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How Can EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ Deliver $ Billions in Climate Benefits If It Has No Detectable Impact on Global Temperatures, Sea-Level Rise, or Other Climate Indicators
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 12 June 2014
Obama & the EPA: It’s about Rewarding Friends and Punishing Enemies
Benjamin Zycher, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2014
Chinese Official Plays Down Emission Cut Expectations
David Stanway, Reuters, 9 June 2014
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Antarctic Sea Ice Sets May Record
According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, Antarctic sea ice reached its greatest extent for any May in the satellite record.
Inside the Beltway
Cantor’s Defeat Paves Way for McCarthy’s Move up to Majority Leader
The very surprising defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in the Republican primary election in Virginia on 10th June by David Brat means that House Republicans must elect a new majority leader. Representative Cantor announced the next day that he will serve out his term, but will resign as majority leader on 31st July. The House Republican Conference then announced that elections will be held on 19th June.
House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) quickly drove potential conservative challengers out of the race. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), chairman of the Financial Services Committee, sounded out his colleagues for support and announced that he would not run. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) announced that he would run and then withdrew when he discovered he could not beat McCarthy. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) then announced that he would run so that conservatives at least had a candidate. Labrador is a solid conservative and clearly a potential future leader of his party in the House, but has little chance to defeat McCarthy. Of course, no one thought that Brat would beat Cantor.
Pre. McCarthy probably has more windmills in his California district than any other House member and has supported the federal wind production tax credit. Recognizing that one of Brat’s top issues was his attacks on crony capitalism, McCarthy in an interview with the Wall Street Journal indicated that, while he supports the wind industry, he no longer supports the wind PTC.
If McCarthy is elected majority leader, then House Republicans will vote on a new chief whip. A leading candidate is the current chief deputy whip (an appointed position), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.). Like McCarthy, Roskam is a moderate, establishment Republican. The other candidates are Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the current chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), who was elected in 2010 with tea party support. It has been reported that Scalise has more commitments so far, but has not yet secured a majority. Members have been known not to keep their commitments in past leadership elections.
White House Dismisses Petition to Correct Holdren’s Junk Science
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has dismissed a petition for correction under the federal Information Quality Act of a two-minute video that OSTP director John Holdren made in January, in which he explains that the very cold winter was caused by global warming. In a letter dated 6th June to my CEI colleague Hans Bader, assistant OSTP director Tamara Dickinson states that Holdren’s claims were an “expression of Dr. Holdren’s personal opinion and expert judgment.” In other words, the White House is claiming that the ridiculous public musings of a crank working at the White House are not covered by the Information Quality Act.
This is extremely worrying. President Barack Obama in an interview with Tom Friedman of the New York Times said this week that he gets frequent briefings from his top science advisor:
Every morning you get a security briefing from the intelligence community on global threats; do you now also get the same on environmental threats? “I do,” said Obama. Science adviser “John Holdren typically makes presentations when there are new findings,” and his reports show that environmental stresses are now impacting both foreign and domestic policy.
A video of the interview was part of the final episode of Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously,” the most recent piece of global warming propaganda that no one watched.
Across the States
California Commits Cap-and-Trade Revenues to High-Speed Rail Boondoggle
California Governor Jerry Brown this week reached an agreement with Democratic leadership in the Legislature to spend up to $250 million of the 2014 proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade energy rationing program on a planned high speed rail in the hinterlands. Under the plan, many billions more would be spent on the project through 2020. Pacific Legal Foundation’s Harold Johnson told ClimateWire that the decision was a “gift” to opponents of California’s climate policy, and he is spot-on. The state’s high speed rail is the ultimate boondoggle, as has been reported by my colleague Marc Scribner. The first portion would connect Merced to the San Fernando Valley, at a cost of $31 billion. Anyone even remotely acquainted with California demography could tell you that this is an outrageous price to pay to connect these lightly populated regions.
Around the World
Australian PM Abbott Asks Canada To Join Coalition to Oppose Global Carbon Caps
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Ottawa and Washington this week for talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama. It was reported that Abbott talked to Harper about creating a coalition to oppose global efforts to conclude a new international agreement that puts a price on carbon dioxide emissions. It was also reported that he hoped to recruit the prime ministers of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and India to join the coalition. British Prime Minister David Cameron seems an unlikely opponent of global energy-rationing policies, but China and Japan are in fact already allies, although their rhetoric is designed to conceal their opposition to new global carbon caps.
White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed that President Obama and Prime Minister Abbott did discuss climate policies during their meeting, but did not share any details. Since Obama is creating an energy-rationing regime through executive fiat and Abbott’s government is moving to repeal Australia’s carbon tax and dismantle its climate bureaucracy, the lack of details almost certainly means that they found no common ground.
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For years, they’ve been used as armored vehicles for U.S. troops in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. But Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles are now being operated by law enforcement agencies across the country. Don’t be surprised to see them patrolling the streets in towns across New Mexico.
Nobody saw it coming. At least, virtually nobody saw it coming.
But Randolph-Macon College economics professor Dave Brat’s victory over Eric Cantor, U.S. House majority leader and the second most powerful Republican in the country, is like a 9.0 quake on the Richter scale, as University of Virginia political analyst Geoff Skelley put it.
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Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin charges the University of New Hampshire with civil rights violations
Andy charges that university officials acted, combined and conspired with the Union Leader and WMUR television station to issue polls that were fixed and rigged in advance
(Manchester, NH) (June 13, 2014)
Friday morning I will file suit against the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for committing federal civil rights violations against my campaign for the U. S. Senate.
Once the lawsuit has been accepted by the clerk of court, I will send out a copy for your review.
This action comes with a heavy heart. Both my mother and Uncle Bill Vasiliou are UNH graduates. I was a regular visitor to the campus in the 1950’s and 60’s; only a football injury changed the course of my college education. So I am very sad to have to charge UNH with seeking to destroy my campaign.
Why did UNH officials violate the law?
UNH operates a “Survey Center” where they conduct polls for themselves and for private organizations. As a state university, UNH is a “state actor.” That means that as an agency of state government the university may not engage in dirty tricks, fraud or misrepresentation. Justice Cardozo stated the matter succinctly when he said: “[The state] is held to a higher standard than the morals of the marketplace.”
The Union Leader newspaper and WMUR have decided to destroy my campaign for the U. S. Senate. There are many reasons for the paper’s and station’s hostility. In order to stay in business the Union Leader covers up local corruption. I am a nationally-recognized corruption fighter and investigator. WMUR is owned by the powerful Hearst family which has a long history of journalistic fraud.
The station and paper have tried to “erase” me from the 2014 election. They have announced “debates” from which I will be excluded while they are inviting “patsy” candidates as “sparring partners” for their preferred stooge, Scott Brown. They don’t want Scott Brown to face a nationally-known, highly experienced opponent.
WMUR and the Union Leader got UNH to issue “polls” that were fixed and rigged in advance to exclude any possibility that my name would appear in the polls. I wrote to the Survey Center director, Andrew Smith, and he declined to deny my accusations. The law permits an individual and a court to draw an “adverse inference” from a situation where someone should produce evidence or deny illegal action, and remains silent.
And so we are headed to court in a truth-seeking effort to stop New Hampshire from becoming the Payton Place of American politics. “Drive-by voting” in which out of state voters register on Election Day, vote, and then disappear has become a statewide scandal.
Millions of dollars are being dumped into this state by a Chicago billionaire and others to buy a senate seat for Scott Brown. Likewise, California millionaires are trying to keep a senate seat in Jeanne Shaheen’s hands. Why? Because Brown and Shaheen are for sale in Washington. Using the accustomed protocols of Washington politics, Brown’s and Shaheen’s votes are for sale.
After serving only a short time in Washington, Brown became a wealthy man. He received $1.3 million in stock for what was almost a bribe, supposedly to “perform” a do-nothing, no show “job.” Shaheen and her husband have an elaborate system designed to insulate her from pay-to-play accusations. The system in Washington stinks. I am committed to fighting corruption the same way I have battled public and political corruption since I was a young law school graduate fighting organized crime.
You should protest that your vote is being devalued by out-of-state fixers that have even managed to get UNH officials to participate in fixed and rigged polls, all focused on one goal, making a mockery of the 2014 election by defeating my campaign.
Your vote counts. Don’t let them steal it from you with rigged polls and an endless barrage of phony TV commercials.
P.S. Please do the right thing. Open your mind. Consider voting for me in the primary. You’ll be proud you did.
June 10, 2014
Permission to republish original opeds granted.
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"Playing with fire," is how the International Monetary Fund's chief economist, Oliver Blanchard characterized the United Kingdom's budget cutting policies a year ago. Today, the UK has the most robust economic growth of any of the G7 economies at 2.9 percent this year.
Limbaugh: The Obamacare nightmare continues amid other scandals
"[A]t least 4 million of the 8 million total Obamacare sign-ups contain flawed applications, according to a report by House Republicans… based on a chart prepared by federal Obamacare contractor Serco that shows more than 4 million application discrepancies as of May 27."