Bummer: European Union’s Green New Deal Fails First Test

The EU attempted to pass a Green New Deal, which is totally about ‘climate change’ and not everything else, especially controlling the economy, because the unaccountable politicians running the EU don’t want power at all, right?

Europe’s Green Deal on climate change failed its first test

In a stunning disappointment to environmentalists, a bid to cut the European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions to nearly zero by 2050 flopped at a key summit in Brussels. Today’s decision was the first test of whether the newly proposed European Green Deal — which promises to totally overhaul the continent’s economy — might turn into real action on climate change. Just one country, Poland, was the hold-out on the deal.

The Council released its final conclusions that said that while it supports the 2050 goal, “one member state at this stage cannot commit to implement this objective as far as it is concerned, and the European Council will come back to this in June 2020.”

  1. I thought there was a planetary emergency? No?

If the goal had passed unanimously, Europe would have become the biggest economic bloc yet to set a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 — meaning it would have nearly eliminated planet-heating pollution from burning fossil fuels and drawn down any remaining carbon it releases. That’s a target necessary to save lives and avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change, according to scientists on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The United Nations climate conference wraps up in Madrid on December 13th, where activists and delegates are pushing countries to up their commitments to reducing carbon emissions under the Paris climate accord. (snip)

The Green Deal includes measures to cut emissions from transportation, make buildings more energy efficient, increase renewable energy sources, protect biodiversity, and make agriculture more sustainable. It also calls for the introduction of regulations designed to reduce industrial waste and encourage companies to increase reuse and recycling. It signals the adoption of a “zero pollution action plan” for air water and soil in 2021. It also pushes for new trade policies that could penalize countries like the US that are uncooperative in global efforts to tackle climate change. It allocates 100 billion euros for regions of the world most likely to be upended by the changes, as part of an effort to ensure a “just transition” towards a greener economy and society.

So, the EU wants to destroy the economies of European countries while imposing massive controls on businesses and citizens, all while redistributing money to non-EU nations. Good luck with net zero. Guess they won’t be able to have another climate change conference in Europe, considering the almost 25,000 who took fossil fueled trips. Europe will have to get rid of all their airports, military bases, roads, and so forth.

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Democrat Postpone Impeachment Theater Vote Till Friday, Supposedly

I wonder how many so-called moderate Democrats will go missing for the vote today, provided they have it?

House panel adjourns, to vote Friday on articles of impeachment

The House Judiciary Committee spent more than 14 hours Thursday locked in a rancorous and contentious debate about whether to approve two articles of impeachment against President Trump, with Democrats making an abrupt decision before midnight to hold off on the history-making vote until Friday morning.

The debate ended as it began, with angry exchanges, personal insults and recycled arguments about process and propriety as the committee moved toward voting to impeach Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

“It has been a long two days of consideration of these articles, and it is now very late at night,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), at 11:15 p.m. “I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these last two days and to search their consciences before we cast our final votes.”

Trump faces impeachment for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” over his dealings with Ukraine. Democrats allege that Trump withheld military aid and a White House meeting while pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch political investigations targeting Democrats. Trump’s blanket refusal to cooperate with the Democratic investigation is the basis of the “obstruction of Congress” impeachment article.

If you have to put the charges in quotes, that should tell you how silly and bullshit they are. If there wasn’t an unhinged, ultra-partisan, TrumpDerangementSyndome investigation to start with, there would be no “obstruction of Congress”. Considering how much Obama ignored Congress and Democrats were fine with that, must not be particularly serious.

(Breitbart) House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) offered a bizarre justification Thursday for ignoring House rules requiring him to allow Republicans to call witnesses: it did not say he had to do so on a particular day.

The existing resolution authorizing the impeachment inquiry, H. Res. 660, allows the Ranking Member of the committee to call witnesses — subject to the approval of the chair and a majority vote by the whole committee.

Failing that, Republicans invoked House of Representatives Rule XI 12(j)(1), which requires the chairs of House committees to allow the members of the minority party to hold a full day of hearings featuring their own witnesses.

But, Jerry is playing games, so

Reading from a prepared text, Nadler argued: “The House rule does not require me to schedule a hearing on a particular day, nor does it require me to schedule the hearing as a condition precedent to taking any specific legislative action.”

In other words, he interpreted the rule as allowing him to schedule the minority witness hearing after the articles of impeachment had already passed.

If Democrats pass their little impeachment thing today, you can bet those witnesses will be called in the Senate, along with Adam Schiff, and perhaps Nadler himself. They might ask Joe Biden and Hunter Biden to come explain things.

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ClimaGrinches Now Coming After Christmas Cards

As Christmas draws nearer and the climate conference in Madrid ends, expect this kind of Crazy to ramp up

Climate change: Primary school bans children from sending Christmas cards to help protect the environment

A headteacher of an English primary school has banned students from sending Christmas cards out of concern for the environment.

Jonathan Mason, head of Belton Lane Primary School in Grantham, Lincolnshire, said the holiday tradition contributes to carbon emissions.

He also claimed a number of “concerned” students had approached him regarding the environmental impact of Christmas cards in the school.

“Throughout the world, we send enough cards that if we placed them alongside each other, they’d cover the world’s circumference 500 times. The manufacture of Christmas cards is contributing to our ever-growing carbon emissions,” Mason told parents in a letter, published by the Daily Mail.

“So in order to be environmentally friendly in school we will not be having a post box for Christmas cards from this year onwards.”

Mason has since been labelled as a “grinch” by a number of unhappy parents, claiming the headteacher had “the joy taken out of Christmas”.

Don’t let these joyless climascolds ruin anything. Instead, ask them if they still use energy at their homes, eat meat, take fossil fueled travel.

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Bummer: Trump Just Got His 50th Judge Confirmed

How’s that impeachment theater going, Dems?

Obama only got 55 appointed in 8 years. But, it’s even better

(Fox) The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday afternoon confirmed Lawrence VanDyke to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, marking President Trump’s 50th successful appellate court appointment in just three years in office, and his second to the historically liberal 9th Circuit in as many days.

By contrast, President Barack Obama nominated a total of 55 circuit judges who were confirmed over eight years — and Obama’s nominees were, on average, approximately ten years older. The White House has dramatically transformed the 9th Circuit, a powerful court with jurisdiction over nine states and Guam that has long been a thorn in the president’s side.

Of the 30 active seats on the 9th Circuit, 10 have now been appointed by Trump, and 14 by Republican presidents. Only nine of the court’s 19 semi-retired “senior status” judges were appointed by Democrats, with 10 by Republicans. That’s a major change from early last year, when only six of the active judges on the 9th Circuit were chosen by Republicans.

Turning the 9th Conservative.

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If All You See…

…is day made hazy by carbon pollution, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is The Right Scoop, with a post on an unhinged teacher ripping a Trump pin off a female student.

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Young Climate Cultists Rush Stage At COP25 After Long Fossil Fueled Trips

One has to wonder how many took long fossil fueled trips just to raise their fists in socialism

The Future Is Calling, and It Says Act Now or We’re All Fucked

On Wednesday, young climate activists rushed the main stage at the United Nations climate talks in Madrid in protest. The talks—dubbed COP25 in UN-speak—are the latest iteration of a 25-year exercise in futility, broken promises, and negligence. And young adults are sick of it.

Carbon emissions have continued to rise to record highs almost every year despite dire warnings. Greta Thunberg urged those gathered at COP25 to listen to the warnings from scientists, but the group of young adults on the stage were a more potent reminder of what those reports say. They’re data incarnate, the people who have to live with the findings in those science reports and the choices we make.

So, black power fists or

But at the dawn of the most important decade in human history, this type of connection between small islands and young adults holds the promise of a realignment of power. Climate talks (and world governments in general) continue to be under the sway of fossil fuel interests, subsidizing our demise. Without a realignment in power and priorities, we’re screwed. Because make no mistake, unchecked climate change will eventually come for all us without the ability to buy a private jet or Cybertruck. Young adults and small islands will just be the first to feel its wrath and live with the impacts the longest.

“Small islands don’t need to be told to be ambitious because, for us, climate change is an emergency that already affects our lives today,” Miguel van der Velden, a 22-year-old climate activist from Aruba, told Earther via WhatsApp message. “But I think that the youth movement will be essential for raising ambition in the Global North.

I’m doubting Miguel took a sailboat to Madrid. Further, tourism is the primary driver of Aruba’s economy, with just about everything linked to it. Perhaps we need to shut down the airport, the cruise ship ports, the construction, hotels, etc, so Aruba can be carbon neutral, right? Oh, wait, no, they just want the redistributed cash.

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Obligatory St. Greta Given Time Magazine Person Of The Year Award

Other than blowing off school and preaching at people, what has she done?

(Time) Greta Thunberg sits in silence in the cabin of the boat that will take her across the Atlantic Ocean. Inside, there’s a cow skull hanging on the wall, a faded globe, a child’s yellow raincoat. Outside, it’s a tempest: rain pelts the boat, ice coats the decks, and the sea batters the vessel that will take this slight girl, her father and a few companions from Virginia to Portugal. For a moment, it’s as if Thunberg were the eye of a hurricane, a pool of resolve at the center of swirling chaos. In here, she speaks quietly. Out there, the entire natural world seems to amplify her small voice, screaming along with her.

“We can’t just continue living as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow,” she says, tugging on the sleeve of her blue sweatshirt. “That is all we are saying.”

It’s a simple truth, delivered by a teenage girl in a fateful moment. The sailboat, La Vagabonde, will shepherd Thunberg to the Port of Lisbon, and from there she will travel to Madrid, where the United Nations is hosting this year’s climate conference. It is the last such summit before nations commit to new plans to meet a major deadline set by the Paris Agreement. Unless they agree on transformative action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world’s temperature rise since the Industrial Revolution will hit the 1.5°C mark—an eventuality that scientists warn will expose some 350 million additional people to drought and push roughly 120 million people into extreme poverty by 2030. For every fraction of a degree that temperatures increase, these problems will worsen. This is not fearmongering; this is science. For decades, researchers and activists have struggled to get world leaders to take the climate threat seriously. But this year, an unlikely teenager somehow got the world’s attention.

If you have to say that it’s not fearmongering, it’s fearmongering.

Thunberg began a global movement by skipping school: starting in August 2018, she spent her days camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament, holding a sign painted in black letters on a white background that read Skolstrejk för klimatet: “School Strike for Climate.” In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history. Her image has been celebrated in murals and Halloween costumes, and her name has been attached to everything from bike shares to beetles. Margaret Atwood compared her to Joan of Arc. After noticing a hundredfold increase in its usage, lexicographers at Collins Dictionary named Thunberg’s pioneering idea, climate strike, the word of the year.

So, she’s pretty much known for skipping school and being a dupe of a cult.

The politics of climate action are as entrenched and complex as the phenomenon itself, and Thunberg has no magic solution. But she has succeeded in creating a global attitudinal shift, transforming millions of vague, middle-of-the-night anxieties into a worldwide movement calling for urgent change. She has offered a moral clarion call to those who are willing to act, and hurled shame on those who are not. She has persuaded leaders, from mayors to Presidents, to make commitments where they had previously fumbled: after she spoke to Parliament and demonstrated with the British environmental group Extinction Rebellion, the U.K. passed a law requiring that the country eliminate its carbon footprint. She has focused the world’s attention on environmental injustices that young indigenous activists have been protesting for years. Because of her, hundreds of thousands of teenage “Gretas,” from Lebanon to Liberia, have skipped school to lead their peers in climate strikes around the world.

And she got millions of kids to blow off school.

Thunberg is 16 but looks 12. She usually wears her light brown hair pulled into two braids, parted in the middle. She has Asperger’s syndrome, which means she doesn’t operate on the same emotional register as many of the people she meets. She dislikes crowds; ignores small talk; and speaks in direct, uncomplicated sentences. She cannot be flattered or distracted. She is not impressed by other people’s celebrity, nor does she seem to have interest in her own growing fame. But these very qualities have helped make her a global sensation. Where others smile to cut the tension, Thunberg is withering. Where others speak the language of hope, Thunberg repeats the unassailable science: Oceans will rise. Cities will flood. Millions of people will suffer.

It’s no wonder those in the Cult of Climastrology love her: she’s a nagging scold, no sense of humor, dour, depressive, and unhinged.

It’s a long, long, long, good grief it’s long article, for which Eric Worrall notes “Angry, Whiny, Self-Righteous High-school Dropout Picked as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.”

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Democrats Might Hold Impeachment Articles Till McConnell Agrees To Their Rules Or Something

They’re searching for some sort of leverage, because the charges need to be presented as vividly as possible

Democrats seek leverage for trial

Senate Democrats are quietly talking about asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to hold articles of impeachment in the House until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) agrees to a fair rules package for a Senate trial.

Democratic senators are concerned by talk among Senate Republicans of holding a speedy trial without witnesses, which would set up a shorter time frame than when the Senate considered President Clinton’s 1999 impeachment.

They want to hear from Trump’s advisers and worry that if they don’t use their leverage now, they’ll have little say over how a Senate trial is run.

“If we don’t agree on a set of rules before the articles arrive over here, I think we’re cooked. I think McConnell has his people totally in line. It will be a procedural thing,” said one concerned Democratic senator.

Hmm, Schiff and Nadler have been ultra-shady with their procedure, did not require the so-called whistleblower, who never witnessed the call, to testify, hid the names of so-called witnesses, most of whom had no firsthand knowledge of the call, prior to having them testify, and limited questions the GOP could ask. And now they want to demand the way the Senate runs their process?

They should be careful what they wish for, less McConnell call Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, and other Democrats to testify as to their motives. I’m not quite sure what leverage they think they have, and holding the articles just makes this look ultra political.

University of North Carolina law professor Michael Gerhardt, an impeachment specialist, and Frank Bowman, the author of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump,” also attended.

The legal experts told Democrats they have a strong case against Trump but that they must present their charges as vividly as possible.

In other words, they have nothing, so, they have to put on theater.

If Pelosi holds onto the articles of impeachment, some Democrats hope it will put more pressure on McConnell to negotiate the trial rules with Schumer.

Yeah, and McConnell said he’d look to pass a partisan package of rules, so, that’s not much leverage saying they’ll hold on to the articles. Democrats should be careful, lest McConnell decide to investigate exactly why Trump was interested in finding out what happened in Ukraine regarding Burisma, and whether Joe Biden used his position as Vice President to get his kid a job, threatening to withhold aid. He admitted it. Really, Democrats are afraid that American voters are going to interfere in the 2020 election.

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UN: U.S. Can’t Avoid Paying Climate Reparations Or Something

Well, sure we can. Where does the United Nations get a giant percentage of its funding from now? Perhaps we can just take that money and give it to nations affected by ‘climate change’ U.S. citizens

U.N. Warns U.S. It Cannot Escape Paying Punitive Climate ‘Reparations’

The United States was warned Wednesday by the United Nations it cannot avoid compensating poorer nations hit by climate change, despite Donald Trump honoring his election promise of leaving the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Delegates and observers at the COP25 negotiations in Madrid told AFP that Washington seeks a change to the U.N. climate convention that could release it from punitive “loss and damage” funding for developing nations which is predicted to run into the billions of dollars.

Under the bedrock U.N. climate treaty, adopted in 1992, rich nations agreed to help developing countries prepare for unavoidable future climate impacts — the twin pillars of “mitigation” and “adaptation”.

A new mechanism was established in 2013, but with damage estimates climbing, there is no agreement on where the money might come from or even if it should be paid, although the U.S. is constantly the target of calls for financial reparations because it is rich, successful and a dominant world economic force.

Well, here’s an idea: the U.S. will no longer provide any aid to developing nations, we’ll just give a portion to the “carbon fund” and let the U.N. dole it out. And wash our hands of the problem. And the problems of the 3rd world nations. They’re all good with that, right? Or, do they think they can shake us down for both? Plus force the U.S. to take uneducated and skill-less refugees?

As Breitbart News reported, the financial impositions being considered include U.N.-administered taxes on financial transactions, international air travel and fossil fuels.

You want a reason to vote Trump? That money comes out of your pocket if a Democrat gets elected.

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If All You See…

…is a tree killed by carbon pollution, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is 357 Magnum, with a post on the new trade deal.

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