Consumers Employees pay for Obamacare tax, Cheesecake Factory CEO David Overton economic impact warning, Obamacare costs passed on to customers

Consumers Employees pay for Obamacare tax, Cheesecake Factory CEO David Overton economic impact warning, Obamacare costs passed on to customers

A tax increase to a company results in some combination of the following:
Product and service price increases.
Employee and hours cutbacks.
Reduced hiring.”…Citizen Wells

“I absolutely reject that notion [mandate is a tax].”…Barack Obama

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

From Citizen Wells August 22, 2012.

“Here is your assignment:

For all the clueless, Obot, left wing, liberal friends in your sphere of influence.

Explain to them simply that companies, corporations, do not pay taxes. Consumers do.

Explain to them that the profit margin for oil companies is one of the lowest and not guaranteed.

Ask them if they drive a car.

Then ask them if they want to continue driving and eat. Remind them that high gas prices affect the price of many goods and services.

Intelligent people want the oil companies to succeed and make a profit.”

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/tag/companies-do-not-pay-taxes-consumers-do/

From News Busters December 3, 2012.

“On Monday’s CBS This Morning, Cheesecake Factory CEO David Overton spotlighted the looming economic impact of Obamacare’s implementation, especially on small enterprises: “For those businesses that don’t cover their employees, they’ll be in for a very expensive situation.” Overton also warned that the cost of the law would be passed on to customers.

Anchor Norah O’Donnell raised the issue of the still-controversial health care law: “One of the things that’s going to change, of course, in the new year is ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act. How do you implement that at Cheesecake Factory, and how will you pay for health care for all of your employees?”

The restaurant chain executive pointed out that, unlike many businesses, The Cheesecake Factory is “already…paying a great deal in health care. So, we’re not sure how much more it will be – or how much less – or what exactly we’ll do. So, for us, it won’t be as bad as it will be for others, which it will be very costly.”

O’Donnell followed up by asking about the possibility increased prices for customers: “When you say it will be very costly, it will be passed on to who – the customers?” Overton confirmed that this would be the case: “Well, I believe most people will have to do that or cheapen their product.”

It’s surprising that the liberal morning newscast would bring on a critic of ObamaCare. The decision could be explained by anchor Charlie Rose mentioning ex-Al Gore adviser Dr. Atul Gawande’s compliment of The Cheesecake Factory in a recent article in The New Yorker.

Rose later rephrased his co-anchor’s earlier question: “Are you worried about this – ObamaCare – and how you provide the health care?” The CEO replied by again pointing out the high cost to businesses:

DAVID OVERTON: Not worried yet – and, when I hear the numbers, I might be. But, again, because we spend millions and millions of dollars today on health care, we don’t know exactly how much more we’ll pay. For those businesses that don’t cover their employees, they’ll be in for a very expensive situation.

When Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter sounded the same warning earlier in 2012, liberals called for a boycott of the pizza chain. Conservatives responded by organizing a National Papa John’s Appreciation Day online. It shouldn’t be a surprise if left-of-center activists target The Cheesecake Factory next.

The transcript of the relevant portion of the David Overton interview from Monday’s CBS This Morning:

NORAH O’DONNELL: I have a really important question for you: one of the things that’s going to change, of course, in the new year is ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act. How do you implement that at Cheesecake Factory, and how will you pay for health care for all of your employees?

DAVID OVERTON, CHEESECAKE FACTORY CEO: Well, that – that’s a big question. We are working on that right now. We – we have been waiting to see what people will do and what’s really happening and what the – the different requirements will be. However, we do cover everyone that works over 25 hours today. So, unlike a lot of businesses, we already are paying a great deal in health care. So, we’re not sure how much more it will be – or how much less – or what exactly we’ll do. So, for us, it won’t be as bad as it will be for others, which it will be very costly.

O’DONNELL: But – but when you say it will be very costly, it will be passed on to who – the customers?

OVERTON: Well, I believe most people will have to do that or cheapen their product-

O’DONNELL: And how much do you think you will have to raise prices in order to pay for health care?

OVERTON: Well, as they say, we don’t know what – we don’t know what it is right now. We don’t know if what we’re actually paying is very, very close – and we won’t have to raise prices. So, we’ll see. I’d love to answer that for you – maybe in a year, I could.

CHARLIE ROSE: Okay. And so, and that point, a year from now, what would we be able to learn from you, you think, because The New Yorker magazine wrote this article saying that you had a lot of things that you could teach – from your experiences with health care.

OVERTON: I think – yeah – I think Doctor [Atul] Gawande. It’s not that I teach. He’s looking at us as a model. He thinks we’re the gold standard of the restaurant business. We do so many things right. We train; we innovate; we cut cost; and we – and we completely change the menu twice a year. And he’s never had a bad meal, and he says, how can we cook a thousand meals a day and get consistency? Wouldn’t that be a great model for the health care industry? So, he’s taking us and not linking us, as much as saying, these guys know what they’re doing. Over the years, they’ve really built a model that works. Why can’t we be more like them?

ROSE: Are you worried about this – ObamaCare – and how you provide the health care?

OVERTON: Not worried yet – and, when I hear the numbers, I might be. But, again, because we spend millions and millions of dollars today on health care, we don’t know exactly how much more we’ll pay. For those businesses that don’t cover their employees, they’ll be in for a very expensive situation.”

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2012/12/03/cbs-cheesecake-factory-ceo-warns-obamacare-will-be-very-costly

 

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46 responses to “Consumers Employees pay for Obamacare tax, Cheesecake Factory CEO David Overton economic impact warning, Obamacare costs passed on to customers

  1. Breaking News Ca court to decide whether O is illegimate,because of fraudulent records? http://www.orlytaitzesq.com.

  2. The corporate actors sold us a lie

  3. CW, looking at your previous post–Vietnamese barbers are fantastic. I like what yours said. The problem is, Obama doesn’t want to help the economy.

  4. The shot heared around the world: What will it be this time? What is it that is going to break the dam and cause the truth to flood in and sweep away the refuge of lies? I feel intimations of the impending shock wave.

  5. Interested Bystander

    Hey All,

    I have to state up front that it’s a given that there is no way, shape matter or form, that the Founders EVER would have thought the Government would DICTATE to someone in the United States that they have to purchase something or pay a penalty.

    Never.

    And when the SC ruled the way it did, it is IRREFUTABLE proof that the SC is “in” on whatever is up.

    I just can’t get my grasp on what is up.

  6. That’s right Dean M.
    For Obama, it’s all about Obama & his cronies.

  7. CW……………Ref IB comment 4:24 PM
    I am assuming that some sort of ruling pertinent to the Obamacare bologna was made either by the South Carolina Supreme Court,or by one of it’s lower courts. Can you advise exactly what it was about? Thanx

  8. SCOTUS

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  10. Thanks CW…………I now know that he meant SCOTUS not South Carolina. I thought that I had missed something. In that context I would agree with IB. But to identify exactly what force is driving the SCOTUS to TREASON,has to be ONE HELL OF A POWER. The people in the scotus are not DUMMIES, yet they ALL appear to be supporting the enemies of our country……big time! WHY? I’m not sure that I can get my head around the reason either.

  11. protectourcivilrightsfreedoms

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  14. Good evening folks, OldSalt, IB, Cabby, SueQ, and all my many other friends of which I think of every day, even when I am not present on this site. All of you are still in my heart, thoughts and prayers daily.

    I cannot possibly put into writing my perspective on this whole fiasco with the election, fraud, contracts, media and frankly BS from all of this we are witnessing, but I will ramble briefly – if I may.

    The GOP doesn’t get it! And since becoming RINO’s with this “we have to reach across the Isle to the Socialist and meet in the middle” BS paradigm, they began losing their Party faith (such as me) awhile back.

    I am of the opinion that the plummets of self-destruction escalated after the 2010 mid-term elections, when the Tea-Party put them in Congress as a show of Republican Conservative Citizens strength, then in turn, spit in our face – literally. Many of the GOP then began denouncing the Tea-Party to the liberal media under pressure, name-called and belittled their own voters that put them in power. This was over 70% of their own voting base they denounced.

    If that wasn’t enough damage to their own voting base, the GOP (RINO’s) then bashed, trashed, belittled, name-called, their own voting base which wanted answers to BHO documents, which was also over 70% of their base voters.

    It doesn’t take a PhD Rocket Scientist to figure out that if you bash your own party voters and call them stupid, morons, idiots, conspiracy theorists, extremists, ect., over and over again on National T.V. to the liberal media, that you should be “Shocked” that you didn’t win an election. Call me Fickle.

    But they still don’t get it. The GOP can end this, and end it now, if they wanted too. Leading in fear of the Socialist Democrats and Obama, from the media and being labeled as Racists is what they did, and got them no-where.

    So the question remains! Will the GOP turn over (bend over) and take it more and allow Obama and the Socialists to ruin this Country? Or will they finally listen and do what is right?

    General Custer also made that same fatal mistake of not listening to his base, but his arrogance created a disaster, one of which he could not right for his self-denial of the problem. The Lakota assisted with that by ramming stick rods through his ears – so he could “Hear” better.

    We are in the battle of the Little Bighorn – with our own party.

  15. Interested Bystander

    William,

    I couldn’t have stated it better.

    But to be honest and being a Monday morning quarterback, we should have seen this coming when McCain was nominated.

    Talk about the Godfather of those who want to “compromise” only to be sold down the river by the Democrats NOT holding up their end of the bargain, and doing this over and over and over again.

    It started with Reagan. He raised taxes under the “deal” that for every dollar taxes were raised, he would get two dollars in spending cuts. If I remember correctly this was negotiated with Tip O’Neal. The tax increases were right away with the “promise” over the upcoming years.

    Never happened.

    The Republicans are now simply treading water, the people “spoke” in 2010, and Reid and the Senate not only spat on the Republicans and TEA Party voters, they spat on the WHOLE of the Country, because their actions are NOT good, they are disastrous, and they know it, unless they are ignorant.

    But then you have Republicans sitting right next to the Democrats doing the same thing.

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  17. Hi William,
    Been missin’ ya!
    Excellent observations and conclusions re. the GOP. You are exactly right about the liberal wing trashing the Tea Party base. We’ve seen it since 2010 and nothing is changing. The RINOS in Congress are our worst enemies.

  18. Just to add,
    One other issue that really, really pisses me off is the Benghazi investigations. It is not what you may think that irritates me, I’ll explain.

    Why are we even investigating this to begin with? Why are the Republicans even involved in investigating this? Why are they asking questions, setting up hearings, demanding documents, calling people liars, putting people under oath for congressional testimonies? Why are they “Fishing” for the truth?
    You see, that is what pisses me off. Why? I’ll tell you.

    When it came to Obama’s documents for investigation, they refused. Instead they took the road of: “Well Obama said he was born there, so I believe him at his word”. And: “A public official has said so, so we believe them at their word.
    So here is the moronic question. Why are the Republican hypocrites not taking the Presidents “word” for the Benghazi incident? Why are the Republicans not taking MANY elected and appointed officials “word” at it?

    Why did the Republicans not take the “word” in testimony of America’s highest ranking Military officer? Why did the Republican’s not take the “word” of the highest ranking member of our Intelligence agency?

    If taking the “word” of someone is good enough for them, then they should never question Benghazi, period.

    Hypocrites.

  19. Interested Bystander

    Hey All,

    If I may,

    It just seems to me that the media and Republicans will NOT educate the people that the SENATE has NOT passed a budget since Obama came in to office.

    I believe the Senate passed a budget in Feb of 2009 right after Obama was sworn in, and hasn’t since.

    This should be news EVERY day that it goes on.

    The BIGGEST responsibility the Congress has is to pass a yearly budget (NOT continuing resolutions).

    Since 2010, the Republicans have passed a budget and sometimes multiple bills and sent them to the Senate, and the Reid will NOT allow the bills to come to the floor of the Senate for a vote. One was even Obama’s OWN BUDGET that Reid wouldn’t allow to come to the floor for a vote (or maybe it went for a vote and it was 99-0 AGAINST it).

    This is HUGE news to me, but seems to be pooh poohed off by the media and the Republicans.

    Our Congress is elected to take care of the Country’s BUSINESS, and NOT to “take care” of it’s citizens. It is the citizen’s responsibility to take care of themselves FREE from Government restraints.

    But yet UP is DOWN.

  20. Cabby,

    I have missed all of you dearly.

  21. I.B.,

    You are correct. They won’t. And many other reports of which “By LAW” must be reported to Congress and the people annually

    They can hold them in legal contempt, but dont and didn’t for 4 years.

    Go figure

  22. Interested Bystander

    My understanding is that Benghazi wasn’t even a consulate as reported by the news and Obama continues to call it.

    Isn’t a Consulate a place where you can go to take care of US citizen issues such as marriage licenses, birth certificates, passports and the such?

    From what I have read this was a RESIDENCE that was being used as a place where “prisoners” were being held and a “station” where weapons were moved in and out of.

    But yet the Country is buying this story of it being a “Consulate”.

    It was a covert operations command center, and I for one am TOTALLY against having these, I don’t care how much “good” they do.

    My opinion is that IF you can’t do it out in the open, then DON’T do it.

  23. I.B.,

    That is correct, it was not a Consulate.

    However, the RINO’s should not even be questioning it and stand by their “we take the presidents word for it” stance, like his personal documents.

    Hypocrites, again.

  24. Why ObamaCare Could Be Finished!

    In an effort to intimidate states (that is, Republican governors) into setting up state-run ObamaCare exchanges, the leftist authors of the Affordable Care Act have opened the door to lawsuits that could prevent the….

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/why-obamacare-could-be-finished/

  25. WhistleBlower; Chicago is in big, big trouble…wow…

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  28. Video: Michael Lerman Serves California Elected Officials & Electors
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    You are Lawfully noticed pursuant to the Law , your Oaths of office and your Bonds to protect me and the people of California from the harm that Barrack Obama, identified as an agent for the World Communist Movement and the U.N by his actions, has caused by way of mixed war ,use of obstruction in courts, criminal force of fraud and treason, the process by subversion, espionage, and criminal acts attempting to violently overthrow the United states republic and replace it with a rival dictatorship government not found or allowed in our US Constitution.

    By California and federal Law he is not allowed to have his candidacy presented in front of or certified by the electors of the California State Republic. To allow this to occur is to aid and abet Treason, and criminal Rico.

  29. Hillary Clinton’s “Reformer” Assad Prepares To Gas His Own People

    Has this woman EVER made any rational decisions or ever been successful at anything without blaming some “vast right wing conspiracy” for the bad results of her failures?? Just another “pretender”….in more ways than one!:

    Obama’s Arab Spring kills more Arabs… with Hillary applauding from the sidelines.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

  30. ………….that is probably why the decent people of Detroit are selling out in DROVES,and moving to other states. A friend of mine and former shipmate who lived in Sterling Heights, a suburb of Detroit,went from the frying pan into the fire………he sold out and moved to Connecticut. I never knew he was a die hard LIBERAL. Even he could no longer stand what he saw happening to Detroit……..especially at Huntington,and Bloomington Hills, in Dearborn. He will at some point discover his mistake in moving to Connecticut. That is HOME TURF to LIBERALS.

  31. Happy St. Nicholas Day!
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    Today is the Feast Day of St. Nicholas. A day millions of Christian children around the world will wake up to shoes filled with small gifts and candy. In some regions, the day includes elaborate festivities of symbolic rituals to honor and celebrate the goodness and generosity of a great man born centuries ago.

    Who is St. Nicholas?

    The St. Nicholas Center tells his story,

    The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.

    Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith, was exiled and imprisoned. The prisons were so full of bishops, priests, and deacons, there was no room for the real criminals—murderers, thieves and robbers. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church, where a unique relic, called manna, formed in his grave. This liquid substance, said to have healing powers, fostered the growth of devotion to Nicholas. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th (December 19 on the Julian Calendar).

    Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told of St. Nicholas’ life and deeds. These accounts help us understand his extraordinary character and why he is so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need. …

    Widely celebrated in Europe, St. Nicholas’ feast day, December 6th, kept alive the stories of his goodness and generosity. In Germany and Poland, boys dressed as bishops begged alms for the poor—and sometimes for themselves! In the Netherlands and Belgium, St. Nicholas arrived on a steamship from Spain to ride a white horse on his gift-giving rounds. December 6th is still the main day for gift giving and merrymaking in much of Europe. For example, in the Netherlands St. Nicholas is celebrated on the 5th, the eve of the day, by sharing candies (thrown in the door), chocolate initial letters, small gifts, and riddles. Dutch children leave carrots and hay in their shoes for the saint’s horse, hoping St. Nicholas will exchange them for small gifts. Simple gift-giving in early Advent helps preserve a Christmas Day focus on the Christ Child.

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  32. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats. Enlarge This Image But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of its hidden hand in helping arm Libyan militants, concerns that have not previously been reported. The weapons and money from Qatar strengthened militant groups in Libya, allowing them to become a destabilizing force since the fall of the Qaddafi government. – By JAMES RISEN, MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT- Published: December 5, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/world/africa/weapons-sent-to-libyan-rebels-with-us-approval-fell-into-islamist-hands.html?_r=0 “David D. Kirkpatrick and Kareem Fahim contributed reporting from Cairo.
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    The negative experience in Libya has taken on new urgency as the Obama administration considers whether to play a direct role in arming rebels in Syria.

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  33. I guess the job really sucks.

  34. Guess they can’t even see that light at the end of the tunnel:

    Breaking: GOP Senator Jim DeMint Stepping Down To Run Heritage Foundation…

    “Bummer, why couldn’t it be Lindsey Graham?”

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/12/06/breaking-gop-senator-jim-demint-stepping-down-to-run-heritage-foundation/

  35. These guys should have grounds to insist that Soetoro/Obama, who has been given the highest security clearance without being subjected to same, be vetted to even a greater degree than these proven experts. Don’t leave….insist on “transparency” for the highest office instead:

    Mars: Over 100 NASA Scientists Quit Or Retire Early Over ‘Security Obsession’ With Mars Rover – What Are ‘They’ So ‘Obsessed’ About?

    (maybe they’ve found Barry’s footprints….heh! heh!)

    http://beforeitsnews.com/space/2012/12/mars-over-100-nasa-scientists-quit-or-retire-early-over-security-obsession-with-mars-rover-what-are-they-so-obsessed-about-2450346.html

  36. protectourcivilrightsfreedoms

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    “Legalizing Marijuana: Washington Law Goes Into Effect, Allowing Recreational Use Of Drug”

    12/06/12 09:49 AM ET EST AP

    “SEATTLE — The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle’s Space Needle early Thursday morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law.

    Hundreds gathered at Seattle Center for a New Year’s Eve-style countdown to 12 a.m., when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and sparked up in unison.

    A few dozen people gathered on a sidewalk outside the north Seattle headquarters of the annual Hemp-fest celebration and did the same, offering joints to reporters and blowing smoke into television news cameras.

    “I feel like a kid in a candy store!” shouted Hempfest volunteer Darby Hageman. “It’s all becoming real now!”

    Washington and Colorado became the first states to vote to decriminalize and regulate the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana by adults over 21. Both measures call for setting up state licensing schemes for pot growers, processors and retail stores. Colorado’s law is set to take effect by Jan. 5.

    Technically, Washington’s new marijuana law still forbids smoking pot in public, which remains punishable by a fine, like drinking in public. But pot fans wanted a party, and Seattle police weren’t about to write them any tickets.

    In another sweeping change for Washington, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday signed into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage. The state joins several others that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

    The mood was festive in Seattle as dozens of gay and lesbian couples got in line to pick up marriage licenses at the King County auditor’s office early Thursday.

    King County and Thurston County announced they would open their auditors’ offices shortly after midnight Wednesday to accommodate those who wanted to be among the first to get their licenses.

    Kelly Middleton and her partner Amanda Dollente got in line at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

    Hours later, as the line grew, volunteers distributed roses and a group of men and women serenaded the waiting line to the tune of “Going to the Chapel.”

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  37. protectourcivilrightsfreedoms | December 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    Thanks for the post.
    I just finished watching on TV a replay of the big celebration in Washington State over the legalization of marijuana and then came here and read more – also, gay marriage.

    There is a deep haunting in the pit of my stomach, because it is pretty evident that the decadence in our land is gaining strength. I don’t see how anyone can be convinced that we are becoming a more spiritual and moral country.

    We know that the Apostle Paul warned Timothy, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (II Tim. 3:13)

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    Conservative ‏@ChristiChat

    Tweet HEY Costas & Liberals, IF GUNS KILL People, HOW does Anyone get out of a GUN Show ALIVE? …CRICKETS! :-) pic.twitter.com/L19zQIHv

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    Conservative @ ChristiChat

    We have enough GUN Control! What we need is IDIOT Control! pic.twitter.com/kBrTCryF

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  40. http://www.climatedepot.com/a/18726/Fmr-Thatcher-advisor-Lord-Monckton-evicted-from-UN-climate-summit-after-challenging-global-warming–Escorted-from-the-hall-and-security-officers-stripped-him-of-his-UN-credentials

    Fmr. Thatcher advisor Lord Monckton evicted from UN climate summit after challenging global warming — ‘Escorted from the hall and security officers stripped him of his UN credentials’
    Monckton to UN: ‘In the 16 years we have been coming to these conferences, there has been no global warming’

    Calls to ‘deport Monckton’ from UN conference in Qatar

    Love it!!!:

    After the news conference, and as diplomats gathered for the climate conference president’s assessment of how close countries are to agreement, Monckton quietly slipped into the seat reserved for the delegation of Myanmar and clicked the button to speak.

    “In the 16 years we have been coming to these conferences, there has been no global warming,” Monckton said as confused murmurs filled the hall and then turned into a chorus of boos.

    The stunt infuriated negotiators and activists here who gather every year to address what they believe is one of the world’s top threats, the steady rise of man-made global warming.

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    Monckton was referring to the latest temperature data showing a 16 year stall in global warming.

    UK Daily Mail: ‘Global warming stopped 16 years ago’ according to UK Met Office ‘quietly released’ report — ‘Pause’ in warming lasted about same time as when temps rose, 1980 to 1996′ — ‘The new data, compiled from more than 3,000 measuring points on land & sea, was issued quietly on internet, without any media fanfare, & , until today, it has not been reported. This stands in sharp contrast to release of previous figures 6 months ago, which went only to end of 2010 – a very warm year…From beginning of 1997 until August 2012 there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temps.’

  41. protectourcivilrightsfreedoms

    Bob Beauprez: U.S. Dithers While World Feasts on New Energy Discoveries

    “The fact is that America will need more energy in the years ahead, and despite gains from wind and solar, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that 78 percent of the nation’s energy demand will be met by oil, natural gas and coal in 2035.”

    http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/bobbeauprez/2012/10/04/us_dithers_while_world_feasts_on_new_energy_discoveries

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