1 billon dollars to push their climate agenda

Yes for all those people who think skeptics are lavishly funded, here’s proof. Oh, wait…..

Obama to propose $1 billion climate fund

By Alex Guillén, Politico

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to set up a $1 billion Climate Resilience Fund in his proposed budget next month.

Obama is traveling to Fresno, Calif., on Friday to discuss the drought plaguing most of California and the Western U.S. and to announce new administration actions, including the proposed billion-dollar climate fund.

The fund, according to the White House, would go to research on the projected impacts of climate change, help communities prepare for climate change’s effects and fund “breakthrough technologies and resilient infrastructure.”

It remains to be seen whether the administration can secure such a high figure from Congress for a climate fund not likely to attract widespread Republican backing.

White House spokesman Matt Lehrich told POLITICO that Obama “is going to continue to make the case that climate change is already hurting Americans around the country and that it will only get worse for our children and grandchildren if we leave it for future generations to deal with.”

While no single extreme weather event can be attributed directly to climate change, Obama will stress the scientific understanding of how climate change makes events such as the drought more extreme, said John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The administration’s new push to address the drought comes a week after the Agriculture Department announced it would set up a series of “climate hubs” across the U.S. to study climate change’s impacts on agriculture and rural activities and develop mitigation and adaptation measures.

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PaulH

Well, my check from Exxon seems to be lost in the mail, so maybe I can fill out the right application forms for some Climate Resilience/Resistance Fund cash instead. I have to pay the heating bills, after all.
/snark

0bama doesn’t give 2 hoots about the climate — this is just another case of plundering the treasury.
I wonder what he thinks Iran’s nuking Israel will do to the climate.

JustAnotherPoster

I can Imagine universities across America rubbing their hands with glee…. As spending $1 Billion is really going to stop a La NiNia caused drought. Lunacy.

negrum

” … Obama will stress the scientific understanding … ”
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Naturally, “scientific” and “understanding” will be redefined to CAGW standards 🙂

Oldseadog

Happy to help.
Just tell me what I have to do, how much I can claim and where to apply.
Yes I know I live in Scotland but I am sure we can be of help.

Send me $1 000 000 and I’ll post y’all some of our water from the Uk. For $1 billion I’ll send it all!

earwig42

I have a pen and I have a phone ( not an obummerphone, I paid for it.) and I’m going to use them to tell my representative and and senators how I feel about another $1,000,000,000 going to his cronies to fund more Solyndras!

Burch

Chump change… Check this out.
http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20070514-2.html
Scroll down to see this:
“The President Has Devoted $37 Billion To Climate Change-Related Activities Since 2001. The President has requested an additional $7.4 billion for FY 2008 – $205 million more than this year. This amount would support a wide range of climate change-related research, development, and deployment programs, voluntary partnerships, and international aid efforts.”

ren

Rapid changes in circulation are caused by solar activity. If not, we will focus on demonstrating dependence we lose, because the Sun in the stratosphere works really fast.

edcaryl

Gore effect: dense fog in Fresno until 11 AM.

klem

He’d better hurry up with that $1 billion climate fund, the mid-terms are coming and Dems need campaign contributions bad.
Oh wait, its not about politics, its about saving the planet. I forgot, sorry.

ren

Let the scientists explain the temperature fluctuations in the stratosphere in winter over the the polar circle. Is the volcano erupted? Or perhaps an asteroid?
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/stratosphere/strat-trop/gif_files/time_pres_TEMP_ANOM_JFM_NH_2014.gif

Russ R.

“The fund, according to the White House, would go to research on the projected impacts of climate change, help communities prepare for climate change’s effects and fund “breakthrough technologies and resilient infrastructure.””
The fund, according to the White House, would go to spread propaganda on the non-existent impacts of climate change, help cronies plunder “Earned Income” of taxpayers and future generations, and fund “Eco-mental self-flagellation exercises.”

Burch … does that somehow make it right? This scam has been going on for 25 Years. This is not the only spending on AGW in the budget, this is NEW spending.

“While no single extreme weather event can be attributed directly to climate change, Obama will stress the scientific understanding of how climate change makes events such as the drought more extreme, said John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.”
A changing climate will result in changes in climate, so we must do something!
Well, of course. May I suggest adopting the Boy Scouts of America motto: “Be Prepared”.
A billion dollar slush fund to support efforts that will do nothing regarding what the climate does seems typically Obama-esque.
We have a soap opera: “As the Climate Turns”.

Madness … what more is there to say?
Suggested reading/reference: Charles Mackay’s book –
“Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”
is a history of popular folly by Scottish journalist Charles Mackay, first published in 1841. The book chronicles its subjects in three parts: “National Delusions”, “Peculiar Follies”, and “Philosophical Delusions”. Despite its journalistic and rather sensational style, the book has gathered a body of academic support as a work of considerable importance in the history of social psychology and psychopathology.
The subjects of Mackay’s debunking include economic bubbles, alchemy, crusades, witch-hunts, prophecies, fortune-telling, magnetisers (influence of imagination in curing disease), shape of hair and beard (influence of politics and religion on), murder through poisoning, haunted houses, popular follies of great cities, popular admiration of great thieves, duels, and relics. Present day writers on economics, such as Andrew Tobias and Michael Lewis, laud the three chapters on economic bubbles. Scientist and astronomer Carl Sagan mentioned the book in his own discussion about pseudoscience, popular delusions, and hoaxes.
In later editions Mackay added a footnote referencing the Railway Mania of the 1840s as another “popular delusion”, of importance at least comparable with the South Sea Bubble. Mathematician Andrew Odlyzko has pointed out, in a published lecture, that Mackay himself played a role in this economic bubble, as leader writer in the Glasgow Argus; and wrote on 2 October 1845 that “There is no reason whatever to fear a crash”.
– – – – –
Notable quotes:
Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first.
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Coach Springer

Edit needed: “The administration’s new push to exploit the drought …” Absolutely nothing he mentioned addresses the drought in California, but does much to get money to contemplate how government might inflate it’s do nothing importance.

A conclusion chasing data. I would hope that the house would spike that request as it is pure pork and boondoggle. But it is a very small hope as their latest vote demonstrated.

Dr. Bob

California is faced with a growing population and a degrading water infrastructure. Instead of planning for the future, Governor Moonbeam and other higher government officials will try to change the weather rather than build infrastructure needed for the future.
California wants and needs clean power. So they ban hydroelectric in any form preferring instead wind and solar that kills endangered condors and other species (remember the turtles displaced by the Ivanpah solar field?http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/wildlife/two-desert-solar-plants-may-harm-thousands-of-tortoises.html )
To me, the California efforts at reducing carbon emissions will have negative impacts on all critical areas in the state–Environment, economy, visual beauty, energy security, and ultimately the financial stability of the state treasury. Only with total economic collapse will the state rethink its position on alternative energy.

Bring on the nanotech revolution, time for a new scare story… 🙂
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prey_(novel)

Resourceguy

It’s not really money, it voter group candy. There is not respect for taxpayers either.

richard

Surely a bad time to announce this with his ratings so low, according to the polls I thought the US didn’t give two hoots about climate change , he must know this so why?

HGW xx/7

My brethren, please. The man quieted the rising seas for free. Just imagine what he’ll be able with a billion dollars!

Jeff

While McKibblesandbits & co. are looking for the missing heat, etc., the US is eventually going to have to start looking for the “missing money” caused by idiotic schemes like this.
To the “Bush Blamer” above, this Billion from Obama (er, actually us….WE get hit in the wallet) is above and beyond the multiple Billions already being squandered on supposed climate change….so your comparison is invalid…

mogamboguru

Kate Forney says:
February 14, 2014 at 5:59 am
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Allow me to correct you, Kate, but it’s exactly the opposite.
About nukes: Iran 0:200 Israel
And it’s Israel, which is threatening to bomb Iran to smithereens day-in, day-out – and not vice-versa.
Just for the files.

Lawrence Todd

“While no single extreme weather event can be attributed directly to climate change, Obama will stress the scientific understanding of how climate change makes events such as the drought more extreme, said John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.”
Is this the same John Holdren who has been consistently wrong on every prediction he makes. His record is almost as good as Joe Biden of foreign policy and the Hillary Clinton on diplomacy.

The good news is that Obama’s budgets have always been little more than jokes – I don’t think the last three were ever even given a vote in either house of Congress.
In other words, this story today will be the last you ever hear about this particular piece of nonsense. Of course, that’s as planned, since this isn’t a serious budget item. This is just a dog-whistle to the enviro-fanatics to remind them that they need to keep voting for democrats in the fall. As long as that message is received by the intended audience, this proposal will have done its job.

Look, it’s obvious–the problem is that the sun is racist. Can I have my billion dollars now?

More research? Wtf.
This blog, and many others, are flooded on a weekly basis with “new” research.
The subject has been researched to death, well, unfortunately, not quite, but to the point where I’m convinced that most of the grant apps that get written are just old material that gets dusted off and re-dated.
The fact that climate has been “researched” for 40yrs and it STILL can’t be figured out ought to tell the common person something about said research.
And yeah…don’t care that Bush spent money too. Politicians use the unthinking, uneducated, unwilling-to-BE educated masses to support the gravy train. For politicians, at this stage, this is nothing more than a means to move $$$ from Point A to Point B, period…and all done with the “support of the sheeple!!”
Jim from Maine (soon to be Florida, cuz Global Warming is killing me up here in New England…just can’t take it anymore.

Hmmmmm…..2014 Midterms = XL Decision delay. 2015 XL Decision + $1,000,000,000 talking points = Energy security + jobs + voter compromise for 2016. 2016 = 20 years of flatlining temperatures. It’s not about the real climate folks….it’s all about predicting and trying to control the future political climate.

observa

How much resilience do they want per million dollars because I’m shovel ready with resilience. More’s the point I’m dragline ready.

mogamboguru says:
February 14, 2014 at 7:07 am (replying to)

Kate Forney says:
February 14, 2014 at 5:59 am

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Allow me to correct you, Kate, but it’s exactly the opposite.
About nukes: Iran 0:200 Israel
And it’s Israel, which is threatening to bomb Iran to smithereens day-in, day-out – and not vice-versa.

Funny thing, this “truth” concept. (Though, in international relations, it “is” a bit hard to find sometimes….)
See, it is Israeli’s sworn enemies who have sworn to blow her up with nuclear weapons. It is Israel who has NOT used nuclear weapons and has attempted (sometimes poorly) to avoid unneeded deaths.
It is Israeli’s enemies who have launched 12,000 unaimed, randomly shot rockets into Israeli homes and stores in just the past year from spots oh-so-cleverly located between houses, shops an stores and offices.
It is Israeli’s enemies who have constantly attacked innocents in their hatred and propaganda
But, this is not a innately political website, and this site is NOT intended to address all issues in a conflict going back to the year 4000 …. Leave it be.

Obama = the biggest mistake this country has made in the last century.

Use of the word resilience is interesting, following, as it does here, Taleb’s analysis of the fragility spectrum paradigm.
“”Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.[my emphasis” (N. N. Taleb, Fooled by Randomness (2001), Prologue http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/prologue.pdf)
So much for Obama’s progressive Forward! willy-nilly damn the unintended consequences.

Kpar

YES! YOU, TOO, CAN CONTROL THE CLIMATE!
Just sign over all of your rights and freedoms, and send them to WhiteHouse.gov. The rest of you will be hearing from IRS.gov, soon…

The best way to encourage climate resilience is to encourage CO2 production. This will help plant life and make photosynthesis work more efficiently using less water, resulting in a greener planet.

M Courtney

The fund, according to the White House, would go to research on the projected impacts of climate change, help communities prepare for climate change’s effects and fund “breakthrough technologies and resilient infrastructure.”

Forgive me commenting on foreign politics but this sounds like a very good idea.
We in the UK could do with some resilient infrastructure.
Weather happens.

I believe we need to prepare for climate change due to the current unusual 11 year solar cycle. The weak output of solar cycle 24 appears to be affecting Earth’s climate toward a cold bias causing more snow events, increased ice cover, and longer period of below freezing conditions.
The federal government needs to help communities adapt to these conditions to preserve life and economic activity. Stocks of road salt and snow removal equipment needs to be in place well ahead of the next 7 years winter seasons, and quantities sufficient enough need to be anticipated as to not run out. Fuel stocks must be anticipated as to not run out to preserve life from freezing conditions. Homeless shelters must be in place as to save the poorest citizens from freezing to death.
I applaud President Obama for helping the nation adapt to climate change caused by the grand solar minimum of solar cycle 24. We are going to need all the help we can get.

@Michaelwiseguy – Applaud him with your own money. Stop wasting mine.

observa

And speaking of resilience, you know how I was telling you Adelaide in South Oz was apparently experiencing its greatest number of summer days over 40C (that’s 104F for you folks) since the last time we looked, and bearing in mind our sacked Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery’s dire predictions of endless droughts and even if it does rain there won’t be enough runoff to fill our dams, guess what heat does to oceans? No prizes for guessing-
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/rain-falling-in-adelaide-causes-widespread-flooding-and-commuter-chaos-and-is-our-wettest-day-in-45-years/story-fni6uo1m-1226825879645
How’s that for resilience Barak baby and always remember resilience is a global problem. Stinge locally and act globally! Besides I’m only 6 steps removed from that Nobel Committee and I know how to pull a few strings.

Observa, gently speaking, no, that’s the commode six steps away and that’s what the string is for, flushing. It’s a common problem as we seniors enter our dotage. Best wishes.

ren

After a few days of winter break return south U.S..

herkimer

This extra climate related funding and political trip to support local candidates in California again illustrates how big the disconnect is between the Administration and the public. A significant part of the public has been freezing its butt the last several months due to the extra cold weather, snow and ice. Hundreds of thousands of people are still without power from the last storm. Local winter budgets have been exhausted in many states and local cities. There is a shortage of funds, salt, road infrastructure, propane and natural gas. The economy is a taking a beating .One would think the Administration would be at least offering some Federal assistance or public support in the media, but not a single word of encouragement or assistance. All this talk about global warming induced climate change is making things even worse as the public is given a false sense of climate anticipation as they find themselves completely unprepared for the colder winters that have been happening now for 15 years in every Contiguous state because alarmists erroneously only predicted the opposite , unprecedented warming. Billions of taxpayers dollars have been wasted or lost on subsidies for unsustainable direct green energy projects that have failed . Who is going to increase their winter ice and heating fuel stocks when the Administration is claiming that the climate debate is settled and climate change (global warming according to their science) is a fact) .? However winters in every state have been getting colder since 1998. This year will be one of the coldest winters in 30 years. These winters may likely continue to be colder like they did 1880-1910 and 1945-1980 when the global oceans cooled for 20-30 years. The Northern Hemisphere oceans SST has been declining for a decade since about 2003.

Politico “missed” the best quote:
“During a call with reporters on Thursday evening, the assistant to the president on science and technology, John Holdren, said, without any doubt, the severe drought plaguing California and a number of other states across the country is tied to climate change.
“Weather practically everywhere is being caused by climate change,” Holdren said.
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/198394-obama-to-announce-1b-climate-change-resilience-fund#ixzz2tJZR5ZKv
Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook”

“More research? Wtf.
This blog, and many others, are flooded on a weekly basis with “new” research.”
It’s not really about research on whether, or how much… that’s settled science, remember? This is about shelling $1 billion to Democrat campaign contributors that make green boondongles. You know, the Solyndra effect.

rogerknights

This may be intended to offset his unpopularity with Greens if/when he OKs that pipeline.

observa

‘Observa, gently speaking, no,..’
Hmmm…you reckon the grant application needs work? Perhaps we could declare a small war, surrender quickly and get a Marshall Resilience Plan? The State Gummint is a wee bit short at present and things are a bit tight.

:Kpar says:
February 14, 2014 at 7:30 am
YES! YOU, TOO, CAN CONTROL THE CLIMATE!”
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actually this initiative is based on the OPPOSITE idea.

Steve from Rockwood

Maybe it’s just me but a billion dollars doesn’t sound like a lot of money these days. But a trillion dollars, now you’re talking.

Ralph Kramden

Ever notice how warmists are like bigfoot hunters? Bigfoot hunters see a broken twig and say a bigfoot has been there or hear a sound at night and say a bigfoot is out there. Warmists see a storm and say man made global warming did that or a drought and say man made global warming did that. Maybe it wasn’t global warming maybe it was a bigfoot.

F.A.H.

That is just the tip of the iceberg. Go to
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/legislative_reports/fcce-report-to-congress.pdf
to see the administration’s August 2013 Federal Climate Expenditure Report to Congress. Table 1 on page 5 totals up the 2014 administration requests for climate change expenditures to be $21.4 Billion. When the fraction of that, $2.658 Billion, spent on scientists in the Global Change Research Program is awarded by an administration whose leader says “climate change is a fact” (meaning of course CAGW), and the head of whose EPA announces that “there better not be any deniers in here,” and whose recent high level addition is John Podesta, etc. etc. what do you think the scientists will propose to prove in their research in order to win proposals? What do you think they will say in their papers demonstrating results?