Category Archives: Paul Driessen

Driessen: Blatant Blue State hypocrisy

From energy and spending, to climate and debate – silencing all dissenting voices is essential

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This wide-ranging discussion of economic, energy, climate and free speech – as practiced by Blue State governments and activist allies – explains why America is lucky it’s governed by President Trump, a Republican Congress, and mostly Red State governors and legislators, instead of by certain potential alternatives. Those alternative entities are presiding over tax and regulatory regimes, mountains of debt, intransigent public sector unions, and anti-nuclear, anti-fossil fuel energy policies that are anything but business friendly. Worse, they show no signs of abating.

These politicians are desperate for scapegoats – anything to deflect attention away from their failures and incompetence. ~ P.D.
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Driessen: Revisiting wind turbine impacts

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

Land, energy and mineral lockdowns

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

Environmentalist insurance policies

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

Driessen: Pipeline anarchy

Trump win fuels more rampant theft and destruction – and North Dakota citizens pay the price

PaulDriessen_2015This $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.
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Driessen: Now comes the hard, fun and vital part

“Making America great again” requires deep-sixing punitive energy and environmental rules

canyouhearusnowThe 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

Roundup the corrupt fear mongers

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driessen_paul_2008Glyphosate, 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)

Driessen: The chemicals anxiety machine

Candidates, Civil Rights Commission and greens use phony health threats to scare voters

PaulDriessen_2015Rank 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

Driessen: Confusion, muddle, obfuscation and racism

As Obama, UN and EPA seek to dictate our lives and livelihoods, the real issue is green racism

PaulDriessen_2015Winston 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

Driessen: Fracturing Common Sense

Colorado extremists want to ban fracking, oil, gas, jobs, revenues, property rights

EDO_1304_AprilFrackingFakeAd_webHorizontal 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

Driessen: Graduates face a big challenge

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PaulDriessen_2015“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.
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Driessen: Ben Rhodes SPINS Climate Change

“Climate refugee” claims reflect deliberate mendacity and belief that we and reporters are stupid

PaulDriessen_2015Employing 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

Driessen: Prosecuting climate chaos skeptics with RICO

Al Gore, Torquemada Whitehouse, Democrat AGs threaten to silence and bankrupt skeptics

It’s been a rough stretch for Climate Armageddon religionists and totalitarians.

countdown-clockReal 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

Driessen: What happened on Oahu didn’t stay on Oahu

Scientific detective work stopped cholera – now it needs to separate myths, mites and neonics

PaulDriessen_2015If 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

Driessen: Last-ditch assaults on affordable energy

Obama and allies double down on biofuels and climate, and against carbon-based fuels

obama_face_in_the_crowd_on_brick_wall_8-17-14-1Separating 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