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Formerly Nazi Germany, now a bastion of Socialism, ruled by a woman who heads a coalition of political parties with suspicious names like Christian Democratic UNION and Christian SOCIAL UNION and SOCIAL Democratic Party, has figured out how to cut carbon emissions using a new-fangled invention called the sun.

That's what this outfit called Treehugger claims, anyway.

On June 6, between 1pm and 2pm, solar power output rose to a record 24.24 GW, according to the Fraunhofer ISE solar energy research institute. That was a Friday. Over the entire week, German solar power systems generated 1.26 TWh of electricity, another new record for the country.
The way they do that, of course, is they make everybody live in ugly houses like the one at the top right. Cutting emissions is nice and all. But how did they do it? Oh, the oppressive socialism! Oh, the burdensome regulation! It's been going on for decades!

The Electricity Feed Law, way back in 1990. Was that bad enough? Nooo! More oppression ten years later with the unconscionable German Renewable Energy Act. All this government intervention, all on the backs of the noble German people, ostensibly to "keep the Earth fit for human habitation."

Propaganda and conspiracy! Doesn't their government understand? They're fomenting revolution, I tell you! It's going to be dire! The Proletariat will rise up! Will the oppressor never learn? "Government is not the solution."

Meanwhile, back in the States...

It's clear to anyone who's been paying attention that this so-called "Global Warming" malarky is a Socialist plot, and the invisible hand is the free energy market's only necessary control, and the Environmental "Protection" Agency's new round of oppressive and heavy-handed regulation will kill the economy, and Obama is just another Hitler.

Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, explained it perfectly:

The president promised under his plan, electricity rates would 'necessarily skyrocket,' and this is one promise he is actually delivering on. Four years after a Democratic Senate rejected cap-and-trade, the administration continues its pursuit to regulate where Congress refused to legislate. As the American economy shrunk last quarter, why in the world is the president pushing regulations that will serve to increase utility rates for consumers, send manufacturing jobs overseas, and hamstring our economic recovery? And despite the president’s focus on income inequality, this is a plan to make the poor poorer as it is the nation’s most vulnerable who suffer the most from higher energy prices and layoffs.
I bet the oppressed people of Germany wish they had a few politicians like Fred Upton looking out for their best interests and protecting them from skyrocketing electricity prices. For nearly twenty-five years, they've endured the tyrannical regulation, the burdensome drag on their economy forced upon them by their oppressive Socialist government. How much longer can they endure?

We only need to look at the figures, the depressed German economy compared to bustling, full-employm... Oh. Wait. Never mind.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Fred Upton, Chairman, House Energy Committee: Stop pushing dirty energy, stop blocking clean-energy initiatives. Help lead the transition or retire.

    by Bruce Brown on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:58:58 AM PDT

  •  FYI. For more information on Global Warming (1+ / 0-)
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    see this list of arguments.

    A million Arcosantis.

    by Villabolo on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:37:39 PM PDT

  •  In MHQ (Military History Quarterly) not a (1+ / 0-)
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    publication you might think would be concerned with global warming (or if it did would take a GOP view), I was browsing it and the editiorial letter not only acknowledged climate change as crucial thorughout human (warfare) history but specifically cited strong warming trends and noted most was manmade causation.

    Stormy Weather

    While it may or may not remain true that neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor dark of night can slow the couriers of the U.S. Postal Service (a notion first expressed about couriers in almost the same words by Herodotus in the 5th century BC), such conditions and other weather events have been known to bring military actions to a shuddering, slithering halt.

    ..... Examples of military operations that have gone awry because of weather predictably changing for the worse are too well known to require repeating here. But surely, one might think, the best military minds would have noticed over the centuries that the onset of winter brings cold days and colder nights (and soldiers wanting to dress accordingly), that rainy seasons mean everything and everyone is going to get wet (and muddy), and that merciless summer sun raises the chance of heatstroke and debilitating thirst for man and beast.

    In short, when it comes to weather and military operations, there is nothing new under the sun. Or is there? The extent to which climate change can disrupt both peace and war—and can trigger armed conflicts around the globe—was recently described in detail by historian Geoffrey Parker in Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century. His success in connecting the dots between the weather changes in the middle of that century and the ensuing widespread upheavals—"revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides"—should be a wake-up call for us. Parker's timing is spot-on: The year 2013, when his book was published, was one of the 10 hottest on record. Then, in early 2014 major scientific documents published by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change support the conclusion that our world is warming significantly, chiefly as a result of our own civilized activities. Parker's historical data suggest that climate change, with its concomitant weather extremes, can lead to years of social upheaval. What is new this time is that such changes are largely of our making.

    After millennia of just talking about the weather, we may have finally done something about it.

    —Michael W. Robbins

    •  To calrify, this wasn't a letter TO the editor. It (0+ / 0-)

      was the chief editor's letter prefacing the current issue.

    •  Recognizing this, the Pentagon (1+ / 0-)
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      decided to start considering how climate change should affect its long-range planning. But Congress told them

      None of the funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to implement the U.S. Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report, the United Nation's Agenda 21 sustainable development plan, or the May 2013 Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order.
      Yes, the Penatgon's climate-change planning idea got defunded.

      Fred Upton, Chairman, House Energy Committee: Stop pushing dirty energy, stop blocking clean-energy initiatives. Help lead the transition or retire.

      by Bruce Brown on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 01:15:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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