House Democrats Cancel Looming Embarrassment With Oil Executives

They finally realized they (not Big Oil executives) would be humiliated by reality

Paul Driessen

Mike Tyson once observed, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.

March 8 was to be anti-oil Democrats’ big day. Having pilloried Big Oil executives during two previous hearings over supposed climate change prevention failures, House Oversight Committee leaders had planned to really tighten the thumbscrews.

At their October 2021 hearing, committee chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and chief inquisitor Ro Khanna (D-CA) insisted that Big Oil commit to reducing US oil and gas production by 3-4% annually (50-70% total by 2050). Otherwise, they claimed, global temperatures will rise 1.5 degrees Celsius (calculated from the end of the Little Ice Age and beginning of the Industrial Revolution, both around 1850) – which “the science” says would be an “existential threat” to Planet Earth.

“I don’t need” an “American apple pie speech” about “meeting the needs of society,” Mr. Khanna told ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods. Will Exxon reduce production? Yes or no? the congressman demanded.

During the February 8, 2022 hearing, the two legislators demanded that oil companies “live up to” the “climate pledges” they have made. Shell and BP, they said, have promised to go net-zero on all their greenhouse gas emissions. However, ExxonMobil and Chevron pledges apply only to emissions associated with drilling and production operations.

That is completely inadequate, Maloney and Khanna argued. Not only do these two American companies not “plan to reduce their oil production by a single drop.” Their pledge ignores the “whopping 90%” of emissions that come from consumers burning the fuels they produce. The pledges and legislators also ignore emissions from China, India and other countries, which dwarf US emissions many times over.

The two companies should have diversified into “clean renewable” energy. That’s how they can lower people’s heating bills and prices at the pump, and climate-killing emissions, the legislators suggested.

Of course, Mr. Khanna added, in a sudden about-face, he supports President Biden’s “decisive actions” to help lower gas prices,” by asking OPEC, Saudi Arabia and Russia to increase oil production and “calling on all oil companies to temporarily increase production.” (Foreign oil doesn’t emit greenhouse gases?)

The legislators promised to hold a third hearing on March 8, when they would interrogate oil company executives “under oath,” “aggressively investigate” the industry’s role in fueling “the climate crisis,” and demand that oil companies “stop funding climate disinformation.” The March hearing would be Big Oil’s “last chance to cooperate” with Congress, Ms. Maloney warned ominously.

Enter Mike Tyson, in the form of skyrocketing energy and food prices – and bullets and missiles flying in Ukraine. The chairwoman abruptly canceled the inquisition mere days before it was to be held. She and her Democrat colleagues clearly didn’t want to be humiliated by unfolding events and the grilling they would likely receive from Republicans, witnesses and their constituents. Realities can be troublesome.

Even as post-Covid demand surged in an America and world that still rely on oil, gas and coal for 80% of their energy, Congressional Democrats, the White House, federal agencies and activist groups worked in consort to cancel pipelines, impose leasing and drilling moratoriums, slow-walk permits, and pressure financial institutions to stymie funding for oil and gas operations.

As they choked off production and supplies, oil, natural gas and gasoline prices nearly doubled during Mr. Biden’s first year in office. The price of food and nearly all consumer products and services soared in response. Salaries are being hammered by inflation. Consumers (aka voters) voiced their outrage.

Then Russian forces invaded Ukraine, slaughtering civilians and sending millions fleeing to neighboring countries. President Biden continued importing 670,000 barrels of Putin crude oil and refined products every day. Gasoline hit $7 per gallon in some cities the day the hearing was to be held.

Finally, right when the congressional inquisition would have been underway, Mr. Biden finally issued an executive order banning imports of Russian crude oil, refined products and natural gas. Congress signaled it might codify the ban into law. Global oil prices shot to $110 per barrel.

The President could have told his federal regulators to get agency boots off the necks of American exploration, production and pipeline companies – and start expediting permits. He could have told climate activists, banks and financial institutions to pause their war on fossil fuels.

Instead, he’s still trying to persuade Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Putin ally Venezuela to increase their oil production, to keep prices from skyrocketing further. He’s still using Russia to broker a new nuclear deal with Iran, thereby permitting the Islamist regime to sell more oil on the global market!

Amid cries of “Putin Price Hikes,” the Biden Administration and congressional Democrats continue to obsess over the “climate crisis” and promote a rapid “transition” to “renewable” energy.

It’s an exercise in distraction and magical thinking. Wind and sunshine are certainly clean and renewable. However, harnessing this widely dispersed, weather-dependent energy to meet huge and growing US and global energy needs requires millions of wind turbines, billions of solar panels, billions of battery modules and thousands of miles of new transmission lines that need enormous quantities of metals and minerals, which are absolutely not clean, renewable or sustainable.

Indeed, just Mr. Biden’s initial 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy would require 110,000 tons of copper – plus massive amounts of cobalt, lithium, nickel, aluminum, steel, rare earth elements and other materials. Getting just the copper would require mining 25 million tons of ore. But federal bureaucrats and judges have already shut down three proposed U.S. copper mines. Again, that’s just the copper.

How many tons of metals, minerals, ores and overburden will be required overall for wind turbines, solar panels, battery modules, transformers and transmission lines in an all-electricity Green New Deal economy? How much fossil fuel energy to do all this work? Where will the mining, processing and manufacturing take place? (Alaska, California and Colorado? Or China, Russia and Africa?)

How much environmental destruction, and child and slave labor, will be involved? What will these materials cost, as demand surges? How much land and wildlife will be impacted by the mining, factories, and industrial wind, solar and battery installations as far as the eye can see?

Green New Dealers don’t have a clue, and don’t care. They also figure they will be exempted from the “inconveniences.” We will be the ones paying. We ought to care. The amounts are truly mind-boggling. For clues about the almost unfathomable impacts and costs, look here, here, here, here and here.

Europe and the United States already have minimal leverage (and credibility) over China and Russia on diplomatic matters, territorial ambitions – or open warfare. The vaunted Green New Deal would likely make America almost totally reliant on Chinese and Russian companies for “renewable” energy materials.

Media, academia and federal agencies are already populated by anti-fossil-fuel stalwarts. But making matters worse, Putin cronies have long funded clandestine money laundering operations to finance major disinformation campaigns by US and EU environmentalist groups, to undermine drilling, fracking and pipeline programs. The US Senate “Billionaires’ Club” report, Environmental Policy Alliance’s “From Russia with Love” analysis, articles by investigative journalists Ron Arnold and Lachlan Markay (here and here), and studies by the US National Intelligence Director and US House Science Committee provide extensive, disturbing details that Democrats in Congress and the Administration have ignored.

The Ukraine invasion is prompting renewed attention to these nefarious activities benefitting the Sea Change Foundation, Sierra Club, Climate Action Network, NRDC and other groups.

The Maloney-Khanna Oversight Committee should investigate these money laundering and Green New Deal mining, cost and ecological issues – and leave the “climate crisis” and “price-gouging” fantasies to Hollywood horror and conspiracy movies. But don’t hold your breath.

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power – Black Death.

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Scissor
March 13, 2022 2:03 pm

Jerry Nadler has volunteered to recycle KY Jelly.

TEWS_Pilot
Reply to  Scissor
March 13, 2022 3:32 pm

Ha, ha, ha, “Sharts” Nadless “publishes” his “comments”.

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John Endicott
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
March 14, 2022 3:59 am

SWALWELL: at least all I did was fart

BIDEN: Jerry, come on man, you should have worn your depends like me. Then nobody would know

CAMILLA: Oh, they know Joe.

Graemethecat
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
March 14, 2022 4:22 am

Nadler reminds me of the old saying, “Politics is Showbusiness for Ugly People”.

Tom Halla
March 13, 2022 2:10 pm

The Green New Deal was a fascist socialism designed by retarded schoolchildren,

michael hart
Reply to  Tom Halla
March 14, 2022 5:54 am

I still largely blame poor maths education. There are not enough people able to ask simple back-of-an-envelope questions to allow them to spot BS when they see it.

ihfan
Reply to  michael hart
March 16, 2022 10:12 am

Far too many people these days think milk comes from a supermarket, electricity from an outlet, and gasoline from a Quik-E-Mart. They simply have no clue what it takes to produce food and fuel in large quantities, and how dependent all of that is on affordable energy delivered reliably.

In 1980, when I was in grade school, I remember being told by a teacher that by the year 2000 the world would run out of oil. My first thought, living in a rural area surrounded by farming, was that nobody would be able to grow and harvest crops – we’d starve to death. Now my thought about that event was that it was a form of child abuse to scare kids into thinking that some global disaster was going to happen based on shaky political science.

The same people who think we can instantly convert from gasoline to electric automobiles without any changes to the grid could probably be convinced to pour Gatorade onto plants because “it’s what they crave”.

March 13, 2022 2:26 pm

Let’s hope that people start to see how virtue signaling to support corruptly broken science has caused a war, massive inflation, energy prices through the roof and solidified the Biden administration as the most ignorantly inept administration we have ever had to endure.

philincalifornia
Reply to  co2isnotevil
March 13, 2022 2:45 pm

My son, in his mid-twenties, chastised me yesterday for bringing up Biden’s name in a blame-game. He was right. How the DNC could do what they did to this poor man is beyond disgusting. He accepted the apology.

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  philincalifornia
March 13, 2022 5:40 pm

What about his wife’s contribution?

David S
March 13, 2022 2:33 pm

In my opinion the fossil fuel company execs should offer a deal to the left wing loonys in government: We agree to stop producing all fossil fuels now and keep them off until you tell us to turn them back on again. The government nuts would only have to agree to accept the responsibility when the economy comes to a screeching halt and their constituents start screaming for their heads.

George T
Reply to  David S
March 13, 2022 3:03 pm

More like an armed revolt. You don’t know what you have until you lose it. These geniuses have not sat down to truly understand fossil fuels is more than just gasoline and diesel for your cars and trucks. Every aspect of modern society has some aspect of fossil fuels built into it. The entire net zero rubbish is a fantasy and not based in reality. If rising prices and inflation isn’t enough for these dimwits, there is no hope for our society. We could be staring at a recession later in the year.

Robert MacLellan
Reply to  George T
March 13, 2022 3:29 pm

The new ‘environmentally friendly’ refrigerant is R600 aka isobutane. I wonder where they plan to get it.

czechlist
Reply to  David S
March 13, 2022 4:16 pm

despite their media and hollywood driven reputations most business execs possess a higher social responsibility to their investors and customers than politicians do to their constituency. Business is driven by profit and politics by power.

Rhoda R.
Reply to  czechlist
March 13, 2022 5:18 pm

Businesses are also subject to civil litigation which politician, unfortunately, are not.

Reply to  David S
March 13, 2022 5:25 pm

The demrats have their excuse ready now….We believed the scientists…all 97% of them….how were we supposed to know that the scientists were wrong?

LdB
Reply to  Anti_griff
March 13, 2022 6:10 pm

The funny part is the climate scientists haven’t worked that bit out.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  LdB
March 13, 2022 10:30 pm

Yes
They are the Mensheviks in this grouping and they aren’t even smart enough to grasp it

Ron Long
March 13, 2022 2:54 pm

According to some reports/comments I am seeing it appears that the Biden administration has made such a mess out of virtually everything, aided by the loonie left Green Raw Deal nonsense, that some traditional Democrat voters are either going Republican or will sit out the next election cycle. With Trump, net exporter, with Biden “please use your commie influence to bail me out with some increased production!

David Kamakaris
March 13, 2022 2:57 pm

Freeze in the dark, you woke P’sOS!

ex-KaliforniaKook
Reply to  David Kamakaris
March 13, 2022 5:57 pm

They won’t freeze. They can buy at any cost. They just pass the cost on to the idiot taxpayer – who voted them in!

philincalifornia
Reply to  David Kamakaris
March 14, 2022 2:50 am

Does anyone on here know someone who says they’re woke?

Wouldn’t that be the same as having “I’m a complete f***ing idiot” tattooed on their forehead?

John Endicott
Reply to  philincalifornia
March 14, 2022 4:02 am

Nah, At least the one with the tattoo is self aware of how much of an idiot they are, whereas the woke incorrectly think they’re the smart ones.

Kemaris
Reply to  David Kamakaris
March 15, 2022 10:59 am

That is exactly the message I’m getting from ads out of Sacramento. There is less renewable energy as the sun goes down, so between 4 and 9 PM everyone should get off work, go home, starve, and sweat/shiver (depending on the season) in the dark because “climate change”.

cpratt@telusplanet.net
Reply to  Kemaris
March 15, 2022 8:44 pm

And plug in their car

Steve Case
March 13, 2022 3:07 pm

Congressional Democrats, the White House, federal
agencies and activist groups worked in consort to: 

Cancel pipelines
Impose leasing moratoriums
Impose drilling moratoriums
Slow-walk permits 
Pressure financial institutions to stymie funding for oil and gas operations
____________________________________________________________

That’s quite the indictment!

TonyL
Reply to  Steve Case
March 13, 2022 3:17 pm

And that was all on Day 1 of the new administration.
Very public, very celebrated at the time.
Did not age well.

H.R.
Reply to  TonyL
March 14, 2022 4:30 am

And now, Day 419 of this administration, all of that has been memory holed and the blame placed on muh… Russia! Russia! Russia! and muh… Pootin!

Steve Case
Reply to  H.R.
March 14, 2022 6:01 am

Lots of stuff has been memory holed. Here’s a link to the
Electoral College 2012 Popular Vote
web page as it is saved on the Internet Archives WayBack Machine.

It’s no longer there. Here’s the link as it appears today:
Electoral College 2012 Popular Vote

The Internet Archives WayBack Machine. doesn’t have a copy of the Electoral College 2016 Popular Vote but it was there, as I have an Excel file copy made at the time. Some time in 2020, prior to the election, the National Archives page on the popular vote totals was changed by removing all the archives. I doubt that a spreadsheet of the 2020 popular vote was ever there.

Editorial comment: The Democrats knew what they had to do in 2020 and they made sure the National Archives weren’t going to keep a public internet record of it.

AWG
March 13, 2022 3:13 pm

I wonder if Ro Khanna, a Yale law graduate, is familiar with Article 1, Section 9 Clause 3 of the United States Constitution “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”

“In such cases, the legislature assumes judicial magistracy, pronouncing upon the guilt of the party without any of the common forms and guards of trial, and satisfying itself with proofs, when such proofs are within its reach, whether they are conformable to the rules of evidence, or not. In short, in all such cases, the legislature exercises the highest power of sovereignty, and what may be properly deemed an irresponsible despotic discretion, being governed solely by what it deems political necessity or expediency, and too often under the influence of unreasonable fears, or unfounded suspicions.” 1 The phrase “bill of attainder,” as used in this clause and in clause 1 of § 10, applies to bills of pains and penalties as well as to the traditional bills of attainder.”

(excerpt from Bills of Attainder | U.S. Constitution Annotated | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute (cornell.edu))

TonyL
Reply to  AWG
March 13, 2022 3:34 pm

I wonder if Ro Khanna, a Yale law graduate, is familiar with Article 1

From the outside looking in…..
It appears for all the world that Yale Law graduates are carefully protected from the US Constitution.
Subversive disinformation, you know.

On a side note, when I was in graduate school, we had many grad students in all the humanities and liberal arts. They were all powerful advocates of the Constitution as a “living, breathing” document. That is to say that it needs to be “reinterpreted” and updated as they saw fit for the modern day.
As you might imagine, they had a justification for the reinterpretation. In a conversation they would claim that “you can not know the minds” of the original authors. They would constantly challenge you to “go back in time to read their minds”.
Typical liberal BS. Then I realized. It hit me.
They had never heard of the Federalist Papers.
They were totally unfamiliar with Thomas Jefferson’s Letters.

The authors wrote it all down for posterity.
These people had no clue.
Imagine, if you will. Taking a graduate level course in the US Constitution at a big public university, and never having heard of the Federalist Papers.
The mind reels.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  TonyL
March 13, 2022 4:56 pm

“It appears for all the world that Yale Law graduates are carefully protected from the US Constitution.”

I’m an ‘outsider’, as well, but have often heard that ‘Constitutional Law’, as taught in most US law schools, means the study of ‘case law’ rather than the Constitution itself. Think of a random walk, where the potential paths over time can diverge substantially from their starting point, i.e., the Constitution. Except with Constitutional case law, this is a ‘biased’ walk, where every ruling that favors government expansion becomes a precedent for the next ruling that favors even more expansion, and so on. No wonder that more than 80% of what the Federal government does today is literally ‘unconstitutional’.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  TonyL
March 14, 2022 3:51 am

“Imagine, if you will. Taking a graduate level course in the US Constitution at a big public university, and never having heard of the Federalist Papers.

The mind reels.”

That is shockiing.

Our current education system is undermining our nation and our freedoms. We need to fix this as soon as possible.

TonyG
Reply to  TonyL
March 14, 2022 8:11 am

“it needs to be “reinterpreted” and updated as they saw fit for the modern day.”

And understanding that the world changes, the founders provided a means to do exactly that (update, not reinterpret). But why bother with that when you can just legislate and adjudicate what you want?

BobM
Reply to  TonyL
March 14, 2022 10:51 am

As well as the not-so-famous letter from John Jay to George Washington during the Constitutional Convention.

“Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise & seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government, and to declare expressly that the Command in chief of the american army shall not be given to, nor devolved on, any but a natural born Citizen.”

The Constitution includes the requirement for the President, and ONLY the President to be “natural born”, though the 12th Amendment added that requirement also for the Vice President. While not defining exactly what this meant, at the time, it was generally differentiated from “native born” (i.e., born in the country), as “born in the country of parents who are citizens of the country”. Thus, a person born in the new United States of foreign parents, was not eligible to be President. The argument was by being raised by foreign parents, the child would naturally have a favoritism for the parent’s home/foreign country, a defect for a President and Commander in Chief.

By this measure, when Ted Cruz announced he was running for President, it became questionable as to whether he was eligible for the office. His mother was an American citizen, but his father was Cuban, having obtained political asylum in the US, and eventually obtaining Canadian citizenship. Cruz was born in Canada.

Similarly, it is questionable whether Obama was eligible. Though born in the US, his father was not a citizen, and clearly, by his own words, his father’s native country mattered to Obama.

TonyL
March 13, 2022 3:15 pm

“committee chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and chief inquisitor Ro Khanna (D-CA) insisted that Big Oil commit” blah, blah, blah.

Remember these names.
When the oil company execs threatened to tell the truth in open session, they scurried like cockroaches.

John Bell
March 13, 2022 3:18 pm

Insanity, that they want to put it to the oil companies to stop selling oil, how would the elitist politicians then travel? No jets? No cars? Idiot politicians.

TEWS_Pilot
March 13, 2022 3:26 pm

The Maloney-Khanna Baloney Yomamma Oversight Committee…FIFY 

Philip
March 13, 2022 3:30 pm

But, if the oil companies do want to drill, they still have those 9,000 lease sites first offered back in the day that nobody has wanted to test. signed, Major Facepalm

Janice Moore
Reply to  Philip
March 13, 2022 4:04 pm

I realize that you were likely being sarcastic, Philip, but, couldn’t resist…. 😉

*************************************************************
FROM: General Eye Roll
TO: Major Facepalm
DATE: 13 March 2022
RE: Yours of 13 March 2022, 1530

Those oil companies do not have permits.

Report immediately to BPFC* which you clearly did not pass.

/s/

********************************************************

Basic Petroleum Facts Class🙂

Philip
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 13, 2022 4:19 pm

Yes, sarcasm. Totally worth the down votes.
You are right. No permits. No road access. Most of all an untrust worthy administration. I did notice, as many others did, that Biden and Psaki don’t discuss permits, or any other of the obstructions to exploration. Only the available if useless leases.

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TEWS_Pilot
Reply to  Philip
March 13, 2022 8:45 pm

They are not actually leases, they are bids, but they are all BLOCKED by an Obama judge because they did not include their “Carbon Capture and Storage” plans.

J. R.
March 13, 2022 3:31 pm

“How many tons of metals, minerals, ores and overburden will be required overall for wind turbines, solar panels, battery modules, transformers and transmission lines in an all-electricity Green New Deal economy? How much fossil fuel energy to do all this work? Where will the mining, processing and manufacturing take place? (Alaska, California and Colorado? Or China, Russia and Africa?)

How much environmental destruction, and child and slave labor, will be involved? What will these materials cost, as demand surges? How much land and wildlife will be impacted by the mining, factories, and industrial wind, solar and battery installations as far as the eye can see?”

I would love for the oil executives to demand answers to these questions from the elected officials who are threatening them.

Slowroll
Reply to  J. R.
March 13, 2022 4:09 pm

I’m sure they would have no answer to those questions, since they never considered them, nor were they advised. A common problem with law and art majors making technical decisions. I suspect they would say, “those problems will be solved as they arise.”

John K. Sutherland
March 13, 2022 4:09 pm

Very good article. Heap on the scorn and the sarcasm and keep hammering the idiots.

Janice Moore
March 13, 2022 4:12 pm

everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. Here, by the FACTS about human CO2 emissions and the adequacy of “renewables.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfPWpEKhgfk&ab_channel=Thrifty032781
Welcome to Earth.

(youtube – “Independence Day”)

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 13, 2022 4:13 pm

Well. On the TEST page, a youtube control window appeared and it looked really cool….😕

aussiecol
March 13, 2022 4:39 pm

”Their pledge ignores the “whopping 90%” of emissions that come from consumers burning the fuels they produce.”

LOL, anyone would think consumers don’t have a choice. But then quality of life is more important for most.
So Maloney and Khanna don’t burn fossil fuels??? Hypocrites.

David Baird
March 13, 2022 4:41 pm

A straight forward question I ask of those greenblobbers is: How many windmills does it take to build another windmill? And I give the following parameters: from extraction to transport to smelting to manufacturing to assembly to site prep to erection to connection to the grid. By the time they get the parameters the tend to look something like this

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John Pickens
Reply to  David Baird
March 13, 2022 10:40 pm

The question I have relates to yours. Mine is: How many solar PV, Wind Turbine, and Lithium Battery manufacturers use these devices solely to power their production plants? My answer: Zero. Prove me wrong…

Graemethecat
Reply to  John Pickens
March 14, 2022 12:36 am

Quite right. Theoretically, a solar cell or wind turbine manufacturer could deploy just one such device and use its energy output to make another one, and so on exponentially, without using a drop of oil or gas!

Perhaps Griff, Barry Anthony, Big Oily Blob et al can explain why this hasn’t happened.

stinkerp
March 13, 2022 4:46 pm

Otherwise, they claimed, global temperatures will rise 1.5 degrees Celsius (calculated from the end of the Little Ice Age and beginning of the Industrial Revolution, both around 1850) – which “the science” says would be an “existential threat” to Planet Earth.

Well, we’re already 1.3° C warmer according to the frightening, big letters on Berkeley Earth’s home page. So why is 1.5° C the magic number? Everything appears to be awesome at +1.3 but the next 0.2 C will unleash a disaster of biblical proportions?

Riiiight.

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Tom Abbott
Reply to  stinkerp
March 14, 2022 4:07 am

If Berkeley Earth is claiming today is 1.3C above the average, then that must mean that the 2016 highpoint was 2.0C above the average, since 2016 was 0.7C warmer than today, according to the UAH satellite chart.

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NASA and NOAA claim 2016 was 1.1C or 1.2C (according to who you listen to) above their average. It’s cooler now than in 2016, so I don’t see how, other than computer chicanery, that Berkeley Earth can be claiming today is 1.3C above the average.

The UAH satellite is the most accurate of the databases. It correlates with the Weather Balloon data.

The Data Mannipulators at Berkeley Earth, NASA, and NOAA are trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes. What else is new?

BobM
Reply to  stinkerp
March 14, 2022 9:20 am

Well, consider that New York City is way above +1.5C and as is obvious, that is producing many idiotic mutants now (AOC, Duh-Blasio, et. al.)….

Jeff L
March 13, 2022 5:33 pm

What few outside the industry realize is how much damage years of this kind of talk by the government, the left, and environmentalists has done to the industry. This did not just start happening in the last year with Biden. It has been going on for 2 decades and now we are seeing the result / reaping what has been sown. This war, inflation, energy prices are all a direct result of energy policies not based in reality and driven by the left and environmentalists … and spineless executives in the industry who tried to appease them instead of standing up & telling them and the world that they were full of “you know what”.

Young people are not choosing a career path in the hydrocarbon industry; those who are young enough to re-start a career are leaving the industry. No one wants to be called evil and derided for trying to do their job as best they can. So they are leaving. The lack of technical talent needed to make this industry work at the levels needed is coming home to roost. And this problem will not be solved over night , if ever. And the blame squarely lies at the feet of the left and environmentalists. Please tell everyone you know this. It’s not just Biden – it’s 2 decades of lies by the left and environmentalists pretending we don’t need hydrocarbons to make modern life what it is and what we expect it to be.

Let this be a lesson to all and let’s get back to energy sanity !

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Jeff L
March 14, 2022 4:15 am

“Let this be a lesson to all and let’s get back to energy sanity !”

We have to get rid of the radical Democrats first. They are the problem. And we will.

philincalifornia
Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 14, 2022 10:20 am

….. and the phony-radical democrats. Well, all the democrats, I suppose.

I hope this country can do it by the voting method. The other methods are more efficient, but a lot less pretty, as we are seeing.

Michael in Dublin
March 13, 2022 5:38 pm

This would provide a wealth of material for a political satire along the lines of the British sitcom Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister but pehaps the humor would not be appreciated or allowed in the US.

tommyboy
March 13, 2022 6:00 pm

Nickel recently hit $100,000 per ton. This price is comparable to the precious metal silver.

Doonman
March 13, 2022 6:44 pm

I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Politicians who want to lower your standard of living are not your friends.

One would think that this is self apparent. Maybe $6.00 a gallon gas will change some minds in the next election.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Doonman
March 14, 2022 4:23 am

“Maybe $6.00 a gallon gas will change some minds in the next election.”

I definitely think so. The Democrats are in for a huge defeat in November.

Btw, Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is 98 percent as of this week. He had 87,000 people attend his political rally in Texas two weeks ago. It looked like Trump’s rally on saturday was packed, too. No numbers yet.

Out of 103 national candidates Trump has endorsed since Biden took Office, only two have lost their political race. Of the 33 Texans Trump endorsed in last weeks Texas election, all of them won their races.

Trump, in his speech on saturday, again ridiculed sea level rise as being a problem.

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Bob
March 13, 2022 6:48 pm

Excellent article. I’m sure the cancelled hearing would have included Republicans. The Republicans should have announced that they would like to hear from the oil executives. They should have held the meeting even if it were informal.

Reply to  Bob
March 13, 2022 8:18 pm

Hear the oil executives say what, though? The initial Oct 28 hearing was nothing more than a witch hunt where the 4 oil executives and the reps from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Petroleum Institute were going to be burned at the stake. From everything we heard out of those 6, they had brought their own virtual kindling wood to the hearing and all but said, “Yes, please! Make my fire hotter!” Their industry is run on pure science, not emotional guesses, and yet the knocked themselves out to appease the enviro-left with one anti-science capitulation to the idea of AGW after another. Mike Sommers of API was the worst of the bunch in relation to how the ‘demand-to-appear’ letters to all 6 contained the accusational phrase about API being caught by the notorious “Victory will be achieved” leaked memo set which supposedly proves the industry ran disinformation campaigns. He came to the hearing totally unprepared to answer to it, and when MN Rep Ilhan Omar read that memo phrase straight to him in the hearing, he gave a totally idiotic and pathetically evasive answer. He missed a golden opportunity handed to him on a silver platter to nail Rep Omar and the entire Democrat side of the hearing to the wall on how that memo set was never implemented, and how the memo set’s supposedly damaging strategies were little more than elemental truisms that Greenpeace would have gladly operated under if they were employed 180° in the other direction, when it comes to actual disinformation efforts. I covered that in greater depth here on how all 6 witnesses could have turned the entire hearing around if they had simply researched what the entire witch hunt was all about.

Bob
Reply to  Russell Cook
March 14, 2022 5:44 pm

What do you think they would say if the committee was made up of only Republicans. Without the distraction and disruption of democrats? That is my point the democrats chose not to hold a meeting, the republicans should have held it anyway even if it wasn’t a formal or authorized meeting. They would control the direction and content of the meeting. As for the corporate representatives, I am with you they are little more corporate prostitutes who will hire out to the highest bidder. That does not mean they can’t be useful to our cause. Why let the democrats be the only ones to use them?

Reply to  Bob
March 14, 2022 8:15 pm

A Republican-only committee would be most entertaining, especially if the members were fully informed about the AGW issue. Would the execs still spout pro-AGW appeasement talking points with the cameras rolling, or would they admit having unvoiced misgivings about the collective AGW narrative? Any video footage of them expressing doubt would be pure gold to the Democrats, who don’t trust the exec’s pro-AGW talking points right now. What if the meeting was off the record? Still no good, as nobody would be surprised if the meeting was secretly recorded for personal gain by some staffer or infiltrator. But alas, the real world intervenes, where several GOP members are clearly not up to speed on the full AGW issue, such as Louisiana Rep Garret Graves offering pure anti-science illogic — “If projections are correct, then we are at absolutely ground zero – ground zero – for what is going to happen moving forward. We have some of the fastest subsidence rates in the world, so with sea rise, it means the fastest relative sea rise in the world.” No joke, the man even doubled down on that silliness in the Feb 8 Oversight hearing.

roaddog
March 13, 2022 9:23 pm

Dirty Venezuelan oil will save us.

Derg
Reply to  roaddog
March 14, 2022 12:37 am

Along with Iranian oil 😉

Ewin Barnett
March 14, 2022 4:26 am

Woke Progressive logic- Russian oil imports via ship: OK. Canadian oil imports via Keystone pipeline: not OK.

Derg
Reply to  Ewin Barnett
March 14, 2022 7:29 am

Greenies love oil via trains. Trains good planes bad.

michel
March 14, 2022 8:00 am

At their October 2021 hearing, committee chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and chief inquisitor Ro Khanna (D-CA) insisted that Big Oil commit to reducing US oil and gas production by 3-4% annually (50-70% total by 2050). Otherwise, they claimed, global temperatures will rise 1.5 degrees Celsius (calculated from the end of the Little Ice Age and beginning of the Industrial Revolution, both around 1850) – which “the science” says would be an “existential threat” to Planet Earth.

This is the perpetual insanity, which no-one ever calls out in these forums.

Suppose they do reduce by 3-4% annually. What then? Will global temps not rise by the amount that is supposed to be an existential threat? Of course they will. US oil companies lowering production by these amounts will have absolutely no effect.

Yet again we have people demanding things be done ‘because climate’ or to ‘tackle climate change’ or save civilization which, on their own theories, can have zero effect on either global aggregate emissions or on climate, still less any beneficial effect on civilization.

And no-one ever calls them on it.

ResourceGuy
March 14, 2022 12:13 pm

Disgusting that this is not called out in the press.

ResourceGuy
March 14, 2022 1:38 pm

They deserve the Frank Church Award for Treason and malicious murder for their publicity efforts.

Tekov Yahoser
March 14, 2022 11:40 pm

No Madame Representative, we are not gonna reduce squat. In fact, we are gonna pump as much as we can and you guys are gonna just sit there and collect your 21% corporate tax on profits, as well as your 12.5% royalty fees. We are also gonna juice the pension funds of your union benefactors who are most certainly aware of the upcoming mid-terms. So unless you wish to commit to reducing the taxes to zero and allow us to stiff the pension funds, I think we are done here.
Signed,
Big Freaking Oil

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