On Earth Day, Conservatives Must Focus on Conservation, not Carbon

On Earth Day, there will be much talk of Global Warming, Carbon Dioxide, and all that other voodoo. The truth is, conservatives most avoid those traps, and focus on basic principles of conservation.


Vice President Al Gore, right, chats with television host Bill Nye “The Science Guy” during an Earth Day ceremony on the Anacostia River in Washington Tuesday, April 22, 1997. Tuesday marked the 27th anniversary of Earth Day. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

Hypocrisy is an over-used word these days, but the hypocrisy of the leaders of the Earth Day movement show how fraudulent it is.

Al Gore and other Planeteers fly in their jets to Davos, they live in large homes using the energy of dozens of regular people’s homes, drive in large, private cars in place of public, mass transportation, and they use their cloud computing and live an always-on digital lifestyle.

Why should we, as conservatives, as Americans, and as human beings, support policies promoted by these people? In their rhetoric, they call it an imperative matter of saving the world that we “go green,” and yet they live like it’s all talk. That’s because it is all talk, so we should ignore it.

And what about the science? The facts simply aren’t there. Science is all about making predictions, and the Earth Day movement is very bad at making them. Their predictions in the 70s were laughably wrong, as were their predictions in the 80s and 90s. But they want us to trust them this time!

Even their more recent ones are failing: They predicted an increase in hurricanes, while we had a massive drought in major hurricanes. They predicted rising temperatures, while then the University of East Anglia famously had to fudge their numbers to, as they put it, “hide the decline.”

Their citations of historical trends are also fraudulent. The UN’s “hockey stick” graph showing calamitous warming outside of anything we’ve seen in history, is one of the biggest lies in the history of science. The famous graph was predicated on uncalibrated, untested, pretty much useless tree ring cuttings which have been cited as signaling both warming and cooling, depending on the pet theory of the day.

President Barack Obama, right, arrives with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, to talk about climate change as part of the White House South by South Lawn event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

So while the Earth Day movement is a failure in every angle of science they’ve attempted, both in looking at the past, and in predicting the future, we do have ways to show our appreciation for our natural environment on Earth Day. The tried and true principle of conservation remains a way we can make our surroundings better for ourselves, and our children.

The truth is, we’ve made progress. We have so much more forest in America than we did in the past, because our own advances of science and technology have allowed us to do that. We’re bettering the environment. We can be an example to other nations.

By being ever-better stewards of the planet, we can ensure that we leave it better than we found it. We can be more efficient, we can reuse more, and we can set aside natural preserves. We can look for ways to address light pollution, making the night sky visible to our grandchildren the way it was visible to our grandparents.

This planet is the only on we’ve got. To protect it, we must abandon wild-eyed Earth Day theories, and instead apply common sense to conserve what we’ve got.

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Just In Case, Arizona Republicans to Change Rules to Protect McCain Seat

As John McCain’s health crisis continues, Arizona Republicans are preparing for the worst. They want to change the rules, on the fly, to try to keep his seat Republican.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

It’s a small technical change that Arizona Republicans are talking about making to Arizona law for replacing a Senator who resigns or dies, but the motive could not be more transparent. In the event of bad news, the Republicans do not want McCain’s seat to be up for election in 2018, a year expected to be very good for Democrats.

The rules as written currently say that McCain’s seat would come up for election this year, if he were to vacate the seat by May 31, leaving another month and a half if he were to resign. But the Republicans want to change the rules retroactively to change that date to March 31, which obviously has already passed.

With the rule change, from this point on, any election to replace McCain in the Senate would not happen in 2018.

Naturally, Democrats are angry, but Republicans have a 17-13 edge in the Senate and a 35-25 advantage in the House. Republicans have controlled both chambers for many years. The last time the Democrats came close to taking either was a 15-15 Senate tie in 2000.

So Republicans are likely to get what they want.

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Report: Ryan and McConnell Refuse to Back Trump on Fiscal Sanity

The Omnibus budget was a disaster. Everybody hates it, it was worse than Obama, and it’s going to depress Republican voters. Trump’s team has a plan to fix it, but what if nobody backs the play?

Chad Pergram at Fox News has been asking around, and this is a report that should utterly depress anyone who cares about fiscal responsibility:

That’s a dense tweet, so let’s unpack this: The White House is going to send a proposal to the Congress, to pass a bill that cuts spending. The Omnibus was terrible, and we can do better. Since Trump has no Line Item Veto, the best he can do is send a list of things to cut to the Congress and ask them to pass a bill cutting them.

This is a case of Trump doing the right, responsible thing. This is the process you follow if you care about the law and the Constitution. This is something that’s reasonable and that folks should be able to support.

It’s also politically brilliant if done well. Make a list of the most terrible, egregious, untenable parts of the Omnibus, and dare the Congress to vote No. Republicans and Democrats a like could be put on the spot here.

However according to Pergram, Congressional GOP leaders don’t want to play ball. They won’t back the President on this for fear of hurting the Democrats’ feelings. This makes them worse than Trump on a core GOP issue: fiscal sanity.

Do we want a smaller government, or don’t we? If this report is true, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell seem more interested in making friends with the Democrats, than they are in shrinking government and cutting the deficit.

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Breaking: On Twitter, Donald Trump Confirms Paul Ryan’s Departure

One imagines Paul Ryan has been working on a farewell for weeks, or even months… and the President just blurts it out.

It’s remarkable that the guy will just Tweet this out:

As with his other tweeting today, one can learn a lot about the inside doings of the White House and the United States government by following the man’s Twitter account.

Republicans think that Ryan’s successor as the lead House Republican will have an excellent chance of becoming the next Speaker of the House. The jockeying to come out on top will include sharp elbows, as men like Whip Steve Scalise and Leader Kevin McCarthy seek to get into position.

After all, Newt Gingrich was the Whip when he edged out Bob Michel, leading to Michel’s not even running for re-election in 1994.

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Ajit Pai’s FCC Has Had Enough of China’s Spying

Some matters go beyond trade. When American infrastructure is under attack, we must keep our adversaries from taking control. So this week, FCC is taking action.

Attendees walk past a display showing Chinese President Xi Jinping at the venue for the China Development Forum in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

I love free trade. I’m a person who would support the unilateral elimination of all taxes on imports (tariffs), because I prefer a smaller government, lower taxes, and a government that doesn’t pick winners and losers in industry.

But China is a special case. As I mentioned last week, there is no such thing as a free market in China. Top Chinese corporations are under the direct control of the Communist Party and its army, the People’s Liberation Army.

Note that I said it’s the Party’s army, not the country’s army. The army is under the control of the Communist Party. That’s why the Party has its own Central Military Commission, and the leader of that organization tracks more closely to the current Paramount Leader than most other titles in the country. That’s the center of power in the country.

So think about what it means when various Chinese corporations are controlled by top party officials. That’s a true political-military-industrial complex, where all actions are under control of the party elites, and the power of the state is used to enforce that the right actions are taken. Anything a Chinese firm does in the United States is part of China’s foreign policy.

So should critical US infrastructure become dependent on Chinese merchandise, in a way that potentially allows Chinese backdoors to be an attack vector on our nation? Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, says no:

Steel is steel, but complex computer systems can have tricks buried so deep that you’ll never catch them until it’s too late.

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Trump Bans Gender Dysphoria Patients from the Military, But DoD Continues to Recruit

Donald Trump has taken formal action to remove people with Gender Dysphoria / “Transgender” issues from the military. Why will the military will continue to recruit these people, despite the ban.

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Trump ordered the exclusion of people with Gender Dysphoria from the military on the grounds that they “may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery.” The administration says that this “presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality.”

However it’s not a simple as that. First off, according to Secretary Jim Mattis, folks already in are staying. Secondly, recruitment will continue despite the ban:

However, the Defense Department will continue to assess and retain transgender individuals for the time being, because four federal judges have ruled against banning transgender men and women from military service, said Army Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman.

Eastburn could not say how many transgender service members are in the military, because the Pentagon classifies troops as men or women. Two transgender recruits are currently under contract.

Will Trump act on this gutting of his policy decision?

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Free Traders Can Support the Administration on China IP Theft

Most arguments for trade retaliation are complete garbage and hurt Americans most of all, but today’s action on China will be fine, and might even help.

President Donald Trump speaks before he signs a presidential memorandum imposing tariffs and investment restrictions on China in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

It’s true that most trade action turns out to be like the steel and aluminum tariffs: a cash grab for cronies. But today’s action against China has a completely different basis to it.

Instead of saying ‘they charge less, it’s not fair,’ here we can actually demonstrate that China is systematically defying treaty, Chinese firms are violating US law, and Americans are being directly harmed by it all.

They’re stealing our technology. That sounds like a weird phrase, but patents are real, they’re enshrined in the Constitution, and American firms (along with those firms of our allies) have to obey them. China however is not only ignoring American property rights, but is forcing the handover of proprietary technologies.

Quoting the White House’s press release, giving examples of the kinds of activities the President is legally empowered to take trade action against:

  • China requires foreign companies that access their New Energy Vehicles market to transfer core technologies to a joint venture and disclose development and manufacturing technology for the entire vehicle.
  • China imposes contractual restrictions on the licensing of intellectual property and foreign technology into their country, but does not put the same restrictions on contracts between two Chinese enterprises.
  • A Chinese government-backed fund helped Apex Technology Co., a Chinese investment consortium, acquire a U.S. computer-printer maker which had previously sued Apex over patent infringement.
  • In 2014, the U.S. charged five Chinese military hackers for cyber espionage committed against U.S. corporations and a labor organization for commercial advantage.

The Chinese do not respect the rule of law or American property. They should not be able to turn around and profit from that, selling dangerous knockoffs that are as likely to catch fire as to work correctly, bilking Americans and forcing firms to compete with their own designs.

Free marketers generally oppose free riders. China is acting as a free rider on American investment in research and design. The administration is fighting that, and that’s okay by me.

This attack can hurt China. They’ve developed a large manufacturing surplus, and depend on the ability to send their excess to countries like ours in order to maintain their economic and social order. The more we hit that, the more we threaten to undermine the Communist regime.

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DC’s Best Regulator Tries to Save a Small Business from Government

Not content with Restoring Internet Freedom from burdensome regulation, Ajit Pai wants to save a small business from a cronyist licensing law in the states. Did it work?

Elias Zarate is a man in Tennessee. He’s trying to make something of himself, so he sought to cut hair. But in Tennessee, you have to pay the government thousands of dollars to have permission to cut hair for a living.

So this poor guy who’s just trying to earn an honest living, in an age of socialist decay and dependency, and government is getting in the way just for the sake of getting in the way. Someone who can least afford to pay thousands of dollars to get out of a cronyist government trap, was expected to do just that. That’s where FCC Chairman Ajit Pai came in.

Pai headlined an effort to save Zarate by raising the money to bail him out. Unfortunately the money’s not enough. Having paid the Danegeld, Zarate faces the Dane again, by having a high school diploma demanded of him. That’s right, to cut hair.

Tennessee is doing wrong by its people, but Ajit Pai is a champion of freedom.

“Cosmetology” regulation is one of the biggest state level scams in America today.

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Unexpected Key Facts Come in About the Maryland School Shooting

All eyes turned to Great Mills High School in Maryland after a shooting there. But police have investigated, and the story isn’t what it appears to be.

Law enforcement officers stand near the entrance to Great Mills High School, the scene of a shooting, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Great Mills. A student with a handgun shot two classmates inside the high school before he was fatally wounded during a confrontation with a school resource officer, a sheriff said.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ever since Columbine, press and commentators alike have been trying to fit everything into the mold of “school shootings.” But the murders today in Maryland fit a much older narrative, one that no law, no policy, no government action of any kind will ever stop:

This was personal, and not a mass, indiscriminate shooting. The victims were targeted. We can only hope for a recovery for the victims of this heinous act.

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Warning: The Hidden Government Threat to Bitcoin Investors

Government and business are paying more and more attention to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The way they’re going to get the investors may not be what you think.

A man walks past the Bitcoin ATMs in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Bitcoin is the world’s most popular virtual currency. Such currencies are not tied to a bank or government and allow users to spend money anonymously. They are basically lines of computer code that are digitally signed each time they are traded. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The flashy cryptocurrency news involves ICOs – “Initial Coin Offerings” – put out by businesses, creating public ownership of startups without the middleman, and without any of the regulation government imposes there.

But that’s now how they’re going to get the masses involved with Bitcoin. No, they’re going to get you the old fashioned way, with taxes:

Initially, the IRS sought records related to all of Coinbase’s more than one million customers. Its demand subsequently was limited to those accounts that conducted bitcoin transactions worth $20,000 or more, which applied to approximately 8.9 million transactions conducted by more than 14,000 Coinbase customers.

The IRS won, and Coinbase sent along that information. You may think that transactions worth $20,000 would limit the scope of this to fairly wealthy people, but that’s not the case. Someone who bought two Bitcoin for $900 in May 2016 ended up with an asset with a paper valuation of $30,000 or more in December 2017. Anyone who sold at that point wound up with a massive capital gain.

How many people do you think reported that income? How many do you think simply spent the money, possibly on something like a house or a car, a lifestyle change not easily liquidated? Or paid off debt with that money?

When the IRS comes knocking on the doors of these investors for thousands of dollars, then the Bitcoin windfall becomes disaster.

And it gets worse than that. What happens to the person who spent $900 on 2BTC in 2016, who then traded Bitcoin for a new currency like Ethereum, thus seeing a capital gain in Bitcoin, but then losing money back in both Bitcoin and Ethereum? What happens when the IRS comes knocking for a cut of a windfall that no longer exists?

When the IRS comes looking for a cut of every upswing of the cryptocurrency roller coaster, that could make everyone go broke.

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