NYT: Automakers Shift Gears on Climate Change – Issue report: ‘Basic science behind climate change is not to be trusted’

We are living in crazy times. From the NY Times

Last month, one of the largest lobbying groups argued in a regulatory filing that the basic science behind climate change is not to be trusted.

In the same filing, the lobbying group, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, also cast doubt on the negative effects of tailpipe pollution on human health.

Both arguments go against well-established, widely accepted scientific research. And they represent a significant escalation of the industry’s fight to roll back aggressive rules adopted by the Obama administration to rein in tailpipe emissions, a major contributor to air pollution and global warming. The industry argues those rules cost too much and must be relaxed.

Quoting news articles and studies, the Alliance’s filing suggests that climate scientists may be “tuning” their models to achieve desired results.

“Nearly every model has been calibrated precisely to the 20th century climate records — otherwise it would have ended up in the trash,” reads a quote from a 2016 story in Science magazine on climate modeling. “Choices and compromises made during the tuning exercise may significantly affect model results,” reads another quote from a 2017 study in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

TABLES TURNED: Alarmists Now ‘Deny’ Climate Science While Big Oil Defends It

Scratching my head. 

Follow the money. From both. 

TABLES TURNED: Alarmists Now ‘Deny’ Climate Science While Big Oil Defends It

Something bizarre happened Wednesday after the U.S. District Court for the District Northern California held a “tutorial” hearing on global warming science. Chevron agreed with the latest scientific assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC), which was released in 2013 and 2014, the oil company’s lawyer said.

CNN: Snowiest SEASON in New York City in 130 years

NewImageNot the snowiest day. The snowiest seasonEver

22 Mar 2018 – As of 8 p.m. last night, 6.7 inches of snow had fallen in Central Park, putting New York City over the 30-inch mark for the season.  Even more snow has fallen since that time.

“This marks the fifth consecutive season that at least 30 inches of snow have fallen in New York City,” says CNN journalistHarry Enten. The only other recorded time it snowed this much, for this long a period, was back in the 1880s, mostly during the presidency of Chester A. Arthur.

Average snowfall per season in New York City since 1869, when records began, has been 28.8 inches.

It’s not your imagination

“If you’re a New Yorker who thinks that the last few winters have been brutal to some degree, you’re exactly right,” says Enten. “The largest snowstorm in New York City history — of 27.5 inches — occurred in January 2016. That same season also featured the only subzero temperature since 1994.”

Via CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/21/politics/new-york-city-record-snow/index.html

What teachers make — with cost of living

NewImageIdaho is in the Top 40 when you take into consideration the cost of living — which should be taken into consideration. 

Which states pay teachers the most and least when cost of living is factored in? asks NPR’s Cory Turner.

EdBuild, a nonprofit, adjusted average pay by regional cost differences using 2015-16 average teacher salaries. (Look here forstarting salaries.

The top paying states, adjusting for cost of living, are Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Hawaii, which ranks 18th before the COLA, falls to last. Maine, South Dakota, Arizona and Utah also pay poorly.

New York ranks first in average salary at $77,957 but only 17th after the adjustment. California and Washington, D.C. also fall to the middle, despite high dollar amounts.

Looking at states where teachers are threatening to walk out, Kentucky jumps to seventh, Oklahoma rises from 49th to 40th and Arizona stays about the same at 48th.

Via Joanne Jacobs

Teacher earns $35K: Where’s the money going?

It’s not going for teaching. Everywhere but. A class of 20 students rakes in over $200,000 from the state. If the teacher gets $35k, where is all the other money going? 

An Arizona teacher with seven years experience posted her pay stubon Facebook: $35,621. Out of that, she pays for “every roll of tape I use, every paper clip I use, every Sharpie I grade with, every snack I feed kids who don’t have them, every decorated bulletin board,” wrote Elisabeth Milich, a second-grade teacher in Paradise Valley.

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Where’s the money going?asks Matthew Ladner on Jay Greene’s blog. Why does Paradise Valley Unified pay so little?

Paradise Valley Unified received $10,143 per pupilin 2017, above the state average. That’s more than $300,000 for a class of 30 students.

Schools are hiring many more non-teachers, he writes. Once there were two teachers for every non-teacher. Now it’s one to one.

“Between fiscal year 2016 and 2017 per pupil revenue increased in PVUSD by $664 per pupil (from $9,497 to $10,143) and this teacher received a raise of $131.25 and this was after completing professional development,” writes Ladner. The district’s priorities are elsewhere.

Via Joanne Jacobs

Then and Now

2009: Agree to this spending bill because we won

2013: Agree to this spending bill bec we have the Senate

2015: Agree to this spending bill or POTUS won’t sign it

2018: Agree to this spending bill or our minority will block it

2021: Agree to this spending bill because we won

Breaking: Teen who killed man, hid body sentenced to juvenile facility until age 21

NewImageBreaking News from LMT

Keagan Tennant will spend up to his 21st birthday in in a juvenile correctional facility after being sentenced in the shooting death of an 18-year-old man.

Tennant, 17, was sentenced Thursday in Latah County 2nd District Court to on multiple charges including involuntary manslaughter.

District Judge John Stegner entered a blended sentence on Tennant. Stegner suspended a five to 30-year adult prison term and ordered Tennant be placed in a Department of Juvenile Correction facility for up to his 21st birthday. Stegner will retain jurisdiction over Tennant and decide in anywhere from one to three years if Tennant should be released on probation or ordered to serve his suspended term in an adult penitentiary.

Tennant shot and killed Tim Reeves during a summer camping trip east of Troy where the two young men had firearms pointed at each other. Tennant and codefendant Matthew McKetta then tried to hide Reeves’ body and attempted to flee to Canada before being arrested 10 miles from the border. Tennant also stole a Pizza Hut delivery car at gunpoint prior to being arrested in Washington.

McKetta is set to be sentenced April 23.