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#1 User is offline   grimreefer 

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 08:03 AM

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Election Slaughter for Climate Activism

American Thinker
By James Taylor
November 20, 2018

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This month, voters throughout the country inflicted a bloodbath on climate activism and climate-activist political candidates. Voters rejected the two highest profile climate-activist ballot initiatives, severely punished Republicans who joined the congressional Climate Solutions Caucus, and sent home the Democratic climate activist most heavily supported by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer.

State Ballot Initiatives Rejected

Washington State voters soundly rejected a ballot initiative that would have taxed carbon-dioxide emissions. It was the second consecutive election in which Washington voters rejected a carbon-dioxide tax. Even in deep-blue Washington, the proposed tax lost by double-digits in 2016 and now in 2018.

Meanwhile, Arizona voters inflicted a humiliating defeat on a ballot initiative that would have required 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources. Voters rejected the initiative by a whopping 70 percent to 30 percent. The defeat was particularly crushing to Steyer, who wrote the ballot initiative and spent approximately $20 million supporting it.

Climate alarmists?only silver lining came in Nevada, where 59 percent of voters approved the same 50 percent renewable power mandate Arizonans rejected. However, to amend the Nevada Constitution, voters must approve an amendment in consecutive elections, which means they’ll have to approve the proposed amendment again in 2020. Although Nevadans rendered first-round approval, it was only made possible because Steyer spent $6 million of Steyer backing the measure and there was very limited organized opposition. In light of Arizona’s massive rejection of the same proposal, this Steyer initiative faces an uphill climb in 2020.

Climate Caucus Crushed

Voters also demolished the notion that climate activism can be a winning message for Republican politicians. The congressional Climate Solutions Caucus, which claims to seek and support “economically viable options to reduce climate risk,?lost half its Republican membership. Of the caucus?43 Republican members, 11 were defeated, another three appeared likely to lose in races yet to be officially decided, one lost earlier this year in the Republican primary, and seven others decided not to seek reelection (most because they realized they were going to lose anyway). That means 22 of the 43 Republicans -- more than half the Caucus?Republican membership -- disappeared after the elections.

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More silver lining... B)
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Posted 22 November 2018 - 08:08 AM

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Democratic climate activists also suffered crushing defeats. The biggest was the defeat of Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. Global warming activists have long argued that global warming is a winning political issue -- for Democrats and Republicans alike -- in Florida. Gillum made global warming a central issue in his campaign, and Steyer donated $7 million on behalf of Gillum’s campaign.

Gillum was Steyer’s political golden child. As noted by CNN in October when reporting on Steyer’s donations on behalf of Gillum, “Steyer has picked his favorite candidate and is pulling out all the stops.?But voters in politically purple Florida elected a candidate, Ron DeSantis, who explicitly emphasized he is “not a global warming person?and does not believe Florida’s government should be devoting attention or resources to addressing climate change.


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Posted 22 November 2018 - 08:37 AM

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 08:56 AM

So not only is the climate not warming, neither is the idea. :)
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Posted 22 November 2018 - 12:01 PM

And Jerry Brown has finally admitted that Donald Trump was right about how to handle California's pernicious forest fires.
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Posted 22 November 2018 - 02:13 PM

View Postgrimreefer, on 22 November 2018 - 08:08 AM, said:

Steyer’s Golden Child Goes Down in Defeat

Democratic climate activists also suffered crushing defeats. The biggest was the defeat of Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. Global warming activists have long argued that global warming is a winning political issue -- for Democrats and Republicans alike -- in Florida. Gillum made global warming a central issue in his campaign, and Steyer donated $7 million on behalf of Gillum’s campaign.

Gillum was Steyer’s political golden child. As noted by CNN in October when reporting on Steyer’s donations on behalf of Gillum, “Steyer has picked his favorite candidate and is pulling out all the stops.” But voters in politically purple Florida elected a candidate, Ron DeSantis, who explicitly emphasized he is “not a global warming person” and does not believe Florida’s government should be devoting attention or resources to addressing climate change.


And these activists are mistaken. Global warming, and the associated issue of sea levels, IS potentially a problem for Florida... NOT because it's "Man-Made" but because it ISN'T. In general, you can't solve through politics those issues which weren't originally caused by politics; You can't legislate the sun to stop shining. I think (most) voters in FL realize this. And I can't think of a single thing that the Florida legislature or Governor can do about...

https://astronomer-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Sunspot-Cycle.png
Source: OneMinuteAstronomer.com: Do Sunspots Cause Global Warming?

IMHO, instead there are two perennially "winning" environmental issues in FL:

#1 WATER. A republican mayor of Miami said it best back in the '80s: "We will never run out of good clean water. What we will run out of is good clean CHEAP water." I tend to agree, and let the Free Market sort it all out.

#2 OVERDEVELOPMENT. Or, as they say, "A developer is the guy who wants to build a house in the woods. An environmentalist is the guy who already has one." A perennial fight in the Sunshine State. Problem is, it's aided-and-abbetted by Democrat-run Municipalities that encourage overdevelopment as it subsidizes their ponzi schemes otherwise known as "Municipal Finance". I offer the Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando areas as exhibits A, B, and C, and rest my case.

EtA: When it comes to water, I'm a big supporter of Desalinization. Though it does have a price. Dubai UAE does most of it's water that way: In photos: Dubai's massive desalination plant which process 2.8 Billion gallons/day. For comparison, the entire Atlanta GA metro area consumes ~512 million gallons/day (2009) and the entire state of Georgia ~5.5 billion gallons/day (2005). Source: Atlanta Regional Commission: Facts about Water Use in Georgia and Metro Atlanta

But... desalinization DOES have it's price. In Cobb Co GA (Northern 'burbs of Atlanta), 5,000 gallons of water from Marietta Power and Water costs $24.10 ($4.82 per thousand. source). That same 5,000 gallons in Dubai costs DH 175.00, or US$47.64, essentially double in pure dollars without even factoring in differential household-income or the fact that Gov't of Dubai is likely subsidizing at least part of the cost. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Tariff Calculator

Let the "free market" sort it out. I can choose to live in Dubai... or not. I can choose to live in the Atlanta metro area... or not. That level of "Freedom" is purchased by gaining marketable skills that are essentially "fungible"; wherever I chose to live, I have skills that are worth something to someone. The more skills you have, the more choices you have in this life-as-we-know it. Its. That. Simple.

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 08:13 AM

We have -1 this morning, where I live live. Good thing the idiots renamed their farce from global warming to climate change.

Legislate climate, legislate sun spots, many are the times that I've worried about sun spot legislation.

The more skills you have, the more choices you have in this life-as-we-know it. Its. That. Simple. Resoundingly seconded!
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