Free money! All you have to do is to be a ‘climate victim’

get_handoutsBillionaire Tom Steyer creates fund for Climate Victims

Eric Worrall writes:

Californian Billionaire Tom Steyer has just created a fund for victims of climate related extreme weather. The new initiative is intended to be 50% funded by Tom Steyer, and 50% funded by fellow travelers.

Steyer has apparently raised the money by selling his stake in Kinder Morgan, a large Texan Oil Company. http://www.kindermorgan.com

Steyer has also been devoting significant funds to helping Democrats campaign against Republican candidates in the upcoming senate elections.

Appart from wondering whether my “climate related” tick scare might qualify for a grant  http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/01/17/one-benefit-of-the-australian-heat-wave/ , Steyer’s new fund raises an interesting question in my mind, about American Politics;

Is it OK for large amounts of oil money to be expended influencing American politics, as long as the oil money is spent on helping Democrat candidates?

Source: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/06/06/california-billionaire-promises-to-help-victims-of-global-warming/

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I wonder if I could get some money for being a victim of daily climate abuse by Miriam O’Brien, aka “Sou/Hotwhopper”. Steyer surely has some fund for victims of crazy Internet climate stalkers  ;-) – Anthony

 

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58 Responses to Free money! All you have to do is to be a ‘climate victim’

  1. John says:

    Money talks and BS walks – it’s still true.

  2. Eve says:

    Wait, I am a climate victim. I had to move to the Bahamas for 6 months of the year because it is too cold in Canada. Where do I apply?

  3. jones says:

    I got sunburned last year….Right across the back of my neck…Will this do?

    Gotta be worth something surely?….

  4. lee says:

    Does Steyer still have money in rail for moving oil?

  5. bushbunny says:

    I can’t afford to heat my house in winter (not that I want too) can I apply? I wonder if he is for real, or just wanting to know how many fair dinkum survivors of climate change are really out there that need a helping hand. Oh I know Michael Mann?

  6. gregole says:

    Look. I live in the American desert southwest, one of the fastest warming places on earth (particularly in the summer – it gets warm pretty quick here around this time of year!). Shouldn’t I just be permanently subsidized? It’s only fair. Right? Right?!?

    Oh, incidentally, I just returned from a vacation to Oregon and drove. We ended up driving through Chico, Ca, Anthony, your home town! Beautiful town, in a beautiful state. My lovely wife went to Chico State and she told me Chico gets quite hot in the summer. Anthony, I think you also deserve a subsidy as a hot weather “climate victim”.

    If all goes well with this victomhood thingy, perhaps next time I’m through we can have get together and have a nice glass of chardonnay (funded of course by our new-found source of income) and swap victim stories.

    Chow.

  7. 1957chev says:

    The Ways I have been “victimized”, by Global Warming”!
    I have been forced to endure:
    Perspiration stains on my favourite blouse. Frizzy hair from humidity. Using a lot of air conditioning. Having to keep on hand, a large supply of “Mr. Freezie’s”, sunscreen, sunhats, and beach umbrellas. Going through a lot of ice, and assorted cold drinks. “Forced” to cook outdoors, over an open flame, to escape the indoor heat. Occasionally forced to jump into large bodies of cool water, to escape the global warming. I have had to purchase special tinted glasses, to reflect the suns rays. etc. etc. I think you can see, I have been suffering terribly. Oh ya, some of my plants have died from “drought”. That’s got to be worth a few more bucks! Please send my cheque as soon as possible, as they are predicting another hot summer…..er, I mean Global warming episode! :-) Might as well grab some….it’s OUR money!!! LOL!

  8. Janice Moore says:

    Why?

    Because:

    IF there is a fund for climate victims,

    THEN there must really be climate victims.

    SO, TAXPAYERS, FUND MY WINDMILLS!

    Investment: $1 billion in propaganda
    Return: $1 billion, one in subsidies
    = Net gain.

  9. Jeff Alberts says:

    The climate here is extremely mild. Where’s my money?

  10. Janice Moore says:

    Hey, Ms. FIFTY SEVEN — yeah! Cool name and fun post.

    This song is for you,

    REAL cars! (no steenkin’ hybrids!)

    Beautiful.

    GO, INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE!

    #(:))
    **********************************

    Hi, Bushbunny!
    #(:))

    Welcome back, Eve!

  11. bushbunny says:

    What about the law suits and death threats, we are victims of no free speech. One fellow student of mine told me I didn’t like windmills and solar panels because my electricity would cost more. Bloody oath I do when clean energy has no effect on their climate change. They took a loan out for 36,000 dollars to fit solar to their small hobby farm, and then put it up for sale, and it was so over priced they couldn’t sell it. Think of the interest they would have to pay.

  12. bushbunny says:

    Hi, Janice, I love those old Chevies, but they take a lot of ‘gas’, I like the old Rovers and Roll Royces too, but they cost money to keep them on the road.

  13. Janice Moore says:

    Well, the typical dad of teenagers FEELS like there’s a sign on his back that says: “FREE MONEY”…

    So! Here is where I’ll park my
    Father’s Day Tribute to All Genuine Dads
    (and Father figures, too)

    ********************************************************
    FATHER’S DAY TRIBUTE

    Here’s to all the genuine dads (whether or not biological).

    Dads are there when you need them.

    They will lay down their lives, if necessary. Gladly.

    (“American Patrol” – Glenn Miller Orchestra)

    They stand up for truth – even when it hurts. Gladly.
    (THANK YOU ALL YOU HERO SCIENTISTS (AND ATTORNEYS!) FOR TRUTH!)

    (Gregory Peck in “To Kill a Mockingbird” – Song: “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion)

    And when life comes full circle…
    and they
    need
    us…

    … we will be there for them. Gladly.

    It had always been Fernando,
    putting food on the table,
    patiently teaching, urging his son on
    to a world much larger than Modena.
    Now, it was Luciano leading Papa as, once again,
    they sang together as they always had.
    The voices had changed, but the love remained.

    “Panis Angelicus” – Fernando and Luciano Pavarotti (2001)
    (Note: this video is not about the music…)

    The love remains. Memories fade, but the love remains.

    Always.

    HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL YOU WONDERFUL WUWT DADS!

    With gratitude for all the “Dads” God has given me over the years,

    And with love,

    Janice

  14. Crispin in Waterloo says:

    How did he become a billionaire?

    Whose money is it, really?

  15. bobl says:

    My dam has almost dried up because the summer raims never came , and now it’s been a wet winter, that combined with all the CO2 has made the grass (and crops, but we don’t talk a out that) grow double quick. I’m cleadly a victim of global wierding and deserve some free money.

  16. AndiC says:

    They do say “A fool and his money are soon parted!!”

  17. Funding a solution would reduce the number of potential victims, and prevent professional protesters from redirecting attention away from a solution, by focusing on the symptoms of Climate Change.

    The solution to climate change
    replacement for fossil fuel powered electrical generation

    byD.Baker@silenced_not
    4 months ago694 total views
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    Urgent action required, appears to be the consensus of the most learned climate change advocates!
    The collective wisdom acquired through trial and error test applications of alleged solutions, has been enlightening, and sobering as agenda driven rhetoric failed time after time to deliver a replacement technology for the fossil fuel powered electrical generating facilities, which are the primary sources.of GHG the alleged culprits inducing global climatic destabilization!

    Most recently 2 documents have corroborated a much maligned document I wrote!
    In My Opinion! lnkd.in/ifM2au@Inc

    * Leaked Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the report says that agricultural output may drop by as much as two percent every decade for the rest of this century, compared to what it would have been without the effects of climate change. Demand for food is reportedly expected to rise 14 percent each decade during that time, exacerbating the food supply issue.

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/1/5056260/ipcc-leaked-climate-change-report-warns-severe-food-constraints

    * letter, by Kenneth Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution, Kerry Emanuel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, James E. Hansen of Columbia University and Tom Wigley of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Adelaide

    “To Those Influencing Environmental Policy But Opposed to Nuclear Power”
    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/to-those-influencing-environmental-policy-but-opposed-to-nuclear-power/?_r=0

    Unfortunately building conventional nuclear facilities is not realistic due to the costs associated with safety issues.

    This leaves you with one option other than Geo-engineering “A New Nuclear Technology”!
    Geo-engineering is the newest subsidy for the fossil fuel industry and is wrought with unknown risks and dangers and therefore not an option.

    The New Nuclear Technology I propose is as follows:
    Human Excrement + Nuclear Waste = Hydrogen

    disq.us/8en3l0lnkd.in/ifM2au@Inc http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&gid=938667&type=member&item=5794160567027515392&commentID=5794504904257064960&report%2Esuccess=8ULbKyXO6NDvmoK7o030UNOYGZKrvdhBhypZ_w8EpQrrQI-BBjkmxwkEOwBjLE28YyDIxcyEO7_TA_giuRN#commentID_5794504904257064960 … … … … … … … … … …

    You’ve tried everything else first and these have failed adding to the urgency of action required!

    Dennis Baker
    1. – 998 Creston Avenue

    Penticton BC Canada V2A1P9

    dennisbaker2003@hotmail.com
    @dennisearlbaker @silenced_not

  18. jones says:

    I hope this doesn’t come across as facetious but I once got my feet wet on a beach and I’m sure I wouldn’t have if the sea level wasn’t as high as it was…….

    Oh, I was traumatised too by the event……..gotta be some cash in that as well…..

    Cheers…large ones…..all round….

  19. pat says:

    another good, clean billionaire:

    5 June: Bloomberg: Buffett’s $26 Billion Power Bet in West Seen Paying Off
    By Lynn Doan and Naureen S. Malik
    The energy unit of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., with the help of California’s grid operator, is moving to unite the holdings under a single market capable of dispatching power across seven states every five minutes. The system, designed to handle sudden swings in supply and demand, would revolutionize the markets from Oregon to Nevada, where 38 transmission operators manually balance their territories on an hourly basis.
    The move would be a game-changer for the renewables that Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. has accumulated over the past decade, including two of the world’s largest solar farms, and for other clean-power producers, according to those who trade in the region’s markets…
    ***Transmission operators across the U.S. are struggling to manage record volumes of variable resources such as wind and solar coming online to meet state renewables mandates. Power prices, already weighed down by a 66 percent drop in natural gas since July 2008, can slide to zero or negative at times when output unexpectedly surges, pressuring profits for gas, nuclear and coal generators…
    To bring this growing collection of renewables onto the grid, “you really need to have better tools — situational awareness, speed and wide areas of diversity,” PacifiCorp’s Bird said. “The West lacks that, and this, from our point of view, is critical.”
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-03/buffett-s-26-billion-power-bet-in-west-seen-paying-off.html

  20. pat says:

    u have to laugh!

    3 June: Bloomberg: Sandrine Rastello: Coal-Fired Plant in Kosovo Tests World Bank Clean-Air Pledge
    The half-century-old plant near the capital, Pristina, produces a third of the nation’s electricity by burning lignite…
    Chronic power outages hobble the country’s $7 billion economy, the poorest in Europe after Moldova.
    Kosovo’s government is asking the World Bank to help finance a new plant that would provide a reliable power supply while still tapping the nation’s lignite reserves, the world’s fifth largest. The proposal is forcing the lender and its biggest shareholder, the U.S., to make an exception in their clean-energy commitments and concede that burning coal can be the fastest route out of poverty…
    “We’re going to avoid coal except in the most exceptional circumstances, and in this case, it is one of the exceptional circumstances,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in a May 30 interview…
    Containing less energy and more carbon, lignite is cheaper than hard coal and has seen a recent revival in Europe as policy makers allowed mines to be expanded to drive down power prices…
    The Kosovo project — a two-unit, 600-megawatt plant that would be fed coal from nearby state-owned mines — is estimated by the government to cost less than 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion)…
    U.S. and European companies are lining up to bid on the project. New York-based ContourGlobal LP and Sithe Global Power LLC, which is owned by funds managed by Blackstone (BX) Group LP, were pre-approved as bidders, along with Turkish company Park Holding AS, according to Economic Development Minister Fadil Ismajli…
    To lure investors and their financiers spooked by political or credit risks, the World Bank would offer about $60 million in loan guarantees that would kick in if the government failed to meet obligations such as supplying coal or purchasing electricity…
    Kosovo’s future with coal is “a test of the ambiguity they’ve left on the table,” said Scott Morris, a former deputy assistant secretary for development finance and debt at the U.S. Treasury Department…
    This time, the bank’s largest member-nation appears more supportive, with officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development recommending the project in a September report.
    Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said during a May 8 congressional hearing that “for the poorest countries, we continue to have an exception for coal facilities.”
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-01/coal-versus-poverty-in-kosovo-tests-world-bank-clean-air-pledge.html

    Bloomberg’s Morales interviews Yvo De Boer. good luck (or not) with China, guys!

    5 June: Bloomberg: Alex Morales: Climate Treaties Like Kyoto Aren’t Coming Back: Ex-UN Climate Chief
    The U.S. announcement could tilt the goal of UN climate change negotiations, away from an “international, legally binding” treaty, to a patchwork of national commitments. Pacts like the Kyoto Protocol, which the U.S. Senate blocked by a 95-0 vote in 1997, are probably a thing of the past, said former UN climate chief Yvo De Boer. He is now director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute in Seoul…
    Q: What’s the deal with American Republicans and climate change?
    A: I remember George W. Bush at the beginning of his first term being extremely critical of climate change as an issue. I remember Condoleezza Rice joyfully calling the EU ambassadors into her office and saying Kyoto was dead. And by the end of the second term, Bush was saying that climate change was a global issue that requires a global response. So we all have our learning curves and conservatives are not immune to learning.
    Q: Do you think people are getting UN climate talks fatigue? The wrangling seems endless.
    A: I think they are. I often have the feeling that the climate talks are a lot like those terrible American soap operas where every episode is incredibly exciting but if you don’t watch for 2 years, you don’t miss anything. That’s why I think political leaders engaging in the UN Secretary-General’s [September] summit, and political leadership in Paris, is so critical.
    Q: How important are the U.S. and China to an agreement?
    A: Everything revolves around China and the United States. Much of what is agreed in Paris will flow from a U.S.-Sino willingness to engage.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-04/climate-treaty-like-the-one-gore-signed-isn-t-coming-back-ex-un-climate-chief.html

  21. MikeUK says:

    “Is it OK for large amounts of oil money to be expended influencing American politics, as long as the oil money is spent on helping Democrat candidates?”

    Of course its OK, because (in the eyes of the Left) it is peoples money being returned to the people. Similarly, the Oil industry is OK when there is a Lefty govt, because the taxes are being used for worthy causes, but when a Righty govt gets elected it suddenly becomes exploitation of the people for the benefit of the rich.

  22. Eric Worrall says:

    I wonder if I could get some money for being a victim of daily climate abuse by Miriam O’Brien, aka “Sou/Hotwhopper”. Steyer surely has some fund for victims of crazy Internet climate stalkers ;-) – Anthony

    In a just world… :-)

  23. Eric Worrall says:

    pat
    u have to laugh!
    3 June: Bloomberg: Sandrine Rastello: Coal-Fired Plant in Kosovo Tests World Bank Clean-Air Pledge…

    Thats hilarious – Pat, click “Submit Story” and write this up as a post, see if it makes Anthony laugh as much as it made me laugh :-)

  24. Janice, glad you like proper cars, on Thursday I fly to Spain to join my wife, son and 1994 Ford Mustang GT cabriolet. I will send the invoice for the flights to Mr Steyer as I will be escaping the NE England “Summer” climate where it is currently 14 Celsius with yet more rain forecast.

  25. urederra says:

    Here temperatures raise during the day and fall during the night. I am sure it is due to elevated CO2 levels. I can’t bear it any more.

    where is my money?

  26. Pointman says:

    We’ve had a terribly cold and wet winter and spring, our apple trees have barely produced blossoms. That means no homemade apple crumble and custard (AC&C) later this year. Strictly speaking, we could have the custard, but without the AC bit, it’d be rubbish.

    I think it’s high time for an AC&C reparations fund, financed by Greenies, rather than us financing all their insane ideas. A bit of role reversal.

    Pointman

  27. Frank Kotler says:

    I froze my butt off last winter. Can I get a new one? Or at least get the old one reattached?

  28. Gamecock says:

    dennisearlbaker says:
    June 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    The New Nuclear Technology I propose is as follows:
    Human Excrement + Nuclear Waste = Hydrogen

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

    I’ll be looking for you on Shark Tank.

  29. hunter says:

    What is great is that this means he has been conned. Because this fund is going to be managed, at great expense. And nouveau riche like this schmuck are very insecure, so they travel in packs.
    So we are going to see this guy’s pals, who also confuse their net worth with their IQ, flushing money into this scam as well. Their money is going to be redistributed, in a way that will possibly even teach them, and not just entertain us. Somewhere a con-artist, or probably a group of con-artists, are living out the closing scene from “The Sting”.

  30. Tom In Indy says:

    I am a victim of man-made climate change policy! Current projections show it is “highly likely” I will lose a substantial portion of my income to man-made climate change policy by 2030. Those same projections show it is “highly unlikely” that man-made climate change policy will have a measurable effect on variation in global climate.

  31. Jimbo says:

    What about these victims of extreme weather from 1935 and 1936?

    Where are the worsening trends in extreme weather and/or climate?

    Ya wanna see bad weather and climate?
    Below are some of the effects of the Little Ice Age on humanity from the literature. In short we had crop failures, hunger, mass migration, epidemics, great storms in the North Atlantic, Europe wide witch hunts, endemic Malaria in England & part of the Arctic Circle, higher wildfire frequency in circumboreal forests, strong droughts in central Africa (1400–1750), social unrest in China, dead Central American coral reef, century-scale droughts in East Africa, large increases in flood magnitude (upper Mississippi tributaries), environmental and economic deterioration in Norway, decline in average height of Northern European men, climate became drier on the Yucatan Peninsula, sudden and catastrophic end of the Norse Western Settlement in Greenland, River Thames freeze-overs, agro-ecological, socioeconomic, and demographic catastrophes, leading to the General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century.

  32. nigelf says:

    I’d like to see them all put their own money into this scam instead of my money. I’d like to see them spend so much they went broke.

  33. Jimbo says:

    Big Oil Money for Me, But Not for Thee

    It’s funny how so much oil funding and links finds its way into environmental groups and Warmists too. Even Dana of the Guardian is not averse to a little oil money. Dana Nuccitelli – Guardian environmental contributor & works for Tetra Tech oil and gas services company.

    “Tetra Tech Expands Services to Shale Oil Market with Rooney Engineering Acquisition”

    PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 6, 2012– Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEK) announced today that it has acquired Rooney Engineering, Inc. (REI), an oil and gas pipeline planning and engineering firm based in Colorado.
    http://www.tetratech.com/press-releases/tetra-tech-expands-services-to-shale-oil-market-with-rooney-engineering-acquisition.html

  34. elmer says:

    I live in Minnesota, where’s my check?

  35. Tom J says:

    I don’t exactly know how to approach this. Allow me to start with an old Seinfeld episode wherein George, after an encounter with particularly cold water, is confronted with the humiliation of…”shrinkage.” In front of his girlfriend. (I added that last sentence in case one needs further explanation.) Now, we all know that the bitterly cold winter was caused by a polar vortex from CAGW. We know this from John Holdren. Anyway, shrinkage is, indeed, the ultimate male humiliation (trust me, I don’t know this from experience). And, since the cold temperature causative of this malady (pretty spiffy wordsmithing, eh?) comes from global warming (or, at least that’s the excuse Holdren uses) then I would say many men can claim to be victims of climate change. Perhaps the compensation can be based on each millimeter of degradation. And this way, all the little d..ks can be compensated by one big one.

  36. Jeff Id says:

    Well if he’s paying for climate victims, he should have put his money in hundred year bonds because liquidity isn’t an issue.

  37. arthur4563 says:

    SO what happens when the next big hurricane (finally) comes ashore at a populated area?
    Steve may have to redefine “climate change” or “extreme weather,” or go get a lot more billions.
    Like I have always said, making money is a matter of luck and often who you know.
    Steve is living and (presumably) breathing proof positive that intelligence and money
    are not strongly linked.
    Steve somewhat violates the spirit of “one man, one vote, I would say.

  38. Mike Bromley the Kurd says:

    Of course, He gets to decide who is actually a victim or not, which makes him all-powerful in that regard. I’m betting he’s really just looking for a tax write-off…for a good cause, of course. I’ll bet he doesn’t mete out a single penny. And if he DOES, he’ll get trampled in the stampede. Remember, wasn’t there at least a billion climate refugees predicted for sometime far enough in the future for us to forget the prognosticator?

  39. Steve P says:

    I’m currently (!) suffering through my third day in the California desert without electricity, after moving into new digs, at least one more day and night to go, all because the privileged panty waists at Southern California Edison don’t work on weekends, and won’t be able to initiate my electrical service until sometime before 5 pm on Monday.

    So I think some of this climate change money should go, not to me, but rather to these prima donna technocrats and bureaucrats at Southern California Edison so they may continue their luxurious week-ends undisturbed by the needs of their customers, especially elderly customers with health problems.

  40. R. de Haan says:

    Priviate initiative to make real what doesn’t exist.
    I really wonder how nuts like Tom Steyer made their money in the first place.
    Wisdom must have been absent in the process

  41. Steve P says:

    (correcting formatting flubs, edited)

    I’m currently (!) suffering through my third day in the California desert without electricity, after moving into new digs, at least one more day and night to go, all because the privileged panty waists at Southern California Edison who don’t work on weekends, and won’t be able to initiate my electrical service until sometime before 5 pm on Monday.

    Nice work, if you can get it.

    So I think some of this climate change money should go, not to me, but rather to these prima donna technocrats and bureaucrats at Southern California Edison so they may continue their luxurious week-ends undisturbed by the needs of their customers, especially elderly customers with health problems.

  42. ATheoK says:

    This Steyer initiative smacks of a tax dodge, not a climate whosis whatsis support action.

  43. Barbara Skolaut says:

    Beat me to it, AndiC. ;-p

    ATheoK – I think you hit the nail right on the head.

  44. Gary Pearse says:

    Isn’t against the law for an individual to enormous numbers of votes for a party? Steyer doesn’t realize that once all these progressives’ campaigns succeed, a guy like him could never make another fortune like his in the US – soon to be the land of stopportunity.

  45. Bill Parsons says:

    They used to tell me I was building a dream
    Carbon exchanges for all…
    Why should I be standing in line
    Just waiting for bread?

    Once I built a windmill, I made it run
    Two steps backward in time
    Once I built a windmill, now it’s done
    Brother, can you spare a dime?

    Once I built a tower powered by the sun
    While heating costs ran amuck
    Once I built a tower, now it’s done
    Brother, can you spare a buck?

    Once in green guises, gee, we looked swell
    Answering that great World alarm
    Damning third world nations to a cold, dark hell,
    Buddy, can you give me your right arm?

    Say, don’t you remember? They called me ‘Al’
    It was ‘Al’ all the time
    Why don’t you remember? I’m your pal
    Say buddy, can you spare a dime?

    Bing Crosby – “Brother Can You Spare A Dime”:

  46. MarkW says:

    Global warming caused my bad hair day.
    Where’s my check?

  47. Colorado Wellington says:

    Relatives yelled at me for decades at every mention of global warming. Only arctic front advances gave a temporary relief. I will never be the same.

    Some still stand by their abuse and will testify. How much am I worth?

  48. dbstealey says:

    Gary Pearse says:

    Steyer doesn’t realize that once all these progressives’ campaigns succeed, a guy like him could never make another fortune like his in the US…

    Maybe that’s what he likes about it.

    There was a study/poll done that asked: Would you want to make $300,000 a year, when everyone else is making $300,000 a year? Or to make $150,000 a year, when everyone else is making $50,000?

    Most people said they would choose the latter.

    It was the same when Caesar was marching through the Alps, and they came upon a tiny, dirt poor village. One of Caesar’s lieutenants jokingly asked Caesar if he would want to be the headman there.

    Ceasar replied, “Better first man here, than second man in Rome.”

  49. Zeke says:

    “Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.” Paradise Lost

    Perhaps Milton got it from the Romans. (;

  50. Dena says:

    For those of you who haven’t studied much in the way of political history, Traveler = Marxist. On thing always bothers me however, how can somebody who really believes Marxist ideas become rich?

  51. SAMURAI says:

    Leftist irony never ceases to amaze and confound…

    Tom Steyer giving the DEMS $100 million to appease his conscience for making $billions off the oil industry is just another example of the Immutable Law of Leftist Irony (aka ILLI).

    Steyer’s $100 million will help elect more leftists, who will proceed to implement more wealth redistribution schemes (which CAGW is merely one example) that’ll cost the US economy $trillions in lost industrial output to China/India, cost millions of jobs and increase the costs of everything…

    All this socio-economic damage for 0.04F of reduced global warming by 2050, if we cut CO2 emissions 30% (according to EPA’s own climate model estimates)…

  52. bushbunny says:

    Good question Dena?

  53. I invite billionaire Tom Steyer if true would like to solve the enigma of climate change, to contribute to focus on the right place. I offer a solution for the aforementioned amount, except that the cost of research in my recipe should be borne by him or the U.S. Government. There should be a lot astronomical data to create a picture of climate change from the past, through the present and for the future. I say this because of the fact that all cycles and sub-cycles have changed its rules, which can be expressed mathematically and diagrammatically. This is a very serious offer and I think that this will ever come true, no matter who, but probably will be someone who understands what real science. If this is Mr. Tom does not read, I ask the editor of the newspaper to him that my transfer. Make a deal on all procedures to resolve this issue. If necessary, I can give you some general information as evidence that my assumption agreement with previous measurements and findings. Sunspot cycle and the real indicator, but not a causal change the appearance of the sun.

  54. Eric Zipp says:

    Will he fund any of the 3 percenter(?) scientist who apparently don’t buy the whole carbon dioxide is going to end life as we know it BS. People who believe science is about true facts and not about ancient witch doctor opportunism. The kind of opportunism where you pay the scammer so the bad things he is making up that wouldn’t happen anyways don’t happen. Steyer should pay people who have there careers ruined by politically motivated warmist who will not stand for any dissent in the ranks. If they allowed dissent their whole fairy tale would fall out from beneath them. Anyways it is interesting how much oil money goes into the warming debate.

  55. Coach Springer says:

    The City of Chicago needs all of that money because of the coldest winter on record from December 2013 through March 2014 and all of that snow removal and climate related hardship because: polar vortex and global warming. Other than that, clever but expensive propaganda to get people to contemplate the powerful combination of victimhood, enmity and compensation.

  56. milodonharlani says:

    No rain yet in June for dryland wheat farmers on the Columbia Plateau. Without late rain, the kernel don’t plump out. This is unprecedented! And extreme!

    Please send money.

  57. Jbird says:

    It got too cold here in my house this morning, and I had to turn my furnace back on. I should get some help with my heating bill. Summer is less than two weeks away!

  58. Jake J says:

    Is it OK for large amounts of oil money to be expended influencing American politics, as long as the oil money is spent on helping Democrat candidates?

    When used as an adjective, it’s “Democratic.” Highly partisan Republicans tend to use “Democrat” as an adjective as a way of delegitimizing the Democratic Party, and signaling their far-right wing bona fides. The majority of commenters here may well be far-right wing Republicans, but not all of us are.

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