Surprise: Solving ‘Climate Change’ Requires Ending Capitalism

If you look back five, six, even ten years, Warmists called me a conspiracy monger for suggesting that the whole anthropogenic global warming/climate change movement was really political, and included ending capitalism. Pushing far left dogma, including economic change. Heck, even some Skeptics thought I was nuts. Yet, I kept highlighting the stories, and over the last year this has grown more and more in the way that Warmists are telling us what they really believe and who they really are

Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Have we got the stomach for it?

Climate change activism is increasingly the domain of the young, such as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, the unlikely face of the school strike for climate movement, which has seen many thousands of children walk out of school to demand that their parents’ generation takes responsibility for leaving them a planet to live on. In comparison, the existing political establishment looks more and more like an impediment to change. The consequences of global warming have moved from the merely theoretical and predicted to observable reality over the past few years, but this has not been matched by an uptick in urgency. The need to keep the wheels of capitalism well-oiled takes precedence even against a backdrop of fires, floods and hurricanes.

Today’s children, as they become more politically aware, will be much more radical than their parents, simply because there will be no other choice for them. This emergent radicalism is already taking people by surprise. The Green New Deal (GND), a term presently most associated with 29-year-old US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has provoked a wildly unhinged backlash from the “pro free market” wing, who argue that it’s a Trojan horse, nothing more than an attempt to piggyback Marxism onto the back of climate legislation.

Did Phil McDuff read his own headline? Or read the own words he wrote?

The criticism feels ridiculous. Partly because the GND is far from truly radical and already represents a compromise solution, but mainly because the radical economics isn’t a hidden clause, but a headline feature. Climate change is the result of our current economic and industrial system. GND-style proposals marry sweeping environmental policy changes with broader socialist reforms because the level of disruption required to keep us at a temperature anywhere below “absolutely catastrophic” is fundamentally, on a deep structural level, incompatible with the status quo.

We will simply have to throw the kitchen sink at this. Policy tweaks such as a carbon tax won’t do it. We need to fundamentally re-evaluate our relationship to ownership, work and capital. The impact of a dramatic reconfiguration of the industrial economy require similarly large changes to the welfare state. Basic incomes, large-scale public works programmes, everything has to be on the table to ensure that the oncoming system shocks do not leave vast swathes of the global population starving and destitute. Perhaps even more fundamentally, we cannot continue to treat the welfare system as a tool for disciplining the supposedly idle underclasses. Our system must be reformed with a more humane view of worklessness, poverty and migration than we have now.

So, really, getting rid of capitalism. Which worked great in the Soviet Union. When will Warmists stop using the capitalist created Internet?

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If All You See…

…is are horrible fossil fueled boats, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Creeping Sharia, with a post on the Christians killed by Islamic extremists in Nigeria.

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Suprise: Historic Snow, Bomb Cyclone In Nebraska Blamed On ‘Climate Change’

They’ve been having a lot of fun in Nebraska with what used to be known as “weather” (and snowfall is the force behind snowfall)

Record snowfall, ‘historic’ bomb cyclone are forces behind Nebraska floods, blizzard

In popular culture it’s known as bombogenesis, or a bomb cyclone, an epic drop in air pressure that triggers historic weather.

By itself, the moisture-filled storm would not have dealt Nebraska the crippling blow that has occurred. Our harsh, late winter set the stage. When the two combined, they produced Nebraska’s worst flooding in 50 years and worst blizzard in nearly as many years.

“This storm can be considered historic,” said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center. “This was a monster, no question about it.”

As the storm roared to life over the Great Plains, it set an apparent record for low pressure in Colorado, set records for snows in Wyoming and Nebraska and shattered flood records in eastern Nebraska.

Wait for it

Bomb cyclones likely have been a part of the planet’s weather system for many millennia. And Nebraska is known for having — over the course of its four seasons — some of the most extreme combinations and types of weather on the planet.

Here we go

But human-caused climate change is warming the planet at an accelerating pace, and that has set the stage for even more extreme weather.

“For sure, the strongest storms are getting stronger with global warming,” said noted climate scientist James Hansen, a native of Iowa. As the Earth warms, its atmosphere has become richer with moisture, which means there’s more latent energy for storms to tap.

Oh, it doesn’t stop there

“There is evidence now in modeling studies that climate change is increasing these factors, supporting the development of more intense bomb cyclones and Nor’easters, packing tropical storm-scale winds and dumping huge amounts of precipitation (often in the form of huge snowfalls).”

Additionally, one of the best understood consequences of global warming is the trend toward heavy rains and snows. That’s what happens on a planet that is more humid.

Last month was Omaha’s snowiest February on record and one of the 10 coldest. This change in winter has increased the potential for a buildup of snow and ice just as spring arrives. The consequence? A greater potential for widespread flooding.

And this was all caused because you drove a fossil fueled vehicle and had a burger. Your fault.

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Anti-Semite Ilhan Omar Wants Universal Values Applied To All Nations Or Something

There’s zero doubt that Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar is a Jew and Israel hater. Nor that she has links to the Muslim Brotherhood linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which certainly takes the side of extremist Islam and hates Jews and Israel. She also has other links to extremist Islam. So, of course, the Washington Post gives her a platform to bash America, Israel, and Jews

We must apply our universal values to all nations. Only then will we achieve peace.

Since I began my first term in Congress, I have sought to speak openly and honestly about the scale of the issues our country faces — whether it is ending the crippling burden of student debt, tackling the existential threat of climate change or making sure no one in one of the richest countries in the world dies from lack of health care. As a survivor of war and a refugee, I have also sought to have an honest conversation about U.S. foreign policy, militarism and our role in the world.

This question of how the United States engages in conflict abroad is deeply personal to me. I fled my home country of Somalia when I was 8 years old from a conflict that the United States later engaged in. I spent the next four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, where I experienced and witnessed unspeakable suffering from those who, like me, had lost everything because of war.

Most of that war was caused by extremist members of the Religion of Peace. Funny how she doesn’t become deeply introspective about that. But, hey, she’s here now as a U.S. citizen. This nation was kind enough to take her and her family in, so, she repays the U.S. by going on to bash the country

Valuing human rights also means applying the same standards to our friends and our enemies. We do not have the credibility to support those fighting for human rights in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua if we do not also support those fighting for human rights in Honduras, Guatemala and Brazil. Our criticisms of oppression and regional instability caused by Iran are not legitimate if we do not hold Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to the same standards.

Oh, but, see, that’s really not just about attempting to defend Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Iran (which her Hamas linked buddies in CAIR love). Nope. This whole thing, and there were several other paragraphs between those two excerpts, leads to

This vision also applies to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. U.S. support for Israel has a long history. The founding of Israel 70 years ago was built on the Jewish people’s connection to their historical homeland, as well as the urgency of establishing a nation in the wake of the horror of the Holocaust and the centuries of anti-Semitic oppression leading up to it. Many of the founders of Israel were themselves refugees who survived indescribable horrors.

We must acknowledge that this is also the historical homeland of Palestinians. And without a state, the Palestinian people live in a state of permanent refugeehood and displacement. This, too, is a refugee crisis, and they, too, deserve freedom and dignity.

A balanced, inclusive approach to the conflict recognizes the shared desire for security and freedom of both peoples. I support a two-state solution, with internationally recognized borders, which allows for both Israelis and Palestinians to have their own sanctuaries and self-determination. This has been official bipartisan U.S. policy across two decades and has been supported by each of the most recent Israeli and Palestinian leaders, as well as the consensus of the Israeli security establishment. As Jim Mattis, who later was President Trump’s defense secretary, said in 2011 , “The current situation between those two peoples is unsustainable.”

Mattis’ version of the two state solution is different from the Islamist and Leftist versions, which end up with the Jewish state driven into the sea and erased. Ilhan is attempting to soft-pedal her hatred of Israel and Jews here in the same way all the others do.

Working toward peace in the region also means holding everyone involved accountable for actions that undermine the path to peace — because without justice, there can never be a lasting peace. When I criticize certain Israeli government actions in Gaza or settlements in the West Bank, it is because I believe these actions not only threaten the possibility of peace in the region — they also threaten the United States’ own national security interests.

No one is buy that it is just “criticism.” She learned nothing from the Democrats little hate declaration, because it wasn’t aimed at her and anti-Semites. And she is one. We’ve seen this type of fixation on bashing Israel, which is not applied to other nations, which morphs into Jew hatred.

My goal in speaking out at all times has been to encourage both sides to move toward a peaceful two-state solution. We need to reinsert this call back into the public debate with urgency. Both parties must come to the table for a final peace deal; violence will not bring us any closer to that day.

Yet, she never condemns the Palestinians for starting almost all of the violence. For blowing up virtually all attempts at peace. I wonder why?

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ZOMG: Trump Is Skeptical About Autonomous Vehicles!!!!!

Why is this even a story? What’s the Trump Derangement Syndrome angle?

Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report

President Trump has reportedly expressed skepticism on more than one occasion about the move toward self-driving cars.

Axios, citing four sources who’ve heard him discuss the subject, reported on Sunday that Trump doesn’t see the usefulness of autonomous vehicles. He has also reportedly said that he would never let a computer-operated car drive him.

“He’s definitely an automated car skeptic,” one source told Axios.

President Trump’s concerns about autonomous vehicles are not unusual. A survey released last week by AAA found that 71 percent of Americans are afraid of riding in a driverless car.

They’re trying to make fun of Trump over this, but, the survey doesn’t help. Let me tell you, as someone who is constantly testing different brands with some of the sensing packages, and I have it in my own car, I wouldn’t trust one, either. The whole “privately” thing is meant to paint Trump is a kook, though.

The Axios report also says that Trump has acted out scenes of what are supposed to be frenetic autonomous vehicles to make his point that they don’t make sense. He has reportedly acted out these scenes on Air Force One and in the White House.

“You know when he’s telling a story, and he does the hand motions,” one source told Axios. “He says, ‘Can you imagine, you’re sitting in the back seat and all of a sudden this car is zig-zagging around the corner and you can’t stop the f—ing thing?’”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

See? Despite most people doing that with their hands, it’s an attempt to make Trump look kooky and a technophobe and hates science, especially with the “White House didn’t respond” schtick. Why would they? This is a nothingburger. This is the Credentialed Media.

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The Green New Deal Isn’t Global Enough Or Something

The Cult of Climastrology wants U.S. dollars flowing elsewhere

The Green New Deal Isn’t Global Enough

At the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly in Kenya this past week, experts and officials from around the world debated how to come up with the investment and innovation needed for countries to grow without dooming the planet. National leaders, NGOs and others discussed, among other things, how to create more “sustainable patterns of consumption and production.” What really struck me in Nairobi, though, was what wasn’t discussed: the Green New Deal being pushed by Democratic Party politicians in the U.S.

This is surprising, in a way: It was the United Nations Environment Programme that first called for a “Global Green New Deal” in 2009, hoping to revive the world economy through investment in climate change-related sectors.

That extra word, “global,” suggests why international players today aren’t terribly enthused by the Democrats’ plan. The program — or what little of it can be adduced from what’s now largely a slogan — is focused entirely on green investment in the U.S. The basic notion that climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution seems to have been forgotten. (snip)

By contrast, a global low-carbon transition will require laying claim to resources that are productively employed in carbon-intensive sectors of the economy. It will be expensive. It will require sacrifice. And resources will need to flow more freely across national borders.(snip)

This group will have to sacrifice something if climate change is to be stopped. The truth is that the resources that Democrats want the U.S. government to appropriate and use domestically need instead to flow elsewhere in the world. That valuable finance and capacity is needed to help the developing world pay for cities that don’t stress the planet, to protect those who are losing livelihoods and homes because of climate change, and to ensure that everyone in the world has access to reliable, affordable and clean energy.

Funny how the leftist notion of redistribution (usually of Other People’s money) constantly comes into play, eh?

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If All You See…

…is a wonderful low carbon bike, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is No Tricks Zone, with a post on how global warming is going in Ireland.

It’s bike week, and, since it’s also St. Patrick’s Day, well, I think you can guess.

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Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Happy Sunday! Another fantastic day in America. The Sun is shining, the squirrels are stealing birdseed, and everyone is wearing green. This pinup is by Scott Blair, with a wee bit of help (it’s actually more about recycling, something I endorse).

What is happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. Not A Lot Of People Know That discusses the BBC’s climate lies becoming a habit
  2. Watts Up With That? has an analysis of the recent climate hysteria
  3. Independent Sentinel covers the New Zealand egging incident
  4. Weasel Zippers has videos which show the crisis at the border
  5. Victory Girls Blog discusses Congress wanting a pay raise
  6. The Right Scoop covers things MS-13 is still doing as Dems protect them
  7. The People’s Cube wants automotive justice now
  8. The Other McCain discusses God and women’s soccer at Yale
  9. The Last Tradition notes AOC’s favorability ratings
  10. The Last Refuge covers MAGAnomics benefiting the middle class
  11. The American Conservative features Dems being walloped by wokeness
  12. Raised On Hoecakes covers no good deed going unpunished
  13. Powerline covers Paris becoming a war zone
  14. Moonbattery notes what British MPs want on knives now
  15. And last, but not least, Legal Insurrection covers Iran being appointed to the UN Women’s Rights Commission

As always, the full set of pinups can be seen in the Patriotic Pinup category, or over at my Gallery page (nope, that’s gone, the newest Apache killed access, and the program hasn’t been upgraded since 2014). While we are on pinups, since it is that time of year, have you gotten your “Pinups for Vets” calendar yet? And don’t forget to check out what I declare to be our War on Women Rule 5 and linky luv posts and things that interest me

Don’t forget to check out all the other great material all the linked blogs have!

Anyone else have a link or hotty-fest going on? Let me know so I can add you to the list.

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In Wake Of New Zealand Shooting, Nation Looks To Ban Semi-Automatic Weapons

Blaming the gun, rather than the people

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expected to announce gun law changes following mosque shootings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to announce a ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons and tighter controls on gun ownership following a Cabinet meeting tomorrow that will focus entirely on the Christchurch mosque shootings.

Ardern has been firm that the country’s gun laws will change following the attacks on two mosques on Friday in which 50 people were killed.

She is also expected to announce a review of any failings of security agencies in the lead-up to the attacks.

Australian man Brenton Tarrant has been charged with murder over the shootings of worshippers at mosques in Linwood and Riccarton.

Ardern indicated she had the support of Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters for the changes, despite previous strong opposition from New Zealand First on the issue of tighter gun control.

“As I’ve already indicated, there will be changes to our gun laws. We will be discussing the more detailed policy at Cabinet tomorrow. Of course I’ve had conversations directly with the Deputy Prime Minister, as you would expect,” Ardern told reporters today.

But, are they looking to ban the scary looking rifles, which are exactly the same as the non-scary looking ones, or all semi-automatic rifles?

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Surprise: World Socialists Are Super Enthused By Climate Kids Walkout

I’m not going to beat this one to death, but who is surprised by the World Socialist Web Site, which is published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) (go look that one up) were happy as a pig in you know what over the kiddies walking out in protest of a tiny increase in the world temperature?

Youth at global climate protests speak out on capitalism, socialism and scientific planning

Ladan, 18, who had left classes at her school in Oxfordshire, told the WSWS, “Me and my friend really care about climate change and have wanted to do something about it for so long. If we don’t do something soon, we won’t have another opportunity.”

Asked why so many young people had come to the demonstration, Ladan’s 16-year-old friend Lucy said, “A lot is due to social media. It’s much easier to access and find an answer. There are so many accounts that advocate doing something about what is wrong. People are realizing that capitalism and money aren’t the most important things anymore.

“Capitalism is responsible for climate change because capitalists want to find the cheapest solution to sell things to people.”

Four students from the Tunbridge Wells Bennett Memorial School held up banners declaring, “We are the revolution for the solution” and “Change the government. Not the climate.” They told the WSWS that they thought climate change is the biggest problem for young people. (snip)

“This planet is one thing we have all got in common. And it is being ruined by capitalism for the sake of profit. It is going downhill so quickly. (snip)

One of the students declared, “The two-party system is not working anymore.” Another said, “I’m proposing a democratic form of socialism, where there isn’t the one percent that controls 60 percent of the wealth anymore.”

You get the idea. But there is plenty, plenty more at the website. Kinda clues you in what this is really about.

BTW, I love the complaints about capitalism with capitalist created clothes shipped by capitalist created companies with a picture from a capitalist created smartphone.

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