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PowerLine -> Trump terminates U.S. participation in Iran nuclear deal + Ban Cutlery Now!
- Trump terminates U.S. participation in Iran nuclear deal
- Candace Owens comes to town
- Pop Culture Tidings
- Ban Cutlery Now! (2)
- An Omnibus Climate and Energy Roundup
|Trump terminates U.S. participation in Iran nuclear deal
Posted: 08 May 2018 02:47 PM PDT
(Paul Mirengoff)President Trump announced today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—“JCPOA”). Here are talking points sent out by the White House.
President Trump is terminating United States participation in the JCPOA, as it failed to protect America’s national security interests.
· The JCPOA enriched the Iranian regime and enabled its malign behavior, while at best delaying its ability to pursue nuclear weapons and allowing it to preserve nuclear research and development.
· The President has directed his Administration to immediately begin the process of re-imposing sanctions related to the JCPOA.
· The re-imposed sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as its energy, petrochemical, and financial sectors.
. Those doing business in Iran will be provided a period of time to allow them to wind down operations in or business involving Iran.
· Those who fail to wind down such activities with Iran by the end of the period will risk severe consequences.
· United States withdrawal from the JCPOA will pressure the Iranian regime to alter its course of malign activities and ensure that Iranian bad acts are no longer rewarded. As a result, both Iran and its regional proxies will be put on notice. As importantly, this step will help ensure global funds stop flowing towards illicit terrorist and nuclear activities.
Iran negotiated the JCPOA in bad faith, and the deal gave the Iranian regime too much in exchange for too little.
· Intelligence recently released by Israel provides compelling details about Iran’s past secret efforts to develop nuclear weapons, which it lied about for years.
. The intelligence further demonstrates that the Iranian regime did not come clean about its nuclear weapons activity and that it entered the JCPOA in bad faith.
· The JCPOA failed to deal with the threat of Iran’s missile program and did not include a strong enough mechanism for inspections and verification.
· The JCPOA foolishly gave the Iranian regime a windfall of cash and access to the international financial system for trade and investment.
. Instead of using the money from the JCPOA to support the Iranian people at home, the regime has instead funded a military buildup and continues to fund its terrorist proxies, such as Hizballah and Hamas.
. Iran violated the laws and regulations of European countries to counterfeit the currency of its neighbor, Yemen, to support the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force’s destabilizing activities.
President Trump will work to assemble a broad coalition of nations to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon and to counter the totality of the regime’s malign activities.
· Nations must work together to halt the Iranian regime’s destabilizing drive for regional hegemony.
. In Syria, the Iranian regime supports the Assad regime and is complicit in Assad’s atrocities against the Syrian people.
. In Yemen, the regime has escalated the conflict and used the Houthis as a proxy to attack other nations.
. In Iraq, Iran’s IRGC sponsors Shia militant groups and terrorists.
. In Lebanon, the Iranian regime enables Hizballah to play a highly destabilizing role and to build an arsenal of weapons that threaten the region.
· The Administration’s actions are directed against the malign behavior of the Iranian regime, not against the Iranian people, who are the regime’s longest-suffering victims.
President Trump is making clear that, in addition to never developing a nuclear weapon, the Iranian regime must:
· Never have an ICBM, cease developing any nuclear-capable missiles, and stop proliferating ballistic missiles to others.
· Cease its support for terrorists, extremists, and regional proxies, such as Hizballah, Hamas, the Taliban, and al-Qa’ida.
· End its publicly declared quest to destroy Israel.
· Stop its threats to freedom of navigation, especially in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea.
· Cease escalating the Yemen conflict and destabilizing the region by proliferating weapons to the Houthis.
· End its cyber-attacks against the United States and our allies, including Israel.
· Stop its grievous human rights abuses, shown most recently in the regime’s crackdown against widespread protests by Iranian citizens.
· Stop its unjust detention of foreigners, including United States citizens.
We will have plenty more to say about President Trump’s decision, I’m sure. But I wanted to give the first word to the White House, especially because its points will be largely ignored in mainstream media coverage of the decision.
|Candace Owens comes to town
Posted: 08 May 2018 02:47 PM PDT
(Scott Johnson)The Center of the American Experiment hosted Candace Owens at the Marriott City Center over lunch this afternoon in the hotel’s packed ballroom with 550 guests in attendance. Congratulations are in order to John and his gang at the center. It was a spectacular and spectacularly successful event.
Candace is a powerful speaker. She is an inspirational figure. She is young and beautiful. She displayed poise and easy eloquence in her presentation. She seemed to connect with those in the audience who had the opportunity to ask a question and she left us all wanting more. I have filed this one under Hope For the Future.
Only the masters of the social media cast a pall. Gary Heyer of Bloomington, Minnesota, was called on to ask a question. He noted at the outset that he had been live streaming the event on Twitter and discovered that his Twitter account had been locked in response. The video is inaccessible. I trust that the center will have a video available on YouTube in short order.
Quotable quote via Howard Root’s tweet below.
|Pop Culture Tidings
Posted: 08 May 2018 11:33 AM PDT
(Steven Hayward)I don’t think I will be venturing into spoiler territory if I point out that the galactic villain of The Avengers: Infinity Wars, whose name is Thanos (close to or perhaps derived from the ancient Greek word Thanatos, for the rule of death), is a Paul Ehrlich-style Malthusian. In the movie, Thanos expresses his ruthless determination to reduce the population of the entire universe dramatically because of “scarce resources.” What a perfect rendering of environmentalism! Down with people! Let us not forget that Ehrlich often openly embraced “coercion,” while many other environmentalists have openly embraced authoritarianism as necessary to forestall our supposed environmental crisis. (See this old post as an example.) I call such people “democracy deniers.” Heh.
Needless to say, it is the would-be totalitarian crisis mongers that represent a greater threat to humanity than any environmental problem. Nice of Hollywood to be spreading this message, even if inadvertently. We’ve come a long way since Soylent Green, which included a bonus pro-Malthus sermon on the early DVD versions.
Meanwhile, my pal Michael Shellenberger notes another unlikely pop culture reversal, on the TV show “Madam Secretary.” Whereas Hollywood for years did its best to demonize nuclear power (thank you, Jane Fonda), a recent script of the show ran as follows:
It gets even better. The plot of the episode revolves around an overseas energy trade show of some kind, which natural gas people have somehow come to dominate to the exclusion of nuclear power. More from Michael’s summary:
As Shellenberger points out, “in the course of just a few minutes, seven million viewers learned more accurate information about nuclear power — and the severe limitations of renewables — from “Madam Secretary” than they will learn from network news all year. . . While “Madam Secretary” rightly holds anti-nuclear groups to account, no institution has done more to undermine our largest source of clean energy than Hollywood.”
Even if you’re a climate skeptic, it is worth noting when Hollywood goes against leftist orthodoxy on at least one major part of the story.
By the way, did I mention that Shellenberger is running for governor of California on the gonzo platform (for a Democrat) of keeping nuclear power and building housing? It’s so crazy it just might work!
Meanwhile, what to drink if you’ve run out of Soylent Green:
|Ban Cutlery Now! (2)
Posted: 08 May 2018 11:27 AM PDT
(Steven Hayward)We noted here a few weeks ago how London, which has no guns but somehow still has achieved a higher murder rate than New York City, is trying to ban knives because of an epidemic of knife violence. The London Times reported Sunday that the problem of knife violence is actually worse outside of London:
Here’s the chart:
Pretty clear England needs to institute greater knife control right away.
Reminder from a recent Week in Pictures:
|An Omnibus Climate and Energy Roundup
Posted: 08 May 2018 08:59 AM PDT
(Steven Hayward)At some point, it gets embarrassing to keep up with the daily failure of the climatistas. Exhibit 1 today is Japan, one of the most energy-efficient industrial economies in the world, but which is now in the process of building a whole bunch of new coal-fired power plants. Science magazine reports:
Why is Japan reversing course so dramatically? Chiefly because they decided to scale back nuclear power after the disaster at Fukushima in 2011:
But, but-but . . . hasn’t Japan heard they can get all the power they need from wind and solar? Apparently not. Hold that thought for the moment. First, let’s check in with Europe, where . . . oops:
And guess which nation’s greenhouse gas emissions continue to fall, and have fallen the most over the last decade? Yes—that would be us, the United Trumpified States of America. In fact, the U.S. has already achieved the year 2025 emission reduction targets called for in Obama’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” that Scott Pruitt has wisely canceled. This is, of course, the result of the natural gas revolution, which happened without the permission or direction of Washington DC; it happened without a signing ceremony on the White House lawn or a diktat from the EPA. It happened because of market forces. And naturally, the left hates this.
Meanwhile, let’s not forget this evergreen (heh) fact about Germany’s energiewende (“energy revolution”), as reported in the New York Times:
The coup de grace for this story is a recent study in Energy Policy which concludes that the rush to force renewable energy into the electricity grid has actually increased the use of fossil fuels to maintain overall power output and grid stability. The study looked at 10 European countries that have emphasized renewable energy, and amidst the usually specialized jargon and complicated regressions, some shocking conclusions are impossible to disguise or obscure:
Looking more closely, the study finds that solar power has some effect in reducing fossil fuel consumption, but that wind power increases:
This is exactly what we found in the study I co-authored on energy policy in Minnesota for John’s think tank, the Center of the American Experiment: when wind power flags in the summer and winter (and when, not coincidentally, electricity demand peaks), the gap is being filled almost entirely by coal-fired power, and hence Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emissions are flat are slightly rising, despite all the windmills it has installed over the last decade. This one chart tells the story succinctly—notice how coal power spikes when wind output falls. (Though I suspect there’s a three-way story here—coal is used to provide baseload power during slack wind periods in the winter and summer, while natural gas is the swing producer to meet the intra-day peaks in demand.)
Nice going greenies. Maybe you’ll want to rethink your fundamentalist opposition to nuclear power some day.