In the Pipeline: 4/30/13

Van Jones, previously Deputy Assistant to the President for Destroying Coal Miners’ Jobs, deflects responsibility by pretending to care about the very people whose lives he and his former boss have worked so diligently to destroy. Twitchy (4/29/13) reports: “Jones is in St. Louis today to show his solidarity with the United Mine Workers of America and protest the ‘corporate greed’ of ‘Big Coal’:”


Why just women? Maybe it would drive some of the House Democrats to transactional sex. And who says ‘transactional sex’ when they mean ‘prostitution’? The Hill (4/29/13) reports: “The resolution, from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and a dozen other Democrats, says the results of climate change include drought and reduced agricultural output. It says these changes can be particularly harmful for women… ‘[F]ood insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health,’ it says.”

Maybe someone should give Rep. Barbara Lee the heads up. The Breakthrough (Winter 2013) reports: “Huge swaths of the world have been developing over the last three decades at an unprecedented pace and scale. That remarkable transformation has come not from the forced redistribution of global wealth or renewable energy but instead from the rapid growth of the global economy fueled by cheap fossil energy. China, India, and Brazil have become the manufacturers, farmers, and phone centers to the world, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in the process.”

As we have discussed before, the science is settled. So please ignore all facts that are contrary to the prevailing narrative. USA Today (4/29/13) reports: “Record cold and snow has been reported in dozens of cities, with the worst of the chill in the Rockies, upper Midwest and northern Plains. Several baseball games have been snowed out in both Denver and Minneapolis.”

Try saying ‘post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy’ ten times fast.Washington Examiner (4/29/13) reports: “No wonder Institute for Energy Research President Thomas J. Pyle contends that ‘Obama has kept keep billions of acres of federal lands and waters behind the most onerous regulatory blockade in American history. Yet that hasn’t stopped him for taking credit for the increases in production on private and state lands.’”

Let’s think about this for a moment. Why would EPA do something like this? Could it be because they are setting the table to slide natural gas in as a substitute for the cellulosic ethanol (that doesn’t exist) in the RFS, and they want to make sure that life cycle assessments can be offered with a straight face? Stay tuned. AP (4/28/13) reports: “The Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas leaks during natural gas production, in a shift with major implications for a debate that has divided environmentalists: Does the recent boom in fracking help or hurt the fight against climate change?”

This is kind of fun to watch. Although you have to wonder about a guy that announces they are going to drive support for one issue by focusing on another. And you have to wonder about people who take his money. You also have to wonder about the idiots who are upset with Zuckerberg but are still buying Facebook ads. Politico (4//13) reports: “Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is taking fire from the left in his quest to reform the country’s immigration system… Progressives and environmental activists are fuming over recent television ads from the subsidiaries of Zuckerberg’s umbrella group that tout lawmakers’ pro-Keystone XL pipeline and oil drilling positions.”

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