Climate Change is About Control, Stupid – Not The Environment

William L. Kovacs

The apocalyptic talk about climate change is nothing more than a diversion tactic by the government, the radical Left, and their mainstream press. The many laws, the trillions in federal appropriations and tax credits, and the unworkable proposals to address climate change will not slow the rise of the oceans or heal the planet.

Lobbying for more climate regulation is to enhance the power of the authoritarian state, not protect the environment.

The radical Left has the world obsessing over whether we have 10, 20 or 50 years before the eve of destruction. The hysteria gives the government the excuse it needs for more controls over the energy we use, the products we purchase, the homes we live in, the food we eat, and since the pandemic when we can leave our homes. However, the data supporting the climate studies are rarely made public so that scientists can test the reproducibility of the studies.

Citizens of the United States already live under a legal framework that contains over 3,000 separate criminal offenses in 50 titles of the U.S. Code, 23,000 pages of federal law, over 200,000 regulations, and almost daily Executive Orders that usually limit those actions deemed objectionable to the kakistocracy.

Additionally, the government has in reserve 136 emergency laws allowing it to assume control over industrial production, communications and banking, and most aspects of commerce. Most of these emergency laws are effective when the president declares them effective.

“Predictions of apocalyptic events that would result in the extinction of humanity, a collapse of civilization, or the destruction of the planet have been made since at least the beginning of the Common Era.” So far, the planet still exists. George Orwell noted, “People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their wishes, and the grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.”

In the case of climate change, those who foresee the future believe that capitalism is a cancer on the earth, humans must go, and truth is irrelevant. The Left’s Little Red Book on Forming a New Green Republic captures the many statements by the Left espousing these goals. One of its leaders, Prince Phillip, calmly states, “If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to Earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.” Perhaps Covid-19 gave him his wish?

The thumbprint of the radical Left is everywhere. In one year, the Biden administration used executive power to shut down the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska, the Keystone Pipeline, and the EastMed natural gas pipeline that would supply non-Putin gas to Europe. Without energy, the world crumbles. But that is a tactic the radical Left uses to achieve its agenda.

By shutting down U.S. energy supplies, Biden harms the security and economy of the United States. The U.S. is forced to rely on terrorist states (Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, and now Iran and Venezuela), to produce dirty fuels so that we can chug along. Unless there is an ulterior motive, no sane world leader would ever put his nation at the mercy of terrorists.

The radical Left plays the federal regulatory system like a grandmaster pianist. With Citizen Suit provisions incorporated in all environmental laws, the Left routinely blocks industries that need federal permits.

Wielding the power of the citizen suit provisions, the radical Left uses the Clean Water Act to regulate farming and home building, since water flows over the land. The Left uses the Clean Air Act to deny permits to almost any activity having air emissions, which includes manufacturing, energy production and transportation.

They use the National Environmental Protection Act to stall permits for years, sometimes decades, driving cost overruns and bankruptcies, merely by alleging a thousand-page environmental impact statement is not sufficiently robust.

In addition to impeding economic development, the radical Left forces government to regulate almost every item in the home, including dishwashers, washing machines, showerheads, toilets, ceiling fans, light bulbs, heating and air conditioning units, stoves, ovens, refrigerators and conventional cooking products. Seventy-four regulatory standards cover these products.

Another 15,000 products, from coffee pots to ink cartridges, are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Now the radical Left wants to ban many common foods, including sugar, chocolate, coffee, meat, palm oil, soybeans, mineral water, plastic bottles, fish, especially salmon, rice and cereals, and any fruits and vegetables that require water.

Another radical Left group identifies the top 10 foods that harm the climate: lamb, beef pork, chicken, turkey, salmon, canned tuna, cheese, eggs and potatoes.

For plastic packaging that preserves our food, the radical Left has 25 reasons for banning it. They also want to ban soda straws – but say nothing about billions of pounds of plastic and polysilicon solar panels embedded with toxic metals. They’ve certainly succeeded in increasing the cost of gasoline, the fossil fuels that power our factories and economy, and thousands of products that are made from petrochemicals: plastics, paints, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and countless others.

Now the radical Left is demanding that the Federal Reserve break up banks if they make loans or investments in fossil fuel operations that harm the earth – but not for the mining and processing for billions of tons of metals and minerals required for “clean, renewable” wind and solar energy.

These restrictions rest not on science, logic, reality or consistency – but on on a political narrative that our way of life will result in a planetary apocalypse. The apocalypse narrative disguises the government’s real agenda: a more authoritarian government.

It’s all about authoritarian control, stupid!

The only appropriate summation of this article is to quote David Forman, a radical Left environmental pressure group founder. Forman said, “Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.”

Based on the hypocritical actions of many of the Left’s leaders – like Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, Lori Lightfoot, AOC, Nancy Pelosi, Stacy Abrams and hundreds of others – it should be assumed they would be exempt from Forman’s phase-out.

William L. Kovacs has served as senior vice-president for the US Chamber of Commerce, chief counsel to a congressional committee, and a partner in law DC law firms. His book Reform the Kakistocracy is the winner of the 2021 Independent Press Award for Political/Social Change. His second book, The Left’s Little Red Book on Forming a New Green Republic, quotes the Left on how it intends to control society by using climate change to eliminate capitalism, people, and truth.

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Scissor
March 23, 2022 2:05 pm

To what end?

Don Perry
Reply to  Scissor
March 23, 2022 4:26 pm

You have got to be joking! To what end? Are you a complete and utter idiot? Control, control, control. To what end did Stalin murder millions of people? To what end did Castro deceive the Cuban people and install a Communist dictatorship? To what end does China do what it does? Are you kidding?

Scissor
Reply to  Don Perry
March 23, 2022 6:02 pm

Jeez, did I channel my inner griff?

Climate believer
Reply to  Scissor
March 24, 2022 2:00 am

lol! +10

AndyHce
Reply to  Scissor
March 23, 2022 5:22 pm

getting rid of undesirables, keeping the especially good parts of the earth only for the elite. Keeping the status quo so that the leashes of power never shift to any hands that might upset the current pyramid structure — to do the likes of what any hateful religion desires to do with unbelievers and those who ask questions.

Scissor
Reply to  AndyHce
March 23, 2022 6:05 pm

That’s that kind of answer I was looking for in my trying to make sense why someone would slash and burn a rain forest in order to grow palm oil to reduce GHG emissions.

Big Al
Reply to  Scissor
March 23, 2022 7:20 pm

See Georgia Guidestone. Located 666.78 miles from UN Headquarters. Tick Tock for DS.

Scissor
Reply to  Big Al
March 24, 2022 4:43 am

The person(s) responsible should be dispensed from the 500 million as soon as practical.

Mark Pawelek
Reply to  Scissor
March 24, 2022 4:30 am

To what end?

What are they really thinking? Are you telling me to mind-read the whole cast at the climate crisis circus? I can’t do that. I can make educated guesses:
scientists – more research grants
activists – pumped-up ego & sense of moral superiority
politicians – the illusion of control
business – milking the subsidy

It’s likely the original intent of the circus show was different 40 years ago. Maybe, back then, a few panic prone politicos and activists really did see the end of the world in 30 years. Today only XR honestly see it that way.

Scissor
Reply to  Mark Pawelek
March 24, 2022 4:45 am

That was my thinking. I have no doubt that it’s about control. I just want to better understand as much behind it as possible.

TonyG
Reply to  Scissor
March 24, 2022 8:44 am

To what end?

We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
– Orwell, 1984

rxc
Reply to  Scissor
March 24, 2022 8:57 am

It is all for our own good. For the good of every person, every group, every living thing on the planet, as determined by the experts who promote it. Only they know what is good for us.

CS Lewis

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

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Reply to  Scissor
March 24, 2022 12:13 pm

Control. Period. No matter the issue, the Modern Socialists all have the same answers. It’s authoritarian. And the peasants who have been taught to believe this stuff never consider the consequences in their own lives and those of their children: the loss of freedom and choices.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Scissor
March 24, 2022 12:46 pm

A return to Feudalism

The BBC says this

The king was at the top of society, and therefore at the top of the feudal system. When he conquered England, King William I (The Conqueror) took all of the land in the country. To manage this, he gave large areas of land to noblemen, including the clergy, lords and barons, in return for them raising him money and an army.
The nobility were below the king in the hierarchy. This included the clergy, barons, and lords and ladies. They would distribute some of their land to knights, who would raise an army to fight for the king when needed. Noblemen would also let peasants live and work on the land, in return for taxes and food. The nobility became wealthy from rent raised from peasants they let farm on the land.
Peasants were the largest and lowest group in medieval society, making up over 90% of the population. Most peasants were villeins and they were at the bottom of the system. Some peasants were freemen and they had more rights than villeins. Peasants had very few rights and little power on their own, however as a collective group they had the potential to threaten the power of the king. This was shown in the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381.
The feudal system meant that everyone in England, apart from the king, was a
tennant. Barons or Lords who were given land directly from the king were known as tennants-in-chief.
The feudal system allowed William to control land in England. In 1087, fearing possible revolts against him, William gathered his tenants-in-chief together at Old Sarum and made them take an oath of loyalty to him. This was a way of William demonstrating his power over England and trying to secure his land.

rxc
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
March 24, 2022 1:07 pm

This is the society that the Progressives want to return to. With a wise Queen at the top, surrounded by grounps of intelligent advisors, with the support of a few skilled guilds of artisans. In the background, lots of happy peasants laugh and sing as they work in the fields, and then comfort themselves with small bowls of gruel that has been cooked over a very small fire made with twigs that are lovingly culled by hand from the nearby forest. Sounds wonderful.

All of the progressives envision themselves as member of the advisor or artisan classes. None of them will ever be peasants.

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Matthew R Epp
Reply to  Scissor
March 25, 2022 10:28 am

Great Reset
“You will own nothing and be happy”
Look into the World Economic Forum. They believe the world is over populated by human debris and that they, the chosen elite, should be able to enjoy the world as their personal paradise. To save humanity they must control and purge humanity.

John V. Wright
March 23, 2022 2:07 pm

It’s all about the redistribution of wealth. And guess whose wealth they will be redistributing?

John Larson
Reply to  John V. Wright
March 23, 2022 3:22 pm

It’s all about the redistribution of wealth.”

To what end, do you suppose? What is the motive involved?

Gunga Din
Reply to  John Larson
March 23, 2022 4:06 pm

Power. Control.
The same motive that gave us Feudalism way-back-when minus the ancestral heritage.
Greed and Envy.
(What is often overlooked/dismissed is that Greed is not limited to “The Rich” and that Envy is not limited to “The Poor”.)

tom hewitt
Reply to  Gunga Din
March 24, 2022 7:04 am

While feudalism is always considered some kind of colossal evil, in reality it was simply another way of organizing society to solve problems. In the aftermath of the failed Roman Empire small, self-sufficient communities evolved to actually provide leadership and protection to the residents. The dukes and margaves that ran them had the responsibility of providing that leadership and protection and if they failed were quickly replaced. While technologically not as developed as current societies there were many advantages that no longer exist.

Drake
Reply to  tom hewitt
March 24, 2022 1:09 pm

Not some colossal evil?

The King had the right to sleep with your new wife on your wedding day?

The King could put you to death at a whim?

The king could remove you and your family from land that was productive and force you to live where you would soon starve?

Yep, great system for the King, or as I like to call royalty, the last murderer.

MarkW
Reply to  Drake
March 24, 2022 2:09 pm

I believe his point is that during the Roman era, life was pretty much the same, the Emperor did what he wanted and everyone else survived on his whim. It was rare for the person at the bottom of the power pyramid to have any rights.

Reply to  John Larson
March 23, 2022 4:26 pm

… To what end, do you suppose? What is the motive involved?

Power & control. Control = Power. Not sure if this is something you don’t fully comprehend. I posit that pretty much all we see in the world of ‘politics’ doesn’t have anything to do with actual politics, but everything to do with almost pure differences between two personality types: those who are self-confident and are happy to “live and let live,” contrasted with those who have no self esteem and who feel compelled to validate their miserable existence in their own tiny minds by exerting absolute control over everyone else, on every topic under the sun. The comedian John Cleese quoted psychiatrist Robert Skinner about that, who said “if people can’t control their own emotions, then they have to start trying to control other people’s behavior.” We see it everywhere from them wanting to control our voting behavior on down to what kind of light bulbs we use.

Freedom vs absolute dictators. That’s basically it. That is the end.

John Larson
Reply to  Russell Cook
March 23, 2022 7:17 pm

So, not really about “redistribution of wealth”, then? Didn’t think so either.

(How come you’re messing with me? Just one of those kind of people? ; )

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John Larson
Reply to  Russell Cook
March 23, 2022 9:16 pm

PS ~ I personally think we are being assaulted by criminally minded hyper-wealthy/powerful “elites” who essentially just want to rule over everyone else, like so many throughout history have. And that the “low self-esteem” types you mention are little more than pawns in THAT game.

Reply to  John Larson
March 23, 2022 10:47 pm

In my view, the ‘criminally minded hyper-wealthy/powerful elites’ have no self esteem — they flee from tough questions and try to crush anyone who looks like they can gain an upper hand in matters. Soros, Gore, Greta’s handlers, the whole Biden Administration, for example. Self confident people invite constructive debate as a means of gaining more knowledge and insight into any topic, it’s an opportunity for more personal growth. Dare to question any control freak and they interpret as saying all they believe in with their hearts is meaningless, implying they themselves are worthless. It’s why they destroy opposition, to maintain their paper-thin bravado. Meanwhile, I have no clue what your “one of those kind of people” bit in the prior comment means.

John Larson
Reply to  Russell Cook
March 24, 2022 9:24 pm

Apparently, you haven’t yet had to deal with a real malignant narcissist . . (schedule B phycological disorders, I believe covers the realm I’m alluding to here). They have an unlimited sense of self-worth/esteem, to begin with. Ain’t got a thing to do with how much knowledge or insight they have about a given topic.

Dare to question any control freak and they interpret as saying all they believe in with their hearts is meaningless, implying they themselves are worthless.”

How do you know that? I mean, some such people surely exist, but I’m talking about seriously deficient/defective people, who don’t have an “I’m worthless” option in “all they believe in with their hearts”. There is no internal debate about that going on. No interruption of the seeking to “gain an upper hand in matters”, as you put it. Like the relentless, devoid of empathy robots in the ‘Terminator’ movies, you can’t shame them into repentance . . their prime directive has no such content. They can act repentant at the drop of hat, so to speak, but it’s just an act.

TonyG
Reply to  Russell Cook
March 24, 2022 8:53 am

Those asking about the motives should see my Orwell quote in response to Scissor. Power is the end. Simple as that.

Scissor
Reply to  John Larson
March 23, 2022 6:07 pm

I don’t feel so bad.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  John Larson
March 23, 2022 7:19 pm

Go back to sleep John.

John Larson
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 23, 2022 8:15 pm

Why are you ragging on me, sir? Explain yourself, please.

John Larson
Reply to  John Larson
March 24, 2022 9:52 pm

(Yikes, some dorks are displeased with me ; )

Big Al
Reply to  John Larson
March 23, 2022 7:30 pm

Bill Gates claims we can reduce the population of the world with vaccinations and health care.

John Larson
Reply to  Big Al
March 23, 2022 8:49 pm

Yeah, I heard him say as much. Honest, I was warning (on this site) about what is going on now, seven years ago . . I just asked someone what THEY thought the motivation for “the redistribution of wealth” might be . . (and that drew 10 dislikes??)

Scissor
Reply to  John Larson
March 24, 2022 4:47 am

It seems like parts of this topic are like an open wound and picking at it garners no favor from anyone.

George Daddis
Reply to  John V. Wright
March 23, 2022 3:50 pm

Agreed!
The way I would phrase your answer it was initially based on a sophomoric (probably literally Sophomoric) sense of “fairness” discussed at 2AM pot parties; “It’s not right that we are so privileged while the poor suffer in India and Africa”.

That same group of Elite grew up and found that they could be in charge of the redistribution and the commissions were well worth sustaining the “Global Equity” dream.

Steve Case
Reply to  John V. Wright
March 23, 2022 6:48 pm

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution.” –
                          Christiana Figueres, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary

Gregory Woods
March 23, 2022 2:11 pm

 The U.S. is forced to rely on terrorist states (Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, and now Iran and Venezuela),

Hmmm, who is the ‘terrorist state’ in your neighborhood?

Drake
Reply to  Gregory Woods
March 24, 2022 1:13 pm

For the US, after the Freedom Truckers demise, I would say it is Canada.

Steve Case
March 23, 2022 2:13 pm

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MGC
March 23, 2022 2:18 pm

Another dose of the same tired old right wing political handwaving nonsense, offered as a flimsy excuse for denying the reality of significant and potentially costly human influence on the earth’s climate.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  MGC
March 23, 2022 2:43 pm

‘Denying the reality’? Really, you said that?

Every model or ‘climate expert’ prediction since Hansen started this nonsense in July 1988 in a Congressional hearing has proven false:

  1. Arctic summer sea ice has not disappeared.
  2. Sea level rise has NOT accelerated.
  3. There is no tropical troposphere hotspot as modeled.
  4. Pacific Islands have not shrunk. Darwin knew why in 1834.
  5. Polar bears and the Great Barrier Reef are thriving.
  6. Renewables are expensive by themselves, intermittent, and provide no grid inertia which leads to blackouts.

You don’t have to be a right wing conservative to oppose the alarmists. Only sentient.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Rud Istvan
March 23, 2022 3:07 pm

Now that’s a slap-down “cranked up to 11” (Spinal Tap).
Don’t mess with Rud!!!

RickWill
Reply to  Rud Istvan
March 23, 2022 3:15 pm

And the most important stabilising factors for Earth’s climate –
Open ocean surfaces are still no warmer than annual maximum of 30C and the seawater under sea ice is still no colder than -1.8C.

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Rud Istvan
Reply to  RickWill
March 23, 2022 5:28 pm

Your observation is important. We would appreciate a science based exclusive explanatory post that we could simply refer to. I have collected a lot of your fragmentary comments. They make sense, but not so easy to understand and reference. Thanks.

RickWill
Reply to  Rud Istvan
March 23, 2022 11:05 pm

The full paper can be found here –
http://www.bomwatch.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Bomwatch-Willoughby-Main-article-FINAL.pdf
To grasp the physics of deep convection, you need to digest Part 2.

I am happy to answer any questions.
Charles has my email.

I can take you through my high resolution atmospheric model that produces the charts. I can explain it in detail and, if you have the programming capability, my written description will be enough for you to build your own column model. I treat my model; as proprietary but it is not particularly complicated – it is not prepared in a way that makes it easy for others to follow. Apart from the empirical August-Magnus-Roche approximation for water vapour pressure, it is all basic physics of gasses. The A-M-R approximation gives better results over the range of typical atmospheric temperature than the Clasius-Clapeyron equation for water vapour pressure.

I believe no one else has discovered the 30mm TPW as the threshold for an LFC irrespective of relative humidity or surface temperature. The 45mm for cyclic instability is reasonably well known but not identified as a pivot for the Atmospheric Water Cooling Coefficient that I define and detail in Part 4. The 45mm TPW is where the atmosphere changes gear but, although instability is inevitable over open ocean, it is still quite random. It is rare for the full convective potential to develop before cloudburst is triggered.

Other authors have identified the high cirrus cloud but not related it to cyclic instability or cloud persistence in terms of time ratio of cloud-free to cloudy as I have done.

Note that CO2 plays no role in convective instability apart from the trivial contribution it makes to total atmospheric mass and sea level pressure.

I am now a bit smarter on how I challenge the belief in GHE. Everyone is welcome to their beliefs but such beliefs have no place in a discussion on Earth’s energy balance – time is on my side with people coming to understand the real physics of the atmosphere.

Nelson
Reply to  RickWill
March 25, 2022 4:23 am

Rick, would you agree that proposing that a doubling of CO2 – say 400 parts per million additional – can lead to a significant increase in temp is a violation of the gas laws. It has always bothered me that the molar form of the ideal gas law just doesn’t produce much of a temperature change for a doubling of CO2.

Stuart Hamish
Reply to  Rud Istvan
March 24, 2022 2:12 pm

” You don’t have to be a right wing conservative to oppose the alarmists .Only sentient “….Love it …… To which can be added : 7. Human climate related deaths have plunged by 95% since 1920 ; 8. weather disasters have decreased by 10% globally this century

Smart Rock
Reply to  MGC
March 23, 2022 3:07 pm

Another dose of the same tired old left wing political handwaving nonsense, offered as a flimsy excuse for denying the reality of significant and unnecessary regulation of human society.

Scissor
Reply to  Smart Rock
March 24, 2022 4:48 am

I wonder if MGC knows what a woman is.

John Larson
Reply to  MGC
March 23, 2022 3:14 pm

“… denying the reality of significant and potentially costly human influence on the earth’s climate.”

Why do you call this a “reality”? It seems to be projection about the future to me at this point. What makes it a “reality” to you?

Gunga Din
Reply to  John Larson
March 23, 2022 4:19 pm

MGC seems to have mistaken “Forge of Empires” or some other computer-generated fantasy as “reality”.

MGC, when have ANY of the catastrophic (Remember “CAGW”?) computer-generated Climate Models projections from the past come to pass? None.
PS Also remember that “The Science was Settled” back then. Still didn’t happen.

observa
Reply to  MGC
March 23, 2022 3:42 pm

And all you’ve got is a bunch of computer models lacking human intelligence unleashing more of the same with your Green Blob-
The energy problem | RNZ

So far Soheil’s research hasn’t been put into practise, but certainly in the case of Rakiura he and Alan believe it would be quite straight-forward to create a power system that is 100 percent renewable.

The little solar panel on the desk is a nice touch as your typical theoretical boofheads sit there beaming with AI amongst all the trappings of fossil fuelled energy they’re dismissing with their GIGO computer modelling. Like so many of these dilettantes and stinkers in residence they’re too indolent and stupid to recognize it’s fossil fuels that affords their very pleasant command on production and should that energy go their ambience and lifestyle goes with it.

I understand a typical lefty in Pol Pot had a final solution for such useful idiots but that’s what you get when you abandon human intelligence.

Paul Blase
Reply to  MGC
March 23, 2022 4:14 pm

You don’t actually read any of the articles here, do you?

Chris Hanley
Reply to  MGC
March 23, 2022 5:23 pm

…the same tired old right wing political handwaving nonsense …

Good grief they admit themselves.
‘Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti admitted recently that the true motivation behind introducing the Green New Deal is to overhaul the “entire economy”‘
Link.

Chris Hanley
Reply to  MGC
March 23, 2022 5:30 pm

‘At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism
Link.

DMacKenzie
Reply to  Chris Hanley
March 23, 2022 6:48 pm

Conflating capitalism with greed is a typical leftist meme. Of course they are above that, as party faithful can have a dacha or two on standard salary.

TonyG
Reply to  MGC
March 24, 2022 8:55 am

handwaving nonsense => needs to look in a mirror.

MarkW
Reply to  MGC
March 24, 2022 2:13 pm

If this influence is so significant, how come nobody can find any evidence of it.

davetherealist
March 23, 2022 2:23 pm

We have been in a Nanny State since the Lawyers took over our Government. The big shift happened in the 60s. There certainly was a need for safety standards and protection of life and liberty. We needed to enact basic rules and regulations for Clean Air and Clean Water. Unfortunately, these are now expanded and bloated to control every single aspect of our lives in the US. I challenge anyone to give an example of an aspect of their lives that is not in some way regulated, limited, and ultimately subject to fees, fines or forfeiture.

David Elstrom
Reply to  davetherealist
March 23, 2022 3:24 pm

This is no surprise. Even Marx eventually came to realize that powerful bureaucracies would start to work in their own interests instead of the people’s interests.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  davetherealist
March 23, 2022 3:42 pm

Thinking.

DonM
Reply to  davetherealist
March 23, 2022 3:55 pm

“I challenge anyone to give an example of an aspect of their lives that is not in some way regulated, limited, and ultimately subject to fees, fines or forfeiture.”

Looking at internet porn, or internet cats. (not that it applies to an aspect of my life)

Other than that …? breathing?

davetherealist
Reply to  DonM
March 24, 2022 7:18 am
Matt Kiro
Reply to  davetherealist
March 23, 2022 4:01 pm

Didn’t Eisenhower warn us all about this? He seems to be the forgotten president of the 2nd half of the twenty century, but we sure could use a lot more people like him.

OweninGA
Reply to  Matt Kiro
March 23, 2022 7:19 pm

All the lefties remember the “Military Industrial Complex” warning, but forget the “government funded science/academia” warning. The first jives with their preconceived hatred of anyone that makes a buck, the second couldn’t possibly be true in their minds. After all academics are all fellow travelers, right? He practically predicted the politically driven global warming scam 30 years before it happened.

(I just had to rebuild my computer so I hope I got the user name right. Couldn’t remember whether I capitalized the “in” or not.)

Brad-DXT
Reply to  davetherealist
March 23, 2022 11:34 pm

If you are referring to the forming of OSHA and the EPA, these agencies were started after the problems with safety and environmental pollution were already being addressed. The agencies were just codifying what industry was doing on their own because it was hard to get people to work in unsafe environments and having rivers catch on fire was causing terrific backlash to the companies responsible.

As with just about everything the government touches, they screw it up by putting political hacks with Napoleon complexes in charge. Now those agencies are just another tool of an authoritarian state.

David Dirkse
March 23, 2022 2:36 pm

years ago I wrote: http://www.davdata.nl/math/piedpiper.html to explain the roots of climate activism.

Ronald G. Havelock, PhD
Reply to  David Dirkse
March 23, 2022 7:24 pm

I went to your site and enjoyed your commentary on the Pied Piper. You are fundamentally correct to link this nonsense back to Malthus-then Ehrllich -then Club of Rome. How so much of the presumably enlightened intellectual community can be so enraptured by this alarmist pseudo-science is infuriating to pro-science liberals like me. There is nothing liberal about these Luddites. They trade in fear and reap huge profits thereby. You should have cited the late great Julian Simon’s “Ultimate Resource” #1&2. He had all the facts lined up to prove the opposite but the doomsday profiteers won the political battle, snagging a lot of well-intentioned but badly informed people like Barrack Obama in their nets. You might also look at my 2011 book, “Acceleration.” You will find that we are closely aligned. Good luck to you.
Ron Havelock, Ph.D.

William Diller
March 23, 2022 2:43 pm

Having been in the commercial fishing business for the past 50 years and suffering under the lies put forth by them, I can assure you that “Green” is the new Red

OweninGA
Reply to  William Diller
March 23, 2022 7:21 pm

That is why we have called them watermelons for years. Green on the outside, pure red in the middle.

Peta of Newark
March 23, 2022 3:06 pm

20 minutes of your time….
This guy, right from the get-go, is talking about Covid

Don’t let that put you off or de-rail the thread. OK?

What you’re looking for are the similarities in what we know about ‘climate’ and what this guy asserts happened, is happening, inside Covid.

e.g. Data adjustment, money, peer/pal review, lies, squirrels, but esp, using unwarranted and illegal fear-mongering

This one’s got the lot

Dr Henry Ealy
(at my Dropbox)

Scissor
Reply to  Peta of Newark
March 23, 2022 6:34 pm

Good video. Thanks.

John the Econ
March 23, 2022 3:18 pm

“Climate Change” is simultaneously a distraction from and/or excuse for bad Progressive policy, and the excuse for more bad Progressive policy.

Andy Pattullo
March 23, 2022 3:22 pm

Wow, Prince Philip wants to be reincarnated as a virus that destroys humans. Apart form the whole magical thinking, unscientific claptrap of his reincarnation fantasy, I don’t understand why he thinks his dream has not already come to pass. He is the virus and that virus is deep, impenetrable ignorance. He is the personification of stupidity. He is the expert in obliviousness. His is the apex of obtuseness, the almighty purveyor of intellectual rot. His thoughts are like a chancer that eats reason and spews decay. Who else in the entire human society can spew complete utter rubbish with such an aristocratic cadence of conceit and privilege.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
March 23, 2022 3:44 pm

I believe that Prince Philip passed on to his eternal reward some months ago. I wonder if he has gotten his wish?

Scissor
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
March 23, 2022 6:38 pm

As much of his remains as possible will have become bacteria, although I suppose some insect larvae and fungi could be feasting as well.

Reply to  Andy Pattullo
March 23, 2022 7:03 pm

As it happens, Prince Philip eventually became a climate realist, due to his association with Ian Plimer, accomplished Australian geologist, author of “Green Murder” ISBN:9781922449825

Ronald G. Havelock, PhD
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
March 23, 2022 7:27 pm

I love the sparkling cadence of your comment! Well done!

Peter Fraser
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
March 24, 2022 11:59 am

It was Prince Phillips crazy tree hugging future king, Charles who made that statement.

Eric Vieira
March 23, 2022 3:32 pm

Maybe there will be someday a phasing out of the radical left, supported by the 2nd Amendment…

n.n
Reply to  Eric Vieira
March 23, 2022 5:01 pm

Or an emanation from a penumbra (i.e. Twilight Fringe), which is a first-order forcing of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change in modern families.

AndyHce
Reply to  Eric Vieira
March 23, 2022 5:37 pm

You’ve seen it often enough on these pages
you can’t fix stupid

OweninGA
Reply to  AndyHce
March 23, 2022 7:23 pm

I think he was implying that you could possibly shoot it though.

MarkW
Reply to  OweninGA
March 24, 2022 2:18 pm

As seen on a tee-shirt
Duct tape can’t fix stupid. But it can muffle it.

n.n
March 23, 2022 4:27 pm

Enjoy the solar energy on your skin. Feel the wind blow through your hair. Climate change is life, stasis is death. Separately, climate control is a first-order forcing of pathogenic progress.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  n.n
March 23, 2022 5:04 pm

On occasion, I feel the wind blowing through my hair when I’ve had too many beans.

mikee
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
March 23, 2022 6:13 pm

You mean farts, don’t you!!

Tony
March 23, 2022 9:17 pm

I love it when WUWT publishes long paranoid rants like this- Imagining Green-Lefties under the bed, coming for your precious fossil fuel (or is that precious bodily fluids?). Keep publishing stuff like this and you can run a sideline selling tin foil hats.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Tony
March 23, 2022 10:18 pm

It seems that you enjoyed the post. By the way, tin foil hats are so passe. We use aluminium foil hats now. For our special friends, we recommend plastic food wrap. It works best when wrapped tightly around the head and face.

John Larson
Reply to  Tony
March 23, 2022 10:35 pm

A great many people have been convicted of criminal “conspiracy”, so one wonders what exactly makes you think seriously minded people would be aghast at the idea that humans sometimes do such things? It’s magical thinking to assume they don’t, as far as I’m concerned.

conspiracy ;noun
An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.

(How long you been on the planet? ; )

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TonyG
Reply to  John Larson
March 24, 2022 9:10 am

Apparently taking people at their word is a “paranoid rant”

MarkW
Reply to  Tony
March 24, 2022 2:19 pm

Translation: I can’t refute a single thing written, but I’ve got to put down something in order to justify my paycheck.

Brad-DXT
March 23, 2022 11:50 pm

Mr. Kovaks,
Your statement referring to some of the Left’s leaders being exempt from Foreman’s phase-out is an assumption that I don’t think will apply. They are just tools that will be tossed out when their utility is no longer needed or their effectiveness is dulled.

Boff Doff
March 24, 2022 12:06 am

“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve. This is true even of the pious brethren who carry the gospel to foreign parts.”
-H.L. Mencken

StevenF
Reply to  Boff Doff
March 24, 2022 10:58 am

A great quote but I don’t know if it is actually true. I believe that there are people who genuinely want to save humanity from something. As a movement gains prestige, power, influence, whatever, the most ruthless eventually become the leaders. The ones who may have been true believers and actually wanted to do good, are pushed the side.

This is what made the American Revolution so unique.

MarkW
Reply to  Boff Doff
March 24, 2022 2:21 pm

I’ve known quite a few people who have served as missionaries, and none of them ever wished to rule over others. Not saying that there aren’t some who fit that description, but a blanket condemnation is quite ignorant.

griff
March 24, 2022 12:57 am

Climate change is not political: it is verified scientific observation.

It isn’t an artifact of ‘the left’ – an amorphous beast which apparently is anyone embracing the science and not to the right of the US Republican party…

This is just demonizing something you can’t come up with a valid objection to based on science.

Greytide
Reply to  griff
March 24, 2022 2:19 am

The fact that climate changes is indeed a valid scientific observation backed up by a great deal of verified evidence. Man’s influence on climate by way of CO2 is an UNPROVEN hypothesis and wqe are still waiting for valid scientific evidence (not consensus) that the CO2 emissions from mankind have had any significant measurable effect on climate.
You continue to spout unsupported rubbish and never comu up with any verifiable evidence.

Matt G
Reply to  griff
March 24, 2022 1:59 pm

Climate change has been very political for many years and for it to succeed requires movement towards communism. It is why Russia and China support it for the western world, but not so much for themselves.

The dangers of future climate are not based on verifed scentific observations but scary climate model worse case scenarios that won’t happen.

All bad future predictions on climate change by the alarmists have failed to occur and after 40+ years what will happen has already been. There has been no acceleration and no change beyond natural variability. The weather has been the same it has always been and if anything a warmer planet should have less extremes because the warm and cold boundary is reduced in size the further North it goes.

MarkW
Reply to  griff
March 24, 2022 2:22 pm

If it’s a verified observation, why can nobody document it?
Less than 1C over 150 years, with most of the warming occurring prior to any appreciable rise in CO2.
Hardly the big killer that griff wants us to believe it is.

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Alan the Brit
Reply to  griff
March 25, 2022 1:09 am

“an amorphous beast which apparently is anyone embracing the science”, sadly that “science” is simply the political science, which is the study of self-promoting, self-enriching, venal, mendacious, & at times utterly unscrupulous examples of Humanity, that inhabit most regions of the World. What was your science degree(s) in, again for the record???

Tom.1
March 24, 2022 1:50 am

This is a bit over-the-top. It makes no allowance for the well-meaning but misguided liberal; the people that Buckley described as “someone who wants to reach in while you are taking a shower and adjust the temperature of the water”. I don’t mean they’re not dangerous, but it’s not an Orwellian conspiracy, IMO.

Mark Pawelek
March 24, 2022 4:22 am

A sensible honest post regarding the real climate issue at WUWT! At last.

arthur salomoncyk
March 24, 2022 6:12 am

Why are they doing this? Money. They want it and they’ll get it.
Let me tell your readers about the electric car…the biggest and most obvious scam, easily refuted, using basic sites including US Gov Energy.
Facts:

  1. Pounds of CO2 per kilowatt produced at power plants:

(source: https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=74&t=11)
coal:2.23 lbs co2 = 1KWatt
nat gas: 0.91 lbs co2 = 1 KWatt
petrol: 2.13 lbs co2 = 1KWatt

  1. Distance a Tesla Model S (all electric cars are similar watt per mile) can travel on a full charge: 400 miles

(source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/17/success/tesla-model-s-long-range-400-miles/index.html)

  1. Wattage required to fill the battery: 100 KiloWatts

(source: https://getjerry.com/questions/how-many-watts-does-a-tesla-need-to-charge)

  1. Energy conversion loss due to the second law of thermodynamics: 60%. This means to produce 100 KiloWatts for your battery your local power plant must convert 250 K-Watts of energy. [Gov pretends this doesn’t exist!!!]

(source: https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=44436#:~:text=More%20than%2060%25%20of%20energy,U.S.%20Energy%20Information%20Administration%20(EIA))

Summary (do the math!):
To fill your Tesla Model S battery will require 558 lbs of Co2 from coal, 227 lbs Co2 from Nat Gas, and 533 lbs Co2 from petrol from the power plant….and you can now travel 400 miles.

Co2 cost per mile of the electric car (based on your grid):

  1. Coal = 1.40 lbs/mile co2
  2. Nat Gas = .57 lbs/mile co2
  3. Petrol = 1.33 lbs/mile co2

Gasoline Engines produce 20 lbs of co2 per gallon.

(source: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/contentincludes/co2_inc.htm)

Co2 cost of a standard gasoline engine (based on your Miles Per Gallon rating):

  1. 20 MPG (a dodge ram truck v8 gets 24mpg) = 0.9 lbs co2/mile.
  2. 30 MPG (Ford Explorer) = 0.6 lbs co2/mile.
  3. 40 MPG (Audi A4) = 0.45 lbs co2/mile.

Please share !! No one can refute this! It’s physics and Math!

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George
March 24, 2022 7:02 am

I did as small logic study in my head in 1999 when everyone including well educated people became believers in Global Warming currently call climate change. I remember that in the 1970s we were told global cooling is coming. Not enough people bought into it. My thought experiment was, if our sun stopped heating how long would we live here on earth. It is estimated about 8 minutes will pass before the earth becomes an ice cube. My conclusion was that it is all about the sun, not a bunch of gases.

It took me about 15 more years to realize the USEPA’s main regulatory function was to move as much heavy industry from the USA as possible. I told a friend of mine in the Michigan Dept of Env. Quality that we must learn to accept some pollution in order to have a sustainable economy. She had a real problem with that. It’s easy to remove about 95% of an industrial waste but the remaining 5% removal cost more than the product being produced making it impossible to economically produce. That increased cost can be modeled with a 1st order exponential equation. There may be better models but the fewer the model coefficients the easier it is to use. To me the rest is all about who is going benefit from more regulations.

We have the best government that money can buy. It is just that the little people cannot donate enough buy/benefit politicians.

joe x
March 24, 2022 8:48 am

thanks. a well writin article about a sad state of our union.

March 24, 2022 12:11 pm

I’ve been saying this since I switched from being a Warmist to being a Skeptic in 2004. It’s one of the reasons for the switch, noting that all the “fixes” revolve around more taxes/fees, and government control, taking away liberty, freedom, and life choices.

April 5, 2022 5:54 pm

I wrote 14 years ago that environmentalism is a religion in its own right – and I was not at all the first to say so; Freeman Dyson had called it “worldwide secular religion.” He also wrote that, “Environmentalism has replaced socialism as the leading secular religion.”

I demur. Environmentalism has not replaced socialism at all. Instead, the old-line socialists, faced with decades of the failure of political socialism, have jumped on the environmentalist bandwagon to keep socialism alive. Environmentalism has become a much better vehicle to achieve a rigid regulation of people’s lives than political socialism ever was. After all, the fate of the entire planet is at stake! Environmentalism has already led some British members of Parliament to propose that the government regulate almost every aspect of buying and selling by private individuals. If this is not socialism, it is a distinction without a difference.

At bottom, modern environmentalism has discarded scientific rigor to embrace something not much different than Leninism, the desire to control the major components of the way individuals live. From there it is a short step for environmentalism to Leninism’s successor: Stalinism, the desire to control every aspect of the way we live. That’s our future, minus the gulags. We hope.

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