Guest essay by Lawrence Hamlin
In what has to be a clear indicator that climate alarmism issues are pure politics not science the New York Times, L A Times, Washington Post and many other climate alarmist mainstream media highlighted articles about the state of Hawaii signing a law saying the state would reduce future emissions in support of the Paris agreement which the U.S. is wisely exiting.
According to the EIA Hawaii has the highest electricity rates of all 50 states and obtains more than 80 percent of its energy use from fossil fuels primarily petroleum with this situation having existed for decades.
Hawaii already has laws which supposedly require that 40% of its electricity be provided by renewables by 2030 and 100% by 2045.
Democratic Governor David Ige signed the largely ceremonial new law claiming the usual climate alarmist mantra of flawed assertions of rising sea levels, more extreme weather, shrinking biodiversity, etc, etc. with none of these claims backed up with any scientifically supportable data.
NOAA tide gauge data updated through 2016 shows no sea level rise acceleration taking place anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands over the last 115 years a point which Governor Ige did not discuss. Nor did Governor Ige address Congressional testimony showing no link between emissions data and extreme weather.
Hawaii’s total CO2 emissions amount to about 18 million metric tons annually representing about 0.05 percent of present global emissions.
The fact that so much news media hype was concentrated around such an insignificant amount of emissions tells the real story here which is the climate alarmist mainstream media is conducting a climate alarmism political campaign because they are upset with the decision that the U.S. will exit the badly flawed Paris agreement.