Where Climate “Let’s Pretends” LeadAlan Carlin | September 1, 2016
Whenever climate alarmism hits a roadblock, the alarmist response is always “let’s pretend.” And sure enough the problem goes away as far as the alarmists are concerned. After numerous previous “let’s pretends,” the movement pretended that the Paris agreement would solve the alleged climate problem if it were only ratified despite its many obvious flaws from the alarmists’ viewpoint.
But major emitting countries have been slow to ratify it. So the next “let’s pretend” is that the President can “ratify” it for the United States. This is where we are now. Despite the clear language in the Constitution as to how treaties must be ratified, the Obama Administration simply decided “let’s pretend” that the President can ratify it and apparently decided to have a joint “ratification” announcement with China this weekend in China.
There Are Many Examples of Climate “Let’s Pretends,” Including the USEPA CPP and the Effects of the Sun on Clouds
By now there are so many “let’s pretends” in the climate alarmist narrative that it’s hard for the average person to tell which aspects are pretend and which are actual. An example is the “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) from the USEPA. The Clean Air Act clearly says that Section 111 cannot be used to regulate pollutants emitted from a source category which is already regulated under Section 112. So EPA pretends that it can. The CAGW hypothesis is scientifically invalid, so they “pretend” that it is valid. Etc.
This past week has brought some attention to a much earlier “let’s pretend”–that global climate is influenced primarily by human-caused carbon dioxide emissions rather than changes in the sun, our source of heat and light. The so-called Svensmark effect (which concerns the sun’s effects on cosmic ray intensity), which skeptics have long thought deserved attention, received new support last week since the effects of solar eruptions on cloud density have now been demonstrated to have a strong statistical relationship despite the UN IPCC’s longstanding “let’s pretend” that solar variations can and should be ignored.
So there is nothing new about the President’s latest “let’s pretend” that he can personally ratify the Paris treaty. What else would he do? I do wonder, however, whether the US Constitution and legal structure can survive the climate issue in more than name only. US science is already reeling from climate scientific “let’s pretends” that make mincemeat of the scientific method.
One of the Most Serious Effects Is in the Legal World
In the legal world, the next problem the alarmists have to solve is to get the US Supreme Court to make all the legal “let’s pretends” concerning the CPP “legal” by declaring them to be so. All that is required is to have Congress approve one more friendly justice who is willing to vote for this. But if this should actually happen, I do wonder if there is any remaining need for Congress since a new majority on the Court can and probably would effectively rewrite the Constitution and the laws passed by Congress any way the Executive Branch wants? At that point all that would be needed is an all-powerful Executive Branch and a Supreme Court to ratify whatever the Executive Branch does.
So is this how our unique American form of government will effectively end?? The end could come as early as January, 2017, but might take a little longer.