Some Recent Energy, Environmental and COVID-19 News

Our latest Energy & Environmental Newsletter is now available… For the full version of this issue, go here…  To review some of the highlights, see below.

My votes for the most outstanding articles this cycle are:

Short powerful video: Paul Harvey’s Warning to America
Dirty Secrets About the CLEAN Future Act
“Clean, renewable” energy is neither
Renewable Energy Industry Seeks to Scam Public During Health Crisis
The Great Wind Delusion
The conflict between wind turbines and wildlife
Nuclear is the solution – and SMRs are the future of nuclear
Putin takes aim at US shale oil industry
McKibben Goes Over the Edge for His Rockefeller Benefactors 
No, Michael Mann, You Aren’t Going to ‘Ruin’ this ‘Filthy Organization’
Short video: No Data Required
Petition filed to Appeal the EPA’s Endangerment Finding
Short Video: How Bad is CO2?
About Immigration: Life in Denmark- Real food for thought
EPA: Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science
Short video: Why Are So Many Young People Unhappy?

Coronavirus/COVID-19

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(Includes a 1 page doc: Distinguish COVID-19 Symptoms from Flu or Cold)
(Includes a 1 page doc: COVID-19: Prevention and Treatment Suggestions)

Greed Energy Economics

Europe’s Green Suicide: Eleven Million Jobs At Risk From EU Green Deal
The Government’s energy policy could cripple global Britain
3± million seniors turn off heating as ‘they cannot afford energy bills’
Climate change activists calls for economic shutdown to decarbonize
Are wind farms better in theory than they are in practice?
Turbine battle heating up

Renewable Energy Health and Ecosystem Consequences

The conflict between wind turbines and wildlife
What’s more important a lithium (for batteries) mine, or flowers?

Nuclear Energy

American Decade of Energy
One of the World’s Tiniest Nuclear Plants Is Coming to Idaho
Nuclear is the solution – and SMRs are the future of nuclear
Proposed US Legislation: Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act

Natural Gas Energy

Putin takes aim at US shale oil industry
Price War on Oil Proves the Power of America’s Shale Revolution
Germany Proves How Essential Natural Gas Is – And The U.S. Must Supply
Study: Fracking Ban Could Cripple U.S.
The unholy crusade against gas appliances
“Fraccidents” Study Yet Another Case of Junk Science; More “Fracsearch”

NYS Energy

CLCPA Begins, But Some Advice Regarding the Baloney
Legislators, officials ‘outraged’ by Cuomo power site plan
Cuomo fast-track for green energy projects gets pushback on LI
Editorial: Push for more control of energy projects troubling
Editorial: Cuomo picks developers over residents in siting energy projects
Short video: Cuomo’s Shock Troops
Archive: Monsters on the Ridge

US Energy Legislation

Dirty Secrets About the CLEAN Future Act
US Marquee Energy Innovation Bill Stumbles on Senate Floor
Questionable new US Legislation: American Energy Innovation Act
Biden goes extreme on fossil fuels
Bernie calls for federal takeover of electricity production

Energy Misc

Renewable Energy Industry Seeks to Scam Public During Health Crisis 
The Great Wind Delusion
“Clean, renewable” energy is neither
BP Caves to Green Pressure
Response to 2019 Energy Action Report to Reduce CO2 in Vermont
Short video: Wind turbine interference of TV signals
Short Video: EV Dream
US military squeezes wind energy development off California Coast

Manmade Global Warming: Some Deceptions

The Carbon Capture Con
McKibben Goes Over the Edge for His Rockefeller Benefactors 
No, Michael Mann, You Aren’t Going to ‘Ruin’ this ‘Filthy Organization’
Short video: No Data Required
Is Manhattan About To Get Drowned By The Sea?
Trump wants prime-time climate science challenge — Happer

Manmade Global Warming: Misc

Eliminate fossil fuels now — U.S. “MAGICC” model says why bother?
Petition filed to Appeal the EPA’s Endangerment Finding
Short Video: How Bad is CO2?
SLR: Looking For Acceleration In All The Wrong Places
Can History Cast Doubt on the Evidence of Global Warming?
Even coronavirus couldn’t stop the climate madness
Democrats want climate action included in coronavirus aid

Education Related

Multiple new US arrests for China-sponsored academic stealing
American Higher Education: Beset with Problems, but Solutions Exist
What Colleges Can Do to Defend Free Expression

US Politics and Socialism

Short Video: The Intolerance of Tolerance

Marxism a Nightmare, Not a Future
Sanders Not Alone in Willful Ignorance of Communist Realities
Archive: Globalization, Communism at Its Core

Other US Politics and Related

The Democratic Disaster Just Got Even More Hilarious
Liberal-Funded Eco-Right Infiltrates CPAC, and Conservative Movement
About Immigration: Life in Denmark- Real food for thought
Banks Must Not Be Used as Pawns of the Left
21 words uttered by FISA court that changed the Russia collusion case

Science and Misc Matters

Short video: Why Are So Many Young People Unhappy?
The Collapse of Intellectual Standards in Science
Greta: women equality and climate justice
EPA: Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science (an update)

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PODCAST: Fact or Fiction — Addressing the Talking Points of Climate Activists

Are rising sea levels a threat to our planet? Is global warming to blame for wildfires and hurricanes?

Geologist Gregory Wrightstone, author of “Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know,” joins The Daily Signal Podcast to discuss the truth about climate change. In our conversation, Wrightstone addresses these talking points by climate activists and much more.

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Virginia Allen: I am joined by Gregory Wrightstone, geologist and author of “Inconvenient Facts: The Science that Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know.” Greg, thanks so much for being here.

Gregory Wrightstone: Thank you very much.

Allen: You actually wrote your book, “Inconvenient Facts,” in response to [former Vice President] Al Gore’s movie on climate change called “An Inconvenient Truth.” Why did you feel the need to write a book in response to what Al Gore had to say?

Wrightstone: … Actually, I didn’t set out to write a book, which is unusual. Most people say, “Oh, I’m going to write a book,” and then they do. What I did, this was the result of my search, personal search, for the truth.

As a geologist, I heard so many conflicting things. “It’s too wet.” “It’s not, it’s drought.” “There’s too much snow.” “There’s not enough snow.” Go back and forth, you’ve heard it all.

I heard all these claims of pending climate catastrophe and things are horrible. And I went back in, I just said, “I’m going to find out for myself.” So this was a personal search for the truth.

I went back and looked at the base data, finding out what’s going to happen, and, frankly, I was shocked when I got in there and, actually, enraged by what I found.

I found that in many cases, what we’re being told by the media and the U.N., in many cases, it’s just not so. And the science, the facts, and the data contradict so much of what we hear in the media about climate change.

Make no mistake, I agree where we are in a warming trend, yes, we are. But the fact of the matter is it started over 300 years ago, and the first 200, at least, of that, maybe 250, was 100% naturally driven.

What we’re being asked to believe is that those natural forces that have been driving temperature since the dawn of time, “Oh, well, oh, they all ceased some time in the 20th century.” That’s just not the case.

The debate—and, yes, Virginia, there is a debate—is, is it mostly man-made now since the mid-20th century or is it a natural cycle that we’ve seen time and time again?

I don’t dispute that the increase in CO2 is man-made, and I don’t dispute that it adds a little bit of warming to the atmosphere. I believe it’s modest and it’s overwhelmed by the natural forces that have been driving temperature, again, since the dawn of time.

Allen: So if there are these sort of natural cycles in the earth of warming and cooling, are we experiencing a more extreme cycle of warming than we ever have before?

Wrightstone: I like to look over the last 10,000 years of temperature data, and we find that there were nine other warming trends. And in fact, in my smartphone app and in the book, I take a detailed look at those other warming trends. We find out that all of those previous warming trends were warmer than we are today.

I also look at the rate of warming, and the rate of warming we’re at over the last 100, 150 years is very similar. In fact, 5 of the 9 warming trends had higher rates of warming than what we’ve seen over the last century or so. So, we’re being told that, but again, it’s not backed up by the science.

Allen: If it’s not CO2 causing all of the warming, then what is causing it?

Wrightstone: Yeah, that’s a good question. There are so many forces that drive temperature, big forces, they’re called Milankovitch cycles. They’re things like the wobble of the Earth, the eccentricity of the Earth’s orbit. Those drive … the really big ice ages.

It’s probably solar, the amount of solar we see. We’re entering in what’s called the grand solar minimum now with predictions of, actually, we might have 30 to 50 years of possibly extreme cooling.

If you’re going to ask me what’s going to happen, I’m going to be honest and tell you I don’t know. I don’t think it’s going to be anything that we can do as man to influence that to any great degree. But I will tell you, again, looking at the past 4,000 or 5,000 years of human history, there’s a strong correlation between the rise and fall of temperature and the rise and fall of civilizations. And it’s just opposite of what we’re being told.

The warming trends in the past always correlated with bountiful harvest, lots of food. Great empires and civilizations rose up. You wouldn’t have to worry about grubbing for your next meal, how you’re going to feed your family tomorrow in the warming trends. so people had time to think, to tinker, to dream, to invent.

It was the intervening cold periods that were horrific, horrific. The most recent one was called the Little Ice Age. Half the population of Iceland perished. One of my favorite researchers thinks that one-third of the entire Earth population perished during the last cool period.

So it’s the cold that’s horrific. Again, just opposite. We’re being told, … “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God. We can’t let it get a degree and a half warmer. We’re going to have famine.” But that’s not been the case historically, not at all.

So what I see is that the Earth is thriving, prospering, and greening, in fact, due to modest warming and increased CO2 that’s driving the food production.

NASA says part of this is that the Earth is what they call greening. Up to 50% of the Earth is greening or vegetation increasing. Less than 4%, according to NASA, is browning or loss of vegetation. That’s a good thing. That’s a huge, huge, huge good thing.

We’re growing more crops, and growing seasons are lengthening so you get more warm seasons, more staples. Killing frosts end earlier in the spring and arrive later in the fall. All those things are good. So earth and humanity are prospering from what we’re seeing. …

Aren’t we being told of all of these horrific consequences? And if you look at them, these are predictions or speculations about what might happen 50 or 80 years in the future based on failed climate models, where, actually, I live in the real world. I look at what’s actually happening today, and we see by almost every metric, both the Earth’s ecosystems and humanity is prospering.

Allen: Wow. You don’t hear people talking about that.

Wrightstone: And it’s not even close. Tell me what’s getting worse? If you look at the actual facts of drought, of fire, did you know in California, the number of fires in California has declined almost 50% in the last 30 years?

Allen: Wow.

Wrightstone: The area burned is increased, but that’s a forest management problem. They blow these things up and the need is to create a climate of fear because we need a frightened population to enact otherwise horrific and economically crippling things like the Green New Deal and the Paris climate accord.

Why in the world would the United States voluntarily pose something that’s going to raise our energy costs, which will then raise everything, every commodity price? And that’s the stated goal of the Green New Deal and the Paris climate accord. The stated goal is to raise costs for energy because … they want to force you away from fossil fuels over to wind and solar.

One of the interesting aspects you don’t hear about is also, … if the United States was to avert or get rid of 100% of its carbon dioxide emissions, and this is according to the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] zone calculations, we would only avert four hundredths of a degree centigrade by the year.

How many jobs lost is that worth? I’ll tell you how many. Zero, zero. Four hundredths of a degrees centigrade.

I was in a debate back in November with a professor from Penn State, and I stated that. He said, “Oh, well, yeah, but everyone in the world needs to get together and get behind this and then we can really save the Earth from this.”

Well, do you think China and India are going to decrease their coal-fired electricity generation? No way.

If you look at what they’re doing, they’re mining more coal and creating more and more coal-fired electricity. They’re completely supplanting anything we can do here in the United States. And even if we did, it wouldn’t matter to any measurable degree what the Earth’s temperature is.

Allen: Interesting. You mentioned wildfires and that global warming has nothing to do with wildfires, but that has to do with forest management. Another talking point, though, that we hear a lot is hurricanes, that we’re seeing larger, more devastating hurricanes because of global warming. What do you say to that?

Wrightstone: Yeah. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agrees with me. By the way, I’ve been accepted as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC agrees that there’s been no measurable increase in the number of hurricanes, but there might be a slight increase.

NOAA’s [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] top hurricane expert is a guy by the name of Christopher Landsea. What a great name for a meteorologist, almost as good as a geologist with the last name of Wrightstone. But Christopher, he’s their top guy. He says that it might increase hurricane intensity by 1%.

I don’t think anybody in [Hurricane] Katrina would know the difference between 234 miles an hour and 236 miles an hour.

According to [Christopher], the increase in intensity that he sees and predicts is below anything they can actually measure.

Allen: Wow.

Wrightstone: And we see that landfalling hurricanes in the United States [have] actually … been in decline. We see that if we look at the number of hurricanes and tropical systems, it’s been pretty flat over the last 30 or so years.

Allen: Rising sea levels is a common concern that we hear about. Are sea levels actually rising, and if so, do we need to be concerned?

Wrightstone: They are rising. They started rising in the early 1800s.

Remember we started warming in the late 1600s … We’ve got, thankfully, warming we saw coming out of the Little Ice Age. It didn’t get warm enough though until the early 1800s for summer ice loss to exceed winter ice accumulation, which is what you need to have glaciers retreat. Glaciers retreating are what drives sea level rise.

So by about 1850, we saw that sea level rise and glacial retreat, which go hand in hand. Both are about the same rate of sea level rise and glacial retreat is what we’ve seen over the last several decades, which is about 10 inches per year, or per decade. Excuse me.

We’ve got less than a foot of rise in the last 100 years, which is … not alarming. It’s, again, part of this, if we look back in the 1800s, we weren’t adding much CO2 at all. It really was the mid-20th century when we started adding CO2 in earnest to the atmosphere.

So there are things that we can do to mitigate against this modest rise in sea level. There are some places where the Earth itself is subsiding faster than sea. And those places like Miami, in fact, they’re subsiding faster than sea levels rising. So there should be concerns, but there are things you can do to mitigate this.

Allen: What are some of those things?

Wrightstone: Well, if we look at the Netherlands, what have the Dutch done? I mean, almost the entire country is below sea level. They’ve built seawalls over centuries, and this was with 17th-, 16th-century technology. So places like that you can build that up.

What’s interesting too, in 2005, the U.N. predicted that there’d be 50 million climate refugees by the year 2010. 2010 came and went, and in fact, they listed these most at-risk islands. … And the Maldives, where this is island nations, was one of those.

In the book, I catalog population from 2005 to when my book was written, and the population of these at-risk islands, instead of people fleeing the islands, people were moving to them. So there’s been great increase. They’re going to this tropical paradise.

In the Maldives right now, [they] are building three new resort hotels and a new airport. They’re funded by big equity companies and they’re insured by large insurance companies. Do you think if that was really a risk, they would put hundreds of million dollars? These guys, they’re very risk averse. … Each one of these is tens of millions of dollars each.

So we look at something like that. In fact, some of the Maldives islands are actually increasing in areas. It’s a geologic process.

Allen: Interesting.

Wrightstone: One of the biggest hoaxes that I’ve exposed, the most recent one was this U.N. report that came out in November that predicted a huge rise in extinctions. You’ve probably heard of the sixth mass extinction that’s looming. Greta Thunberg, every time she opens her mouth, she has something about extinctions.

The U.N. reported and predicted there’d be 1 million extinctions of species over the next several decades. Well, I just said, “Wait a minute,” and I went back and I looked at the same data the U.N. looked at.

[The] U.N. looked at it on a century-by-century basis, going back to the year 1500. I took a look at it and their charts showed skyrocketing extinctions, and they put one century cumulative on top of the other, so the chart looked horrible.

I went back and looked at it on a decade-by-decade basis and found that, actually, extinctions peaked in the late 1800s, and they’ve been in significant and steady decline since.

So to get to their 1 million extinctions in that time period, you’d have to have almost 30,000 extinctions per year. Do you know what it’s been in the last 40 years average? I won’t make you guess. It’ll be two.

Allen: Wow.

Wrightstone: Two extinctions per year. This is using the IUCN Red List, the same data source the U.N. used. Two extinctions per year. “Oh, well, we’ll get to 30,000 pretty soon.” No, we won’t. No, we won’t.

The big story that the U.N., instead of this alarmist reporting and mischaracterization and misuse of scientific data, which they did, is the main theme of that should have been that we are doing, as humans, … a really, really, really good job protecting our endangered species, as we should. That should have been the story, not, “Oh my God.”

And think about it, they listed the No. 1 risk of species is habitat loss. So what’s their solution to climate change? Pave over hundreds of square miles with solar and wind power to chop up more endangered species and eagles and hawks and to cover up forest and desert and grasslands with solar panel rays. That’s their solution, is more habitat loss. And so it’s ironic, isn’t it?

Allen: It’s very ironic.

Wrightstone: Yeah.

Allen: You mentioned Greta Thunberg. She really has become the face of climate change. Is there anything she’s gotten right in her arguments?

Wrightstone: Apparently, because she just signed a lucrative contract with BBC … I’ve been wrong about her. I’m the first to admit it because I’ve accused her of being a anti-capitalist, and apparently, she’s not since she just signed this big contract with the BBC. She’s apparently a capitalist after all, so I was wrong. I’m sorry, but yeah.

Allen: Interesting, interesting. All right, well, can you quickly summarize what the true narrative of climate change really is?

Wrightstone: Well, I can tell you my philosophy.

Allen: Yeah, please do.

Wrightstone: My philosophy is that we should use all of Earth’s resources for the betterment of mankind and do it as good stewards. Bam.

Allen: I like it.

Wrightstone: Bam, that’s it.

Allen: Now, you created an app.

Wrightstone: I did.

Allen: Tell me a little bit about the app that you created and also why Apple removed it two days after it went live.

Wrightstone: We created just a powerful, powerful app. It’s got all 60 charts of my “Inconvenient Facts” book, backed up with video, original videos. It’s awesome.

I rolled it out on “The Glenn Beck Show” down in Dallas, and immediately thereafter Apple took it off the App Store.

The name of the book is “Inconvenient Facts: The Science that Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know.” And I’m not going to make you guess which ex-vice president sits on Apple’s board of directors, but it begins with “Al” and ends in “Gore,” so that might have had something to do with it.

Our app is state-of-the-art, [the] best climate change app available. The other ones out there look like failed middle school science fair projects.

We got it out there and thank you for The Daily Signal, [which] wrote a story the next day and blew it up. You guys broke the story of Apple weaponizing the App Store. They said, “This is really the first we’ve seen it.” It ended up being No. 1 story on Drudge for 24 hours. …

And the book sales just skyrocketed. We got up to top 10 best-sellers overall on Amazon, and the book’s been going gangbusters ever since.

Allen: So, Apple removing the app kind of had the opposite effect—

Wrightstone: Oh, it did.

Allen: … of what they intended.

Wrightstone: Exactly. My app developer said, “I think … I can get it back up.” I said, “No, no, no, no, not yet. Let’s give it two months because we’ll milk this for everything we got.”

He ended up adding a camera function for the iPhone so [it] puts my “I love CO2” banner across the bottom of any picture you take using the iPhone, and we think that’s what got it back up. So it’s available now.

Allen: And remind me what it’s called.

Wrightstone: The app itself, you just search for “Inconvenient Facts.”

Allen: “Inconvenient Facts.” OK.

Wrightstone: Yeah.

Allen: That’s perfect. Great. And how can our listeners find your book and learn more about what you’re up to?

Wrightstone: I have a great website, inconvenientfacts.xyz. I’ve got original videos … If you don’t look at anything else, look at the video I have on the relationship between the witch hunts of late Middle Ages in Europe and climate change. Fascinating.

On it, I’ve got a chart documenting witches killed per decade compared to temperature, and they actually kept records of that. It’s fascinating, fascinating. So inconvenientfacts.xyz.

Allen: Perfect. Greg, thank you so much for your time today.

Wrightstone: Thank you.

COLUMN BY

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Special Newsletter on Wuhan Virus [COVID-19]

Our latest Energy & Environmental Newsletter is now available… For an online version of this issue (to bookmark), go here…  The full Newsletter is below.

Rather than have our standard mixture of Energy, Environmental and Education articles, this issue will focus on COVID-19. I’ve subdivided the articles by topic. (Next Monday the plan is to have our normal Newsletter.)

IMO quite a few of the reactions to the Wuhan Virus (COVID-19) are unwarranted, and counter-productive. To put some things into better perspective consider this:

Wuhan soccer team leaving Spain (and returning to Wuhan) to escape virus!

If you’re interested, my two COVID-19 commentaries are:

1) Recommendations for dealing with COVID-19,  and

2) COVID-19 Exposes Major Societal Failings.

[Note: both of these are living articles that I will update (and change the revision date of the document) as new information comes in.]

COVID-19 Health Information

Live graphic showing all Coronavirus cases, worldwide
CDC Coronavirus Disease Webpage
My recommendations for dealing with COVID-19
A good general COVID-19 overview, answering common questions
Dr. Oz’s COVID-19 Survival Guide

COVID-19 and Panic

Coronavirus Hysteria Worse Than the Disease
Panic and the Coronavirus: Is There is Better Approach?
Good Video: Coronavirus: Panic or Pandemic?
The Math Of Epidemics
A warming light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel?
COVID-19 going to hit its peak and start falling sooner than you think

COVID-19 How To’s

How to: Distinguish COVID-19 from the Flu or a Cold
How to: Get Effective Antimicrobial Products for COVID-19
How to: Successfully self-quarantine
How to: Start Working From Home
How to: Get food delivered safely during coronavirus pandemic
How to: Prevent Loneliness in Times of Social Distancing
How to: Stay Coronavirus-free while flying
How to: Avoid Coronavirus scams
How to: Use your home computer to help scientists find a COVID-19 cure

COVID-19 and China

The Chinese Knew What They Were Doing in Spreading the Wuhan Virus
Inside China’s high-stakes campaign to smear the US over Coronavirus
China hints at denying Americans life-saving coronavirus drugs
China reframes coronavirus narrative
Apocalyptic battle of the Viruses: H1N1 vs CORVID-19

COVID-19 and Energy/Global Warming Good News

Climate crisis on back-burner as pandemic threat looms
Social Changes with COVID-19 are a prelude to life with less fossil fuels
Wisconsin solar installations delayed because of COVID-19
Coronavirus Creates Angst For Clean Energy Developers

COVID-19 and Energy/Global Warming Bad News

How Coronavirus Makes The Case For Renewable Energy
COVID-19 Conflict: Putin to Start a War on America’s Shale Oil Industry
Green Fanatics Celebrating Coronavirus Epidemic

COVID-19 Misc

A viral takedown of Donald Trump?
COVID-19 Exposes Major Societal Failings
COVID-19 will be used to justify US universal health care

NOTES:

Note 1: We recommend reading the Newsletter on your computer, not your phone, as some documents (e.g. PDFs) are much easier to read on a large computer screen… We’ve tried to use common fonts, etc. to minimize display issues.

Note 2: Originally this was a monthly Newsletter. However, as pertinent material proliferated, it has been issued more frequently. As a guideline, once we collect a hundred worthwhile articles, a new Newsletter will be issued on the following Monday. Recently this has resulted in a once every three weeks frequency — and occasionally once every two weeks.

Note 3: To accommodate numerous requests received about prior articles, we’ve put together detailed archives — where you can search by year, or over the ten+ years of the Newsletter.

Note 4: Our intention is to put some balance into what most people see from the mainstream media about energy, environmental and education issues… If you want to know our perspective on current events, please read the Big Picture New Year/New Decade commentary.

Note 5: See this extensive list of reasonable books on climate change. As a parallel effort, we have also put together a list of some good books related to industrial wind energy.

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CPAC Shocker: ‘republicEn’ AstroTurf Climate Group Attacks Will Happer

Beware of climate leftists in conservative clothing.

A group calling itself “republicEn” got itself on a climate panel at CPAC and launched into a personal attack on Princeton physicist Will Happer and Genesis Torres of the CO2 Coalition.

After Happer and Torres politely presented facts and science, Alex Bozmowski opened up the left-wing playbook, tossed science aside, and went full-on ad hominem.

CFACT’s friend James Taylor of the Heartland Institute reports at CFACT.org:

Bosmowski opened with a nasty and unprovoked character assassination. He accused Happer and Torres of “handing out asbestos and cigarettes.” He presented no science himself, while accusing Happer and Torres of violating the Scientific Method. His tone was insulting and condescending throughout.

Ultimately, there are many flaws with the “republicEN” carbon dioxide tax. Raising taxes certainly is not “conservative” public policy. Regardless, people can have genuine disagreements about scientific evidence and public policy. Yet, decent people generally default to treating their fellow human beings with courtesy and respect. Occasionally, the heat of political argument may lead us to deviate from such desired behavior, but that should be the exception rather than the rule, especially when discussing differences of opinion with fellow conservatives.

And by their deeds you shall know them. Here is the director of strategy and operations for a group claiming to be conservative and Republican who could not wait, without provocation, to gratuitously attack the character and ethics of scientists Happer and Torres.

False flag conservatives.  Now you know how team climate is investing the fortune it is raking in from government spending and billionaires such as Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg and Jeff Bezos.

Fortunately, CFACT is at CPAC blowing the lid off this and myriad other global warming scams.

Take a look at this photo of CFACT’s Adam Houser and Graham Beduze at CPAC right now running CFACT’s booth promoting our new feature film Climate Hustle 2: Rise of the Monarchy (CH2), which will be shown in over 720 theaters, one night only, on April 21st.  You need to be there!

CH2 debunks the tricks and lies the Climatistas use to distort science in pursuit of money and power like no film has before.  Add creating AstroTurf organizations such as “rebulicEn” and infiltrating them into events like CPAC to their bag of tricks.

Fortunately thousands of CPAC attendees are welcoming CH2 with serious anticipation.  We’ve been mobbed!

April 21st is going to be a great night for facts and science.

It’s going to be a rough night for climate pressure groups.  Add the false flag “republicEn” to the list.

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A Misguided Approach to Nuclear Power in ‘Energy Innovation’ Bill

Being “well intentioned” isn’t the same as doing well. Look no further than the recently introduced American Energy Innovation Act.

The bill proposes an extensive federally funded and directed research, development, and demonstration program for advanced nuclear technologies through the Department of Energy.

It’s Act 2 of the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act, the first half of which was quietly passed in December’s massive spending bill.

The proclaimed purpose is to help the nuclear industry innovate and compete, both now and in the future, and in competitive markets at home and abroad.


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But rather than improving private-sector access to federal assets, reducing regulatory barriers, and addressing the political risks that nuclear energy faces, it quite literally proposes that the government do the work of private companies for them—to improve their product, acquire financing, and find potential customers.

Such a program is far outside the responsibility of the federal government—and of the federal taxpayer. But it could also erect new barriers for companies that don’t go through the Energy Department program.

In the end, it makes the nuclear industry politically dependent, and consequently politically vulnerable. But what’s worse is, we’ve tried this all before, and the track record isn’t good.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 set out on the same grand mission. In that not-so-distant past, Congress authorized, among many other favors for the nuclear industry, $1.25 billion for a public-private partnership, the Next Generation Nuclear Power Plant. Congress spent $528 million through 2010, only to abandon it in 2011 during the pre-licensing process.

The Energy Policy Act also created a subsidy for 6,000 megawatts from new nuclear reactors. Even with the enthusiasm of the hailed “nuclear renaissance” and an extension of the subsidy, we got less than that. Rather than fix underlying government-imposed issues challenging the nuclear industry, Congress subsidized two reactors that were half-built before being canceled and another pair that have doubled in cost and construction time.

In fact, one could argue that the industry is worse off because of the Energy Policy Act, having shaken customer confidence and convinced others that nuclear energy can’t be built affordably.

Instead of bringing about a “nuclear renaissance,” subsidies have tied nuclear energy investment and innovation to political whims rather than smart business decisions, common sense, and good ideas.

Additionally, the American Energy Innovation Act creates a program of the same flavor for existing light-water reactors (the class of reactors operating today around the U.S.).

For a few examples, the bill declares it the responsibility of the government (aka the taxpayer) to “enable the continued operation of existing nuclear power plants,” to “improve [their] performance and reduce operation and maintenance costs,” and to develop an “integrated investment strategy” for nuclear technologies and capabilities.

This is industrial policy, plain and simple.

On the whole, Congress did good work with the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act in 2018 and the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act in 2019.

What the American Energy Innovation Act proposes is a bridge too far.

Unfortunately, the bill totally ignores issues where congressional leadership is desperately needed and is uniquely suited to address.

If Congress were really interested in helping the nuclear industry—both existing nuclear power plants and the advanced reactors of tomorrow—it should address the regulatory burdens and uncertainties created by government itself.

One painfully obvious place for Congress to start is the nuclear waste impasse. That an “all-encompassing” energy bill misses such a critical issue for the industry, and a costly one for taxpayers, is baffling.

COMMENTARY BY

Katie Tubb is a policy analyst for the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Read her research.

RELATED ARTICLE: Senate’s ‘Energy Innovation’ Bill Wasteful, Redundant


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The Heritage Foundation has compiled input from more than 100 constitutional scholars and legal experts into the country’s most thorough and compelling review of the freedoms promised to us within the United States Constitution into a free digital guide called Heritage’s Guide to the Constitution.

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Winning World War III

I have a PhD ally who recently wrote me saying that we should be fighting harder regarding the CO2 issue.

My response was that I thought that this was not the best strategy because:

1 – we have already won the CO2 debate (so why waste time, effort and dollars in beating a dead horse?), and

2 – we are actually in a much bigger War (where Climate Change is a battle, and the CO2 part is just a skirmish).

To demonstrate these two points:

1 – I put together a brief outline of the CO2 case (which should make it crystal clear that we have won), and

2 – I wrote an outline of the bigger War that we’re now engaged in. Clearly we have little chance for success if we aren’t aware of what’s going on.

To my knowledge, neither of these Reports has been done elsewhere before — so I hope they both are informative. Please pass them on!

My perspective is: Forewarned is Forearmed.

If you have any constructive suggestions to improve on either of these Reports, please send me the details. Both of these are works in progress, so I’ll update them as warranted.

PS — FYI, if our Defense of CO2 is sustained (and it should be), then there are two extraordinary consequences:

a) the worldwide global warming campaign will collapse, and

b) the main justification for renewables will evaporate!

What could be more significant that those two consequences?

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12 Times Gun Owners Defended Themselves and Others

Many lawmakers around the country welcomed in the new year by pursuing legislation that would severely curtail the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens began 2020 just as they ended 2019—by showing repeatedly just how instrumental that right is to the security of a free state.

According to almost every major study on the issue, Americans use their firearms defensively between 500,000 and 3 million times each year. Even if we assume the lower end of this range, it means an incredible number of times that Americans relied on the Second Amendment—not government getting there on time—to protect their inalienable rights.

During every month of last year, we highlighted some of the stories of average, everyday Americans who used their guns to protect their lives and livelihoods from criminals.


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The first month of 2020 provided still more examples of citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights in defense of themselves and others. Here are 12:

  • Jan. 1, Dublin, California: A lawful gun owner relied upon his Second Amendment rights to defend his life when an ex-girlfriend and her armed acquaintance assaulted him in his own home. Police said the ex-girlfriend and acquaintance showed up purporting to want some of her possessions back, but instead threatened the resident with a gun. He fired at his two attackers as he fled and called police. The ex-girlfriend was killed, and her acquaintance wounded in the exchange of gunfire. Police determined that the lawful gun owner acted in self-defense. The armed acquaintance was charged with her death under the state’s Provocative Act Doctrine, since he ultimately provoked the violent confrontation.
  • Jan. 4, Columbus, Indiana: A homeowner shot and killed an intruder wielding a baseball bat who broke into his home in the middle of the night. The intruder may have been in the middle of a mental health crisis, as the Department of Veterans Affairs recently had requested that local law enforcement take the man to a hospital, but he refused to go. Neighbors reported that, in the minutes before the shooting, the man was seen walking up and down the street in a highly agitated manner, smashing windows and cursing loudly.
  • Jan. 7, Pascagoula, Mississippi: A man suspected in a string of burglaries picked the wrong house to break into, at the wrong time. The armed homeowner returned in the middle of the morning to find the burglar in his bedroom. The burglar tried to pull his gun, but the homeowner instead shot and killed him.
  • Jan. 10, Dallas: A concealed-carry permit holder was socializing with guests at a home cookout when three armed men attempted to rob them all at gunpoint. The permit holder drew his own handgun and fatally shot one of the robbers. The other two fled.
  • Jan. 11, Tulsa, Oklahoma: A homeowner’s son was asleep in the living room when he was awoken by the family dogs barking at a man on the porch. The man demanded to see his fiancée but was told he had the wrong house and needed to leave. Instead, the man broke into the family’s car, then tried to kick in the back door. The homeowner’s son warned the man multiple times that he was armed and would shoot him if he stepped foot in the house. Nonetheless, the man barged inside. True to his word, the son shot and wounded the man, who retreated and was later arrested.
  • Jan. 12, Pittsburgh: A young father used his handgun to defend himself, his fiancée, and their 10-month-old child after an intruder broke into their apartment and threatened them at gunpoint. The man shot and killed the intruder.
  • Jan. 14, Pierce County, Washington: The driver of a pickup truck began passing cars dangerously on a winding two-lane road, then took offense when another driver honked at him. Police said the pickup driver stopped his truck, halting traffic, then climbed out with a gun, pointing it at the people in the car behind him. A passenger in that car also was armed and ultimately was forced to shoot and kill the pickup driver in defense of himself and those around him.
  • Jan19, Danville, Illinois: When several armed men in ski masks kicked in his door one night, a 31-year-old homeowner defended himself with his handgun, firing multiple rounds at the intruders. One was killed and the others fled, police said.
  • Jan. 22, Warren, Michigan: A young man with a concealed-carry permit was returning home from a late night out at a show when he was accosted on his doorstep by a man with a gun. A neighbor’s doorbell camera captured the next harrowing moments: The permit holder drew his gun in self-defense and fired approximately 10 rounds at his would-be attacker. The attacker, wounded, fired back but did not hit the permit holder. About 20 shots were fired, police said, most apparently by the permit holder. Police arrested the intruder.
  • Jan. 24, Cape Coral, Florida: A good Samaritan with a firearm in his truck defended three women from a man who followed them out of a bar in a threatening manner. The women yelled at passing vehicles for help, and the truck driver stopped and allowed the women to take refuge inside as he confronted the aggressive man. The man retreated to his own vehicle when he saw that the truck driver was armed. He then rammed the truck several times while the women were still inside. The truck driver fired a couple of rounds into the tailgate of the man’s vehicle and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. Police charged the man with aggravated assault and determined that the truck driver acted in lawful defense of himself and the women.
  • Jan. 27, Brown County, Texas: A 13-year-old boy used the family rifle to protect his grandmother during a domestic violence incident, shooting and wounding a man because he was “fearful that his grandmother was going to be killed,” police said. Investigators said the man was “actively assaulting” the boy’s grandmother and threatened other family members, including a juvenile.
  • Jan. 31, Detroit: A woman shot and wounded a man who broke into her apartment in the middle of the night. A neighbor told reporters that it is a dangerous neighborhood and that there are regularly “gunshots up and down the area.” This time the gunshots were from a law-abiding citizen defending herself against a criminal.

As we noted in closing out 2019, it’s vital that Americans routinely hear these stories.

The “good guy with a gun” is not a myth but an integral part of American society, serving to protect individual liberty and increase public safety.

We all want safe communities, but our focus should be on doing the right thing instead of just doing “something.” The right thing certainly includes protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens, who regularly rely on those rights.

COMMENTARY BY

Amy Swearer

Amy Swearer is a senior legal policy analyst at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Twitter: .


A Note for our Readers:

This is a critical year in the history of our country. With the country polarized and divided on a number of issues and with roughly half of the country clamoring for increased government control—over health care, socialism, increased regulations, and open borders—we must turn to America’s founding for the answers on how best to proceed into the future.

The Heritage Foundation has compiled input from more than 100 constitutional scholars and legal experts into the country’s most thorough and compelling review of the freedoms promised to us within the United States Constitution into a free digital guide called Heritage’s Guide to the Constitution.

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Recent Energy and Environmental News

Our latest Energy & Environmental Newsletter is now available… For the full version of this issue, go here…  To review some of the highlights, see below.

My votes for the most outstanding articles this cycle are:

Plymouth (MA) Board of Health Declares Turbines a Nuisance
Renewable Energy Fairy Tales
US Green Agenda: Nationalize Energy
How the Left is Trying to Kill America
About the slow-mo revolution by the Left
Archive: Is Ideology Becoming America’s Official Religion?
Deceptive Economic Rhetoric At Davos Could Bring Disaster
DIRE WARNING: The EU’s new Taxonomy Regulation
A Climate Blacklist That Works to Make Skeptics Unhirable
The Left’s Doomsday Stories
Climate Not About Controlling The Weather, It’s About Controlling You!
Extinction Rebellion Cofounder Wants To ‘Sabotage’ Civilization
The Left’s Solution to Climate Change: Human Extinction
Foundational Principles of Biblical Earth Stewardship
An autopsy of the climate policy debate’s corpse
Here’s How to Get Out of the Trap Humans Have Put Themselves In
Harsh medicine to fix America’s universities
Chinese: Happy Subjects No More

Greed Energy Economics

Deceptive Economic Rhetoric At Davos Could Bring Disaster
Central banks change global monetary policy to embrace “climate change”
Attack of the carbon counters as business world reduced to tallying emissions
The Bloomberg Family Foundation and the Future of American Energy
Trump’s Environmental Review Reforms Vital for U.S. Economy
Renewable Power Theatre of the Absurd
Wind Energy Feeding at the Government Subsidy Trough for 28 Years!
Wind Giants in Germany Are Not So Keen on Market Rates After All

Wind Energy Health & Ecosystem Impacts

Plymouth (MA) Board of Health Declares Turbines a Nuisance
Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills
Waste Problems for Wind and Solar
Turbines Killing Millions of America’s Bats: Endangered Species Under ThreatFederal Government Moves to Relax Rules Against Killing Birds?
Anglers oppose Lake Erie wind turbine project
Hawaii’s Push For Renewable Energy Could Stall Over Public Opposition
Whales Deafened By Offshore Wind Turbine Noise Die Stranded Onshore

Solar Energy

Much-touted Crescent Dunes solar plant goes bust
Major contractor dramatically quits Australian solar sector

Nuclear Energy

Fungi that eats radiation found inside Chernobyl nuclear reactor
Raising the Next Generation of Nuclear: A Road Map for Deployment
Bringing SMRs to the Pacific Northwest
New US DOE Nuclear Project funding
Archive: Stop Letting Ridiculous Fears Of Nuclear Power Kill The Planet

Natural Gas Energy

Gas Switching Reforming: making Hydrogen to balance variable Wind, Solar
New Mexico Gov credits gas as main driver for state’s budget surplus
Fake News Is Endemic In Environmentalism
CO2, The Big Picture No One on the Fractivist Fringe Can Apparently See

Energy Misc

Renewable Energy Fairy Tales
US Green Agenda: Nationalize Energy
Europe’s Green Deal: Same Hysteria, Same Destruction
DIRE WARNING: The EU’s new Taxonomy Regulation
Green Deal Law To Make EU’s ‘Tectonic’ Energy Shift Irreversible
Japan Races to Build New Coal-Burning Power Plants
U.S. coal plants pinched between economic pressures and inefficient cycling
Alternative Energy Can’t Replace Hydrocarbons
Short video: RGGI Reality
Onshore wind low hanging fruit has already been picked

Manmade Global Warming – Some Deceptions

A Climate Blacklist That Works to Make Skeptics Unhirable
The Left’s Doomsday Stories
Climate Not About Controlling The Weather, It’s About Controlling You!
Climate doomsayers keep putting sell-by dates on their credibility
“Ethically misguided & downright dangerous” NOT to Censor Climate Deniers
A Challenge to Evangelical Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe
Study: Economic Impact of Energy Use Change Caused by Global Warming
Luke-warming: The climate campaign’s cottage industry

Manmade Global Warming – Misc

Excellent Short Video: Real Climate Science
Superior short video: Hide The Decline
Thesis: Climate Change and Marxism
Extinction Rebellion Cofounder Wants To ‘Sabotage’ Civilization
The Left’s Solution to Climate Change: Human Extinction
Foundational Principles of Biblical Earth Stewardship
An autopsy of the climate policy debate’s corpse
Fight climate extremists before they upend society
440 scientific papers last year disputed climate alarmism
Saturation is the Demise of Global Warming CO2 Fakery
Climate Bills Supported by Some House Republicans are Bad Policy
Americans Just Don’t Believe in the ‘Climate Change’ Fairy
Unlike in Europe, the US approach to climate change is actually working

Education Related

Here’s How to Get Out of the Trap Humans Have Put Themselves In
Harsh medicine to fix America’s universities
Christian Colleges Are Worth the Investment
The Myth of the Entrepreneurial University
Rising CO2 levels may hinder cognitive function

Other US Politics and Related

How the Left is Trying to Kill America
About the slow-mo revolution by the Left
Archive: On Destroying America
Archive: The Civil War is Here
Officials warn of growing Chinese threats
President Trump’s State of the Union Address (written)
Short video: The Market Will Set You Free
Short video: Immigration in the US
Short video: The New Way Forward Act

Science and Misc Matters

Archive: Is Ideology Becoming America’s Official Religion?
Chinese: Happy Subjects No More
Coronavirus Death Smog: Is China Burning Thousands of Infected Bodies?
John Hopkins Tracking Information for Worldwide Coronavirus
The Urgent Need for a United States Space Force
Report: Russian satellites tailing advanced US spy satellite
Archive: Sustainable Development — The Evil Facing America
Short Video: What is really happening in Sweden, Greta?
Africa locust invasion may become ‘most devastating plague’ in memory

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Note 2: Originally this was a monthly Newsletter. However, as pertinent material proliferated, it has been issued more frequently. As a guideline, once we collect a hundred worthwhile articles, a new Newsletter will be issued on the following Monday. Recently this has resulted in a once every three weeks frequency — and occasionally once every two weeks.

Note 3: To accommodate numerous requests received about prior articles, we’ve put together detailed archives — where you can search by year, or over the ten+ years of the Newsletter.

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Rep. Omar: America Causes Floods Around the World

America is awesome. Is there anything we can’t do?

When a butterfly flaps its wings in Michigan, Somalia floods. When a butterfly flaps its wings in Manhattan, Somalia undergoes a civil war between quarreling Islamists. And when a butterfly flaps its wings in Malibu, then Rep. Omar gets elected to the House.

“When you see a Somali refugee or an Iraqi refugee or a Libyan refugee, we often are like ‘this is my neighbor, they must have survived some struggle,’ we don’t ever pause to think ‘what American policy made them come over here?’” she said at a Democracy Now! and Rising Majority event in Washington, D.C., receiving loud applause.

Whenever anyone comes to America, it’s because we did them wrong. That’s why they come here. Like Rep. Omar, for revenge.

“When you see flooding happening in a country abroad and you are urgently raising money for these lives to be saved, you don’t think about, ‘How have I contributed to the climate warming that has led to these floodings and these catastrophes that are taking place abroad?’” Omar said.

How have Omar’s own endless plane trips contributed to these catastrophes? Every time she flies to campaign for Bernie Sanders, another country floods.

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UK: Manchester jihad mass murderer used government benefits to buy bomb parts

Afghanistan: Muslims shoot female athlete’s dog, “they said I was a girl and have no right to keep dogs”

Iran’s “Victory” satellite fails to reach orbit: “sometimes life does not go the way we want it to”

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Why we should be wary of blaming ‘overpopulation’ for the climate crisis

Heather Alberro discusses Dr. Jane Goodall’s recent remarks.


The annual World Economic Forum in Davos brought together representatives from government and business to deliberate how to solve the worsening climate and ecological crisis. The meeting came just as devastating bush fires were abating in Australia. These fires are thought to have killed up to one billion animals and generated a new wave of climate refugees. Yet, as with the COP25 climate talks in Madrid, a sense of urgency, ambition and consensus on what to do next were largely absent in Davos.

But an important debate did surface – that is, the question of who, or what, is to blame for the crisis. Famed primatologist Dr Jane Goodall remarked at the event that human population growth is responsible, and that most environmental problems wouldn’t exist if our numbers were at the levels they were 500 years ago.

This might seem fairly innocuous, but its an argument that has grim implications and is based on a misreading of the underlying causes of the current crises. As these escalate, people must be prepared to challenge and reject the overpopulation argument.

A dangerous distraction

Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb and Donella Meadows’ The Limits to Growth in the late 1960s and early 1970s ignited concerns over the world’s burgeoning human population, and its consequences for natural resources.

The idea that there were simply too many people being born – most of them in the developing world where population growth rates had started to take off – filtered into the arguments of radical environmental groups such as Earth First! Certain factions within the group became notorious for remarks about extreme hunger in regions with burgeoning populations such as Africa – which, though regrettable, could confer environmental benefits through a reduction in human numbers.

In reality, the global human population is not increasing exponentially, but is in fact slowing and predicted to stabilise at around 11 billion by 2100. More importantly, focusing on human numbers obscures the true driver of many of our ecological woes. That is, the waste and inequality generated by modern capitalism and its focus on endless growth and profit accumulation.

The industrial revolution that first married economic growth with burning fossil fuels occurred in 18th-century Britain. The explosion of economic activity that marked the post-war period known as the “Great Acceleration” caused emissions to soar, and it largely took place in the Global North. That’s why richer countries such as the US and UK, which industrialised earlier, bear a bigger burden of responsibility for historical emissions.

In 2018 the planet’s top emitters – North America and China – accounted for nearly half of global CO₂ emissions. In fact, the comparatively high rates of consumption in these regions generate so much more CO₂ than their counterparts in low-income countries that an additional three to four billion people in the latter would hardly make a dent on global emissions.

There’s also the disproportionate impact of corporations to consider. It is suggested that just 20 fossil fuel companies have contributed to one-third of all modern CO₂ emissions, despite industry executives knowing about the science of climate change as early as 1977.

Inequalities in power, wealth and access to resources – not mere numbers – are key drivers of environmental degradation. The consumption of the world’s wealthiest 10% produces up to 50% of the planet’s consumption-based CO₂ emissions, while the poorest half of humanity contributes only 10%. With a mere 26 billionaires now in possession of more wealth than half the world, this trend is likely to continue.

Issues of ecological and social justice cannot be separated from one another. Blaming human population growth – often in poorer regions – risks fuelling a racist backlash and displaces blame from the powerful industries that continue to pollute the atmosphere. Developing regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America often bear the brunt of climate and ecological catastrophes, despite having contributed the least to them.

The problem is extreme inequality, the excessive consumption of the world’s ultra-rich, and a system that prioritises profits over social and ecological well-being. This is where where we should be devoting our attention.The Conversation

COLUMN BY

HEATHER ALBERRO

Heather Alberro, Associate Lecturer/PhD Candidate in Political Ecology, Nottingham Trent University.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Two big wins for freedom!

Let’s celebrate two big wins for freedom!

The first was a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in the Juliana, et.al. v. United States. It was ruled that a group of children assembled by climate campaigners from the group “Our Children’s Trust” lacked standing to sue the U.S. government over global warming.

The warming folks hoped this lawsuit might help them bypass all that nettlesome business about sound science, cost benefit analysis and representative democracy by simply having unelected judges foist a radical climate agenda on the American people. Miraculously they didn’t succeed, especially because it was the 9th Circuit that turned them down.

The second involved the Trump EPA rolling out new rules to govern the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act, effectively ending an Obama-era attempt to assert federal power over every muddy puddle in the nation.

As explained by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler at a press conference on Thursday, “Today, thanks to our new rule, our nation’s farmers, ranchers, developers, manufacturers and other landowners can finally refocus on providing the food, shelter and other commodities that Americans rely on every day, instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars on attorneys and consultants to determine whether waters on their own land fall under the control of the federal government.”

These are indeed important victories on two key issues CFACT has been working on for years.

Margaret Thatcher used to talk about something she called “the Socialist ratchet.”  When the Left had power, they would tighten the screw on individual freedom.  When reformers took charge there might be a pause, but the tension would never let up.  Government’s wrench turned only one way.

When reformers find the rare courage to use that great big government “wrench,” loosen things up, and move our laws and regulations back toward individual choice and freedom, it is time to celebrate!

Take a look at CFACT’s massive archive on both the  Waters of the United States rule and climate change. With your help we’ve sent in petitions, submitted testimony, went on the airwaves, and covered every aspect of these issues and how the Left has been using them to achieve control.

With your help we pushed back and won!

I’d like to call your attention to two of our most recent articles we’ve posted to CFACT.org.

Pete Murphy initiated immediate coverage when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the climate industry’s attempt to use children as pawns for a climate lawsuit.  Can you imagine what a staggering blow it would have been had the courts actually bypassed Congress and taken control of our entire energy sector?

Dr. Jay Lehr wrote a great piece on the importance of EPA’s new rule returning control of our local waters to individuals and the states.  This is a big win for farmers, homeowners and businesses.  The notion that every muddy ditch and puddle in the nation qualifies as the “navigable” waters of the United States, as contemplated by the legislators who wrote the Clean Water Act is absurd.

Rare and precious indeed are the days when freedom advances.

This weekend, let’s raise a glass to the sweet taste of victory.

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VIDEO: Faulty Assumptions Lead to Fake News About Climate Change

Climate change soon will constitute “a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters,” one government study predicted.

By 2020, according to a report on the study in The Guardian, “abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies.”

That was 16 years ago. Now that the year 2020 is upon us, are any of these “doom and gloom” scenarios actually occurring? Far from it.

Indeed, the planet has experienced a bit of lukewarming. However, claims of increases in extreme weather are vastly overstated.


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If anything, societies have been able to grow wealthier over time, and, as a result, have been more capable of weathering the extreme events that have come their way.

In fact, here at home, the economy is thriving. Unemployment remains at historical lows. And by achieving energy independence, we have transformed the global energy landscape.

So where did all this alarmist rhetoric come from? Well, faulty computer modeling is a big part of the explanation. Computer models are sometimes based on assumptions that have been beefed up to satisfy a particular regulatory agenda.

This is part of a new study I published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Economics and Policy Studies with Ross McKitrick of the University of Guelph, Ontario, and Pat Michaels of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market think tank.

The study examined some of the assumptions made in one model used to estimate the economic effects of climate change. Called the FUND model, it is used to estimate a construct known as the social cost of carbon, which refers to the economic damages associated with carbon dioxide emissions over a particular time horizon.

Unlike other models the government has used before, however, the FUND model actually incorporates benefits of carbon dioxide emissions into its modeling.

All of these computer models are based on assumptions. In this study, we focused on assumptions regarding climate sensitivity as well as agricultural benefits.

Although it long has been understood that carbon dioxide emissions affect temperatures, the question is to what degree (pun intended). We found that updating these assumptions in line with more recent research can have a significant effect on the social cost of carbon.

In fact, under some realistic scenarios of moderate warming, we found that the social cost of carbon is essentially zero and might even be negative. That’s right: The benefits associated with a moderate amount of warming may outweigh the costs. Typically, such benefits result from longer growing seasons and increased agricultural output.

Bottom line: The FUND model, under very reasonable assumptions, indicates that a moderate amount of warming has practically no negative impact and might even be a good thing.

This study is just one of many in a stream of research on the social cost of carbon published by The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis. My prior research with colleagues demonstrated that the computer models used to estimate the economic impact of climate change are extremely sensitive to reasonable changes in other assumptions as well.

These assumptions include foolish attempts to make projections 300 years into the future and ignorance of recommendations by the Office of Management and Budget regarding cost-benefit analysis.

In our research, we varied these assumptions by altering the model’s projections in a more reasonable manner, incorporating the OMB’s recommendations for this type of analysis and updating assumptions regarding climate sensitivity.  We found that tweaking these assumptions can reduce the social cost of carbon by as much as 80% or more compared to estimates made by the Obama administration.

Our conclusion:

The Obama administration deliberately beefed up estimates of the social cost of carbon to justify its policy agenda. Ever since, Heritage has advocated that these computer models are so prone to user manipulation that it is not only naïve but dangerous to put them in the hands of lawmakers, regulators, and bureaucrats:

This work has been recognized by Congress as well as both the Obama and Trump administrations.

Yes, statistical models can be useful for understanding real-world phenomena.

Any model, however, is only as a good as the assumptions from which it is composed. Improperly specified models can deceive the public, misguide policymakers, and result in big costs for ordinary Americans.

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Some Recent Energy and Environmental News

Our next Energy & Environmental Newsletter is now available… For the full version of this issue, go here…  To review some of the highlights, see below.

My votes for the most outstanding articles this cycle are:

Short video: President Trump’s remarks at Davos
FERC Orders PJM to Expand Minimum Offer Price Rule
Wind power in France: a lie and a swindle?
Iowa cardiologist shares health concerns over wind turbines
Top Solar Execs Plead Guilty to Participating in a Billion $ Ponzi Scheme
Study: Solar can be a net energy loser
Nuclear Waste Recycled into Diamond Batteries with “Near Infinite Power”
The Unexpected Consequences Of Germany’s Anti-Nuclear Push
Gov Cuomo would like to accelerate the race to the bottom
Notes From Meeting at Rockefeller Mansion Shed Light on Climate Politics
A New Road to Serfdom
The ‘Global Citizen’ Fraud
Top Scientist Describes “Global Warming” as Pseudo-Science
Robust Scientific Evidence that Clouds (not CO2) Control Earth’s Climate
Media ‘impartiality’ on climate change is ethically misguided and dangerous

Greed Energy Economics

FERC Orders PJM to Expand Minimum Offer Price Rule
Another perspective on the important FERC ruling
Intermittent & Unreliable Wind & Solar the Greatest Subsidy Scam in History
The Evolution of Electricity Rates
Mnuchin: Greta should study economics
Archive: The Disastrous Economics of 100% Renewables
Rockefeller Fund Behind “Climate Polluters” Lawsuits, etc.

Wind Energy Health & Ecosystem Impacts

Wind power in France: a lie and a swindle?
The Left’s Opposition to Mining Threatens Its Green Dream
Iowa cardiologist shares health concerns over wind turbines
Archive Study: People near turbines report having a lower quality of life
Watch 30 seconds of this video re wind turbine blade toxicit

Solar Energy

Top Solar Execs Plead Guilty to Participating in a Billion $ Ponzi Scheme
Study: Solar can be a net energy loser
The Solar Company Making a Profit on Poor Africans
U.S. continues to dump funds into an electrical sinkhole

Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Waste Recycled into Diamond Batteries with “Near Infinite Power”
The Unexpected Consequences Of Germany’s Anti-Nuclear Push
Germany’s overdose of renewable energyWorried About Cutting CO2 Emissions? Then Nuclear is the Only Solution
Don’t like CO2? Advanced nuclear power is the answer
Russian Scientists Reveal Plans for Fusion-Fission Reactor

Natural Gas Energy

Epstein Video: Fossil Fuels are Not Mankind’s Enemy
CO2 Emissions Expected to Decline Yet Again. Thank Natural Gas.
Energy Paradoxes Put Europe In a Precarious Position
Note to U.S. Politicians – oil and gas is an International industry
Yale Says Fracking Causes Sexually-Transmitted Infections

Energy Misc

Gov Cuomo would like to accelerate the race to the bottom
Cuomo Proposes Radical Reshaping of Siting Process for Renewable Projects
The Six Energy Paradoxes that slow the sector’s progress
Short Video: BERNing Down America
Imagine A World Without Oil
Economist says Governor is wrong about offshore wind job claims
IEA expects coal consumption to rise through next five years
US House Draft of Climate Change Bill

Manmade Global Warming – Some Deceptions

Top Scientist Describes “Global Warming” as Pseudo-Science
Global warming goals impossible, Nobel laureate tells Swiss paper
Earth’s Climate History: What the Doomsayers Don’t Want Voters to Know
CLINTEL Manifesto blasts climate scaremongering
Worst case emissions climate scenario ‘exceedingly unlikely’
Was 2019 a Hot Year, or Was There Just Lots of Hot Talk?
Archive: The Two-Degree Delusion

Manmade Global Warming – Misc

Notes From Meeting at Rockefeller Mansion Shed Light on Climate Politics Robust Scientific Evidence that Clouds (not CO2) Control Earth’s Climate
Another Of The “Stupidest Litigation” Contenders Dies — But Just Barely
The Taming and Shaming of RCP8.5 – Climate Scientists Carry On As Usual
Climate Serfdom Is No Future, It’s the Road to Destruction
The Physician and ‘Climate Change’
2019 Global Temperatures: Down and Up
Report: CO2 Reduction is a Mass Murder Policy
Why we should be wary of blaming ‘overpopulation’ for the climate crisis
Climate Policies Harm Minorities

Education Related

Californians Turn a Cold Shoulder on Bill Requiring Climate Education
Social Justice Revisionism Comes for Washington and Lee
The Intellectual and Moral Decline in Academic Research

President Trump’s Impeachment

After Trump, Whom Will They Impeach Next?
The 10 biggest lies in President Trump’s impeachment trial
Three Lessons of Impeachment
Impeachment, the End of an Era, and the Conservative Challenge
Democrats’ impeachment case: all words, no point

Other US Politics and Related

Short video: President Trump’s remarks at Davos
Ignore the Fake Climate Debate
Greenpeace included with neo-Nazis on UK counter-terror list
Sanders staffer calls for left-wing violence while living lavish lifestyle
Short Video: How to End White Privilege
What’s in Republicans’ new climate-change push
Former CIA Officer On What The ‘Deep State’ Looks Like: Part 1 and Part 2
Report: China cracks down on Christian religious funerals
Time-lapse video shows massive turnout for the 2020 March for Life. (Did you see that in the news?)

Science and Misc Matters

Media ‘impartiality’ on climate change is ethically misguided and dangerous 
A New Road to Serfdom
Rule From Afar By the UN
The ‘Global Citizen’ Fraud
‘Cancel Culture’ Comes to Science
When Science Is Literally under Attack: Ad Hominem Attacks
The Mess That Is Science Publishing
The top 10 FAKE SCIENCE stories of 2019

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Energy and Environmental News: When Will We Ever Learn?

One of the main blessings of accurately understanding history, is that it gives us an unprecedented opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others — for free!  What sense does it make to repeatedly go down a path likely to fail?

If we look back at government policy decisions, it’s abundantly clear that good intentions + time and effort lots of money does NOT assure a successful outcome. Indeed, after all of these, the way-too-often actual result is:

a) the costs turn out to be enormously more than projected, and
b) the benefits are significantly less than promised, and
c) the negative “unintended” consequences are crippling, and
d) the guilty legislative parties are long gone when the results are in.

So how do we avoid this groundhog day (Russian Doll) repetition? Genuinely learn from history… Separate the wheat from the chaff… On technical issues: take the route of Real Science, not political science.

With those objectives, I’ve drafted reports on never-been-done-before perspectives about two of the pre-eminent issues of our time: climate change and wind energy.

Report #1: Climate Change

Let’s say we are having a polite, serious discussion with a legislator, scientist, environmentalist, journalist or citizen who is a climate change believer. We ask them to explain the rationale behind their position.

Inevitably the justification for their concern will be based on one or more of four different arguments (which I’m calling the four pillars). That’s fine, but the question is: do each of these pillars actually hold up to closethoroughobjective scrutiny? 

That’s what the first Report analyzes — and the answer is NO. (Although this is a complex complex matter, I’ve tried to keep it understandable to most citizens.)

CONCLUSION: This analysis is NOT proof that the climate change hypothesis is false. Rather it is conclusive evidence that the main arguments of climate change believers are amazingly weak.

That realization should be a red flag that we are again heading down a policy path that history is telling us will likely not be productive… For genuinely altruistic individuals there are many more serious proven problems that we would be better off spending our limited time, money and efforts on.

Report #2: Industrial Wind Energy

Again let’s start with the assumption that we are having a courteous, in-depth conversation with a legislator, scientist, environmentalist, journalist or citizen who is an industrial wind energy supporter. We ask them to explain the rationale behind their beliefs.

Inevitably a primary justification for their support will be that wind energy is a critically necessary component to effectively deal with climate change. The question is: does that claim hold up to comprehensive, objective, in-depth scrutiny? 

The second Report assesses that question — and the answer is NO. (Although this is a technical topic, I’ve again tried to keep this understandable to most citizens.)

CONCLUSION: This analysis is NOT proof that wind energy has zero climate change benefits. Rather it is conclusive evidence that the main justification for legislative support for wind energy is likely false.

Technical note: in almost every state, a wind project must be approved by that state’s utility commission. The number one criteria in essentially all states, is that the wind developer needs to prove to this commission that there is a “public need” for their proposed project. The main “public need” justification presented by almost all wind developers is that their wind project is necessary to meaningfully address the climate change crisis. This Report shows that such a claim has little scientific basis.

The realization of this major disconnect should be a red flag that we are again going down a policy path that history is warning us will almost certainly not be productive. If climate change is an emergency (see Report #1), we have proven solutions (e.g. nuclear power) that do substantially reduce CO2. There is no legitimate “public need” for wind energy, from any perspective.

My hope is that these two unique Reports will assist well-intentioned scientists, legislators, journalists and citizens to avoid the ditch and stick to higher-yield policy paths (with human flourishing as the objective).

If you have any constructive suggestions to improve on either of these Reports, please send me the details. I’ll update them as warranted.

Thank you for your support.

PS — Neither of these has been formally published yet. If you have connections with a major media outlet that might be interested, please let me know.

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Note 3: To accommodate numerous requests received about prior articles, we’ve put together detailed archives — where you can search by year, or over the ten+ years of the Newsletter.

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