Tuesday, April 04, 2017

THE WAR





I just watched Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, get eaten alive by Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace. Not only was it an ugly and painful sight but it was also a very dispiriting one.

Here is the guy who was carefully selected to be in the vanguard of President Trump’s war on the Green Blob which, for decades, has been doing untold damage to liberty, the scientific method, and the economy.

And he can’t even answer a few basic and obvious questions about why the job he is doing is necessary, important, and right.

There should have been nothing complicated or unexpected about these questions. They are the kind of thing any half-way decent interviewer might have asked, be he a hostile one or a semi-friendly Fox News one playing devil’s advocate.

And if Scott Pruitt had had even the most cursory briefing and media training in his new role, he should have been prepared for them.
Wallace asked him about the UN’s view that it was 95 percent likely that more than half the temperature increase since the mid-20th century is due to human activity.

Pruitt sweated, stuttered, and floundered.

Wallace asked him about NOAA’s claim that 2015 and 2016 are the hottest years on record.

Pruitt had no convincing comeback.

Wallace asked him the age-old question beloved by climate alarmists: “What if you’re wrong? What if CO2 is causing dramatic climate change and we as humans are responsible?”

Pruitt just didn’t know how to respond.

There should have been nothing complicated or unexpected about these questions. They are the kind of thing any half-way decent interviewer might have asked, be he a hostile one or a semi-friendly Fox News one playing devil’s advocate.

And if Scott Pruitt had had even the most cursory briefing and media training in his new role, he should have been prepared for them.

Not only should he have known the most effective answers to give; but he should have been so confident in the rightness and truth of his cause that he should have been able to seize the moment and make the points that really need to be made about President Trump’s environmental policy: that it is being enacted for the good of science, for the good of the economy and the core mission of Making America Great Again.

How could Scott Pruitt not do this?

Any one of us on the skeptical side of the argument could have pointed him to dozens of leading scientists — and hundreds if not thousands of papers and articles — that could easily have enabled Pruitt to say what needed to be said.

He could have noted the incompetence, corruption, and mendacity of the heavily politicized IPCC; the dishonest manipulation by organizations like NOAA — indeed especially NOAA — of the raw temperature data; the utter meaninglessness of the “hottest year evah” claims so often made in the liberal media.

And he could easily have batted off the “What if you’re wrong?” question by making perhaps the most important point of all that needs to be made about the “war” on “carbon”: that what it all comes down to is cost benefit analysis. To whit: the trillions of dollars being spent every year on the possibility that there might be a problem, a) could be spent much more usefully elsewhere and b) are doing more harm than good.

Pruitt was incapable of doing this though because, trained lawyer though he is, he is simply not on top of his brief.

This is disgraceful. It’s an embarrassment and a shambles. Worst of all, it’s an entirely needless concession to the enemy. [FULL]


The EPA is the leftist/s stealth bomber.  There can be no bigger prize in their globalization plan than to capture the right to  use climate to override damned near every constitutional right we have.  Say goodbye to property rights, and by extension every other right. And, as David Horowitz wrote in his book Big Agenda, " A small but determined disloyal group of Republicans are even joining Democrats to not only preserve the welfare state but expand it ..."  There you have it then.  The solution?  Kill them all.  Just kidding. But what, then?
Skoonj

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm so deflated by this. I had such high hopes. Is there no way Trump can entice Jim Inhofe into reporting for duty long enough to butcher the pig? -Anymouse

poletax said...

I don't know?
Killing them all might bring the others into line.

Stu Tarlowe said...

Machiavelli would know what to do; so would the Chinese:
SHĀ YĪ JǏNG BǍI 杀一儆百 lit. kill one to warn a hundred (idiom); to punish an individual as an example to others

Chris in NC said...

Agree Poletax. Kill them all is the FIRST thing to do. Then eliminate their friends. Cancer can't be dealt with nicely. It has to be eradicated completely

gadfly said...

Anybody who disagrees with the warmest version of Climate Change gets crucified. But before you judge, read this at National Review.

Anonymous said...

gadfly - I sure there is climate change, as there has been for millennia, but as for man-caused - one big solar flare cancels out 100 years of human activity as does one Krakatoa.
Lt. Col. Gen. Tailgunner dick

Anonymous said...

Krakatoa??? WTF does a bunch of drunks taking turns singing to musical accompaniment provided by a machine have to do with the climate?
Oh, Sorry! I thought you said karaoke! Never mind!

Emily Litella

SA-X4 said...

What's needed here is a "Catch & Release" program... Catch-Lobotomize-Release. By effectively targeting that specific part of the errant human that is causing the problem, the messy legal problems of murder can be avoided.
Consider Ronco's 1977 ingenious approach:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdonmCgg3lE

Stu Tarlowe said...

Chris in NC said...
"Kill them all is the FIRST thing to do. Then eliminate their friends."

As Skoonj has been known to say, "We need to go Keyser Soze on their ass!"

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Close your eyes, I have a surprise for you ...

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