Trump Picks Scott Pruitt For EPA Head

This has made Warmists very, very upset

(NY Times) President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, a transition official said, signaling Mr. Trump’s determination to dismantle President Obama’s efforts to counter climate change.

I love the fossil fuels part, as if the NY Times doesn’t use vast amounts to gather the news.

Mr. Pruitt, a Republican, has been a key architect of the legal battle against Mr. Obama’s climate change policies, actions that fit with the president-elect’s comments during the campaign. Mr. Trump has criticized the established science of human-caused global warming as a hoax, vowed to “cancel” the Paris accord committing nearly every nation to taking action to fight climate change, and attacked Mr. Obama’s signature global warming policy, the Clean Power Plan, as a “war on coal.”

Mr. Pruitt, 48, who has emerged as a hero to conservative activists, is also one of a number of Republican attorneys general who have formed an alliance with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda, a 2014 investigation by The New York Times revealed.

As Oklahoma’s top law enforcement official, Mr. Pruitt has fought environmental regulations — particularly the climate change rules. Although Mr. Obama’s rules were not completed until 2015, Mr. Pruitt was one of a handful of attorneys general, along with Greg Abbott of Texas, who began planning as early as 2014 for a coordinated legal effort to fight them. That resulted in a 28-state lawsuit against the administration’s rules. A decision on the case is pending in a federal court, but it is widely expected to advance to the Supreme Court.

Sounds like Pruitt is a great pick The thing is, Pruitt hasn’t fought against environmental regulations, he has fought against ‘climate change’ regulations. The two are not the same.

This should make for some fun hearings.

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If All You See…

…is an evil fossil fueled vehicle that No One Else should be allowed to drive, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is The Right Scoop, with a post on a new Democrat theory on the Electoral College.

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Good News: There Might Possibly Maybe Could Be Only Two Years Left For The North Pole

It really is that time of year to have a month long freakout of linking ‘climate change’ to Christmas

There could be just two years left before the North Pole disappears

MY SIX-YEAR-OLD asked me about Santa the other day. Luckily, it wasn’t the moment where his innocence is shattered forever.

Instead, he was wondering how Santa was going, preparing for his annual voyage around the world, dispensing plastic junk from China to all the world’s least-needy kids. (I added the last part, but you get the drift).

I painted the picture that my parents had passed on to me. I explained to him how the night is slowly descending across the North Pole at the moment, and by the time Santa sets off on his sleigh across the ice on Christmas Eve, it will be shrouded in continuous darkness, lit only by his Christmas candles, and one shiny red nose.

So far so good

My son is very interested in fashion, and so we talked at length about Santa’s warm red jacket. The sad thing that I didn’t have the heart to tell my son is that, at the moment, Santa’s big red jacket is probably too warm for Santa himself, even at the North Pole.

Santa is a fantasy but climate change is not, and it’s started to do truly alarming things to the North Pole.

When it comes to climate, I’m a pretty lousy citizen. I do all the things you’re not supposed to do. I use a clothes dryer, I eat red meat, I even stopped offsetting my energy bills when I got my new mortgage.

So then go away.

This is why I’m seriously considering taking the kids out of school next July, and taking them up to the North Pole to see the ice. It’s probably the last chance to see it. Fantasies of the North Pole are such a vivid part of my own childhood. When was a kid, I always assumed I’d go there one day. Now I know my children will not.

If I do take my kids to see the North Pole and they live long lives, they’ll end be some of the last people on earth to be able to attest that there was indeed, ice at the top of our planet.

Refer back to Worf.

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Trump Turned Christmas Films Into Horror Ones Or Something

A bit of Trump Derangement Syndrome, aimed at those who voted for him and himself

How Trump Turned Christmas Films into Horror Films

My family was never into Christmas. We were just too African to really feel it. Christmas is a feeling. The gifts, the trees, the little lights, the stockings, the carols were all a big bother without this feeling. For my family, Christmas was a time to go to a loud bar, drink heavily, wake up late the next morning with a hangover, and have a big brunch with the hair of the dog. When I relocated to the United States, married, and had kids, my African Christmas came to an end. I was now an American with an American family and American relatives who, like all Americans, were super into the day that celebrated the birth of a man who claimed to be the son of the man who created the whole universe.

You can feel the derision for our way of celebrating Christmas, can you not, and for America? Typical Democrat. And typical that the writer, Charles Mudede, decides to slam small town America

My kids particularly love a house in Kelso that’s across the street from a gas station. A sheriff lives there, and his entire garden is covered with shimmering lights and ornaments. There is a glowing Santa by the home’s front door, a glowing overgrown elf near the side of the garage, a glowing snowman by a pine tree, and the star of Bethlehem on top of that tree.

Sounds nice, this little town well to the north of Portland, where Mr. Mudede lives. Of course not!

Kelso is in Cowlitz County, and like all of the other rural and small-town counties in Washington State, it voted for Donald Trump by a considerable margin (17.1 percent). But when someone made a cardboard sign that directly quoted Trump’s line “Grab them by the pussy,” Kelso made its police department take it down. The sign, made by a local resident and intended to “start a conversation,” was deemed offensive by a number of upstanding Kelso citizens—it was posted less than 500 feet away from a school (think of the children) and violated the city code of disorderly conduct by encouraging sexual assault. And yet these people voted for Trump. What’s wrong with Kelso? Was the town under some evil spell? How could all these fine Americans, so passionate about the birth of Jesus Christ, overcome their repulsion for Trump’s very own words and make him their leader?

How could Democrats want to make Hillary Clinton, with her graft, her lies, her violations of the law, and her defense of her husband’s sexual assault and rape of women, president?

It’s like a horror movie, the kind that takes place in a classically American small town. The people are friendly and satisfied with their quiet, normal way of life. But you can’t help feeling there is something that’s not quite right. While walking down the town’s main street one night, a person, usually a woman with frightened eyes, pulls you into an alley and warns you to get out of town before it is too late. You ask her to explain herself. But just as she is about to provide an answer, the sheriff with the Christmas lights appears out of nowhere and asks if everything is fine. The woman hurries off with her head down, and you are left looking after her and back at the sheriff with confusion, and then the strangely smiling sheriff offers to give you a ride back to your motel at the edge of town.

Mr. Mudede continues his oh-so-typical liberal derision of small town America for a bit more, before ending with

We’re now living in a world where the people of Bedford Falls have sided with nasty old Mr. Potter. Instead of banding together to bail George Bailey out of a jam with their nickels and dimes, they’ve formed a lynch mob to string him up. Donald Trump has made Christmas movies into horror movies for anyone not born into the comforting illusions of white, small-town America.

This Christmas, I’m going to revert to my African ways. I will go to a Portland bar on Christmas Eve, drink until last call, wake up late in the afternoon (spent wrapping paper of long opened presents on the floor or in the bins), eat something heavy with the hair of the dog, and, on the return trip to Seattle, not stop in Kelso or any other small town. I never want to see the horror of Christmas lights in rural America again.

And Democrats wonder why they are losing. Even those who live in small town America who might agree on policy understand that Democrats hate small town folks, that they hate those in “flyover” country, what some call “Jesusland” and “Dumbfuckistan”, and are checking out. Perhaps they didn’t vote Trump, but, they surely didn’t vote for Hillary, nor for Democrats in general.

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Slate: Keith Ellison Being Anti-Jew Is The Fault Of The Jews

Slate has been working hard to out-Salon Salon, being as unhinged and nutty as possible. And writer Michelle Goldberg is in high dudgeon over the allegations that Keith Ellison, a front runner to be the head of the DNC, has been called anti-Israel and anti-Semetic. So, guess who’s to blame?

The Smearing of Keith Ellison Reveals the Warped Priorities of the Israel Lobby

The first time I visited Shuhada Street in Hebron, a city of 200,000 in Israel’s West Bank, I felt as if I’d stepped through a looking glass. For most of the past 12 years, the once-bustling market street has been under lockdown to protect 800 militant Jewish settlers who’ve seized part of the old city. Aside from soldiers and a few orthodox Jewish women pushing baby carriages, Shuhada Street is empty and silent; in the parlance of the Israel Defense Forces, it is “completely sterilized,” which means that Palestinians aren’t allowed to set foot on it. Most of the Arabs who once lived in the area have left, but the few who remain are virtual prisoners in their apartments, where cages protect windows and balconies from settlers’ stones. Palestinians who live on Shuhada Street aren’t allowed to walk out their front doors; if they must go out, they have to climb onto the roof and down a fire escape into a back alley. My tour guide, an orthodox Jewish IDF veteran who’d become a fierce critic of the occupation, described what happens if the Palestinians get sick. “The Jewish subset of the Red Cross doesn’t treat Palestinians here,” he told me. “What you see a lot of times is Palestinians carrying people by foot to an area with an ambulance.”

There’s actually a point to this opening of Goldberg’s as she jumps into

Keith Ellison, the Democratic congressman from Minnesota and candidate for Democratic National Committee chairman, was also stunned by what he saw in Hebron; I spoke to him about it after his first trip there. This summer, hetweeted a photo of one of the city’s caged apartment windows, where someone had put a sign saying, “Caution: This was taken by Israel. You are entering Apartheid.” Now that tweet is being used to smear Ellison as an anti-Semite and derail his candidacy for DNC chairman. The anti-Ellison campaign, coming at a time when Donald Trump’s election has emboldened genuine anti-Semites to a degree unprecedented in living memory, is evidence of warped priorities among a good part of the American Jewish community. The need to defend the indefensible in Israel is leading to the demonization of an ally of Jews in America.

So, blame the Jews, blame Trump supporters (in honesty, some seemed to be anti-Jews, especially when it came to Ben Shapiro, and avowed anti-Trumper), and blame Israel. Can’t blame Ellison, you know, even though he has been viruently anti-Israel and anti-Jew for quite some time (like a lot of Democrat voters). Goldberg attempts to defend Ellison with this blamestorming, along with some spin, before jumping into

It is true that as a young man, Ellison collaborated on anti-racist campaigns with the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam, an association he apologized for in a 2006 letter to Minnesota’s Jewish community. “I did not adequately scrutinize the positions and statements of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, and Khalid Muhammad,” he wrote. “I wrongly dismissed concerns that there were anti-Semitic. They were and are anti-Semitic and I should have come to that conclusion earlier than I did.” Minnesota’s Jewish community largely accepted his apology; as Sami Rahamim wrote in the Forward, “For me, and the vast majority of Jewish Minnesotans, this full-throated apology for past mistakes is exactly the kind oft’shuvah (repentance), which our tradition honors.” Ellison’s disavowal of anti-Semitism was certainly more forthright than Trump’s grudging dismissals of the alt-right.

Ellison spent almost a decade being part of the Nation of Islam. How do you spend that time and not know what they stand for? Oh, he knew. He was part of it. He espoused the same views. He has a long history of being part of radical Islam, especially those who are racist, bigoted, and against Jews and Israel. He’s trafficked in 9/11 conspiracy about the attack being a false flag operation originating with those Jews/Israel. He defended an anti-Jew statement that had already been retracted by the person who said it. He accepted money from CAIR in 2006, which is linked to the Israel/Jew hating Muslim Brotherhood, and Ellison had a 2 decade relationship with CAIR at that time.

There is video of him from 2010 slurring Jews and Israel. A big time Democrat donor, Haim Saban, stated

“If you go back to his positions, his papers, his speeches, the way he has voted, he is clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual,” the Israeli-American said Friday about the Minnesota lawmaker. “Words matter and actions matter more. Keith Ellison would be a disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party.”

Obviously, this is the fault of the Jews and Israel, at least in Goldberg’s world. She even has the audacity to mention the graffiti featuring swastikas and Trump’s name, alluding this as being the fault of Trump supporters, when they were all done by people who are anti-Trump, meaning that he is Hitler. And, of course, she whines about “Islamophobia”, a catch all for Leftists, and especially against Ellison, as she white washes his long history of being involved with hardcore Islamist groups which hate Israel and Jews, among others.

Is Keith Ellison as bad as some are painting him? Reading both sides, probably not. But, it is absurd to do a bit of Jew/Israel blaming when things in Ellison’s past rear up to bite him in the rear.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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If All You See…

…is wonderful greenspace which has one reason: to offset carbon pollution, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Chicks On The Right, with a post on a Snowflake crying over “almost”.

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LA Times: We’re Ceding Global Leadership On Hotcoldwetdry To China Or SOmething

This is the same China that is known to cheat on agreements of all types, and is still slapping up tons of coal fired power plants, but, apparently people aren’t allowed to hold the wrong opinions

Through climate change denial, we’re ceding global leadership to China

Remember when China was the climate-action outcast, the obstacle standing in the way of progress in the global fight against a warming planet? What a difference a few years — and an election — can make.

Over the past few weeks, world leaders, delegates to the climate change conference in Marrakech and activists everywhere have expressed alarm that, as president, Donald Trump might actually realize his “America First Energy Plan.”

Oh, no, an America first energy plan! No wonder Progressives are upset, since they tend to hate America.

Any one of the proposals would set back the environmental movement — withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, abandoning President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions, reviving the coal industry, opening up more public land to oil and gas drilling, dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency — but together they conjure up dystopian dread. If President Trump follows through with candidate Trump’s promises, it will be all but impossible to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.

It’d be interesting to see if, absent those policies, the temperatures actually rise.

During the Marrakech talks, the official Xinhua News agency stated, “China is playing an active role in negotiation and global governance on climate change. Self-motivated and willing to work with others to save the planet, China has taken steps, including billions of dollars of investment, to tackle climate change and provide new-energy technology.” No need to make the contrast with the U.S. more explicit.

Warmists are willing to look past all those human rights violations and treatment of women if China is pretending to care about ‘climate change.’

For China, going greener and cleaner has been driven in considerable part by environmental necessity. But at least as important, China is betting that clean energy and green technology will be what powers the global economy of the 21st century.

And they love dumping heavily devalued and subsidized solar panels and wind turbine parts on the world market, harming American workers, but, hey, they believe in Hotcoldwetdry, so Warmists heart China.

If China is right, if Chu is right, to renege on the Paris agreement, to expand oil and gas drilling, to rebuild the coal industry, to cancel federal funding for research and development of new, cleaner forms of energy — as Trump has proposed — not only will cede global leadership on climate change to China but also undermine American leadership of the global economy.

Nothing says “leadership” like a dictatorship responsible for atrocities.

Finally, if Trump’s proposals surrender the leading role played by the U.S. on climate change and in the global economy, they threaten to diminish its moral influence in the world as well.

Good grief, these people are slobbering sycophants to a brutal government. But, then, at it’s root, Warmists are progressives, who enjoy the notion of an authoritative government which heavily controls all aspects of its citizens lives.

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Washington Post Still Beating The “The Electoral College Can Do Something” Drum

Another day, another hissy fit from a Leftist at the Washington Post

Democrats can stop Trump via the electoral college. But not how you think.
Hillary Clinton should free her electors to throw their support behind another Republican.

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The only way Democrats stand any chance of persuading Republican electors to abandon Trump is with a dramatic gesture of true bipartisanship. If all 232 Democratic electors pledge to reach across the aisle and vote for a Republican alternative to Trump, it would take just 38 GOP electors to make that person the next president.

If Clinton announced she is releasing “her” electors and asked them to vote for a credible Republican alternative, she could plausibly deliver all 232 Democratic electors. She might even secure similar pledges from House Democrats in the event the election went to the House.

They just can’t help themselves. If we survived 2 terms of Obama without riots in the streets, Liberals can take 4-8 years of Trump. They should just go to their safe spaces and we’ll have food delivered.

And, had Hillary won, they would have been telling us to just move on and suck it up.

If Democrats believe Trump poses a unique threat to the republic, and signal this is not okay by reaching across the aisle to marginalize and stop him, then win or lose, Democrats could legitimately claim they put partisanship aside for the good of the country.

If Democrats believe Trump poses a unique threat yet don’t support another Republican in the electoral college, it will indicate that Democrats see Trump as no different from any other Republican. And if Democrats treat Trump as normal, they will be complicit in normalizing his behaviors.

But, it’ll never happen. Democrats see their fellow countrymen as enemies, and more so than ISIS.

This is the kind of unhinged piece we should expect for at least the next four years. Look at some of the other opinion pieces being run today in the WP

Trump isn’t Hitler. But the United States could be another Germany.
Americans should not tolerate a power grab by a president-elect who is dauntingly ignorant of constitutional limits

Trump is the Old Faithful of fake news, and that can cause real damage
As Sunday’s bizarre incident at a D.C. pizzeria shows, spreading lies can have serious consequences.

It’s mostly doom and gloom, over the top hysteria. Good blogging material, though.

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Trump Meets With Gore: Reason For Concern?

So, this happened Monday

(CNN) President-elect Donald Trump met on Monday with Al Gore — one of the most vocal advocates of fighting climate change.

Before the meeting, Trump spokesman Jason Miller told reporters on a daily briefing call that Gore would meet with Ivanka Trump, the President-elect’s daughter, about climate issues, but he did not know what specifically was on the agenda. He had also said the former Democratic vice president would not meet with Trump himself.

But Gore told reporters after the meeting that he met with Trump himself after seeing Ivanka.

“I had a lengthy and very productive session with the President-elect,” Gore said, according to the pool report. “It was a sincere search for areas of common ground. I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the President-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I’m just going to leave it at that.”

Now, there is no reason why people cannot meet and talk with political opponents, or any type of opponents. As a matter of fact, that should be a good thing in an open and free society. However, what was the subject(s) of the meeting? Did Gore attempt to persuade Trump on Hotcoldwetdry? Or, perhaps they discussed the best private jet to take to the next ‘climate change’ meeting, COP 23 in Bonn, Germany, in early November 2017? Or, maybe about a national carbon tax? Or, maybe they discussed the property values of mansions in Malibu?

There’s certainly room for agreement in action, as I’ve stated many, many times. There’s nothing wrong with pushing for more alternative energy. The problem is how it is done. The current mode of throwing billions in taxpayer money, most of which goes to campaign donors, to alternatives programs which produce few jobs and little energy, and, that energy is well above the cost of current energy, is a bad method. There are many things to find common ground on, like true environmental standards, discount all the ‘climate change’ garbage. More energy efficiency. And so forth.

But, this kind of meeting with zero details creates concern, and is one of the reasons I’ve long stated that I really don’t trust the guy. We’ll have to see what he actually does when inaugurated.

What’s Up With That’s Eric Worrell doesn’t seem concerned. I guess we’ll see, and whether Ivanka can talk daddy into doing lots of the same things Obama did.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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NYC Intentionally Congesting Traffic For ‘Climate Change’

I will say, it would be great if the traffic in big cities, like NYC, was reduced, particularly personal traffic. But, that’s more along the lines of safety, less noise, fewer actual pollutants, and just the annoyance of that much traffic. Warmists, though, have their own ideas (via Moonbattery)

(NY Post)  City officials have intentionally ground Midtown to a halt with the hidden purpose of making drivers so miserable that they leave their cars at home and turn to mass transit or bicycles, high-level sources told The Post.

Today’s gridlock is the result of an effort by the Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations over more than a decade of redesigning streets and ramping up police efforts, the sources said.

“The traffic is being engineered,” a former top NYPD official told The Post, explaining a long-term plan that began under Mayor Mike Bloomberg and hasn’t slowed with Mayor de Blasio.

“The city streets are being engineered to create traffic congestion, to slow traffic down, to favor bikers and pedestrians,” the former official said. (snip)

The goal of the jammed traffic is to shift as many drivers as possible to public transit or bicycles.

Who wants to bet that de Blasio fails to use bicycles, walk, or take public transit? Unless you consider city owned vehicles limo’ing him around as public transit. And you have to know that so much of this is due to Cult of Climastrology beliefs. Fortunately, he’ll be able to blame the mid-town issues on soon-to-be President Trump. As Moonbattery notes

Leftists instinctively disapprove of automobiles because they let you go most anywhere, whereas mass transit takes you only where planners have determined you ought to go, and bicycles don’t take you far. These preferences come packaged in global warming malarkey.

Remember, though, this is for you, not for Warmists themselves.

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