We were warned. Repeatedly, and for years; back in 2007, AlGore warned that the arctic icecap was "falling off a cliff" and that it would be entirely melted away by 2014. We heard about the drowning polar bears, among other dire events that would occur because of human activity - California would be warmer and wetter than at any time in history, and coastal cities would be inundated. But a funny thing happened on the way to the apocalypse:
On Tuesday of this week, Forbes reported “Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average.”
NASA photo, February, 2015. Son of a gun! The image seems to agree with the Forbes report. And California, at last report, wasn't warmer and wetter than at any time in history. It's kinda looking as though the IPCC and AlGore sorta maybe goofed a little bit.
But there's no reason to let a few observable facts get in the way of irrational and expensive political posturing, as Oregon's Democratics have demonstrated by ramming through a "clean fuels act" which will have the effect of raising gas prices by 20 cents a gallon while reducing mileage - and not one penny of that cash will go toward Oregon roads. But hey, it was the First Squeeze's baby - after all, she works for the Earth.
House Minority Leader Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, took pains at a House session March 4, 2015, to show the links between Oregon's clean fuels program and former first lady Cylvia Hayes. Federal officials have subpoenaed state records on the program as part of a wide-ranging investigation of Hayes and her fiance, former Gov. John Kitzhaber.
It may be part of the corruption, but that doesn't matter. And on the national level, Barry's doubling down on "fighting climate change", telling graduates of the Coast Guard Academy that they would be guilty of "dereliction of duty" if they don't get out there and fight the weather.