GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina, formerly the chief of Hewlett-Packard, says the federal government itself is a bigger threat to America than so-called global warming.
In a recent interview with Katie Couric, Fiorina was responding to Couric’s question about whether she thinks climate change is a “serious issue.”
“I think it’s an issue,” she said. “I think we ought to be focusing our time, energy and resources on innovations. We need to keep it in perspective.”
Couric interrupted her to repeat the question, asking specifically about how serious Fiorina believes the issue to be.
She said far more dangerous to America is the “web of dependencies” into which people fall, the issue of whether “people are getting a good education” and the “dangers we face around the world.”
Even, she said, “The fact our government is a vast, bloated, unaccountable, corrupt bureaucracy.”
The Political Insider commented: “Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare. She is tough and articulate. And after her extraordinary performance during the ‘earlier’ Fox News debate last week, she showed she’s ready for battle. Her polling numbers are skyrocketing.”
Fiorina said about global warming that the U.S. alone, no matter what it does, will not impact any global issue like that.
“So when I see a state like California destroy lives and livelihoods with environmental regulations that will make no difference at all, when I see the Obama administration take that same regulation and apply it nationally – it will make no differ at all, and yet we’re destroying peoples’ lives and livelihoods. I wonder why are we doing this. Why are we doing this when it won’t have any impact”
She said innovation needs to be the focal point of any work on the issue. Half of America’s energy comes from coal, she pointed out, yet Obama wants, essentially, to ban it.
“To say we’re basically going to outlaw coal, which is what this administration is doing, is so self-defeating. It destroys jobs, communities.”
Wonderful idea, she said, but do the experts tell Americans that “wind tech slaughters millions of birds?”
“I think it is frankly ridiculous for the Obama administration to call ISIS a strategic distraction, and then go on to say that climate change is the single most pressing national security issue of our time.”
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WND has reported that from one side of the political spectrum, Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley said ISIS got its start due to drought-fueled rage.
“One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation-state of Syria and the rise of ISIS was the effect of climate change and the mega-drought that affected that region, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis that created the symptoms – or rather the conditions of extreme poverty – that has now led to the rise of ISIL and this extreme violence,” the former Maryland governor said, fielding a question about foreign policy from Bloomberg.
O’Malley’s not alone in that line of thinking.
In May, President Obama said to U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates to be prepared for a shift in military strategy that would include a fight against global warming, because weather patterns figure into trends toward violence. And in early 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry called climate change “the greatest challenge of our generation,” more so than poverty, terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Ivar Giaever, a Nobel Prize-Winner for physics in 1973, said, “I would say that basically global warming is a non-problem.”
He’s a former professor at the School of Engineering and School of Science Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received the 1973 physics Nobel for his work on quantum tunneling.
Only a year ago, WND reported scientists and others on a team assembled by the Chicago-based Heartland Institute, which focuses on free-market solutions to today’s problems, say the “scare” of global warming from the use of carbon fuels and other human activities “is over.”
It’s “past time” for the world to realize that and “stop the madness of wasting great sums of money on EPA’s imaginary threat,” contends Kenneth Haapala, the executive vice president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project in Virginia. He’s also a policy adviser at the Heartland Institute.
Institute experts said Thursday the Remote Sensing Systems, which provide data to NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation, have confirmed “the global mean surface temperature has not risen for 18 consecutive years.”
“This extends the so-called ‘pause’ in global warming to a new record, one not predicted by the climate models of the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change,” the organization said.
Craig Idso, senior fellow in environment for the Heartland Institute and co-editor of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, a counterpart to the IPCC, said that to “the world’s climate alarmists, atmospheric carbon dioxide is a dangerous trace gas, and for years, they have been insisting its increase will raise global temperatures and wreak havoc upon Earth’s climate and biosphere.”
“Yet, despite a 9 percent increase in CO2 over the past 18 years, there has been no rise in global temperature,” he said.
“Think about that. Over this time period the air’s CO2 content has risen some 40 parts per million, which represents fully one-third the total global CO2 increase since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, yet contrary to model projections, planetary temperatures have failed to rise,” Idso said.
Idso said it’s “time for global warming diehards to face the facts.”
About that time, WND columnist Lord Monckton wrote: “Worldwide, the liarists – growing ever more desperate as the Great Pause grows ever longer – are taking up the cry that The Models Were Right All Along But The Warming Has Gone Into Hiding, Really And Truly It Has, With Knobs On, Cross My Heart And Hope To Die, So There.
“Just one problem with that. The catastrophist clique no longer entirely controls the scientific journals. It tried to, but it didn’t get away with it. In addition to ‘The ocean ate my global warming,’ the scientific journals contain a host of recent papers giving between them no less than 25 – yes, 25 – mutually incompatible explanations of the Great Pause.”
The holes in the theory have been documented. For example, London’s Independent newspaper declared at the turn of the millennium, “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.” The report quoted David Viner, senior research scientist at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, long considered an authoritative resource for global warming research, as saying snow would soon be “a very rare and exciting event” in Britain.
“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he claimed at the time.
But the authoritative reputation of East Anglia was seriously downgraded in 2009 when leaked emails proved researchers there were engaged in a major scheme to manipulate and suppress evidence against global warming, misconduct London’s Telegraph newspaper called “the worst scientific scandal of our generation.”
Well-known scientist Art Robinson has spearheaded The Petition Project which to date has gathered the signatures of 31,487 scientists who agree that there is “no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”
They say, “Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plan and animal environments of the Earth.”