Kerry family jet flies to Idaho while he goes on international climate tour

By Paul Homewood

 

 

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The jet belonging to climate czar John Kerry’s family made its way to Idaho, where he and his wife have reportedly vacationed, as he traveled in Asia to promote the Biden administration’s message on the issue.

Flight records show that the jet left Boston late afternoon and landed in Hailey, Idaho, later that evening. It’s unclear what the trip was for but the Idaho Press reported last year that he and his wife, Teresa, have been part-time residents in the nearby Sun Valley for decades.

According to the State Department, the former secretary of state is currently on a trip through Asia that’s set to end on Friday. The trip, which started April 1, extends from Abu Dhabi to Dhaka and is intended "for consultations on increasing climate ambition" ahead of a climate summit hosted by President Biden.

In the past, Kerry has encountered scrutiny over use of his family jet while speaking out against climate change. Most notably, when Kerry took his jet to receive a climate award in Iceland, he called it "the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle."

Private jets have been estimated to emit upward of 40 times as much carbon per passenger as commercial flights.

FlightAware logs show that the jet traveled from Bedford, Massachusetts, to Martha’s Vineyard, which is also in Massachusetts, on March 26 and from Martha’s Vineyard to Boston on March 28.

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April 13, 2021 at 03:45AM

Michael Crichton: Is environmentalism a religion?

As more and more in society have drifted away from a belief in God the void needs to be filled for most human beings. The environment, Crichton said, has filled the void for many. Conventional Judeo-Christian religion began with a perfect world called Eden. Today’s environmentalist sees sustainability as the salvation in the church of the environment, attempting to return to a fictional world of past perfection.

Michael Crichton, well known for his books Jurassic Park, Andromeda Stain, movies of those books and others and the award winning TV series ER, received his medical degree from Harvard but never practiced. Instead he wrote and directed movies and TV full time. He died of cancer in 2008.

He had a number if serious environmental concerns which lead him to write STATE FEAR a novel that addressed the realities of concerns about Global Warming. In September of 2003 he presented a lecture to the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco titled ENVIRONMENTALISM AS RELIGION.

Because our newly elected administration in Washington DC is doubling down on all environmental regulations as fast as possible, it is worth refocusing on the wisdom of Michael Crichton in order to place the actions of this administration into a perspective that will serve us well.

He stated initially that the greatest problem facing the world is not likely one you have considered. In his opinion it is separating truth from fiction. Bombarded daily, more today than when he was speaking, with information that can not easily be separated from either misinformation of disinformation. The first not necessarily intended to fool and the second definitely intended. In either case we have to think critically in order to decide for ourselves.

They often paint America of the indigenous peoples before the Europeans came as a dreamy world of unspoiled nature. Historians now tell us that was anything but true as little of the natural world was cared for. Herds of animals were destroyed, lands were burned and tribal wars were common and inhumane . Loving, peaceful and harmonious were not words to apply.

In short Crichton tells us “-the romantic view of the natural world as a blissful Eden is only held by people who have no actual experience of nature. People who live in nature are not romantic about it at all.” They know how difficult survival can be. The TV producers have been very successful showing this to us for years.

The truth is that almost no one wants to experience real nature. They want to spend a week or two in a cabin in the woods with screens and windows, or a river rafting trip for a few days with someone else doing the cooking.

One way Crichton says “to measure the prevalence of fantasy is to note the number of people who die because they haven’t the least knowledge of how nature really is.”

A decade ago I was almost one of them attempting a rim to rim Grand Canyon hike within 24 hours. Park rangers rescued me on the way out after 20 hours informing me there had been a dozen fatalities the previous year. I said I was an Ironman Triathlete and they laughed.

Crichton was the first to recognize in 2003 that one scare story was already loosing its grip on the world. That was over population. In the early 1990s the fear-mongers were predicting we were on our way to a population of 12 to 15 billion which we would not be able feed. The predicted numbers had then fallen below 10 billion while agriculture yields had risen dramatically eliminating fears of starvation. Today we have become more concerned with the economic problems created by a shrinking population.

It wasn’t just one prediction the so-called environmentalists got wrong, there have been a slew of them. He said they told us we would run out of oil and other natural resources and starvation would become the order of the day. What he told us in 2003 as to their absurdly wrong predictions for the past year of 2020 have proved ludicrous. They include a temperature rise of 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit, a doubling of CO2, elimination of snow on Mt. Kilimanjaro, a two foot sea level rise in Florida, end of ice on the Arctic sea and the end of glaciers in Glacier National Park.

Crichton asked his audience “with so many past failures, you might think that environmental prediction would become more cautious. But not if its a religion. Remember, the nut on the sidewalk carrying the placard that predicts the end of the world doesn’t quit when the world doesn’t end on the day he expects. He just changes his placard, sets a new doomsday date, and goes back to walking the streets. One of the defining features of religion is that your beliefs are not troubled by facts, because they have nothing to do with facts.”

Crichton, in this speech, was one of the first scientifically trained people to expose the complete fraud of the elimination of DDT to fight malaria. All the science behind DDT proved completely that it eliminated malaria with no negative impact on humans or birds. Millions died of malaria again once DDT was taken off the market.

Environmentalism needs to be absolutely based on objective and verifiable science, he said, it needs to be rational and flexible, apolitical and without frantic fantasies. He said we need to get environmentalism out of the sphere of religion and away from doomsday predictions.

At the end of his speech Crichton wisely said that if we allow science to be politicized “we will enter the Internet version of the dark ages, an era of shifting fears and wild prejudices, transmitted to people who don’t know any better. …..So its time to abandon the religion of environmentalism, and return to the science of environmentalism, and base our public policy decisions firmly on that.”

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April 13, 2021 at 03:23AM

Australia likely to join the Net Zero charade

‘Some Liberal MPs say it is politically important the government looks as though it is taking climate change seriously.’

Scott Morrison’s department has created a senior position to co-­ordinate the government’s climate strategy and provide advice about emissions reductions, raising expectations within Coalition ranks that the Prime Minister will endorse a target of net-zero by 2050 within months.

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Philip Gaetjens last month quietly appointed James Larsen, a long-time bureaucrat, to the position of deputy secretary and climate co-ordinator, elevating the issue. He will co-ordinate the work being done on the issue by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Mr Larsen, a former ambassador to Turkey and Israel and key adviser to former foreign minister Bob Carr, is expected to use his connections to try to alter inter­national perceptions that Australia is a laggard on climate action.

Government sources said no decision had been made on whether Australia would adopt a target of net-zero emissions by 2050. But there is a growing expectation among Liberal MPs that Mr Morrison will commit to the target ­before the November UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

The government will also be under pressure to outline new ­climate initiatives at US President Joe Biden’s climate summit on April 22, or ahead of the G7 and G20 summits in June and October respectively.

Mr Larsen, who has been allocated three staff, has been chosen to bring a strategic approach to the government’s climate agenda and to push for more initiatives across government departments, alongside creating a strategy around net-zero emissions, sources close to discussions told The Australian.

A spokesman for Energy Minister Angus Taylor said the government’s emission reduction strategy would be released ahead of the COP26 meeting.

“Minister Taylor has been tasked with delivering on our long-term emissions reduction strategy, which we’ve been transparent on and will release in the lead-up to COP26,” he said.

Some Liberal MPs say it is politically important the government looks as though it is taking climate change seriously, privately arguing the National Party’s pro-coal advocacy lost more seats than it won at the last election.

The Liberal MPs say the rhetoric of the Nationals ahead of the last election forced the party to spend “millions” holding previously safe seats in Sydney and Melbourne, limiting its campaign spend in marginal electorates.

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April 13, 2021 at 03:20AM

Fossil Foiled: Climate Industrial Complex Can’t Curb China’s Insatiable Demand for Coal-Fired Power

The growth in China’s demand for coal-fired power – and the construction of new plants to generate it – is a case of full steam ahead.

Where the climate industrial complex is delighted by the destruction of reliable and affordable power supplies in the West, it stands powerless against China’s insatiable demand for coal-fired electricity. And it’s growing ever more furious at the fact that China is taking the West for fools and knaves.

In what passes for Chinese diplomacy, the CCP might mouth welcome platitudes about reducing their carbon dioxide emissions, some time, generations from now. But, ever inscrutable, the regime is not about to give up on the cheapest and most reliable source of electricity there is: coal-fired power. And why would it?

The CCP must be both bemused and delighted with the manner in which an energy rich country like Australia has deliberately destroyed its reliable and affordable power supplies with massive (and seemingly endless) subsidies to hopelessly unreliable wind and solar.

It’s a model that is, of course, in tune with the climate industrial complex’s mandate to get control of the global economy, via claims that human-generated carbon dioxide gas is destroying the planet. The naturally occurring stuff, barely rates a mention.

However, we digress.

The point of this post is to, once again, counter the myth that China is headed for a renewable energy Nirvana; one where it would start using some of the millions of solar panels and wind turbines that it produces, rather than dumping them on virtue signalling Western nations. Now, for the facts.

China’s coal use offsets global cuts
The Times
Ben Webster
7 April 2021

A big increase in coal-fired power stations opening in China offset all the closures in the rest of the world last year, a report says.

Coal plants with a collective capacity of 37.75 gigawatts were retired globally last year, with the US shutting down 11.3 gigawatts and the European Union 10.1 gigawatts, according to analysis by Global Energy Monitor, a group that monitors fossil fuel trends. The total reduction was close to the record of 37.8 gigawatts that closed in 2015.

However, China opened 38.4 gigawatts of new plants in the same period, just over three quarters of the global total of 50.3 gigawatts of new coal-fired capacity. China is building 88.1 gigawatts of coal power and a further 158.7 gigawatts are planned, totalling 246.8 gigawatts, half of all new coal plant capacity in development globally.

China’s continued reliance on coal is undermining the UK’s plan to make the closure of coal plants a key theme of COP26, the UN climate conference due to be held in Glasgow in November.

Coal supplied only 1.6 per cent of the UK’s electricity last year, down from almost 25 per cent five years ago. The country’s three remaining coal-fired power stations are due to close by 2024.

India was second to China in the amount of coal capacity that opened last year but its total of 2 gigawatts was well down on its annual average of 17 gigawatts from 2010 to 2017.

Lauri Myllyvirta, lead analyst at the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, which contributed to the report, said: “Dozens of new coal power projects, equal to the total coal power capacity of Germany and Poland combined, were announced last year in China. These projects are a key test of the country’s pledge to reach peak emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060. Cancelling them would put the country on track to the low-carbon development the leadership says it wants to pursue.”
The Times

Of course China ‘wasn’t going to follow through’ with climate promises
The Australian
Nick Cater
7 April 2021

Of course China wasn’t going to follow through with its climate promises because the Kyoto agreement gave them a “leave pass”.

China has generated over 50 per cent of the world’s total coal-fired power in 2020 despite climate goal pledges and the building of hundreds of renewable energy plans.

“We gave them every incentive to do this when we gave China and India and other so-called developing countries a leave pass. They don’t have to meet any targets until 2030 at least, so of course, they’re piling it on,” he said.

“That quantity of 36.9 gigawatts of new coal-fired power last year… our total is 24 gigawatts, so that means, in the first eight months of last year, China built the same amount of coal-fired power extra than we have in this country. So if we were to shut our entire fleet down, it wouldn’t have made any difference, China would have replaced it within eight months.

“In the end, this is the international process that we put so much store-buy, that stuffed this up.

“Why give China a leave pass until 2030 when they’re bound to inflate it as high as they can so after that they can start to show they’re cutting it?”

The report also revealed that more coal plants were retired under President Trump than in President Obama’s second term, despite Trump promising to end the “war on coal”. A total of 52.4 gigawatts was retired in 2017-21, exceeding the 48.9 gigawatts shut down in the preceding four years.
The Australian

Coal’s ‘dead’ … and, yet, still they keep coming for more …

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April 13, 2021 at 02:31AM