Rule Five Climate Rule Friday

Well, sometimes there’s cause for hope.

In Kentucky, a judge, one Benjamin Beaton of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, slapped down the Biden administration’s rule clamping down (again) on emissions from motor vehicles.

In a sweeping judgment late Monday, Judge Benjamin Beaton of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ordered the Federal Highway Administration to stand down on the rules, which the agency finalized in November. The ruling represents a major victory for the State of Kentucky, which challenged the regulations alongside 21 other states.

“President Biden’s radical environmental agenda has lost touch with reality, and Kentucky families, farmers and workers are paying the price,” Republican state Attorney General Russell Coleman said on Tuesday. “Like all Americans, Kentuckians love our trucks, cars and vans. With this victory in court, we’re slamming the brakes on the Biden administration’s politics that make no sense in the commonwealth.”

It’s a start.  And the basis of the suit is that the Biden administration’s rule exceeds statutory authority, nothing new for this administration.

Kentucky filed the lawsuit in December, one month after the FHWA finalized the regulations. According to the lawsuit, the FHWA overstepped its legal authority in attempting to regulate vehicle emissions since it attempted to force states to implement federal regulations.

Beaton agreed in his ruling, declaring that the regulations exceed the FHWA’s statutory authority and are “arbitrary and capricious.” Instead of granting plaintiff states’ motion for preliminary injunction – which would have blocked the rule during litigation – he granted their motion for summary judgment, vacating the rule immediately.

OK, that’s great, and it’s a step in the right direction; the Biden(‘s handlers) administration has been ignoring any statutory limitations since, well, the day they took office.  But there’s a bigger issue: What about the constitutional issues?  Why is nobody talking about those?

Here.  Show me anywhere in there where the federal government is authorized to pass laws or make regulations governing the emissions of privately owned vehicles.  Go ahead, have a look; I’ll wait right here.

Back already?  OK.  You didn’t find it, did you? That’s because it’s not there.  Now, square that lack with the 10th Amendment:

Amendment X: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Why is nobody bringing this up?  Why is nobody – well, almost nobody, since obviously here I am talking about it – talking about this callous disregard for the Constitution, which is supposed to be the highest law in the land?  We can amend it, but we cannot ignore it – and yet the federal government has been ignoring it since at least 1860.

This ruling is a good start.  But at some point, it has to come back to the Constitution.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Donald Trump is a hell of a phenomenon.  No matter what the left throws at him, he just keeps plugging – and doubling Joe Biden’s fundraising numbers.  Daffy old Joe had Barack Obama and Bill Clinton standing there with him, and Trump, accompanied by Melania, kicked his teeth in.

It’s just going to keep on getting more interesting, isn’t it?

Now then…

Continue reading Animal’s Hump Day News

Animal’s Daily Nuclear-Powered News

Before I get into this, check out the latest chapter of Barrett’s Privateers: Unrepentant Sinner over at Glibertarians.

Now, I don’t mean the kind of nuke that goes BOOM, but I did run across an interesting piece on the next possible wave of nuclear power.

Although solar and wind energy installations are increasing at an accelerating pace, they are inherently unreliable due to their intermittent nature. Unlike traditional power sources, such as fossil fuels or nuclear energy, solar and wind technologies cannot generate electricity consistently throughout the day and night. In today’s interconnected and technologically reliant world, there is a pressing need for dependable, dispatchable electricity generation facilities to ensure continuous power supply.

Advanced nuclear energy is essential in our energy portfolio, and TerraPower’s plant represents cutting-edge innovation in this exciting industry. It will be the world’s most advanced nuclear facility, paired with a molten salt energy storage system that is capable of increasing output for over five and a half hours during peak demand periods. This project, with an estimated cost of around $4 billion funded by both governmental and private sources, marks a significant step towards sustainable energy solutions built on a foundation of nuclear power.

Read the entire piece; it’s got some great information on not only the nature of nuclear power and how it is essential to the continuation of our modern, high-tech society but also some neat stuff on some ground-breaking new reactor designs.

There is still and likely always be a need for natural gas and gasoline. There are just too many places where electric vehicles aren’t practical or even possible.  But nuclear power is an essential part of our energy future.  It’s time to streamline the regulatory process and get cracking on building reactors.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time, The Other McCain, and Flappr for the Rule Five links! And please, if you can, toss a little help to our blogger pal Doug Hagin over at The Daley Gator.

Now here’s a genius for you.

Green Party member U.S. Senate candidate for New Jersey Christina Amira Khalil went viral after posting a theory to social media that the earthquake that rocked New York and New Jersey on Friday was caused by climate change.

Prominent social media users mocked the post, which also received an X “Community Note” fact check providing the real reason for the event.

Khalil took so much criticism for the post that she ended up deleting it and switching her account to “protected” mode so that the public couldn’t view her posts any longer. 

Following the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that was felt New York, New Jersey, and other northeast U.S. states, Khalil posted on X, “I experienced my first earthquake in NJ. We never get earthquakes. The climate crisis is real. The weirdest experience ever.”

The aspiring politician’s theory went viral only hours after it was posted, gaining millions of views thanks to the help of big accounts sharing it for the sake of mocking it on their feeds.

I don’t know what I could say that would make this nitwit look any dumber than she already does.  But an X/Twitter commenter, Paul Szypula, summed it up very nicely.

It’s true, folks; just when you think these people couldn’t possibly get any dumber, someone goes and drops the bar lower still.  At this point, it’s somewhere around the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

It’s belaboring the obvious to point out that this idiot is in no way fit for a position as Third Assistant Dogcatcher in Bumfuck, Lower Slobovia, but I’ll point it out anyway.  She’s beyond parody – and nuts.

Rule Five Great Replacement Friday

There is a thing called “replacement theory,” wherein it’s hypothesized that (at least part of) the reason for the Biden administration’s blithely allowing in a few million illegal immigrants is to, essentially, stack the census by artificially inflating the population of the predominantly urban blue cities and states. The thing is, intentional or not, that’s sure as hell what’s happening.  Issues & Insights has the news.

Earlier this week we reported on our findings about net domestic migration trends in the U.S. based on voting patterns in the 2020 elections. (See: “The Great Divorce: 3.7 Million Have Fled Counties That Voted For Biden.”)

But we realized there was a discrepancy in the numbers. For example, while more than 483,000 people have moved out of Los Angeles County since 2020, the county’s population only declined by 351,000. Over the past three years, more than 88,000 Americans left Harris County, Texas, yet its population actually increased by 104,000.

And, while we found that, overall, 3.7 million people moved out of Biden-voting counties since the 2020 elections, the population of these counties went down by less than 1.5 million.

Why the difference?

Were those who stayed behind particularly fertile and long-lived?

No. The difference is almost entirely from what the Census Bureau calls “net international migration.”

It’s important to note that the census doesn’t just count citizens – it counts everyone who lives in each state, and those numbers are used to determine the apportioning of Congressional representatives.

Overall, the country saw a net gain of 2,534,150 people from international migration from 2020 to 2023, Census data show. These are presumably what Census describes as “lawful permanent residents.” (A separate report shows that in 2021 and 2022, there were 1.8 million people who obtained lawful permanent resident status, and the average per year is close to 1 million. So that would easily account for the 2.5 million net immigrants.)

Where are they coming from? Census data show that 35% are from Central and South America, 37% from Asian countries (including 6% from China, and 12% from India), 8% from Africa, and less than 7% from Europe.

Here’s the onion:

Of the more than 2.5 million international migrants, more than 2 million went to counties that voted for Biden. Which means fewer than 500,000 of them ended up in counties that voted for Trump.

Here’s another way to look at it:

Of the 100 counties with the largest gains from net international migration since 2020, all but eight of them voted for Biden in 2020.

At the other end of the spectrum, of the 100 counties with the lowest levels of net international migration, only five voted for Biden.

You can see the complete data set that we compiled here.

It’s hard to see this as anything but deliberate.

I’m generally inclined to see anything bad the Biden administration does – in other words, anything at all that the Biden administration does – is the result of stupidity and/or incompetence rather than malice.  But this situation just stinks a little too much to be random stupidity.

No, this seems an awful lot like a calculated tactic to raise the odds of keeping the United States House of Representatives in Democrat hands.  And, as we’ve seen in all the news of late – you can see a lot of my own coverage of this linked in yesterday’s Red Thursday post – this uncontrolled, unchecked illegal immigration isn’t really a good thing.

The Biden administration has let in millions of illegal aliens, and we have no idea who most of them are, where they intend to go, or what they intend to do when they get there; we are, effectively, setting ourselves up for our own Crocus City Hall/October 7th event.

Nothing about this will end well.

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