Daily Archives: July 22, 2014

Enviro Claim: Wood stoves as “toxic as cigarettes”

The effort is underway demonize another way to keep you warm because fires “contribute to global warming”  and are as “toxic as cigarettes”

Environmentalists have begun a new and unsavory comparison of fires to smoking cigarettes. It’s an attempt to make it easier to draw an equivalence between things that you enjoy but that may be bad for you and things you need–such as warmth. And then make it all about us.

Environmentalist Debra Taevs writes a environmental whopper for the Portland Tribune.
Environmentalist Debra Taevs writes a environmental whopper for the Portland Tribune.

And the upshot? When you’re done destroying your neighbors’ lungs with your evil fire, you’ll be responsible for destroying the planet.

Environmentalist Debra Taevs writes in this Portland Tribune Op Ed,: if you burn wood you create GLOBAL WARMING!!!

The United Nations ranks wood fires the second-leading cause of global warming.

But there are the countless environies I believe are important to put her claims into some context. 

  • The earth has been cooling, not warming.
  • Environmentalists don’t want to harvest timber, but support forest fires.
  • Environmentalists don’t like CO2 but those same forest fires release the CO2 the trees have been retaining.
  • Environmentalists block efforts to take advantage of cleaner energy such as LNG and fracking while trying to wipe out coal which accounts for 40%+ of the source of US electricity.
  • Environmentalists’ moves raise the price of energy for everyone but those who  want to save money by burning wood now are told they’re as bad as evil smokers.

In fact, things are so ridiculous, California now puts a warning label, similar to those for cigarettes, on bundles of wood. 

Taevs, who works for an organization which gets its funding from the City of Portland, states of Washington and Oregon, and any manner of enviro groups,  allows that fire’s important and stuff but, hey, we’re beyond all that.

Yes, we’ve been burning wood since the dawn of time, since the days when our lifespans were short and the impact was small and there were very few of us. But in a densely populated urban environment, should we rethink this uncontrolled source of air pollution?

As our understanding of human health and the environment have evolved, we’ve altered many of our behaviors from those early days.

But here’s the money quote from this op ed in the Portland Tribune,

Our freedom to emit smoke without restriction is one of the only ways remaining that citizens are legally able to seriously impact the health of others.

Think about that. We’re on the road to criminalizing, or at the very least, making socially unacceptable, behavior that helps our own health and could save our lives–i.e. keeping us warm. 

HL Mencken once said, “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” 

That reminds me of the story from San Diego from the other day. A man was arrested for attempted murder in Mission Beach. He ordered a woman to stop smoking and when she didn’t, he took out a knife, stabbed in her in the chest and then tried strangling her. He was affronted by her audacity to smoke and pollute his air and possibly kill him. So he tried to kill her

Sure, the dude was nuts, but where did he get the idea that it was somehow socially acceptable to assault a woman who was merely smoking? Non smokers are given social cues they’re morally superior. That mind set is affirmed by government PSA’s and the first lady! Add that to all the junk science claims about smoke killing our planet without hearing other mitigating factors to put things into context such as volcanoes and forest fires doing more to alter climate than anything man does and you’ve got some undereducated people. Now they’re ladling on the stupid!

California is already encouraging people to snitch on neighbors about water use. Soon we’ll have fire wars: neighbor versus neighbor. And those going after neighbors for fire will feel morally superior because, after all, all they’re trying to do is save the planet no matter if that leaves you in the cold.

 

Two rulings, one day. ObamaCare to head to the Supremes. Again.

ObamaCare says what it says. That’s what a three judge panel in the DC circuit court of appeals has basically said as much in a ruling today. In a two-to-one ruling, the judges said the ObamaCare subsidy doesn’t apply to people who sign up on the federal health insurance exchanges, only state exchanges because that’s what the law says.

Instead of taking the tunnel, then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made a  point to walk through and mock the angry protesters who yelled, "Kill the Bill! Kill the Bill!"
Instead of taking the tunnel, then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made a point to walk through and mock the angry protesters who yelled, “Kill the Bill! Kill the Bill!”

The federal government says it will ask the full first circuit to review the case.

In the meantime, people who signed up with the federal government and qualified for subsidies, including those in the failed state plans in Oregon and Maryland, are wondering what will become of their free money. 

Although the president has changed the law multiple times to suit his political aims and the IRS attempted to paper over this obvious issue, the Democrats, when they did the final cram down on ObamaCare, intended for there to be no subsidies paid at the federal level–hoping to force states to do it. 

 From The Hill:

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down one of the pillars of ObamaCare, ruling that the law’s premium subsidies are invalid in more than two-dozen states.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 decision that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not permit the IRS to distribute premium subsidies in the federal ObamaCare exchange, meaning those consumers must bear the full cost of their insurance.

“Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges ‘established by the State,’ we reverse the district court and vacate the IRS’s regulation,” the court said in its ruling.

As you can see by the ruling, the politically motivated IRS officials decided to take matters into their own hands and create a rule that directly circumvents the Democrats’ own intention and the words in the law. That ruling was vacated by the court.

But two hours after this ruling, another court ruled the opposite way,

… [A] separate federal appeals court panel in Richmondunanimously upheld the law and its system of subsidies and tax credits, putting it in opposition to the D.C. appeals court. That could raise the potential of a Supreme Court showdown.

“If there is a split in the circuits, then I think the Supreme Court would have to step in,” said Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel at the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.

As for what these decisions do to the people who are getting subsidized health care? The president’s spokesman says they’ll ignore the ruling for now,

Jerry Brown, football coach.

The California governor has signed a bill limiting the number of full contact work outs of teenage football players

jerry-brown-getty-courtesy-sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com_   Governor Jerry Brown apparently considers himself one part sports medicine geek, medical doctor and football coach. He’s signed a bill to limit the number of full contact football work outs by teenage players in California schools. 

Assembly Bill 2127, by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, prohibits middle school and high school football teams from holding full-contact practices during the off-season and limits them to no more than two full-contact practices per week during the preseason and regular season.

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Jerry Brown is now their football coach.

The bill by the Democrats is in response to stories about concussions by football players, but it seems to me local school and league officials are closer and better equipped to address medical concerns of local football players. Still, he joins 19 other states in prohibiting full contact football in the off season. 

By big footing the local league officials, Brown accelerates the left’s apparent desire to kill the game of football. It won’t be long now before high schools will go to touch football only.

When the reduced preparation for high school football games results in fewer kids wanting to turn out or failing to make a college team, Brown will be among the first to conceive of a bail out plan for their lost dreams. Watch.