For years congresses and presidents have been 'kicking the can down the road' when it comes to fiscal responsibility, always putting off to the future making hard economic and political decisions required to rein in runaway spending, taxation, and inflation. Now they've run out of kicking room, inflation is soaring and energy costs are going crazy, and reality is becoming real. Whom will they blame when the music stops this time? Certainly not themselves. What's our society going to look like as all sorts of things Americans expect to have no longer materialize? Time for a six-month checkup with futurist James Kunstler (kunstler.com).
If we're going to talk about climate change and the myriad of issues surrounding it, we must first understand it from a 30,000-foot view. John opens the program this week framing the issue, pointing out the players involved and the arguments they make.
We then welcome to the show UK-based Rupert Darwall (realclearfoundation.org), policy analyst and Senior Fellow at the RealClear Foundation. He examines how the climate change ideology has invaded the business world, largely through ESG scores. He calls it the socialization of capitalism. Many people are rolling with the narrative right now, but soon conditions will begin to deteriorate and it's only when reality becomes harsh that people wake up and start pushing back.
But can you even push back right now? Debate and dissent have been shut down by the powers that be controlling the climate narrative. John welcomes to the program Gregory Wrightstone (co2coalition.org), geologist and Executive Director of the CO2 Coalition. He shows how scientific studies, charts, and models are often manipulated to both further the narrative and stifle debate. If you try to debate, and you use facts and data to back up your assertions, the party of science will shut you down.
Finally this week, we take a look at the real world costs to the climate agenda – fuel costs rising, expensive electric cars, etc. – and ask: is this being done on purpose? Wrapping up our guest list this week is Levi Russell (levirussell.com), Assistant Teaching Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Kansas. He discusses the practicality of trying to achieve what the climate alarmists say they want. It all looks pretty impossible. Could it be that the real plan is to make energy so costly that we won't use it?
The one common thread through the whole climate change issue for over 30 years has been: dissent will not be tolerated. Joining us today is Gregory Wrightstone (co2coalition.org), geologist and Executive Director of the CO2 Coalition. He describes how scientific studies and models are being manipulated to further ideological narratives. And you can't push back on it. Al Gore said the debate is over on climate change. The only problem is that the debate was never allowed to happened. People who are saying politically incorrect things on any topic, including climate change, will be silenced. And if you back up your assertions with facts and data, the party of science will shout you down.
So, the Biden administration just announced that they are discontinuing the Disinformation Governance Board. We recorded today's interview right before that announcement. The topics today, however, are still very much relevant. Back with us after a long hiatus is writer and scientist Dr. Matt Briggs (wmbriggs.com). He discusses the obvious faults with a disinformation board, as well as similar problems with the new Office of Environment Justice and its counterpart in the Securities and Exchange Commission. Government, in establishing what disinformation is supposed to be, is also establishing what truth is supposed to be.
The First Amendment to our Constitution states in part that Congress shall not prohibit the free exercise of religion. One government committee is doing just that – in the name of morality. First up this week, John welcomes Andrew Beckwith (mafamily.org), President of the Massachusetts Family Institute. Vida Real, an Hispanic church in Massachusetts, has applied to open a Bible-based school. Even though they have met the requirements, the government panel in charge of approving such requests has denied them. One panel member thinks approval would not be the moral thing to do. For woke leftists, their ideology is a religion – one that always seems to be at odds with Christianity.
So in that case, a woke leftist appealed to morality, but how do people with no sense of morality get away with that? Next up this week, we talk with Rabbi Chananya Weissman (chananyaweissman.com), Founder of End the Madness in Jerusalem. He looks at the nature of morality as it has always been defined and shows how leftist woke religion is diametrically opposed to Judeo-Christian values. He also gives an update on the state of cancel culture and wokeism in Israel.
Finally this week, we transition to the topic of climate change with Dr. Judith Curry (judithcurry.com), President of the Climate Forecast Applications Network. If we're going to talk about climate change, the discussion must be sane and rational – not apocalyptic and ridiculous like so many claims today. Solutions must come from the local level, not a one-size fits all panacea from the globalists. Of course the reason why the conversation trends toward hysteria is so that the power, money, and control folks can enact their plans.
How many times have we heard that life as we know it will end in the next few years unless we fix the climate? Or carbon dioxide is killing us? We need rational debate not hysterics. Joining us today is climate expert Judith Curry (judithcurry.com), President of the Climate Forecast Applications Network. She posits that we need first to recognize that climate change is not an immediate threat. From there, we should get the facts straight and keep politics out of the discussion. Any solution should be discussed rationally at the local level, not a one-size fits all approach from the global level. We all know, however, why the powers that be are allowing the global climate hysteria narrative to move forward – power, money, and control.
Happy Good Friday and prelude to Easter weekend. John flies solo today, tackling a number of topics, including the corruption of science by wokeism, climate alarmism and its relation to religion, and the superiority of the Christian worldview over the secular one. He covers a variety of news stories as well, including a bakery that is owed a lot of money from a woke college and the push for equity in academics and churches fails.
John and Producer Steve sit down to chat about a variety of topics today, including the absolute failure, despite the left's best efforts, of the climate change narrative, as well as the media's failure to report actual news, instead replacing it with anonymous sources and faulty fact checking. They also discuss America's role as the world's policeman and whether that will continue or should continue – and if it doesn't, who steps in to fill that void?
Nothing seems to be making any logical sense – Covid is still happening but immigrants get to come here unchecked for the virus; climate is so important supposedly but China and Russia don't show up to the recent climate conference; and politicos bemoan higher gas prices but cheer the closure of pipelines. What is happening? Retired engineer, and contributing author at American Thinker, John Green is back with us today to try and make sense of things. He looks at the implosion of the democrat party and how their dishonesty and ineptitude are ruining everything. Also, the real power brokers are not helped by the incompetence of the democrats' public leader. A civil war is under way in their party. We'll see if they reform or disband.
On this Veteran's Day, we honor those men and women who took the oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We thank you for putting on the uniform and selflessly putting yourself in harm's way to protect us.
Newly inaugurated President Biden wasted no time signing an executive order that cancelled the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Is the pipeline actually harmful to the environment or is this much ado about nothing? Joining us today is Steve Milloy, founder and publisher of junkscience.com, where he debunks faulty climate data. The left is hoping to set up a climate regime. But re-entering the Paris Climate Accord and cancelling the Keystone Pipeline won't actually help the environment. What it will do is virtue signal to other nations that we care about the planet. It will also allow China to further its quest to become the number one global superpower while the U.S. and the West waste time enhancing their image.