Erroneous recent calculation highlights need to assess renewable energy sustainability claims
It’s amazing, though hardly surprising, how quickly some used Hurricane Harvey’s devastation to claim that fossil fuel emissions are driving catastrophic climate change and weather. Their proffered solution, of course, is to replace those fuels with “clean, sustainable, renewable” energy.
I’ve criticized this supposed solution many times, on multiple grounds. Unfortunately, a hasty numerical calculation for a recent column was way off base, and readers properly chastised me for the error. I just blew it, using megawatts instead of megawatt-hours to derive the number of wind turbines … and amount of land … it would take to replace the world’s 2016 electricity entirely with wind energy. Continue reading
Too many oil, gas, coal, rare earth and other vital resources are still off limits
Well over 410 million acres are effectively off limits to mineral exploration and development. That’s 66% of the nation’s public lands – an area equal to Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming combined. Because of processes unleashed by plate tectonics and other geologic forces, these lands almost certainly contain numerous world-class deposits of the metals and other resources that are essential for modern technologies and civilization. Keeping them under lockdown impairs our national security and the economic wellbeing of our western states and Alaska. ~ Paul
President Trump has directed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review recent land withdrawals under the 1906 Antiquities Act, to determine whether some should be reversed or reduced in size.
The review is long overdue. The act was intended to protect areas of historic, prehistoric or scientific value, with areas designated as monuments to be the smallest size compatible with the proper care and management of objects or sites to be protected. The first designation, the 1,347-acre Devils Tower National Monument (NM) respected that intent, as have most designations since then. Continue reading
Over the next couple of weeks, many conservatives are likely to get a bellyful of bombast from liberal office and neighborhood partygoers, especially if these revelers are too much imbued with holiday spirits. Democrat loyalists are having serious meltdown over President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees, especially those with climate and environmental responsibilities.
Intellectual ammo for holiday party responses to claims that you need meteorite insurance
Many liberals went into denial, outrage and riot mode after November 8. Now they’re having meltdown over President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees with climate and environmental responsibilities… Continue reading
Trump win fuels more rampant theft and destruction – and North Dakota citizens pay the price
This $3.8-billion, 1,172-mile, state-of-the-art, Dakota Access Pipe Line would replace 700 railroad tanker cars or 2,000 semi-trailer highway tanker trucks loaded with crude oil per day. The four-state conduit is 85% complete, and the only segment left to be finished in North Dakota is a 1,000-foot passage under Lake Oahe, a man-made reservoir on the Missouri River. DAPL runs parallel to the existing Northern Border natural gas pipeline, through the very same parts of North Dakota and under the same lake.
So naturally, thousands of “peaceful protesters” are “venting their anger” over the pipeline – by blockading roads and rail lines, setting fires, and harassing reporters who question their actions. One tried to shoot a deputy. They have destroyed millions of dollars of construction equipment, killed, maimed or eaten cattle, horses and domesticated buffalo – and threatened to kill at least one person who has had the backbone and temerity to speak out against the criminals. ~ P.D.
“Making America great again” requires deep-sixing punitive energy and environmental rules
The American people have roundly rejected a third Obama term and legacy of deplorable policies that were too often imposed via executive edicts, with minimal attempts to work with Congress or the states.
This election shows that hard-working Americans do not want their country and its constitutional, energy and economic systems “fundamentally transformed.” They want America to be great and exceptional again. They want all people to live under the same laws and have the same opportunities, rights and responsibilities for making their lives, families, communities and nation better than they found them. Continue reading
~ Forewords ~
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is widely used in conjunction with Roundup-Ready seeds, to grow crops that thrive in fields sprayed to eliminate weeds – while also being insect-resistant and drought-tolerant, thanks to other traits built into their DNA. Such crops significantly reduce the need to spray pesticides, irrigate fields or use mechanical cultivating to control weeds. It is a foundation of biotech agriculture and reduced soil erosion.
Now that hundreds of studies, millions of people and trillions of servings with at least one GMO ingredient have proven that GMO products are safe, Greenpeace and other radical anti-technology groups have gone after glyphosate, as their substitute villain. They’ve also enlisted still more collusion, corruption and deceit in the service of what Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore calls their anti-chemical, anti-science, anti-people campaigns. ~ Paul Driessen
Deceit and collusion drive campaigns to ban a vital, popular, safe, affordable herbicide
Do we really need more collusion, corruption and deceit in the service of renegade regulators, organic food interests, anti-chemical activists, and policies that carry harmful or even lethal consequences? (Read the rest of the commentary)
Candidates, Civil Rights Commission and greens use phony health threats to scare voters
Rank politics and baseless health scares are driving anxiety, North Carolina election campaigns, civil rights claims and plans for class action lawsuits, all of which could bring electricity rate hikes that will cause real job, health and civil rights problems for families – for no health or environmental benefits.
As I noted in an earlier article, North Carolina state toxicologist Ken Rudo has publicly disagreed with the US Environmental Protection Agency and other NC “tox” experts, who say levels of chromium-6 detected in some NC waters are safe. The contaminant comes from coal ash deposits and other sources. Continue reading
As Obama, UN and EPA seek to dictate our lives and livelihoods, the real issue is green racism
Winston Churchill called Russia a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. We could say Obama’s energy and climate policy is confusion wrapped in muddled thinking inside obfuscation – and driven by autocratic diktats that bring job-killing, economy-strangling, racist and deadly outcomes.
President Obama was recently in China, where his vainglorious arrival turned into an inglorious snub, when he had to use Air Force 1’s rear exit. He was there mostly to join Chinese President Xi Jinping and UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon, to formally sign the Paris climate treaty that Mr. Obama insists is not a treaty (and thus does not require Senate “advice and consent” under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution) because it is not binding – yet.
However, once it has been “signed and delivered” by 55 nations representing 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it will be hailed as binding. China and the US alone represent 38% of total emissions, so adding a few more big nations (Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan and Germany, eg) would reach the emission threshold. Adding a bunch of countries that merely want their “fair share” of the billions of dollars in annual climate “adaptation, mitigation and reparation” cash would hit the country minimum. Continue reading
Colorado extremists want to ban fracking, oil, gas, jobs, revenues, property rights
Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has given the USA and world centuries of new petroleum supplies, lowered energy prices for manufacturers, motorists and consumers, and altered geopolitics for the Middle East, Russia and Venezuela. New natural gas supplies provide low-cost petrochemical feed stocks, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by fueling electrical generating plants – which you’d think would be good news for climate alarmists.
But naturally, those who inhabit environmentalism’s loonier fringes have gone into overdrive. Continue reading
~ Foreword ~
“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered,” Nobel Laureate physicist Richard Feynman once said, “than answers that can’t be questioned.” Sadly, his admonition has been largely discarded in the halls of academia, and beyond.
Over the next few weeks, graduates will be lining up to get their diplomas – after years of being taught to accept “progressive” versions of reality without asking questions or daring to challenge their instructors’ views on energy, economics, climate change, history and other topics. That is very troubling for any free society, especially during an election year. Students, graduates and voters must once again learn how to THINK. ~ P.D.
“Climate refugee” claims reflect deliberate mendacity and belief that we and reporters are stupid
Employing his college degree in fiction writing, White House communications strategist Ben Rhodes wrote deceitful talking points on the Benghazi attack and one-sided Iran nuclear deal – and later bragged about manipulating “clueless reporters.” Perhaps he’s also orchestrating administration climate spin.
Rising ocean tides will bring “waves of climate refugees” to America and Europe, President Obama has declared. “Environmental migrants” are already fleeing shrinking islands in the Pacific, and it is a “dereliction of duty” for military officers to “deny the reality” of dangerous manmade climate change. Continue reading
Al Gore, Torquemada Whitehouse, Democrat AGs threaten to silence and bankrupt skeptics
It’s been a rough stretch for Climate Armageddon religionists and totalitarians.
Real World science, climate and weather events just don’t support their manmade cataclysm narrative. The horrid consequences of anti-fossil fuel energy policies are increasingly in the news. And despite campaigns by the $1.5-trillion-per-year government-industry-activist-scientific Climate Crisis Consortium, Americans consistently rank global warming at the very bottom of their serious concerns.
But instead of debating their critics, or marshaling a more persuasive, evidence-based case that we really do face a man-made climate catastrophe, alarmists have ramped-up their shrill rhetoric, imposed more anti-hydrocarbon edicts by executive fiat and unratified treaty – and launched RICO attacks on their critics. Continue reading
Scientific detective work stopped cholera – now it needs to separate myths, mites and neonics
If modern activist groups held sway in the mid-nineteenth century, countless multitudes would have died from typhoid fever and cholera. The “miasma” paradigm held that the diseases were caused by foul air arising from putrid matter – and only dogged scientific work by William Budd, John Snow and others finally convinced medical and health authorities that the agent was lethal organisms in drinking water.
Ultimately, the investigators’ persistence led to discoveries of Vibrio and Salmonella bacteria, the use of chlorine-based disinfectants for drains, water purification and hand washing, programs that kept sewage away from drinking water supplies, and steady advances in germ and virus theories of medicine. Continue reading
Obama and allies double down on biofuels and climate, and against carbon-based fuels
Separating reality from ideology and political agendas is difficult, but essential, if we are to revitalize our economy and help the world’s poorest families take their rightful places among Earth’s prosperous people. Energy reality is certainly in our favor. But ideological forces are powerful and persistent.
Right now, 82% of all US energy and 87% of world energy comes from oil, natural gas and coal. Less than 3% is non-hydroelectric renewable energy – and globally half of that is traditional biomass: wood, grass and animal dung that cause millions of respiratory infections and deaths every year. Thankfully, the transition to fossil fuels and electricity continues apace, replacing biomass and lifting billions out of abject poverty, with wind and solar meeting basic needs in remote areas until electricity grids arrive. Continue reading
Federal government overseers threaten property and livelihoods of hardworking westerners
Activists protesting federal land mismanagement and the imprisonment of Dwight and Steven Hammond recently occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters building in Oregon. Some facts, context and perspective may help people understand what’s really going on here.
At its core, this is about the often callous, iron-fisted hand of the federal government being slammed down on American citizens. Examples abound – from the IRS targeting 200 conservative groups, to the seizure of cars and bank accounts of innocent business owners, to heavily armed Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) agents bursting into Gibson Guitar facilities over phony exotic wood violations, to EPA destroying tens of thousands of coal industry jobs to “prevent climate chaos.” Making these outrages even more intolerable, those responsible are almost never held accountable, much less liable for damages. Continue reading
Why should Volkswagen be investigated for emission deception, but not government agencies?
The heat is on! Not the unusual winter warmth in much of the United States – but the unrelenting heat generated by propaganda and pressure campaigns that the White House, EPA, Big Green and news media are unleashing in the wake of the Paris climate agreement … and as a prelude to the 2016 elections.
A recent Washington Post editorial laid out the strategy. The long-term warming trend is “concerning.” Maybe we can’t blame this year’s strong El Niño “squarely on climate change,” but “one paper” says the number of strong El Niño years could double. Obama’s “landmark” carbon dioxide regulations “played a key role” in securing an “unprecedented” international climate deal that could eventually compel all nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, to “avoid serious risks” of climate catastrophes. Continue reading
Double standards and pollution continue, while the feds exonerate themselves from blame
When a private citizen or company violates rules, misrepresents facts or pollutes a river, government penalties are swift and severe. It’s different when the government lies or screws up.
Two weeks ago, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell testified before Congress on a toxic spill that federal and state agencies unleashed into western state rivers last August. Supervised by officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (DRMS), an Environmental Restoration (ER) company crew excavated tons of rock and debris that had blocked the portal (entrance or adit) to the Gold King Mine above Silverton, Colorado. Continue reading
But Obama still wants to send US energy use and living standards backward
Paris climate talks became frenzied, as delegates desperately tried to salvage an agreement beyond empty promises to do something sometime about what President Obama insists is the gravest threat to our planet, national security and future generations.
Determined for once to lead from upfront, he took a 500-person greenhouse gas-spewing entourage to the City of Light, to call for preventing increasing droughts, floods, storms, island-swallowing rising acidic ocean levels, and other disasters conjured up by alarmist computer models. Continue reading
Losing the climate science battle, climate alarmists want government to silence skeptics
They haven’t employed the thumb screws, rack or auto-da-fe that churches and states once used to interrogate, silence and eliminate heretics and witches. However, global warming alarmists are well practiced in the modern equivalents, to protect their $1.5-trillion Climate Crisis Industry.
They see only what they want to see, and publicize only what they want us to see. They refuse to debate anyone who questions the nature, severity or reality of “manmade climate change dangers” that are the foundation of their demands that we slash fossil fuel use, lower our living standards, and accept global government planning of economies and massive climate “adaptation and reparation” payments. Continue reading
Economies collapsing, Middle East imploding – and Obama & Pals obsess over … the climate!
The Middle East is imploding. Islamic State butchers are annihilating Christian and other communities. Putin is sending arms to Assad. Under the Obama-Iran nuclear deal, the mullahs will get $100+ billion to expand their proxy terror war on Israel and the West. Saudi Arabia has 100,000 empty air-conditioned tents but won’t take any of the millions who’ve been driven from their homes. Neither will most of the other 22 Arab League nations or 57 Organization of Islamic Cooperation member countries.
Instead, millions of mostly Muslim migrants, militants and refugees are heading to Europe – with limited money, education, job skills, or desire to assimilate. They demand entry into EU countries whose energy, economic, employment and welfare systems are already foundering or nearing collapse. Continue reading
“Disinvestment” of fossil fuel holdings is misguided, irresponsible, lethal – and racist
“Social responsibility” activists want universities and pension funds to eliminate fossil fuel companies from their investment portfolios. They plan to spotlight their demands on “Global Divestment Day,” February 13-14. Their agenda is misguided, immoral, lethal … even racist. Continue reading
~ Foreword ~
One of the main strategies – and greatest smears – of the manmade climate cataclysm movement is that Big Oil interests paid skeptical researchers to change their science to fit industry views. Therefore, the smear continues, any scientists who contest the alleged “settled science” about global warming are tainted. They should not be listened to, and their views should be excluded from news stories and classroom presentations about the “climate crisis.” As my article this week … and citizen journalist Russell Cook’s fascinating Merchants of Smear report … makes clear, both this libelous claim and the entire “dangerous manmade climate change” mantra have no basis in actual evidence. In fact, real world measurements, observations and weather events completely contradict computer models and media headlines that predict a planetary disaster.
House and Senate committees should demand and coordinate an open, robust debate on pollution, climate change, and human health and welfare. They should compel EPA, climate modelers and scientists to testify under oath, present their evidence and respond to tough questions. Congress should then block any regulations that are unsupported by a clear preponderance of evidence or, worse, found to be dishonest or fraudulent. ~ Paul
Obama, Gore other climate alarmists refuse to debate, but love to vilify – and love their money… Continue reading
Faith-based groups race against time, winter cold and Islamist butchers to reduce the slaughter
Yazidi and other Christian communities trace their Syrian and Iraqi roots back nearly 2,000 years. Now they are being systematically exterminated. Not merely driven out. Exterminated – along with Jews, Baha’is and even Muslims insufficiently fundamentalist to suit Islamic State (ISIS) butchers.
While they have not yet attained the scale of Nazi and Communist slaughters, these Islamofascist savages may have surpassed their Twentieth Century predecessors in depravity. They ask terrified children, “Who wants to be beheaded first?” then butcher them in front of the others. They bury people alive. Islamist “soldiers” teach little boys how to slice the heads off every man in “enemy” Syrian tribes. They torture and rape girls and women, before selling them into slavery, prostitution or forced marriage – and demand that surviving women dress “modestly” in black robes, gloves and veils, and be banned from school and public life. They sell their victims’ blood and organs, to finance still more weapons and atrocities. Continue reading
Trillions of dollars in ozone compliance and economic stagnation costs, for fabricated benefits
Looming Environmental Protection Agency ozone regulations personify the Obama administration’s secrecy, collusion, fraud, and disdain for concerns about the effects that its tsunami of regulations is having on the livelihoods, living standards, health and welfare of millions of American families.
Virtually every EPA announcement of new regulations asserts that they will improve human health. Draconian carbon dioxide standards, for example, won’t just prevent climate change, even if rapidly developing countries continue emitting vast volumes of this plant-fertilizing gas. The rules will somehow reduce the spread of ticks and Lyme disease, and protect “our most vulnerable citizens.” It’s hogwash. Continue reading
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