Partick Moore began this public discussion with a email group on April 22. We have moved our email discussion to this post. We show the previous emails in chronological order through April 30. Now anyone interested can post comments to continue the discussion. – Ed
April 22, 2017
Patrick Moore wrote:
I am sorry to see this fraudulent argument continuing. Humans are responsible for most of the CO2 increase since large-scale use of fossil fuel began. Until then CO2 had been slowly declining for 140 million years, from 2,000-2,500 ppm down to 180 ppm at the height if the last glaciation 18,000 yrs ago. Since then it had rebounded to 280 ppm due to outgassing from the oceans as they warmed into the Holocene interglacial. In a bit more than 100 years human emissions have bumped it back up to 400+ ppm, restoring a balance the the global carbon cycle.
The error (falsehood) in Salsby et al’s position is that the CO from burning fossil fuels is an addition to the carbon in the carbon cycle. The annual cycling of carbon from plants growing in the spring to dying in the fall is already in the cycle. This is like confusing a balance sheet (the carbon already in the cycle) with a cash flow statement (profit and loss from the balance). The additional carbon added each year from fossil fuels represent a profit and therefore an increase in the balance. Calculated in this way the vast majority of new carbon going into the atmosphere as CO2 is from fossil fuel combustion and cement production, with other minor components. Very little new CO2 is added from natural sources. The US Geological Survey estimates that volcanic activity adds less than 1% of human emissions.
There are two things wrong with this mistake. First it is patently false, second it kind of admits that if humans were responsible it would be a bad thing. Human CO2 emissions are entirely beneficial and in fact have saved life on Earth from any untimely demise due to declining CO2 which would eventually have dropped to levels that were below the threshold for plant survival.
April 24, 2017
Edwin Berry wrote:
It is one thing to have an opinion about a subject in science. All good scientists have opinions and are willing to participate in discussions that may show their opinions are wrong.
It is quite another thing to call scientific arguments you disagree with, “fraudulent.” Especially when you have not presented a credible scientific argument to show you are correct and those whom you call “fraudulent” are wrong. [Read more…]
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2017
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PROMOTING Energy Independence AND Economic Growth
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy.
(a) It is in the national interest to promote clean and safe development of our Nation’s vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation. Moreover, the prudent development of these natural resources is essential to ensuring the Nation’s geopolitical security.
(b) It is further in the national interest to ensure that the Nation’s electricity is affordable, reliable, safe, secure, and clean, and that it can be produced from coal, natural gas, nuclear material, flowing water, and other domestic sources, including renewable sources.
(c) Accordingly, it is the policy of the United States that executive departments and agencies (agencies) immediately review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources beyond the degree necessary to protect the public interest or otherwise comply with the law. [Read more…]
by Dr. Edwin Berry
Congratulations to our new Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke. Ryan Zinke is the first Secretary of Interior from a mountain state and the first Montanan to be in a president’s cabinet.
Governor Bullock has set May 25 to elect the candidate who will take Ryan Zinke’s seat in Congress.
At stake is a seat in Congress that Republicans have held for 22 years. Will this election be a slam dunk for the Republican candidate?
To be clear, I will support the Republican candidate for Congress. However, there are political forces that are far stronger than any recommendation I can make. The 200 or so Republicans who will nominate their candidate should be aware of these political forces before they make their choice.
The last election made it very clear that Montanans do not follow party lines in final elections. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 61 to 39 percent. Yet, Democrat Governor Steve Bullock beat Republican candidate Greg Gianforte by 52 to 48 percent. [Read more…]
by Dr. Edwin Berry
Last week, Montana Senator Tester voted to block Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke from becoming Secretary of Interior. Tester’s vote should deserve a nomination for a political Darwin award.
If Tester has any marbles, he should know that Ryan Zinke is the one Republican who will easily take Tester’s Senate seat in 2018, unless Zinke is otherwise occupied.
In his own self interest, Tester should lead the Senate to approve Ryan Zinke for Secretary of Interior. Because if the Senate does not approve Zinke, it’s bye-bye Senator Tester in 2018.
Speaking of lost marbles, another nomination for a political Darwin award should go to those VCEs (whom I describe in my book) who voted Libertarian in 2012 because Republican Denny Rehberg “was not good enough” for them. These VCEs thereby elected Senator Tester.
These irrational VCEs also opposed Montana’s CSKT Water Compact. Republicans could sure use Denny in the US Senate right now.
Thank you , “John in Montana,” for adding your review on Amazon of my book “Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact: The Truth about the Compact and the Republican Party.”
There are thousands more, Republicans and Democrats, who appreciate my book on the Water Compact. It takes only 5 minutes to add your review. Do it. You will be happy you did. Thanks.
by Dr. Edwin Berry
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact may be the most important and controversial political issue in Montana’s history.
In 1979, Montana’s legislature made Montana the only state able to negotiate rather than litigate Indian water-rights.
In 2015, after a bitter fight, Montana’s House ratified the Compact by only ONE vote. Why was this vote so close? Who opposed the Compact?
Why would anyone oppose the Compact when it will resolve forever all Montana’s Indian water-rights issues, and its rejection would subject Montanans to a generation of the most-costly legal battles in Montana’s history?
My book “Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact: The Truth about the Compact and the Republican Party” tells the inside story that you will read nowhere else. On Amazon.
This Montana story is not just about the Compact. This story is about the split in the Republican Party.
Most Montana’s farmers and ranchers, city managers and business leaders supported the Compact. Democrat legislators supported the Compact. Republican legislators, who represent 80 percent of Republican voters, supported the Compact.
But far-right, tea party legislators, who represent only 20 percent of Republican voters, ten percent of all voters, opposed the Compact. Because of voter apathy, they controlled almost half of Montana’s 2015 House and they almost sent Montana to its grave.
I wrote this book because you must know what happened in Montana in 2015. To understand politics, you must understand the opposing faces of the Republican Party. There may be no better description of the opposing faces of the Republican Party than you will read in my book.
Here’s what the reviews say about my book:
Thanks for writing this, Ed. And for speaking truth.
Ed Berry is a speaker of truth. The opposition to the Water Compact is grounded in fear and ignorance of law.
Great summary of a complex topic
In this very readable summary you can learn about modern Montana water. Ed summarizes relevant Indian history, Montana water law, court findings that establish precedent, the legislative process and the politics of the topic. He makes a tremendously complex issue accessible and outlines the major players related to this issue. He has identified significant quotes and pulled them together to tell the story in the words of those in the fight. Logic is applied to evaluate comments and claims in pursuit of the truth. Hard hitting and straight shooting.
Excellent insight into the both Water Compact and on American conservative politics
In addition to covering the Water Compact, this book provides insight into American politics and the challenges facing conservative Americans, both within and external to the Republican Party.
Edwin Berry has been actively involved in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact since November 2014, and testified before the Montana House Judiciary Committee on April 11, 2015.
Ed devotes the first chapter to tracing Montana’s water back through the Ice Age, and the subsequent migration of the Iroquois Indians to the region. Chapter 2 covers the politics behind the eventual passage of SB 262, and the consequences had it not passed.
Chapter 3 details what the Compact provides to all affected parties, while Chapter 4 explains the many benefits to Montana, including how it assures sovereignty from Federal intervention. Chapter 7 provides “Fifteen dumb claims against the Compact,” following in Chapter 8 with analysis of the six invalid legal claims against the Compact.
Ed explains how the newly elected Tea Party Republican legislators took an extreme, illogical stance against the Compact, and how they nearly caused the Compact to fail.
by Dr. Edwin Berry
“Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact: The Truth about the Compact and the Republican Party” is available in paperback or Kindle on Amazon.
The story of Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact reveals, like no other true story, the nature of the split in the Republican Party.
This story needs to be told, and I may be the only one who will ever tell it.
To understand politics, you must understand this story.
Montana’s CSKT Water Compact
Montana’s Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact in 2015 may have been the most important and controversial issue in Montana’s history. [Read more…]
Servando Gonzalez, February 4, 2017, NewsWithViews.com wrote:
The CFR is mainly an organization of the bankers, to the bankers and for the bankers. Those bankers are the ones who own the U.S. national is rapidly reaching $20 billion. This means that every American citizen owes $61,339.00 to the bankers and every taxpayer owes them $166,773.00.
This humongous debt is unpayable. Moreover, is morally repugnant and unethical that American taxpayers need to work so hard to feed the banking leeches by paying every year the interest of this debt. Usury must end. The U.S. debt must be terminated!
So, one of the first things President Trump should do is to cancel the U.S. national debt. He can accomplish this very easily by sending, delivered by military courier, a letter to every loan shark banker who owns the Fed containing a $1.00 bill as final payment for the debt, politely reminding them that the U.S. has the most powerful military forces in the world and would not tolerate any reprisals. Next, he should end the Federal Reserve Bank and order the Treasury Department to print U.S. dollars backed by gold and silver.
by Dr. Edwin Berry
My book “Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact” (now in paperback and Kindle) addresses the reason the Montana Republican Party is controlled by a right-wing fringe that represents only 20 percent of Montana Republicans and ten percent of Montana voters.
They are the “Very Conservative Evangelical” or VCE face of the Republican Party. (Not all Evangelicals are VCEs.)
They are the reason Montana had only one House vote to spare in 2015 to ratify the CSKT Water Compact.
They are also the reason a Democrat may beat the Republican candidate in the coming election to replace Ryan Zinke in Congress.
VCEs make bad decisions.
They are the reason for the “split” in the Republican Party.
My book Chapters 1 to 8 show why the VCE’s arguments against the CSKT Compact were invalid, irrational, and immoral. The debate was not even close. Democrats and true Republicans were right, and the VCEs were dead wrong.
New Chapters 9 to 12 explain how the VCEs’ thought patterns defy rational thinking. They are not conservatives. They are composed of Dominionists. [Read more…]
President Trump’s Inaugural Speech:
Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you.
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. [Read more…]