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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/15/2019 04:48 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/15/2019 04:48 PM
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The Sky’s Not Falling By Congressman Tom McClintock

Washington, DC...Abraham Lincoln told the story of boarding with the family of a Presbyterian minister on the night of the greatest meteor shower ever recorded in North America. He was awakened by the minister who shouted, “Arise Abraham, for the heavens are falling and the day of judgment has arrived.” But Lincoln noticed that despite the hysteria around him and the chaos above him, he could still see the familiar constellations fixed in the sky, and he knew the world was not about to end.




No one denies that our planet is warming, carbon dioxide levels are increasing, and ocean levels are rising. But before we run screaming into the night, let’s also do a quick reality check. The sky isn’t falling.

Global warming (and cooling) is nothing new: our planet has been warming on and off since the last ice age. There have been periods throughout both recorded history and pre-history when scientists tell us temperatures were much hotter (and colder) than they are today. 1 Science tells us that carbon dioxide levels have varied widely throughout the planet’s history, and have often been many times higher than today.2 Science tells us that at the end of the last ice age, ocean levels were 400 feet lower than they are today and the modern rise has been steady, small, and doesn’t correlate to carbon dioxide levels.3 In the Caribbean, where continuous hurricane records date back to 1690, hurricane frequency dropped 20 percent in the last century.4

And despite what we are told, there is a vigorous debate within the scientific community over how much human activity influences climate compared with vastly more powerful natural forces that have driven climate change for 4 ½ billion years. As Chicken Little belatedly discovered, there is a big difference between an acorn and the sky.

Science thrives on civil and dispassionate debate. When someone tells you the debate is over, that dissent should be forbidden and dissenters should be personally attacked – that’s not a scientist talking – that’s a politician.

We also need to consider the enormous costs that the left would impose on each of our families in pursuit of its “Green New Deal.” We already have a taste of these policies in California, where carbon taxes have produced among the highest electricity and gasoline prices in the United States5 and contributed to the nation’s highest effective poverty rate.6

This doesn’t mean we can’t find common ground. There are many ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and adapt to our changing climate that are desirable in themselves, quite apart from the debate over the causes of the Modern Warm Period.

For example, nuclear power plants and hydro-electric dams offer abundant and reliable power with no carbon dioxide emissions at far lower costs and with far smaller ecological footprints than wind and solar.

If we can store less moisture in the mountains as snow because of warming temperatures, doesn’t it make sense to build more reservoirs to save that water rather than lose it to the ocean?

If oceans are rising, doesn’t it make sense to phase out flood insurance subsidies that encourage people to build in flood plains by hiding the risk?

Last year’s California wildfires pumped 68 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, making a mockery of carbon dioxide restrictions.7 Doesn’t it make sense to harvest excess timber before it can choke off the forest and burn? Doesn’t it make sense to manage our forests to match the tree density to the ability of the land to support it? Doesn’t it make sense to space trees so that snow isn’t trapped in dense canopies to evaporate before it can reach the ground?

And if we can’t agree on these measures, then how seriously are we really taking the purported apocalypse?


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Posted on: 2019-03-15 16:58:32   By: Anonymous
 
Nice tie.

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    Posted on: 2019-03-15 19:47:44   By: Anonymous
     
    Tom......get off your knees and for Christ's sake, wipe your chin off!

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      Posted on: 2019-03-15 20:06:35   By: Anonymous
       
      Tom....

      To claim that nuclear power plants have a smaller ecological footprint than wind and solar energy is frightenly ignorant on your part.

      Nuclear waste produced from those plants remains deadly to human life for tens, and hundreds of thousands of years.

      Hundreds of thousands of years may be a small footprint in your book, but you're obviously an imbecile, as is your president.

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        Posted on: 2019-03-15 20:58:43   By: Anonymous
         
        McClintock. Disgusting how he just caved in to Trump. No balls, no spine, nothing man like about him.

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          Posted on: 2019-03-15 21:02:37   By: Anonymous
           
          Love those giant Wind Turbines, or Osprey Osterizers as they're known in the industry.
          They can really chop-up a Condor.

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        Posted on: 2019-03-16 15:44:12   By: Anonymous
         
        He's also wrong on the forest fires added to CO2 argument. The fires surely added tons of CO2 to the atmosphere but almost all the woodlands and brush and houses burned were not in forests where timber is harvested. The southern CA fires have nothing to do with timber harvesting.

        At least he didn't say we should divert the rivers onto the fires or rake our forests like the Finns do. Those idiocies stopped at Trump.

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          Posted on: 2019-03-16 18:45:56   By: Anonymous
           
          And this, folks, is the kind of logic brought to us by a failed higher education system.

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    Posted on: 2019-03-15 20:40:16   By: Anonymous
     
    Oh Tommy Tommy Tommy,
    It is really sad when you try to talk about science when it is so clear you are talking nonsense. You are not a stupid person, but when you put out banal screeds like this....well its just down right embarrassing. So please stick to talking about fire management and forests, and water rights and all the other things you have rambled on about. But climate change is really a topic way out of your knowledge sphere. If you keep talking like this I am simply not going to vote for you in 2020. Your friend,
    Dennis Mills

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      Posted on: 2019-03-16 07:30:26   By: Anonymous
       
      No Names of Non Elected Officials

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        Posted on: 2019-03-16 09:47:57   By: Anonymous
         
        No Names of Non Elected Officials

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          Posted on: 2019-03-16 11:05:13   By: Anonymous
           
          No Names of Non Elected Officials

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            Re: /\/\:Dennis
            Posted on: 2019-03-16 15:20:38   By: Anonymous
             
            Ditto! Lol!

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            Posted on: 2019-03-16 17:06:24   By: Anonymous
             
            That sounds about right except, since I know Marita would never share anything with you, I have to assume like so many other things you do (thinking of that report you handed out back in the days) you "borrowed it" and forgot to give credit where credit is due.

            By the way Dennis. I hear there is a Maytag repairman job open down in Bakersfield. Isn't that what you use to do (and where you use to work) before you illegally immigrated to calaveras county? just trying to help you out a bit as I know you are going to be out of a job next year.

            s/a friend

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              Posted on: 2019-03-16 18:50:52   By: Anonymous
               
              No Names of Non Elected Officials

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              Re: Trevor
              Posted on: 2019-03-30 13:20:31   By: Anonymous
               
              No Names of Non Elected Officials

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    Posted on: 2019-03-16 08:01:07   By: Anonymous
     
    NOTHING BUT ADS!!!!!! WHAT A COLLOSAL WASTE OF TIME COMING TO THIS SITE IS.

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      Posted on: 2019-03-16 09:14:18   By: Anonymous
       
      It's Irish Day, Smile and shop local

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Posted on: 2019-03-15 17:00:57   By: Anonymous
 
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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IGNORANCE
Posted on: 2019-03-15 17:05:29   By: Anonymous
 
TOTAL IGNORANCE!

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    Re: IGNORANCE
    Posted on: 2019-03-15 17:08:28   By: Anonymous
     
    Who are you god?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-03-15 17:18:27   By: Anonymous
 


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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-03-15 17:22:28   By: Anonymous
 
Impeach Newsom

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    Posted on: 2019-03-17 17:06:10   By: Anonymous
     
    Bans cows and fossil fuels. Go AOC!

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Back to the Dark Ages
Posted on: 2019-03-15 17:30:27   By: Anonymous
 
The plethora of ignorance displayed by the Republican Party is taking us back to the Dark Ages when science and logic held less sway than "gut instinct". The costs this time is more than a mere plague. It is the survival of the species.

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    Fossil Fuel $
    Posted on: 2019-03-15 17:44:59   By: Anonymous
     
    Fossil Fuel $ pays for this manure.McClintock is up to his armpits with them.
    This the swamp- people owned by political lobbyists- K Street.

    Does his argument make any sense?

    Anything for da $ Mac, a deep swamp dweller.

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    Re: Back to the Dark Ages
    Posted on: 2019-03-15 19:02:45   By: Anonymous
     
    YEA! Because libs are all logic and science. You know, like the 70 genders we have...

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      Re: Back to the Dark Ages
      Posted on: 2019-03-15 19:38:54   By: Anonymous
       
      Actually, most Democrats whom you would identify as libs do have a background in real science. McClintock and his ilk are old family ranchers who have nothing left should we actually embrace climate change.

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        Re: Back to the Dark Ages
        Posted on: 2019-03-15 19:47:47   By: Anonymous
         
        Uh, news flash, Bill Nye. The climate has been changing for billions of years. Pass it on.

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          Re: Back to the Dark Ages
          Posted on: 2019-03-16 15:45:55   By: Anonymous
           
          And all the record world-wide high temperatures are in the past few years. We've gone from climate fluctuation to a steady increase.

          Pass it on.

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            Re: Back to the Dark Ages
            Posted on: 2019-03-18 12:24:09   By: Anonymous
             
            "Global warming's " a hoax... Pass it on.


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    Re: Back to the Dark Ages/\/\disagree
    Posted on: 2019-03-30 13:22:09   By: Anonymous
     
    On the contrary, you-the Deep State people-are living in the Dark Ages!

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      Re: Back to the Dark Ages/\/\disagree/\/\re:
      Posted on: 2019-03-30 13:23:25   By: Anonymous
       
      PS And you need to go to church to repent your sins.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-03-15 17:52:43   By: Anonymous
 
Worst congressman ever and carpetbagger at that, he doesn't even live in CA04. Can't wait to vote him out of office.

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    Posted on: 2019-03-15 19:00:04   By: Anonymous
     
    I agree! That fatty who ran against him should have won!! She was no carpetbagger! Maybe a carpet muncher, but no bagger!!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-03-15 18:07:44   By: Anonymous
 


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    Posted on: 2019-03-15 18:15:42   By: Anonymous
     
    I'm completely naked.

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      Posted on: 2019-03-16 14:00:40   By: Anonymous
       
      "Clothes make the man, naked people ha e little or no influence in society" Mark Twain

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-03-15 19:40:01   By: Anonymous
 
You know he's desperate when we're getting robocalls from him.

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Oh, my god....what a ration of sh*t!
Posted on: 2019-03-15 20:55:01   By: Anonymous
 
Why, John, do you give McClintock a platform to spew this crapola?! What on earth can it gain you or The Pine Tree? Is it just so we’ll all freak out and post about it?!

Please, John-this man’s foolish opinions are like something from InfoWars. Just because he’s an elected official doesn’t mean you have to post his greed based insanity.

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    Re: Oh, my god....what a ration of sh*t!
    Posted on: 2019-03-15 21:05:46   By: Anonymous
     
    Oh, you're just jealous.

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      Re: Oh, my god....what a ration of sh*t!
      Posted on: 2019-03-15 21:14:21   By: Anonymous
       
      Quiet Jessica.

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    Re: Oh, my god....what a ration of sh*t!
    Posted on: 2019-03-15 21:31:51   By: Anonymous
     
    Profanity

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    Re: Oh, my god....what a ration of sh*t!
    Posted on: 2019-03-16 01:37:42   By: Anonymous
     
    Get yourself elected to congress and I bet news outlets will run your op-eds to

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      Re: Oh, my god....what a ration of sh*t!
      Posted on: 2019-03-16 07:43:29   By: Anonymous
       
      A one sided ad rag with a little bit of fluff news, and some to angry his nut bag followers. John Hamilton is a complete disgrace. And tom tom keep up the good work in nothing land. Carpet bagger



      #Maga orange turd in cuffs2020
      Hahahahahahahaaha lying crooked cheating trump hahahahahahahaha
      Lock him up lock him up lock him up

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Posted on: 2019-03-16 09:55:13   By: Anonymous
 


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Posted on: 2019-03-18 12:26:13   By: Anonymous
 
Baby Ducks love Tom!!

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