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Metalflake Joy Bikernet Weekly News for December 19th, 2019

It's all about the Chopper Fantasy and Santa's Chopped Sleigh

By Bandit, Rogue, Wayfarer, Bob T. Joe Smith, Marc Morano, Laura, Barry Green, the Redhead and the rest of the gang
12/19/2019


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Merry Merry,

Incredible, I had some whacky dreams last night about moving to Deadwood, South Dakoka
(I found out my offer was approved this morning). Remember always, no negative waves. I had to wake up and remind myself.

My mind today is spinning with thoughts of ancient philosophies and today’s kids. I watched a Scandinavian movie about Santa Clause growing up. It was a fascinating movie about an abandoned child who was adopted by a different village family in the cold north every year. He learns to carve wood and make presents for all his past families each year, which he delivers in secret.

Then I had a discussion with a brother about the Sturgis Hall of Fame this week and he made a statement confirming my long-standing belief. He said that no other industry is quite like the custom motorcycle industry. Unlike the auto industry, boating and so many others over-restricted by regulations and controlled by corporations, we are relative free and fun.



The Chopper industry is magic. It has nothing to do with efficiency and function. It’s all about sex, style and adventure. Unwrapping a new paint job or opening the latest Cycle Source magazine is all about glitter and Christmas every time. I wish someone would get this and make movies to reflect the atmosphere, the fantasy and the culture. It’s a blast.

Merry Xmas, as Chopper riders we experience the joy of Xmas every time we open the garage door.

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MAJOR NEWS STORY--CO2 Coalition Corrects the Record on How to Report on Climate Science

Memo Highlights 13 Misleading Phrases About Industrial Warming Gasses and Policies to Slow Their Increase

Arlington, VA – The CO2 Coalition today issued a memo to the media correcting the record on how they cover stories related to climate science in an increasingly polarized news cycle.

The memo is written by Dr. Caleb Rossiter, a climate statistician and the Executive Director of the CO2 Coalition, a group of climate scientists and energy economists that includes two former Trump administration officials, White House science adviser Will Happer and former EPA deputy Mandy Gunasekara.

The memo is written by Dr. Caleb Rossiter, a climate statistician and the Executive Director of the CO2 Coalition, a group of climate scientists and energy economists, and addresses how the press has been inaccurately reporting on the “climate crisis” and provides an accurate framing that adheres to the research that has been conducted on climate science.

“For too long, the American public has been misled on the science behind about our climate,” said Dr. Caleb Rossiter, climate statistician and Executive Director of the CO2 Coalition, a group of climate scientists and energy economists. “We hope this memo to the press can better inform the way these stories are covered to provide a more accurate description of the global climate.”

Memo to the Media: Don’t Use Bad Words!

13 misleading phrases about industrial warming gases and policies to slow their increase.

By: Dr. Caleb Rossiter, Executive Director of the CO2 Coalition

1. Climate change (as in “climate change is real”): Climate change is indeed real, and humans have little to do with it.

What is the specific change you have in mind? Is it a typical fluctuation or a statistically significant trend? Is it caused by an increase in average temperature, locally or globally? Is the increase driven by CO2 levels, or natural causes? The scientific answer to each of these questions is usually complex, uncertain, and not alarming at all.

2. Climate “crisis” (or “emergency”): There is no climate crisis or emergency.

UN IPCC data show no statistically significant trends in “crisis” variables like storms, floods, hurricanes, droughts and rate of sea-level rise in the last 100 years. That is before CO2 emissions could have had a measurable impact on temperature.

3. “A consensus (of 97% of scientists) agrees”: Agrees about precisely what?

This has nothing to do with claims of a “crisis,” or with the potential of “renewable” energy. The “consensus” was declared by non-scientists, who judged the content of articles in science journals – often incorrectly. They tried to determine whether the articles agreed with the IPCC opinion that at least 0.25 of the 1°C rise in global average temperature since 1900 was likely caused by industrial CO2 emissions.

4. “It’s already happening”: This confuses climate with weather.

Climate – a statistical average – is what we expect; weather – random and often extreme fluctuations – is what we get.Hurricanes Harvey, Andrew, Sandy, and Katrina, California wildfires, regional droughts and floods, and sea-level rise are all almost entirely natural. Similar events occur in historical records going back millennia.

5. “(X out of the Y) warmest months, years, decades on record have occurred recently”: This has been true throughout the past 250 years, for natural reasons.

Temperature has been rising slowly and steadily since the Little Ice Age, well before CO2 levels increased. Slightly higher records are to be expected.

6. CO2 emissions are causing “ocean acidification”: The ocean will never become acidic (i.e. below “neutral” 7 on the pH scale).

Sea water is alkaline, not acidic, with a pH of around 8. A one-unit change to 7 on this logarithmic scale would require a 10-fold increase in pH. Even a tripling of current CO2 levels, over 600 years, would drive pH down only to 7.8. Rainwater is naturally acidic, at 5.6. Ocean health is improved by the plant and phytoplankton food: CO2.

7. “Carbon pollution”: CO2 is not a “pollutant” but an essential plant food.

A pollutant damages human health. CO2 is an inert, natural, non-toxic, mild warming gas. The rise of CO2 levels from 0.03% of the atmosphere to 0.04% has increased plant growth by a third. Human breath has 100 times this level. EPA does not list CO2 as a “criteria pollutant,” like carbon monoxide (CO) from cars and sulfur dioxide from power plants. Ironically, catalytic converters remove these real pollutants by oxidizing them to CO2.

8. Social Cost of Carbon (SCC): There is a far greater cost to using “renewables.”

The current SCC of $40 in damages per metric ton of CO2 is based on 300-year projections of the economy and CO2-driven extreme weather. Both are wildly uncertain. At present the true cost of wind and solar is four times that of fossil fuels, per mile of travel and per kilowatt-hour of electricity. The SCC ignores these costs.

9. Renewable Energy: Converting it to power is NOT renewable.

Wind and solar are free and renewable but using them is not. The costly turbines, solar panels, batteries, and transmission lines must be mined, produced, transported, and disposed of after their short lifetimes. What powers those industries? Reliable, cheap fossil fuels.

10. “Highest CO2 levels in (thousands, millions) of years”: Correlation is not causation.

Al Gore tried to convince movie-goers that CO2 and temperature “go together.” Indeed, they do, but on these time scales, it is temperature that drives CO2. As the Earth has warmed and cooled over the past million years of recurrent ice ages, changes in CO2 come long after changes in temperature. That’s because CO2 is released from warming oceans and land and is absorbed again when they cool.

11. “Climate models predict…”: No, IPCC computer estimations “project scenarios”

The IPCC’s models run about three times too “hot.” Why? Because they “tune” the models to make past CO2 levels drive temperature changes. Nature hasn’t cooperated with their theory of strong warming when the models are run into the future. The models require thousands of guesses about physics and economics, and their error bands are bigger than their projected temperature results.

12. “Exxon Knew”: That alarmist science was uncertain.

The #ExxonKnew lawsuits are based on a fraud: the plaintiffs and their advocates cynically edit Exxon’s scientific memos before quoting them, removing key words and phrases. This reverses the scientists’ conclusions, because they were summarizing alarmist predictions and explaining their uncertainties.

13. “The debate is over”: See 1-12, above.

--from the CO2 Coalition:
The CO2 Coalition was established in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) for the purpose of educating thought leaders, policy makers, and the public about the important contribution made by carbon dioxide to our lives and the economy.

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IRON BUTT REQUEST--This request comes to you from Dave Zien and Dan Stephans:

I have become aware that the Iron Butt Association has been nominated to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame. I have sent my letter of support for this nomination and am asking that you, too, send a letter supporting the inclusion of the Iron Butt Association in the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Send your letter of support to The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, attention Sarah, 999 Main Street, Sturgis, SD 57785. Sarah's email address is sarah@sturgismuseum.com

You do NOT need to be a member of the Museum to weigh-in on this nomination, so please do so! This year there are many nominees and competition is the name of the game. In 1984, 10 riders rode the first Iron Butt Rally. There are now over 75,000 members in the IBA.

Forward this message to any and all motorcycle riders you know

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BIKERNET UNIVERSITY ENGLISH DEPARTMENT VOCABULARY LESSON OF THE WEEK-- welter
[ wel-ter ]
noun

a confused mass; a jumble or muddle: a welter of anxious faces.

HOW IS WELTER USED?
What traitors books can be! … Others can use them, too, and there you are, lost in the middle of the moor, in a great welter of nouns and verbs and adjectives.

RAY BRADBURY, FAHRENHEIT 451, 1953
[The pilot] would be expected to know what to do within seconds if a system he didn’t know existed set off a welter of cockpit alerts and forced the plane downward.
ALEC MACGILLIS, "THE CASE AGAINST BOEING," THE NEW YORKER, NOVEMBER 11, 2019

WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF WELTER?
The noun welter “confused mass; a jumble or muddle” develops from the verb welter “to roll, toss; writhe, tumble about.” Found in English by the 1300s, the verb welter is a form of Middle English welten, Old English weltan “to roll,” cognate with Middle Dutch welteren and Low German weltern “to roll.” The specific form welter is known as a frequentative, which is a verb that expresses repetitive action, indicated by the suffix –er, as seen in such other verbs as flicker or shudder. Welter, then, has the meaning of rolling over again and again, as waves heaving in the sea or pigs wallowing in the mud, which gave rise to its noun senses, such as “confused mass.” The noun welter is first recorded in English in the late 1500s.

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MAKES PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT PULL-OUT OFFICIAL NOVEMBER 25, 2019
By H. Sterling Burnett

The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations it will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.


The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations it will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement (PCA).

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in a November 4 tweet the United States had filed formal paperwork to withdraw, citing an “unfair economic burden” on U.S. workers, businesses, and taxpayers.

The exit, announced the first day the government could start the process under the terms of the agreement, will become official on November 4, 2020, the day after the next presidential election.

The administration filed the paperwork a little over two years after President Donald Trump held a June 2, 2017 Rose Garden event at which Trump, keeping a campaign commitment, announced he would take the United States out of the agreement at the earliest possible date.

Putting America Before Paris

When Trump was running for president, he repeatedly called the PCA a bad deal for the United States, saying it would cost jobs and put the nation at a competitive disadvantage with other countries not required to restrict their energy use or make emission reductions.

“It is time to put Youngstown, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, along with many, many other locations within our great country, before Paris, France,” Trump said at the 2017 event announcing his intention to withdraw from the agreement.

Reversing Obama’s Climate Policies

Former president Barack Obama signed the PCA in 2015, committing the United States to reducing emissions by 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Lacking enough support in the Senate to ratify the PCA, the Obama administration argued it was not a treaty needing Senate approval to be binding, but rather an executive agreement.

Obama then undertook a series of executive actions intended to cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to meet the PCA commitments. These regulations included the Clean Power Plan (CPP) forcing states to restrict carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled electric power plants—essentially forcing states to close such plants and replace them primarily with wind and solar electric power facilities—and dramatically increasing the fuel economy mandate automakers must meet for their vehicles, which, if it had come into full effect, would have forced the public into smaller vehicles with less horsepower or electric cars.

In keeping with his 2017 withdrawal announcement and in the run-up to the administration filing the formal notice to withdraw, Trump has rolled back each of the Obama administration’s signature climate regulations, replacing the CPP with the Affordable Clean Energy rule and delaying and reducing the mandatory increase in fuel economy.

Emissions Declining Without Mandates

The Trump administration points out U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have declined without taxing carbon dioxide emissions and while loosening regulatory restrictions on fossil fuel development.

In his tweet announcing the United States had started the formal process of withdrawing from the PCA, Pompeo made it clear the action was in the United States’ best interests and would not stop America from helping other countries adapt to climate conditions.

“The U.S. approach incorporates the reality of the global energy mix and uses all energy sources and technologies cleanly and efficiently, including fossils fuels, nuclear energy, and renewable energy,” Pompeo said. “We will continue to work with our global partners to enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change and prepare for and respond to natural disasters.”

The Paris Climate Agreement has loopholes that ensure it would not reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and results in the United States show no treaty is needed to cut emissions, says climate scientist Patrick Michaels, Ph.D., a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).

“The president was right to withdraw from the Paris Accord which is climatically meaningless, guaranteeing China will produce the lion’s share of carbon dioxide emissions for the foreseeable future,” Michaels said in a statement. “It should also be noted U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have dropped more than those from any other large industrialized nation since 2005.

“We didn’t have Paris in 2005, and we don’t need it now,” Michaels said.

Sovereignty, Economic Success

Withdrawing from the PCA is critical for U.S. sovereignty and continued economic success, says Myron Ebell, director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment.

“Secretary of State Pompeo has … started the formal process to withdraw the United States from the disastrous U.N. Paris climate treaty and reclaim its sovereign right to set its own energy policy,” said Ebell in a statement. “This is a great day for America, particularly for the future economic success and security of countless Americans.”

The PCA was unwise and would have been extremely costly, says E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.

“President Trump’s formal announcement November 4 that the United States will exit the Paris Climate Agreement was a great victory for common sense, good science, good economics, and good statesmanship,” said Beisner. “It’s what the Cornwall Alliance has advocated ever since President Obama unwisely signed onto it.

“Full implementation of the agreement through the end of this century, costing at least $70 trillion and more likely over $140 trillion, would, theoretically, lower global average temperature by at most 0.3°F—too little to affect any ecosystem or human wellbeing,” Beisner said. “It’s no surprise the author of The Art of the Deal [Donald Trump] thinks paying $23.3 [trillion] to $46.6 trillion per tenth of a degree of temperature reduction is a bad deal.”

Deal Not Yet Sealed

Ultimately, U.S. participation in the PCA will be determined by the outcome of the 2020 election. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. withdrawal will not be final until the day after the election.

Should Trump be reelected president, the withdrawal will almost certainly stick.

With each of the candidates for the Democrat nomination for president having castigated Trump for withdrawing from the Paris agreement and having vowed to make the United States rejoin it should they become president, by contrast, a Democrat presidential victory almost certainly means the United States will rejoin the PCA.

H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. (hsburnett@heartland.org) is a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute.


H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.





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I ordered my swag in oct. So far all i have received was a key chain, still waiting. This stuff was supposed to be Christmas gifts.

Maybe next year.

Alex Jemery
Deland, FL
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Editor Response Santa and whiskey don't mix.
--Bandit
ORDERED MY EASYRIDER SWAG IN OCTOBER, STILL WAITING. I AM GOING TO MIMS, NATIONAL Cemetery. GOING TO BRING MY BROTHER A LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE. RIDE SAFE.

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Alex Jemery
Deland, FL
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Editor Response They seem to be shipping now.
--Bandit
In regards to the Easyrider product offer, I ordered a t shirt on October 23 and have not heard a word from them as well.

Ken Burnett
Inman, SC
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Editor Response You should receive it soon.


--Bandit
Yes sir, being a biker is like Christmas everyday when you stop and think about it Always something to look forward to...
It feels like Christmas morning every time I throw my leg over my bike!
Merry Christmas!

mike pullin
charlotte, nc
Friday, December 20, 2019
Editor Response Thanks Brother.
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