroscopic material. A cylinder has three times the area of a flat strip as wide as its diameter (well pi times).

    So glass making is a very energy intensive process, and you need three times as much. Well I see I forgot the hygroscopy; that cylinder has to be hermetically sealed inside a bigger glass cylinder; so it’s 6 times as much glass (ok already; 2pi times !).

    And being a cylinder, they are as thick as they are wide, so when the sun is not overhead, they cast a big shadow, so you can’t butt them up against each other like flat cells. So they require at least three times as much roof area as flat cells (make that pi also for commonality).

    Did I mention they cast a shadow; well they even shadow themselves. The sun shines on the curved surface somewhat like a flat one, but then the sides of the cylinder are edgewise on to the sun, so they don’t get uniformly illuminated.

    Guess what happens when you parallel up two solar cells, and put more light on one than the other; well the same thing happens if you put less light on one cell than the other.

    The cell with the lower light on it, generates a lower forward Voltage, than the cell with the brighter light, so instead of putting out a current onto the power buss, it partially shorts the higher Voltage cell (current hogging), so it wastes some of the current from the high Voltage cell.

    Because cylinders are cylindrical, and the sun moves around them, so the illuminated part changes continually; the whole surface has to be a single cell; can’t be multiple cells, so they current hog themselves.

    Anyone making or installing solar panels, knows that cells in parallel, all have to be equally illuminated. So a shadow from a tree is intolerable, and will lead to current hogging losses.

    The Solyndra solar panel (tube) was an engineering scandal, long before it became a financial scandal, or a political scandal.

  132. Rob says:

    “The Debate is settled”. “Climate change is a fact”???

    Whoa!!!

  133. Tom says:

    I’ll tell you what’s settled. It’s a settled fact that climastrologists can’t read thermometers. If they do read them, and they don’t like the reading, it is either deleted from record-gathering or ‘adjusted’. Guess which way?

    In the 1970s there were >6000 weather stations which provided data to compile global temperature records. Now, fewer than 1100 stations are used, heavily biased to urban heat islands, lower latitudes and elevations. Joe D’Aleo gets it. Start at about 3:05 for the busy viewer. One station remains to record temperature in Canada north of 65deg North.

  134. Berényi Péter says:

    The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled.

    I am glad it’s not only the science, but the the debate is settled as well.

    Real zombies are slow, but they’re both only going to be stopped by aiming for the head. Always aim for the head, I cannot stress this enough.

    There you go.

  135. lee says:

    george e. smith says:
    January 29, 2014 at 12:39 am
    ‘ Maybe Obama is going to plant more fig trees, to get figs for fuel’
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Or FIGJAM

  136. chip nikh says:

    Huffington Post gives free publication to Oxford Martin Commission for all their strident calls for a taxpayer TRILLION DOLLAR Climate Campaign, and then H-Ps comment censors BLOCK ANY NAYSAYER COMMENTS.

    Hmmm. Let’s see who’s on the Board of the Oxford Martin Commission.

    Oxford Martin Commission on Future Generations

    Chaired by Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization, the Commission comprises: Michelle Bachelet, Lionel Barber, Professor Roland Berger,
    Professor Ian Goldin,*** Arianna Huffington, *****Dr Mo Ibrahim, Luiz Felipe Lampreia, Minister Liu He, Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Minister Trevor Manuel, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Minister Nandan Nilekani, Lord Patten, Baron Piot, Lord Rees, Professor Amartya Sen, Lord Stern and Jean-Claude Trichet.

    .: H-P is a NEO-LIBERAL PROPAGANDA RAG mascarading as news-zine.

  137. mike says:

    The hive may still
    Hurl its fury
    Impotently
    At brave Curry

    Or leg-hump wise
    Fecklessly dog
    The blessed Watt’s
    Own hive-proof blog

    Or rail at Jo
    Or “The Bishop”
    For screwing-up
    Its agit-prop

    But that can’t hide
    It’s come to pass
    The hive has been
    Served-up its ass

    Yep! So dire the
    Hive’s shellacking
    That POTUS too
    Now groks fracking

  138. Chuck Nolan says:

    Gail Combs says:
    January 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm
    Rob Ricket says: @ January 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    The “pea” in O’s litany of rhetorical nonsense is the 100 billion for new factories.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Since Obama took office the actual unemployment rate went from ~ 12% to ~ 24% And from December 2007 to October 2011 the USA has lost 6.5 million jobs. So why would anyone in their right mind believe him?

    “If Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.”
    ———————————————
    Gail, Obama had a city….Chicago.
    cn

  139. Gail Combs says:

    Jim D says: @ January 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    “we’re becoming a global leader in solar, too.”

    Perhaps we’d be there already Solyndra didn’t go bankrupt….
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Yea and WHO has been buying up the bankrupt solar companies?
    Warren Buffet Buys Antelope Valley Solar Projects for $2.5 Billion and do not forget it is Warren Buffet’s trains hauling oil instead of the Keystone pipeline. Maybe this is why the Wall Street Journal says Warren Buffett is President Obama’s most important ally in the Business Community

    This of course is not surprising given Warren Buffett’s wealth soared $37 million a day in 2013 He gained more wealth than any other U.S. billionaire. (Warren Buffett was ranked as the world’s wealthiest person in 2008 and as the third wealthiest person in 2011.)

    Now what was that the Occupy Wall Street Crowd was saying about the 1% and income inequality?

    President Obama on inequality (transcript)

    …The top 10 percent no longer takes in one-third of our income — it now takes half. Whereas in the past, the average CEO made about 20 to 30 times the income of the average worker, today’s CEO now makes 273 times more. And meanwhile, a family in the top 1 percent has a net worth 288 times higher than the typical family, which is a record for this country.

    …But this increasing inequality is most pronounced in our country, and it challenges the very essence of who we are as a people. Understand we’ve never begrudged success in America. We aspire to it. We admire folks who start new businesses, create jobs, and invent the products that enrich our lives. And we expect them to be rewarded handsomely for it. In fact, we’ve often accepted more income inequality than many other nations for one big reason — because we were convinced that America is a place where even if you’re born with nothing, with a little hard work you can improve your own situation over time and build something better to leave your kids….

    The problem is that alongside increased inequality, we’ve seen diminished levels of upward mobility in recent years….

    And what is that OH WISE ONE?

    Because the G@&^ D%$# red tape strangles any hope an average American has of starting his own business, that is IF he has enough wealth left to try and start one after the government strips him of 80% of he earnings via all the different taxes he pays! E.M. Smith gives a great explanation of why large corporations love government regulation.

    Note how corporate tariffs and taxes decrease while pay roll taxes skyrocket WIKI chart here is another chart tax dollars as share of federal revenues (Note the first chart by WIKI hides the decrease in corporate and increase in personal tax) and do not forget INFLATION, THE HIDDEN TAX Both Lenin and Sen. Daniel Webster warned against fiat currency and inflation, Who’d a thunk?

    Americans are not as dumb as the president. 62% Favor Smaller Government With Fewer Services, Lower Taxes Of course in2009 49.5% of Americans did not pay income taxes so one can understand why those people might want more services and more taxes.

    Unfrotunately people are not paying heed to Sen Webster’s warning:
    “I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe . . . Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the wrong, and they will apply the remedy.” ~ Daniel Webster

    One would think the words of this great American statesman would be taught in American schools. But then you would also think the true lessons from the First Thanksgiving: that communism does not work and private property, individual liberty and industry does, would be taught in our schools too.

  140. Gail Combs says:

    Gail Combs says:…
    “If Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.”
    ———————————————
    Chuck Nolan says: January 29, 2014 at 3:49 am
    Gail, Obama had a city….Chicago.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Nope, Chicago belongs to Mob Boss Daley. Still does.

    Isn’t it interesting how the mob bosses families became politicians, the Daleys the Kennedys…

  141. Vince Causey says:

    So he is going to remove the tax breaks to fossil fuel industries ($4bn). Does he need Congressional approval for this?

    A new solar panel hammered in every 4 minutes? Am I reading that correctly? Thats 360 in a day, 129,600 in a year. At that rate it will take 1,000 years to nail one onto every American dwelling. Way to go Obama!

  142. M Simon says:

    American Energy will now be ties to the surveillance state:

    http://classicalvalues.com/2014/01/stop-the-smart-grid/

  143. Chuck Nolan says:

    Gail Combs says:
    January 28, 2014 at 8:07 pm
    WestHighlander says: @ January 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Here’s the true gist — ” Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced. ”

    Of course that job of pounding a panel into place cant’t be outsoursed outside the US — but the ignorant, gullible illegal alien who does the job….
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Actually the American economy is so bad there is a net migration BACK TO MEXICO!

    Illegal Immigrants Returning to Mexico in Record Numbers

    (Did some one say something about deserting a sinking ship…)
    ———————————————————-
    Gail, Now I understand the democrats and immigration reform ASAP.
    They need to make them citizens before they all get away.
    I can hear ACORN now. “Just get a social security number before you leave…We need the votes.”
    cn

  144. John says:

    I’ve lost all trust in this president. His promises and points all have expiration dates, or unsaid exceptions.

  145. Chuck Nolan says:

    Bob says:
    January 28, 2014 at 8:45 pm
    Sorry, but Obama is a bald faced liar. Or do we prefer the term habitual? He is far too lose with his facts to be considered even a D student on most subjects. He is wrong about job numbers and he is wrong about Obamacare numbers. So why would we expect that he could read a thermometer? Obama is all about politics and all about himself and that sums it up. He preys on the ignorant and uniformed.
    —————————————————
    Yes Bob, we call that behavior progressive.
    Ms Clinton, Mr. Kerry, all of Obama’s cabinet and ole Chris Christy, too.
    The “ignorant and uninformed” are the democrat party base.
    cn

  146. michael hart says:

    If “red tape” is preventing needed factories from being built, and if he is unilaterally able to sweep it away on a whim, then it really does beg the question of why is it there in the first place, and why hasn’t he already abolished it?

  147. Bert Walker says:

    “And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”

    Of course BO will be speaking Mandarin (Chinese) since he has sold our children’s, children’s future to grow our national debit by over 7 Trillion the past 5 years, and over 127 Trillion in unfunded obligations. “At usdebtclock.org, federal unfunded liabilities are estimated at near $127 trillion, which is roughly $1.1 million per taxpayer…”
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/01/17/you-think-the-deficit-is-bad-federal-unfunded-liabilities-exceed-127-trillion/

  148. M Simon says:

    Can’t we attract better people into public office than Obama?

    The problem is getting people to vote for them.

  149. Steve from Rockwood says:

    Natural gas. it’s the bridge fuel that will save Obama’s butt (and the US economy) until he’s out of office.

  150. Steve from Rockwood says:

    John F. Hultquist says:
    January 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Notice he is taking credit for the increase of natural gas production and the decrease of CO2 emissions, neither of which he should rightly get credit for except for the slowing of economic activity.

    The problem with switching from coal to natural gas to reduce CO2 emissions is that it is a one time savings. Once you take credit for this type of CO2 reduction, the only next step (other than nuclear) is to actually reduce energy use. I’ll wager it is impossible for a rich country to significantly reduce its energy use and grow its economy or improve living standards beyond the current incremental improvements enjoyed through technological advance. Whatever will happen to future global temperatures we are “locked in” to future CO2 emission increases. As evidence I offer the economies of China, India and the USA.

  151. philjourdan says:

    Obama did nothing. The good results are a result of private enterprise getting around his onerous regulations! Obama is like the mugger who claims credit for his victim recovering from the wounds HE inflicted!

  152. Gail Combs says:

    michael hart says: @ January 29, 2014 at 4:33 am

    If “red tape” is preventing needed factories from being built, and if he is unilaterally able to sweep it away on a whim, then it really does beg the question of why is it there in the first place, and why hasn’t he already abolished it?
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>
    You do not understand the real role of Red Tape. Red Tape is in place only to prevent the little guy from competing with his betters. With the Corporate-Government revolving door placing industry puppets in the bureaucracies that are supposed to police them it is just a giant shell game to show voters politicians are “Doing Something” while ripping off the tax payer and helping out favored corporations. See SHIELDING THE GIANT: USDA’s “Don’t Look, Don’t Know” Policy for an example of how the system actually works.

    Also see E.M. Smith’s explanation of the system. He really clears up a lot of the deliberate misunderstandings used to obscure what is really going on.. link

    What is the definition of an Honest Politician?
    One who stays bought.

    Who has the money to buy a politician?
    Wealthy people and corporations.

    How has the Supreme Court protected the rights of the individual?
    The Supreme Court determine a Corporation was a “person’ and could therefore donate to political campaigns. “We [the Supreme Court] now conclude that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.”

  153. Gamecock says:

    “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar”

    I love this metaphor. It’s dark when most go solar.

  154. David G says:

    What can you do or say about idiot Obama when climate knuckleheads who should know better like Jim Steele, say climate change is a fact? No, dummy, the fact is you don’t know what the heck you’re mumbling about. Climate change is an ad slogan, nothing else!

  155. David, UK says:

    Talk about a God complex.

  156. Gail Combs says:

    “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar”

    And every week another power systems engineer runs screaming into the night pulling out his hair.

    A power systems engineer commented on WUWT: http://

    “Letting non-professionals get involved in the power grid is like giving the keys to the family car and a bottle of whiskey to a 14 year old boy and his pals. If the renewables were viable, we’d adopt them by the train-load and build them so fast your head would spin.”

    Yes Sir, Obama is the greatest thing for the economy since the Wisconsin Glaciation.

  157. _Jim says:

    Ed Mertin says January 29, 2014 at 12:13 am
    … and the Cruz (keep my Cuba)

    The altering eye alters all; I give you Ed Mertin with The Insane Response.

    “For the eye altering, alters all” (IOW he who cannot ‘see’ clearly cannot hope to report clearly)
    . . . – William Blake.

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  158. Gail Combs says:

    Darn I messed up the link again: link

    Actually thinking about it the Wisconsin Glaciation would have taken out Chicago, Detroit, NYC, Boston so whats not to like? Glacial Maximum 15,000 years BP

  159. herkimer says:

    There was also a part of the President’s speech where he implied that the drought in California is due to climate change [really global warming caused by man}. It is really strange that he should make those flawed comments as it is well known and documented in the scientific community with many peer reviewed papers that the drought is primarily due to the positive AMO and the negative PDO pattern like the period of 1945-1950′s and again 1905-1915 and a blocking. high which diverts the rains to the north. It is even stranger to pick this region to comment on during an evening when 90% of the country is in the coldest deep freeze since the late 1970′s and the winters have been getting colder in every state including CALIFORNIA for 15 years now . There has been no global warming in United States for 15 years . It is tragic when even the President participates in misleading the entire nation about the state of the climate in his own country for political gain..

  160. Marnof says:

    And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask “Why are we always so cold, grandpa?” you can point to my picture and shake your head. “Now, be a good boy and go fetch more firewood.”

  161. Gamecock says:

    herkimer says:
    January 29, 2014 at 6:12 am

    It is tragic when even the President participates in misleading the entire nation about the state of the climate in his own country for political gain..

    ====================================================================

    Don’t make the mistake of pinning this all on the President. He is not acting alone. Even if by sin of omission, this is the entire Democrat Party. Obama will be off the main stage soon, but the Democrat Party will still be still be front and center.

    This is the risk of calling ACA “Obamacare.” Yes, the President is seriously culpable. But so are all the Democrats. Don’t let Obama take the focus off the Dems. Democare doesn’t roll off the tongue like Obamacare. Unfortunately.

  162. _Jim says:

    The parallels with FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) are astounding, IOW, we have been down this road before. A good read for those who are curious about the FDR era (The Great Depression) is http://www.mackinac.org/archives/1998/sp1998-01.pdf (pdf form).

    The following excerpt is from the section titled: “Nothing to fear but fear itself” and the entire work can also be found in HTML form here.

    - – - – - – - – - –
    “Nothing to fear but fear itself
    By Lawrence W. Reed, published on Jan. 1, 1998

    Roosevelt did indeed make a difference, though probably not the sort of difference for which the country had hoped. He started off on the wrong foot when, in his inaugural address, he blamed the Depression on “unscrupulous money changers.”

    He said nothing about the role of the Fed’s mismanagement [of the money supply - QE1, 2, 3 etc anyone?] and little about the follies of Congress that had contributed to the problem [punishing tariffs]. As a result of his efforts, the economy would linger in depression for the rest of the decade. Adapting a phrase from 19th century writer Henry David Thoreau, Roosevelt famously declared in his address that, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” But as Dr. Hans Sennholz of Grove City College explains, it was FDR’s policies to come that Americans had genuine reason to fear:


    In his first 100 days, he swung hard at the profit order. Instead of clearing away the prosperity barriers erected by his predecessor, he built new ones of his own. He struck in every known way at the integrity of the U.S. dollar through quantitative increases and qualitative deterioration. He seized the people’s gold holdings and subsequently devalued the dollar by 40 percent.

    Frustrated and angered that Roosevelt had so quickly and thoroughly abandoned the platform on which he was elected, Director of the Bureau of the Budget Lewis W. Douglas resigned after only one year on the job. At Harvard University in May 1935, Douglas made it plain that America was facing a momentous choice:

    Will we choose to subject ourselves — this great country — to the despotism of bureaucracy, controlling our every act, destroying what equality we have attained, reducing us eventually to the condition of impoverished slaves of the state?

    Or will we cling to the liberties for which man has struggled for more than a thousand years? It is important to understand the magnitude of the issue before us. … If we do not elect to have a tyrannical, oppressive bureaucracy controlling our lives, destroying progress, depressing the standard of living … then should it not be the function of the Federal government under a democracy to limit its activities to those which a democracy may adequately deal, such for example as national defense, maintaining law and order, protecting life and property, preventing dishonesty, and … guarding the public against … vested special interests?

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  163. _Jim says:

    michael hart says January 29, 2014 at 4:33 am

    If “red tape” is preventing needed factories from being built, and if he is unilaterally able to sweep it away on a whim, then it really does beg the question of why is it there in the first place, and why hasn’t he already abolished it?

    Because, this (the ‘dog and pony show’ you watched last night) is in the category of ‘Shell Games’ and Three-Card Monte … *you* aren’t meant to win, you won’t win, and __all__ the ‘con’ wants is your money…

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    .

    Shell games – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_game
    Three card monte – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-card_Monte

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  164. John G. says:

    I would like to praise the noble climate scientists who have labored for decades and have finally succeeded in reaching a consensus that climate change is real. I would like also to praise the president who gives us hopey that he can stop that climate changey before it kills our children with fiery icy even if he has to use executive orders. Evidently he will do this by encouraging the production of fracking free gas which will reduce the CO2 and stop the changing while providing the fuel to keep us cool or warm as the case might be. All is right with the world.

  165. The words uttered by this POTUS bear no relation to his actions, and vice versa. I am constantly reminded of Orwell.

    “Choco rations have been increased to 25 grams per week, up from 30 grams per week.” (‘1984’) Orwell.

  166. _Jim says:

    Gail Combs says January 29, 2014 at 5:07 am

    You do not understand the real role of Red Tape. Red Tape is in place only to prevent the little guy from competing with his betters. With the Corporate-Government revolving door placing industry puppets in the bureaucracies …

    It works that way on one level, but, don’t go overboard. Michael Dell, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs managed to succeed in *our* lifetimes recognizing un-tapped markets. You aren’t going to strike it rich by sitting around posting randomly on websites (even good, top of the line websites!) … It takes work, effort, smarts and some amount of ‘dumb’ luck .. meanwhile going after successful enterprises in an “Ida Tarball” mode doesn’t really further any of us in our efforts (IOW, tearing down another in an attempt to get ahead or ‘equalize’ is playing into the hands of the socialists.)

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  167. beng says:

    Gas production has increased despite Barry saddam hussein bin-laden Ob*stard. The only reason it has is ’cause it moved very fast (private industry) & he & EPA haven’t gotten their filthy handcuffs on it yet.

  168. Slacko says:

    M Simon says:
    January 29, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Can’t we attract better people into public office than Obama?

    The problem is getting people to vote for them.

    Ron Paul was in the running, wasn’t he? And made a lot more sense than anyone in the rest of the bunch. But the MSM hardly ever even allowed their cameras to point in his direction. He was just the invisible man. What did Americans do? You gravitated to the man who most closely resembles the antichrist.

    That’s the way it looked from Oz anyway.

  169. _Jim says:

    Slacko says January 29, 2014 at 7:10 am

    What did Americans do? You gravitated to the man who most closely resembles the antichrist.

    Better research on the ‘reason’ is needed before jumping to confusions; look into the fact that 2MM (+2 million) voters with a presumed ‘R’ party voting inclination stayed home … conclusion: Rom failed to turn out the base (Rom was running some 2.5 million votes behind John McCain as of November 8th.)

    Article in support of the above assertion.

    .

  170. rabbit says:

    Alarmists have taken to depicting the current controversy as “those who accept that global warming is occurring versus those that deny it.”

    The controversy is far more nuanced than that. The real question is not whether CO2 is a green house gas (it is), or whether there has been warming over the last 50 years (sure seems to be, although there is room to question the amouint). The biggest question is over how sensitive the climate is to CO2 forcing. The computer models assume a high sensitivity while the evidence seems to show a much lower sensitivity.

    That Obama would so grossly ignore the real controversy in such an important topic is not worthy of a president.

  171. Gail Combs says:

    _Jim says: @ January 29, 2014 at 6:54 am…

    I am old enough to remember when anyone could take in wash, clean a house, mow a lawn, baby sit kids or start any number of small businesses with ease. I also remember when a friend had to close his small business of cleaning offices because of changes in the regulations. another friend with a small vineyard was told the lees (seeds and stems) of his grapes were “Hazardous Waste” and had to be disposed of properly and he had to fill out forms that had to be turned into the state. Heck one state told me I had to have my horse manure inspected before giving it to a neighbor for her garden! One by one the simple easy businesses have become “regulated” Until now we have Police Bust Lemonade Stands Nationwide.

    Jim I am semi-retired. I and my husband (70 years old) have been running a small business for 22 years. My father-in-law ran his business until he was 88 years old. So how long have you been running YOUR business BTW?

    BTW William H. Gates Sr. was an attorney and founding partner at Preston, Gates & Ellis. He served as president of both the Seattle/King County Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association. So Gates Jr. was not exactly from an impoverished inner-city family.

    I prefer Herman Cain as an example BTW. :>)

  172. Chad Wozniak says:

    @starzmom -

    I have solar panels on my house, which cut my (nominal) electric bill by half. However, since I paid only 30 percent of the actual cost of my panels for them, and the other 70 percent came from taxpayer subsidies – and my other electric rates (PG&E territory, California) are at least double what they would be without “renewable energy” mandates – I’m not really saving any money by my solar panels, because I’m paying way more than the difference – the savings on my PG&E bill – in taxes for the panels.

    If there were no renewables mandates and other artificial costs to jack up electric rates it would never make sense to have solar panels on your house.

    It would seem that the whole rationale for “renewable energy” (except hydroelectric, which the envirolunatics don’t count as renewable) reflects some serious economic illiteracy.

    If Obama were really committed to education (as opposed to Common Core-type leftist propaganda indoctrination), he’d see to it that economics and business management were taught starting in the first grade (something I’ve been advocating for a long time).

    Economic illiteracy is a major element in global warming alarmism and “green” initiatives generally.

    Finally, one wonders how this self-proclaimed champion of the poor can rationalize sticking it to the poor with high energy costs, which affect not only their electric, home heating and gasoline bills but the cost of all their necessaries that move by electricity or motor fuel. Oh, but in his Mobius strip-shaped path of logical thinking, he’ll find a way. (After all, it’s saving the planet for their grandchildren! Oh, but me grandma here, today, right now, trying to raise my three grandkids on a low income in a bad neighborhood – how will those higher energy prices help me both feed the grandkids and heat the house? Right now looks like I’ll have to choose between the two? My grandchildren are already here, today, now, bro, and the world ain’t bein’ saved for them!)

  173. _Jim says:

    Gail Combs says January 29, 2014 at 7:51 am

    BTW William H. Gates Sr. was an attorney and founding partner at Preston, Gates & Ellis. He served as president of both the Seattle/King County Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association. So Gates Jr. was not exactly from an impoverished inner-city family.

    ‘Show cause’ (IOW, justify the above response); other than instilling an indomitable competitive spirit in young Bill Gates, what does that have to do with anything? Are you even remotely familiar with young Bill Gates early years in his business pursuits? The second question would be: Do you understand the environment he was involved with when he wrote the simulators that executed on the various mainframes (computers) and minis he was using to develop his software on before having access to the actual micros (like the Altair 8800) his S/W would run on at the time? Do you grasp the fact this was ‘virtualization’ allowing development to take before actual hardware was available?

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  174. Max Hugoson says:

    Brian Sussman tweeted something about dictators signing autographs.

    Immediately brought to mind this:

    Ironic???

  175. Reed Coray says:

    BO almost makes me wish for Al Gore. Almost

  176. Chad Wozniak says:

    Yes, I’m waiting for him to grow his Charlie Chaplin mustache – what’s taking him so long?

  177. CaligulaJones says:

    Bewitch says:
    January 28, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    “Glad he is yours. We dumped our own shrieking violets last September in our Federal election here in Australia. Patience people, the worm will turn.”

    There will be an election in 2015 in Canada, and the forces will be:

    1) Stephen Harper, Conservative, who must be doing something right because David Suzuki HATES him

    2) Justin Bieber, sorry, I mean Justin Trudeau, the lucky sperm from Pierre Trudeau’s loins, whose sole qualifications for the job of leader is good hair and good speechifyin’. Remind you of anyone?

  178. Bart says:

    _Jim says:
    January 29, 2014 at 6:31 am

    When I meet people today who despair of our future, I tell them, “relax – if we could survive FDR, we will survive this.”

    You’d think that after nearly 12 years of unrelenting hardship, people might have looked up and said, “you know, maybe it’s him“. But, the public is always a sucker for someone who says he cares, even as he turns the screws on the rack torturing them tighter.

  179. Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7 says:

    Meanwhile, back in reality land … The entire metro Atlanta area is gridlocked because of about 3 inches (7.4 cm) of snowfall plus temperatures 20°F (11°C) below normal. Is this climate change? I have no idea. It is certainly weather. But most importantly it is weather for which Atlanta, metro area residents, and the state of Georgia were effectively unprepared.

    I have no idea what this mess is going to end up costing, but it will be a bundle.

    Way too much time & money spent on “climate change” and nowhere near enough on winter weather preparedness.

  180. Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7 says:

    CaligulaJones says:
    January 29, 2014 at 8:40 am

    2) Justin Bieber, sorry, I mean Justin Trudeau, the lucky sperm from Pierre Trudeau’s loins, whose sole qualifications for the job of leader is good hair and good speechifyin’. Remind you of anyone?

    John Kerry? (AKA “The Poodle”). He not only has good hair; he has a knack for marrying rich women, so perhaps he has other qualifications I’m not aware of.

  181. Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7 says:

    Reed Coray says:
    January 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

    BO almost makes me wish for Al Gore. Almost

    Agreed. We could criticize AlGore’s crazy ideas without being accused of racism. But any disapproval of the Annointed One is treated as a hate crime.

  182. Gail Combs says:

    _Jim says: January 29, 2014 at 8:22 am

    …Show cause….
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    It is known as mindset.

    Have you ever dealt with inner city kids? They are locked in third generation welfare because they can not imagine anything different. Gates was not locked in. His Dad was part owner of a business.

    I have had kids from poverty stricken homes I interacted with come back as adults and thank me for making them realize they were not locked into poverty.

    Obama and his buddies WANT to lock those people into poverty and they are doing it any way they can.

    My husband was corresponding with someone yesterday. He has youngsters working for him part time. He said they start out gung ho at 14 years but by the time they were 18 they had no desire to work at all.

    I saw the same thing in the fresh out of school new-hires I had the misfortune to supervise. Come in late, take long lunches and breaks, leave early and if you actually ASK them to do the work they were hired to do they go screaming to personnel. Then as supervisor it is your ‘fault’ because you did not instill ‘Team Spirit’

    In the USA we have the government job, welfare mother, that pays better than minimum wage. we have complicated tax law, insurance and regulations raising the bar on small entrepreneurs. A small business owner can not even get a home mortgage without someone in the family with a ‘Regular Job’ co-signing the loan. And if you have been a small business person, whatever you do never ever mention it at a job interview!

    Sometimes _Jim I wonder if you are typing in Mom’s basement.

  183. LT says:

    Good old American capitalism found and produced all of this natural gas without any help or guidance from the Obama administration, perhaps not having an energy policy for almost a decade is the answer.

  184. timg56 says:

    When our children’s children look us in the eye – they most likely will say “Grandpa, can I have another cookie.”

  185. philjourdan says:

    @timg56 – only if you are a male. For Gail and Janice, I hope they say “grandma”. ;-)

  186. Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7 says:

    timg56 says:
    January 29, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    When our children’s children look us in the eye – they most likely will say “Grandpa, can I have another cookie.”

    Not if current trends in family disintegration continue. More likely they will say something like “Yo! Momma-Daddy: fork over all those cookies if’n you don’t want that bitch from Child Welfare Services all over you ass again”

  187. ntesdorf says:

    It is sad to see the United States being headed by such a complete moron. He seems to be unable to do any critical thinking on important matters.

  188. Allencic says:

    Anyone, including BHO who uses the term “carbon pollution” immediately removes all doubt that he is a scientific nincompoop. I have a number of benchmarks that I use to decide if a person’s opinion is worth listening to on any subject. One of the most important is that if they still believe in any form of AGW I know for sure that they are too stupid and gullible to have a valid opinion on anything. That includes BHO of course.

  189. Tsk Tsk says:

    So tax breaks for fossil fuel producers is evil. And inequality is evil. But somehow tax breaks for buying $100k Tesla’s and $30-70k solar installations isn’t evil. Riiiiight.

  190. JCR says:

    pat says:
    January 29, 2014 at 12:25am “WOMADelaide 2014: The Planet Talks”
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    Just as bad at the Woodford Folk Festival – biggest folk festival in the Southern Hemisphere, and includes a big speakers program on climate change, environment, politics and such like lefty touchy-feely stuff. I think my views on such things are fairly middle of the road, though leaning somewhat to the conservative side. When I’m at Woodford, I feel like I’m somewhere to the right of Genghis Khan. Good thing I only go for the music.

  191. Janice Moore says:

    Ah, Phil Jourdan (at 12:49pm), that was gallant of you to remember that there are a few women in the WUWT “gentlemen” ‘s club. Merci!

    btw: While I would LOVE to hear “Grandma!” called out to me by a child (I AM a little young, though, heh, heh — not literally, but, it seems like it to me) someday…. Sigh. It’s not looking too hopeful…. AAAAACK! What — am — I — saying?!! I will choose to live not in foolish, pseudo-wise, despair, but rather, in hope — yes! With God, ALL things are possible. (For both of us, Gail — grandchildren don’t have to be biological, you know!)

  192. Tom Harris says:

    Here is my TV interview across Canada today about the stupid mistakes in the SOTU on climate: http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/search/Tom%20Harris/climate-change-is-a-fact/3122991494001

  193. philjourdan says:

    @Janice Moore – indeed! I have 4 grands, 2 biological, and 2 by adoption (my wife and I adopted their mother, and then she had children). But they are all my grand kids! (especially spelled GRAND Kids).

  194. Ed Mertin says:

    One of the more pretentious political self-descriptions is “Libertarian.” People think it puts them above the fray. It sounds fashionable, and to the uninitiated, faintly dangerous. Actually, it’s just one more bullshit political philosophy.

    - George Carlin -

    This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility.

    After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    I drove to work without getting flattened by an eighteen wheeler with no brakes thanks to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Nor was I smashed by a driver asleep at the wheel thanks to Dept of Transportation.

    Then, after spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, I drive back to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and the fire marshal’s inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department.

    I then log onto the Internet which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration and post on WUWT, Freerepublic and Fox news forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine and environment is just BAD, BAD, BAD because the government just can’t do anything right.

    Self pwnage you say

  195. Bart says:

    Ed Mertin says:
    January 30, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Yes, and no. It’s like drinking at a party. A couple of mixers and a light buzz relaxes you and makes you glib and pleasant. Several of them makes you an obnoxious bore.

    I.e., more of a good thing is not generally better. We are well past the point of diminishing returns, and the heavy drinkers have become a bunch of insufferable, know-it-all, clueless jerks.

  196. Tom O says:

    Yes, he says what he says, and you can say that because it was so little, “we are winning.” Then recall that this man doesn’t care what congress says or does because he will do by executive order what he wants until at least the January after the mid term elections since Hary Reid and friends will shield him from impreachment.

    Also recall that the Constitution does not allow “executive orders” being law, and only the inactivity of the Congress allows them to have that semblance. Law can only be created by Congress, yet by doing nothing and allowing “EOs” to stand, do they appear to be law. The only way the President can act like a dictator is by first the Supreme court shirking the duties which it was intended – and it has – then Congress becoming the puppets of the puppet masters. Then the President can do what he wants – provided, of course, that is what the puppet masters want.

  197. Gail Combs says:

    Janice Moore says: @ January 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm
    ….Gail — grandchildren don’t have to be biological, you know!
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    We just had another visit from one of the kids we worked with years ago who moved away (~700 miles). She is now 18 and in college! Boy does time fly.

    We do children’s entertainment as a small business and have neighbor kids who come to our farm. We also tutor math and science.

  198. Janice Moore says:

    @ Phil Jourdan — Oh, that’s simply grand! Happy for you.
    Thank you for sharing that. #(:))

    @ Gail — Yes, I know you enjoy kids a lot (or you wouldn’t do all you do with the horses etc… with them). I’m glad to hear that you get the occasional visit. You have, no doubt, as Phil and his wife have, children and grandchildren of your heart.

  199. Janice Moore says:

    Oh, and, Gail, if anyone ever said to me, “You, know, Janice, Gail would have made a great mom.”

    I would reply firmly, “Gail is a great mom.”

  200. Gail Combs says:

    Janice, I HAVE kids, they go BAAAaaa, This year I have 3 blue eyed silvers and an almost black with blue eyes (Spooky looking little fellow)

    Of course children love to see the little guys and my lambs.

  201. Janice Moore says:

    Oh, Gail, lol. Neato! We had a tan kid named “Billy.” So, I know exactly what that sounds like. My dad’s sister gave him to us for a pet. She was a neat aunt (her brother wasn’t so pleased…). He was sooo, cute. Then, he grew up. THAT was an adventure. One time, we tethered him in the side yard a leeetle bit too close to the house. I woke up to hear him EATING THE SIDING!! Then, there was the time…. and, oh, yeah, that other time he… and …. — on and on as you very well know!
    #(:))

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