I’ve gotta ask – are these idiotic leftist stunts meant to actually DO something productive? Or are they just pathetic cries for attention? ‘Cause I’m going with the latter.
According to this, a man name Mark Baumer has decided that it’s high-time SOMEBODY spoke out against the EEEEEEVILS of climate change (no word on if Al Gore or Leo DiCaprio have commented yet).
His grand master plan? Walk across America barefoot.
Yep. That’s all he’s doing. And that’s supposed to do something about the environment.
Mark Baumer is walking across the United States barefoot, but this isn’t his first rodeo. He’s already walked the length of the country once before—though that time, he wore shoes. This time, he’s walking to “save the earth,” and to raise money for the environmentalist group FANG Collective, which resists the natural gas industry in Rhode Island and contributes to other causes like the protestors at Standing Rock. At press time, Baumer had raised a little more than $3,000.
Baumer does not step aside for cars. He will, however, move over for trucks. (“They’ll really mess you up.”) He’s a vegan, so dinner can be difficult—once he bought a can of corn at a gas station. For Thanksgiving dinner, he ate a bag of cashews. Along the way, people have tried to give him so many shoes that he says he could have filled three bags with them, had he accepted the offers. He’s been walking for two months now, and his bare feet are doing just fine.
So… Mother Nature is going to look at this guy OH SO BRAVELY walking without shoes and decide “Oh gee, maybe I should stop making the weather change every three-four months. And maybe I could tone down those pesky climate cycles that I’ve been engaging in for millennia, while I’m at it!” All because some granola-head-hippie wants to wander around America like a bum.…
Prof. Trump’s pick for EPA ‘the right choice’: Pruitt ‘has shown that he takes the Constitution seriously’
At long last, a man nominated to head the EPA actually thinks the U.S. Constitution is relevant to EPA regulations. Scott Pruitt has shown by his actions as Oklahoma’s attorney general that he takes the Constitution seriously.
Critics have called him a climate change denier. He’s not. He’s a climate change skeptic. There’s a big difference.
It makes no sense to deny that the climate is changing. The climate is always changing. The real issue is what mankind’s effect on the climate is. Specifically, can we be sure that, say, a 20 parts per million increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would cause a discernible increase in the Earth’s temperature? We can’t. Some climate models that were created some years ago predicted a temperature that is substantially higher than the actual temperature we observe. The models are simply not well enough developed to give us much confidence.
Although I have never met the man, Scott Pruitt seems to understand this.
Should we worry that he will roll back regulations that keep our air and water clean? Probably not. The main improvements in our air and water quality have been achieved for some time. The EPA is working, at best, at the margins. Each additional small increase in air and water quality can be achieved at a higher cost than the previous increase. Past some point, the marginal cost exceeds the marginal benefit.
Moreover, there are low-hanging fruit to be picked in abolishing, or at least modifying, some regulations in which the EPA has a big role.
Take the Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations. Please. These rules make our cars more expensive and less safe. Although the Transportation Department is responsible for the CAFE standards, President Obama’s EPA pushed hard to raise them. They are due to be ratcheted down.…
With #Christmas only a few weeks away, a new study says the Svalbard reindeer are getting weaker and asks if Santa will need more muscle to pull his sleigh. So if your child hears about this so-called calamity from #News reports, remind them it doesn’t matter: Santa Claus uses the species ‘saintnicolas magicalus’, or flying reindeer.
With ostensibly warmer winters, the study notes rain is falling on snow and freezing into ice. That makes it difficult for the animals to get at plant food, leading some to go hungry and some females birthing undersized calves. The adults they tracked in the survey have lost 12 percent of their weight when compared to those born in 1994.
The ecologists behind the survey are from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, and the James Hutton Institute. And their pointing the finger at #Climate Change.
The burden to get at food during the winter hasn’t stopped the reindeer population from growing from 800 to 1,400 in only two decades. The scientists believe the wealth of food in the late spring and summertime from a 1.5-degree Celsius rise in temperatures is allowing the reindeer to thrive and for females to conceive more calves in the fall. It’s also making competition for snow-covered plants more difficult, especially in the winter when plant life is limited.
The study’s authors have been measuring, weighing and marking the Svalbard calves since 1994. Every winter they return, recapture them and measure their size and weight as adults. That’s how they determined the discrepancy in their sizes. But the theory of rain freezing out the herbivores’ food doesn’t match rainfall statistics for the Svalbard island chain.
The Nordic visitor’s guide describes the Svalbard islands as an “Arctic desert” with annual rain and snowfall totaling a meager 200 to 300 millimeters. They also note that during much of the winter