“World War Zero”: Former Republican Governors Demand Action on Climate Change

Left: John R. Kasich, middle: John Kerry, right: Arnold Schwarzenegger. By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Former Republican governors John Kasich and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and former Secretary of State John Kerry have teamed up to create “World War Zero”, an initiative aimed at driving conservative interest in climate action.

It’s Time for American Leaders to Wake Up to the Threat of Climate Change for the Good of the Planet and Business

BY JOHN R. KASICH  AUGUST 3, 2020 11:55 AM EDT
Kasich was the governor of Ohio from 2011 to 2019.

If we could have seen the pandemic coming and had the power to prevent it, of course, we would have. If we had that power but sat on our hands as millions became sick and died, that inaction would be unforgivable.

There is another problem that we know is coming, that we have the power to address, and yet which we continually do too little—or often nothing—to tackle. I’m talking about climate change.

I joined with former Secretary of State John Kerry and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger behind an effort called “World War Zero” to help bring together a group of unlikely allies – Democrats, Republicans and independents, scientists, military leaders, business leaders, diplomats, entertainers, and ordinary people from all walks of life – to mobilize, speak up, and tackle climate change together. And to find new ways of helping people appreciate the need to address the problem.

Seeing the economic benefits of renewable energy investments at a time of a global recession might not be an angle that first comes to mind. But tough problems merit different approaches and demand that we take advantage of the opportunities when they arise—like now.

Read more: https://time.com/5873394/take-climate-change-seriously-business/

World War Zero” wants net zero emissions by 2050. I couldn’t see anything resembling a carefully costed plan to achieve net zero, the site focus mostly seems to consist of lots of positive thinking, and reminiscences about the spectacular debt fuelled growth of the 1940s wartime economy.

Kasich’s claims of economic benefits from renewables are questionable. If renewables provided any short term “economic benefits”, if they were a genuinely profitable opportunity, there would be no need for the government to step in and support renewables.

Regardless of the alleged long term benefits of renewables, in the short to medium term additional government support for renewables would be a drag on the economy.

The last thing the USA or anywhere else needs right now is even more short term economic pain.

124 thoughts on ““World War Zero”: Former Republican Governors Demand Action on Climate Change

  1. Kasich. As many of us in Central Ohio learned when he our Rep when Clinton’s “Assault Weapon Ban” came up for a vote in the House, “You can count on Kasich until it counts.”.

    • Kasich seems to have had some kind of psychotic break. At one point he was balancing the US budget, and the next thing you know he’s running for President, preaching that Jesus was a disciple of Karl Marx.

      • damp & Din: His first win as Gov came after he campaigned against high speed rail and he kept his promise. I loved him! By the time he was closing out his time as Gov, he was refusing to take down renewable targets (created years before, set out far enough to be harmless then) that are hurting Ohio economy. A huge bribery scandal is now playing out in OH that came to pass because Kasich didn’t have the guts to keep two absolutely necessary nuke plants operating. His vaunted principles melted when enviros brought any heat on him. I wanted him instead of Trump (I now hate to admit), and he could have stolen the immigration issue and sailed home if he’d had the nerve, but he was too “compassionate”. He has betrayed conservative principles so often, I think he’s trying for a seat on the Supreme Court.

        • A lot of Republican governors start out fairly well but fall apart in their second term. Kasich and Schwarzenegger are two of them. Republicans are born without spines and trying to stand upright takes a toll on the back muscles, so after a while they collapse into one huge invertebrate lump.

        • I think that he’s settled in on having no political future in the Republican Party ever four years after running for President in the party and the national party convention in his home state while he was governor. He’s holding out for someplace in a socialist cabinet. Hopefully the Republicans control the Senate in case that happens so they can cause problems to his nomination as a former Republican. Yes, in no way is he a Republican and certainly wasn’t while he was governor even if he acted the part. As President, he would’ve been worse than 41. I can’t predict what will happen in politics next year or four years after, but I do know that Kasich has no place in the party and won’t influence anything in the party going forward. These RINOs think they will, but they won’t.

          • “Kasich has no place in the party” Bingo. I live in Ohio. He sold us down the river.

        • Paul, I confess, as you have, that there was a time very early in the 2016 primary lead up period that Kasich sounded like one of the more reasonable voices among those tossing their hat into the ring.
          But long before the end of that primary, he was an embarrassment.
          A man who had zero chance to win anything, and was actually a clear detriment to his party.
          Who can forget his refusal to stand by his vow to support whomever the ultimate nominee was?
          Who can forget his frequent load mouthed promises not to even attend the 2016 RNC, that was taking place in his state, while he was the putative leader of the party in his state?
          He was one of the louder-mouthed of the jackasses who proclaimed themselves to be political fortune tellers.
          He also refused to endorse either Cruz or Trump, saying neither was “worthy of the office” they sought.
          All while garnering an incredibly low level of national support.
          He was one of the original Never Trumpers.
          He was literally the last candidate to drop out of the race, despite garnering only a tiny level of national support.
          He had won only about 1/10th as many delegates as Trump, barely more than 1/4th as many as Cruz, and over 1/3 of his delegates were from his own state!
          It was not even like he was voicing the majority opinion of his constituency, either.
          Kasich only won a plurality in the Ohio Republican primary, and the state was solidly behind Trump in the general election.
          He did not even win a majority in his own state!
          He was one of the most vocal of the “Trump will never be the nominee” jackasses.
          Pompous, self-righteous, loudmouthed, backstabbing, tone-deaf stuffed suit.
          That is Kasich.
          Republican?
          Hah!

          • “That is Kasich.
            Republican?
            Hah!”

            Kasich certainly isn’t a conservative. Otherwise, he would be in love with Trump. Trump has done more to advance conservatism than just about anyone.

          • All three of these guys are “former Republicans” more than they are “former governors.”

          • Nicholas: Thanks for reply. I must admit, I forgot several of those items re: the mailman’s son; my excuse is that his campaign was really forgettable. He was done before our primary, stayed in long after the fork was stuck. What I remember is, I was rooting for the Kasich of the 1990’s, he never showed up.

    • I too live in Central Ohio. I have meet Kasich up close and personal. You cannot have a conversation with the man. He is a complete nut job.

  2. And I want them to provide even a single IPCC model that has skillfully predicted recent or any climate before using them to define public policy.

    • You nailed it. Not a single prediction made based on IPCC climate models has come true. Polar bears are going extinct. We are not frying in our own juices. Himalayan glaciers are far from melting. We are not seeing significantly increased numbers of death from heat stroke. We are not seeing widespread crop failures.

      In fact, we have seen the exact opposite of each of these predictions.

      If we are seeing the exact opposite of the predictions then just how good are the models they are based on?

      • . . . then just how good are the models they are based on?

        As good as the consensus science at the IPCC admits they are:

        “In sum, a strategy must recognise what is possible. In climate research and modelling, we should recognise that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible. The most we can expect to achieve is the prediction of the probability distribution of the system’s future possible states by the generation of ensembles of model solutions. This reduces climate change to the discernment of significant differences in the statistics of such ensembles. The generation of such model ensembles will require the dedication of greatly increased computer resources and the application of new methods of model diagnosis. Addressing adequately the statistical nature of climate is computationally intensive, but such statistical information is essential.”

        https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/03/TAR-14.pdf

        Section 14.2.2.2, p. 774

        • But what the heck, we will go ahead and make the policy recommendations that suite our social agenda anyway!

        • How is it that running large ensembles of flawed calculations produces an accurate final probability distribution? Multiple non-linear flaws don’t cancel each other out.

  3. Just another attempt to increase support for the false AGW narrative and as long as they have the media behind them this won’t end. We slept while the Left bought the media and stacked our courts in the USA. Now we are paying for our complacency.

  4. This is wonderful! The combined personal magnetism of John Kasich and John Kerry could bring this whole tiresome campaign to an end once and for all.

  5. Kasich became “progressively” more liberal with each year as governor. I’m surprised he has not come out as a Democrat yet.

    Good riddance to him.

    • The Democrats wouldn’t want him, an old white dude, and without Bloomberg’s money. So he’s useless to them, and the DNC has moved so far Left he’d wonder what the hell he got into. RINO’s like him and Schwarzenegger need to quit the Republican Party and form the Ostrich Party.

      • no they wouldn’t want him…he’s much more effective pretending to be a republican

        Democrats are all in lock step…..republicans are all over the place…divided and diluted…with fake republicans

        • Democrats are hardly in lock step. They are a bunch of small special interest groups which are fighting all the time. The fighting is getting more fierce with the unions and the communists about to go head to head. I see the party fragmenting after their next loss. You will have the Pelosi wing and the AOC wing, both inept.

      • I don’t think they have their heads in benign sands, Joel. These two RINOs are practitioners of self-proctology…. which explains their crappy views. The idea that they could sway conservatives to their progressively bad climate change ideas is a futile exercise in myopic thinking, and reflective of a very elevated state of chutzpah to boot!

        • J Mac,
          But didn’t Ahnold get a hybrid Hummer to prove his climate bona fides? Curses, the old rectal cranial inversion strikes again!

    • Ditto for the governator. He started out center to center-right, and moved left as quickly as he could.
      He is married to a Kennedy after all.
      John Kerry was always pretty solidly left wing.

      • “Left: John R. Kasich, [Left]: John Kerry, [Left]: Arnold Schwarzenegger. By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link”

        There, fixed it.

    • I think Kasich tried to come out as a Dem, but all the Dems had already left by then. They’ve fallen out of what is considered to be the political spectrum. My arguments with family and friends on the left has changed. I tell them the ‘party’ they support isn’t the one they think it is. It has outsourced its constituents to EU/UNSSR globalists. All they’ve kept is the name. What’s scary is some very smart people are totally duped.

      Unless the fraudulent mail-in vote campaign is successful, Trump’s new-type of Republican Party (cleft from the denizens of the swamp core) will be running things for a generation or two until somebody not born yet re-invents the Dems.

      I have hopes that a muppet show starring Kasich, Kerry and Schwartzenegger will have the opposite to intended effect.

  6. All three are Non-Compos-Mentis on steroids.
    non compos mentis nŏn kŏm″pəs mĕn′tĭs

    adj.
    Not of sound mind and hence not legally competent.n.
    One who is not legally competent.
    n.
    Not capable, mentally, of managing one’s own affairs; not of sound mind; not having the normal use of reason. Often abbreviated non compos and non comp. See insane.

    • A lot of Republican governors start out fairly well but fall apart in their second term. Kasich and Schwarzenegger are two of them. Republicans are born without spines and trying to stand upright takes a toll on the back muscles, so after a while they collapse into one huge invertebrate lump.

  7. Kasich and Arnold Schwarzenegger are RINO’s and hypocritical, virtue-signaling idiots right up there with
    “Lurch” Kerry. Schwarzenegger’s carbon footprint is probably larger than some small countries.
    Kerry married into the fortune of the Heinz family and now lives the billionaire life-style of mega yachts, large sailboats, private jets and multiple mansions and estates around the world. So he’s just a hypocritical limousine liberal with a large carbon footpriunt lifestyle too. Both Schwarzenegger and Lurch certainly have a professional staff of armed 24/7 security wherever they go, and that ain’t cheap.

    If any of these 3 virtue-signaling idiots actually were faced with living the lifestyle they want to impose on the general public, they’d be singing a different tune.

  8. Let’s have an event! Let’s present the arguments, pro and con, for spending money to reduce CO2. The ultra libs won’t show up, but at least we can get a larger audience exposure to the con side. Maybe some of the kids will listen and be calmed from their hysteria (Gretta?). Any publicity is good for…
    Temperatures rising slower than modeled
    Global prosperity is the way out of ecological problems
    Global greening from higher CO2
    High density energy (Nuclear) is better for the environment

  9. “…an initiative aimed at driving conservative interest in climate action.”

    What in heaven’s name do those three, or their bigger government plans to roll back the tides have to do with “conservative”?!

    Nothing conservative about any of them, nor any of their warmed over FDR schemes to embroil the government in the economy.

  10. Where’s the Republican???
    This looks like one of those “I’m not a Robot”….where you click on
    stop signs or crosswalks. Sometimes, if there is none…hit skip.
    That’s me this time.

    • Apropos nothing much – my son has a theory that there is a speeding Tesla somewhere relying on you getting those clicks right…

  11. This will be their (our) undoing. It is starting to come into focus that the combined spending efforts of New Deal 2, Great Society BLM 2, and Green New Deal will steer us into a new inflationary era matching Jimmy Carter’s but without OPEC to blame. No wonder gold prices are starting to respond.

    • While many blamed OPEC for the inflation, rising oil prices were the result of monetary inflation, not the cause of it.
      Inflation is caused when the money supply expands faster than the supply of goods in the underlying economy.

      As long as the government can convince suckers to buy government bonds, they can avoid printing money.
      As long as other governments are willing to US dollars to back their currency, they end up taking dollars out of circulation which allows the government to painlessly print more dollars.

      End either of those, and things get bad quickly.

      • BOSTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Investor David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital is betting that prices will rise and told investors on Tuesday that Einhorn has added new positions in inflation swaps, a gold miners ETF, as well as in Teck Resources and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings to be well-positioned for an eventual uptick.

        “We believe that market groupthink that profitless growth stocks that trade at astronomical valuations, in part on the basis that interest rates are low, will be disrupted by rising inflation expectations,” Einhorn wrote in a letter seen by Reuters.

        —-

        Gold is hitting new highs — these are the stocks to consider buying now
        MarketWatch
        Michael Brush
        ,MarketWatch•August 4, 2020

        • With the kind of deficits Washington is running both now and for the foreseeable future. Predicting more inflation is pretty much a no brainer.

  12. Renewable energy is only renewable ELECTRICITY, and intermittent electricity at best.

    Neither wind nor solar can manufacture the petroleum derivatives that are the basis of more than 6,000 products in our daily lives.

    The book is an “aha moment” that every green advocate should experience. The inventions of the automobile, airplane, and the use of petroleum in the early 1900’s led us into the Industrial Revolution and victories in World Wars I and II. The healthier and wealthier countries of today now have more than 6,000 products manufactured from petroleum derivatives that did not exist before 1900.

  13. Three “Republican” duds in my book. Ohio got snookered, as did California and Utah. Let your true colors come shining through, gents. What a waste!! Never again.

  14. Kasich, Schwartzenegger and Kerry, aka the Three Climate Stooges. Three zeros on a “mission”.

  15. WW 0
    We Were Zeros.
    Just as Burn Loot Murder is the only logical conclusion of people calling themselves B.L.M acting as they do.
    (As they are obviously not the Bureau of land management.)
    World War Zero by a bunch of failed politicians can only translate as We Were Zeros as they obviously failed to convince the voters.
    And what a bunch of nothings.

    Funny how General Flynn got the gears for NOT doing what Kerry openly does..
    This trio of yesterdays false promise are well exposed as the hypocrites and fools they really are.
    For were they not such fools,they would have the sense to go away.
    Shut up and stop interfering in the taxpayers lives..

    But they never did have that kind of sense,now did they?

  16. I wonder, when I look at that trio, which one has the use of the brain-cell today. If there was a WW I would hate to have to rely on any of them to get us to victory. (Man-made) climate change is not a war; it is not an ’emergency’ and it doesn’t need poseurs to claim to be heroes: A nine-termer; a Useless SoS; and a muscle-bound has-been (I’m feeling generous). Apart from the fact that none of them will be around to see if their ‘solutions’ will save the planet, they all seem to have a God complex. Useless trio!

  17. Eventually the name “World War Zero” is very true. The original concept behind the Paris Agreement was to establish a global world goverment with own tax income (carbon tax). If a country (or more countries) would not comply with the Paris Agreement (and would not buy guaranteed “climate compatible” (of course very expensive) products from the main powers), some miltary motivation (even war on a world scale) was planned. For example as a first step the visit of a US carrier group to support the “local democrats”, and so on. Now the US will leave the Paris Agreement, and the other “progressive liberal and very democratic” (aka green liberonazi) countries can “convince” without the support of the US army maybe only countries in the category of Libya. However, other countries (China, India, Russia, etc.) will be only amused. So a new world war (“zero”) was and unfortunately is a real threat.

    • If you had to fight a WW where you only could use ZeroC fuels and armaments against an enemy who couldn’t care less, who would win (especially while you were refuelling your electrons)?

      • Yes, and anyone who thinks that Russia and China will stop using fossil fuels while Western Democracies rely on green virtue signaling doesn’t know how to think. Besides, if the idiocracy has their way, the price of oil will plummet leaving the virtue signalers at an even greater disadvantage.

        The Russians know it’s all a bunch of BS and the Chinese don’t care one way or another. Both are more than happy to see that Western Democracies seem so willing to destroy themselves as the result of a bogus greater good argument.

        • co2isnotevil,
          I think the Chinese care a great deal about what they are doing! They are bribing US politicians and corporations to keep us from having a rational national energy plan with lots of nuclear power AND fossil fuels! They are exploiting the weaknesses of our system to coopt many of our leaders and keep us in a constant state of turmoil.
          It’s too bad that the Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax has probably poisoned any chance of building an alliance with Putin as I am sure he would much rather work with us to avoid being gobbled up by the Chinese dragon. He may be a crook but then so are most of our politicians!

          • My point was that the Chinese don’t care one way or another about the significance of CO2 emissions on the climate. Yes, they definitely do know what they’re doing and do care about the controversy, but only because it’s something they can leverage to their advantage. They give lip service to green because it’s something Biden has a hard on for and they would much rather work with Biden then Trump since they still have a billion dollars of leverage from their purchase of influence through Hunter Biden. The Democrats may have forgotten about this, but the Chinese haven’t.

  18. “Seeing the economic benefits of renewable energy investments at a time of a global recession might not be an angle that first comes to mind.”
    I don’t have a link, but there is a report from Spain that every “renewable energy” job creation kills 1.6 jobs elsewhere.

  19. Yes, all zeroes in that group. How much more detached from reality can they get…at the beach and on the yacht?

  20. Still waiting for one of these wizards to tell us what they wish the climate to be once the climate crisis has finally been averted.

    • It must be global cooling, because if the planet isn’t warming, it’s cooling. The planet never has and never will have a constant average temperature from year to year, much less century to century.

  21. Anyone who desires, promotes, or endorses a World War has to be a nutter from Nutville. Has Crazy Kasich flunked history as well as every other subject? The Left is so violent, so angry, so over-the-top insane with blood lust that it defies belief.

    I have no idea how to calm these people down, how to drag them back the Earth, how to prevent their rhetoric from exploding into total destruction. That’s what seems to be happening all over — despite rational discourse from realists.

    The world is teetering on the brink all right but not from climate change. The threat of total mass destruction is brewing in the sick minds of wannabe tyrants and their “useful” idiot minions.

    • Mike,
      Hard, physical labor and a lack of drugs might improve the outlook of many. Getting kids out of the city and into the real world of hard work and clean living couldn’t hurt. A work program like the old CCC or the Conservation Corp would be apropos for any arrested for minor crimes in the Burn, Loot, Murder riots plaguing our cities now!

  22. Kasich, like McCain before him, was always one of the Democrats favorite Republicans.
    One who can be counted on to trash other Republicans whenever the Democrats ask him to.

  23. Arnold! WTF! ……..telling us all how to behave from his 9 bedroomed, 9 bathroomed Mediterranean-style 10,000-square-foot villa, not to mention the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Hummer H1, the Dodge Challenger, the Bentley Continental Super sports, the Mercedes-Benz Unimog, and the little run around Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

    I presume he’s still got his Gulfstream III private jet ……. these people are unbelievable, go f@ck yourselves.

  24. Former Republican Governors

    They were rhinos anyway — prb’ly short on media exposure & laundered money.

  25. “There is another problem that we know is coming, …”
    They think that they know; however, it is really a belief that they, and others like them, are unwilling to defend in public debate with people who do not agree. I seriously doubt that any of the three could effectively defend the claim in open debate with any knowledgeable skeptic. They are grandstanding and trying to seem relevant after they have had their ten minutes of fame.

  26. Last January Marxist darling AOC called for World War against climate change. She called it “our World War II”.

    That’s atrocious arithmetic. Three follows two, not two again or zero.

    But it’s so much worse than that. These crazies yearn for World War. They have romantic delusions about mass slaughter. John Kerry wants to arm the insane authoritarian theocrats of Iran with nuclear weapons, and now he publicly calls for World War. It’s not mere lunacy, it’s psychotic warmongering.

    God forbid these crackpots get their wish. Red Flag Warning: mass murderers on the loose.

  27. Three idiots, two RINOs (republicans in name only), and one socialist democrat. Why can’t these people get some common sense and learn that CO2 is not a pollutant, but beneficial to the environment. Also learn that CO2 and methane are not the control knob for climate change/global warming, etc. Learn to read some of the data !!! They also believe in the 97% consensus. . .

    – JPP

    • Don’t forget that the Socialist Idiot is living COMPLETELY off of his RINO’s wife’s dead husband’s money.

      So all three are taking money from Republicans to spout socialist clap trap.

  28. Well the climate “crisis” is solved! Kerry will call in James Taylor to sing ” You’ve Got a Friend” and all will be well. It worked in France, didn’t it?

  29. Just add a plentiful supply of “Gore” to these three Horsemen of The Apocalypse and Hey Presto! World War Zero.( Where’s Rocky Balboa when you need him?)

  30. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s single claim to authority is that he won a series of beauty contests when he was young. It’s as if we had decided to put Jayne Mansfield (who, for you younger folks, was a minor movie star in the fifties who had a spectacularly exaggerated female body) in charge. Schwarzenegger never learned to act. He wasn’t even athletic-watch him move and he is slow and clumsy. He was beautiful in a grotesque, lurid way, and that was most of his talent.

    Grr, grr. I really can’t stand the guy. He claims that he can speak standard English, and maintains his Austrian accent only because his fans expect it. Yeah? Recite the preamble to the Constitution and pronounce the words in it as if you were born in Connecticut, pal.

    • Ha ha, off-topic maybe, and about as believable as a paper with Michael Mann’s name on it but no it’s true, I met Jayne Mansfield once. I was 12. She was really nice, talked to me and gave me her autograph with a big heart over the “i” in Mansfield. Tragic events happened soon after that.

      Where were we again? Oh yeah, I don’t think I can add anything further to what has been said about these three attention-seeking clowns.

    • Ian,
      Arnold’s politics, like his acting, was always better when he kept his mouth shut. Far better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool…

  31. The law firm of Huey, Lewey, and Dewey wants to represent you against your local energy suppliers whether you want it or not.

  32. Correction: former RINO governors.

    If you find yourself aligning with John Kerry on just about anything, you probably better rethink your ideas.

  33. Former Republican governors John Kasich and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and former Secretary of State John Kerry have teamed up …

    Very rich, old, white guys demand … DEMAND?

    Yup, if you can dissimulate sincerity, you can feign anything.

    • Yep, at the top of the pyramid of the campaign to discredit old white guys and especially rich old white guys are, you got it, rich old white guys, and you can throw senile old Joe into the mix too. How TF did we get here ??

  34. “If we could have seen the pandemic coming and had the power to prevent it, of course, we would have.” Like these are new? Lots of evidence that we should have, and would have like in addition to quarantine rediscovered, let’s try more homework, less celebrity stuff. See if they can spell epidemiology.

    When I was a kid people who claimed to be able to control climate were not considered the smartest around, some were were trying to con you.

  35. If you add the IQ’s of all three of those bozo’s together whadaya get? …………..ZERO
    A sorry group of has-been Politicians.

  36. This isn’t science, it’s a sales pitch. Now, why might they need a sales pitch if the ‘science is settled’?

  37. John Kerry does not learn from his Freudian actions of throwing his medals over the fence (it was because he knew he did not deserve them … not because the war was ‘wrong’ and his government betrayed him). He has stayed a giant lying hypocrite his whole life.

    Kasich … oatmeal, without butter, sugar, or salt; but batshit crazy. Batshit crazy oatmeal.

    Swarshinager. Passive aggressive wimp narcissist; and you need to hide the maid if he comes to visit on a regular basis.

    All in all, still just as knowledgeable and compelling as any of the other climate action leaders.

      • Yeah, Kerry’s medals was reportedly safe at home in a display case.

        He’s such a liar. One of the most detestable people I can think of.

  38. From the above article’s boxed excerpted quotes of an article written by John Kasich, former governor of Ohio :
    “If we could have seen the pandemic coming and had the power to prevent it, of course, we would have. If we had that power but sat on our hands as millions became sick and died, that inaction would be unforgivable.”

    Mr. Kasich, you obviously have never heard the phrase “the Web never forgets.”

    Here is a link to a pamphlet released by FEMA in July 2018 that shows this US governmental organization considered a pandemic striking the US as a very real possibility as late as July 2018, only some 18 months before COVID-19 struck this country:
    https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1537897784532-95e513b308bdcfb52711a97a9882507c/brochure_pandemic_ncp_508_082918.pdf
    The pamphlet is titled: “Continuity Planning for Pandemics and Widespread Infectious Diseases”

    And then there is this:
    “A simulation for a global pandemic response involving more than 40 countries will take place 4-6 December, 2018, coordinated by the World Health Organization’s Global Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and by the EOC Network, a global network of health emergency operations centres. This is the first global pandemic response training exercise . . . This experience will identify gaps and areas for opportunity that will ultimately help in the assessment and improvement of Member States’ readiness to respond jointly and effectively to a global public health emergency.” source—https://www.who.int/ihr/eoc-exercise/en/

    Since the US was a major supporter of WHO at that time, we can assume that US emergency preparedness personnel actively participated in this exercise.

    So, Mr. Kasich, since you were governor of Ohio up to January 14, 2019, can’t we rightly assume you had some working knowledge of FEMA? How then can you pretend that you could not have seen at least the possibility of a pandemic coming? And how is that, knowing that possibility, you effectively “sat on you hands” and let the State of Ohio—just as other governors in other states did—remain unprepared for a pandemic, such as COVID-19. I agree completely with you that given such facts your INACTION is unforgivable.

    Please don’t try to sweep this away by now becoming one of the “saints” calling for action on climate change. As the saying goes “By their acts, ye shall know them.” However, I can appreciate that, like those other pastured politicians Kerry and Schwarzenegger who you are joining, you desperately need to be in the public spotlight on something.

    Finally, and most significantly, there is this shocking New York Times article about operation “Crimson Contagion” that provided all the warning necessary that the US was unprepared for a pandemic: “Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded”, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/us/politics/trump-coronavirus-outbreak.html
    Embedded in the NY Times article is a link to a draft of the full debriefing report on these exercises (marked “Do Not Distribute”) that ran from January to August, 2019. You think that wasn’t timely vis-a-vis COVID-19 hitting the US?

    The total incompetence of so many of our “leaders” is thusly revealed.

    • What happened in the process of “Covid tests”, that is simply PCR reactants. I hear these are easily made, and PCR is a very simple operation, and everything for Kung Flu PCR was either on the shelves or easily custom made.

  39. But the reality is that, based on the paleoclimate record and the work done with models, the climate change we are experiencing today is very small and is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. Current climate change is so small that it takes networks of sophisticated sensors decades to even detect it. One must be careful to not mix up weather cycles that are part of the current climate with true climate change. Despite the hype, there is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and there is plenty of scientific rationale to support the conclusion that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. So all of this proposed reduction in CO2 emissions will have no effect on climate. But even if we could somehow stop the Earth’s global climate from changing, extreme weather events and sea level rise would continue because they are part of the current climate. We have yet to establish what the optimum climate is let alone how to change it. So even if we found a way to change our climate, we do not know what change to make to benefit mankind. There are many good reasons to be conserving on the use of fossil fuels but climate change is not one of them. We would all be much better off if we concentrated in improving the global economy rather than waste time and money in the name of climate change.

  40. listen to these economists?

    4 Aug: Guardian: Letter from economists: to rebuild our world, we must end the carbon economy
    Jeffrey Sachs, Joseph Stiglitz, Mariana Mazzucato, Clair Brown, Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Robert Reich, Gabriel Zucman and others.
    The carbon economy amplifies racial, social and economic inequities, creating a system that is fundamentally incompatible with a stable future…
    Governments must actively phase out the fossil fuel industry…
    This letter has been signed by more than 100 economists. See the full list of signatories here…
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/04/economists-letter-carbon-economy-climate-change-rebuild

  41. My problem with this sort of climate change dogma being preached by politicians and ‘celebrities’ is not that we know its nonsense but why don’t THEY know?

    • I think the reason “they” don’t get it, is they are not critical thinkers. They get too wedded to a narrative and can’t mentally shake loose from it. Instead, they practice confirmation bias which makes them feel so much better about things.

  42. You mean former Republicans Kasich and Schwarzenegger? They were never conservatives.

    Kasich continues to act out because Trump is president and Kasich barely registered with the public.

    Arnie? Isn’t he dead like his marriage to Maria Shriver?

  43. That marone! Millions got sick and died? On what planet? Is he on some planet other than this one?

    Millions, my fat Aunt Harriet!!!

    Here’s the statistics to date 8/4/2020:
    USA Deaths from CV19 to date: 155,942 to date
    Worldwide total mortalities: 695,550 to date
    Source: Johns Hopkins University , Center for Systems and Science Engineering
    Comparison between flu and CV19: death rate
    Deaths: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-disease-2019-vs-the-flu
    COVID-19: There have been approximately 694,715 deaths reported worldwide. In the U.S, 155,478 people have died of COVID-19, as of August 4, 2020.*
    FLU: The World Health Organization estimates that 290,000 to 650,000 people die of flu-related causes every year worldwide.

    • People may say ‘Covid is nothing like the flu’, and in many ways they are absolutely correct.

      For a start the Flu kills more people.

      People die. It is tragic for those near and dear, but also part of life. You can only cheat death for so long so the important question is not ‘how do we safe lives’ but ‘how much are we prepared to sacrifice in order to save lives’.

      “But Wait!” you cry. “That is cold. No one would think like that!”

      Sorry, but we already do. Remember the common factor with road deaths is the road. 100% of road deaths. By extension the way to reduce road deaths to zero is to 100% ban the use of roads.

      “But,” you cry again. “That is impractical.”

      Exactly.

      Context is everything.

      • COVID-19, to date, is indeed nothing like the worst of the flu.

        In the single month of October 1918, the Spanish flu (one strain of influenza) killed 195,000 people in just the United States . . . a fact that is not widely known.

        In comparison, in the seven-plus months since January 2020, COVID-19 has been ascribed as the cause of slightly less than 160,000 US fatalities.

        The annual death toll from flu in the US ranges from about 12,000 to 60,000 . . . the annual worldwide death toll from flu ranges from 290,000 to 650,000 people.

        Influenza has cycled annually from epidemic to pandemic status from more than 100 years . . . and in all that time, humans have developed neither “herd immunity” nor a very effective vaccine against the various strains of this virus.

        Some quote about the “lessons of history” could be inserted here.

  44. Two observations to make here.

    First – All three of these people are ‘former’. So before they were ‘former’ they, one assumes, were in positions of power, responsibility and ownership of problems. Now they are not and while they now lack power, they also lack ownership. Demanding action on something you have no ownership over is very easy. You don’t own it. You don’t have to pay for it.

    Second – World War Zero. Wow. Let us quote a few numbers

    Great War (World War One) : 16 to 40 million
    Second World War (WW2): 56 to 80 million

    Frankly calling yourself World War Zero is pretty tasteless.

  45. For light relief,you might like to watch ” Spitting Image “The Arnie Song “1991 available on u tube!

  46. Now hold on a second here…
    We need an important correction to this appraisal:
    ““World War Zero”: Former Republican Governors Demand Action on Climate Change”

    These are not former Republican Governors…they are former fake Republican Governors.

  47. Amazon will have net zero by 2025. Their commercial says so. It also says they will be 100% renewable by 2040. Whoa–did I just see a White Rabbit run by?

    More and more mainstream (not fake) republicans are caving on this. Note how fast Trump folded on mask wearing. It’s only a matter of time before he promotes renewables and puts up charts on warming. Science is determined by the press and Trump will go along with anything his high profile advisors tell us for fear of the press. The battle is being lost. Tying it to Covid only quickens the amount of agreement. The discussions of Covid and global warming are virtually identical as time passes. The battle is very quickly being lost.

  48. From the article: “And to find new ways of helping people appreciate the need to address the problem [Human-caused Climate Change].”

    Well, John, how about you helping us to understand the problem by telling us what it is that has convinced you that Human-caused Climate Change is real? I mean specifically.

    It should be easy, or at least that’s the impression you give, and then we will all be won over by your argument.

    You are sure enough about the science to make an argument, aren’t you? You sound sure of yourself. So lay the evidence on us. What convinced you that CO2 needs regulation?

    Of course, John, like many others who make the same claims about Human-caused Climate Change, couldn’t provide evidence for it if their lives depended on doing so.

    You ask for evidence from alarmists and all you get is silence. That’s what we’ll get from these two RHINOs and the conniving, lying Democrat, John Kerry: Silence. Because there is no evidence to provide.

    Climategate. That’s where the Lie originated. That’s what John is going by and it’s all science fiction. Other than the bastardized surface temperature charts, there is no evidence, and the bastardized temperature charts are bogus and can be shown to be so.

    All you have to do to see that the official surface temperature records are bogus is to compare them to the actual temperature readings given in regional Tmax temperature charts from all over the world.

    None of the regional Tmax charts resemble the official surface temperature record profile (hotter and hotter and hotter). The Tmax charts show it was just as warm in the recent past (Early Twentieth Century) as it is today which destroys the Human-caused Climate Change narrative, since it was just as warm then with much less CO2 in the atmosphere than now.

    Where’s your evidence, John? Before we spend any money, we need some reason to do so.

  49. “If renewables provided any short term “economic benefits”, if they were a genuinely profitable opportunity, there would be no need for the government to step in and support renewables.”

    BINGO!

    What they really want is a lot of your money, using the sola and windpower flim-flam to get it.

  50. Kasich, Kerry and Schwarzenegger are all brainwashing victims; everyone knows the process severely physically shrinks the brain, diminishes cognitive ability and eliminates all rational thought!

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