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Green Allegiance: EPA pushes climate pledge on America’s school children – EPA Chief: ‘We’ve had 4.3 million people take this pledge already, and we want you to take it too’

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Speaking to classrooms across America in a live virtual event, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy presses for school children to take EPA’s Energy Star climate pledge to “become part of the climate solution.” McCarthy: “Get those pledges in. Work with your schools. Work with your community. Bug your family at home to recycle and do all the great things.”

When asked by a student what careers to consider if they’re interested in protecting the environment, McCarthy says: “Come work at EPA… If you like numbers, we always have room for you, cause how do you think we do all that accounting to figure out what your carbon footprint is? We have lots of people working here that do that type of work.”

EPA ADMINISTRATOR GINA MCCARTHY: “There is so much you can do to become part of the climate solution.”

HOST KYLE SCHUTT: “What’s your favorite part about the pledge and what young people are doing?”

MCCARTHY: “I think the greatest part about the pledge for young people, and when old people take it cause we’ve had 4.3 million people take this pledge already, and we want you to take it too.”

SCHUTT: “That’s a big number. That’s a lot of people.”

MCCARTHY: “Well, that’s because we need everybody… It’s not just about light bulbs. It’s about appliances. It’s about riding your bike instead of riding in a car. It’s about what kind of car you drive. Can you buy one that’s more efficient? Can you use renewable resources in that car, like ethanol? There’s lots of choices that you can make that actually lower that footprint, and you’ll never miss it.”

STUDENT: “What is being done to make schools and homes more environmentally friendly?”

MCCARTHY: “Well, Madison, that’s a great question cause it means you’re not just paying attention but you actually want to be part of the solution. And, it’s really important cause we need to hear kids voices cause it’s your world, and you’re going to be the stewards of that world coming up. Now there’s lots of things you can do. At your school you can pull together a green team or environmental club. We’ve seen it in lots of schools where people go around and check out their schools, see where there’s inefficiencies, make suggestions to the principle and to the school boards on how you can get more efficient. See if you can talk to your utility and get some solar panels on the school so you can teach kids about renewable energy and save yourself money. […] I am so happy that classrooms all across the U.S. are like watching, cause it helps us get the message out. So, get those pledges in. Work with your schools. Work with your community. Bug your family at home to recycle and do all the great things.” […]

STUDENT: “Administrator McCarthy, what are some careers that kids could consider if they’re interested in working with energy or protecting the environment through saving energy?”

MCCARTHY: “Well, there’s lots of choices. Come work at EPA. That would be really good, cause we’re great people here who love to do this kind of work. […] You could come and do economic work. If you like numbers, we always have room for you cause how do you think we do all that accounting to see what your carbon footprint is? We have lots of people working here that do that type of work.”

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October 27, 2015

15 COMMENTS

  1. There are many good reasons to be conserving on the use of fossil fuels but climate change is not one of them. Considering the actual science involved, belief in the AGW conjecture has become a religion. The federal government should not be forcing anyone to pledge themselves to a religion, especially children who do not have the appropriate scientific training to really understand what is going on.

    Man has not been able to change one weather event let alone global climate.

    The climate change that we are experiencing is typical of the Holocene for the past 10,000 years. It is caused by the sun and the oceans. We are currently warming up from the Little Ice Age much as we warmed up from the Dark Ages Cooling Period more than a thousand years ago. No one has come up with a means of controlling the sun and the oceans in such a way so as to stop the climate from changing. We do not even know what the best climate is. If we keep climate the way it is today, the polar ice caps will continue to melt and sea levels will continue to rise until the ice caps have all melted away. If we can force a cooling trend we may cause the premature start of the next ice age and its continental ice sheets which some might object to. To date Man has been unable to change individual weather events let alone alter global climate.

    There is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate. There is no such evidence in the paleoclimate record. There is evidence that warmer temperatures cause more CO2 to enter the atmosphere but there is no evidence that this additional CO2 causes any more warming. If additional greenhouse gases caused additional warming then the primary culprit would have to be H2O which depends upon the warming of just the surfaces of bodies of water and not their volume but such is not part of the AGW conjecture.

    The AGW theory is that adding CO2 to the atmosphere causes an increase in its radiant thermal insulation properties causing restrictions in heat flow which in turn cause warming at the Earth’s surface and the lower atmosphere. In itself the effect is small because we are talking about small changes in the CO2 content of the atmosphere and CO2 comprises only about .04% of dry atmosphere if it were only dry but that is not the case. Actually H2O, which averages around 2%, is the primary greenhouse gas. The AGW conjecture is that the warming causes more H2O to enter the atmosphere which further increases the radiant thermal insulation properties of the atmosphere and by so doing so amplifies the effect of CO2 on climate. At first this sounds very plausible. This is where the AGW conjecture ends but that is not all what must happen if CO2 actually causes any warming at all.

    Besides being a greenhouse gas, H2O is also a primary coolant in the Earth’s atmosphere transferring heat energy from the Earth;s surface. which is mostly H2O, to where clouds form via the heat of vaporization. More heat energy is moved by H2O via phase change then by both convection and LWIR absorption band radiation combined. More H2O means that more heat energy gets moved which provides a negative feedback to any CO2 based warming that might occur. Then there is the issue of clouds. More H2O means more clouds. Clouds not only reflect incoming solar radiation but they radiate to space much more efficiently then the clear atmosphere they replace. Clouds provide another negative feedback. Then there is the issue of the upper atmosphere which cools rather than warms. The cooling reduces the amount of H2O up there which decreases any greenhouse gas effects that CO2 might have up there. In total, H2O provides negative feedback’s which must be the case because negative feedback systems are inherently stable as has been the Earth’s climate for at least the past 500 million years, enough for life to evolve. We are here. The wet lapse rate being smaller then the dry lapse rate is further evidence of H2O’s cooling effects.

    A real greenhouse does not stay warm because of the heat trapping effects of greenhouse gases. A real greenhouse stays warm because the glass reduces cooling by convection. This is a convective greenhouse effect. So too on Earth..The surface of the Earth is 33 degrees C warmer than it would be without an atmosphere because gravity limits cooling by convection. This convective greenhouse effect is observed on all planets in the solar system with thick atmospheres and it has nothing to do with the LWIR absorption properties of greenhouse gases. the convective greenhouse effect is calculated from first principals and it accounts for all 33 degrees C. There is no room for an additional radiant greenhouse effect. Our sister planet Venus with an atmosphere that is more than 90 times more massive then Earth’s and which is more than 96% CO2 shows no evidence of an additional radiant greenhouse effect. The high temperatures on the surface of Venus can all be explained by the planet’s proximity to the sun and its very dense atmosphere. The radiant greenhouse effect of the AGW conjecture has never been observed. If CO2 did affect climate then one would expect that the increase in CO2 over the past 30 years would have caused an increase in the natural lapse rate in the troposphere but that has not happened. Considering how the natural lapse rate has changed as a function of an increase in CO2, the climate sensitivity of CO2 must equal 0.0.

    The AGW conjecture talks about CO2 absorbing IR photons and then re radiating them out in all directions. According to this, then CO2 does not retain any of the IR heat energy it absorbs so it cannot be heat trapping. What the AGW conjecture fails to mention is that typically between the time of absorption and radiation that the same CO2 molecule, in the lower troposphere, undergoes roughly a billion physical interactions with other molecules, sharing heat related energy with each interaction. Heat transfer by conduction and convection dominates over heat transfer by LWIR absorption band radiation in the troposphere which further renders CO2’s radiant greenhouse effect as a piece of fiction. Above the troposphere more CO2 enhances the efficiency of LWIR absorption band radiation to space so more CO2 must have a cooling effect.

    This is all a matter of science.

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  2. BTW, there is only one person in that photo holding a sign that holds any relevance towards “energy conservation”, can you guess which one? … Outside of that, we should be using as much energy as we possibly can! … Energy = production = prosperity

  3. Her problem is she thinks we are as dumb as she is. The main focus is on children who have no knowledge that they are being used. This is nothing short of child abuse. I’m am betting that she really believes this junk. That would make her the equivalent of a “useful idiot”. One can hardly fault her if that is the case. She is being misled. With the amount of money she is getting, she should know better. Saw here testimony to Congress and it was embarrassing to see. She is unequivocally clueless. She couldn’t answer even basic questions. I knew the answers.

    • Right out of a fascists playbook – can’t say the pledge to your country and the liberty it stands for, but you can pledge to this sick climate cult….unbelievable, the world is upside down, and back to the dark ages..

  4. Right out of a fascists playbook – can’t say the pledge to your country and the liberty it stands for, but you can pledge to this sick climate cult….unbelievable, the world is upside down, and back to the dark ages.. facism starts with many odd ideas, but the number one indicator, is indoctrination, calling people “deniers” and making it a substitute religion – soviet union can testify to this..

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