Category Archives: Global Warming / Climate Change

Eco-hypocrites: Prince Harry & Meghan took private jet to Ibiza for 5-day vacation

Sanctimonious environmentalists Prince Harry, 34, and his D-listed actress-wife Meghan Markle (MM), 38, and “baby” Archie, recently took a secret trip via a private jet to Ibiza, a Mediterranean island off the coast of Spain, to celebrate MM’s birthday on August 5.

Alexander Robinson reports for Daily Mail that the royal couple and baby Archie stayed in a secluded villa away from prying eyes, and travelled with security personnel for the 6-day trip. A source told Majorca Daily Bulletin: “No images have emerged of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Archie, who stayed at a villa well away from the cameras. ‘They travelled with security personnel, and it is reported that local security forces were not needed.”

Harry has warned about the “terrifying” effects of climate change on the world when he revealed this month that he and MM had decided to limit their family to two children — a not-so-subtle jab at his brother, direct heir to the throne Prince William, who has three children.

For her part, Meghan Markle had said: “There is a ticking clock to protect our planet – with climate change, the deterioration of our natural resources, endangerment of sacred wildlife, the impact of plastics and microplastics, and fossil fuel emissions, we are jeopardising this beautiful place we call home – for ourselves and for future generations. Let’s save it. Let’s do our part.” (Express)

The Ibiza holiday came just days after Harry attended Camp Google — a celebrity climate-change summit in a luxury resort hotel on an island in Sicily, Italy, which was blasted by environmental groups for its hypocrisy. Italian media reported that 114 private jets were scheduled to land in Palermo airport for the summit. Google did not respond to requests for comment.

See my post “Hypocrisy on steroids: Global elite take private jets & super-yachts to Google Climate Summit”.

Sources told Daily Mail that Google paid for a private chartered jet and a helicopter to ferry Harry from London to Palermo airport, then to the Sicilian hotel for the summit, where Harry delivered an impassioned speech about the environment and humanitarianism while barefoot. When pressed whether Harry had flown commercial or private, the CEO of Palermo airport Giovanni Scalia said: “Being royalty you can guess which.”

Harry is also believed to have stayed in a superyacht during the summit. According to experts, a 390 ft. super-yacht produces about 3.3 tons of damaging carbon dioxide each hour at sea by burning through around 200 gallons of fuel.

Yachts spotted during the Google Camp included the 300ft Eos, owned by Expedia billionaire Barry Diller, and the 290ft Infinity belonging to former Google boss Eric Schmidt.

MM’s birthday was four days after the summit. It is unknown if Harry returned to the UK first or whether he joined MM in Ibiza. Daily Mail asked Buckingham Palace if Harry had travelled to Ibiza directly from the climate summit via private plane, but a spokesman refused to comment.

If Harry had flown directly from the summit to Ibiza via a private jet with five passengers, it would have put around a ton of carbon into the atmosphere. If he had returned to the UK first, the private jet would have used up about 1.3 tons of CO2, followed by the flight from London to Ibiza which would use about 0.8 ton.

Altogether, Harry’s travels via private jet would have put around 3 tons of carbon into the atmosphere — 10 times more carbon dioxide than going via commercial airliner. To offset just the one-way private-jet flight, Harry would need to plant around 190 trees, environmental group Trees for the Future said.

In January 2019, MM also used a private jet (owned by Trump-hater actor George Clooney) to her £300,000 New York baby shower. (Express)

But if anyone so much as dare criticize Harry and bi-racial MM, Harry already has a ready-made accusation — that their critics have “unconscious” racism.

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President Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to “poop every other day” to help save the environment

Um, yeah…that’s a big fat NO THANK YOU. It is NOT healthy to practice this recommendation. What a whack job this guy is.

From Daily Mail: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Friday that people ‘poop every other day’ as a way to save the environment, after he came under fire for a surge in deforestation of the Amazon since he came to power.

The far-right leader offered this idea in response to a journalist’s question as to whether it was possible to simultaneously spur economic growth, feed the world’s hungry and also preserve the environment.

‘It’s enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It’s enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the whole world,’ said Bolsonaro, who earlier this month sacked the head of a government agency that had reported a major increase in Amazon deforestation.

Bolsonaro has been criticised for a rapid acceleration in deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, which which covers vast swathes of Brazil and is considered vital to combatting global warming.

According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which tracks clear-cutting of the rainforest, around 2,254 square kilometers (870 square miles) of the Amazon were cleared in July, an increase of 278 percent from a year ago.

The rapid rise in deforestation has triggered a global outcry and threatens to create problems for the recent free trade agreement between the South American trade bloc known as Mercosur. The pact includes Brazil and the European Union.

That followed a 90 percent increase in June compared to the year prior – figures that Bolsonaro has called ‘lies,’ and which prompted the sacking of INPE chief Ricardo Galvao on August 2.

The Amazon is vital to the exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere — a check on global warming.

But Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said the INPE data was published in a way that satisfied “sensationalist interpretations” and was aimed at getting “more donations from foreign NGOs”. Data from INPE, an institution of international repute, showed that overall deforestation has increased 40 percent in the last twelve months compared with the same period a year ago.

Bolsonaro, a combative politician frequently denounced for derogatory remarks about women and minority groups, said the rapid rise in populations around the world needed to be addressed.

“When you see how the world’s population is increasing by 70 million a year, you need a family planning policy,” said the former army officer, declining to use the term “birth control” for fear of an adverse media reaction.

“Don’t make me say that, otherwise (the daily) Folha de S. Paolo will run a headline saying I favor birth control,” he said.

“But you can see that more educated people have fewer children. I’m an exception to that rule, I have five,” he said.

President Bolsonaro: The exception to the rule…

Read the whole story here.

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Hypocrisy on steroids: Global elite take private jets & super-yachts to Google Climate Summit

The hypocrisy of so-called environmentalist elites is limitless.

In January 2019, international financial and political elites took some 1,500 fuel-guzzling, CO2-spewing private jets to Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum on climate change being the greatest threat to the global economy. Davos, a small town in the Swiss Alps, is an easy taxi ride from a host of commercial airports.

The hypocrites did it again, for the just concluded 3-day Google Summer Camp on climate change at the posh, 5-star Verdura Resort on the Sicilian coast in Sciacca, Italy, where rooms start at $903 a night.

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin invited to the top-secret gathering, costing some $20 million, a who’s who of A-list names, including (Page Six; Forbes):

The hypocrites arrived by private jets and yachts.

Among the yachts moored off the beach at Verdura Resort were Diller and Von Furstenberg’s $70 million EOS, Geffen’s $400 million super-yacht Rising Sun, Hart’s $275 million super-yacht Ulysees, Google co-founder Eric Schmidt’s $150 million super-yacht Infinity and its support vessel Intrepid, and Vetter’s Aquarius.

According to Italian press reports, the attendees arrived in 114 private jets.

Page Six reports that the New York Post “crunched the numbers and found that 114 flights from Los Angeles to Palermo, Italy, where guests landed, would spew an estimated 100,000 kilograms [220.46 lbs.] of CO2 into the air.”

Update:

Other attendees of the Google Hypocrite Summer Camp on climate change are (Daily Mail):

  • Hollyweirdo actors Orlando Bloom, George Clooney, Sacha Baron Cohen, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, Lars Ulrich; talent manager Guy Oseary.
  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank
  • Super-model Naomi Campbell
  • Pop singers Bono, Nick Jonas and wife Priyanka Chopra, John Legend, Chris Martin, Harry Styles.
  • UK fashion designer Stella McCartney.
  • CBS morning talk show’s Gayle King.
  • Google’s VP of engineering Benjamin Treynor Sloss with his wife Christine.
  • Italian restaurateur Massimo Bottura

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Miley Cyrus implies she won’t procreate due to climate change

Elle magazine has an interview with Miley Cyrus that covers every woke topic: climate change, sexism, abortion, housing inequality, etc.

Excerpts from the article:

“My record is called She Is Miley Cyrus. ‘She’ does not represent a gender. She is not just a woman. ‘She’ doesn’t refer to a vagina. She is a force of nature. She is power. She can be anything you want to be, therefore, she is everything. She is the super she. She is the she-ro. She is the She-E-O.”

“I think it’s very confusing to people that I’m married. But my relationship is unique. And I don’t know that I would ever publicly allow people in there because it’s so complex, and modern, and new that I don’t think we’re in a place where people would get it. I mean, do people really think that I’m at home in a fucking apron cooking dinner? I’m in a hetero relationship, but I still am very sexually attracted to women. People become vegetarian for health reasons, but bacon is still fucking good, and I know that. I made a partner decision. This is the person I feel has my back the most. I definitely don’t fit into a stereotypical wife role. I don’t even like that word.

“I have a new song, “Never Be Me,” and the chorus says, “If you’re looking for faithful, that’ll never be me. If you’re looking for stable, that’ll never be me. If you’re looking for someone that’ll be all that you need, that’s never going to be me.”

She laments the expectation this puts on the female sex: “We’re expected to keep the planet populated. And when that isn’t a part of our plan or our purpose, there is so much judgment and anger that they try to make and change laws to force it upon you—even if you become pregnant in a violent situation. If you don’t want children, people feel sorry for you, like you’re a cold, heartless bitch who’s not capable of love.” Cyrus hates the word selfish. “Why are we trained that love means putting yourself second and those you love first? If you love yourself, then what? You come first.”

“We’ve been doing the same thing to the earth that we do to women. We just take and take and expect it to keep producing. And it’s exhausted. It can’t produce. We’re getting handed a piece-of-shit planet, and I refuse to hand that down to my child. Until I feel like my kid would live on an earth with fish in the water, I’m not bringing in another person to deal with that.

Read the whole interview here.

h/t Newsbusters

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Portland, OR to create “equitable mobility” task force to determine charges for driving on public roads

From Oregon Live: Portland City Council approved a plan Wednesday to study short-and-long-term strategies to charge people to use city streets, an effort intended to reduce congestion and curb carbon emissions as the region expects as many as 500,000 new residents by 2040.

The city will create a Pricing for Equitable Mobility task force to study and recommend potential road user fees – such as cordons, where drivers are charged to use certain streets in the city center or potentially more robust freeway tolls in the area. The task force will meet later this year and is expected to offer initial recommendations in summer 2020 and final recommendations in the spring of 2021.

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who oversees the transportation bureau, said the city must take bold steps to try and get people out of their cars. “We are going the wrong direction on transportation,” she said, adding that 42% of Portland’s carbon emissions come from transportation sources. Portland and Multnomah County have the goal of transitioning 100% to renewable energy sources by 2050.

What strategies are on the table are still up for debate, but likely options include cordon pricing, a potential fee for Uber and Lyft fares, more demand-based parking pricing, and potentially a local fee to charge drivers based on how many miles they drive.

The vote comes nearly two years after the council urged the city to create a comprehensive congestion pricing and demand strategy. The Legislature in 2017 also kickstarted a plan to study whether and how to charge drivers on Interstate 5 and 205 in the Portland area. The state has since applied for tolling approval from the federal government.

Advocates like Jillian Detweiler, executive director of the nonprofit transportation organization The Street Trust, said the city already knew what it must do – and that’s offer incentives to get people out of cars and onto bikes or transit.

“This can’t wait,” she said of the pricing plan, adding it took 20 months to get to the point of creating a task force. Other supporters urged the city to act sooner, saying growing traffic congestion poses a health risk to young people here.

The task force is expected to include diverse voices from transit-dependent groups and organizations representing communities of color, folks who, city officials say, already shoulder an undue burden in commuting times because they’ve been forced to relocate to farther flung neighborhoods.

Chris Warner, Portland’s transportation director, said the city was seeing an increase in carbon emissions in recent years, not a decrease. Those emissions rose 6.4% last year, Warner said, and are up 8% since 1990.

“We have to reduce the amount we drive alone,” he told the council. Portland hopes its alliance with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Climate Challenge, of which it is one of 25 cities chosen, will help the city “augment and accelerate” it’s near-term climate reduction goals.

Portland has studied how other major cities — like London, Stockholm and Singapore — have started charging drivers to use city roads or drive into sections of the city.

Charging people to drive works, according to the city’s research. But it’s important to have a solid plan in place, access to transit and tailor the pricing strategy to the region.

Portland’s challenge is intensified because unlike many other larger cities, the bulk of commuters who drive alone into downtown and close-in neighborhoods for work in the Rose City aren’t wealthy. PBOT officials said 65% of peak car commuters in Portland are medium or low-income, so finding out how to charge users to drive is a tricky issue.

Noah Siegel, PBOT’s interim deputy director, said Portland couldn’t make whatever fees it settles on for drivers punitive. “It’s really about freeing people from sitting in traffic in their cars,” he told the council.

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Election 2020: Satan Throws His Horns Into The Ring For The Democrat Nomination

This brilliant essay is re-blogged from Trevor Loudon’s New Zeal Blog with the permission of the author Thomas Wigand, whose book, Communiqués From the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.

~Eowyn

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Election 2020: Satan Throws His Horns Into The Ring For The Democrat Nomination

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Frustrated by the performance of the 20-some odd Democrat candidates in their first round of debates, Satan has decided to throw his hat, err, horns into the ring and seek the 2020 Democrat nomination for President of the United States.

He’s granted his first interview to this publication, the Washington Possessed.  The transcript appears below, and we’re sure that you’ll find it informative.

Question: Satan, the obvious first question is: what made you decide to run?

Satan: Well, as you know, normally I prefer to operate through stealth and deception; luring souls to do my bidding through temptation and, well, let’s just get it out there, capitalizing on their own stupidity and greed.

After all, if I were open about “yes, I really exist” and “yes, my intention is to have your soul condemned to the eternal fires of Hell,” my soul-yield to date would have been negligible.

But now, thanks to those knucklehead Democrats my hand is being forced; I must give-in to a long-held temptation that I’d resisted until now – that is, to “come out of the closet,” so to speak.

Question:  Could you elaborate?

Satan:  Sure.

When Donald Trump was running against Hillary, my followers and I were absolutely convinced that we had it in the bag.  Yes, there were prayer groups across the country praying for a miracle, for a Trump victory – but since I don’t believe in the power of prayer, I just knew that the efforts of those silly “Deplorables” would be for naught.  Well, they really did get their miracle. So yes, I have to admit that even I didn’t see Trump’s victory coming – heaven really got one over on me with that one!

In hindsight, I guess our great victory in deceiving the American people to elect Barack Hussein Obama – twice! – led us into the temptation of becoming simultaneously cocky and complacent.

So for those of us on the dark side, recovering lost ground is critical; if Trump wins again in 2020 and secures the border and appoints more Constitutionally-loyal Supreme Court justices and cements an economy that works for the middle-class, our cause will be set back for decades, if not longer.

Question:  I see. But why you, and not one of your many human followers who have already declared their candidacies to become the Democrat nominee for President?

Satan:  [Sighs.]  Well, as CEO – Chief Evil Officer – of this enterprise, I understand the value of delegating tasks.  And while some of my followers openly worship me, most are unwitting dupes that have been led to believe that they’re actually “doing good,” even as they advance the forces of darkness. Their “social justice” is my “stopping Jesus.”

Though many of my followers have high IQ’s and have graduated from Ivy League colleges, they’re still idiots.  While this makes accomplishing evil ends through delegation more complicated, they’re still very useful to me.  Which, of course, explains the origin of the phrase “useful idiots.”

But when you employ useful idiots they’re going to sometimes, well, do somereally idiotic things.  Unfortunately, that’s been the hallmark of this coven of 2020 Democrat candidates. Let me give you some examples:

Openly advocating for open borders and mass amnesty followed by mass “pathways to citizenship” is idiotic.

Openly advocating free health care for illegal aliens at a nationally televised Democrat debate is idiotic.

Openly advocating destroying jobs and America’s prosperity, and decimating standards of living through a “Green New Deal” is idiotic.

Openly advocating for stripping Americans of their Second Amendment rights is idiotic.

Openly advocating for abortion up to the moment of birth – and even after birth – is idiotic.

While I support all that and more, to be open about it is beyond idiotic, it’s crazy.  Average Americans from coast-to-coast are now realizing that those Progressive candidates are not only nuts, but also that electing any one of those Democrat candidates will destroy America.  The very opposite of “Make America Great Again.”

So the 2020 campaign is already on the trajectory that many Americans, perhaps even a plurality, are going to accurately conclude that Democrats are evil people pursuing an evil agenda. So itʼll become a referendum – a “binary choice” – between Donald Trump and America’s “Divinely Inspired” founding, and out-of-the-closet evil.

Given that, my side is now compelled to bring out our biggest gun: me and my extraordinary talent for deception and enticement through temptation.

Question:  I see. But isn’t it risky for you to come out in the open as the candidate for the Democrat Party’s nomination?

Satan: Look, this country has been a thorn in my side since the beginning; ever since what you call “the Founding Fathers” wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator …”

Every time I hear those words, and phrases like “one nation, under God,” I want gag, and then stick a pitchfork right through The Declaration of Independence.  In fact, your country is second only to Israel on my Satanic sh** list.

Look, I’ve been on this a long time.  After decades of Progressivism and Cultural Marxism and “separation of church and state” – and two terms of Barack Obama – we were finally on the cusp of irreversibly usurping this so-called “Divinely Inspired” country!

Trump’s election upended that. That’s caused my useful idiots to panic, and in their panic they’ve started to show America what’s really behind our curtain. So now there’s no turning back; sometimes you just have to throw the dice and hope you don’t come up snake eyes (though I do have a soft-spot for things snake-related, if you get my drift).

Question: But do you really believe that an openly evil candidate can get elected President in this country?

Satan:  Sure. I’ve got a great shot at winning. The Democrat base will vote for me; they’ve been a solid Satanic voting bloc for some time.

Oh, by the way, I’m pondering rebranding the party and changing its name to “The Demonic Party.” Kind of catchy, don’t you think?  In fact, I’ve already had a modified Democrat Party logo made up:

I really like it! And it’ll appeal to “Bernie” supporters. But I digress …

Speaking of voting blocs, have you listened to Alexandra Ocasio Cortez?  My academics and media have succeeded in creating an entire generation of useful idiots; enthusiastic ones at that.

They’re so idiotic that they actually believe that they’re smart and enlightened and fighting for a historically inevitable victory over the retrograde forces of the “Deplorables.”  I mean – while I’d never admit it to them – but really, how stupid can they be? Well, stupid enough to vote for me, en masse, and then feel self-righteous about it!

Plus, the news media, and Silicon Valley’s social media will be behind me, 100%.  Already are; have been for years. [Interviewer nods approvingly.]

Also, we’ll offer the illegal aliens amnesty and citizenship in the here and now – and it won’t occur to them that we won’t be offering them amnesty from eternal damnation.  So they’ll vote Democrat. Put America on a pathway to Hell? Sí se puede!

And for the ultimate blow, I’ll be promising “free stuff.”  Lots and lots and lots of “free stuff!” Medical care, college tuition, food, housing, hair transplants, breast implants – you name it. Whatever it takes.

You can label that “fraud” or “social justice” or “Democratic Socialism” or whatever you want. Doesn’t matter. I’ve learned over the millennia that fostering “coveting thy neighbors’ goods” is one of the most effective ways of seducing souls.  In fact, that’s why I ghost wrote “The Communist Manifesto” for Karl Marx.

So you can be sure that in some form or another, I will be the Democrat candidate for President of the United States of America. Even if I don’t get the Party’s nomination, my platform is the Democrat Party’s platform.

Question: I see.  One final question: is your campaign going to have a theme song?

Satan:  Why yes, as a matter of fact.  As you know, Donald Trump has been using The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – which is a song I’ve always hated, because in a way its title alone tells the listener to reject greed and temptation.

For our campaign, we’re going to use The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.”  One of my all-time faves!

Question:  Well, thank you for your time; and especially for the first time being so open concerning your ultimate plans and objectives.

Satan:  You’re welcome.  Oh, and I’ve noted that you’re with the mainstream media.  So I’ll see you again – in Hell.

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Socialist-environmentalist Bernie Sanders flew first-class to Miami debate; wife flew coach

A friend of Big League Politics, Jim Clark, caught avowed socialist and Green New Deal Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont) flying first class to the recent first Demonrat Primary Debate on May 13 in Miami, Florida.

Bernie had his wife fly coach.

Clark snapped this pic of Bernie:

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Sunday Devotional: You were called for freedom!

Galatians 5:1, 13-18

Brothers and sisters:
For freedom Christ set us free;
so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.

For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters.
But do not use this freedom
as an opportunity for the flesh;
rather, serve one another through love.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement,
namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
But if you go on biting and devouring one another,
beware that you are not consumed by one another.

I say, then: live by the Spirit
and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh. 
For the flesh has desires against the Spirit,
and the Spirit against the flesh;
these are opposed to each other,
so that you may not do what you want.
But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters…so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”

Let those words ring in your ears, and in the ears of all despots, in America and across the world, who are bent on imposing their will and dicta on us, always cloaked in the cover of “good” intentions, whether they be the Marxist false siren of utopian communism, or the neo-Marxist “climate change” save-the-world cultists, or the LGBT-pronoun cultural-Marxists of ivory-tower academe.

For our freedom comes not from men, but from God. As it is said in Sirach 15:14, 16:

God in the beginning created human beings
and made them subject to their own free choice….
Set before you are fire and water;
to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.

Thomas Aquinas conceived an act of free will to be any thought, word, deed, desire, or omission that comes from a person acting with full knowledge of what s/he is doing, “who is free to act or to refrain from action, and who gives the full assent of his will to the act.”¹ The essence of free will, therefore, is choice—the favoring of one thing and the eschewal of another—informed by reason.

But God’s supreme gift of free will does not mean license, the freedom to break rules or principles, to “do as thou wilt” — that first temptation “to be as gods” whispered by the serpent in the first Garden. As Sirach 15:17-20 reminds us:

Before man are life and death, good and evil,
whichever he chooses shall be given him.
Immense is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is mighty in power, and all-seeing.
The eyes of God are on those who fear him;
he understands man’s every deed.
No one does he command to act unjustly,
to none does he give license to sin.

The gift of free will is terrifying, for when it is exercised to evil, the consequences are disastrous.

Terrifying though it is, free will is given to humans (and angels) because only by freely electing to believe in, obey, honor, and love God do the preceding acts have authenticity and meaning. For what good is a love that is coerced? As St. Thomas put it, “Man has free will: otherwise counsels, exhortations, commands, prohibitions, rewards and punishments would be in vain.”²

Choose wisely! Choose to be good.

Psalm 119:1-5, 10

Blessed those whose way is blameless,
who walk by the law of the LORD.
Blessed those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with all their heart.
They do no wrong;
they walk in his ways.
You have given them the command
to observe your precepts with care.
May my ways be firm
in the observance of your statutes!
With all my heart I seek you;
do not let me stray from your commandments.

May the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

~Eowyn


¹Paul J. Glenn, A Tour of the Summa (Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., 1978), p. 99.
²Summa Theologia of St. Thomas Aquinas, Volume One (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1947), p. 418.

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Do you rulers indeed speak justly?

Do you judge people with equity?

Psalm 58

1 Do you rulers indeed speak justly?
Do you judge people with equity?

2 No, in your heart you devise injustice,
and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

3 Even from birth the wicked go astray;
from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.

4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake,
like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,

5 that will not heed the tune of the charmer,
however skillful the enchanter may be.

6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;
Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!

7 Let them vanish like water that flows away;
when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.

8 May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,
like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.

9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—
whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away. c

10 The righteous will be glad when they are avenged,
when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.

11 Then people will say,
“Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
surely there is a God who judges the earth.”


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Gov. Jay “Let’s Defeat Climate Change” Inslee is all talk and no action; report shows Washington state greenhouse gas emissions got worse

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is running for president. He touts himself as the “green governor” and wrote a book to “lay out the path to stop global warming and gain energy independence.”

From his presidential bid web site:

“Governor Jay Inslee knows that defeating climate change is the defining challenge of our time and that it must be the foremost priority for the next president. Devastating disasters and rising pollution have claimed lives, cost the economy billions and threatened the places Americans live, work and raise families.

Jay’s climate plan will meet the climate challenge head-on, while creating jobs building a clean energy future. That’s what he has done in Washington state, and it’s what he’s proposing for the nation.”

That’s NOT exactly what he has done in Washington state. Read on…

From King 5 News: The good news is that Washington’s economy is growing. With more people and business, however, the state has also seen an increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions despite predictions otherwise and policy aimed at reductions.

“We are doing the right things in the state. We have adopted some really aggressive policy to reduce carbon emissions. Those are beginning to take effect. We’re seeing that in the numbers. Our economy is growing by leaps and bounds, but our greenhouse gas emissions, they are just kind of ticking up,” said Andrew Wineke with the Washington Department of Ecology’s Air Quality Program.

Their most recent data is from 2016, which is still under review and could change. It shows about a 2% increase over 2015.

It’s still lower than 2008, which was followed by a decline for several years due to the recession. Around 2012, GHG emissions start to increase again, and have done so steadily at a rate of about 2-3% each year.

“There is more work to be done, but I think we should focus on the fact that we are doing some good things in the state. We are making progress. We just need to turn that corner,” Wineke said.

But if you ask Washington Policy Center Environmental Director Todd Myers, it looks more like hitting a wall. “If you are not getting data until 2-and-a-half years later, you don’t know what is working and what is not,” Myers said.

Though the state says it simply takes time to accurately compile data from multiple sources, Myers argues the system moves too slowly to make good predictions or good policy.

“They are making policies based on numbers that they claim will be true 15 years from now. It doesn’t make any sense for politicians to take the word of an agency that can’t even tell you what happened two-and-a-half years ago that is trying to predict 20 years in the future,” Myers said.

We are wasting huge amounts of money. That is not just a waste of taxpayer dollars. It is a waste of opportunity to do good for the environment. If people really believe that we are facing a climate crisis, we should make every dollar work. Instead, we are spending $20 to get one dollar worth of environmental benefit.

For Myers, the solution should be more investment in technology and open market solutions rather than regulations and taxes.

“We need to be encouraging more innovation, more people to find ways to reduce CO2 for very low cost. That is how we’re going to save the environment. That is how we are going to reduce CO2 the most rapidly,” Myers said.

In 2008, the state set targets to reduce emissions to levels seen in 1990 by 2020 and 25% below that by 2035. The most recent legislative session set a plan to be off coal by 2025, to be carbon neutral by 2030, and carbon free by 2040.

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