Grandparents With Nothing Better To Do Embrace ‘Climate Change’ Activism Or Something

Is this a thing now?

From the silly article

For Charlene Lange, the breaking point came on her bucket-list trip to see the Northern Lights in Canada’s far north. Her tour came by plane because melting tundra caused local train tracks to sink. Now, she lobbies governors to fight climate change.

Gary Krellenstein was an investment banker who helped finance new power plants. Part of his job was examining the data on global warming so he could argue it wasn’t real. Until he found he no longer could. He spends his time today barraging his state senators with letters advocating for clean energy sources.

Susan Dobra dealt with the consequences up close and personal – literally running down a road as a massive wildfire, partly blamed on climate change, consumed her car, her home and her entire town of Paradise, California, in November. This month, she spoke before the City Council of the town she’s taken refuge in to urge it to pass a climate emergency declaration.

You might call them senior climate commandos. Each is over 60 – some well over – an age not generally thought of as being consumed by activism. And yet they, and a growing number of other older Americans, say climate change has created an all-hands-on-deck moment for humanity, a call they are compelled to answer.

So, people who lived their lives while using lots of fossil fuels, enjoying life, enjoying travel, making cash, essentially living a life they want to deny to future generations. They got theirs, now want to deny it to future generations. Because they’re bored.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that climate change is going to ruin the planet for my nieces and nephews,” said Mike Shatzkin, a New York publishing industry veteran who’s wound down his business to rally presidential candidates to back the reduction of carbon emissions. “I’m 71 and I expect to see the beginnings of the climate apocalypse before I’m gone.”

Apocalypse!

The 66-year-old Iowa City, Iowa, native had “pretty much ignored” the issue of climate change, she said. But once she got home she started reading, beginning with old National Geographic magazines.

“Basically, I was a denier,” Lange said. “I was amazed at how my head has been in the sand. This stuff has been going on for 20, 30 years,” she said.

What she learned horrified her, but she said she was also “sometimes pleasantly surprised” to find all the work being done around the world to deal with the problem.

Funny how the information on what changed her mind, other than reading magazines made from dead trees, is missing.

But he felt he couldn’t do anything else. He’d looked at the computer models and they convinced him that without serious change the world is headed toward a fundamental change in the environment.

Would those be the computer models that don’t accord with the actual real world data?

Anyhow, this keeps going and going and going with News Activism, ending with

“I worry that government and society will break down. We’re not built to withstand the changes we face,” he said.

But he sees a bright side too: more people of his age getting involved every year.

“There are lots of us,” he said. “We care about our planet.”

Yeah, now that they’ve lived their lives they’ve decided they’re going to Do Something. Based on fake data. Good job.

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Democrats Are Charging Ahead On Passing Some Sort Of Un-named Comprehensive Immigration Reform

This will be right after they tilt some windmills on something else

Dems charge ahead on immigration

Hispanic Democrats are charging ahead with plans to move a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year, bolstered by recently secured support from some of the party’s top brass.

Leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are drafting a measure that some Democratic leaders say they are ready to bring to the floor after the chamber tackles legislation that would both create a path to citizenship for so-called Dreamers under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and strengthen protections for temporary protected status (TPS) beneficiaries.

“We need to move forward first on the DACA and the TPS — people who have been here making America better, creating jobs,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said this month during the Democrats’ retreat in Northern Virginia. “And then we need to move very quickly onto comprehensive immigration reform.”

The article offers zero details on any type of “comprehensive immigration reform”, but we do learn from it that even the squishy Gang Of Eight type legislation from 2013 might be too much in terms of border security for the Democrats new Democratic Socialist base to pass. They’ll certainly want to abolish ICE, do away with detention facilities, and give easy voting citizenship. Further, it’ll get shut down in the Senate, just like with DACA, particularly since DACA is all about just giving citizenship away with zero security measures.

Some CHC leaders are warning that there could be dire consequences for the party if House Democrats don’t have a comprehensive immigration bill to show Hispanic voters in November 2020.

They might be over-estimating the support from Hispanics who immigrated to the U.S. legally, went through the process, paid the fees, and earned their citizenship, as well as those who have been citizens for generations, even hundreds of years.

Democratic leaders appear keen to have a homegrown proposal to run on in 2020, particularly as a way to counter Trump next year, when he is all but certain to make immigration a centerpiece of his reelection campaign.

Democrats will be offering what is essentially a reward to people who entered the U.S. illegally/overstayed visas and took advantage of the nation’s generosity (not to mention their crimes like murder, rape, sexual assault on children, identity theft) while Trump will be offering security from people who break our laws. How will that work?

Still, a consensus bill is unlikely as Democratic leaders aim for legislation that delineates the party’s core position ahead of 2020.

“It is a very controversial issue and the president has made it even more controversial,” Hoyer said. “The populist mood on the right has made immigrants an enemy. They’re not an enemy. The immigration community has made America what it is. So we need to move forward on that.”

Perhaps many, even most, of illegals (notice Steny Hoyer can’t even call them illegals) are good people. It doesn’t matter. They broke our laws in entering the nation, and have zero remorse. They’re demanding food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, jobs, citizenship, and the right to vote. Not asking. Demanding. That’s why the majority are against illegal immigration.

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CNN: We’re Losing The War On Hotcoldwetdry Or Something

This comes from the mind of John D. Sutter, who seems to take lots of long fossil fueled trips

We’re losing the war on climate change

For years now, people like environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben have been screaming from the treetops that we need a World War II-scale mobilization to fight the scourge of climate change.

They’re right, of course. And on Earth Day — that 24-hour sliver of the calendar when we talk about the fact that humans exist on, and because of, a living planet — it’s clear not only that we are losing this war but that we still are failing to recognize it’s taking place at all.

I mean, yes, I’ve met Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen who is “schooling world leaders” on climate policy and who started a global school walkout movement. I’ve read the Green New Deal and seen the videos of young people demanding that US reps adopt it. Just this month, protesters in London shut down parts of the city in their calls for a reckoning. It’s true that clean energy sources keep getting cheaper. Electric cars are more popular than ever.

If he’s met Greta, it means he took a fossil fueled airplane trip to Europe

But the scale of the outrage in no way matches the magnitude of this disaster, which, like WWII, threatens to cripple or even obliterate human life on the planet as we know it.

We’ve known the truth about climate change — that people are burning fossil fuels and warming the atmosphere, with potentially catastrophic consequences — for decades now. James Hansen testified about the dangers of global warming when he was an NASA scientist in 1988. The New York Times headline: “Global Warming Has Begun, Expert Tells Senate.”

Like flying to Europe? How about the fossil fuels used by CNN? Heck, CNN has all sorts of advertisements and articles on traveling to places using fossil fuels.

Since then, the eco-woke among us have created more than enough deadlines to try to force change. In 1990, as George Marshall wrote in his book “Don’t Even Think About It,” the magazine Ecologist published a book called “5,000 Days to Save the Planet.” About 5,000 days later, the Institute for Public Policy Research declared that there were “Ten Years to Save the Planet.” In 2008, he wrote, the New Economics Foundation said it was “100 Months to Save the World.”

As a journalist who’s been covering climate for years, I’ve been part of that deadline trend. In the leadup to the Paris climate talks in 2015, I wrote that there were “100 days to save the world.”

The deadlines aren’t the problem. It’s our failure to heed them.

See? It’s not that the deadlines keep failing…..no, wait, that is the problem. The stupid continues in the article, you’re welcome to read it.

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If All You See…

…is a hazy world from too much carbon pollution, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Maggie’s Farm, with a post on Dems plans to overthrow an election and other fun things.

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Senate Democrats To Create Environmental Justice Caucus Or Something

It’s, unsurprisingly, focused on raaaaacism, and, who knew that the current environmental movement was so racist?

‘We have a nation which has stunning injustices’: Senate Democrats start new environmental push

The U.S. Senate will soon have an Environmental Justice Caucus, to be chaired by three Democrats: Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Tom Carper of Delaware and Cory Booker of New Jersey, who is also competing for the 2020 presidential nomination.

In an interview with Yahoo News, Duckworth said that the aim of the caucus will be to approach environmental issues with attention to matters of race and class. “Oftentimes, black and brown communities are the ones that suffer the biggest consequences of pollution and a lack of enforcement on environmental issues.”

Duckworth said she was motivated to start the caucus because of racial disparities in the way environmental hazards are addressed in Chicago. She pointed to the emissions of ethylene oxide, a likely carcinogen, in the wealthy suburb of Willowbrook. A largely white community, Willowbrook has managed to attract media attention to its plight. The federal Environmental Protection Agency is currently addressing the situation there.

But in another Chicago suburb, Waukegan, “they’re not getting the same type of attention,” Duckworth says, because that town’s residents are predominantly nonwhite. She also points to Chicago’s majority-Hispanic 10th Ward, which the Chicago Sun-Times has called a “dumping ground” for heavy industry. Manganese dust, which can be especially detrimental to children, has been known to blow through parts of the area.

So, wait, there’s a lot of racism in the Democratic Party run city of Chicago? And the Leftist run EPA is involved? Huh.

Duckworth says that such disparities are related to other expressions of systemic racism, including discriminatory policing. “As we talk about criminal justice reform, as we talk about economic injustice, environmental injustice is also part and parcel to what so many communities face, and what so many children of color face,” she says. As an example, she points to the prevalence of asthma rates in low-income communities of color, arguing that associated public health costs are then foisted upon the whole of society.

So, basically, they are going to make the environment all about putting people in boxes, like they do with everything else. Democrats do not see people as individuals, but as voting boxes. It is funny that all these “children of color” are having all these problems in areas run by Democrats, is it not?

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New York City Mayor Wants To Ban Buildings With Glass And Steel

I’ve mentioned before that NYC was looking to pass their own version of the Green New Deal (which AOC won’t demand be voted on in the House, and she, co-sponsor Senator Ed Markey, and most Democrats had hissy fits over voting for it in the Senate), and passed it. Now

Well, what’s the carbon footprint of Legos? Can they use them? How are you going to build a new building without steel? I guess some other type of metal, which would be incredibly more expensive. As for the windows, remember that landlords will be be required to retrofit “buildings over 25,000 square feet with new windows and insulation that would make the building’s more energy efficient” which will increase costs, which will be passed on to tenants.

Us, baby, it’s on us! No, really, it is on Us in Bill’s World (click the more tag)

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Liz Warren Releases Crazy Idea To Abolish Student Loan Debt

Hey, why stop here? We could do away with similar debt for home loans, car loans, medical bills, credit card debt, and business loans, among others, right? Why not? If we’re going to use treasury money, ie, Other People’s money to take care of people who legally signed up to assume a legal debt, we can help others

Elizabeth Warren unveils ‘broad cancellation plan’ for student debt

The $1.5 trillion student debt crisis has an increasing number of former officials and prominent businesspeople calling for a solution to the crisis.

And 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren joined that chorus on Monday when she unveiled a “broad cancellation plan” for student debt.

“Higher education opened a million doors for me,” Warren wrote in a Medium post. “It’s how the daughter of a janitor in a small town in Oklahoma got to become a teacher, a law school professor, a U.S. Senator, and eventually, a candidate for President of the United States. Today, it’s virtually impossible for a young person to find that kind of opportunity.”

Well, if they’d stop obtaining degrees in worthless disciplines, often ending in “Studies”, they would be hireable. Also, it’s not exactly easy for kids to claim minority status to get cushy positions like Liz did.

The Massachusetts senator’s plan involves forgiving up to $50,000 in student debt for 42 million Americans before reforming the higher education system “that created the crisis in the first place.”

Remember, this is a higher education system that is run primarily by Democratic Party voters. The schools are staffed by Democrats, run by Dems, the teachers are Dems, and the students are Democrats (until Dem policies screw them and they become Conservatives). Obamacare, ie, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act put the federal government in charge of most student loans. The cost of books at these Democratic institutions are utterly ridiculous, and the leftist teachers who write books know they can force kids to pay stupid amounts for the books.

And the kids never seem to have a problem finding money to head to spring break or weekend drinking

While it comes with a one-time cost to the federal government of $640 billion, Warren argued that the plan would simultaneously boost the economy and close the wealth gap. (snip)

Currently there are $1.5 trillion worth of student loans out there, roughly 11.5% of which are more than 90 days delinquent or in default. The average student loan borrower holds about $28,650 in debt, according to Student Loan Hero.

Collection agencies are increasingly turning towards wage garnishments—obtaining a court order to make employers set aside portions of debtor’s paycheck — to get their money back.

Warren aims to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt for every person who has a household income of below $100,000.

For those who earn between $100,000 and $250,00, she promises a “substantial debt cancellation,” and that $50,000 amount “phases out by $1 for every $3 in income above $100,000.” In other words, a person who has an income of $130,000 would get $40,000 of debt cancelled, while a person earning $160,000 would get $30,000 off.

Now, we could discuss the insanity of “cancelling” the average $28,650 in debt for those making $100,000 a year, but let’s consider what this is really about: patronizing young kids and the Democrats at the colleges. You get Someone Else to pay for the debt (unsurprisingly, Liz is going to have The Rich pay for it through a tax) and you keep the kids voting Democrat, as well as voting for Liz. You make those who run colleges happy because they get all their money, including the 11.5% which are 90 days late (that’s repossession time with a care), immediately.

And what happens next? What about those who are going to graduate with debt soon? Do they get a break? Of course, Liz wants to make college free. Democrats are very cavalier with spending Other People’s money.

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We Could Cut Meat Emissions By 14% If We All Ate Offal Or Something

I’ll believe this can make a difference when all Warmists are doing it

From the link

Choosing more meat by-products, such as liver, sweetbreads and tripe, could help to reduce livestock emissions by as much as 14%, according to a new analysis.

The results come from a study looking at how various interventions could cut emissions from Germany’s meat industry. However, it is likely that the findings hold relevance for other countries, a study author tells Carbon Brief.

The single most effective way to reduce meat emissions would be to eat less of it, the analysis adds. It finds that halving meat consumption could reduce Germany’s meat emissions by 32%, when compared to levels observed in 2016. (snip)

The new study, published in Environmental Science and Technology, looks at how meat emissions could be reduced by a wide range of interventions, including changes to diet, the elimination of food waste and the introduction of more efficient animal rearing.

First, no, and second, mind your own business. Bunch of nags, always trying to tell Other People how to live their lives, and pushing for government to regulate them.

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If All You See…

…is a wonderful low carbon rail like meant to replace air travel, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Doug Ross @ Journal, with a post wondering why the Mueller report fails to mention Fusion GPS.

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Adam “Ample Evidence” Schiff Not So Sure About Impeachment

Excitable Adam Schiff (D-Ca) has been one of the leading unhinged in making the claim that there is tons and tons of evidence. He’s just refused to show it after well over two years of caterwauling. He even made the claim again

Schiff: ‘Ample evidence of collusion in plain sight’

Responding to attacks by White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Rep. Adam Schiff on Sunday insisted his criticism of the Trump administration was not wrong, saying there was “ample evidence of collusion in plain sight.”

“I use that word very carefully,” the California Democrat said on ABC’s “This Week,” “because I also distinguish time and time again between collusion, that is acts of corruption that may or may not be criminal, and proof of a criminal conspiracy. And that is a distinction that Bob Mueller made within the first few pages of his report. In fact, every act that I’ve pointed to as evidence of collusion has now been borne out by the report.“ (snip)

Schiff insisted that his reading of the situation was not wrong.

“The obstruction of justice in particular in this case is far worse than anything that Richard Nixon did,” Schiff told Raddatz, adding: “I would say in every way this is more significant than Watergate.

“And the fact that a candidate for president and now president of the United States would not only not stand up and resist Russian interference in our election but would welcome it goes well beyond anything Nixon did.“

But

(Salon) Schiff also appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to say that he wasn’t sure if he would support impeaching Trump, according to Fox News. Although he did not rule out supporting impeachment hearings, Schiff admitted that it is a “very difficult decision” and that he would need “the next couple of weeks” to make his choice.

Seriously, if the evidence is ample and in plain sight, then why not give impeachment a try? Why is Schiff backing off? He had been telling us that this is The Worst, yet, he doesn’t seem inclined to show us any evidence, even as he claims that what Trump did was far worse than Nixon.

Go on, Adam, sign on to impeachment. Give it a shot. You won’t like the outcome, which is why he’s waffling. He throws red meat (I hope it’s carbon neutral) to the unhinged Democrat base and talks a lot, but it is all sound and no fury.

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