Ronald Bailey

Ronald Bailey on Climate Change Panel at Earth Day Texas in Dallas

Current EPA General Counsel Avi Garbow shares platform and discussion is moderated by Teri Donaldson of DLA Piper.

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Pamela Friedman

The Earth Day Texas 2016 opens at the Dallas Fair Park on April 22nd and runs through the weekend. I will be on a moderated open-to-the public panel with U.S. EPA General Counsel Avi Garbow discussing public policy related to climate change. Garbow will be focusing on the Obama administration's regulatory efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. According to the organizers I am supposed to address wider policy and energy technology issues related to man-made global warming. From the event website:

Please join the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Avi S. Garbow, for a discussion of what EPA hopes to accomplish in the last 8 months of the Obama administration as EPA implements The President's Climate Action Plan, publishes and finalizes regulations, defends its major initiatives in court, continues its efforts on the international front, and prepares for the anticipated impacts of climate change.

What are the legal challenges ahead? What are the next steps in the legal arena if the Clean Power Plan is not upheld? What should we expect from the anticipated heavy duty vehicle emission standards to be published in the next few months, and what impact will these standards have on the environment? What can businesses and citizens do to participate as these critical issues are addressed?

Joining Mr. Garbow will be Ronald Bailey, a leading author on the subject of climate change, whose recent work includes the widely praised 2015, "The End of Doom, Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century." Mr. Bailey will offer his observations on the most recent science describing climate change, available technologies to reduce carbon, the timing and costs of unleashing innovation, and the role that the federal government might play in supporting research and development.

Mr. Bailey will also discuss the polarized and contentious history of the climate change debate, explore the role of cultural values, and suggest a productive approach for businesses and citizens to take as they continue to participate in these important policy decisions. In the town hall format, the speakers will take questions from the audience and discuss paths forward.

The panel is on Earth Day, Friday April 22 in the Hall of State (next to the Cotton Bowl stadium) in the 2nd floor library at the Fair Park (see map). The event begins at 1:30 pm and runs until 3 pm. RSVP not required but appreciated, bruce@earthdaytx.org.

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  1. and suggest a productive approach for businesses and citizens to take as they continue to participate in these important policy decisions.

    Mr. Bailey will suggest a number of avenues in which businesses and citizens might take a role in policy decisions, after which he, businesses, and citizens will be instructed to sit down, shut up, and do as they’re told.

    1. Top men and women that have a J.D. making all the right calls.What can go wrong?

    2. If there was a THEORY that claimed wheat produced a by-product that could one day potentially, maybe be harmful possibly perhaps to a few people, would the average leftists imbeciles want to ban food for the world?

      You bet your ass they would.

      Cheap energy is the life blood of civilization these days dipshits.

      1. Cheap energy is the life blood of civilization and carbon dioxide is the respiration of an advanced industrial economy.

        Unfortunately, the immune system of this civilization is so compromised that it cannot reject dipshit environmentalists.

      2. Isn’t that just called Gluten?

        1. Gluten will make your dick fall off.

          Didn’t you know that?

          1. My grandad ate wheat all his life, until he dropped dead in his 80s. Tell me that’s a coincidence.

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  3. Aaaand nuclear energy will likely be avoided or dismissed offhand once again, proving that environmentalists don’t actually care about making any sort of realistic cuts to CO2 emissions.

    1. c: Who are you saying will avoid or dismiss advanced nuclear power and the new nuclear energy revolution? Not me.

      1. Bernie Sanders for one. His followers for another. So there’s two.

        1. NAME THE OTHER ONE.

          1. Birthday boy Volodya Ulyanov?

    2. “Even if built today no plant will be online before 2040, so it’s not a realistic solution.”

      “We must take immediate steps to avoid catastrophic climate events in the next century.”

      1. How fast could someone get a modern nuclear plant online starting today if they could ignore all the nuclear-specific regulations? 5 years maybe?

        1. Doesn’t matter, science is settled, don’t question the consensus.

        2. 3 or less. Faster for follow ons.

          1. I mean, it is just a building with machines in it. Those routinely happen in less than half a century.

    3. Oh, but the do actually care about cuts to CO2 emissions.

      They don’t care about the consequences …

      because they are either too damn stupid to foresee them or they actually want to destroy the advanced economies that have lifted billions of people out of abject poverty. Stupid or evil? You decide.

  4. “Suns out, guns out.”

  5. re: the photo

    I imagine Ron Bailey doing a bad Scarface impression,

    “”I like you the first time I lay eyes on you. I say, ‘cheese a tiger’. Then I realize, chew not a tiger. But tass okay”

    1. Choked on my coffee. Thank you

  6. “This is my cat. I call him Bitey.”

    1. +1 Ralph Wiggum

  7. Earth Day?

    What is this? 1980fucking5?

    1. It’s 2016, just ugh! I can’t even!

  8. You’re a brave man, Bailey.

  9. Just leaving this here:

    WASHINGTON (AP) ? An armed takeover of an Oregon national wildlife refuge is part of a disturbing “extreme movement” to seize public lands and reject the rule of law ? putting communities and public employees at risk throughout the West, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says in a speech outlining Obama administration conservation policies.

    http://www.seattletimes.com/na…..s-to-west/

    1. jeebus w cristos, that women talks in the collectivist, statist, economically illiterate, politically correct soundbites most often associated with airheaded liberal arts college SJW.

      Which would be fine if she were an actual collectivist, statist, economically illiterate, politically correct, airheaded liberal arts college SJW, or even a collectivist, statist, economically illiterate, politically correct, airheaded liberal arts college professor. But she’s the Interior Secretary.

      The rest of my fucking day is just ruined.

      1. I read the article also, and sympathize completely.

        It is depressing. It’s almost enough to make me actually hope that Trump wins, because you know Hillary’s replacement for Jewell will be even worse if she isn’t re-appointed.

        1. if she isn’t re-appointed

          If Hillary wins the primary (likely) and general (possible) elections, then you better believe not a single Obama appointee will remain. She would pull a Night of Long Knives if she thought she could get away with it.

    2. ” seize public lands and reject the rule of law ”

      Reject the rule of law?

      That a howler considering the fact that the Obama administration itself has adopted rejecting the rule of law as a best practice method of operation since Obama first took the oath of office.

      Ask the GM and Chrysler bondholders whose share of those companies was stolen and given to the UAW about the rule of law.

  10. Is this talk being given in the Holly Maddux Memorial Pavilion?

  11. According to the organizers I am supposed to address wider policy and energy technology issues related to man-made global warming.

    “But what I am really going to say is something completely unexpected that will make the crowd gasp in shock! Bwa ha ha ha ha!”

    I hope you tell them that climate change policy is total malarkey meant to install socialism in unsuspecting and naive populations. Which is true, because most policy is malarkey and most populations are made of unsuspecting and naive fools who believe anything their governments say.

    1. “Free markets coupled with strong private property rights are the best way to manage the environment.”

      /dropped mic

    2. How else can climate change be addressed except with socialism? If we let capitalism continue then the greedy corporations are going to destroy the planet in their unrelenting pursuit of immoral profits. You only deny climate change because you don’t like the policy implications, which is stupid. You deny science because you don’t like the policy that is necessary to address it. The fate of the planet is at stake, and you want to see it destroyed so some greedy corporations can make money. It’s disgusting. If we don’t mitigate climate change then the world is going to end. It is as simple as that. And face it, the only possible solution is socialism. People and corporations must be controlled. Energy must be controlled and rationed. All industry must be controlled by the state. Otherwise the world is going to end. It’s not a backdoor to socialism. It’s simply the only solution.

      1. Everyone should be introduced to the benefits of grass eating as a way to curb climate change. And our numbers.

      2. Given that dichotomy, I’d rather see the world end.

        I bet dinos had to make the same choice between socialist asteroid deflection and extinction.

    3. issues related to man-made global warming.

      Ah. Assuming the conclusion, are we?

  12. Photo Caption =

    Team Reason Preps itself for the 2016 Endangered Species Decathalon & Barbecue Event

    “Last year we ran an Ostrich” said Coach, Ron Bailey, “Needless to say, it disappointed in the hunt-event, but won a lot of praise for the pinappple-glazed drumsticks.” This year the Reason crew are taking a more tech-savvy approach: “they’re radio-controlled” explained Bailey. “just a chip in the brain and presto!” He demonstrates by wiggling a joystick, and the cheetah spasms and falls over. “Has some bugs, of course, but nothing that should ruin the flavor”

    1. *stands to applaud vigorously*

    2. “Did I mention this one’s an orphan?”

  13. available technologies to reduce carbon

    You mean like iron oxide and heat?

    Seriously though, Bailey, you are my favorite journalist on these issues. Keep up the good work!

  14. What are the legal challenges ahead? What are the next steps in the legal arena if the Clean Power Plan is not upheld? What should we expect from the anticipated heavy duty vehicle emission standards to be published in the next few months, and what impact will these standards have on the environment? What can businesses and citizens do to participate as these critical issues are addressed?

    Do Jews really run the media? How can we find out whether or not they do? What effects would it have on us if they do? What steps should we take to combat these ill effects if we find out the Jews do run the media and they do have bad effects? But before we address these questions, we need to kill all those evil Jews who run the media for their own nefarious purposes.

    It’s like they don’t even know what “begging the question” means.

  15. Did you ask him what the penalty and EPA employee can expect for setting up dummy email accounts for the purpose of concealing communications from FOIA requests and subpoenas?

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  17. How far do our stats reach in scaled weather effects?

    Example:

    El Nino and La Nina cycles are for more specific timeframes, so are there larger scale weather swings that can all ‘land on top of each other’?

    If near-extinction events in the past have included multiple scales of polarized weather swings, how prepared are we to gather that data, have the appropriate people in the appropriate positions of power to minimize human suffering, and have an educated-enough general public to cooperate critical adaptation?

    1. how prepared are we to gather that data, have the appropriate people in the appropriate positions of power to minimize human suffering, and have an educated-enough general public to cooperate critical adaptation

      LOL.

    2. are there larger scale weather swings that can all ‘land on top of each other’?

      its a complicated question, really.

      Before industrialization, there were no larger scale weather swings. The Earf was a paradise, where it only rained at night, etc.

      Industrialization, though, completely changed that. It created all kinds of weather swings, which will inevitably result in positive feedback loops that have never been seen before in history, leading to catastrophic warming, sea level rises, etc.

      I know this because Consensus!

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  20. Nice! I’m in Dallas, I’ll try to make it Ron!

  21. OT, but closer to this thread than others.

    There is still less freedom of speech at my local paper, so I’m unsure if my (rather tame) snark will make it past the moderators:

    UnCivilServant says:
    April 22, 2016 at 8:12 am

    “New York City is observing Earth Day by encouraging people to make it a car-free day. (DN)”
    .
    Given that the CO2 levels are still below the optium concentrations for plant growth, I’m going to instead put more into the atmosphere as a gift to our leafy friends.
    Reply

    sammy says:
    April 22, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Just about EVERY Scientific Academy & Association, & 97 % of peer-reviewed published scientists all say that Carbon pollution is causing Climate Change which threatens to cause devastating extreme weather with much death & destruction.
    And you’d like to do your part to make things worse.
    Does this have something to do with your political affiliation?
    http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/

    UnCivilServant says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    April 22, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    @Sammy.
    .
    I’m so glad you post here. It adds much neeeded humor to my day.

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