Distractions, agendas, false realities, and policies that bring much harm but few benefits
The White House has released its latest National Climate Assessment. An 829-page report and 127-page “summary” were quickly followed by press releases, television appearances, interviews and photo ops with tornado victims – all to underscore President Obama’s central claims:
Human-induced climate change, “once considered an issue for the distant future, has moved firmly into the present.” It is “affecting Americans right now,” disrupting their lives. The effects of “are already being felt in every corner of the United States.” Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington, maple syrup producers in Vermont, crop-growth cycles in Great Plains states “are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience.” Extreme weather events “have become more frequent and/or intense.” Continue reading
My article this week reviews the amazing benefits brought to the United States through the miracle of hydraulic fracturing – yet another gift from that “ultimate resource,” our innovative minds, ingenuity and perseverance. It then recounts the insanity and hypocrisy of policies emanating from California, which wants to ban drilling and fracking, and especially wants to determine policies for all Americans in all 50 states.
Your readers will marvel at how much fracking has contributed to our economy … and to their living standards, health and welfare. (PD)
Can the rest of America afford its Alice in Wonderland energy policies for? (Can California afford them?) Continue reading
After having many positive views of New Jersey Governor Christie mainly because he seemed like a better kind of politician, maybe being someone the public could actually trust, I now see him as just another untrustworthy, dishonest politician.
As a political junkie I have followed very closely the whole bridgegate scandal. Today I closely listened to the two-hour press conference Christie held.
Despite all his apologizing, Christie looks absolutely terrible to all those with critical thinking capabilities. Continue reading
EPA Nifongs and Beales prosecute US hydrocarbons, jobs, living standards and health
Former Durham, NC district attorney Mike Nifong was disbarred for withholding evidence from the defense and lying to the court in the trumped-up Duke lacrosse team rape case. Ex-Boston crime lab technician Annie Dookhan was prosecuted for faking test results and contaminating drug samples, to get accused dealers convicted. In both cases, charges against their victims were dismissed or are under review.
So how should we handle federal officials who’ve become unethical researchers and prosecutors – determined to get convictions, basing their cases on esoteric circumstantial evidence, allowing tainted and fraudulent evidence, hiding exculpatory information, rewriting the law, and denying defense counsel the right to cross-examine adverse witnesses or present their case? Continue reading
Al Gore, Bill McKibben and the color of money: A true religious experience
Some years ago, a telegenic televangelist built quite an empire, before publicly falling from grace and adopting a less opulent life style. But back then he liked big homes and Lear jets with Rolls Royce engines and, even though Dennis’s lab primarily did environmental monitoring, his chief pilot came there because he needed demanding analyses on the methanol fuels he used for extra thrust.
The lab did the analyses uneventfully for several months, until it discovered an unpaid invoice. When Dennis inquired about it, the pilot said, “Sometimes he doesn’t pay certain bills, because the Lord told him people could contribute to the ministry in that fashion.” Dennis told him that was OK, but the next time one of those private jets is taking off and the pilot hits the injection fuel switch, the lab couldn’t guarantee that the analysis on that batch of fuel was accurate. The bill was paid in three days.
Do we hear an “AMEN”? Continue reading
Private sector workers impacted by the federal behemoth may never recover. Does DC care?
In 2009, President Obama told Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA), “Elections have consequences, and I won.” As with his healthcare law, amid this year’s impasse, he said “there will be no negotiations on the debt ceiling” and “I shouldn’t have to offer anything” in dealing with Republicans. To ensure that Americans got the message, the National Park Service was told “to make life as difficult for people as we can,” one frustrated ranger informed reporters.
As the White House, Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse over debt limits, the budget and the growing disaster that is Obamacare, the situation has become surreal. Continue reading
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In just a couple weeks, Americans will mark the fortieth anniversary of the 1973 Arab/OPEC oil embargo that sent shock-waves through our economy. The question is: Will they LEARN from those memories … and from what has happened over the last four decades? Hard Green environmentalists certainly have not. Most of our policy makers, legislators and regulators don’t seem to have, either.
Remembering the 1973 Arab oil embargo (P.D.)
This fall marks the fortieth anniversary of the Arab oil embargo, a painful episode in American history that had a profound effect on both the economy and psyche of the United States. It began in mid-October 1973, following the US decision to resupply Israel with weaponry after Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
In response to President Nixon’s decision, the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries, the Arab members of OPEC, declared an embargo and cut off oil supplies to the United States and its allies. Continue reading
Government bureaucrats delay life-saving road projects, but let wind turbines butcher bats
Georgia residents recently learned that a rare bat has stalled state highway improvements. The May 2012 sighting of an endangered Indiana brown bat in a northern Georgia tree has triggered federal regulations requiring that state road projects not harm, kill or harass bats.
Even the possibility of disturbing bats or their habitats would violate the act, the feds say. Therefore, $460 million in Georgia road projects have been delayed for up to eighteen months, so that appropriate studies can be conducted. The studies will cost $80,000 to $120,000 per project, bringing the total for all 104 road project analyses to $8-12 million, with delays adding millions more. Continue reading
Radical activists launch more attacks on oil sands, Keystone pipeline, jobs and revenues
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved his states portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, explaining that its revised route avoids areas that critics had earlier claimed were environmentally sensitive.
The Alberta-to-Texas pipeline would create more than 5,500 Nebraska jobs during its construction period and support 1,000 permanent jobs through 2030. During the projects lifetime, KXL would generate $950 million in labor income, $130 million in property, sales and other state and local taxes, and $679 million for the states gross domestic product, by bringing Canadian oil sands petroleum to Texas refineries.
President Obamas second term agenda, continued viability of Medicare and Social Security programs, and Americas economy and environment need the pipeline and oil even more than Nebraska does. Continue reading
Wishes upon stars wont make energy dreams come true but will bring nightmares
In Walt Disneys 1940 animated film Pinocchio, woodcarver Geppetto dreams that his wooden marionette will turn into a real boy. Geppettos hopes are immortalized in the song When You Wish Upon a Star, which begins: When you wish upon a star/ Makes no difference who you are/ Anything your heart desires/ Will come to you.
The song won an Academy Award. It didnt win a Nobel Prize for Economics or any awards for public policy, and was never intended as a guide for government energy and environmental programs.
Nevertheless, President Obama and the radical environmentalists who helped him win a second term seem to believe that, if only they wish hard enough, they can make the sun, wind, waves, algae and fields of corn replace fossil fuels as the worlds primary energy sources. Continue reading
They are putting our energy, economy, jobs, living standards, health and welfare at grave risk
Climate alarmists are meeting in Doha, Qatar, to hammer out a new international treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol that expires this year. The US Environmental Protection Agency is poised to unleash its first wave of carbon dioxide regulations. And Congress is teaming up with the White House to legislate taxes on hydrocarbon use and CO2 emissions, on top of pending tax hike on the rich.
This serious triple threat to our energy, economy, jobs, living standards, health and welfare is justified by assertions that the actions will stabilize Earths climate and prevent a litany of global warming horrors. Continue reading
We can and must rejuvenate our economy by developing Americas resource bounties.
Governor Mitt Romney strongly supports North American energy independence as the foundation of renewed US employment and prosperity. President Obama is waging war on fossil fuels, job creation, and efforts to end our economic recession and reduce dependence on Middle Eastern and Russian oil.
Romneys emphasis on careful analysis and due diligence brought him and Bain Capital notable winners like AMC Entertainment, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Dominos Pizza, Dunkin Donuts and Staples. Obamas focus on ideology, political calculation, cronyism and campaign contributors produced scandalous losers like A123, Abound Solar, Crescent Dunes, Ener1, Fisker, Mountain Plaza, Solyndra, Tesla, and a host of wind and biofuel projects that would collapse if their taxpayer subsidies were cut off. Continue reading
Governments treat us like Sim-citizens: with fewer rights for us and no accountability for them
Back in 1983, during the information processing Cretaceous Period, Maxis developed a new genre of educational, yet entertaining computer games. The latest version will be released next year.
SimCity allows players to build virtual cities by zoning land, adding buildings to enhance the needs and desires of Sim-citizens, adjusting tax rates, building power and transportation networks, and making other municipal decisions. Players dont win or lose. They employ their knowledge of city life and urban planning to determine whether their SimCities thrive or become uninhabitable urban deserts.
Sim-citizens are essentially helpless. They dont populate your city unless you, the benevolent dictator or mayor, give them what they need and want. You can zone land residential, but citizens cannot live there unless you create commercial land nearby, so that a supermarket can be built. They cant get to the supermarket until you build a road. Now they are happy but have nowhere to work. So you zone more commercial land and create jobs, by establishing businesses, highways and rail lines. To keep them happy, you, the all-seeing, all-knowing mayor, build stadiums and parks. And on and on it goes. Continue reading
America needs more economic growth, domestic manufacturing, jobs and secure, affordable energy to make those things happen.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney understands that achieving this goal requires unleashing American ingenuity, reducing excessive regulatory strangleholds on businesses and working capital, and allowing safe, proven technologies to tap and utilize our vast onshore and offshore deposits of oil, natural gas and other energy riches. He knows we can do all this without sacrificing important environmental values. Continue reading
Navys biofuel program vanquishes GSA in battle for wasteful spending supremacy
If America had a Spend Like a Drunken Sailor Award, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus would win hands-down, for blowing $12 million on biofuel for Navy ships.
Even as the armed services face drastic budget cuts under automatic sequestration and other proposed reductions, further undermining our national security, Mabus and President Obama clearly believe its only taxpayer money.
Beat GSA may have to replace Navys Beat Army football battle cry. Continue reading
It is EPA rules that most gravely threaten our energy, economy, health, welfare, justice, and civil rights progress
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says we face grave threats to human health, welfare and justice. Shes absolutely right. However, the dangers are not due to factory or power plant emissions, or supposed effects of dangerous manmade global warming.
They are the result of policies and regulations that her EPA is imposing in the name of preventing climate change and other hypothetical and exaggerated environmental problems. It is those government actions that are the gravest threat to Americans health, welfare, and pursuit of happiness and justice. Continue reading
Government tax and subsidy schemes waste billions. We need real energy and jobs.
Having had it with $4-per-gallon gasoline and the Obama Administrations squandering billions of taxpayer dollars on phony green energy schemes, angry voters have told their senators Enough!
Their calls provided sufficient spinal implants in enough senators to defeat three proposals to extend the wind energy production tax credit (PTC). The credit gives wind project developers taxpayer greenbacks whenever they generate high-priced electricity, even if there is no market for the power at the time its generated. Worse, the PTC is paid on top of other subsidies, fast-tracking of wind projects through environmental review processes, and exemptions from endangered species, migratory bird and other laws. Continue reading
Misleading claims about shale gas development serve dogma but not the public interest
The Sierra Club and other environmental pressure groups are redoubling their efforts to stop fracking in its tracks. No wonder. The technology is an existential threat to fundamental green dogmas.
Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing is a true game changer. In less than two years, this proven but still rapidly advancing technology has obliterated longstanding claims that we are running out of petroleum. Instead, the USA now finds itself blessed with centuries of oil and gas. Continue reading
Exporting gasoline and diesel fuel creates jobs and prosperity
When President Obama took office, regular gasoline cost $1.85 a gallon. Now its hit $4.00 per gallon in many cities, and some analysts predict it could reach $5.00 or more this summer. Filling your tank could soon slam you for $75-$90.
Winter was warm. Our economy remains weak. People are driving less, in cars that get better mileage, even with mandatory 10% low-mileage ethanol. Gasoline is plentiful.
Misinformed politicians and pundits say prices should be falling. Our pain at the pump is due to greedy speculators, they claim, and greedier oil companies that are exporting oil and refined products.
Their explanation is superficially plausible but wrong. Continue reading
Its time to apply endangered species, wildlife and economic laws fairly and equitably
gleaming white wind turbines generating carbon-free electricity carpet chaparral-covered ridges and march down into valleys of Joshua trees. This is the future of American energy not the oil rigs planted helter-skelter in [nearby] citrus groves, nor the smoggy San Joaquin Valley a few miles away.
The Forbes articles poetic paean to Aeolian energy nevertheless voiced consternation that a 300-megawatt green turbine project might kill some of the magnificent California condors that are just coming back from the edge of extinction and the project might be cancelled as a result. Continue reading
A vital part of the solution to our economic and employment crisis is right under our feet
A frequent refrain during budget and debt ceiling debates is that we need revenue enhancement: higher tax rates, reduced deductions, eliminated credits. But doing this, especially amid todays massively expanding regulations, will kill more jobs and further reduce government revenues.
There is a better way. Huge revenue sources are literally under our noses, or more precisely our feet. Continue reading
EPA: Environmental Propaganda Activists
New rules use doctored evidence to cause economic pain and impair human health
The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued 946 pages of new rules, requiring that U.S. power plants sharply reduce (already low) emissions of mercury and 83 other air pollutants. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that, while the regulations will cost electricity producers $10.9 billion annually, they will save 17,000 lives and generate up to $140 billion in health benefits.
There is no factual basis for these assertions. To build its case, EPA systematically ignored evidence and ignored clinical studies that contradict its regulatory agenda, which is to punish hydrocarbon use. Continue reading
Think repealing oil industry tax incentives will increase federal revenues? Think again.
President Obama frequently says Americans need to end our $4 billion in annual taxpayer subsidies to oil companies. The latest Democrat bill would have repealed some $2 billion of what Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and others call subsidies and special tax breaks for Big Oil.
Thats baloney shameless demagoguery that will inflict further damage on our struggling economy. Continue reading
How our government subsidizes job, wealth, revenue and people-killing energy policies
President Obamas views on oil, natural gas and energy prices require just 44 words from his speeches.
We have less than 2% of the worlds oil reserves. Were running out of places to drill. Were running out of oil. We need to end our $4 billion in annual taxpayer subsidies to oil companies. We need to invest in clean, renewable energy.
As Congressman Joe Wilson would say, Thats a lie! Or at least a deliberate distortion of facts. Continue reading
Look at what Europe doing now, to address its energy, economic and employment woes
President Obama and environmentalists often say America should follow Europes lead on energy, climate and economic matters.
Recent events suggest that we should listen more attentively to the Europeans. Continue reading
Proposed EPA rules will do more harm than good for human health, especially for minorities.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised that his policies would cause electricity rates to skyrocket and bankrupt any company trying to build a coal-fired generating plant. This is one promise he and his über-regulators are keeping. Continue reading
Develop American energy or say good-bye to jobs, revenue and modern living standards.
As Britain suffered through its coldest December in a century, families were forced to choose between keeping homes warm and feeding their children nourishing meals thanks to climate policies that have forced extensive reliance on wind power and deliberately driven energy prices skyward. Continue reading
EPA trumpets dubious shale gas risks but ignores environmental impacts of wind turbines
America is running out of natural gas. Prices will soar, making imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) and T Boone Pickens wind farm plan practical, affordable and inevitable. That was then.
Barely two years later, America (and the world) are tapping vast, previously undreamed-of energy riches as drillers discover how to produce gas from shale, coal and tight sandstone formations, at reasonable cost. They do it by pumping a water, sand and proprietary chemical mixture into rocks under very high pressure, fracturing or fracking the formations, and keeping the cracks open, to yield trapped methane. Continue reading
In the name of banning DDT, GEF bureaucrats are consigning millions to death from malaria
Many chemotherapy drugs for treating cancer have highly unpleasant side effects hair loss, vomiting, intense joint pain, liver damage and fetal defects, to name just a few. But anyone trying to ban the drugs would be tarred, feathered and run out of town. And rightly so. Continue reading
Should temperatures pulled out of a hat be the basis for energy and economic policies?
Average annual global temperatures have risen a degree or two since the Little Ice Age ended some 150 years ago. Thank goodness. The LIA was not a particularly pleasant time.
Prolonged winters, advancing glaciers, colder summers, more frequent storms and extended cloudiness reduced arable land, shortened growing seasons, rotted grain in wet fields, and brought famine, disease and death. Continue reading