Cooler Heads Digest 22 May 2015

22 May 2015


The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-10) will take place on Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, 2015, at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Learn more here.

In the News

Memorial Day Weekend: Motor to a Better Environment!
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 22 May 2015

On Climate, Science and Politics Are Diverging
Rupert Darwall, National Review Online, 22 May 2015

A Few More Hot Days Does Not Equal a Lot More Heat Waves
David Kreutzer, The Daily Signal, 21 May 2015

Tom Steyer’s Windfall Profits Tax: Recycling Junk Policy
Marlo Lewis,, 20 May 2015

Sources: EPA Ditches Mandate That Coal Plants Install Non-Existent Coal Technology
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 20 May 2015

EPA Plan to Ban Coal Hits Major Roadblock
Phil Kerpen, American Commitment, 20 May 2015

Critics Hear EPA’s Voice in “Public” Comments
Eric Lipton & Coral Davenport, New York Times, 18 May 2015

EPA’s Hidden Regulatory Agenda Should Be Pried Open
H. Sterling Burnett, Investor’s Business Daily, 15 May 2015

News You Can Use
Moderate Cold Weather Kills Twenty Times More People Than Heatwaves

A major study abstract published in the Lancet analyzed 74 million deaths from 384 locations in 13 countries from 1985 to 2012 and found that moderately cold weather kills twenty times more people than hot weather. 

From a story in London’s Guardian:

“It’s often assumed that extreme weather causes the majority of deaths, with most previous research focusing on the effects of extreme heatwaves,” says lead author Dr. Antonio Gasparrini from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  “Our findings, from an analysis of the largest dataset of temperature-related deaths ever collected, show that the majority of these deaths actually happen on moderately hot and cold days, with most deaths caused by moderately cold temperatures.”

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

President Obama Gives Bizarre Speech on Climate Threats at Coast Guard Graduation

President Barack Obama used his commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut on 20th May to make the case once again that climate change is one of the greatest threats to our national security.  Judging from the transcript, the Coast Guard cadets in the audience found it as bizarre as I did reading it.  The White House transcript notes frequent applause during the first part and the short conclusion of the President’s speech, but during the long central section on the climate threat not a murmur from the audience is noted.

One short passage explains a lot about the Obama Administration’s multiple foreign policy failures:

“[C]onfronting climate change is now a key pillar of American global leadership.  When I meet with leaders around the world, it’s often at the top of our agenda -- a core element of our diplomacy.”

The President makes a number of astonishing claims that make me think he actually believes a lot of the nonsense that his White House science adviser John Holdren is telling him.  Here is one example:

“Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world.  Yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.  It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East.”

House Narrowly Passes Bill To Reduce Funding for Climate and Green Energy Research

The House of Representatives on 20th May narrowly passed the America COMPETES Act, which re-authorizes non-defense research at the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and several other agencies. The final vote on H. R. 1806 was 217 to 205.

Twenty-three Republicans joined all the Democrats in voting No.  Some of the Republicans voted No because they thought the bill did not go far enough in cutting funding or making reforms. 

The unanimous opposition of Democrats was rather due to the fact that the bill would reduce funding for climate research, social science research, green energy research, and cronyism at the Department of Energy.  On the other hand, funding for basic research in the physical sciences would increase.

The White House has already threatened a veto if the Senate goes along with the House Science Committee’s changes in funding priorities.     

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