“Since World War II, US-government R&D has defined the state of the art in almost every area. The private sector is in general inept. The climate problem has to be solved in the rich countries. China and the US and Europe have to solve CO2 emissions, and when they do, hopefully they’ll make it cheap enough for everyone else.”
Yes, Bill; from the very birth of the Industrial Revolution, general ineptitude has always characterized R&D in the private sector. Recall the exceptional incompetence which led to the development of the…
To name just a few. Then again, what can one expect from a college drop-out!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch with The Gang Who Still Can’t Shoot Straight, when it comes to controlling illegal immigration, forget Marco Rubio hitting the bullseye; as Breitbart reports, the junior senator from Florida still can’t even find the target:
“In a little-noticed interview earlier this year with Univision’s Jorge Ramos, Sen. Marco Rubio declared that, as President, he would keep Barack Obama’s executive amnesty for DREAMers in place until it was permanently codified through legislation.
Rubio said, in part:
“DACA…applies to young people that arrived in this country at a very young age before they were adults and I don’t think we can immediately revoke that… I’m not calling for it to be revoked tomorrow, or this week, or right away.” (Or any time, for that matter!)
“I think it will have to end at some point and I hope it will end because of some reform to the immigration laws,” Rubio said in English.
So Rubio is pledging to carry Obama’s policy: leaving the executive amnesty for DREAMers in place until Congress submits to the order by legislatively ratifying amnesty. After a legislatively ratified DREAM Act, illegal aliens would be able to vote in U.S. elections and bring their relatives to work and collect entitlements in the United States.
The similarity to President Obama’s rhetoric is striking. President Obama told Congress: “if folks are serious about getting immigration reform done [they should be] passing a bill and getting it to my desk. And then the executive actions that I take go away.” Similarly, Obama told George Stephanopoulos after being pressed on his executive amnesty: “Well, my response is pass a bill.”…”
Which begs at least two questions we’d pose to Rubio in the next debate:
(1). If Congress passes a bill overturning the DACA, would you veto it?
(2). If elected President, and Congress doesn’t accede to your every demand, will you too rule by extra-constitutional executive fiat?
As The Hill relates in the following two headlines, no need to wait for an answer from The Obamao to question #2:
“According to Lord Christopher Monckton, Thomas R. Karl’s much-feted paper refuting “the Pause,” the inexplicable 19-year standstill in the earth’s average global surface temperature, has a small problem: To disappear the warming hiatus as Karl and his co-authors purport to do, you have to repeal the laws of thermodynamics.(Not even the current president can do that.)
Karl and his colleagues, whose work appeared in the June issue of Science, “updated” previous data sets used to assess changes in surface temperatures, which supporters maintain is merely Science being self-critical and Scientific. Others — a lot of others — say different. E. Calvin Beisner rounds up criticisms at the website Watts Up With That, and quotes with approval the verdict of Georgia Tech climate scientist Judith Curry:
“This short paper in Science is not adequate to explain and explore the very large changes that have been made to the NOAA data set. . . . So while I’m sure this latest analysis from NOAA will be regarded as politically useful for the Obama administration, I don’t regard it as a particularly useful contribution to our scientific understanding of what is going on.“
This would be an in-the-weeds scientific scuffle were it not that Karl is director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Center for Environmental Information and the study was the work of his outfit.Since even the apocalypse-minded Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has acknowledged the hiatus, NOAA’s startling findings caught the eye of Lamar Smith, chairman of the House’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, the job of which is to oversee the work of NOAA and other federal scientific bodies.In mid July, the committee requested that NOAA pass along a host of data related to the study, noting in its letter to NOAA administrator Kathryn D. Sullivan, “The conclusions brought forth in this new study have lasting impacts and provide the basis for further action through regulations. With such broad implications, it is imperative that the underlying data and the analysis are made publicly available to ensure that the conclusions found and methods used are of the highest quality.”
NOAA cooperated — until it didn’t. After partially fulfilling the committee’s request (for “documents and information related to NOAA’s new updated global datasets, as well as the communications referring or relating to corrections to sea temperature data from ships and buoys”) in August, NOAA let pass two extended deadlines for the missing information, prompting a subpoena. This week, though, NOAA announced that it has no plans to comply with the subpoena. The agency cited “confidentiality concerns and the integrity of the scientific process,” according to The Hill….”
Ah, yes; forget the law, i.e., forget Lamar Smith is chairman of the House committee with legally- mandated oversight of the NOAA.
This is like the female juvenile delinquent in South Carolina who refused repeated requests from various school officials to put away her cell phone in class; then, after ignoring the same plea from a security officer, resisted his efforts to forcibly remove her from class…and subsequently complained about his actions!
In all seriousness, were a few of these contemptuously brazen bureaucrats…
…it would awaken the rest of what has become the largest ongoing criminal conspiracy in American history as to the consequences of their misdeeds.
In a related item forwarded by Jeff Foutch, Forbes‘ Adam Andrzejewski highlights the activities of the EPA during what is, at least everywhere outside of Washington, a very difficult economic climate: