Climate Today: High Flying Kerry, Patronizing Blacks, Eczema

Let’s see what climate envoy John Kerry (he was in Vietnam, you know) is up to

US climate envoy Kerry meets with pope on climate crisis

John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s climate envoy, met privately with Pope Francis on Saturday, afterward calling the pope a “compelling moral authority on the subject of the climate crisis” who has been “ahead of the curve.”

The former U.S. Secretary of State told Vatican News that the pope’s embrace of climate issues “hopefully can push people to greater ambition to get the job done.”

Kerry is visiting European capitals to strengthen cooperation on climate change ahead of the next round of U.N. climate talks in Glasgow this November.

What makes the Pope a moral authority on Hotcoldwetdry? What degrees in science, particularly climate and weather, does he hold? Perhaps he should stick with that whole Catholic thing. But, if he is a moral authority, perhaps he should ask Kerry why he’s taking so many fossil fueled flights and low MPG fossil fueled vehicles.

Biden’s climate agenda targets Black America with innovation, HBCU funding

Exclusive: The Biden-Harris administration is expanding electric vehicle power stations into Black neighborhoods and is investing in HBCU renewable energy research

The Biden administration is putting Black America at the center of the solution for climate change by expanding electric vehicle power stations into Black neighborhoods and dumping funds into HBCU renewable energy research.

In an exclusive interview with theGrio, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm discussed this engagement as part of President Biden’s equity initiative that sparks tangible creativity and innovation from people who are not normally at the table or in the research lab.

And this will do what, exactly? Most blacks (and whites and Latinos and Asians) can’t afford an EV, so, how does putting lots of charging stations help? Heck, it’s not like they’re even going to get money out of this. And dumping funds into Historical Black Colleges? What does this have to do with the climate crisis (scam)? Sounds more like a payoff for getting Joe elected and a bribe for 2024.

Yes, Climate Change May Be Contributing to Your Eczema Flare Ups

On the (extensive) list of global warming’s negative effects is something that may surprise you: Climate change triggers eczema (medically referred to as atopic dermatitis) to flare up or become worse due to degraded air quality and increased pollution. “Interestingly, there was a recent study that looked into the effects of the California wildfires on rates of atopic dermatitis,” says dermatologist Valerie Harvey, MD. “They found that visits to the dermatologist increased for both kids and adults [during that time], compared to when there were none. Symptoms of itch were also higher.”

While increasing the prevalence and extent of wildfires are just some of the effects of climate change, Dr. Harvey says that this isn’t just a concern for people on the West Coast or an areas at high-risk for them. Ninety-percent of the world’s population lives in places with poor air quality, and air pollution is the greatest environmental hazard to human health, according to research. Still, Dr. Harvey points out that more research needs to be conducted to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the inflammatory skin condition and environmental factors.

Most wildfires occur because of some idiot or negligence starting them, either by accident or intentionally. A tiny increase in CO2 and the air temperature has little to do with pollutants nor bad air quality. A 1.5F increase since 1850 is tiny. Though, the urban heat island effect can artificially increase the local temperature, which can lead to worse air quality, let’s be honest. But, it isn’t global warming. And this is really more about scaremongering.

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If All You See…

…are evil guns of war, which are more necessary in a world that his more war due to climate change, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Green Jihad, with a post on China Joe being pressured to reverse his killing off of Keystone XL.

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2nd Amendment Sanctuaries Face Big Day In Court

I do not expect a win for the 2nd Amendment supporters, not in the far left courts of Oregon. Despite the constitution of Oregon and the federal government

Second Amendment sanctuaries facing 1st court test in Oregon

The first court test of whether local governments can ban police from enforcing certain gun laws is playing out in a rural Oregon county, one of a wave of U.S. counties declaring itself a Second Amendment sanctuary.

The measure that voters in the logging area of Columbia County narrowly approved last year forbids local officials from enforcing most federal and state gun laws and could impose thousands of dollars in fines on those who try.

Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions have been adopted by some 1,200 local governments in states around the U.S., including Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Illinois and Florida, according to Shawn Fields, an assistant professor of law at Campbell University who tracks them. Many are symbolic, but some, like in Columbia County, carry legal force. (snip)

The movement hasn’t yet faced a major legal challenge. The Oregon case was filed by Columbia County under an unusual provision in state law that allows a judge to examine a measure before it goes into effect. No timeline has been set for a court hearing.

“This will allow the court to tell us whether the county can actually decline to enforce certain state laws, and it will tell us how to abide by the will of the voters to the extent that we can,” said Sarah Hanson, who serves as counsel in the conservative-leaning county in deep-blue Oregon. (snip)

The measure is divisive locally, though, and four residents filed court documents opposing it. One, Brandee Dudzic, referenced the strict gun safety drills she learned in military medic training, saying she values the right to own a gun but believes it should come with safety measures like background checks and secure storage.

A gun shop owner in Columbia County said he supports background checks and believes that “state law trumps the county law.” But he voted in favor of the Second Amendment measure on principle.

“We need to make sure that people are safe. We need to make sure that people are responsible,” he said. “But as more rules are in place, we just need to make sure that we’re not overregulated.”

Oregon’s Constitution states, in Article I Bill Of Rights, Section 27. Right to bear arms; military subordinate to civil power. The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence [sic] of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power[.] That’s pretty specific, and could read to mean that the Government shall not interfere with that right when it’s for protection. And the thing is, background checks are just fine. I’m good with every purchase/transfer requiring a background check.

But, safe storage is just a means to lock people’s guns up making them worthless, as they would be hard to access when needed. And there is lots and lots more that the gun grabber groups and people want to enact. That’s what Columbia County, and so many others, are fighting against.

Everytown argues that the ordinance violates the U.S. Constitution, which says federal law supersedes state law, as well as the state Constitution and an Oregon law that gives the state power to regulate firearms.

The Constitution overrides federal laws that interfere, and the Oregon constitution overrides state law that interferes. And then there’s that pesky 10th Amendment. But, gun grabbers do not care.

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Colorado Looks To Restrict Employees Of Big Companies Fossil Fueled Vehicle Commutes

I wonder if the state of Colorado will restrict the use of fossil fuels by state employees and elected officials? Meh, probably not. One has to wonder where the statutory authority for these proposed rules comes from

Colorado wants big companies’ employees to attack climate change by ditching their car commutes

Colorado businesses in the state’s high-ozone areas that host more than 100 employees would have to limit the number of workers commuting alone in cars to 75% of their workforce starting in 2022 and 60% by 2024, according to greenhouse gas and ozone reduction rules drawn up by state air pollution control staff.

Those large employers would also have to appoint an official transportation coordinator and eliminate parking subsidies or start charging for currently-free parking under the detailed rule proposal, considered a key part of state emissions reduction goals. Staff of the Air Pollution Control Division are asking the appointed Air Quality Control Commission to set hearings and a vote on the new transportation rules by late summer.

Employees who use zero-emission vehicles, such as fully-electric cars, would be exempt under the draft rules, released Thursday night. The draft offers a number of potential employer strategies that could qualify as good-faith efforts to meet the rules, including solutions such as sponsoring shuttles to nearby transit stops, or “flexwork” policies allowing more freedom on when and how often employees need to be at the workplace.

Wow, that’s a lot to unpack. Let’s start with the end: why is this government office full of unelected bureaucrats thinking they can dictate the policies of companies in relation to how often employees need to be at work? That is not their business. Next up is this government office thinking they can dictate to companies that they have to have someone who dictates how employees get to work and start charging employees to park at work.

Then we get to them telling citizens that they cannot drive to work alone in their legally purchased property, and that big companies will have to enforce this limit. Where’s the authority for that? Under what Colorado law does the authority exist? What previously passed law, if any, makes them think they can tell companies and citizens to do this? And will it apply to government workers?

It’s not clear from the draft rules what enforcement mechanisms state government will have to push large companies to come under the caps. The rules have reporting and recordkeeping requirements, but also say employers that continue to miss the goals can file “alternative compliance plans.”

The workplaces will have to plan for their proposed commuting solutions by first conducting extensive surveys of how their employees currently get to and from work, according to the draft. The rules’ accompanying economic analysis says there are about 877,000 employees at about 2,800 employers of over 100 people in the 10-county area that has ozone problems. (big snip)

The staff analysis puts the annual cost per employer of meeting the goals in a broad range, from $7,200 to $811,643 each.

Again, this is the creeping Fascism/Authoritarianism of the Cult of Climastrology. This is all none of the business of the Government, at least in a free country. Will the people of Colorado revolt? They tend to vote Democrat, but, might this be a bridge too far for the citizens? Remember, most Warmists are cool with Other People being forced to Do Something, not themselves.

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Sciencey: Fauci Claims COVID Exposed Raaaaacism In Society

Does this apply in other 1st World nations around the world where “People Of Color” had higher contagion and death rates? Or, is this really about Virtue Signalining to mushy headed college kids?

Dr Fauci says COVID has exposed the ‘undeniable effects of racism’ and shone ‘a bright light on our own society’s failings’ after the virus disproportionally killed people of color

Dr. Anthony Fauci has said the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the ‘undeniable effects of racism’ across the United States.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert said: ‘COVID-19 has shown a bright light on our own society´s failings’ after the virus disproportionally killed people of color.’

Fauci was speaking during a graduation ceremony for Emory University Sunday, when he said that ‘the undeniable effects of racism’ have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans.

Speaking by webcast from Washington, Fauci told the graduates in Atlanta that many members of minority groups work in essential jobs where they might be exposed to the coronavirus.

He also said they are more likely to become infected if exposed because of medical conditions such as hypertension, chronic lung disease, diabetes or obesity.

‘Now, very few of these comorbidities have racial determinants,’ Fauci said.

‘Almost all relate to the social determinants of health dating back to disadvantageous conditions that some people of color find themselves in from birth regarding the availability of an adequate diet, access to health care and the undeniable effects of racism in our society.’

There are lots of white people who have the same issues in being poor and such. How is this racism? Or, could he be noting how blacks are disadvantaged and kept down on the “plantation” in Democratic Party run cities? Does he have scientific data that proves this? Could factors such as blacks having much lower levels of vitamin D make a difference? Could it be that the Wuhan Virus is targeting blacks and Latinos more than any other group?

Data shows that COVID has disproportionally hospitalized and killed people of color.

The CDC states: ‘The COVID-19 pandemic has brought social and racial injustice and inequity to the forefront of public health.

‘It has highlighted that health equity is still not a reality as COVID-19 has unequally affected many racial and ethnic minority groups, putting them more at risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19.’

Figures from Emory as of Saturday show that for every 100,000 people, 114 white people have died; that’s compared to 127 African American, 118 Hispanic and 139 American Native.

Fauci said correcting societal wrongs will take a commitment of decades, and he urged the graduates to be part of the solution.

Instead of Fauci and the CDC investigating why there is such a difference, they’re just going to blame raaaaacism. Blacks, Pakistanis, and Bangladeshis are much more likely to die in England than white people. The Office of National Statistics in the UK yammered about the same as Fauci, but, has a disclaimer

The risk of Covid-19 death for people from Chinese and mixed ethnic groups was found to be similar to that for white people.

“These results show that the difference between ethnic groups in Covid-19 mortality is partly a result of socio-economic disadvantage and other circumstances, but a remaining part of the difference has not yet been explained,” the ONS said.

There are certainly differences in socio-economics, but, it’s that other part, the science part, which Fauci ignored. Now, that last excerpt is from the UK Guardian, which is a year old, so, you can see how they like to make a narrative even as the virus was raging. They tried to say that things like blacks and Asians being more likely to have diabetes and cardiovascular disease didn’t play a part, but, no one has seemed to follow up with that bit of science on comorbidities. But, hey, narratives matter more than doing the science these days. If Fauci really wants to blame someone, he should blame China for creating the virus that kills more POC.

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Bummer: Preventing Climate Doom Is Hard, Preparing For It Is Easy

Yes, preparing for a tiny increase in global temperatures over your lifetime is actually pretty easy. Keeping the doomsday climate cult from taking your money and freedom is hard

Preventing climate change is hard, preparing for it is easy

The infrastructure discussion has evolved (or devolved) into a debate about what that clunky four-syllable word means. Whatever it is, “crumbling” is the wrong way to describe it. The correct word is obsolete. The infrastructure we have reflects the climate and values of 1950. Instead of being rebuilt, it must be reimagined.

President Joe Biden’s 10-year, $2 trillion American Jobs Plan pledges that every dollar spent on rebuilding “will be used to prevent, reduce, and withstand the impacts of the climate crisis.” The plan also promises “$50 billion in dedicated investments to improve infrastructure resilience.”

It is theoretically possible to reverse climate change, if humans make a monumental commitment to changing their economies. But even if the whole planet stopped emitting heat-trapping gasses today, the earth would continue to warm for a few decades before its temperature stabilized and eventually declined.

In reality, we’re in for a lot more bad weather. And we’re not prepared for it.

In the early spring of 2019, the Missouri River basin was deluged with about 61 million acre feet of water, enough to cover New York, Connecticut and New Jersey a foot deep.

Climate cultist Tyler J. Kelly spends many more paragraphs on this flooding (you know, something that happens and has always happened, but, in Warmist World, only since the use of fossil fuels), finally getting to

The Corps could have acquired the land by invoking eminent domain, but as one engineer who worked on the plan told me, “We’re not going to go there. It’s political suicide. We haven’t even gone there and it’s still kind of political suicide.” The levees were rebuilt almost exactly where they were before the 2011 flood, and they are being rebuilt now.

That Kelly goes immediately to taking people’s land tells you quite a bit about what the Cult of Climastrology wants.

February’s Texas deep freeze was not unique, either. It was similarly cold in 1989, 1962, 1930 and 1889. Thrice in a century is by no means unlikely. The Missouri River levees are being breached with about the same frequency. And this is without considering that extreme weather is more common now than a century ago.

Wait, what? Blaming a massive cold period on an “overheating planet?” The photo above comes from the opinion piece. They’re all nuts and cultists.

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If All You See…

…is the flag of a big carbon polluting nation, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Chicks On The Right, with a post on gay NYPD officers banned from marching in the gay pride parade.

In honor of all the mask mandates being dropped, let’s have some patriotism. Especially with a pirate hat!

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Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Patriotic Pinup Earl Moran

Happy Sunday! Another gorgeous day in the Once And Future Nation Of America. The Sun is shining, the mockingbirds are mocking, and the Dodgers seem to have gotten back to their winning ways. This pinup is by Earl Moran, with wee bit of help.

What is happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. The Gateway Pundit notes China Joe bowing to the cop haters, reversing flying a half flag at White House for killed cops
  2. The Lid covers Israel fooling Hamas terrorists then bombing them
  3. The Other McCain notes the Times Square shooter having a long rap sheet
  4. The People’s Cube says that communism isn’t a political theory, it’s a CLUB!
  5. The Political Hat has quick takes on the new lawless wastelands
  6. The Right Scoop notes that Jew and Israel haters swarming a police car is a bad idea
  7. This ain’t Hell... features dumb crooks
  8. Vox Popoli discusses the optics of only half of CDC personnel being vaccinated
  9. Weasel Zippers covers the Irish Health system being offline after being hit with ransomware
  10. Raised On Hoecakes is not impressed by the latest Woke Army recruitment video
  11. Powerline discusses mask mandates crumbling, most likely due to polling going south
  12. Pacific Pundit features AOC’s latest meltdown, this time over Israel, showing her Jew hatred
  13. Moonbattery has China Joe’s 4 month report card
  14. Legal Insurrection covers Kamala’s rather poor rating by voters
  15. And last, but not least, Jihad Watch highlights the IDF debunking the jihad propaganda repeated by the news outlets

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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Washington Post: Surprisingly, Voters Are Not Big Fans Of Rising Crime Rate

Also, water is wet. And this makes police reform, otherwise known as defunding the police, rather difficult

With violent crime spiking, the push for police reform collides with voters’ fears

One of the top candidates for mayor of New York is a former police captain who has said addressing the city’s surging violent crime rate will be his highest priority.

In New Mexico, a Democrat running for Congress in a left-of-center suburban district has been put on the defensive for supporting a measure to cut spending on law enforcement.

And in Philadelphia, the country’s most prominent liberal district attorney is facing a vigorous challenge from a police-union-backed prosecutor he once fired.

Philadelphia has become a hotbed of murders, which the local media generally fails to cover, as The First Street Journal has pointed out time and again. Like here. Most of this stuff doesn’t make the national news. So far, there have been 34 shot and 5 killed in Chicago. Anyone in the national news reporting this? Surprisingly, Chicago isn’t even the worst for overall crime, which would comprise the violent rate and the property crime rate.

surprise surprise surpriseIt has been less than a year since George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis, spawning a national movement to reimagine the American criminal justice system and end race-based abuses.

Yet with shootings spiking in cities nationwide during the pandemic, there are growing signs that the thirst for change is being blunted by fears of runaway crime.

Critical tests of just how far the pendulum has swung will come in the next several days and weeks, with a nationwide flurry of elections for mayor, district attorney and members of Congress. Although Republicans have long been skeptical of reform efforts, the races are concentrated in big cities and other areas that are friendly terrain for Democrats. They should offer, at least in theory, fertile ground for the sort of systemic overhauls that protesters who flooded the streets last summer were demanding.

Yet the proposals on offer from leading candidates have tended to be more modest. Some top contenders have even positioned themselves in opposition to the calls of activists for radical change, arguing that police and prosecutors need to be permitted to do their jobs so crime can be brought under control.

It’s cute when politicians want to listen to these unhinged activists, but, then the majority start speaking up, and they want to feel safe. They do not want to be shot, stabbed, assaulted, robbed. They do not want their cars stolen, their homes broken into. They don’t want to see people fighting in the streets, nor pooping, nor doing drugs. And politicians have to listen to those people, who very much include your average Democrat living in a Democratic Party run city, who aren’t down with violence from BLM/Antifa nor what occurs because police are being reticent about doing the job because of the demonization of all police, and, since so many have left/retired, those who are left are being tasked with protecting the rich and upper middle class areas first.

In New York, the idea of a police veteran and former Republican who has pledged to carry a gun in City Hall leaping to the front of a crowded Democratic mayoral field might have seemed unlikely at the height of the movement against police brutality last year.

But Eric Adams, Brooklyn’s borough president, said his 22-year career as a police officer has been an asset, not a liability, at a time when crime is at the forefront of voters’ minds. Shootings in New York City are up around 50 percent this year from last year, in line with trends seen in cities nationwide.

“Violent crime is the number one issue. People want to be safe,” Adams said.

Yes, they do. They want to know that the police will show if called. The want to know that police will be around doing what they can to nip crime in the bud.

It is activists, Adams said, who are out of step with voters — especially those in the working class Black and Brown communities that have been his base.

“I’ve never been in a situation in which I hear people say ‘I want less police,’ ” Adams said. “Just because you’re the loudest and most organized doesn’t mean you’re in the majority.”

Most of the activists never seem to live in the areas that end up being the recipients of the crime spikes.

Anyway, this is a very long article that delves more into politics and politicians, somewhat missing that most people do not want police defunded. They might well approve of some reform, and working towards more mental health and such, but, they want criminals punished, and crime out of their lives.

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Hotcold Take: America Needs Negative Zero, Not Net Zero

It’s always something with this doomsday cult, who also won’t give up their fossil fuels, modern lifestyles, and go carbon neutral

Forget “net zero” emissions target — U.S. must get to “net negative” ASAP, nonprofit argues

A new policy roadmap provides Congress and the White House with ways to support the growth of methods to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using everything from existing forests to direct air capture machines.

Driving the news: Recent climate studies, such as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 1.5-degree report, have pointed to the clear need for society to pursue strategies for driving carbon emissions into negative territory by the latter half of the century.

Yes, but: Many of the technologies we are going to need to get to negative emissions— which can only happen after actual emissions are brought to near zero — don’t yet exist or don’t exist in cost effective ways at scale.

State of play: That’s where the nonprofit group Carbon180 comes in. The California and DC-based group aims to promote policy solutions to rapidly push forward a “transformation” in carbon removal.

Or, bear me out, they could mind their own f’ing business and concentrate on their own lives. Perhaps they can get this all done in California and D.C., which would serve as the experimental groups.

But, they’re happy to use your money and get government to tax you. Also

The man unloading is driving an older Civic LX. Why hasn’t he purchased a hybrid or EV?

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