Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg decide not to run for president in 2020 but groan as he vows to spend huge sums of money to move the world “beyond carbon” in the next decade. They also fume as Hillary Clinton finds yet another pathetic excuse for losing to Donald Trump in 2016. And they react with disgust as the federal budget deficit jumps 77 percent in the first four months of Fiscal 2019 compared to last year – and because neither party and most Americans have no interest in addressing our debt and deficit crisis.
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The climate debate is intensifying again as Democrats try to build support for the Green New Deal while opponents push back on efforts to overhaul the U.S. economy.
Behind the urgency for the green new deal is a government report showing a climate tipping point around 2030 unless drastic action is taken. Behind that report is a mountain of climate data, much of which is compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, otherwise known as NOAA.
But some scientists are wary of the ominous climate forecasts since they never seem to come true. But they’re also blowing the whistle on the data behind those projections.
“The models simply are wrong every single time, so what they keep doing is adjusting the data they put into the model to try and approximate what’s actually happening,” said Dr. Tim Ball, former professor of climatology at the University of Winnipeg. He is also author of “The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science.”
And how is this done?
“What they do is they lower the historic readings. In other words, they go back and say, ‘Well, these readings were not taken with good instruments at bad sites and so on. So we have to adjust them. Every single adjustment they make is to lower the temperatures from years ago.
“It then makes the apparent increase in temperature much greater than it actually is. So this is the kind of corruption that’s going on,” said Ball.
Ball says these temperatures are not done surreptitiously but out in the open with the explanation that scientists are simply revising data, much like the government revises economic reports when additional information comes in.
“That’s what they’re saying but the changes they’re making are not justified. They’re done to simply make sure that their forecasts are correct. That’s a different thing,” said Ball.
Even with the allegedly manipulated data, Ball says the United Nations-sponsored scientists still can’t make their forecasts come true. In fact, he says scientists cannot even agree on global temperatures in a given year, differing by as much as a half-degree Celsius.
“If you’ve got a difference between two different agencies of half a degree Celsius just on one year’s data, it illustrates how laughable the data is and how they’re producing it,” said Ball.
“I mean this is a total farce in terms of claiming any degree of accuracy or knowing what they’re doing. I don’t know of any job in the world where you can be so wrong so often, and still keep your job,” said Ball.
Listen to the full podcast to hear Ball further explain the cherry picking of data and why he believes we’re heading deeper and deeper into a cooling pattern that will further confound efforts to convince the world that global temperatures are soaring out of control.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley’s decision to not run in 2020 but ask if his announcement was really necessary since very few Americans have any idea who he is. They also take a deep breath of fresh air as Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw gives a clear and calm defense of conservative principles that is often missing from our public dialogue. And Jim notes the Clinton era ends in a whimper as Hillary officially states that she will not run for president in 2020.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that tax refunds are now slightly outpacing the amounts issued last year by the IRS. They also examine the record of the latest Democrat to run for president – former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper – and whether he has any path to victory. And they get a kick out of New York Sen. Gillbrand insisting she’s not a flip-flopper after running for Congress as a moderate Democrat and now running for president as a ardent progressive.
This week, the House of Representatives passed legislation requiring universal background checks for any gun purchase, but one of the leading defenders of the second amendment says there a whole lot more in the bill than meets the eye.
Universal background checks sound simple. The idea is that if you want to buy a firearm, you must go through a background check to make sure you don’t have a criminal record or present a threat to those around you. But Gun Owners of America Legislative Counsel Mike Hammond says there are all sort of transfer provisions that could turn any gun owner into a lawbreaker.
“If you transfer a gun to any other person for as little as a second and you don’t come with an exception, you are a criminal and can be put in prison for up to a year.
“So if you sell your gun to your son for a dollar, you’re a criminal. If you give your gun to your stepson, you’re a criminal. If you hand your gun to your neighbor to look at and go into the kitchen for a paper towel, you’re a criminal. If you go hunting with a friend and hand him your gun and he doesn’t have a hunting license or is a veteran with PTSD, you’re a criminal,” said Hammond.
“It’s simply an effort to make gun ownership so full of trap doors that no one wants to own a gun because every time you handle that gun or hand that gun to someone, you basically risk going to jail,” he added.
Hammond says no mass shooter in 20 years would have been stopped by this legislation. He says law-abiding Americans are the only ones who get stopped from buying guns with a background check.
“Most people who walk into gun dealers and fail background checks, their overwhelming reaction is absolute surprise. They’re people like veterans, people who haven’t paid traffic tickets, people whose psychiatrists have turned them in, people who had no idea in the world that the convolutions of federal law would prohibit them from purchasing a firearm.
“The murderers, on the other hand, just get their guns on the street,” said Hammond.
Listen to the full podcast to hear more of Hammond’s analysis of the House bill, why he thinks the legislation is already dead even before getting to the Senate, and what he thinks Democrats would push for if the universal background check bill ever became law.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the sudden political turmoil for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after his former attorney general says Trudeau told her go easy on a major business that was under investigation and then removed her as attorney general when she refused. They also have fun as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi berates moderate House Democrats for siding with Republicans on multiple motions to recommit and warns that they’ll get less help from the party in 2020 if they don’t vote the way she wants. And they slam their heads against their desks as Roy Moore considers another run for the Senate seat he lost in 2017.