By Robert Bradley Jr.
“I was talking about inflation before it was even thought about. And now I’m more concerned than ever before.” – Joe Manchin III)
“I can’t make that decision basically on taxes of any type and also on the energy and climate because it takes the taxes to pay for the investment in the clean technology that I’m in favor of. But I’m not going to do something and overreach that causes more problems.” – Joe Manchin III
The climate crusade is fueled by deficit spending both in removing wind and solar and EVs from the tax code and by limitless spending by the U.S. Department of Energy. So it was extremely positive when Senator Joe Manchin III (D-WV), head of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, renounced his support for the climate provisions of Build Back Better legislation under debate. A $555 billion global warming subsidy bill was in the works, throwing good money after bad.
Manchin spokesman Sam Runyon stated:
Political headlines are of no value to the millions of Americans struggling to afford groceries and gas as inflation soars to 9.1 percent. Sen. Manchin believes it’s time for leaders to put political agendas aside, reevaluate and adjust to the economic realities the country faces to avoid taking steps that add fuel to the inflation fire.
Manchin’s announcement was foreshadowed by this press release earlier this week (July 13, 2022):
Manchin Statement on 9.1% Inflation Rate
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics published their monthly Consumer Price Index Report indicating consumer inflation has risen to 9.1%, the largest 12-month increase since 1981.
“Today’s inflation data illustrates the pain families across the country are feeling as costs continue to rise at a historic rate. 9.1% is cause for serious concern…. For more than a year, leaders in Washington have ignored the serious concerns raised by myself and others about the rising cost of inflation…. No matter what spending aspirations some in Congress may have, it is clear to anyone who visits a grocery store or a gas station that we cannot add any more fuel to this inflation fire.
Still, Senator Manchin should reject the wasteful energy ‘bribes’ sent his way, such as the “clean hydrogen” hubs in West Virginia that turn natural gas into hydrogen with a carbon capture add-on. Still in the soliciting stage (for subsidies), this wasteful project can be scrapped in the name of fiscal prudency and deficit reduction.
Cries of Doom and Gloom
The apocalyptic Left responded with predictable exaggeration and doomism:
I’m not going to sugarcoat my disappointment here. This is our last chance to prevent the most catastrophic — and costly — effects of climate change. (- Ron Wyden: D-OR)
And as reported in Politico:
I struggle to contemplate what single elected official in American history will do more to cause more massive suffering. There’s numerous examples, but if you want to look decades out from now, this decision by this one senator from West Virginia is going to have repercussions that affect millions, if not billions. (Sam Ricketts, Evergreen Action)
But one senator who clearly is in bed with the fossil fuel industry is condemning generations of Americans on this planet to a broken Earth, including his own grandchildren. (Leah Stokes, University of California-Santa Barbara)
And in Bloomberg:
There truly aren’t words for how appalled, outraged, and disappointed we are. Senator Manchin had every opportunity to stand up for climate, jobs and justice, and save families money when they need it most, but instead he is choosing to stand with polluters.” (Tiernan Sittenfeld, a senior vice president with the League of Conservation Voters)
And in today’s New York Times:
It seems odd that Manchin would choose as his legacy to be the one man who single-handedly doomed humanity. (John Podesta).
Rage keeps me from tears. (Ed Markey D-MA)
I honestly don’t know how he is going to look his own grandchildren in the eyes. (Leah Stokes, UC Santa Barbara)
He talked about his grandchildren. It turns out that’s all bullshit. He cares about profits for his coal company and his own political future over the future of our planet. (Jamal Raad, Evergreen Action)
Given the US’s role as the leading all-time carbon polluter, it is difficult to see global action on climate without US leadership. [Manchin is] a modern-day villain, who drives a Maserati, lives on a yacht, courtesy of the coal industry, and is willing to see the world burn as long as it benefits his near-term investment portfolio.
Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement stated:
This is nothing short of a death sentence … It’s clear appealing to corporate obstructionists doesn’t work, and it will cost us a generation of voters.
Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, stated:
“He’s a villain, he’s a threat to the globe. What the Americans do or don’t do on climate will impact the world…. It will cause very bad consequences for us in Bangladesh, unfortunately.
Janet Redman, of Greenpeace USA stated:
Senator Manchin is a fossil-fueled sociopath on a Maserati joyride while he lets the world burn.
The acerbic Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is ready to redefine government as the Executive Branch to get what he wants:
With legislative climate options now closed, it’s now time for executive Beast Mode. Free at last. Let’s roll. Do it all and start it now.
The alarmists, out of alarms, are up in arms. And dangerous.
The greens are reacting about as well to losing in the Supreme Court as Kathy Hochul.
They haven’t been this mad since we took their slaves away.
When these self-rightous loonies attack some of my friends they may get a surprise. This type of call to action is getting increasingly hysterical and can’t end well.
Just by the list of his enemies, I know I like him.
Read this before cheering…
I am careful about what I believe and that includes what comes from both sides. This is
interesting. A measure of the validity of the author’s thoughts may come when we get the July inflation reports about which it says,
“…First, in the month-to-month comparison, July will not carry the same scale of gasoline and energy increases as June. Second, in the year-over-year comparison, July ’22 will be comparing to July 2021 when prices already started skyrocketing. Bottom line, July inflation will give the illusion of dropping, which gives Manchin a shield to support the spending…. and he will.”
With the PPI @ 11.3% & the CPI @ 9.1%, it will be harder for the CPI to drop than the PPI.
If Manchin wants to defeat the bill, he’ll use the CPI reading next month. If he’s looking to
eventually back it, he’ll refer to the PPI to make that case, as it probably has a better chance of
dropping since gas $$$ are dropping & the economy probably is slowing. He could even make the
case that neither is rising as quickly as they once were. Politicians can be quite slick.
Because WV is R+23, that in itself may lock him in to not supporting the spending. He could also
switch to the GOP & really cause heads to explode!
Manchin should just announce he has switched parties and in now a Republican. That would give the GOP control of the Senate and Mitch M. could make Manchin chair of any committee he wants.
Manchin is NOT SWITCHING PARTIES.
He cares not whether he is Rep or Dem … but, HE DOES CARE whether he will be getting REELECTED.
IOW: bless him for this decision, but, it was a NO BRAINER because he is doing what his constituents want; where, if he voted otherwise, there’s a good chance that he would lose reelection.
IOW: Manchin is a POS JUDAS politician which fits the description of about 99% of our elected Congressional representation.
BTW: Manchin is NOT SWITCHING PARTIES … PRIMARILY because, at this moment, in his swing-voting position, he has TREMENDOUS LEVERAGE … the ultimate goal of any JUDAS politician. Watch now how the BIG DOLLAR LOBBYIST line up for appointments, maneuvering to BUY HIS VOTES … and watch the $$$-signs in Manchin’s eyes.
Manchin is NO FOOL .. but, clearly, way too many of We The People are FOOLS to vote, time and again, for such JUDASES. And guess what: these JUDASES KNOW IT and, for every nickel and dime, they will milk our complacency and ignorance.
For those who want to preserve our American Democracy, now is a good time to WAKE UP!
Doing a deal with Mitch is akin to doing a deal with the devil.
You will end in eternal hellfire.
Why do attorney politicians recommend government actions that are clearly unconstitutional. The last SCOTUS term’s had 3 blockbuster decisions that has triggered democrat congressmen & senators to introduce unconstitutional laws & recommend Joe Biden to exceed his executive authority to counter Dobbs, NYSRPA & WV opinions. WV stated the executive branch can only regulate what Congress has clearly authorized.
I have been wondering about that, as well. All politicians to include the President takes an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution.
I haven’t seen a lot of that lately from the Dems nor from way too many Republicans. Looking at Graham, Romney, Cheney and a number of other GOPers here.
It’s because that’s all the Democrats have left – they control less than 40% of the state legislature’s so whenever they can get control of the federal government they try to impose laws on the state’s to accomplish their goals. They are cutting corners and attempting something without doing the hard work in the state’s first.
As the retired chief tax officer of a major MNC, I have to correct your statement: “The climate crusade is fueled by deficit spending both in removing wind and solar and EVs from the tax code…”
I wish they were removed, as then they’d be treated as any other business transaction. The problem is the provisions inserted in the Code to shove money in the direction of the wasteful expenditure on the bird killers and fryers.
Renewable energy scams are ripe grounds for money making and money laundering all over the world wherever governments i.e. taxpayers subsidize them. It’s a racket and, it appears, a great many politicians, here and abroad, have aided, abetted and most likely profited from these same scams. The politicians are incentivized to not change the tax code or do anything else that make sense in regards to “renewable energy.” I’m fairly sure EVs and batteries suffer from the same malady.
One example of many,
Boston-based, ‘Hawaii Wind Developer tied to Largest-ever asset seizure by anti-Mafia police’ By Andrew Walden http://hawaiifreepress.com/Articles-Main/ID/4008/Hawaii-Wind-Developer-tied-to-Largest-ever-asset-seizure-by-anti-Mafia-police
Well Warren Buffett stated a while back that wind & solar “businesses” only made sense because of the subsidies and tax breaks.
He has jumped in to avail his investment arms of the overly-generous troughs of taxpayers’ money too.
“It’s just business . . “
Also Electric Vehicles, no manufacturer could resist participating in a developed nations changeover production bonanza, with the support of governments with consumer-taxpayer’s monies.
It will be interesting to obtain the record of Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles traded in for scrap value and then exported to developing nations to be sold for a profit, including for spare parts.
“But one senator who clearly is in bed with the fossil fuel industry is condemning generations of Americans on this planet to a broken Earth, including his own grandchildren” And here i thought the world was going to end in 12 years as of 2 years ago?
Manchin has mostly the right stuff, he cares about the well-being of the American people, first. Can’t some real scientist like Happer straighten him out on CO2 and climate? He obviously doesn’t go to WUWT or other evidence-based science site and has somehow been convinced that CAGW is real.
Realistic politicians walk a fine line. It is politics, you know.
Yeah, I get it, thanks. Manchin just seems he’s prepared to be hated by his colleagues anyway for the highest cause a politician can aspire to.
A $555billion CAGW subsidy bill!
Somebody with no concept of hard work, home ownership, and the many inherent costs of raising children came up with this monstrosity of a spending bill.
The ‘western’ taxpayer is really being taken for granted under the rein of the CAGW ideologues.
Leftists believe that everything belongs to government, and whatever you have is just on loan from government. If government wants it back, you have no right to complain.
If government was doing my work, seeing to my mortgage, paying my utility bills, buying my household’s food and clothing, paying for a night out, and feeding my savings account…
…you’d never hear a peep out of me. 😁
For a lot of people who vote Democrat, this is true.
Dangerous indeed and that ‘executive beast’ is nominally The President but who is clearly merely a cypher for reckless idealogues in cabinet and beyond.
James Burnham writing of the 1930s:
‘New Dealism too has spread abroad the stress on the state as against the individual, planning as against private enterprise, jobs (even if relief jobs) against opportunities, security against initiative, “human rights” against “property rights.” There can be no doubt that the psychological effect of New Dealism has been what the capitalists say it has been: to undermine public confidence in capitalist ideas and rights and institutions. Its most distinctive features help to prepare the minds of the masses for the acceptance of the managerial social structure’. (The Managerial Revolution 1941).
Nothing changes in the progressive world.
“I’m not going to sugarcoat my disappointment here. This is our last chance to prevent the most catastrophic — and costly — effects of climate change. (- Ron Wyden: D-OR)”
Ooops . . . there it is again, yet another in the long list of “last chance” predictions regarding climate change™.
How costly? One might ask. After 30+ years the answer is: “Alot.” How much will it cost to Net Zero? The answer is: “It will make money.”
“Ooops . . . there it is again, yet another in the long list of “last chance” predictions regarding climate change™.”
As I’ve said before, it is amazing how much time we always seem to have left when we’re running out of it.
There are few sensible politicians anywhere these days. Many I note are lawyers, unionists and other unproductive types who have little knowledge of science and do not appear to accept real data preferring fictional computer models. As the European green dream collapses so we hope the house of cards continues to disintegrate around the world. Senator Manchin is a realist and recognises that the real workers in society have different world views than the pompous non working elitists and their dumb followers.
Rage keeps me from tears. (Ed Markey D-MA)
HA. HA. HAAAAA!
From this quote in the above article:
FACT: the USA accounts for about 14% of the world’s annual man-made emissions of CO2. In contrast, China currently sits at 31% of the world’s annual man-made global emissions of CO2. (Ref: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/10/global-man-made-co2-emissions-1965-2021-bp-data/ )
On this simple evidence, Michael Mann is a modern day liar and villain in distorting truth to fit his not-so-hidden agenda.
That is all.
Gordon, please read “Hockey Stick” Mann’s qualifier: “leading all-time carbon polluter” He is talking cumulative CO2 emissions. I don’t know if it is true, but emissions going forward is the only thing that matters, as you point out.
I wonder how long it will take China to become the all time carbon champ? Not much longer considering how far ahead they are and still growing quickly.
China is already the 2nd all time carbon consumer and by eyeballing the graphs looks to match the States in less than 50 years time… with India close behind.
And when that happens we’ll still be hearing that it’s our last chance to reduce emissions to avoid climate disaster.
I suspect, but cannot prove, that the land we now know as China has ALWAYS been the “all-time carbon polluter” (in terms of man-made emissions of CO2 into Earth’s atmosphere).
This is based on the facts that:
1) The population of the territory of China has always vastly exceeded that of the territory we now call the United States.
2) Since entering the Holocene and up to about the mid-1800’s, the populace of “China” —like other human populations in temperate latitudes on Earth— has relied almost exclusively on the burning of biomass (predominately trees and dry brush) and accessible surface outcrops of coal to create heat for cooking, for warmth and for light.
3) While from the mid-1800’s up until perhaps the mid-1900’s China did not industrialize as much as did the US (and thus had a lower rate of CO2 emissions on a per capita basis), it’s not at all clear if this difference offset the huge population difference . . . after all, people in China were still emitting CO2 by continuing to burn biomass and coal, with these uses increased enormously by introduction of industrial-scale harvesting and mining equipment.
4) China still has a per capita CO2 emissions rate that is lower than that of the US, but now emits more that twice the total annual anthropogenic CO2 emissions simply due to the huge difference in population: about 0.33 billion for the US versus about 1.45 billion for China.
So I come here because I see you all as the ones who can argue against or debunk the claims made by the alarmists and I like that. One thing I keep hoping to get a reply or replies on is good solid scientific debunkings against the claims made by Jem Bendell in his Deep Adaptation paper, extinction rebellion, Sam Carana from the Arctic News site and Guy Mcpherson with the near term human extinction 2026. It’s the claims they make along with ‘tipping points’ and ‘positive feedback loops’ and what others say about all this that keeps me awake at night and I’m really hoping someone can really scientifically debunk all of this.
My advice: Stop reading these people. For you, they’re poison. They and others like them have been saying the sky is falling for the last 40 years, usually in ten year increments. Start reading Tony Heller.
Yes BobbyK resign yourself to the fact you were doomed back in 2000 according to UNEP the forerunner of the IPCC catastrophists-
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Remain calm and stiff upper lip for the kiddies’ sakes and may your God walk with you when the dooming is upon you.
Can’t someone specifically debunk these doomers instead of telling me to go somewhere else? I mean no offense but I don’t understand why no one will do this
God gave you a brain (and access to the World Wide Web) for a reason.
No offense intended.
Are you expecting some one to distill the whole website into one post?
Trust your common sense: how is the world supposed to end over an extra 2 -3 degrees over the next few decades?
The world has been completely tropical during the time of the dinosaurs when the world was teeming with life much more than now, and has gone through many periods of ice and warmth since a few millions of years ago.
What is 3 degrees compared to that?
What is 3 degrees over a century compared to the -30 to +35°C that is typical range I have to put up with?
And that’s if the predictions come true but it’s not likely, as it has taken 150 years to barely register 1 degree.
It’s not the world I’m worried about ending, it’s us, humans, will WE be able to survive this? So many say because of the tipping points and feedback loops that we won’t, so many say that we’re doomed and that it’s too late, that what is being done is not enough and should have been done a long time ago, I’m crippled with fear and anxiety and I’m just looking for a good scientific explanation that shows this simply isn’t true
Mr. K: On my screen, at the top left, there’s a little house. To the right, words- “about”, etc. Look there for a bit.
When in doubt, the Greenies are guaranteed to hit the Climate Apocalypse/Imminent Doomsday buttons, except the inflation-plagued general populace is listening less and less while its impatience is growing exponentially. Hopefully the November mid-term elections will show where the real concerns lie and some common sense will be restored so that money will stop being directed at unworkable solutions. Until high-capacity storage batteries become widespread enough to capture and store energy from renewables like wind and solar to power entire cities, those sources will continue to be intermittent and unreliable, and fossil fuels will continue to dominate.
Many quotes in the article mention how one man will be killing the future. The future will be fine. I am sure that 1 senators did not do much. There were 51 votes against the green boondoogle; not one.
These people truly live in a different universe. They are so disconnected from the lives of ordinary people they can’t comprehend the challenges they face. And so disconnected from logic they can’t comprehend that net zero will literally cause more suffering than the problem they are trying to solve. Of course, they won’t be the ones suffering from the consequences of net zero.
You are correct Jim, they are totally disconnected, however, are they really immune from suffering the consequences. History tells us that the mob ultimately decides their fate, and it is never in their favour when the mob is hungry and angry.
If you can’t grow enough crops to feed yourself or afford to travel to work. What good does saving the earth do? That’s assuming you even have a job to go to. A economy is required to support humanity.
And when all the doom and gloom is based on unproven computer models. Why over react? Can humanity adapt to the changes coming? Can they stop them? Or should they stop them? Will there be unforseen side effects from doing so?
When the bullsh1t brained Climate Alarmists meet someone wielding the shovel of climate reality, they realise their filth is being dumped on the manure heap where it rightly belongs.
To be clear, although he is signalling “nay” for the moment on Brandon’s Build Back Woke 1/2-trillion $$$ boondoggle, Manchin is still a Democrat and voted lock-step with all the previous insane Democrat spending boondoggles.
Somebody has made that claim at least once a month for the last 40 years.
When any one of these; Podesta, Markey, Whitehouse are against a position, you know that is the right position.
That sentence is proof that manniacal is not a scientist.