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21/05/15

Jeb Bush Criticises Obama For Exaggerating Climate Change

Jeb Bush: ‘Hard-Core Left’ Trying To Force Their Way On Climate Issue 

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a meeting with area business leaders, Wednesday in Portsmouth, N.H.

U.S. Republican Jeb Bush said on Wednesday that the Earth’s climate is changing but that scientific research does not clearly show how much of the change is due to humans and how much is from natural causes. While President Barack Obama and many scientists believe humans are largely to blame for climate change, Bush said the degree of human responsibility is uncertain. The former Florida governor challenged Obama’s determination earlier in the day that climate change is now a threat to U.S. national security. --Reuters, 21 May 2015
 
 
The problem is climate change has been co-opted by the hard-core left and if you don’t march to their beat perfectly then you’re a denier. --Jeb Bush, The Daily Signal, 21 May 2015
 
 
 
1) Jeb Bush Criticises Obama For Exaggerating Climate Change - Reuters, 21 May 2015
 
2) Jeb Bush: ‘Hard-Core Left’ Trying To Force Their Way On Climate Issue - The Daily Signal, 21 May 2015
 
3) Editorial: Obama’s Manufactured Climate Hysteria Won’t Work - The Washington Times, 20 May 2015
 
4) ABC Interview With Nigel Lawson: UN Climate Deal Faces Hurdles - Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 21 May 2015
 
5) The Circus Of “Trickery” In Run-Up To Paris - No Tricks Zone, 20 May 2015
 
6) International Study Reveals Cold Weather Kills 20 Times More People Than Hot Weather - Science Daily, 20 May 2015
 
  
 
In his frantic search for something positive for us to remember him by, President Obama has lately turned to “climate change,” casting it in recent weeks as a matter of health, of environmental protection, of international obligation, even as a matter of his daughter’s health. She suffered an asthma attack as a child, and he thinks the changing weather had something to do with it. Nothing has worked so far to persuade the public that everyone is doomed unless the government steps in to change the weather. President Obama is likely to find that manufactured climate hysteria won’t work. --Editorial, The Washington Times, 20 May 2015
 
 
 

With six months to go until the next global climate treaty talks in Paris, environmentalist and former US vice president Al Gore has declared that ‘the future of the world depends’ on their outcome. Lord Nigel Lawson, former energy secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government, delivers his assessment of the prospects of the world reaching a new climate deal. --Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 21 May 2015
 
 
 
Spiegel journalist Axel Bojanowski calls it the “big climate show”. Although big declarations are being made, behind the scenes “creative steps” and “tricks” are the real order of the day. One example of trickery comes from Russia, Bojanowski writes: Although Russia has announced it wants to reduce emissions 25% by 2030 compared to 1990 – this is in fact trickery. Because of the collapse of its industry during the 1990s, the country is emitting only half as much CO2 as it did in 1990. That means with respect to climate targets, Russia intends to emit more CO2 in the future.” And not less! In Paris do expect the signing of a “binding international treaty”, but one that will be chock-full of non-binding requirements. The circus (which no one takes seriously anymore) thus will continue. --Pierre Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, 20 May 2015
 
 
 
Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study analyzing over 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 countries. The findings, published in The Lancet, also reveal that deaths due to moderately hot or cold weather substantially exceed those resulting from extreme heat waves or cold spells. According to Dr Gasparrini, “Current public-health policies focus almost exclusively on minimizing the health consequences of heat waves. Our findings suggest that these measures need to be refocused and extended to take account of a whole range of effects associated with temperature.” --Science Daily, 20 May 2015
 
 
 
1) Jeb Bush Criticises Obama For Exaggerating Climate Change
Reuters, 21 May 2015
 
Republican Jeb Bush said on Wednesday that the Earth’s climate is changing but that scientific research does not clearly show how much of the change is due to humans and how much is from natural causes.

Bush delved into climate politics during a campaign-style house party in New Hampshire at which he took questions from voters on his viewpoints as he considers whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
 
While President Barack Obama and many scientists believe humans are largely to blame for climate change, Bush said the degree of human responsibility is uncertain.
 
“Look, first of all, the climate is changing. I don’t think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on, this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you,” he said.
 
“It’s this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t even have a conversation about it. The climate is changing, and we need to adapt to that reality,” he said.
 
The former Florida governor challenged Obama’s determination earlier in the day that climate change is now a threat to U.S. national security.
 
“As a small part of U.S. foreign policy,” Bush said, the United States should encourage states that have had an increase in carbon emissions to take on the challenge.
 
But the overall country has had a reduction in carbon emissions due to new technologies, conservation measures, higher gas mileage in vehicles and a shift toward natural gas, he said.
 
“If the president thinks this is the gravest threat to our national security, it seems like he would say, ‘let’s expand LNG (liquefied natural gas) as fast as we can to get it into the hands of higher carbon-intense economies like China and other places.
 
Let’s figure out ways to use compressed natural gas for replacing importing diesel fuel, which has a higher carbon footprint,’” Bush said.
 
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2) Jeb Bush: ‘Hard-Core Left’ Trying To Force Their Way On Climate Issue
The Daily Signal, 21 May 2015
 
David Brody
 
DUBUQUE, Iowa—In his first sit-down interview with The Daily Signal, Jeb Bush blames the “hard-core left” for trying to force its way on the issue of climate change.
 


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“The problem is climate change has been co-opted by the hard-core left and if you don’t march to their beat perfectly then you’re a denier,” Bush said in an interview conducted in Iowa.
 
Bush does believe the climate is changing but isn’t sure how much of it is man-made.
 
“The climate is changing. I don’t think anybody can argue that it’s not. I don’t think anybody truly knows what percentage of this is man-made and which percentage is just the natural evolution of what happens over time on this planet,” he said. “I think we have a responsibility to adapt to what the possibilities are without destroying our economy, without hollowing out our industrial core. There are things that we can do that are commonsensical about this.”
 
Bush has spoken in the past about the need to reduce carbon emissions, saying it’s an issue the United States and other world powers must work on and try and find common agreement. However, he’s also quick to point out that a capitalist approach is the best way.
 
“The United States has actually been one of the places as it relates to carbon emissions where there have been the best gains because of the explosion of American innovation in creating huge increases in natural gas production and consumption that has lowered carbon emissions. The capitalist system has actually done more than the command and control progressive model.”
 
Full interview
 
 

3) Editorial: Obama’s Manufactured Climate Hysteria Won’t Work
The Washington Times, 20 May 2015
 


Nothing has worked so far to persuade the public that everyone is doomed unless the government steps in to change the weather. President Obama is likely to find that manufactured climate hysteria won’t work.
 
The liberals have called climate-change skeptics many things, none of them nice.
 
Anyone — including a scientist who may have spent his working life studying such things — who is brave enough to question the “settled science” and the demand for drastic government action to make the weather behave, is shouted down, insulted and dismissed as a know-nothing determined to destroy the earth for a few dollars more. Some true-believers of the “settled science” suggest that anyone skeptical of the demand for the higher taxes and expanded regulatory schemes deemed essential to saving the planet, is no better than a criminal, and should be thrown in jail.
 
President Obama now goes a step further. Skeptics of what was called “global warming” until the globe wouldn’t warm, are not just normal criminals, like bank robbers, rapists and serial killers, but borderline traitors. Through their obstinacy, they make it difficult to defeat the greatest national security threat of our lifetime. Speaking to graduates of the Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, Mr. Obama made it clear that the gravest threats to the nation’s security are not from Moscow, Beijing or from the fanatics threatening to take control of Iraq and much of the Middle East, or even the loons in North Korea who boast that it has a nuclear bomb that it can drop on the United States.
 
These are minor threats that pale in comparison to the real threat, the hurricanes, floods and storms about to be unleashed on the nation and the world, and the men and women of the Coast Guard who will deal with refugees seeking high ground as the seas rise, coastal cities are inundated and the Syrian civil war grinds on. The rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria will take further toll. “This is not just a problem for countries on the coasts or certain regions of the world,” President Obama told the graduating cadets. “Climate change will affect every country on the planet.”
 
Challengers of his doomsday warnings are not just wrong, the president said, but “derelict in their duty” to assist in the defense of the United States. Those most guilty, naturally, are the Republicans who deny what is obvious to him and the liberal left. “Politicians who say they care about military readiness ought to care about this as well,” he said. “It’s time to put aside discredited scientific arguments and partisan politics.”
 
Mr. Obama spoke as the White House released a paper called the “National Security Implications of a Changing Climate,” arguing that “climate change will change the nature of U.S. military missions, demand more resources in the Arctic and other coastal regions vulnerable to rising sea levels and other impacts, and require a multilateral response to the growing humanitarian crises that climate change is predicted to bring.”
 
In his frantic search for something positive for us to remember him by, the president has lately turned to “climate change,” casting it in recent weeks as a matter of health, of environmental protection, of international obligation, even as a matter of his daughter’s health. She suffered an asthma attack as a child, and he thinks the changing weather had something to do with it.
 
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4) ABC Interview With Nigel Lawson: UN Climate Deal Faces Hurdles
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 21 May 2015
 
Between the Lines, presented by Tom Switzer
 
With six months to go until the next global climate treaty talks in Paris, environmentalist and former US vice president Al Gore has declared that ‘the future of the world depends’ on their outcome. Lord Nigel Lawson, former energy secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government, delivers his assessment of the prospects of the world reaching a new climate deal.

 
 

Previous climate conferences, including Copenhagen in 2009, Durban in 2011 and Doha in 2012, failed to reach binding, enforceable and verifiable deals.
 
Will Paris be different? And if not, what do we do about climate change?
 
Full ABC interview
 
 
 
5) The Climate Circus Of “Trickery” In Run-Up To Paris
No Tricks Zone, 20 May 2015
 
Pierre Gosselin
 
Spiegel journalist Axel Bojanowski has an analysis on the Berlin climate negotiations now taking place among the leaders of 36 nations who have the aim of laying the groundwork for a binding climate treaty in Paris later this year.
 
The title: “They’re tricking; they’re getting creative.”
 
Bojanowski calls it the “big climate show”. Although big declarations are being made, behind the scenes “creative steps” and “tricks” are the real order of the day.
 
Grandstanding
For example rich nations like France and Germany are climate grandstanding and promising to provide even more money to poor countries to help them fight climate change and switch over to renewable energy sources. But Bojanowski describes how no one appears to be really willing to make the hard compromises that alarmists are demanding. As a result countries are resorting to creative trickery to shirk real climate responsibility. For example climate insurances are to be set up in order to cover weather damages in poor countries, but not much else.
 
Ducking the real questions
Bojanowski writes, however, that the all-important and really decisive questions are being pushed to the sidelines, foremost:
 
How does the global community intend to curb the emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, which climate science says will result in considerable warming?”
 
Here the Spiegel journalist writes that it is still unclear for many EU countries how they will reach their stated targets. He also points out that it is unlikely the US Congress will vote for the government’s plan to curb emissions by 16% compared to 1990 levels. Especially unclear are also the plans for reductions from China, India and other developing countries.
 
One example of trickery comes from Russia, Bojanowski writes:
 
Although Russia has announced it wants to reduce emissions 25% by 2030 compared to 1990 – this is in fact trickery. Because of the collapse of its industry during the 1990s, the country is emitting only half as much CO2 as it did in 1990. That means with respect to climate targets, Russia intends to emit more CO2 in the future.”
 
And not less!
 
In Paris do expect the signing of a “binding international treaty”, but one that will be chock-full of non-binding requirements. The circus (which no one takes seriously anymore) thus will continue.
  
 
 
6) International Study Reveals Cold Weather Kills 20 Times More People Than Hot Weather
Science Daily, 20 May 2015
 
Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study analyzing over 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 countries. The findings, published in The Lancet, also reveal that deaths due to moderately hot or cold weather substantially exceed those resulting from extreme heat waves or cold spells.
 
“It’s often assumed that extreme weather causes the majority of deaths, with most previous research focusing on the effects of extreme heat waves,” says lead author Dr Antonio Gasparrini from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the UK. “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.”
 
The study analysed over 74 million (74,225,200) deaths between 1985 and 2012 in 13 countries with a wide range of climates, from cold to subtropical. Data on daily average temperature, death rates, and confounding variables (eg, humidity and air pollution) were used to calculate the temperature of minimum mortality (the optimal temperature), and to quantify total deaths due to non-optimal ambient temperature in each location. The researchers then estimated the relative contributions of heat and cold, from moderate to extreme temperatures.
 
Around 7.71% of all deaths were caused by non-optimal temperatures, with substantial differences between countries, ranging from around 3% in Thailand, Brazil, and Sweden to about 11% in China, Italy, and Japan. Cold was responsible for the majority of these deaths (7.29% of all deaths), while just 0.42% of all deaths were attributable to heat.
 
The study also found that extreme temperatures were responsible for less than 1% of all deaths, while mildly sub-optimal temperatures accounted for around 7% of all deaths — with most (6.66% of all deaths) related to moderate cold.
 
According to Dr Gasparrini, “Current public-health policies focus almost exclusively on minimizing the health consequences of heat waves. Our findings suggest that these measures need to be refocused and extended to take account of a whole range of effects associated with temperature.”
 
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