By Larry Hamlin
With all the focus these days by the mainstream media on exposing Americans that have had undisclosed meetings with Russians a little clearing of the air seems to be in order.
A number of recent essays here, here, here and here at Watts Up With That have addressed the ridiculously costly, monstrously bureaucratic and globally irrelevant greenhouse gas reduction climate alarmist campaign of California Governor Brown and Senate Leader Kevin de Leon.
It turns out that the author of these essays has in fact had meetings with Russians that were previously undisclosed. The first such meetings took place in 1990 when Gorbachev was in power. The most recent meetings occurred in 2014 when Putin was in power. These 1990 and 2014 meetings with Russians included family members of the author as well.
These meetings occurred in both St. Petersburg and in Moscow and included meeting sites in trains, subways, buses, boats, many national historic sites, museums, parks, hotels, restaurants, stores and even in Moscow’s Red Square.
Despite these previously undisclosed and what some mainstream media types may see as damning revelations of meetings with Russians the author maintains that the following energy and climate “facts” remain steadfast and unwavering:
First, the U.S. has at its disposal an extensive armada of free energy market cost effective and readily available resources that well position our country to be a winner both now and in the future in global competition while providing enhanced environmental benefits which have already reduced and stabilized U.S. emissions for the long term.
Second, California’s claim that its state’s greenhouse gas reduction program is vital to global efforts to address climate change and that renewable energy is a preferred energy resource is overwhelming flawed because the emissions goals (SB 32) are globally trivial (only about 0.4% of global emissions) and achieved by mandating use of high cost unreliable renewable energy that the EU has proven drive energy costs through the roof.
Third, California’s claim that China is “leading” the fight against climate change in partnership with our state is totally absurd and erroneous because China, as reported by the New York Times, is planning on building over 700 new coal plants in the next tens years which is a crucial fact unaddressed and ignored by both Governor Brown and Senate Leader Kevin de Leon.
In view of the above items Governor Brown’s claim that the “existence of humanity” rests on the state’s legislature extending his cap and tax law is delusional.
Notwithstanding the revelations of previously undisclosed meetings with Russians by the author these “facts” remain intact.