January 10, 2016

The heat is on!

Paul Driessen

What Rush likes to call the drive-by media is already in full throttle – doing all it can to ensure a successful regulatory blitzkrieg from every corner of the Obama Administration, before it leaves office a long 375 days from now. A typical example is a recent Washington Post editorial that wails about the dangers of manmade climate change, warns Republicans not to "discredit” any "mainstream” scientists like Michael Mann and James Hansen, and says Republican claims on global warming are mere "bluster” and "buffoonery.”

My column this week offers an alternative viewpoint – and wonders why government con artists and emissions fraud should not be treated the same way as Volkswagen is for its deceptive emissions software. For one thing, the costs and stakes are much higher when government defrauds us.

The heat is on!

Why should Volkswagen be investigated for emission deception, but not government agencies?

Paul Driessen

The heat is on! Not the unusual winter warmth in much of the United States – but the unrelenting heat generated by propaganda and pressure campaigns that the White House, EPA, Big Green and news media are unleashing in the wake of the Paris climate agreement … and as a prelude to the 2016 elections.

A recent Washington Post editorial laid out the strategy. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2015-a-year-of-progress-and-buffoonery-on-climate-change/2016/01/02/9ad6955c-af33-11e5-9ab0-884d1cc4b33e_story.html The long-term warming trend is "concerning.” Maybe we can’t blame this year’s strong El Niño "squarely on climate change,” but "one paper” says the number of strong El Niño years could double. Obama’s "landmark” carbon dioxide regulations "played a key role” in securing an "unprecedented” international climate deal that could eventually compel all nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, to "avoid serious risks” of climate catastrophes.

Above all, we must "build on 2015’s climate progress.” There must be no backpedalling on the Paris accord, EPA regulations, or replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy. Above all, no "fishing expeditions designed to personally discredit scientists and undermine peer-reviewed research” that supports the elimination of carbon-based fuels. Republican claims are mere "bluster” and "buffoonery.”

Never mind that White House and EPA events, the Paris climate conference, the Vatican climate summit and even Science magazine have offered virtually no forum for numerous scientists who contest claims that humans are causing "dangerous manmade climate change” to present their case or debate alarmist witnesses and officials. Never mind that climate chaos claims look increasingly flimsy.

A fundamental principle is at stake here: policies and rules that affect our lives, livelihoods and living standards must be based on honesty, accountability and verifiable scientific evidence.

The Justice Department has sued Volkswagen on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency. They want up to $18 billion dollars in penalties, because VW installed special software that caused its diesel cars to emit fewer pollutants during tests used to ensure compliance with emission regulations. The falsified tests allegedly duped American consumers into purchasing 580,000 diesel-powered vehicles.

Federal prosecutors are also conducting criminal probes of Volkswagen and its executives. Countless other civil and criminal investigations and prosecutions have companies and citizens in their crosshairs. Such actions are often warranted, even if the draconian incarceration and monetary penalties are not.

No one should be victimized by fraud or other criminal activities, by private companies – or by government agencies and bureaucrats, or third parties they hire and use to validate their policies.

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