Good News: Cities Look To Increase Your Energy Costs By Banning Natural Gas

I would love more of my home to run on natural gas, rather than just the heating and fireplace. Sadly, the stove is electric as is the water heater. It would be less expensive. Now, though, cities are doing all they can to increase energy costs for their misguided Cult

No more fire in the kitchen: Cities are banning natural gas in homes to save the planet

Fix global warming or cook dinner on a gas stove?

That’s the choice for people in 13 cities and one county in California that have enacted new zoning codes encouraging or requiring all-electric new construction.

The codes, most of them passed since June, are meant to keep builders from running natural gas lines to new homes and apartments, with an eye toward creating fewer legacy gas hookups as the nation shifts to carbon-neutral energy sources.

For proponents, it’s a change that must be made to fight climate change. For natural gas companies, it’s a threat to their existence. And for some cooks who love to prepare food with flame, it’s an unthinkable loss.

But, it’s not just cooking. It’s heating and water heaters, fireplaces, clothes dryers.

Natural gas is a fossil fuel, mostly methane, and produces 33% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas causing climate change.

Wait, what? It’s mostly methane, but then CO2? Huh?

The association calls the new zoning codes for new construction burdensome to consumers and to the economy. They also say it’s more expensive to run an all-electric home. A study by AGA released last year suggested that all-electric homes would pay $750 to $910 a year more for energy-related costs, as well as amortized appliance and upgrade costs.

Of course it is. Warmists do not care. They’ll care when it is their own money, thought.

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If All You See…

…is an evil lawn which uses lots of water which is Bad for ‘climate change’, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is A View From The Beach, with a post on yet another reason that Trump was elected.

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Humor Can Help With Climate Crisis Doom Syndrome Or Something

The only problem here is that these hardcores have no humor and are completely unhinged, so, good luck with this

A little humour may help with climate change gloom

This year, three studies showed that humour is useful for engaging the public about climate change. The studies, published in The Journal of Science CommunicationComedy Studies and Science Communication, added to the growing wave of scientists, entertainers and politicians who agree.

In March 2017, the American Psychological Association published a report defining ecoanxiety as “chronic fear of environmental doom.” The report referred to literature that described an increase in depression and anxiety caused by peoples’ “inability to feel like they are making a difference in stopping climate change.”

With psychological stakes this high, humour may seem inappropriate. But Phil McCordic — a Canadian actor, writer and producer of children’s programming and the host of TVOntario’s Science Max educational series — thinks it could be a way to access “the attention of a lot of people you wouldn’t have otherwise.”

“Humour is so useful for children’s programming because it grabs attention,” says McCordic, who adds he believes this can be applied to adults too.

“Climate-change humour stops people from worrying about their politics and lets them take in the information …. Scientists don’t always understand their audience. Getting someone to laugh is half of the work of getting them to understand.”

These people think the world is doomed in 12 11 years, they screech about this and that, they yell at people, the glue themselves to planes and trains and doors and roads and stuff, they do not have a sense of humor, sorry, humour, and won’t be getting one anytime soon.

The Onion, a landmark American satirical media outlet, has headlines that include “Report: If Earth Continues To Warm At Current Rate Moon Will Be Mostly Underwater By 2400” and “Sighing, Resigned Climate Scientists Say To Just Enjoy Next 20 Years As Much As You Can.”

Yes, but those Onion pieces are sarcastic, making fun of the Cult of Climastrology.

Instead of minimizing the grave nature of climate change, humour can have the power to maximize the impact of climate-change science and the media.

Ah, so there’s the real point: finding a new way to cover up that the science of man-caused global warming/climate change is, at best, shoddy.

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Extinction Rebellion Puts “Sinking Suburban Home” In Thames As Climate Protest

I suppose this is better than their normal schtick of gluing themselves to stuff and throwing fake blood and blocking streets and trains, but, it also creates a large navigable hazard in the river Thames

Sinking suburban ‘home’ drifts down Thames in watery climate protest

A floating mock-up of a typical British suburban home was seen slowly sinking into the Thames in central London on Sunday in a protest organized by Extinction Rebellion (XR) to demand politicians fighting a Dec. 12 general election act on climate change.

A white microwave oven bobbed in the water next to the large model house, complete with drainpipes and chimney stack, which wallowed half-submerged in the river’s brownish waters not far from Tower Bridge.

Extinction Rebellion staged the protest as parts of northern and central England were struggling with the aftermath of floods that began last week when severe storms brought a month’s rainfall in less than 24 hours.

“We are watching, in real-time, as people’s lives are destroyed around the world and in the UK; unless action is taken to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero, these tragedies are set to worsen,” Extinction Rebellion said in a statement.

The danger climate change poses to societies around the world were underlined last month when a study found that 300 million people would be at risk of coastal flooding by 2050 — three times the number previously thought.

Well, they sure won’t be at risk in the U.K. Virtually no tide gauge shows anything out of the ordinary for a Holocene warm period…well, let me rephrase: almost all show lower sea rise than should be expected during a Holocene warm period. Most of the gauges show between .45 feet to .86 feet per 100 years. Tower Pier shows .47 feet, though not much data since 1985. This is near where the XR stunt occurred. Southend shows .40 feet, and Sheerness shows .54. Both are at the mouth of the Thames.

But, hey, if the science isn’t on your side, just be hysterical.

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SCOTUS To Hear Ending Of DACA Challenge Tuesday

This should be a very, very, very interesting ruling

As Supreme Court takes up Trump plan to end DACA, American dreams at stake for nearly 700,000 immigrants

A lawyer, a teacher, a graduate student and an undergraduate gathered in a 6th-floor courtroom one recent afternoon to discuss their common dreams and nightmares.

The dreams are of futures in the United States filled with college degrees and successful careers, home ownership and happy families.

The nightmares are of losing their college loans, driver’s licenses, jobs – and the only country they can truly call home.

“It feels, in a way, very surreal,” said Anayeli Marcos, 25, who hopes to graduate from the University of Texas’ flagship campus here in May with dual Master’s degrees in social work and Latin American studies. “Sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming, feeling that your fate is in the hands of people who don’t know you.”

The Supreme Court will have the fate of these four DREAMers and some 660,000 others in its hands Tuesday when it considers the Trump administration’s decision to end the DACA program, which has provided a reprieve for some undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. A ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is expected next spring in the midst of the 2020 presidential election.

Well, we all know that the liberals on the court will vote for keeping DACA in place, regardless of the Constitutionality of it. Even Obama said it was un-Constitutional for him to enact this executive action, one which contradicts federal law. What will the Conservatives on the Court decide? If they vote with the liberals, what they are doing is proclaiming that future presidents can never end a previous presidents executive orders. Realistically, DACA ended when Obama left office, since they are only good for the time the person was in office. Regardless, Trump ending DACA with an executive order is exactly the same as Obama enacting it with and EO, though Trump was ending something which was un-Constitutional in the first place.

That’s the argument in a nutshell, and I hope the Trump officials do not get caught in the weeds arguing that DACA should be ended. But, if they do, it should be remembered that these are not immigrants, they are illegal aliens, and federal law makes zero distinction on age or how they arrived. It should also be remembered that it is not 660K, it will be millions, since the parents and guardians who brought them here illegally as kids will be given a free pass, too. Further, DACA is essentially a stealth amnesty: first give the kids what is supposed to be temporary legal status, then make sure they never have to leave, much like we are seeing with all sorts of groups who were given temporary status in the U.S. post disaster, but now do not want to leave.

And what are they doing? They are demanding food, money, healthcare, housing, and education, among others. And U.S. taxpayers are shelling out for worthless degrees in social work and Latin American studies. Oh, and they’re are ungrateful

In Austin, where Texas state officials brought the original challenge to both DACA and an ill-fated effort by President Barack Obama to extend similar protections to 4 million undocumented parents, Pedro Villalobos’ job as an assistant county attorney is at risk.

The state argues in court papers that “Congress has never given the executive carte blanche to grant lawful presence to any alien it chooses not to remove, let alone benefits including work authorization, health care, unemployment, and a pathway to citizenship.”

Seated in a county courtroom he uses regularly to prosecute crime, Villalobos, 28, said a defeat at the Supreme Court “would end my service to this community.”

“I represent the state, but the state doesn’t represent me,” he said.

It doesn’t represent you because you’re unlawfully present, and it seems you’re arguing that illegal aliens should be given legal status.

But, again, getting beyond all the sob stories, this is about the lawful ability of a president to cancel a previous executive order, which has always been allowed. Liberals who are against this should consider what happens if Trump issues EOs that they do not like, because it means a future Democrat would not be allowed to cancel them.

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Good News: It’s “Cold And Snow Is Caused By ‘Climate Change'” Season

Every year this starts

I try and avoid this, but, once it starts…

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If All You See…

…is an area flooding from carbon pollution from using gas heat, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Watts Up With That?, with a post on Extinction Rebellion nutters calling African oil leaders “climate criminals.”

It’s Canadians week!

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Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Patriotic Pinup Vaughan Bass

Happy Sunday! Another gorgeous day in America. The Sun is shining, the squirrels are squirreling, and the Giants-Jets game is cancelled and declared a draw…oh, wait, that last one was just wishful thinking. This pinup is by Vaughan Bass, with a wee bit of help.

What is happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. Weasel Zippers notes a brewery printing “Epstein didn’t kill himself” on beer cans
  2. Theodore’s World covers Trump signing the National POW/MIA Flag act
  3. The Right Scoop covers Trump and Melania getting a YUGE applause at football game
  4. The Quiet Towers explains that foreign aid IS quid pro quo
  5. The People’s Cube plays “history is repeating itself”
  6. The Last Tradition notes why Trump won in 2016 and will win in 2020
  7. The Hayride highlights the laughable protests against Trump at Alabama
  8. The First Street Journal discusses the Washington Post saying Republicans have trouble accepting political outcomes
  9. The American Conservative asks Progressives to explain how this all ends
  10. White House Dossier notes Liz Warren saying her Medicare for All push covers illegal aliens
  11. Raised On Hoecakes covers the release of the new Midway movie
  12. Powerline discusses the Ukraine scandal spreading
  13. neo-neocon wonders about this whole “OK-Boomer” stuff
  14. Moonbattery has giant creepy mural of St. Greta
  15. And last, but not least, Jo Nova wonders why solar panels aren’t saving us from bushfires

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. And do you have a favorite blog you can recommend be added to the feedreader?

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IIhan Omar Accused Of Anti-Semitism In Michael Bloomberg Tweet (Or Something?)

There’s no doubt that Representative Ilhan Omar is anti-Jew and anti-Israel. She’s demonstrated it time and time again, and, if you’re palling around with CAIR, that notion just gets reinforced. If you were hanging with KKK members, speaking at their events, there’s a pretty good chance you’re a racist and bigot, right? But, what of this?

Ilhan Omar tweet called anti-Semitic ‘dog whistle’; tennis great Martina Navratilova among critics

A Twitter message posted Saturday by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has revived accusations of anti-Semitism against the freshman congresswoman and member of the far-left “Squad.”

The remark, posted ahead of Omar’s scheduled appearance at a CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations) event in Washington, also drew a response from tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who accused Omar of “assigning labels.”

Omar’s defenders, however, claimed that charges of anti-Semitism against her were overblown, and that Omar’s critics were “obsessed with every word Ilhan says or tweets.”

Early Saturday afternoon, Omar reacted to a news report that said businessman Leon Cooperman had decided to back billionaire Michael Bloomberg for president. Both men are billionaires and Jewish.

And, the critics came out

“I suppose you think it’s all about the Benjamins,” wrote Michael Dickson, executive director of Stand with Us, a group that fights anti-Semitism. “We get your insinuation. True to form.”

“Omar very carefully making an anti-Semitic tweet with just enough vagueness to claim that ackshually [sic] she meant it was about the benjamins and not about religion,” Twitter user Josh Jordan wrote. “But everyone knows what she meant, which is why she continues to do it.”

“Generalizing is wrong no matter which ‘group’ of people one talks about,” Navratilova wrote. “It’s about assigning labels and I hate that.”

There are plenty more like that at the article and under her tweet. Some people defended her

“Oh for God’s sake, stop this ridiculousness,” wrote Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American activist and former leader of The Women’s March, who herself has been accused of anti-Semitism. “This obsession with every word Ilhan says or tweets is tired and it’s getting old.”

It doesn’t really help when you have a virulent Jew and Israel hater defending you, nor when Omar retweets Sarsour’s tweet. But, was Ilhan actually impugning something with her initial tweet, or was it just because both Bloomberg and Cooperman are billionaires? When I first read the article I was thinking “come on, people, not everything is a “dog whistle”. Let’s not do this same unhinged language police stuff that the Left does, where they proclaim that everything, no matter how innocuous, no matter how easy to understand, is said to be a dog whistle.” I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, at least on this particular tweet, because you know we would be defending Trump and other Republicans when Democrats are twisting their words, right?

But, you would think that Omar and/or her team could perhaps defend her, right? Something simple like “it was about the billionaire, not the Jew). The closest it comes is

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‘Climate Change’ Could End Mortgages As We Know Them Or Something

The Cult of Climastrology is always looking for something new to impart doom on

Climate change could end mortgages as we know them

Climate change could punch a hole through the financial system by making 30-year home mortgages — the lifeblood of the American housing market — effectively unobtainable in entire regions across parts of the U.S.

That’s what the future could look like without policy to address climate change, according to the latest research from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The bank is considering these and other risks on Friday in an unprecedented conference on the economics of climate change. (snip)

The housing market doesn’t yet factor in the risk of climate change, which is already affecting many areas of the U.S., including flood-prone coastal communities, agricultural regions and parts of the country vulnerable to wildfires. In California, for instance, 50,000 homeowners can’t get property or casualty insurance because of the increased risk to their homes.

Yet for now, no mortgage lender, portfolio manager or buyer of mortgages takes into account climate-induced floods, except to determine if a house sits in a 100-year floodplain at the time the mortgage is issued, said Michael Berman, a former official with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and former chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Once lenders and housing investors do start pricing in such risks, “There may be a threat to the availability of the 30-year mortgage in various vulnerable and highly exposed areas,” Berman wrote in a recent San Francisco Fed report. He predicts lenders could “blue-line” entire regions where flood risks are high — a reference to redlining, the practice of refusing mortgages to minorities.

The result: Entire neighborhoods would empty out, leaving cities unable to shore up their crumbling roads and bridges just as severe weather events become more extreme and more frequent. Home values would fall, potentially depleting the budgets of counties and states.

Of course this is coming from the nutty area of San Fransisco, eh? Perhaps they should worry more about earthquakes.

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