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There is much left to learn about biology. But first, I thought to review some quite old material. Plant pathology is not really very close to human pathology, and an epiphytotic (that’s the word) is not the same as an epidemic, but I decided to look for a plant disease that has been around a […]

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Why Do the Maldives Still Exist?

 

Climate science has long been consumed by the politics of climate, at least as far as any work in climate change or global warming is concerned.  All control of the project at the UN’s IPCC was put into the hands of activists and administrators in the 1980s,  The lead scientist at the UN in charge of the question of carbon dioxide at the time, Tom Wigley,  maintained that there was not yet sufficient evidence to show that man-made carbon dioxide was changing the climate, and it was unlikely to show up in the foreseeable future.  Activists in third-world countries led by Brazil got tired of waiting for this evidence and so moved to proclaim the guilt of man-made carbon dioxide by fiat.  The situation is detailed by Bernie Lewin in a chapter of the book “Climate Change: The Facts”.  Those scientists who enthusiastically prostitute themselves to the climate narrative have been richly rewarded, and any scientist who failed to toe the warmist line was ejected and de-funded.  In addition, a large number of low-level functionaries from third world countries were elevated to the status of “leading climate expert” and could therefore be counted on to give their unwavering support to the project.

The ability to predict future changes in the climate is, of course, the rai·son d’ê·tre of climate science, and it is remarkable how bad climate science is at doing that.  There is a very long list of wrong predictions with the prediction of global atmospheric temperatures leading the pack.  Environment Canada publishes its predictions about the climate every year.  By law they must include their previous predictions and their performance in each report, and each report therefore includes a long list of failures, in some cases with disastrous results.  But it doesn’t seem to matter.  They go along making predictions using the same flawed methods year after year confident that nobody in authority will hold them accountable.  The facts don’t matter.  Only the thermageddonist vision as laid down by the IPCC matters.

One climate science prediction that struck me as remarkable with regard to the stubbornness of the facts was about the Maldives.  The Maldives is a nation consisting of a group of islands in the Indian Ocean remarkable for the fact that none of them has an elevation of over 8 feet above sea level, and half of the 115 square miles of dry land that makes up the island nation is no more than 1 foot above sea level.  Yet the Maldives has existed as a place of human habitation for 2500 years.

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In 1995, in connection with a small personal research project, I learned that someone had once drilled a well in New Mexico, seeking oil or natural gas, but what he got was almost pure carbon dioxide. This sounded comical. Economically disastrous, but still kind of funny. Yet another enchantment, in the Land Thereof. I wondered […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that President Biden’s anti-gun nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is unlikely yo get confirmed by the U.S. Senate. They also groan as Biden cracks down on emission standards as part of a massive push toward making us buy electric vehicles. And they push back as Rep. Rashida Tlaib wants taxpayers to pay $40 billion to cover the utility bills of low-income Americans because of the pandemic.

Join Jim and Greg as they credit Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for tapping the brakes on the effort of Senate Dems to ram through $3.5 trillion in lefty spending priorities without any GOP votes. They also shake their heads as American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten says she will try to get schools open in the fall while adding the new CDC mask guidelines still make her concerned about teacher safety in the classroom. And they throw up their hands as a lot of Senate Republicans vote to advance an infrastructure bill that spends less than a tenth of the price tag on roads and bridges.

This week on JobMakers, Host Denzil Mohammed talks with Anita Worden, renewable energy business entrepreneur, about her work to improve representation of women in crucial economic sectors like technology, a place where they can innovate and have real impact.  Anita was born in England of Indian parents, grew up in Algeria, moved to the U.S. as a teenager, and attended MIT. While still a student, she co-founded her first company, Solectria Corporation, in 1989, and then went on to found Solectria Renewables in 2005, both of which were acquired.  Now retired, Anita is working to promote tech as a viable, lucrative and satisfying career choice for women and girls, just as she’s educating Americans about her passions, climate change and shifting the narrative around immigrants in the U.S.

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“When the big rain came, forty days and forty nights, southern Arizona got half an inch.” That’s not entirely true. Monsoon season in Arizona provides about the half of the annual rainfall. The first video, labeled Catalina, AZ is an area that I know very well, and I miss. Preview Open

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Join Jim and Greg as they enjoying watching the Texas Senate pass a voting reform bill despite the publicity stunt from Democrats. They also unload on President Biden for absurdly calling state elections legislation the worst threat to our democracy since the Civil War. And they shake their heads as Senate Democrats start pushing a $3.5 trillion spending bill to accomplish many more horrible policy goals once the infrastructure deal is done.

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It is not unreasonable to worry about one’s Internet search record being monitored by an authoritarian government. On the other hand, I am downright pleased that anyone who monitors mine will find I checked Coast to Coast AM. I wanted to find the nearest station that broadcasts this show, and preset the little Walkman I […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they slam radical Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib for wanting to defund Customs & Border Patrol, ICE, and the entire Department of Homeland Security. They also unload on the 40 leftist groups urging President Biden to look the other way on Uighur genocide and Hong Kong repression in order to build cooperation for a climate change agenda. And they have fun with John Kerry getting caught doing what John Kerry does best – thinking the rules don’t apply to him.

Unintended Consequences of Open Borders

 

Personally, I have been in favor of legalizing pot, even though I don’t use it. But now I am having second thoughts. Apparently, in California, there has been a lot of unintended consequences. The state is literally running out of water and not because of “climate change”; it is because they are using too much of it. What is interesting is that in order to “save water,” the California Ruling Class has sacrificed their agricultural sector that has been nurtured for over 100 years. But population growth and illegal pot farming is filling in the void. How nice.

This is just one of the harmful consequences of our open borders policies. What is sad is that I consider myself an environmentalist. So can someone tell me: where are the lovers of our land hiding, while all of our wild places are being destroyed? Is it because it does not follow their Hollywood scripts? Here are some interesting paragraphs from a Frontpagemag.com article:

Jim & Greg are glad to see VP Kamala Harris finally deciding to visit the border amid mounting pressure from Donald Trump, conservatives, and some in the media. They also cringe at President Biden’s dishonest attempts to justify gun control and saying that anyone wanting to resist the government would need F-15s and nukes. Finally, they discuss China covering up their climate abuses by paying off American media outlets and nonprofits.

Climate Disclosures and Their Stealth Mission

 

A huge fraction of the Biden administration’s regulatory policy is driven by its persistent fear of climate change. Chief among its initiatives are ambitious programs to reduce the United States’ dependence on fossil fuels by pushing for an increase in wind and solar energy reliance.

There are two paths for achieving that goal: direct regulation and disclosure. The former includes the decision made shortly after President Biden’s inauguration to pull the federal permits for the Keystone XL pipeline, which led TC Energy, its Canadian developer, to kill the project some months later. Soon thereafter, the Biden team made its dubious decision to “pause” oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters, only to be blocked judicially for encroaching on Congress’s power to set national policy. Ironically, there was no explanation given of how these actions would help the environment. In my view, Keystone’s removal probably increased climate-change risk by preventing the efficient shipment of fossil fuels, which are still used by over 80 percent of the energy market, notwithstanding the heavily subsidized production of wind and solar energy. Piously claiming to follow “best science” hardly serves as an adequate justification.

Greg and guest host Rob Long celebrate a federal court in Louisiana ending President Biden’s oil and gas lease ban on federal land. They also cringe as the Biden administration considers lifting sanctions on top Iranian institutions which finance terrorism. Lastly, they roll their eyes at California Gov. Gavin Newsom for failing to relinquish his state of emergency powers despite COVID-19 numbers being at all time lows in his state.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Sen. Joe Manchin definitively opposing the Democrats’ sweeping elections bill and get a kick out of the left losing its mind over it. They also shudder as Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm publicly admits that ransomware hackers are capable of shutting down our power grids. And they laugh as CNN’s Brian Stelter starts his interview of White Press Secretary Jen Psaki with the softest of possible softball questions.

Environmental Extremists Don’t Believe Their Own Predictions

 

In public discourse, it’s considered bad form to insult your opponent’s integrity. But it’s almost impossible to believe that climate alarmists believe their own apocalyptic predictions.

Greta Thunberg, Al Gore, and other experts sternly warned that our planet will be an uninhabitable, unsalvageable oven unless within 15 years (now 10 or 12) we bend all human activity to the goal of eliminating carbon emissions. If true, this creates an obvious moral imperative.

So on his first day in office, President Biden terminated the extension of the Keystone pipeline, created to export shale oil from Alberta to the US. It was, uh, controversial.

This week on JobMakers, Guest Host Jo Napolitano talks with Jitka Borowick, Founder & CEO of Cleangreen, a cleaning service committed to environmentally-friendly practices, and Nove Yoga, launched during COVID. Jitka grew up under communism in the Czech Republic. Determined to learn English, she made her way to the U.S., initially with plans to stay for only one year – but ended up making it her home. In this episode, they discuss the difficulties of learning another language and culture, her pathway to entrepreneurship, and her courageous decision to open a new business during a pandemic. Jitka shares insights on how her companies have successfully adapted to the challenges so many small businesses have encountered over the past year.

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Join Jim and Greg as they dissect the Democrats’ push for a commission to investigate the Capitol riot on January 6 and point out that the 9/11 commission was not the success that Democrats are now pretending it was. They also groan at another report showing the biggest jump in inflation since 1992. And they get a kick out of a new book on the 2020 campaign pointing out the very particular conditions that Bernie Sanders insisted upon while on the road.