The new climate strategy – convince small towns to make “Climate Emergency” declarations

Where I live, Chico California is often referred to as the “Berkeley of the North” in deference to its highly progressive and alternate viewpoints espoused here. We have quite a collection of zealots, spanning topics such as chem trails, anti-vaccination, anti-fracking, GMO mania, and anti-nuclear. We even have a law on the books from the 1980s that provides for a $500 fine for setting off a nuclear weapon within the city limits. I kid you not.

“No person shall produce, test, maintain, or store within the city a nuclear weapon, component of a nuclear weapon, nuclear weapon delivery system, or component of a nuclear weapon delivery system under penalty of Chapter 9.60.030 of the Chico Municipal Code.” 

So it’s not really a surprise that after Bill McKibben visited here a couple of years ago, that a local chapter of sprang up. Of course these people seem to think that we are right near the end of the world due to climate change, mainly because they don’t have the needed faculties to separate fact from fiction.

From the Facebook page of a local member

Such is the case with the latest climate madness to be foisted upon my town: getting the city Council to declare a “climate emergency”.

You can read the whole thing here in the city files:

I had prepared a PowerPoint to try to factually refute some of this madness last week and a local city counselor was going to present it. I won’t go into the Council chambers anymore because the last time I was there it was nearly impossible to make my point due to the screeching mob that shouted me down while I was trying to speak. So, it’s much more effective for me to send letters as emails and make presentations to the council-members electronically.

Here’s the PowerPoint I put together:

Some notes and data about climate change (PDF)

Unfortunately that PowerPoint presentation never made it to the council-members during the session. Ironically we had a strong spring thunderstorm occurring right during the time of the meeting, and while the thunderstorm itself was nothing unusual or unprecedented it gave some very strong precipitation to a very narrow area which included downtown Chico. This caused some street flooding and the street flooding spilled into the shop owned by the city Council member who was carrying my presentation to present. She had to leave to deal with the issuse, so, it never saw the light of day.

Of course the fact that a thunderstorm was occurring right then immediately catered to the weak-minded people there who seized on the opportunity to claim that the thunderstorm itself was evidence of climate change due to the flooding it was making. Some of the city Council members are what I would describe as mental midgets, in particular one council-member Ann Schwab, who was the sponsor of this bill. She said during the meeting:

“….the impact we’ve had tonight is a very potent example of what we’re going to have unless we make some very significant changes.”

Then Mayor Randal Stone chimed in:

” I have kids, I’m going to vote for it.”

…what we saw here tonight, the reason for the closure of the meeting—is exactly the type of thing we’re trying to combat.

If there was ever a time when I wanted to reach through the television and bop somebody on the head and say Wake Up! that moment was it. Sheesh, the stupid, it burns.

It probably would not make any difference if my presentation was made or not as the motion passed 5 to 1 to declare a climate emergency. But I wanted to pass it on so others could see the sort of antics Bill McKibben and his merry band of rabble-rousers are pushing now in case it comes to your town.

Fortunately, the resolution is not just pointless and stupid, but also toothless; there’s nothing binding in it. But just watch, they will use it as a vehicle for some other absurdity, like a climate tax.

I did though get a few licks in with a letter to the editor today. Well worth a read:

Letter: On Chico’s feel-good ‘climate emergency’ declaration

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April 8, 2019 2:37 pm

Soon after there will appear contribution requests, and since the declared “Climate Emergency” has official sanction, do not be surprised if tax contributions are sought after to fund!

Crazy, but true!

Reply to  tomwys
April 8, 2019 3:22 pm

I’m pretty sure it’s illegal for an elected body to make a political donation. Support for CAGW is clearly political, not scientific. This is nothing like a grant to a charity like the United Way or Big Sisters.

Reply to  commieBob
April 8, 2019 3:32 pm

Nothing like showing your compassion by giving away large amounts of someone else’s money.

David R
Reply to  commieBob
April 10, 2019 7:15 am

We already pay for the UN’s program with tax money.

Bryan A
April 8, 2019 2:46 pm

So what do you think the City Council would do if someone walked in to council chambers in and offered to pay the $500 Nuke Fine in advance?

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Bryan A
April 8, 2019 2:57 pm

The cool thing about no double jeopardy under the constitution is an offender could quickly pay the fine and no longer be prosecutable under a California jurisdiction. The Feds though could still prosecute.

Reply to  Bryan A
April 8, 2019 3:50 pm

That would probably be worth $500 to someone just to get their expressions on video. Wear sunglasses and a hoody like the Unibomber. Or was that DB Cooper?

“Eh yeah I’d like to go ahead and pay this fine in advance”

nw sage
Reply to  icisil
April 8, 2019 5:29 pm

Ah yes – I have a thumb drive in my pocket that contains code that could be / might be / should be / may be / possibly would become a part of a nuclear weapon delivery system somewhere / sometime.

ferd berple
Reply to  nw sage
April 8, 2019 5:48 pm

I was thinking the same think. A cell phone makes a pretty good remote detonator. Gives you time to get outside the blast zone. So pretty much everyone has a component for a nuke close at hand.

Reply to  ferd berple
April 9, 2019 6:36 am

Think suitcase nuke or the warhead for a small ICBM. Not like you couldn’t get one placed in the average car trunk. Every automobile and truck on the street (except EVs which just don’t have the range) could be a nuclear delivery vehicle.

Paul Schauble
Reply to  Bryan A
April 9, 2019 12:44 am

Considering that many components of nuclear weapons and delivery systems are common electronics, e.g., copper wire, I doubt that more than about 10% of the residents of Chico are in compliance with the rule.

Joel O’Bryan
April 8, 2019 2:54 pm

It is a crusade for the weakminded to give their dull, and too easy lives some feeling of meaning.

In Texas at the moment. The drive on I-10 east last week from Arizona with my travel trailer in tow kept me slow at 65 mph most of the way. Many dozens of UHauls/Penskes moving trucks with usually a car trailers with Cal license plates headed east bound also for saner locales went by. They were all Out of Cali as fast as they could make those 75 mph governed trucks move.
The great emptying of Cal’s saner middle class continues.

Dr Deanster
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
April 8, 2019 4:02 pm

I don’t know if I’d be too quick to label them sane. …. these r the people sporting, “Turn Texas Blue” bumper stickers. They pooped their own bed, now they want to come and poop in Texas. It’s called exported stupidity.

Texas would be better to build a wall on the New Mexico border than the Mexico border.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Dr Deanster
April 8, 2019 4:53 pm

LOL. There was this sign on I-40west of Amarillo last year…
I agree.

I have good friend who lives in Bend Ore with his wife. They moved there because it was (now) a hip progressive town with lots nice brew-pubs, good winter skiing and summer mountain biking. And as it sits on the East side of Cascade range, it is too way cold to support a year-round homeless population of any size like the coastal communities/cities.

I told him the reason the Liberals were attracted there in the first place was Bend was until about 25 years ago a sleepy farming community with conservative run ideas, safe neighborhoods, good governance, and low taxes. Now it is overrun with liberal “Save the World” types with virtue signalling to give meaning to their otherwise meaningless lives who have fled from Potland, San Francisco chaos, crime, homelessness, and high costs. They’ll now use their ideology to destroy the very thing that attracted them there in the first place. Not at first, but give it about 25 years. They are doing it to Austin Texas also.

Liberals move-in to nice well governed, safe cities and proceed to destroy the very thing that brought them there in the first place.

GREG in Houston
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 9, 2019 5:28 am

We had a saying when I lived in the Denver area: Don’t Californicate Colorado. Unfortunately, they have.

Paul Drahn
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 9, 2019 12:19 pm

I live a few miles North of Bend, OR and have a business in Redmond, OR. It has NEVER been too cold for the homeless. There are lots of people feeding and caring for them and providing them with clothing. There are hundreds if not thousands living in really old, beat up, mobile homes and campers. I see perhaps 10 on the way into Redmond. The thousands of acres of BLM sage brush and junipers are hiding them. A few years ago there were a few in the junipers just North of my plant. The cops finally ran them out, but they just move a bit further into the brush. They are discovered when they set each other on fire!

Tom Abbott
April 8, 2019 2:59 pm

When nothing happens in 12 years then what are they going to do?

I think the CAGW promoters have made a mistake in scheduling a CAGW disaster so soon in the future. Now the clock is ticking on them.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 8, 2019 3:34 pm

Claim that all of the compassion and good feelings have given the planet another 12 years.

Dennis Kelley
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 8, 2019 8:28 pm

I kind of like 350’s catchy slogan, though it should be a little more honest…

One People.
One Planet.
One Brain Cell.

Reply to  Dennis Kelley
April 9, 2019 10:25 am

Inspired by Dennis K:

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Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 8, 2019 8:29 pm

Tom, actually it should not have to be that long. Give it 5-6 years. If nothing happens, it can reasonably be assured that no amount of Hades in a hand basket climate calamities can possibly occur in the remaining 6 to confirm their prediction/delusion. Unless. They move the date. AGAIN.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 9, 2019 1:07 am

reset the clock as they done before , most rescently the ‘five year countdown of doom’

The end is always ‘going’ to be nigh

Greg Woods
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 9, 2019 2:05 am

They are going to move the goalposts, well before the 12 years are up….

Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 9, 2019 2:07 am

What are they going to do? Take the credit for it!

John Endicott
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 9, 2019 5:11 am

When nothing happens in 12 years then what are they going to do?

The same thing they did every other time one of their “deadlines” has come and gone without the promised catastrophe – ignore it and make a new “x years until disaster” prediction!

Reply to  John Endicott
April 9, 2019 7:30 am

At this point they have all the credibility (with normal people) of the Branch Davidians. Do you see ANYONE out there surrendering their fossil-fueled, modern lifestyle to this crap? Yeah. Me, neither!

Being “against” AGW is like being “against” cancer. It doesn’t require you to DO anything.

Zipless ideology.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 9, 2019 8:31 pm

Sounds like a horrible place to live. I’ll bet they inform on each other on any and all of the things banned noted in the beginning of the article. I think if they really, really want to do their part to control CO2 levels, they would all just stop breathing and not continue adding to AGW. The joke would be on them when nothing had changed in 12 years.

April 8, 2019 3:02 pm

What is the best kept secret in Climate Science?

Climate scientists want people to know how much they have warmed by.

But they don’t want people to know what real absolute temperature they live at.

Why would that be?

Real absolute temperatures are more fundamental than temperature anomalies.

Climate scientists have to use real absolute temperatures, to calculate temperature anomalies.

But the real absolute temperatures are never shown to the public.

Why would that be?

Could it be, that real absolute temperatures make global warming look less catastrophic?

Will many people discover that they actually live in cold countries? And that global warming might make their country nicer?

That couldn’t possibly be true, could it?

There is only one way to find out. Read the following article:

Reply to  Sheldon Walker
April 8, 2019 3:14 pm

I have an absolute global average temperature
chart on the home page of my climate science blog
that works much better than your article.

Steal it !

I did .

It makes leftists mad
in about five seconds,
so you know it’s good.

Reply to  Richard Greene
April 8, 2019 3:30 pm


your chart doesn’t show how different countries have different temperatures. Mine does.

Also, your chart uses an obsolete temperature unit (Fahrenheit).

Plus, my map comes with popcorn.

Reply to  Sheldon Walker
April 8, 2019 4:42 pm

Sheldon it doesn’t matter if
the chart is in F. C. or Kelvin

The point is the nearly straight
line since 1880,
what you’d see from a row of
glass thermometers with each one
showing the average global temperature
for one year)

And 330 million of us in the USA
still use F. degrees !

My chart communicates a
simple to understand point in 5 to 10 seconds.

It doesn’t matter what the temperature is in
different countries — the subject is GLOBAL

Reply to  Richard Greene
April 8, 2019 5:06 pm


I understand your chart, and the point that it is making.

But would you be happy to be at an average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius?

Sorry, I forgot to tell you. The 15 degrees Celsius average is calculated from 12 hours at -30 degrees Celsius, followed by 12 hours at 60 degrees Celsius.

Can you see how AVERAGES don’t tell the whole story? Especially GLOBAL AVERAGES.

Reply to  Richard Greene
April 9, 2019 10:08 am

I think that both charts are useful.

Alarmists want us to believe that global anomalies are the whole story, and they do this by hyping fractions of a degree for the WHOLE world. Richard G’s chart indicates how ridiculous this is. Sheldon W’s chart shows why this is ridiculous — namely that averages of anything, revealing mere fractions of differences, force tiny global statistical realities onto larger global physical realities, making regional differences slaves to the average.

A fraction of a degree for the WHOLE world, figured over dozens of years is no big deal. The straight-line trend in “absolute temperatures” (as defined in this context) shows just how stable the global measure is. Using a mere fraction of a degree to distort this perspective is a result of underplaying regional realities of temperature in which people live, where such a small fraction means nothing.

John Endicott
Reply to  Sheldon Walker
April 10, 2019 5:32 am

Also, your chart uses an obsolete temperature unit (Fahrenheit).

As Fahrenheit is used by a large part of the civilized world and was the main unit for much of the historic record, using it is perfectly fine. That said, choice of temperature unit is totally irrelevant. The chart would show the same thing even if the chart used your preferred unit of measurement.

Reply to  Richard Greene
April 8, 2019 11:17 pm

These two charts were made from the unadjusted GHCN-M monthly summary files from NOAA. The graphs are about the most basic chart that could be made from these data. The GHCN-M file has info from 27, 371 files. To make my charts, I used only stations that had 345 out of the 360 records needed for the baseline averages. (Each station X 12 months/year X 30 years.) To be used in the report, a station had to have all 12 months available.

I ended up with using data from 6446 stations.

Long story short: the first chart is from 1901 to March 2019. This is raw data, averaged to the tenths place, the same level of precision as the original daily data. The final standard error for each month’s average is right around 0.02.

Of course, some folks will complain that this is not a true global average anomaly because the data wasn’t homogenized, extrapolated, and area-weighted; but you know what? I don’t care. This data means something, even in its most basic form. Maybe it means more, actually. The statistical analyses run against the data are mostly probability tools, and then the uncertainties aren’t included anyway.

Here, we can say factually, “This is the average of the data. Here’s the uncertainty range. If the average anomaly from over 6000 stations goes up, or down, it must mean something.

So without further ado, here are the graphs.

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Reply to  James Schrumpf
April 8, 2019 11:43 pm

Drat, missed a letter. Easy to fix, but here’s the correct URL anyway:

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J Mac
April 8, 2019 3:10 pm

Airplanes are ‘delivery systems’ for nuclear bombs. And yet, the Chico Municipal Airport continues to serve many airplanes. Is each aircraft owner at risk of $500 fines for noncompliance with Chico’s virtue signalling laws?

Trucks are also ‘delivery systems’ for nuclear bombs…….

Reply to  J Mac
April 8, 2019 3:35 pm

When I was a kid, everyone was worried about suitcase bombs.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  J Mac
April 8, 2019 8:34 pm

Not just that. The wording includes ‘component’.

So carry the wrong sort of rivets in your pocket and Chico can bust your nuclear delivery enabling chops and there is little you can legally do about it.

April 8, 2019 3:11 pm

Maybe it will be +0.1 degree C. warmer
in 10 years, based on past experience with CO2
( +0.6 degree C. warming in the 78 years since 1940,
cause unknown ).

Leftists usually have no idea the average
temperature is up only +1 degree C.
since 1880.

Ask leftists why
actual global warming,
for the past 300 years,
was mild and pleasant,
while predictions of
future global warming,
which started in the 1950s
are ALWAYS for “a coming catastrophe” ?

They have no idea computer model output is not data.

They have no idea the computer games have, on average,
predicted triple the warming that actually happened
since the 1970s.

They have no idea scientists started predicting
a coming global warming catastrophe
in the late 1950s — Roger Revelle — and we are
still waiting over 60 years later !

They forget, or never knew,
that Chicago and Detroit
were under thick glaciers 20,000 years ago —
those glaciers melted in about 10,000 years,
certainly not caused by SUVs burning gasoline.

Most of all, leftists can’t even imagine that government
bureaucrat scientists have no idea what they are
talking about, on the subject of climate change —
how many decades must we wait for the coming
climate catastrophe — before we stop taking
their climate predictions seriously — after all, they have
never been right in the past 60+ years !

Simple facts like that are all leftists can handle.

It helps their concentration if you
swat them upside the head
once in a while, with a rolled up
Sunday New York Times.

They still won’t listen — leftists NEVER
change their minds, except to move
further left !

Any presentation that’s even slightly complicated
would be an easy excuse for leftists to not listen.

I published a simple 10 point summary
of conclusions from my climate science
blog today, that could become a slide show for leftists
if simplified even more.

I think your PowerPoint document is too complicated
for leftists, and not very easy to read, at least
not on my computer.
Also, the wildfires acres burned chart
is VERY misleading.

The huge numbers of acres burned
in the 1930 were because of
prescribed, deliberate fires
in southeastern US.

No other area had an unusual number of acres burned.

I would never show acres burned data
before World War II without that note,
or better yet, truncate the chart.

I know the chart comes from an “official”
organization … but the people in California,
who are very sensitive about wildfires,
could quickly find out that chart
does NOT represent the experience in California.

I wrote an article about the issue last fall:

We skeptics must present accurate data.
That’s real science.

The leftists don’t need any data — they have
their wild guess computer game predictions
of a coming climate catastrophe … that never
shows up.

They think computer game predictions
ARE data !

My climate science blog:

Reply to  Richard Greene
April 8, 2019 3:18 pm

no “=” after “com”

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Richard Greene
April 8, 2019 4:04 pm

“Ask leftists why
actual global warming,
for the past 300 years,
was mild and pleasant,…”

In my experience, if you start out trying to have a rational discussion and point out uncertainties, problems with models, adjusted temperature records, greening Earth with more CO2 points all you’ll get in quick response is a frothing at the mouth, spittle-spewing outrage machine in your face.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 8, 2019 4:22 pm

Which is when you smack them in the mouth with a baseball bat. They are enemies of the human race, start treating them as such.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 8, 2019 4:59 pm

The trick Joel,
here in Michigan,
is to tell leftists:

” Where you are standing
was covered by a mile-thick
glacier 20,000 years ago. ”

” Do you think cars burning
gasoline caused it to melt in
about 10,000 years ? ”

My wife has done this many
time to leftist girlfriends when
the climate change subject comes up —
she keeps forgetting the numbers,
but close enough — the listeners
are puzzled, as if they didn’t know
about the glaciers that once covered
95% of Canada !

Then you stop talking, and wait
for their memorized talking point,
such as: “97% of scientists say … ”

Then you quickly interrupt
and revert to the leftist language
( Alinsky-style ridicule ).

” Scientists have been predicting
a climate crisis for over 60 years —
I’m tired of listening
— and you should be too ! ”

” Did you know there was no warming at all
in the 15 years from 2003 through 2018 ? ”

When they exclaim
‘that can’t be true’,
you interrupt them,
and say:

” I guess you don’t care about actual
weather satellite temperature data —
just scary climate predictions ? ”

You’ve got to be fast, and get in
a few good points quickly —
leftists will change the subject
in less than one minute !

You also have to let their ridicule
and character attacks fall on deaf ears
— never respond to Alinsky-style ridicule,
act as if you never heard it.

Remember that simple communications and
feeling sare most important to leftists —
they could not care less about facts, data
and logic.

April 8, 2019 3:27 pm

“No person shall produce, test, maintain, or store within the city a nuclear weapon, component of a nuclear weapon, nuclear weapon delivery system, or component of a nuclear weapon delivery system under penalty of Chapter 9.60.030 of the Chico Municipal Code.”

Does this mean they have outlawed suitcases?

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  MarkW
April 8, 2019 5:25 pm

And egg timers.

April 8, 2019 3:29 pm

The old bumper sticker … ”Think Globally, act Locally” … has morphed into “Think Globally Warming, act Locally”Chico’s action is reflective of the new Colorado Law which … empowers … local cities to STOP anything related to fossil fuels.
Pandora’s Box … reopened.

April 8, 2019 3:30 pm

Watch out, Weepy Bill. I’m forming in the wild hope that CO2 at 600ppm might hopefully, just maybe might have a snowball’s chance of delaying the next glaciation. has planned for warming and cooling. For warming, we offer members 3″ platform shoes to cope with sea level rise and we can provide sunscreen and air conditioners to our members at a significant discount as we buy those in bulk. For cooling, we have mittens. For the next glaciation, we expect to have nuclear-powered ice melters.

I note that has no plan for the coming (when-not-if) glaciation. Tsk; how short-sighted.

April 8, 2019 3:30 pm

You know that the usual suspects will soon be declaring that X number of city councils have declared a Climate Emergency, and that this proves that CAGW(tm) is real, imminent and going to kill us all.
Unless of course we ditch capitalism and turn control of the world over to the UN.

X will be some seemingly large number, but trivial compared to the total number of cities and towns in the world.

April 8, 2019 3:31 pm

a law on the books from the 1980s that provides for a $500 fine for setting off a nuclear weapon within the city limits.

My bold. That bunch of ‘tards inventing such knee-jerk stupid gotta prove it’s actually a “weapon” and not a school science experiment or smoke detector hanging off your ceiling.

On the other topic, I know what your problem is. You live in America. Embarrassing for me to say but even China looks more sensible right now. I won’t go as far as North Korea but it’s on the cards too.

April 8, 2019 3:38 pm

It sounds like you have some contempt for those questioning the governments official narrative on several topics. Do you suggest trusting the FDA, EPA, CDC, to name a few? Or perhaps you’ve researched the numerous conspiracies and can let me know which government agencies are trustworthy and which aren’t?

Thanks in advance.

April 8, 2019 3:41 pm

“We even have a law on the books from the 1980s that provides for a $500 fine for setting off a nuclear weapon within the city limits.”

This is the kind of farsightedness we need to put a stop to this type of hanky-panky.

Montee Piethon
Reply to  icisil
April 8, 2019 8:18 pm

New Zealand is so far-sighted, that they are one of the few countries in the world that DOESN’T have a law requiring a car to have a driver.

They knew 50 years ago, that driver-less cars were coming.

Either that, or they just forgot to pass the law.

Bruce Cobb
April 8, 2019 3:47 pm

May a plague of screeching mercury monkeys descend upon them.

April 8, 2019 3:59 pm

Pulling uninformed people into a criminal conspiracy? Pretty sure RICO covers that. Can you say “monorail, monorail!”. Now, can you sing it. With feeling?

Walter Sobchak
April 8, 2019 4:08 pm

You know, I am 71 years old, and I am growing afraid that I will die and the Messiah still will not have come.

But, if Science says the world will end in 12 years, then the Messiah will arrive within 12 years, and I might live to greet him.

What a happy thought.

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
April 8, 2019 4:19 pm

All I see in that comment is defeatism. Rather sad. Die with your teeth locked on the throat of an enemy after setting off a string of charges inside their base of operation. Crawling on your knees begging for mercy is sub-human.

David S
April 8, 2019 4:08 pm

Good article Anthony. I think the asteroid emergency is more credible than the climate emergency.

Joel Snider
April 8, 2019 4:10 pm

Knew they were going to start doing this.

Bubba Cow
Reply to  Joel Snider
April 9, 2019 8:38 am

I like the 13 year old climate kids cutting school to explain to us their vast knowledge of thermodynamics and radiative physics. Of course, only 42% of them achieve basic proficiency in reading, maths, and sciences.

Reply to  Bubba Cow
April 9, 2019 4:05 pm

42%? Seems a bit high seeing as I deal with Generations Dumbass every day. Only good sign is the youngest of them appear to be dragging themselves out of the morass of self-inflicted stupidity that public education has been for so long.

Robert of Texas
April 8, 2019 4:30 pm

Well, I guess I would have to pay up the $500…after all, I have a mineral specimen that contains raw unprocessed Uranium (probably milligrams of it), and some small percent of that would be U235 which is a component of a particular type of nuclear weapon. In fact, I bet if one looked closely enough, there are all sorts of particles from coal burning in the past that would contain traces of uranium, so maybe they should start fining everyone who owns land?

Oh crud…and cobalt. I have a cobalt salt in my chemistry lab. Man, I would be paying through the nose.

And a Truck! That could be a delivery system for a nuclear weapon (and so could a suitcase or backpack if it were small enough).

Apparently your town council has no serious work to get done if Climate Change is their biggest worry. Why don’t you suggest to them that Continental Drift is actually a far bigger danger (causes earthquakes and volcanoes!) and that they need to pass a law banning it?

Reply to  Robert of Texas
April 8, 2019 5:17 pm

I was going to say that continental drift is causing them to get closer to China and Russia, but they would probably be happy about that.

Beta Blocker
April 8, 2019 4:38 pm

The last paragraph of the resolution reads:

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: the City of Chico calls on the State of California and the United States as a whole to initiate an emergency mobilization to mitigate climate change, and end greenhouse gas emissions, and immediately draw down carbon from the atmosphere.”

The only possible means of reducing America’s carbon emissions as far and as fast as claims is necessary is for the federal government to intervene quickly and decisively in the energy marketplace to sharply raise the price of all carbon fuels; to enforce mandatory across-the-board energy conservation measures; and eventually, to directly limit and control the quantity of carbon fuels which can be produced, distributed, and consumed.

The EPA has full authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate all of America’s carbon emissions, not just those from coal. The EPA could also impose a system of carbon pollution fines which is the functional equivalent of a legislated tax on carbon.

Using the authorities granted by Congress under existing national security legislation, the president could declare a carbon pollution emergency and impose a program of fuel rationing similar to what was done in World War II.

Not another word of new legislation is needed from Congress to begin the process of sharply reducing America’s carbon emissions — if the nation’s Chief Executive decides that is what America should do.

For better or worse, the legal authorities needed to move as far and as fast as wants America to go in quickly reducing our carbon emissions rest solely in the hands of the president. More to the point, if the president doesn’t do it, then it won’t get done.

Barack Obama refused to do it while he was president. Donald Trump certainly won’t do it while he remains in office. Whether or not the President Elect who replaces Donald Trump in 2021 or 2025 will do it remains to be seen.

Reply to  Beta Blocker
April 8, 2019 7:34 pm

You’re wrong. “EPA has full authority under the Clean Air Act”, only, because THEY decreed that CO2 was a pollutant. The Clean Air Act says nothing about carbon or carbon dioxide.

It’s nothing but a HUGE scam and power grab.

Beta Blocker
Reply to  eck
April 8, 2019 10:35 pm

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the EPA properly followed its own guidelines in identifying CO2 as a pollutant which can be regulated under the provisions of the Clean Air Act.

Unless and until the EPA’s 2009 Endangerment Finding for carbon is rescinded, the EPA has full authority to regulate CO2 as a pollutant.

However, even under Barack Obama, the agency didn’t go nearly as far in regulating America’s carbon emissions as its Clean Air Act authorities allow it to go.

The main point to be made here is that climate activists have created a solid legal foundation for going as far and as fast as they might want to go in quickly reducing our carbon emissions.

But for their own reasons, the climate activists inside and outside of government have chosen not to fully implement the legal authority the Clean Air Act gives them to force these quick reductions.

The question is, why? Are the activists afraid of the political blowback that will occur if America’s voters are asked to make real sacrifice in the name of fighting climate change?

Thoroughly Disgusted
April 8, 2019 4:39 pm

Reality is sometimes a tough pill to swallow. Including my own in realizing just how daft these AGW SJW’s are and absolutely nothing will get through to the imbeciles. I’m convinced they are an alien species from elsewhere in the universe. I’m recently done with my family. I’ve been overexposed to their climate-baked brains cells, or lack thereof.

We listened to a sermon about “reprobate mind” this past weekend. Perfect explanation.

Steve O
April 8, 2019 4:48 pm

If people want to pass a feel-good motion, I have one to suggest:

That renewable energy infrastructure be built using 100% renewable energy.

Building out the infrastructure will be emissions-intensive. It’s important to do it right. Think of the children! What are they going to say? That it’s impractical, or [cough] impossible? Because if THAT is impractical, how much more so to make everything renewable.

April 8, 2019 4:52 pm

I am sure Bill is a nice guy
but I would never leave my children alone with him

Pat Frank
April 8, 2019 4:55 pm

Take a small portable megaphone in a carrying case with you, Anthony, when you make a presentation to the Chico City Council.

Then, when the screechers start, you simply open your case, take out the megaphone, and continue over them.

Adding as you like, ironic comments about the childishness of tantrum-throwers. If they had a valid argument, they’d not need to scream.

The linked megaphone also has a siren feature. Also useful to quiet the children. 🙂

Chris Hanley
April 8, 2019 5:14 pm

‘Next, how about passing some resolution to prevent planet-killing asteroid impacts like what wiped out the dinosaurs. “Asteroid Emergency” has nice ring to it …’.
Mocking the concept of climate change™ has “got to stop!” and that’s an order (Komissar Kerry).

Curious George
April 8, 2019 5:23 pm

Do CSU students vote in Chico municipal elections?

Curious George
Reply to  Anthony Watts
April 9, 2019 11:13 am

Exactly the kind of residents charlatans dream of. Can vote, but not yet drink.

Rich Davis
April 8, 2019 5:23 pm

Nice presentation Anthony!
You may want to correct typo on page 13: 188,00 rather than 188,000

April 8, 2019 5:29 pm

I grew up in lefty parts of Northern California. During the Reagan administration, they kicked up a near panic. Reagan was going to cause the end of the world. Many of their efforts focused on trying to scare young people, along with idiotic measures such as nuclear-free zones. Even then, I considered them to be complete morons.

Turned out later that the Soviets were partly responsible for funding and organizing these “movements.” Wouldn’t have mattered to the lefties. For them, the Soviets were peace-loving and responsible. The Reaganites were trigger-happy lunatics sure to start WWIII.

The “issues” change over time. The crazy is a constant.

April 8, 2019 5:36 pm

All of this is arm waving and hyperbole. Everyone who understands knows we cannot stop using fossil fuels. Humanity as we know it would collapse and revert to 19th century standards and that’s without question. But they keep squealing …. at least according to the MSM …. and we keep greasing the wheel. Why?

Reply to  markl
April 8, 2019 6:32 pm

I understand why the foot soldiers are all-in: they’re virtually programmed to do so. However, the sustained dishonesty on the part of those who actually work in the field is astounding to those of us with a moral center.

Flight Level
April 8, 2019 7:19 pm

The financial might invested in their public impact campaigns is alarming to the point of becoming warfare.

The amount of potential destruction is in the realm of a third world war.

John F. Hultquist
April 8, 2019 8:27 pm

Thanks Anthony.

Bill and 350 dot org should change that name.
I’d vote for 1250 dot org.
My plants and I would feel much safer.

John R Walker
April 9, 2019 12:29 am

Not just in the USA – this ‘climate emergency’ insanity is spreading rapidly throughout the UK as well:

The dominant species on this planet has entered a new age of unreason.

Steve Richards
April 9, 2019 1:49 am

Here in the UK, an increasing number of local councils are passing ‘climate emergency’ resolutions.

It makes you wonder how it can be coordinated worldwide?

I wonder who is funding it?

John Doran
Reply to  Steve Richards
April 9, 2019 4:34 am

Richards April 9, 2019 at 1:49 am

Steve, climatologist Dr. Tim Ball has revealed this in his great little book:
Human Caused Global Warming, The Biggest Deception In History

He names names: Bankster Rockefellers, multi-billionaire cronies Soros, Ted Turner, Maurice Strong etc.
He names the bent scientists & politicians.
He’s already won two court cases, against “Greenie” Andrew Weaver & science fraud Michael Mann.
All the science & scandals, all the politics & profiteers.
And their motives.
Only 121 pages. A must read.


John F. Hultquist
Reply to  John Doran
April 9, 2019 3:43 pm

Maurice Strong died November 27, 2015.
But does evil ever really die?

April 9, 2019 3:22 am

This is an absolute urgency, I repeat: this is an absolute emergency :

-the Lunatics escaped out of the Madhouse and are taking control !

Michael S. Kelly, LS BSA, Ret.
April 9, 2019 3:51 am

Phone rings…

“Hi, I’m Mr. Jones, the student loan director from your bank…It seems you have missed your last 17 payments, and the university you attended said that they received none of the $17,000 we loaned you…we would just like to know what happened to the money?”

I said, “Mr. Jones, I’ll give it to you straight. I gave all of the money to my friend Slick, and with it he built a nuclear weapon…and I would appreciate it if you never called me again.”

— Steven Wright

James Clarke
April 9, 2019 8:54 am

“Sheesh, the stupid, it burns.”

Yes, it really does! That’s not just an expression. This kind of stupidity is definitely taking a toll on our quality of life. Part of me wants to find a peaceful place out there without a lot of people, turn off my connections to the outside world and live the rest of my life without any knowledge of how this spreading epidemic of stupidity is threatening to burn down the world.

On the other hand, I am inspired by Anthony and the rest of you who continue to fight the good fight. Thank you for your efforts to hold back the darkness. It is greatly appreciated.

April 9, 2019 9:20 am

Anthony- I know this is somewhat off topic, but I have to respond to your list of “zealots”. The warming skeptics have alot more in common with the vaccine skeptics. The vaccine authoritarians have much in common with the climate authoritarians. Who uses the term “science is settled’? How about “science denierss’? “consensus of experts”? Who uses government power to enforce their opinions? Who enforces heavy censorship about what appears in media? I think you will be amazed if you ever take the time to learn the real facts and science about vaccines. I love your site but I think you are wrong on this issue. gh

[Your are entitled to your opinion, just as I am – Anthony]

April 9, 2019 9:20 am

The important part of the “Declaration of a State of Emergency” is that it allows the politicians to seize emergency powers.
It allows them, for example, to impose wartime rationing, and to confiscate property such as cars and houses.

It isn’t the state of emergency that we should be worried about – it is the emergency powers for which the declaration is a pretext.

It is an excuse for suspending not only the constitution but also the entire rule of law. It is a pretext for totalitarianism. I personally suspect that they are going to use it to impose Agenda 21/ 2130.

see my blog article:-

We ought to keep each other informed about what POWERS are claimed on the back of the declaration of emergency.

Robert of Ottawa
April 9, 2019 9:49 am

We have a city councillor just call for declaring a “climate emergency” by the city council, plus resource allocation, here in our beautiful Ottawa.

He was immediately lambasted with calls for declaring a “pothole emeregency”.

If a city cannot repair the potholes in its roads, then it certainly cannot fix the Earth’s climate.

April 9, 2019 1:23 pm

This tactic is extremely similar to how missionaries convert allegedly heathen people:
Convert key leaders, government officials etc.
The rest follow after awhile

April 9, 2019 4:12 pm

We’ve got to come up with a way to virtue-signal the skeptical POV. The idiots don’t think, they emote. So emotion is the only thing that drives their actions.

Donald Kasper
April 9, 2019 10:26 pm

We need a movement to green the earth.

April 10, 2019 2:14 am is funded by the Rockefeller foundation and other wealthy foundations and individuals.

I think the title of this thread should be something like:
“The new climate strategy that wealthy foundations want cities to do”

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