Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to tout the need for drastic climate change regulations and policies. “Every Californian has suffered from the effects of record high temperatures, dry winters, prolonged drought, and proliferating wildfires in recent years,” a new climate change report says. But where is the actual science backing these statements and subsequent policies?
The latest edition of “Indicators of Climate Change in California,” recently produced by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, reports:
“The results are stark. California has warmed by an average of 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895 and drought conditions were comparable to the most severe drought periods on record at the end of 2021. Glaciers have essentially disappeared from the Trinity Alps in Northern California, and, in 2020, wildfire smoke plumes were present in each county for at least 46 days.”
Climate change is rapidly accelerating in California, the state report by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment says, whose mission is to “protect and enhance the health of Californians and our state’s environment through scientific evaluations that inform, support and guide regulatory and other actions.”
“California is experiencing a climate crisis that is increasingly taking a toll on the health and well-being of its people and on its unique and diverse ecosystems. Every Californian has suffered from the effects of record high temperatures, dry winters, prolonged drought, and proliferating wildfires in recent years. California’s biodiversity is threatened as alterations to habitat conditions brought about by a changing climate are occurring at a pace that could overwhelm the ability of plant and animal species to adapt.”
Yana Garcia, Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency explains the report:
“This report also shows why we must continue to act quickly. This summer, California adopted nation-leading regulations banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. The forthcoming 2022 Scoping Plan builds on such policies to provide a path to achieving both California’s 2030 climate goals and state carbon neutrality no later than 2045, a goal codified by AB 1279…”
“Since 2004, California has steadily reduced its greenhouse gas emissions, and the indicators in this report present 41 reasons why we’re not taking our foot off the accelerator.”
The report claims “Human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land, leading to measurable, widespread, and rapid changes in our climate.” But they don’t provide any evidence how humans have warned the ocean and land. Most forthright scientists agree that the sun is what warms the ocean and land, and controls climate.
At least they admit droughts are naturally occurring: “Although a naturally occurring feature of California’s climate, drought conditions have become more frequent and more intense.” (emphasis ours)
The agency operates the “Climate Change Indicators Program” which:
- Develop a set of indicators that track climate change and its impacts on California’s weather, water and other physical systems, ecosystems, agriculture and public health.
- Prepare periodic reports on the information generated by the climate change indicators that CalEPA programs and other state and local agencies can use in decision-making for mitigating and adapting to climate change.
The report also dubiously conflates wildfires with climate change, and the resulting health issues from smoke.
Within their reports under OEHHA’s strategic plan, the following principles guide OEHHA in carrying out its mission, “credibility in scientific findings and reports.”
The bottom line is that the agency provides what the governor needs to continue to command and control the state and its people under the fear of “catastrophic” climate change, as well as to justify ongoing federal funding.
It’s also how Newsom justifies “working to hold greedy oil companies accountable for raking in record profits while fleecing Californians at the pump.” He announced a special legislative session on December 5 “to put windfall profits of oil companies back in taxpayers’ pockets.”
As the Globe reported last week, high gas prices are largely a result of his and Democrats’ own policies by deliberately creating shortages: “Gov. Newsom will start banning gasoline, diesel and even hybrid cars and trucks in 2026, well before California has an electrical grid that can handle the increased energy demand while keeping our light on, or before there are more affordable electric vehicle options for families.”
In June, Gov. Newsom signed into the state budget policies to make it easier to bring clean energy projects online by “speeding up the environmental review process of new clean energy projects, and helping the state move away from electricity generated from fossil fuels.”
“The Governor also announced that he will work with the Legislature to enshrine carbon neutrality into state law, increase the state’s ambition towards our 2030 climate goals and accelerate our clean energy targets, while supporting carbon sequestration from our natural and working lands and advancing safe and equitable engineered carbon removal. He will also work to finalize the state’s historic investments under the $53.9 billion climate commitment, with a focus on equity and community resilience, while expanding opportunities for climate innovation and manufacturing here in California.”
That statement means absolutely nothing, other than to announce the governor’s spending.
In his California Blueprint, Newsom says California’s “investment” of $53.9 million climate commitment will “Protect Californians from the extreme effects of fires, drought, and heat.”
As for the “extreme heat” Gov. Newsom continually refers to, the Globe recently reported, in 1973, the hottest temperature in Sacramento was 107 degrees. By 1975, it was back up to 113 degrees. In fact, between 1972 and 1992, over 20 years, every summer in Sacramento was in the triple digits, and there were four summers hotter than 110 degrees. In 1996, it was 110 degrees in Sacramento. In 2002, it was 110 degrees. In 2006, it was 111 degrees. In 2017 it was 110 degrees. In 2020 it was 112 degrees in Sacramento. Last summer in Sacramento 2021, temperatures reached 109 degrees. The point is, every summer in the Sacramento region, temperatures are hot – 104 up to 113 degrees.
Another $6.1 billion will provide “Affordable, convenient electric vehicles for all.” This is expected “to decarbonize California’s most polluting sector and improve public health.”
Missing from the report is how the state plans to provide the increased electricity, when currently we are nowhere close to being able to provide reliable electricity because of unreliable alternate energy sources (wind, solar).
In October, Gov. Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and British Columbia Premier John Horgan “doubled down” and signed a new Statement of Cooperation, another climate agreement – the Pacific Coast Collaborative – “recommitting” the Western region “to climate action.”
“In California, we punch above our weight when it comes to climate action – but our actions can only do so much without the rest of the world at our side,” Gov. Newsom said. He called climate change “the issue that unites all of us, not just here, but around the rest of the globe.”
Newsom called what is taking place, “the Great Awakening,” noting that “something is happening… the extreme heat, extreme drought, the extreme weather… we have all experiences this whipsaw back and forth.”
This showed us that the driving force behind climate change policies and spending is not the California Governor, but something much larger.
As President Joe Biden just attended the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt, he told us that this really is a redistribution of U.S. wealth: “A climate crisis is about human security, economic security, environmental security, national security, and the very life of the planet,” President Biden said.
United Nations climate summits are held every year, ostensibly for governments around the world to agree on steps to “limit global temperature rises.” And California, since Jerry Brown’s governorship, is bearing the brunt of the costly regulations, while not moving the carbon needle at all.
Notably, more than 400 private jets were flown in for the UN EgyptClimate by delegates. They were accused of hypocrisy, but obviously don’t care.
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