By Tom Mullikin
An AP article on Sunday led with French President Emmanuel Macron saying “his glamorous Paris charm offensive on Donald Trump was carefully calculated — and may have changed the U.S. president’s mind about climate change.”
According to Macron, “We spoke in detail about what could allow him to return to the Paris deal.” And there is talk in some circles that Pres. Trump – though “non-committal about the U.S. eventually rejoining the climate agreement” – may indeed consider revisiting the treaty.
The world and our global health and environment needs informed leadership – not political correctness – and we have 20 years of data to review and determine the value of the flawed Paris Agreement’s equally-imperfect progenitor, the Kyoto Protocol, to the environment. What’s common among both Paris and Kyoto are that they have divided the world into developed and developing nations, and both agreements have failed to acknowledge and embrace one simple fact: there is only one atmosphere.
While the public might assume that developing nations which have largely been given a pass in these international agreements would be the likes of impoverished countries – perhaps Haiti or Ethiopia – many of these so-called developing nations are among the world’s largest economies. In fact, three major polluting nations of the top ten are given a pass including the far-and-away largest polluter, China.
On the day the Kyoto Protocol was finalized in 1997 more than 48 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions from these “developing” nations were given a pass.
As regulated industry has moved from developed nations to undeveloped countries, Earth has seen massive increase in greenhouse gases. The world has also seen the increase in emissions of other regulated pollutants like mercury. In 1997 the world’s human emissions of greenhouse gas was 36.63-billion metric tons and by 2013 (latest global data by country) that amount had increased to 48.26-billion metric tons. During this same period, China (the largest polluter of virtually every known hazardous substance) had increased its greenhouse gas emissions from 3.93-billion metric tons in 1997 to a whopping 11.42-billion metric tons in 2013. On the other hand, the U.S. had remained virtually static going from 6.16-billion metric tons in 1997 to 6.21-billion metric tons in 2013. Also, the U.S. reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by nine percent from 2005 to 2014 according to the EPA.
The U.S. greenhouse gas footprint has remained steady while bringing its economy back largely through technological advances such as the use of cleaner energy like natural gas. As industry moved to “developing nations,” America lost investments and jobs; but worse the world gained huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions and listed pollutants. Further, the carbon intensity in China is approximately twice that of the U.S. so that when our industry moves to China for example it turns a five-million metric ton footprint for an energy intensive industry into a ten-million metric ton footprint. Thus, the significant increase in global emissions.
As these flawed international agreements have promoted the move of emissions from regulated environments to unregulated (i.e. the U.S. to China) our nation has begun to choke on the pollution of their success. For example, The American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Air” report found a continued increase in dangerous spikes in particulate pollution is putting Americans’ health at risk, but few have discussed that China’s emissions have accounted for up to 24 percent of the sulfate, up to 11 percent of the black carbon particulate over the West Coast of the U.S.
An even greater concern is that China is the largest emitter of ambient mercury in the world with a substantial amount of this material being deposited in the western U.S.
Yes, there are some uncontroverted facts including that the climate is changing (and has throughout all of time). But there are issues to consider, such as the fact that the human contribution to global greenhouse gases (anthropogenic interference) is less than six percent – with the rest being naturally occurring gases.
CAMDEN, S.C. – Tom Mullikin’s unconventional military service, his unparalleled success as a business leader, his unwavering love of country, and his unselfish regard for his fellow man, have been the defining features of his life. These altruistic characteristics have also defined Mullikin’s campaign to replace U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney in the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina.
In his final push to get out the vote TOMORROW, Tuesday, May 2, Mullikin – a decorated veteran of both the U.S. Army and the historic all-volunteer S.C. State Guard (SCSG), who today serves as major general and commander of the SCSG – is asking all South Carolinians who call he 5th Congressional District home to reclaim their legacy of American greatness.
Here in this uplifting video [please see https://youtu.be/g8A2Cv2Rigg] leaders representing each of the 11 counties within in the district join together in the singing of “God Bless America.”
Mullikin urges all Americans within the district to send a signal to the nation that we will meet the challenges of our generation and provide a brighter, safer, more prosperous ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow’ for our families and for generations to come.
“South Carolina needs Tom Mullikin working for us in Washington,” says Maj. Gen. James Livingston, recipient of the MEDAL OF HONOR, the nation’s highest award for combat valor. “Mullikin is the right man at the right time to change this backseat attitude toward strengthening and sustaining our national defense capabilities. He is the best candidate in terms of helping and supporting the Palmetto State’s 379,000 military veterans. … Mullikin is the candidate with the greatest military experience both in-and-out of uniform.”
Fellow MEDAL OF HONOR recipient Mike Thornton agrees.
“No one among the existing slate of candidates is more qualified than Mullikin when it comes to a grasp of domestic and international terrorism on the one hand, and strengthening our economic base on the other,” says Thornton.
Please see video at https://youtu.be/g8A2Cv2Rigg, and VOTE MULLIKIN, this Tuesday, May 2.
– Chris Carter is U.S. Air Force veteran.
[Neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by
the Department of Defense or the U.S. Air Force.]
[Originally published at Canada Free Press]
Pres. Donald J. Trump’s declaration during a television interview on the Fox Business Channel signaled the deployment of Carrier Strike Group One to the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea’s bellicose rhetoric and upcoming missile test. The Navy canceled a series of port calls for the strike group earlier this month and diverted the ships to the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against the hermit kingdom.
But what’s in the armada?
Carrier Strike Group One centers around USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), one of the United States’ 10 aircraft carriers. Accompanying the flagship are Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), along with the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57). Although typically unreported, a submarine presence also sails with the strike group.
The surface vessels carry hundreds of Tomahawk cruise missiles, each capable of accurately hitting land targets 1,000 miles away, and Lake Champlain carries Harpoon missiles that can destroy enemy ships over 60 miles away. The 5-in. guns on the destroyers and cruiser can fire a 70-lb. projectile up to 13 nautical miles away at a rate of 16-20 rounds per minute. For defense, each surface ship in the strike group carries multiple Phalanx 20mm radar-controlled cannons that fire 75 rounds a second and can intercept incoming anti-ship missiles over two miles away. The Vinson carries multiple surface-to-air missile launchers to protect against enemy aircraft.
By John Rollinson, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.)
Tom Mullikin’s unassailable record of selfless service – both in uniform (which speaks to his military record) and as a civilian in the service of both his nation and the state of South Carolina – has been recognized by many of this state’s and nation’s leading military veterans.
As Maj. Gen. Jim Livingston, recipient of the Medal of Honor, said in his endorsement of Mullikin, “[He] is the candidate with the greatest military experience both in-and-out of uniform.”
Fellow Medal of Honor recipient Mike Thornton agrees. “As a military leader, Mullikin is unequalled in his experience both in-and-out of uniform,” Thornton said in his endorsement of Mullikin.
What sets Mullikin apart in terms of military experience? It’s a unique blend of military and civilian service – both professional and volunteer – that enables him to have a far wider perspective in terms of what the military needs, what the nation needs from its military, what veterans need, and what the communities which serve and support our veterans and their bases need.
Mullikin’s military career began when he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a JAG officer, serving as a captain in the United States Army Reserve. He later served in the S.C. Military Dept., first as a legal officer in the Joint Services Det., then in a variety of command and leadership positions in the all-volunteer S.C. State Guard ultimately rising to the rank of major general and command of the near 1,000-member disaster-preparedness, first-responder force. In his capacity as commander, Major General (SC) Mullikin has transformed the historic S.C. State Guard (Title 32 US Code; SC Code Sec 25) into what has been referred to as one of “the most elite professional search-and-rescue forces in the nation.”
Among his awards, decorations, and commendations are the United States Army Meritorious Service Medal for “exceptional meritorious service,” and – in terms of both medals, ribbons, and commendations – Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, and the state Medal of Merit for “distinguished service while serving as the Commander of the South Carolina
State Guard, during the flood of 2015” and for “his outstanding commitment to the
State of South Carolina.” He has earned many other decorations and commendations.
By Roger Smoak
I fully support Tom Mullikin for U.S. Congress. Here’s why: When I began my teaching and coaching career at Gaffney High School here in S.C., the people of Gaffney adopted me and treated me royally. After a number of years my wife,
Glady Sarratt Smoak, and I moved to Camden to continue our teaching careers. But we still love and have many ties in the upstate.
I coached Tom in high school tennis, and have remained friends with him through the years.
I have never known a better competitor. Tom won almost all of his matches, and many of them because he simply refused to lose. His entire life has been one of success. He has climbed most of the highest mountains in the world, and he has SCUBA-dived in all of the earth’s oceans.
As a senior environmental attorney, Tom has traveled around the world assisting other countries with climate change concerns, healthcare, disaster relief and other critical issues. He has lectured at some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He also is a recognized author and award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Yet, while he has been involved in these global activities, he has maintained his love and support for his hometown and his home state of South Carolina.
By W. Thomas Smith Jr.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) has a new high-tech weapons-system that will provide more accuracy, flexibility, and situational control during RCSD special operations going forward. The weapon – a Tracking Point M600 service rifle, now part of the inventory of the RCSD Special Teams Division’s snipers – is designed to replace the U.S. military’s M4A1 service rifle. The M4 is the carbine version of the M16A2 assault rifle.
Like the M4 and the M16, the M600 is a 5.56-caliber automatic rifle which is built on the old M16-design platform. Where the weapon differs is its optics (and, yes, price).
According to Tracking Point, the rifle and primarily the scope are wired with a “target elimination fire control system to automatically acquire and eliminate enemy combatants.”
How? The M600 has an image-stabilizing, target-acquisition feature wherein the shooter is able to look through the scope, quickly adjust his or her range and focus with a side-mounted toggle switch, acquire the sight picture, squeeze the trigger, hold the trigger, and hit the target even if it is moving. Simply put, the shooter can lock onto a target moving at 15 mph and hit that moving target at a distance of out to 600-plus yards.
The rifle’s target-acquisition feature may also be disengaged for conventional use. And it is extremely accurate [as this writer, a former U.S. Marine multi-times expert rifleman will attest] in conventional mode as well. Continue reading “Richland County (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Dept. has new weapon for special teams”
By Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator
America needs an infusion of real leadership and Congress needs selfless servant-leaders. South Carolina’s Tom Mullikin embodies both. He is a dedicated social and economic conservative, a successful businessman, a decorated military veteran, and a tireless advocate for our military forces worldwide and our military veterans here at home. He is also a loving father and grandfather.
Tom has spent decades dedicated to serving American manufacturers and energy producers. In this, he has squared off with liberals who have attempted to hijack environment causes in order to raise taxes and promulgate unnecessary regulation. He and his wife Virginia Ann grew up in homes where their fathers worked in a textile mill – an important economic engine in their community. They have seen the economic devastation of communities across this country; a direct result of a Congress failing to address failed treaties and high taxes.
As I have said before – and as Tom and Virginia Ann have experienced – big government and big business have been telling American families that times have changed, that American workers could no longer compete with low foreign wages and that those jobs were gone forever. These big-government career politicians had no plan, and provided no hope. They cared more about themselves than communities like those across the Fifth Congressional District of South Carolina. Tom Mullikin has the experience and conviction to successfully meet these challenges.
Middle America is hollowing out. We can’t sit idly by as big government politicians make it harder for our workers and then turn around and blame them for losing jobs overseas. Tom will fight for South Carolina. He will fight for American workers. He will bring an informed conviction to fight and stop China from stealing the futures of our children. He will ensure a balanced economic field. And when the field is balanced, America wins.
Tom has served as a leading national voice in helping the U.S. regain the title of “world leader” in energy production. Without energy security we cannot have economic security. Tom will also help us regain the title “world leader” in global manufacturing.
Tom and Virginia Ann have been tireless advocates for stronger families. They have walked the walk for stronger families and traditional family values. Tom understands that you cannot ignore the reality that faith and family, those two things are integral parts of having limited government, lower taxes, and free societies. He believes the right to life is the foundational starting point for freedom and the government is obligated to protect it and that we must prohibit federal funding for abortion.
Tom will lead us as we take back America from those who seek to deny us our God-given rights of life and liberty. He stands for the principle that every life matters. He will fight for the poor, the disabled, and the unborn.
Tom Mullikin is not only the most experienced, but the most committed in the fight and determined to do what is right for this state and nation. He is simply the best candidate for the Fifth District of South Carolina.
– Rick Santorum is a national Republican Party leader and a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.
By Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
Washington is in a dismal state of disrepair, and this disrepair is now bleeding over into our military’s ability to defend this nation. No longer can we afford to ignore this reality. America needs strong “solutions people” who can and will return this nation to its former greatness and battlefield supremacy on every existing and future front. That’s why I support the candidacy of Tom Mullikin for U.S. Congress.
The 18th century economist and philosopher Adam Smith said that the first duty of government was (and is) defense, specifically, “protecting the society from the violence and invasion of other independent societies.” Yet over the previous eight-plus years of the 21st century, this “first duty” has been relegated to a secondary or tertiary responsibility. And vital combat training hours are increasingly being replaced with time spent on social engineering within the military services. We are losing our warfighting culture.
Meanwhile, our greatest strategic-defense challenges – the increasingly dangerous military expansions of Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and the ever-increasing threat of global terrorism – continue unabated. For this reason alone, we need to replace career politicians with new-blood lawmakers – like Mullikin – eager to bolster our military’s technological superiority; our strategic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities; our surface and undersea warfare platforms; land systems; and new advanced aircraft; as well as enhancing cyber, electronic, and space warfare capabilities.
For these reasons, we need candidates like Mullikin who have both managed and led businesses and served in uniform at various levels. We need strong candidates who understand and appreciate the nuances and necessities of budgetary issues and the need to provide our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen with the best training in the world to meet all current and future threats on more than one front.
We need congressional leaders who will support our men and women in uniform (and their families) while they are serving, especially when they’re deployed, and when they leave service.
We need to change the culture in Washington. There must be a renewal of national will when it comes to the military; and a sustainable, ongoing level of support going forward.
In South Carolina alone, we have a population of some 4.6 million people including one-million-plus children below the required age for military service. Yet, approximately 379,000 of that overall number are military veterans. That’s a huge percentage, and they deserve every benefit that we can afford them. South Carolina’s military veterans don’t need to be an afterthought.
Mullikin is the right man at the right time to change this backseat attitude toward strengthening and sustaining our national defense capabilities. He is the best candidate in terms of helping and supporting the Palmetto State’s 379,000 military veterans. He will put teeth into the Veterans Administration and our struggling VA hospitals. And he will reach out to – and lift up – those veterans whose lives have devolved to the point that they are living out their aimless lives in the streets.
Mullikin is the candidate with the greatest military experience both in-and-out of uniform. He’s a former United States Army officer. He also served as special assistant to the Chief Prosecutor for Military Commissions in GTMO, who is responsible for the trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four codefendants. And the near-1,000 member historic S.C. State Guard – which he today commands – is largely composed of men and women with distinguished federal military service under their belts, combat veterans from every war, conflict, and military excursion from Vietnam to the Global War on Terror.
Simply put, South Carolina needs Tom Mullikin working for us in Washington.
– Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret.), is a recipient of the MEDAL OF HONOR, the nation’s highest award for combat valor.
[Neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by
the Department of Defense or the U.S. Marine Corps.]
[This column originally appeared in the Lancaster News, S.C., Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017]
By Al Simpson
That said, this is not an endorsement I take lightly, nor did I decide to lend my support without great reflection and consideration. Fact is, I have other friends in the district who are also campaigning for Mick’s former House seat.
But with Tom, there is a different dynamic. I got to know Tom early during Mick’s congressional service and found him a man of unimpeachable integrity. His word means everything to him.
If Tom tells you he is going to do something, he does it, regardless of the personal difficulty or how much time or money it takes. This has been clearly demonstrated time-and-again, as I’ve gleaned from both his friends and those whom he has worked with over his multi-faceted career.
As a former Lancaster County Republican Party chairman, I witnessed Tom’s efforts as a GOP candidate in 1996 when he strove to build a solid, responsible and reputable Republican Party in the S.C. Senate race against a 45-year Democratic opponent. Tom’s efforts were vital in helping elect strong Republican leaders.
Tom’s distinguished military service is another tremendous asset. His military service in and out of uniform spans decades. He was an Army JAG officer, and later a civilian special assistant to the chief prosecutor in the military trial of 9/11 terrorists. Tom has served in the S.C. Military Deptartment’s Joint Service Detachment, an advisory team supporting the S.C. Adjutant General’s Office. Today he today serves as the commander of the S.C. State Guard, at the rank of major general.
For more than three decades, Tom has operated a small business, and hiring military veterans has been one of his priorities. Support for veterans is a true “heart issue” for him.
Tom co-founded and serves as a principal partner in his Camden-based firm, which specializes in advocacy, legal representation and consulting to the manufacturing and energy industries on issues of environmental regulation compliance.
Tom has been an astute adviser to me, other congressional leaders, staffers and members of Congress on issues of manufacturing and domestic-energy production. He knows the consequences of over-burdensome environmental regulations to our manufacturing, farming and energy production.
As such, he is not simply “the right man,” but the very best man to take the fight to the radical-climate leftists who use the environment to support a globalist socialist agenda.
Tom is a recognized global expert on energy and the environment, and he would be an incredible resource for the U.S. House and our nation. Tom has spoken across the country, and his work has helped strengthen American manufacturing and energy production while creating a cleaner, more sustainable environment.
We need Tom to move us toward market-driven policies to ensure effective solutions using capitalist principles. He will be a leading voice to stop, as he says, “China from stealing our jobs and sending us their pollution.”
To address a more accountable Congress, Tom was the first candidate in this race to make a commitment supporting term limits. If anyone can build support and consensus to pass term limits, it’s Tom.
His personal life is also a testament to his determination. He rarely mentions that he was born with severely deformed feet and that his parents were told he would never walk. But through his tenacity, Tom not only walked, but ran, and is now on track to becoming the first human to have climbed earth’s seven great summits while having SCUBA-dived in every ocean.
I have often introduced Tom Mullikin as the “most interesting man in the world.” We have an opportunity to elect this globally recognized manufacturing expert, dedicated American soldier and accomplished business leader who will be a leading voice in this new American resurgence.
– Al Simpson was chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney before the congressman’s confirmation as White House budget director.
By Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy SEALs (Ret.)
As an American and a native South Carolinian (now living in Texas), the congressional race for the Palmetto State’s 5th district is very near and dear to me. It is for a number of reasons; not the least of which is I have family and friends in S.C., and whoever voters in the 5th district counties choose to elect to the office of U.S. Congressman, he or she must bring a strong voice and an aggressive proactive approach to the war on terror. And make no mistake, it is a war and the enemy is as committed a foe as this nation has ever faced.
That’s why we need strong, committed voices in Washington who will press to take the fight to the enemy, quashing his financing, his freedom of movement, his recruiting efforts, and his access to – and employment of – weapons of mass destruction.
We need Congressmen like Tom Mullikin who are best qualified to take this fight to the enemy. Why Mullikin? It’s simple. Mullikin has traveled the globe over the past 30 years – exploring many of the world’s most remote regions, advising U.S. and foreign government officials, and developing a unique experiential understanding of the critical need for energy security as being vital to national security.
It is precisely those experiences which – beyond his grasp of the necessity of a strong national defense – have also enabled him as a strong, committed leader in terms of creating new jobs, bringing jobs back to this country, infusing real energy back into the historically great American economic engine, proffering real viable solutions to the health care and insurance industries, and generally shoring up American businesses from the small business owner struggling to make payroll to the large multinational corporation seeking a strong business and worker-friendly environment in which to expand existing operations or develop new manufacturing facilities right here in North America.
As military leader, Mullikin is unequalled in his experience both in-and-out of uniform. He has served as a U.S. Army JAG officer (including service as an assistant staff judge advocate and an international legal officer with a Civil Affairs Brigade.) Following his U.S. Army service, he was special assistant to the Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions, overseeing the trial of 9/11 terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other alleged terrorists. Today, as commanding general of the South Carolina State Guard, Tom has overseen the near-total transformation of the State Guard (today a key component of the state’s overall emergency response apparatus).
As a business leader and civilian attorney, Mullikin has been retained for his expertise by several foreign countries, various global organizations and Fortune 100 companies including one of the largest privately held corporations in the world. He served as chief counsel and vice pres. of public affairs for one of the largest environmental services companies in the world. He was general counsel for an international nuclear technology firm, and senior partner at a prominent law firm in the United States before co-founding the Camden- based Mullikin Law Firm.
No one among the existing slate of candidates is more qualified than Mullikin when it comes to a grasp of domestic and international terrorism on the one hand, and strengthening our economic base on the other. That’s why I sincerely hope voters in S.C.’s fifth district will elect Tom Mullikin to the U.S. Congress on May 2.
– Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy SEALs (Ret.), is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for combat valor.
[Neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Defense or the U.S. Navy.]