Issues, Politics

Left’s Latest Global Warming Scare: Oyster Flatulence

We’ve had a few interesting envirochondria stories this week, but this headline takes the cake.

And in case you’re wondering, no, this isn’t from The Onion.

Reportedly a new ‘science’ study has emerged from the Ivory Tower halls of wisdom which blames a not insignificant degree of global warming on oyster flatulence.

Yes, that’s right.

Oyster farts are on the increase via oyster farming and causing global havoc.

Now, the astute among you will likely conclude something similar to what we’ve all already concluded regarding CO2 and vegetation: more CO2 is better for plants.

Conversely, more people (especially those who eat oysters) equals fewer oysters.

Ergo, there were lots and lots more oysters way back when global warming apparently wasn’t on the verge of ending life as we know it.

Is it just us or is there some incongruous logic here?

Here’s more from Redstate…

When it comes to oysters, most people never get beyond the question, “Do oysters do anything other than sit on a plate looking like phlegm?” But RedState readers being (mostly) of above average intelligence, I’m sure some of you have spent some sleepless nights pondering the question, “Do oysters fart?” 

Apparently they do. We know this because of Science! for which we thank Neil Degrasse Tyson. Peace be upon him.

And since science tells us oyster farts are a real thing, we know they cause climate change, just like virtually everything else in the known world. Remember if you want to appear “woke” it’s best to assume that everything causes climate change and climate change causes everything. Everything bad anyway.

Plans to expand aquatic farming could have a serious knock-on effect on climate change, climate experts have warned after new research revealed that underwater shellfish farts produce 10% of the global-warming gases released by the Baltic Sea.

A study published in the Scientific Reports journal shows that clams, mussels and oysters produce one-tenth of methane and nitrous oxide gases in the Baltic Sea as a result of digestion. Therefore, researchers have warned that shellfish “may play an important but overlooked role in regulating greenhouse gas production”.

Methane and nitrous oxide gases have a far greater warming potential than carbon dioxide so bodies of water without or with fewer shellfish record lower methane release rates.



EPA Ends Welfare Payments to Environmental Wacko Groups

Under the Obama administration, wacko environmental groups were part of an underhanded scheme in which they were paid millions of taxpayer dollars and granted untold scores of regulatory concessions by a favorable EPA.

The system worked beautifully.

The Sierra Club, for instance, would sue the EPA for any number of reasons.

The EPA, citing a need to save taxpayers’ money and legal entanglement, would agree to settle the matter out of court.

Then behind closed doors, the agency would grant settlement terms that would give away the farm to the Sierra Club both in terms of cash and regulations.

And none of it was done with public scrutiny. But all that has come to an end this week.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is hacking his way through the regulatory jungle getting rid of all the bureaucratic overgrowth and corruption.

Pruitt issued an agency-wide decree this week formally ending the so-called “sue and settle” racket.

Well done, Mr. Pruitt.

Here’s more from Redstate…

One of the most egregious things about the EPA has always been the way it operated for the benefit of the large “environmental” groups and against the interests of states, communities, and individuals. Perhaps the worst part of this criminal collusion was the way the EPA used lawsuits against the EPA, coordinated with environmental groups, to short-circuit the rule-making process, deprive the public of their right to petition the government and keep the coffers of environmental groups topped off with EPA cash.

This is how it worked:

“Sue and Settle “ practices, sometimes referred to as “friendly lawsuits”, are cozy deals through which far-left radical environmental groups file lawsuits against federal agencies wherein court-ordered “consent decrees” are issued based upon a prearranged settlement agreement they collaboratively craft together in advance behind closed doors. Then, rather than allowing the entire process to play out, the agency being sued settles the lawsuit by agreeing to move forward with the requested action they and the litigants both want.

In other words, the agency throws the case, somewhat like Bre’r Rabbit agreeing to be thrown into a favorite brier-patch. A big difference however, is that in this case, Farmer McGregor and Mr. Rabbit were partners in the scam from the beginning. It’s the unwary American public that actually does get caught in the thorns.

While the environmental group is given a seat at the table, outsiders who are most impacted are excluded, with no opportunity to object to the settlements. Accordingly, both the litigants and the defendant agency, operating in coffee bars and friendly courtroom shadows, avoid the harsh outside glare of oversight. No public notice about the settlement is released until the agreement is filed in court…after the damage has been done.



Poll Shock: Nearly a Quarter of Americans Want A Dictator

Pew Research recently conducted an international poll in 20 countries asking whether respondents believe it to be desirable to have “a system in which a strong leader can make decisions without interference from parliament or the courts.”

Much of the results were unsurprising, but what came back from the good ol’ US of A should shock us all.

Fully 22% of Americans agreed with the statement. It doesn’t take much grey matter to conclude that the bulk of those respondents are leftist, young folks.

What’s more, at the very least, it’s a reflection of how poorly we’re educating our students with respect to the foundational history and principles of the American republican frame of government.

It’s also worth mentioning that only 17% of respondents in Venezuela, where an actual dictator is running the show, indicated support for the idea.

Here’s more from Redstate…

A surprising poll from the Pew Research Center found that a surprising number of Americans believe that a dictatorship would be good for our country.

According to Pew, 22 percent of respondents in the U.S. said that “a system in which a strong leader can make decisions without interference from parliament or the courts” would be a good thing. While 76 percent said that this would be awful for America, 22 percent is far too high a number.

For comparison, in Venezuela, where a dictator actually is making the decisions by eliminating troublesome elements within the government, only 17 percent believe an autocracy works well.

Thankfully, we still live in a world that rejects strongman dictators for the most part. Many of the nations have experienced what that’s like, and have had their fill.

While Pew didn’t get into details as to who was giving the “yes” answers, an educated guess says that much of the strongman support comes from a younger crowd.


Courts, Politics

Trump: I’ll Appoint 4 Supreme Court Justices in First Term

Axios is reporting a fairly interesting interview with President Trump in which he’s boldly predicting a full four appointments to the Supreme Court…in his first term alone.

Having already appointed Justice Gorsuch to the Court with no small degree of political maneuvering in the Senate, the question concerns the additional three.

The most obvious is Justice Kennedy whose retirement was rumored almost immediately after Trump’s inauguration.

The second is nearly as obvious with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — easily the most liberal on the bench — who has been battling major health issues for at least a decade and, thus, probably would have retired had Hillary won the election.

But the third is a bit of a surprise. One might guess Justice Stephen Breyer who, at 79, is the third oldest member on the Court. And that guess would be wrong.

According to Trump, Sotomayor, though only 63, has been battling diabetes since childhood. Trump apparently believes that will be her undoing.

If he’s right, and if he wins reelection in 2020, he may have an opportunity to appoint a majority of the Court before he’s done.

The last time that happened was under President Eisenhower, more than half a century ago.

Here’s more from Newsmax…

President Donald Trump predicted he would appoint a total of four Supreme Court justices by the end of his first term, Axios reported Sunday.

Sources who had spoken to the president about the possibility told the online news media company it was “all about the numbers for him.”

One source said Trump mentioned he had already replaced the seat left vacant when Antonin Scalia died early last year, nominating Neil Gorsuch to the position. When asked who the second justice he thought would leave, Trump mentioned rumors Justice Anthony Kennedy would retire.

The third justice the president thought would leave was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to the source.

“Ginsburg,” Trump reportedly said. “What does she weigh? Sixty pounds?” And the fourth justice Trump predicted would leave the Supreme Court was Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

“Sotomayor,” Trump told the source, referring to the justice appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2009.

“Her health,” Trump explained. “No good. Diabetes.”



FBI ‘Finds’ New Documents About Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting

Judicial Watch, the non-profit organization that created so much consternation for Hillary Clinton during the email server scandal, is still stirring the pot with more FOIA requests.

This time they’ve nailed the FBI on another instance of apparent obstruction of justice.

After the reportedly happen-stance run-in Bill Clinton had with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request for FBI documents concerning the scandal.

The FBI reported they had nothing, which itself was suspicious.

Then suddenly in a completely separate suit and FOIA filing, the FBI curiously ‘found’ new documents related to the meeting. Hmm, that’s weird.

Stay tuned for more details on what those documents might reveal.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

The FBI has found 30 pages of documents related to the June 2016 airport tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, even after the bureau claimed to not have any records related to the matter.

FBI lawyers revealed the existence of the records in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group.

The FBI had informed Judicial Watch last October that the bureau did not have any records related to the June 27, 2016 meeting between Clinton and Lynch. That encounter, which occurred on the tarmac at Phoenix’s airport, was significant because it took place while the Justice Department was investigating Hillary Clinton’s potential mishandling of classified information on her private email account.

Though the FBI told Judicial Watch that it did not have records related to the meeting, the Justice Department revealed in response to a separate lawsuit filed by the watchdog that some of its officials had been in contact with FBI officials about the Clinton-Lynch encounter.

In August, the Justice Department released emails showing some of its officials exchanging emails with the FBI regarding the meeting. And in a July 1, 2016, email, Justice Department official Caroline Pokomy told colleagues that “FBI is asking for guidance” on the controversy.

After the release of those documents, the FBI acknowledged that it had possession of some records related to the meeting. The bureau’s attorneys informed Judicial Watch that, “Upon further review, we subsequently determined potentially responsive documents may exist.”


Media, Politics

Larry Flynt Offers Millions for Dirt to Impeach Trump

Larry Flynt, second only to Hugh Hefner, is responsible for more indecent exposure and the objectification of women in America than another person.

As a king-pin of the porn-obsessed, he’s given more reason to second guess the limits of the First Amendment than most.

And now he’s taking full advantage of the freedom of speech and association with an ad offering ten million bucks to the person who can produce demonstrable evidence of an impeachable offense for President Trump.

He’s publicly acknowledged that any effort at present to move forward with impeachment wouldn’t rise to the occasion of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’, so he’s willing to pay for some that are.

This is either a nothing burger or it could motivate someone to come forward who would otherwise remain silent about such details for fear of a defamation suit.

This could get interesting.

Here’s more from Redstate…

The profane and obscene eating the profane and obscene.

Hustler magazine, one of the few publications I’m sure our current adulterer-in-chief likely approves of, has decided to ooze out of the open sewer that makes up its home and become politically “woke.”

Larry Flynt, the repugnant smut-peddler, is offering a $10 million reward for any information that leads to the impeachment of President Trump.

Liz Claman, a Fox News Business anchor tweeted out a full page Washington Post ad, detailing the reward offer. Flynt later retweeted the image, so you know he’s not hiding from it.

Calling Trump “illegitimate” and attacking the electoral college along the way, Flynt goes into the reasons he feels impeachment is a necessity.


Issues, Politics

Trump Nominates Climate Skeptic For Top White House Spot

President Trump threw more water on the global warming party this week with a key White House nod.

Kathleen Hartnett White is an A-list pariah for econuts around the world for her scholarly research and criticism of hot air fanaticism.

Leftist bomb-throwers have dubbed her one of the oil industry’s best friends as she has historically made a case for continued reliance on fossil fuels while casting doubt on anthropogenic warming.

If the choice goes through, White will serve as a White House member of the Council on Environmental Quality, which has libs seething.

This move coupled with Trump’s canceling of the Clean Power Plan is just too much for the left to handle.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

President Donald Trump nominated a climate change skeptic to lead the White House’s environmental policy board Thursday night.

Trump picked Kathleen Hartnett White to serve as a member on the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which ensures that agencies comply with environmental rules before approving projects. White has spent much of her public life making what she calls the “moral case for fossil fuels.”

White is a fellow for environment issues at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), a free market group that has been a vehement critic of former President Barack Obama’s climate policies. She was also the former chairwoman of the state’s CEQ.

White’s position on carbon emissions is sure to roil environmental activists already concerned about Trump’s climate skepticism and environmental rollbacks. She has been upfront in recent months about her opposition to rules regulating carbon emissions.

“Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, and carbon is certainly not a poison. Carbon is the chemical basis of all life on earth. Our bones and blood are made out of carbon,” White wrote in a June op-ed.


Issues, Politics

Trump Yanks the Rug Out From Under Obamacare

President Trump has delivered a one-two punch to Obamacare this week which should effectively gut Obama’s flagship accomplishment.

In his first move, he ordered agencies to begin deregulating the healthcare industry to make health plans more affordable.

The linchpin in that is the authorization of interstate insurance pools, which will both create more options for consumers and competition and thus lower prices.

The second and bolder move was to cancel payments to insurance companies as a subsidy for carrying Obamacare policies.

Since it was an unconstitutional executive order in the first place, with the ‘stroke of a pen’ it was just as easily undone.

Now that, folks, is change you can believe in. And naturally liberals are beside themselves with rage, which is the surest sign of success.

Here’s more from Redstate…

On Thursday night, the Trump administration announced that it will no longer make cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs), meant to help individuals with low to moderate income purchase Obamacare.

Trump had considered nixing the CSRs in the past, but was first going to let a lawsuit against the previous administration over the illegality of CSR’s play out a bit more first. The lawsuit claimed that since the CSRs were never voted in my congress, and funds were never appropriated for the task, that the CSRs were illegal.

Trump stopped payment to the CSRs earlier on Thursday — effective immediately — after he signed an executive order allowing people to come together and purchase insurance as a group across state lines. The payments are said to be worth some $7 billion according to ABC News.

“The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system,” said the White House in a statement. “Congress needs to repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare law and provide real relief to the American people.”



EPA Formally Moves to Kill Major Obama ‘Clean Power’ Rule

Much to the chagrin of econuts around the world, hopes that President Trump might renege on his plan to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords were dashed this week.

From the Rose Garden, Trump joined EPA administrator Scott Pruitt in announcing that the administration will be tossing to the curb Obama’s infamous ‘Clean Power Plan’.

First things first, the plan gave the EPA undo and unconstitutional power over the states.

Second, it created onerous carbon emission regulations design to effectively kill the coal industry and place an overwhelming burden on other fossil fuel industries.

But the big kicker is that the CPP was the linchpin in Obama’s pledge to take the lead on the Paris Climate Accords.

So essentially any terms of compliance we might have offered to the Accords just got gutted.

Here’s more from The Hill…

The Trump administration formally proposed to scrap the Obama administration’s signature climate change rule for power plants.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed the notice Tuesday, arguing that former President Barack Obama’s 2015 rule, dubbed the Clean Power Plan, exceeds the agency’s authority under the Clean Air Act.

He previewed the action Monday at a coal equipment business in Kentucky, calling it the end of the “war on coal.”

The action formally starts work on a top campaign promise from President Trump, delivering a win to fossil fuel companies, business groups and Republicans — including Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general — who fought the climate plan from the start.

The move begins to tear down the main pillar of Obama’s second-term climate change agenda, where he sought to use executive authority to fight climate change after Congress declined to pass cap-and-trade legislation.

Trump in June said he would pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, pulling back another part of Obama’s climate work. The Clean Power Plan was the centerpiece of America’s commitment to the Paris deal.



NYT: Sen. Bob Corker Unloads on President Trump

Over the weekend, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) unleashed hell on President Trump in an interview with the New York Times, who we’re certain was absolutely giddy about the prospect of publishing intra-party Republican warfare.

Corker recently announced his decision not to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Which means he’s now unencumbered by the threat of a primary race for letting loose on his true opinions.

Among his many barbs were a characterization of a White House in disarray, held together only by sheer force of personality by John Kelly and Gen. Mattis.

The cherry on top was Corker’s tweet which went thusly, “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

Please, Sen. Corker, tell us how you really feel.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Earlier today, we reported on the manner in which Bob Corker had responded to a Trump Twitter Tirade this morning: by suggesting that Trump’s White House was like an adult day care. But it turns out the Corkmeister was just warming up for the real insults, which dropped this evening in an interview with the New York Times:

Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”

In an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party, Mr. Corker said he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.”

“He concerns me,” Mr. Corker added. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.”

As for the Twitter battle this morning — in which Trump claimed that Corker had unsuccessfully sought Trump’s endorsement — Corker flatly called Trump a liar:

As for the tweets that set off the feud on Sunday morning, Mr. Corker expressed a measure of powerlessness.

“I don’t know why the president tweets out things that are not true,” he said. “You know he does it, everyone knows he does it, but he does.”

The senator recalled four conversations this year, a mix of in-person meetings and phone calls, in which he said the president had encouraged him to run for re-election. Mr. Trump, he said, repeatedly indicated he wanted to come to Tennessee for an early rally on Mr. Corker’s behalf and even telephoned him last Monday to try to get him to reconsider his decision to retire.