Independence Day? How about Hypocrites Day?

This is a tad late for “Independence Day” but just too good to not permanently record in the FlyoverPress Bog’s Archive.

It is time we begin to think of ourselves as True Americans (Rebel Citizens) and the uS government as the Feds and the enemy. — jtl, 419

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Paul and company thought of themselves as British, not Americans, because they were British.

This is a tad late for “Independence Day” but just too good to not permanently record in the FlyoverPress Bog’s Archive. 

It is time we begin to think of ourselves as True Americans (Rebel Citizens) and the uS government as the Feds and the enemy. — jtl, 419

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsWhen Paul Revere made his famous ride through Boston he did not yell, “The British are coming, the British are coming.”

What Mr. Revere shouted was, “The Regulars are coming, the Regulars are coming.”

“The Regulars” referred to the regular army troops of the nation of which Paul and his fellow rebels, were citizens.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstitutePaul and company thought of themselves as British, not Americans, because they were British.

The concept of “American” did not yet exist.

What he was warning of, was the approach of the armed forces…

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Nikki Hates Guns As Much As She Hates Confederate Flags

Yep, as Governor of South Carolina, she was the first to jump on the band wagon to haul down the State flag because a portion of it included the Battle Flag of Lee’s army. — jtl, 419

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Pass this information along to all your friends. Everyone needs to be aware of  Ms. Haley’s agenda and Mr.Trump needs to be aware of it too.

Combat Shooter's HandbookYep, as Governor of South Carolina, she was the first to jump on the band wagon to haul down the State flag because a portion of it included the Battle Flag of Lee’s army. — jtl, 419

by Al Benson Jr. via revisedhistory

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteI don’t doubt that Donald Trump has tried to do his best for the country and he has done a lot better than any of the presidents in my lifetime, but some of the people he has picked for cabinet officers and for other positions have been people that have only made his job more difficult. Some he picked fought him from day one because they were part of the Deep State and…

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Emergency Broadcast: Leftists attempting to incite civil war – CounterThink.com

Source: Emergency Broadcast: Leftists attempting to incite civil war – CounterThink.com

Ou rah! I just hope they get ‘er started before I get to old to do anything but load magazines for my grand-kids. — jtl, 419

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Cliven Bundy – Sheriff Mack – Larry Pratt appear in GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS

An email received from Oath Keepers (info@oathkeepers.org) Follow the links to watch the videos. — jtl, 419

Progress Report

25 June 2018

Dear GOOD GUYS & GOOD GALS,

I am happy to report that the film expedition that took us to Connecticut and Massachusetts turned out well.  We now have the following new interviews “in the can”. 

CLIVEN BUNDY, DAN McGONIGLE, DAN WOS, DAVID KOPACZ, KIRK WHATLEY, LARRY PRATT, ROSIE HAAS, SHEILA MATHEWS, SHERIFF MACK, WALTER REDDY

You can see various excerpts of these experts in the viewers below.  Additional excerpts, including G. EDWARD GRIFFIN, are at the GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS website

CLIVEN BUNDY,Bundy Ranch activist

SHERIFF MACK, America’s Sheriff

On 28 June 2018 we are scheduled to interview OATH KEEPERS Founder and Executive Director, STEWART RHODES as well as Liberty Fellowship pastor, CHUCK BALDWIN in Kalispell, Montana.  We need immediate help funding these interviews. 

Stewart will give us an assessment of the “active shooter” phenomenon and how we can take steps to address it by putting more open- and conceal-carry citizens into the nation’s public places.  Pastor Baldwin will discuss the moral decay in the schools since Bible reading was removed and children stopped caring about each other enough to prevent mass shootings.

DR. EDWIN VIEIRA, STEPHEN WILLEFORD and other interviews will be scheduled for sometime in early July.

If you like the progress to date, please help us complete this film.  Go to www.good-guys.us/donate/ and donate whatever you can afford.  $50 or $100 is quite sufficient but if you are able to donate $250 or $500, this will REALLY help get this documentary done by 17 September 2018 -– our goal.

We will accord you a prominent screencredit on the end titles of the completed film BUT — if you are of means and can donate $5,000 or more — we will accord you a prominent screencredit on the MAIN titles of this important film.  Hey, where else are you going to get a PRODUCER screencredit in the MAIN title sequence of FEATURE film featuring celebrities like CLIVEN BUNDY, SHERIFF MACK, LARRY PRATT and STEWART RHODES?  Nowhere.  Not even right wing “conservative filmmaker, Dinesh D’Souza, has Freedom Fighters like these in his movies

LARRY PRATT, GOA Executive Director

So GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS – How an Armed Citizenry Deters Tyranny and Atrocities is shaping up to be possibly the hardest-hitting movie ever produced on the subject of gun rights and the Left’s insaneagenda to disarm WE THE PEOPLE. 

We MUST not allow anti-Constitutional, anti-Christian, anti-Capitalist, Marxist Lefties to exploit mass shootings in schools, churches and public places to “justify” infringements of the Second Amendment and Militia Clauses of the U.S. Constitution.  As we will show in GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS – and as we have already shown in the Third Trailer – the reason we “keep and bear” goes much deeper than duck hunting or target practice.

SHEILA MATTHEWS, expert on Big Pharma lobby

Hollywood and the New York Networks are working overtime to brain wash YOU, your kids, your neighbors and even your DOG.  Don’t let them.  Watch the clips of the experts and watch the Third Trailerto see exactly what the Mainstream Media does NOT want you to keep and bear in mind.

Whether the Mainstream Media likes it or not, GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS will eventually be peppered across the land.  Many local public-access TV stations will run this and our other films, if you ask.

KIRK WHATLEY, firearms trainer and expert

DAN WOS, author “Good Gun Bad Guy”

The local public-access TV station in my neighborhood is already running MOLON LABE and MIDNIGHT RIDE – our earlier films on the Second Amendment, both produced in association with OATH KEEPERS and your support.  Given this, YOUR local public-access TV station may also run these films, especially if you can show them that you are one of the Production Associates, Associate Producers, Executive Producers or Producers on the show.  And your screencredit documents that this is the case.

So this is another reason to donate: it gives you standing to be able to demand that your local public-access TV station (paid for by YOUR tax dollars) runs YOUR movies, including GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS, when done. Imagine if 800+ of you who have generously donated to the production of these films did this — we could flood the nation with movies about Constitutional Values.

Keep that in mind.  Let’s not only make America great, let’s make it as great as the Founding Fathers envisioned it could be.

Sincerely,

JAMES JAEGER, Producer/Director

P.S.  Please forward this email to your family, friends and associates.  If each of you receiving this were to forward this email to even 6 people the exponential reach would exceed the viewership of FOX NEWS and CNN.  Consider that.

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Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualWe are seeking individual ranchers to sponsor/host workshops . The sponsor/host (and spouse or key employee) get the training at his/her ranch for no charge. This is an extra special benefit to the host as his/her land will be used for the “lab” work and hands on demonstrations. This provides a great start in the implementation of his/her program.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewIn return, he/she takes care of the logistics involved in putting on the event. This includes arranging for the venue, booking a block of rooms for lodging, arranging for meals (if any), putting out the advertising, setting and collecting the fees and so forth.

We are then responsible for putting on the workshop.

During the interim we will each keep track of our out of pocket costs (from our end, that will be mostly travel and lodging). Then, when it is all over, we both are reimbursed our out of pocket costs and split any funds remaining 50:50.

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Has the West the Will to Survive?

Most of the evidence I see beg an answer of “no” they do not– all the more reason to think secession. After all, the human right of association has a corollary–the right to choose NOT to associate. — jtl, 419

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While our forefathers would have not hesitated to do what was needed to secure our borders and expel intruders, it is not a settled matter as to whether this generation has the will to preserve the West.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) Most of the evidence I see beg an answer of “no” they do not– all the more reason to think secession. After all, the human right of association has a corollary–the right to choose NOT to associate.  — jtl, 419

By Patrick J. Buchanan

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) “If you’re … pathetically weak, the country is going to be overrun with millions of people, and if you’re strong, then you don’t have any heart, that’s a tough dilemma. … I’d rather be strong.”

So said President Donald Trump, on issuing his order halting the separation of children from parents caught breaking into the country. Trump’s enemies are celebrating a victory. Yet the issue remains.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)Under U.S. law…

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Civilians Stop Mass Murder- the real news you didn’t see

Call for a cop, an ambulance or a pizza and see which one arrives first. — jtl, 419

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The news media isn’t in the business of telling us about what didn’t happen. The media is biased to sell fear and outrage. They sell emotion, not information.

Combat Shooter's HandbookCall for a cop, an ambulance or a pizza and see which one arrives first. — jtl, 419

by Rob Morse at Slow Facts

 The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsI research news stories of civilian self-defense. These events receive relatively little media coverage. We had some significant cases in just the last few weeks. I’ll give you the details, but first let me explain why these stories are important.

Timeline-  There are about 20 million citizens licensed to carry a concealed weapon in public. Per person, there are more armed civilians in states like Indiana and Alabama than in states like New Jersey and California. On average, an armed civilian is much closer to you than the police. That matters when time is critical. Seconds count…

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Trump Administration Moving to Strip Protection From Wolves Across Country

The Trump administration this week confirmed it is considering a proposal to strip Endangered Species Action protection from nearly all wolves in the lower 48 states, including the Great Lakes region, making the animals vulnerable to trophy hunting and trapping.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers It’s about time and a good start. There are a whole lot of other species that need to be de – listed as well. — jtl, 419

from Twin Timber Wolf Information Network.

 

MINNEAPOLIS— The Trump administration this week confirmed it is considering a proposal to strip Endangered Species Action protection from nearly all wolves in the lower 48 states, including the Great Lakes region, making the animals vulnerable to trophy hunting and trapping.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual An email statement from Gavin Shire, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s chief of public affairs, said the agency has begun reviewing the status of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act and expects to publish a proposal to revise the wolf’s status “by the end of the calendar year.”

“It’s deeply troubling to see the Trump administration trying to prematurely kick wolves off the endangered species list,” said Collette Adkins, a Minneapolis-based biologist and attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Time and again the courts have told the Service that wolves need further recovery before their protections can be removed. But the agency is dead-set on appeasing special interests who want to kill these amazing animals.”

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThe Fish and Wildlife Service last removed protections for gray wolves in the Great Lakes region in 2011. Hundreds of wolves then died during wolf trophy hunting and trapping seasons that followed in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Then, in 2013, the Service proposed removing gray wolf protections in the rest of the country. That included California, Oregon and Washington, where small populations are still recovering, and the southern Rockies and Adirondacks, which have suitable wolf habitat but no wolves.

Combat Shooter's Handbook Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsIn 2014 a federal judge overturned the agency’s decision for prematurely removing wolf protections. And last year a federal appellate court upheld the lower court decision, reasoning the Service unlawfully ignored how removal of wolf protections in the Great Lakes region could harm recovery of wolves in other areas, such as New England and the Dakotas.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)  The Service’s statement explains that the court’s reinstatement of wolf protections in the Great Lakes region “prevented the Service from moving forward with the full delisting proposal at that time.”

Last year the Service applied to Yellowstone grizzly bears that piecemeal delisting approach that it unsuccessfully used for wolves. The agency designated a Greater Yellowstone “distinct population segment” and removed grizzly protections in that region. Conservation and tribal organizations challenged the removal of grizzly bear protections, relying largely on court decisions reversing the Service’s similar approach for wolves.

If the Service succeeds in its efforts to prematurely remove protections for wolves and grizzlies, for the first time in generations trophy hunters in the United States could kill them in nearly all places they live.

“Like so many Americans, I treasure having wolves and grizzlies in the wild and don’t want to see them shot and trapped for blood sport or pelts,” said Adkins. “We’re ready for a fight, and we’re going to do all that we can to make sure the feds fulfill their obligation to restore wolves and grizzlies across the country.”

 

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‘Sheltering’ Parkland School Cop Not the ‘Only One’ with No Duty to Protect

There is no such thing as a “good” cop. They all live as leeches on the backs of the productive class. — jtl, 419

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“The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation.” … So much for those who would prohibit their countrymen from keeping and bearing arms. So much for those who claim the police will protect you. So much for those who disparage self-defense as vigilantism.

There is no such thing as a “good” cop. They all live as leeches on the backs of the productive class. — jtl, 419

by David Codrea at Oath Keepers

Scot Peterson isn’t the “Only One” with no dutry to protect.

“Many have called him a coward, but former sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson had no legal duty to stop the slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, his attorneys say,” the Sun-Sentinel reported

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The BLM–Agenda 21’s Stooge In The West

…in this country it seems there are lots of folks, most particularly in the West and the South, who put some value on private property, particularly if it has been in their  families for generations. And the Agenda 21 spooks need someone to be able to deal with that sticky situation. It seems, at least in the West, they have found their stooge of choice to help them divest people of their property–and no one is supposed to connect the dots between Agenda 21 and the Bureau of Land Management–an organization that has managed to make itself almost universally despised west of the Mississippi–and not without reason.

Many, if not most, Westerners who explore their roots find them in the Old Confederate South. Their ancestors came to the West to either escape the War of Yankee Aggression itself or the ravages of “reconstruction.” For example, the 49ers were mostly from Georgia because that was the only place where gold was being mined in these united States.

Now, after some 150 plus years, the South has been pretty well “reconstructed.” It is now the West’s turn. The Western united States is currently under “reconstruction.”

That is why Al Benson Jr. and myself founded the “Confederate-Cowboy Alliance. We have so much in common. –jtl, 419

by Al Benson Jr. via revisedhistory

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

I have written about the United Nations Agenda 21 program in the past. It is the United Nations thinly veiled attempt at land-grabbing trying to hide under the very dubious cover of “sustainability.” Supposedly there are way too many people in the world (there aren’t) and the UN has to keep all the land “sustainable” by taking people off of it and herding them together in mega-ghettos and leaving untold millions of acres unpopulated and unused for guess who? The political commissars who thought all this up, that’s who. Private property and single family homes will be a thing of the past. You won’t need your cars because there will be no place to go when you are not allowed out of the city limits. Those of you who follow this sort of thing already know the drill.

However, in this country it seems there are lots of folks, most particularly in the West and the South, who put some value on private property, particularly if it has been in their  families for generations. And the Agenda 21 spooks need someone to be able to deal with that sticky situation. It seems, at least in the West, they have found their stooge of choice to help them divest people of their property–and no one is supposed to connect the dots between Agenda 21 and the Bureau of Land Management–an organization that has managed to make itself almost universally despised west of the Mississippi–and not without reason.

I recently read an article by Tim Brown, published on https://sonsoflibertymedia.com back on October 15, 2016. It quotes a Nevada assemblywoman, Michele Fiori, and she labels the Bureau of Land Management a “Domestic Terrorist Agency.” The article observes: “On Thursday morning, Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiori stood on the Nevada Assembly floor to point out several things regarding the Oregon occupation, the Bundy Ranch siege and the sheriffs who were involved in both. She also pointed out at the center of both of them was the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and she referred to them as one of several ‘Domestic Terrorist Agencies.’ I stand in support of and know that Blue Lives Matter…But there have been Sheriffs that hand their elected positions over to the Federal Government and some of the outcomes have been fatal. Sheriff David Ward of Harney County did just that. Under his watch a man, Lavoy Finicum, was murdered.” And she noted: “The Bureau of Land Management has become quite aggressive across our Nation,  from continual harassment of our indigenous Native Americans to our Ranchers, who are just trying to protect their livelihoods.” But the ranchers believe in  private property rights and that is becoming a no-no more and more.

Another article, this one by Michael Snyder on April 23, 2014 on https://freedomoutpost.com/agenda-21-blm-land-grabbing-endgame pretty succinctly lays it all out. Mr. Snyder says “Why is the federal government so obsessed with grabbing more land? After all, the federal government already owns more than 40 percent of the land in 9 different U.S. states. Why are federal bureaucrats so determined to grab even more? Well, the truth is that this all becomes much clearer once you understand that there is a very twisted philosophy behind what they are doing. It is commonly known as Agenda 21, although many names and labels are used for this particular philosophoy. Basically, those that hold to this form of radical environmentalism believe that humanity is utterly destroying the planet and therefore the goal should be to create a world where literally everything that we do is tightly monitored and controlled by control freak bureaucrats in the name of ‘sustainable development.’ In their vision of the future, the human population will be greatly reduced and human activity will be limited to strictly regulated urban areas and travel corridors. The rest of the planet will be left to nature. To achieve this goal, a massive transfer of land from private landowners to the federal government will be necessary.” What do you think this will do to our ranchers and farmers in the West, or even here in Louisiana where I live?

And Snyder adds “So the conflict between rancher Cliven Bundy and the BLM is really just the tip of the iceberg. The reality is that the BLM has their eyes on much bigger prizes.” There was the BLM’s attempted land grab along the Texas-Oklahoma border back a few years ago.

Snyder noted that  the feds claim to own 84% of the state. In Utah they claim 57% of the state and in Alaska they claim 69%, and 53% in Oregon, to mention a few.

The federal government flat out doesn’t need any more land. They’ve got way too much as it is. But there is this constant obsession to grab more and more–so the dictates and agenda of Agenda 21 can be fulfilled. In fact, let’s be honest–they want it all and ranchers, farmers, miners, or folks that just want a little retirement place down on the bayou or out in country will just have to go. End of conversation! And besides they will be dispensing with lots of people with independent ideas–and that just won’t float in a UN-dominated environment.

So just remember, when the BLM comes along to wrest your land from you, who they are really working for, and brother, no matter what they say, it ain’t you!

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Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewIn return, he/she takes care of the logistics involved in putting on the event. This includes arranging for the venue, booking a block of rooms for lodging, arranging for meals (if any), putting out the advertising, setting and collecting the fees and so forth.

We are then responsible for putting on the workshop.

During the interim we will each keep track of our out of pocket costs (from our end, that will be mostly travel and lodging). Then, when it is all over, we both are reimbursed our out of pocket costs and split any funds remaining 50:50.

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Freeze, reduce or eliminate CAFÉ fuel standards

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) covered all this up. Grizzly facts would not be allowed to get in the way of a well-intentioned government program.

 

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual SOP (or is it SOS)? — jtl, 419

by , via CFACT

Saying the air traffic controller work force was “too white,” the Obama Federal Aviation Administration allegedly replaced hiring standards based on science, math and ability to handle intense pressure with rules designed to increase racial diversity. It’s hard to find a more flagrant example of bureaucrats putting people’s safety and lives so low on their list of priorities. Difficult but not impossible.

Combat Shooter's Handbook Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsCorporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards also play with people’s lives. Enacted in the 1970s amid fears of imminent oil depletion, the rules require that cars and light trucks on average across each manufacturer’s entire smorgasbord of vehicles must get better and better mileage over a period of years.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) For the first few years, improving gasoline mileage was relatively easy. But as the standards tightened, car makers had to make vehicles smaller and use less steel and more aluminum and plastic to achieve the arbitrary mileage demands. That poses a serious problem that the Trump Administration wants to fix.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewBigger, heavier vehicles are safer, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has said for decades. Smaller, lighter vehicles are less crashworthy, less safe. Drivers and passengers in cars and light trucks are many times more likely to die in a crash – and far more likely to maimed, disfigured, disabled or paralyzed – beyond what would have occurred if the CAFÉ standards did not exist or had been relaxed.

Even with side air bags and other expensive vehicle modifications, smaller, lighter vehicles have less “armor” to protect occupants, and less space between them and any car, truck, bus, tree or other obstacle they might collide with. So they are less safe and more expensive – less affordable for poor families.

As Competitive Enterprise Institute general counsel Sam Kazman noted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, a 2002 National Academy of Sciences study estimated that CAFÉ rules had contributed to as many as 2,600 extra fatalities in 1993 – at a relatively lenient standard of 27.5 miles per gallon. Studies by the Brookings Institution, Harvard School of Public Health, National Academy of Sciences and USA Today all reached similar conclusions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) covered all this up. Grizzly facts would not be allowed to get in the way of a well-intentioned government program.

Thankfully, the mileage standards stayed around 27.5 mpg throughout the 1990s and beyond. But then, in 2012, the Obama Administration began ratcheting the standards upward, with the goal of hitting 54.5 mpg by 2025. The Environmental Protection Agency had begun helping to manage the NHTSA mileage program in 2009, and it became the driving force for doubling the mpg requirements. It became equally complicit in hiding the death and injury tolls associated with CAFÉ.

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking), other new technologies, and the discovery of new oil and gas deposits mean we will not run out of oil or natural gas for another century or more. So the Obama Administration asserted that mandating far tighter mileage rules would have the co-benefit of reducing tailpipe emissions of “greenhouse gases” associated with dangerous manmade climate change.

Scary headlines, data manipulation, computer models and well-orchestrated campaigns to link nearly every extreme weather event to rising atmospheric levels of (plant-fertilizing) carbon dioxide enabled the climate scare to get as far as it has. But the climate cataclysm movement is running out of gas.

People no longer accept claims that Earth’s climate was stable until the 1970s. They remember that it was a global cooling and global warming scare, before it became a climate change and extreme weather scare. They realize global temperatures have been stable for nearly 20 years, complying with Paris treaty and other climate edicts would cost trillions of dollars, and emerging economic powerhouses like China and India are not obligated or likely to reduce their use of fossil fuels or emission of greenhouse gases.

Despite $557 million in quiet funding by rich liberal foundations to wealthy alarmist groups, people are also figuring out that the Paris treaty actually has little or nothing to do with the climate or environment. “Climate change” is now used to justify replacing the capitalist economic model with a global governance system – and redistributing the world’s resources and wealth. The treaty itself says climate action must include an emphasis on “gender equality,” “empowerment of women,” “intergenerational equity” and “climate justice.” These are the “climate dangers” that supposedly justify lethal CAFÉ rules.

Thankfully, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently proposed to re-examine the 54.5-mpg-by-2025 Obama EPA-NHTSA standards – and possibly freeze them at the pending 2020 level of 39 mpg. Mr. Pruitt noted that the standards had been implemented after years of lobbying by environmental pressure groups, and that assertions of climate and weather benefits do not reflect scientific or historical reality.

There has also been talk of revoking California’s unique right to set tougher standards than are applicable to the rest of the USA, and preventing the state from applying its more stringent mileage rules beyond its borders. EPA and Transportation Department officials say they have held “productive” discussions with California air quality regulators and others – but it’s hard to say where the talks might be headed.

The proposals drew predictable howls of outrage from environmentalists and California legislators and regulators, who are sticking to their claims that tougher mpg rules will somehow avoid climate chaos. An automobile manufacturers lobbying group insists that mileage standards should increase every year.

Auto makers would understandably prefer to have a single national mileage standard, rather than two: ultra tough rules for California and a less stringent mpg requirement for the rest of America. But the injury and death tolls dictate that any standard must be held well below 54.5 mpg or even 39 or 30 mpg.

Pruitt did not mention the injury and death tolls that result from these mileage standards. He should have, and his new plan to implement comprehensive cost-benefit reforms would compel his regulators to fairly, honestly and accurately assess the social and environmental costs and benefits of proposed mileage rules.

That would stand in stark contrast to the way EPA handled its arbitrary social cost of carbon analyses. The Obama agency looked only at alleged and exaggerated worldwide costs of United States carbon dioxide emissions – while totally ignoring the immense and obvious benefits of using fossil fuels. To compound the insanity, EPA claimed it could make reliable predictions three centuries into the future!

To support its various pollution control measures, the Obama EPA raised its “value of a statistical life” presumably saved by a proposed regulation from $7.9 million in 2011 to $9.7 million in 2013. The VSL estimates how much money people are willing to spend to reduce a risk enough to save one life. There is no evidence that EPA employed VSL to estimate the human cost of doubling the 1993 27.5 mpg standard.

The agency should certainly do so now. Using a $10-million VSL, $2 million per serious injury or paralysis – and 4,000 deaths and 50,000 serious injuries per year from a 54.5 mpg standard – would mean the average fuel efficiency demanded by California and radical greens would cost the United States $50 billion a year. In return, we would get small, purely speculative climate and weather benefits from burning less gasoline in the USA, assuming that tailpipe emissions play a major role in climate change.

(Applying similar cost-benefit analyses to electric cars would raise serious questions about the generous state and federal tax rebates, free access to toll and HOV lanes, free charging stations and other subsidies for pricey vehicles that only wealthy families can afford.)

Volkswagen’s deceit about diesel emissions defrauded consumers but didn’t kill anyone. And yet VW has generated far more regulatory, judicial, legislative and media outrage than lethal mileage standards.

As Ralph Nader might say, CAFÉ standards make cars unsafe at any speed – not by faulty car design, but by government decree. It’s time to reduce, eliminate or at least freeze these killer standards (and do the same thing with the ethanol mandates and gravy train).

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