“the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against climate change”

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That's how Obama describes his Administration's legacy plan for fighting anthropogenic climate change, The Clean Power Plan.

There are of course differences of opinion about the plan's efficacy in said fight.

Obama Wants You to Think His Climate Plan Is Bold. It’s Not. By Eric Holthaus

Then, of course, there are those who don't think there's anything to fight, or any need to fight whatever it is, or possibly, if there is a need, it's one we can't afford.

Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Other GOP Candidates Attack Obama’s Plan to Curb Climate Change by Eugene Robinson

From the documentary, Merchants of Doubt, we find that various corporate-funded, energy corporation-related think tanks have come up with three basic arguments regarding what to do about climate change. With a few notable exceptions, the GOP tends to mix and match them in their arguments. At about 54 minutes, Mathew Crawford, who was an Executive Director of the George C. Marshall Institute for about six months before he realized he couldn't go along with their ideologue-oriented program, tells us these are the three basic arguments:

1. The earth is not warming

2. The earth is warming but it is not due to human activities.

3. The earth is warming, it's due to human activities, but the cost of doing anything to curtail it is too great for society to bear.

As Eugene Robinson puts it:

This promises to be one of the starkest ideological divides facing voters next year.

No pressure; it’s only the fate of the planet hanging in the balance.

.ren's picture
Apr. 1, 2010 6:50 am


Yes, indeed, the Obama climate plan is just more bull and hype. Calculations of a 6% reduction in emissions by 2030, if successful. A big if. Meanwhile emissions will rise rapidly in developing nations, helped by western nations continuing to transfer energy intensive industry to them, which will be fired by cheap coal, many with increasing exports in coal from the USA. Not counted by Obama for emissions.

Obama like Hillary, is just another corrupt crony capitalist political spin doctor, continue to preserve the status quo while creating lot's of publicity and hype by making some token changes. Changes that will just push the electricity price upwards, and that will encourage burning more fossil, i.e. gas heating instead of heat pumps, ICE vehicles instead of EVs, inefficient plant oil & gas generators instead of efficient baseload CCGT, nuclear or hydro.

And force millions to be unable to pay their electricity bills, like 800 thousand in Germany have had their electricity cut off who can't afford their 2nd highest in Europe electricity bills. Looks good on Government stats though, lower emissions. They call it "energy efficiency" over there.


It isn't so much "the fate of the planet" that hangs in the balance, the Earth will survive this just fine. It is humans who will suffer from high energy prices, energy shortages, land shortages, food shortages, water shortages, oil wars, water wars, mass migrations, social unrest and loss of ecological diversity.

The solution is pretty simpleminded. Use a public bank to create the money to finance a massive buildout of nuclear power. We need 6000 nuclear power plants worldwide. Many built on barges that can be parked offshore of developing nations.

That will put people back to work, Detroit will have full employment building components for factory produced super-safe GenIII & GenIV nuclear plants. We did much more in WWII, buiding tens of thousands of large aircraft, ships, submarines and tanks.

Jun. 17, 2015 11:41 am

"The Saddest Thing Is This Won't Be Breaking News"

Thom plus logo As the world burns, and more and more fossil fuels are being used every day planet-wide, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels passed 416 ppm this week at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. In the 300,000 years since the emergence of modern humans, carbon dioxide levels have never been this high.
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