After Tuesday’s speech given by the president on climate and what he’s calling “carbon pollution” (not really a thing, but who needs facts, amiright?), the white house posted some information on their blog about the issues facing states due to climate concerns here: www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/26/state-state-reports-president-obamas-plan-cut-carbon-pollution-and-prepare-consequen#states
Out of curiosity, I went over to read Alabama’s report. One alarming statement indicates: “In 2011, power plants and major industrial facilities in Alabama emitted more than 100 million metric tons of carbon pollution—that’s equal to the yearly pollution from more than 22 million cars.”
Needing some scale to think about this on, I decided to visit the California page to see what theirs had to say: “In 2011, power plants and major industrial facilities in California emitted more than 100 million metric tons of carbon pollution metric tons of carbon pollution—that’s equal to the yearly pollution from more than 21 million cars.”
Dude. In Alabama 100 million metric tons equals more pollution than the same number does in California. That ain’t science. That’s magic. Not only that, but I find it incredibly difficult to believe that Alabama has the same amount of power plants and major industrial facilities as a state as enormously populated as California.
Then, I found out, through reading other comments on the state fact sheets, that the white house believes that Hawaii had natural disaster declarations in 31 counties but there are only 5 counties in that state. Looking through some of the other reports, both Montana and Missouri also had disaster declarations in 31 counties.
I know that most people are going to take the hype and hysteria at face value. But, this report that came out was obviously produced using a bunch of “cut and paste” effort, with no real rigor to ensure they got it right. How can we ever trust them to get the solutions correct if they can’t proof their own reports? They just want to terrify people into giving carte-blanche to tax and spend.
(PS – it gets funnier as every state report ties a high rate of lyme disease to carbon emissions by factories. In most cases, the alarming rate of lyme disease is on the order of 0.0001% of population. Note that your chances of being hit by lightning are 0.0003%, three times greater. But no worries, the report does not indicate that lightning strikes are predicted to go up due to coal energy).