New Study Finds Electric Cars Cost More To Refuel Than Gasoline Powered Cars

Anderson Economic Group EV Transition Series: Report Comparison: Real World Cost of Fueling EVs and ICE Vehicles compared the actual costs of fueling normally asperated cars and trucks versus all electric vehicles. Read the full study here.

The Anderson study noted that Electronic Vehicles (EVs) are, “often presumed to be less expensive to fuel than their ICE counterparts. There is a rationale in physics for this: due to greater thermal efficiency, electric motors convert energy more efficiently than combustion engines. However, this cost is only one of five.”

For a complete picture, Anderson notes that we consumers must consider:

  1. Commercial and residential electric power/fuel costs.
  2. Registration taxes.
  3. Equipment (e.g., chargers) and installation costs.
  4. Deadhead miles incurred driving to a charger or fueling station.
  5. The cost of time spent refueling

The study found:

  • There are four additional costs to powering EVs beyond electricity: cost of a home charger, commercial charging, the EV tax and “deadhead” miles.
  • For now, EVs cost more to power than gasoline costs to fuel an internal combustion car that gets reasonable gas mileage.
  • Charging costs vary more widely than gasoline prices.
  • There are significant time costs to finding reliable public chargers – even then a charger could take 30 minutes to go from 20% to an 80% charge.

In the Anderson Economic Group’s October 21, 2021 column “Real-World Electric Vehicle Fueling Costs May Surprise New EV Drivers” they wrote:

6 months of independent research finds fueling costs for electric vehicles (EV) are often higher than for internal combustion engines (ICE)

East Lansing, MI–October 21, 2021: Anderson Economic Group released today the first in a series of analyses examining the transition from ICE vehicles to EVs.

This initial 36-page study is the culmination of comprehensive research comparing the “apples-to-apples” costs involved in fueling both EVs and ICE vehicles. AEG undertook this study after noting that many commonly cited figures did not account for the true costs associated with EV charging.

AEG calculated the cost of chargers, additional road taxes, commercial charging fees, and “deadhead” miles for three different EV driving scenarios and compared these with 3 analogous ICE vehicle scenarios. The research found that fueling an EV is often more expensive than fueling an ICE vehicle. It further found that fueling costs are far more variable for EVs. The authors go on to note the significant time costs imposed on EV drivers as a result of both inadequate infrastructure and wait times associated with fueling, which can be five to ten times the cost for ICE drivers.

According to study author Patrick Anderson, “These numbers may be surprising to those who haven’t relied upon an electric vehicle, but it’s important we safeguard the public from ‘charger shock.’ Before consumers can feel comfortable buying EVs in large numbers, they need to understand the true costs involved.”

Read the full article.

About the Authors

Mr. Patrick Anderson is Anderson Economic Group’s principal and CEO. His company is one of the most recognized boutique consulting firms in the United States, with years of expertise in the US automotive industry. The company has consulted for manufacturers that include General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Honda, and others, along with nearly 200 automobile dealerships representing virtually every brand in the market.

Mr. Alston D’Souza works in Anderson Economic Group’s strategy and business valuation practice area, where he serves as senior analyst and data scientist. While at AEG, Mr. D’Souza’s work has focused on damages and market analysis. He holds a master’s degree in econometrics and quantitative economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Technology degree from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (India).

ABOUT THE ANDERSON ECONOMIC GROUP

Founded in 1996, Anderson Economic Group (AEG) is one of the most recognized boutique consulting firms in the United States. The company has offices in East Lansing, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois. The automobile industry is a primary area of specialization for the experts at AEG, who approach this critical automotive transition from a perspective that recognizes the role everyday consumer choices will play in driving EV market trends.

AEG’s automotive clients include manufacturers, suppliers, trade associations, and dealers and dealership groups.

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3 Environmental Doomsday Myths, Debunked

Climate change is real, but it’s not the end of the world.


For many, thinking about the future of our planet is terrifying. According to a global survey reported by the BBC, 56 percent of young people believe that humanity is doomed because of climate change and 45 percent say that their anxiety about the climate affects their daily lives. Here in the US, the story is much the same; three-quarters of Americans believe that climate change will result in the extinction of man, and one in five millennials believe that that extinction will occur within their lifetime.

A college student recently wrote the following in a campus newspaper about her climate anxiety:

I stay up into the early hours of the morning, Googling some variation of “Is there hope for climate change,” and “Biden climate change plan good?” (…) I fret over every piece of waste I encounter, wondering whether I should trash it or wash it and hope it qualifies for the recycling bin. What if I wash the aluminum foil I heated leftover lasagna on, does it become recyclable then? The anxiety is crippling.

Many young people clearly are suffering intense climate anxiety. And who can blame them? Because so much of the information they consume on the issue — both from the news media and social media — is apocalyptic in nature, this is an inevitable outcome.

But is the messaging they are receiving even true? Is the anxiety they are feeling justified?

A sober examination of the facts and the science would suggest not.

Here’s the truth: Climate change is indeed real and has mostly negative effects; however, climate change is not the end of the world.

So, in an effort to make the facts clear and perhaps provide a more comforting alternative to the dominant narrative among my peers, here are a few of the most common myths about the environment, debunked.

Myth #1: Human Extinction Due To Climate Change Is Imminent

At the source of much anxiety about climate change is the belief that humans are likely to go extinct sometime in the near future due to its effects. But that belief is just not correct.

Even the scientists most concerned about climate change rebuke this assertion. Michael Mann, who is a professor of atmospheric science at Penn State and a superstar of the movement to fight climate change, wrote that “There is no evidence of climate change scenarios that would render human beings extinct.”

In Michael Shellenberger’s book, Apocalypse Never, he notes that Stanford University atmospheric scientist Ken Caldeira also said that “climate change does not threaten human extinction.”

Some of the fear about human extinction undoubtedly started after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared, in 2019, that “The world is going to end in twelve years if we don’t address climate change.” But, as Shellenberger documents in his book, climate scientists from NASA said that “All the time-limited frames are bulls–t,” and a paleoclimate researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that her statement was a “mischaracterization.”

In short, there are virtually no scientists who believe, and there is no science to support, the idea that humans will go extinct from climate change.

Usually stemming from the belief that humans will go extinct from climate change is the perception that it is currently making life substantially more dangerous for humans. But, in fact, humans are actually much more protected from climate-related disasters than we were just 100 years ago.

Bjorn Lomborg, who is a visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School and a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, has shown — based on data from the International Disaster Database — that the individual risk of a climate-related death (ie. from hurricanes, droughts, extreme temperatures, etc.) has declined by 98.9% since 1920.

It is certainly the case that models project storms and other climate-related events to get more intense going forward. But (aside from the fact models have historically failed to accurately predict future climate developments) that does not necessarily mean the positive trend over the past 100 years will reverse itself.

Yes, there is climate danger. But there is also climate resilience. The reason for the dramatic reduction in climate-related deaths over the past 100 years has been the rapid economic and technological development that has characterized the US during that time. Whether it be more reliable infrastructure, access to cheap energy, or a better ability to forecast severe weather events before they take place, these have all led to rising human safety even in the face of climate change. And this has not only been observed in the US, but in countries around the world.

FEE’s Saul Zimet summed it up well when he wrote:

The climate resilience side of the equation, despite being at least as significant as the climate danger side, is often ignored in the models of future climate impact. This is because, while it is difficult to model a changing climate, it is impossible to model the future of human ingenuity, which will be composed of decisions and insights that only the people of the future can possibly know.

Every time there is a devastating hurricane, drought, heatwave, or wildfire, one can reliably expect the headlines in media outlets ranging from the New York Times to CNN to imply that these disasters are not only getting more frequent, but also more severe, due to climate change.

Roger Pielke Jr., professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, has studied both the frequency and impacts of various natural disasters. When it comes to the number of major hurricanes in the continental United States since 1900, he has not found a dramatic increase, but rather a slight decrease.

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory — which operates within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research — writes that “There is no strong evidence of increasing trends in U.S. landfalling hurricanes or major hurricanes, or of Atlantic basin-wide hurricanes or major hurricanes since the late 1800s.”

Aside from frequency, there is also the issue of intensity, of which there are two aspects. The first is how intense the storm itself is and the second is how much damage there is as a consequence of the storm. On the first question, the evidence is mixed. On the second question, it is true but misleading to say that the economic costs of natural disasters, including hurricanes, have gotten worse.

When Pielke Jr. looked into economic damages from natural disasters over time as a percentage of GDP, he found that they have actually declined.

Even so, the rising dollar number with respect to damages is often cited as evidence that hurricanes are getting worse. In Congressional Democrats’ letter advocating for a new Civilian Climate Corps (CCC), for example, they justified their claim of a “record-breaking cyclone season” by writing the following:

The United States experienced 22 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2020, shattering the previous annual record of 16 events. 2020 was the worst fire season on record, burning over 10.2 million acres and costing over $16 billion in damages and $3 billion in suppression costs. The U.S. experienced a record-breaking 30 named tropical cyclones, 7 of which became billion-dollar disasters—also a new record.

But measuring the severity of hurricanes by how much economic damage they cause is misguided because, as Bjorn Lomborg explains in his book False Alarm, it fails to take into account a phenomenon known as the “expanding bull’s-eye effect.” He writes:

[S]imilar climate impacts will result in more costly disasters because an increasing number of people with more and more valuable assets are at risk. The expanding bull’s-eye effect can be thought of as an archery target, with the rings (showing population density) telling us how many people and possessions are at risk of being hit by an imaginary arrow, or natural disaster.

As the human population increases and development takes up a greater proportion of total land — especially in high-risk areas — more natural disasters will inevitably hit somewhere within the bull’s eye, thus causing more economic damage than if there was no development there. Over the past 100 years, such development and population increase have been widespread in the US. As a result, we would expect more people to now take up space within the bull’s-eye.

Wildfires

Similarly, when it comes to wildfires, the number of acres burned annually has decreased dramatically over time. In 2014, researchers from Auburn University and the Georgia Institute of Technology found “a significant declining trend” of global burned area since 1900. Based on this study, Lomborg writes “the global amount of area burned has declined by more than 540,000 square miles, from 1.9 million square miles in the early part of last century to 1.4 million square miles today”

He has also, based on publicly available data, compiled his own numbers on the area burned in the US since 1900 as a consequence of wildfires. His data show a similar trend, with burned area reducing dramatically over time.

Moreover, a 2017 study published in Science found that “global burned area declined by ∼25% over the past 18 years.”

Despite these facts, it is also clear that more homes are now subject to the effects of wildfires than ever before. However, the reason for this can also be explained by the expanding bull’s-eye effect. In False Alarm, Lomborg notes that in 1940, there were only about 500,000 homes in high-fire-risk zones, but it was almost 7 million by 2010. To put that in perspective, the rate at which housing increased in high-fire-risk zones was more than 3 times higher than it was for the country generally. It should therefore be no surprise that more families’ homes are at risk today than they have been in the past.

Over the next 100 years, we should expect temperatures to continue to rise — just as they have in recent history. Along with that, we should expect some of the negative effects of climate change to continue as well.

However, this does not mean the world is ending; it does not mean you should stay up at night crippled with anxiety over the climate; it does not mean we should panic. Rather, we must understand why humanity has been able to adapt to a changing climate thus far and what steps are necessary to ensure human flourishing for generations to come.

This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.

COLUMN BY

Jack Elbaum

Jack Elbaum is a Hazlitt Writing Fellow at FEE and an incoming sophomore at George Washington University. His writing has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The New York Post, and the… More by Jack Elbaum

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The ‘Build Back Better Baskets’ — All Tricks but No Treats?

Here’s a video of Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) explaining Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) agenda. Pelosi also characterizes BBB as “transformative” which sounds eerily like Obama’s promise to “fundamentally transform” America.

Pelosi states, ‘The Build Back Better is 3 Baskets. ‘It’s Climate, Health, Jobs, Security and Moral Responsibility.”

According to the White House website Build Back Better is defined as follows:

The Build Back Better Agenda is an ambitious plan to create jobs, cut taxes, and lower costs for working familiesall paid for by making the tax code fairer and making the wealthiest and large corporations pay their fair share. [Emphasis added]

According to Wikipedia:

The plan is divided into three parts: the American Rescue Plan, a COVID-19 relief package, which passed in March 2021;[2] the American Jobs Plan, a proposal to rebuild America’s infrastructure and create jobs;[3] and the American Families Plan, a proposal to invest in areas related to childcare and education.[4] As of October 1, 2021, the American Rescue Plan is the only plan that has been signed into law, though proposals featured in the American Jobs Plan have been passed in the Senate through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act[Emphasis added]

So, are there are, according to the White House and Wikipedia, only three baskets? Or, according to Pelosi five baskets?

To help us better understand what is really going on with BBB, I will go with what Pelosi’s five baskets.

Let’s take a look at each of these baskets and see what’s inside of each one as we approach Halloween.

  • Basket #1 Climate: This basket is filled with green energy goodies. It’s the Green New Deal on steroids. Unfortunately, if you heat your home using natural gas or electricity you are being tricked because you energy bill will go up, not down. If you drive a car, SUV, truck or van that uses fossil fuels you have already see gasoline and diesel prices go up over 323%. There’s no treats in this basket for us consumers too. For you see went the cost of energy goes up so does the prices of consumer goods. This basket is filled with tricks and no treats. Here are three absolutes, that a good friend of mine taught me about the climate: 1. The climate changes. 2. These changes of the climate follow natural cycles (e.g. summer, fall, winter, spring) and 3. There is nothing mankind can do to change these natural cycles. BASKET #1: TRICK!
  • Basket #2 Health: What basket #2 is about is COVID. Biden, the CDC and OSHA have used COVID to fundamentally transform our economy and how we live our lives. If you don’t have a “vaccine passport” your ability to travel within the United States and overseas can be restricted or even denied. COVID is the hammer and we are the nails. Get VAXXED or get fired. Get VAXXED or you can’t shop, go to a restaurant or even celebrate the 2021 holiday season. The health weapon of choice is government mandates. Obey or suffer the consequences. BASKET #2: TRICK.
  • Basket #3 Jobs: Work for a company with more than 100 employees and don’s get VAXXED you get fired. If you are in the medical profession and work in a hospital and you choose not to get the Covid vaccine you can be fired. It that job creation? We think not. Are lockdowns job creation? We think not. Is forced unions to get jabbed helping the job market? Nope. Are the supply chain backups helping to create jobs? You can answer that one. There’s a growing number of people pushing back against the job killing programs (e.g. higher taxes on business and individuals) of Biden’s BBB agenda. BASKET #3: TRICK.
  • Basket #4 Security: Let’s start with Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan to its being blindsided by China’s new weapons system. Iran is on the rise, Biden is encouraging unvetted illegals to cross our Southern border by the tens of thousand and importing unvetted Islamists from Afghanistan. Biden’s security policy is there’s no national security policy. Get it? Got it? Good! BASKET #4: TRICK.
  • Basket #5 Moral Responsibility: Biden left Americans behind in Afghanistan. Biden supports abortion up to birth. Biden supports giving illegals voting rights and benefits over our wounded warriors. Biden has kowtowed to the most dangerous regimes in the world and left Americans to fend for themselves. We have see an increase in suicides that fit the COVID lockdowns and social isolation. Biden’s DOJ has designated parents as domestic terrorists if the speak out about public school policies during school board meetings. Democrats continue to persecute those who peacefully demonstrated on January 6th, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Those demonstrators are facing abuse and even torture while in prison. Are these morally responsible positions? NOT! BASKET #5: TRICK

Tricks or Treats?

Question: Are we getting treats or being tricked?

Answer: According to our analysis above we’re all being tricked and Biden is just getting started.

Biden laid out the following goals for his “Build Back Better” agenda:

  1. “Build a Modern Infrastructure” [More government spending]
  2. “Position the U.S. Auto Industry to Win the 21st Century with technology invented in America” [Mandate the auto industry comply or else]
  3. “Achieve a Carbon Pollution-Free Power Sector by 2035” [Green New Deal]
  4. “Make Dramatic Investments in Energy Efficiency in Buildings, including Completing 4 Million Retrofits and Building 1.5 Million New Affordable Homes” [More Green New Deal mandates]
  5. “Pursue a Historic Investment in Clean Energy Innovation” [Green New Deal on asteroids]
  6. “Advance Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation” [Famers required to be green or else]
  7. “Secure Environmental Justice and Equitable Economy Opportunity” [Equal people are not free and free people are not equal]

The Biden administrations agenda has become very clear.

If the intent of Biden is to make the lives of every American better then as of today he is a complete failure.

Conclusion

So Build Back Better is actually a massive government growth coupled with social a massive government spending spree. Not surprisingly it is inextricably tied to Covid.

To pass the Democrat/Biden Build Back Better agenda requires the American people’s cooperation. However, we are seeing more and more Americans taking up arms against this plan via civil disobedience.

Since his election, Biden’s poll numbers have dropped dramatically as he and his handlers try to implement his BBB agenda.

The backbone of Build Back Better is comply or else.

Freedom of choice. My body, my choice only applies to killing the unborn, not to you if you don’t get jabbed.

We predict as the Build Back Better agenda moves forward more and more American workers and their families will move backwards.

We sincerely hope we are wrong but unfortunately is appears were not.

The midterm elections in 2022 will be a bell weather election. If conservatives, note I did not write Republicans, don’t take control of one or both houses of Congress we are doomed

Get out and vote. Insure your state implements laws that enhance election integrity.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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Here Are All The Green New Deal Handouts Democrats Wedged Into Their $3.5 Trillion Budget

  • Democrats have inserted numerous provisions and subsidy programs into their $3.5 trillion budget that would benefit green energy companies and speed the transition to renewables.
  • “The whole thing is ridiculous,” Myron Ebell, the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “It would be laughable except it’s not laughable because it’s going to have tremendously negative economic consequences.”
  • The budget would include a credit worth as much as $12,500 for consumers who purchase a new electric vehicle, $2,500 for electric motorcycles purchased and even $1,500 for electric bicycles, according to Ebell.
  • A key part of the budget is the $150 billion Clean Electricity Performance Program — the centerpiece of the bill’s climate agenda — which would incentivize energy companies to produce fewer emissions through a series of grants and fees.

Democrats have inserted numerous provisions and subsidy programs into their $3.5 trillion budget that would benefit green energy companies and speed the transition to renewables.

The Build Back Better Act would invest an estimated $295 billion of taxpayer money into a variety of clean energy programs in what would amount to the most sweeping climate effort passed by Congress, according to a House Committee on Energy and Commerce report. That price tag doesn’t factor in the other costly measures approved by the House Ways and Means, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Oversight and Transportation committees last month.

“This bill is crammed with green welfare subsidies, specifically for corporations and the wealthy,” House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin Brady told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview.

“They are extending and creating a whole host of green energy tax credits such as electric transmission property, zero emissions facilities and clean hydrogen,” the Texas Republican continued. “These are no longer merely tax credits, which count against the taxes you owe. These are direct pay. In effect, they’re government checks from Washington.”

The credits Brady referenced would incentivize the development of new transmission lines delivering renewable energy nationwide, reward facilities that produce zero or net negative carbon emissions and offset major costs associated with producing clean hydrogen power. But these subsidies represent a small portion of the giveaways packed into the legislation.

Overall, the bill includes major aspects of the Green New Deal, the behemoth climate legislation first proposed by progressive lawmakers in 2019. The Green New Deal has an estimated price tag of nearly $93 trillion and would cost American families as much as $65,300 per year.

‘The whole thing is ridiculous’

Democrats’ budget would include a credit worth as much as $12,500 for consumers who purchase a new electric vehicle, $2,500 for electric motorcycles purchase and even $1,500 for electric bicycles, according to Myron Ebell, the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Roughly $13.5 billion would be invested in building new electric vehicle infrastructure nationwide.

President Joe Biden recently set a goal for 50% of all vehicles purchased in 2030 to be electric. In addition, his administration said the U.S. would cut emissions 50% by 2030, have 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

“The whole thing is ridiculous,” Ebell told the DCNF. “It would be laughable except it’s not laughable because it’s going to have tremendously negative economic consequences. We can’t meet any of these targets, but in trying to do so we can do a huge amount of economic damage.” (RELATED: Experts Slam Biden’s Plan To Build Government-Funded Wind Farms)

The budget is a key cog in the president’s aggressive climate agenda and crusade against global warming which his administration has labeled a “crisis” multiple times since he took office. Days into his presidency, Biden nixed the Keystone XL pipeline permit, opened the door for sweeping regulation on fossil fuel producers and banned new oil and gas leasing on federal lands, but each executive action was met with a fierce response from states.

Since then, the president hasn’t just railed against fossil fuels, instead actively promoting renewable energy technology. His administration said Wednesday it would build seven wind farms nationwide that would have the capacity to provide enough energy to power 10 million homes by 2030.

“These technologies aren’t science fiction,” Biden remarked after a Sept. 14 tour of a National Renewable Energy Laboratory facility in Colorado. “They’re ready to be installed across the country right now.”

The Build Back Better Act would additionally implement a production tax credit for wind, solar and geothermal energy, according to Ebell. There is also an investment tax credit in the bill that would benefit developers of energy storage devices.

Clean Electricity Performance Program

Perhaps chief among the climate policies found in the Build Back Better Act is the $150 billion Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP). The program, which is the centerpiece of the bill’s climate agenda, would incentivize energy companies to produce fewer emissions through a series of grants and fees.

“The CEPP is a repackaged version of a number of green energy proposals that have been made both recently and over the years to — we used to say nudge — now it’s much more of a heavy push towards utilities generating at least 85% clean energy,” American Institute for Economic Research senior faculty Ryan Yonk told the DCNF.

If an energy supplier increases their clean output by 4% compared to the previous year, it would be eligible for a sizable grant under the CEPP, according to the Energy and Commerce Committee. Companies that don’t increase clean energy by that amount will be punished with a large fine payable to the Department of Energy.

The program mandates that companies use grants to make energy more affordable for consumers. It also prohibits them from passing program costs to consumers, but fails to outline how it would ensure price increases aren’t tied to CEPP fines.

CEPP, though, continues to face opposition from Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who could be the deciding vote for the budget, Politico reported. Manchin reportedly wants to gut much of the program and include a broader definition of “clean energy.”

However, when asked in September about whether he would sign a budget bill with fewer climate provisions, Biden said he was “for more climate measures.” (RELATED: ‘We’re Off Track’: Here’s How Republicans Plan To Move The Needle On Climate Change)

‘What’s the goal?’

“It’s not based on science. It’s not based on an overall strategic plan. It’s a lot of feel good stuff,” Republican Utah Rep. John Curtis, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and chair of the Conservative Climate Caucus, told the DCNF when asked about the budget. “What are we trying to accomplish? What’s the goal? Nobody’s articulated that.”

He noted, for example, that the U.S. falls far short of the grid capacity to handle the number of electric vehicle charging stations the budget would fund. The budget hasn’t received the support of a single elected Republican, not even Curtis, who has backed many climate policies.

The bill also fails to acknowledge the shortfalls of such a rapid transition to renewable energy, Yonk said. Many projects, such as wind and solar, are still not profitable decades after investment began pouring into renewables.

In 2020, just 12% of the energy consumed by Americans came from renewables, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Solar and wind, which account for a large fraction of renewable energy produced, are nature-dependent and can be unreliable.

While producers often tout the energy capacity of solar and wind, they produce less than half of that capacity on average, EIA data showed. A rapid shift to renewables in Europe was a catalyst in the ongoing energy crisis that has seen oil, gas and coal prices skyrocket, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Renewables require large battery storage facilities to overcome some of the problems posed by their intermittent nature, but the U.S. has a total storage power capacity of almost 2 gigawatts, according to an EIA report in August. By comparison, the U.S. consumed about 3.8 million gigawatts per hour last year.

“We really don’t know what an energy market could look like because we subsidize and regulate all the different pieces of it,” Yonk told the DCNF. “We’ve taken what could be determined by individuals making their own choices and substituted it with a political solution where the values of those who lobby — whether they be on the green side or the energy production side — are what actually determines where we get things from.”

“As a result, we get things like the production tax credit or the investment tax credit that says, ‘okay, if you do these narrow list of things, we will provide a subsidy,’” he continued.

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China’s Stunning Green Energy Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

As reported in the FrontPageMag article “Red China Tried To Go Green, Now It’s Going Dark,” the U.S. is currently experiencing widespread supply chain disruptions caused in part by China’s disastrous renewable energy collapse, which has led to a severely crippled economy brought on by widespread power blackouts.

Democrats tout green energy as a “clean” and “renewable” source of electricity. They also say that producing green energy has minimal impact on the environment (that’s a flat-out lie). For those who have been led to believe that green energy is “clean,” I strongly urge them to watch Michael Moore’s jaw-dropping documentary, “Planet of the Humans.”

The 2019 feature length film exposes the Democratic Party’s push for subsidized wind and solar energy for what it is: a brazen environmental hoax that causes eye-popping harm to the environment, while funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to Al Gore and other inside investors in government-backed green energy projects.

Please take the time to watch two movie trailers of Moore’s film, here and here, and then please watch the entire documentary with your family, especially if you have children or grandchildren who’ve been brainwashed with renewable energy propaganda.

Australia’s Green Energy Collapse

China is not the only country that got slammed by the green energy hoax.

A 2012 article trumpeting the alleged success of Australia’s green energy subsidies includes an image of a kangaroo back-dropped by a sun-drenched sky. The image was used to conjure the happy thought illusion of a future filled with a limitless supply of cheap and clean renewable energy. You can see that image here.

Three years later, in 2015, the Daily Signal published an article titled “In Australia, the Green Energy Fantasy Has Collapsed.” Excerpt:

“Following in the footsteps of Germany, Spain and Italy, Australia is the latest country to veer away from the duplicitous path of green energy mandates, taxes and subsidies. Earlier this month, Reuters reported the collapse of the wind power market in Australia, causing the country’s Labor government to pull the plug on state subsidies for the renewable energy industry. Without those subsidies, investor interest evaporates.”

While renewable energy was falling flat on its face Down Under, a procession of doomed-to-fail green energy projects were launched in the U.S., where billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies funded wind and solar start-ups by politically connected allies of the Obama administration.

To gain support for what turned out to be a long trail of failed renewable energy projects, President Obama repeatedly assured American voters that the projects would not only save the planet, but would also produce an abundance of high-paying green energy jobs, the same thing that was told to voters in Australia.

Green Jobs Bull in Spain

Voters in Spain were given the same assurance. But in the birthplace of corrida de toros, government assurances that subsidized renewable energy projects would create an economic boom for the ages turned out to be a big load of green jobs bull.

According to a 2009 study at Madrid’s Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, promises of a green jobs bonanza proved to be pie in the sky. The study, conducted by Professor Gabriel Calzada, found that for every green job created, Spain lost 2.2 jobs in other sectors of the economy.

The result? Unable to remain globally competitive, Spanish manufacturers moved in droves to other countries, taking with them many of their most talented employees. With the beleaguered nation’s economy in shambles from having been saddled with stratospheric carbon taxes, unemployment soared to 26% in 2013, forcing Spain to put its green energy bull out to pasture.

Green Jobs Bull Returns to the White House

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden promised voters he would lead the devastated Covid economy to an epic comeback by “Building Back Better.” How? By creating an endless stream of green energy jobs, the same bogus promise President Obama made.

Biden’s campaign website boldly stated that he would “make the largest investment in history in American innovation, including research to unlock and deploy new zero-carbon technologies for the future, and create stable, well-paying jobs across the U.S.”

Translation: Open wide, gullible Americans. You’re being fed a heaping plate of green jobs bull.

To trick voters to acquiesce to the knee buckling carbon taxes called for in the Green New Deal, President Biden is using the same renewable energy scam described in Michael Moore’s “Planet of the Humans.” Please be sure to watch the film and share it with your friends and family. Seeing it will forever change the way low information voters look at renewable energy.

The Elmer Gantry of Renewable Energy

Global movements that demand trillions of dollars in new taxes should be judged by the credibility of their most outspoken advocates. In the environmental arena, no one is more outspoken than Al Gore.

Few insiders have personally profited from the renewable energy scam more than the former vice president. When he left office in 2001, his net worth was estimated at $1 million to $2 million. Since then, his wealth has skyrocketed to $300 million. If the New Green Deal legislation he supports is enacted, he stands to become a billionaire.

Much of his enviable fortune has come as an inside investor in renewable energy projects that went belly-up, but not before politically connected insiders made off with millions, leaving hardworking U.S. taxpayers stuck with the bill.

Like all wealthy eco-preachers, the Elmer Gantry of Renewable Energy uses his immense wealth to indulge in lavish living. When asked by Rep. Marsha Blackburn during his 2009 testimony before Congress whether he personally profits from his advocacy of global warming, Pastor Al professed a vow of poverty: “Every penny I have made I have put into a non-profit deal, the Alliance for Climate Protection, to spread awareness of why we have to take on this challenge. And Congresswoman, if you believe the reason I have been working on this issue for 30 years is out of greed, you do not know me.” If you’ve never seen the tense encounter, you do not want to miss it:

Turned out Rep. Blackburn knows him quite well. As the proud owner of a gargantuan green energy fortune, Pastor Al looked her squarely in the eye and denied making even a penny of profit. If every penny he makes goes into a non-profit deal, how did he end up with $300 million? The same way his alter ego pilfered money from the Lord: by concealing his true stripes.

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Millions Died Thanks to the Mother of Environmentalism

On Jan. 24, 2017, PBS aired a two-hour special on Rachel Carson, the mother of the environmental movement. Although the program crossed the line from biography to hagiography, in Carson’s case, the unbridled praise was well deserved – with one exception.

Rachel Carson was an American hero. In the early 1960s, she was the first to warn that a pesticide called DDT could accumulate in the environment, the first to show that it could harm fish, birds, and other wildlife, the first to warn that its overuse would render it ineffective, and the first to predict that more natural means of pest control – like bacteria that killed mosquito larvae – should be used instead.

Unfortunately, the PBS documentary neglected to mention that in her groundbreaking book, Silent Spring, Carson had made one critical mistake – and it cost millions of people their lives.

Carson’s Literary Acclaim

On Nov. 1, 1941, Rachel Carson published her first book, Under the Sea-WindAlthough written for adults, the book had a child-like sense of wonder. Under the Sea-Wind told the story of Silverbar, a sanderling that migrated from the Arctic Circle to Argentina; Scomber, a mackerel that traveled from New England to the Continental Shelf; and Anguilla, an American eel that journeyed to the Sargasso Sea to spawn. “There is poetry here,” wrote one reviewer.

On July 2, 1951, Carson published her second book, The Sea Around Us. Two months later, The Sea Around Us was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, where it remained for 39 weeks: a record. When the dust settled, The Sea Around Us had sold more than 1.3 million copies, been translated into 32 languages, won the National Book Award, and been made into a movie. Editors of the country’s leading newspapers voted Rachel Carson “Woman of the Year.”

In October 1955, Carson published her third book, The Edge of the Sea, a tour guide for the casual adventurer. The New Yorker serialized it, critics praised it and the public loved it: more than 70,000 copies were sold as it rocketed to #4 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Today, most people under the age of 40 have probably never heard of Rachel Carson. But in the early 1960s, almost every American knew her name.

Demonizing DDT

On Sept. 27, 1962, Rachel Carson changed her tone. Her next book, Silent Spring, which she called her “poison book,” was an angry, no-holds-barred polemic against pesticides: especially DDT.

The first chapter of Silent Spring, titled “A Fable for Tomorrow,” was almost biblical, appealing to our sense that we had sinned against our Creator. “There was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings. Then a strange blight crept over the area and everything began to change… the cattle and sheep sickened and died… streams were lifeless… everywhere there was the shadow of death.”

Birds, especially, had fallen victim to this strange evil. In a town that had once “throbbed with scores of bird voices there was now no sound, only silence.” A silent spring. Birds weren’t alone in their suffering. According to Carson, children suffered sudden death, aplastic anemia, birth defects, liver disease, chromosomal abnormalities, and leukemia – all caused by DDT. And women suffered infertility and uterine cancer.

Carson made it clear that she wasn’t talking about something that might happen – she was talking about something that had happened. Our war against nature had become a war against ourselves.

In May 1963, Rachel Carson appeared before the Department of Commerce and asked for a “Pesticide Commission” to regulate the untethered use of DDT. Ten years later, Carson’s “Pesticide Commission” became the Environmental Protection Agency, which immediately banned DDT. Following America’s lead, support for international use of DDT quickly dried up.

The Global Killer

Although DDT soon became synonymous with poison, the pesticide was an effective weapon in the fight against an infection that has killed – and continues to kill – more people than any other: malaria.

By 1960, due largely to DDT, malaria had been eliminated from 11 countries, including the United States. As malaria rates went down, life expectancies went up; as did crop production, land values, and relative wealth.

Probably no country benefited from DDT more than Nepal, where spraying began in 1960. At the time, more than two million Nepalese, mostly children, suffered from malaria. By 1968, the number was reduced to 2,500; and life expectancy increased from 28 to 42 years.

After DDT was banned, malaria reemerged across the globe:

  • In India, between 1952 and 1962, DDT caused a decrease in annual malaria cases from 100 million to 60,000. By the late 1970s, no longer able to use DDT, the number of cases increased to 6 million.
  • In Sri Lanka, before the use of DDT, 2.8 million people suffered from malaria. When the spraying stopped, only 17 people suffered from the disease. Then, no longer able to use DDT, Sri Lanka suffered a massive malaria epidemic: 1.5 million people were infected by the parasite.
  • In South Africa, after DDT became unavailable, the number of malaria cases increased from 8,500 to 42,000 and malaria deaths from 22 to 320.

Since the mid-1970s, when DDT was eliminated from global eradication efforts, tens of millions of people have died from malaria unnecessarily: most have been children less than five years old. While it was reasonable to have banned DDT for agricultural use, it was unreasonable to have eliminated it from public health use.

Costing Lives

Environmentalists have argued that when it came to DDT, it was pick your poison. If DDT was banned, more people would die from malaria. But if DDT wasn’t banned, people would suffer and die from a variety of other diseases, not the least of which was cancer. However, studies in Europe, Canada, and the United States have since shown that DDT didn’t cause the human diseases Carson had claimed.

Indeed, the only type of cancer that had increased in the United States during the DDT era was lung cancer, which was caused by cigarette smoking. DDT was arguably one of the safer insect repellents ever invented – far safer than many of the pesticides that have taken its place.

Carson’s supporters argued that, had she lived longer, she would never have promoted a ban on DDT for the control of malaria. Indeed, in Silent Spring, Carson wrote, “It is not my contention that chemical pesticides never be used.” But it was her contention that DDT caused leukemia, liver disease, birth defects, premature births, and a whole range of chronic illnesses.

An influential author can’t, on the one hand, claim that DDT causes leukemia (which, in 1962, was a death sentence) and then, on the other hand, expect that anything less than that a total ban of the chemical would result.

In 2006, the World Health Organization reinstated DDT as part of its effort to eradicate malaria. But not before millions of people had died needlessly from the disease.

Reprinted from The Daily Beast.

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Paul A. Offit

Paul A. Offit is a professor of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the author of Pandora’s Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong (National Geographic Press, April 2017).

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Climate Facts In One Minute

The Left is notorious for burying information beneath thousands of pages to hide the truth behind climate change. The recent 4,000-page AR6 Climate report from the UN’s IPCC is a case in point.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get the straight facts without having to sort through countless hours or pages of alarmist spin?

Well, look no further. CFACT’s new YouTube series the “Morano Minute” lays out climate facts and analysis while it pokes fun at the hypocrisy and lies of the Green Left – all in just one minute!

Hosted by CFACT’s own Marc Morano, editor of Climate Depot, the series is already making waves.

Recent segments cover how Virginians are fighting against a new climate law destined to make Virginia more like California’s failed energy grid. Other videos eviscerate the media’s attempt to blame the disastrous fall of Afghanistan on climate change, poke fun at environmentalists’ “climate religion,” and lay bare the hypocrisy of climate alarmists using the armadillo as a mascot for both warming today and cooling back in the 1970’s.

Are you itching for truth in a world where there’s nothing but political spin?

Watch the Morano Minute, share with a friend, and let’s debunk the lies of the Green Left together!

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STOP National Heritage Areas! Or Death by a thousand cuts.

When I first learned of a plan to create a National Heritage Area (NHA) in NW Florida, I learned it would supposedly create economic development through historic and cultural tourism and would showcase our historic sites. That didn’t sound concerning.  Then I discovered that it would encompass 14 counties, be funded through your hard earned tax dollars, be operated by a non-elected, non-government entity and be associated with the National Park Service.  That is when alarm bells went off.

National Heritage Areas are pork-barrel programs with the very real potential of impacting the private property rights of those landowners located within the NHA boundaries.

Most people that I’ve talked to know nothing about National Heritage Areas, or have even heard of a NHA.  That is including people who live in existing NHAs

WHAT ARE NATIONAL HERITAGE AREAS?

According to the National Park Service (NPS), “National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape….NPS partners with, provides technical assistance, and distributes matching federal funds from Congress to NHA entities. NPS does not assume ownership of land inside heritage areas or impose land use controls” National Park Service website.

The first NHA was established in 1984. There are currently 55 National Heritage Areas scattered throughout the country.  Each NHA receives up to $700,000 per NHA per year of your hard earned federal tax dollars via the National Park Service.  Their enabling legislation claims there is a “sunset” where they are self sustaining financially and do not require your taxpayer dollars.

So far, none of the 55 NHAs have become self-sustaining and instead are a perpetual drain on the federal budget, with the older NHAs receiving reauthorization for more years-worth of our tax dollars.  Watch the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands testimony of June 15, 2021.  See the Congressmen as well as the Dept. of the Interior/National Park Service representative and others talk of a looming “crisis” where 30 of the 55 NHAs sunset on 9/30/2021 and they all desperately need re-authorization into the future to obtain more of your taxpayer dollars.  They are supposed to be self sustaining but they are NOT.

Add to that the fact that the National Park Service is over $18 Billion (with a B!) behind in repairs and maintenance of the park system.  The alliance of NHAs has a chart on their web site bemoaning that the federal government has only provided them with 33% of the promised funding.  So, they promise communities money, but the NHA doesn’t receive it, so what makes you think the community gets it?

In the testimony, they said, “we are a great bargain!  You gave us $20 million last year and we earned over $80 million in matching funds.”  We are to believe they are bringing in more money than Congress is giving them yet they want more of your tax money.  Something does not add up. If that is true, they are self sustaining and do not need federal – meaning your wallet – support.

Currently before the 117th Congress is HR1316/S 1942, a bill to standardize National Heritage Areas and create the National Heritage Areas System that will now include National Trails, National Rivers and all the other cats and dog programs under the NPS.   This will expand this program and, of course, require more of your federal tax dollars.

We must urge Representatives Rutherford, Cammack, Waltz, Diaz-Balart, Bilirakis, Steube, Salazar, Scott, Mast, Gaetz and Dunn as well Senators Scott and Rubio to vote NO on  HR1316/S1942 and any other NHA legislation.  It is up to us to tell them to reject National Heritage Areas.

The Great Setup!

Typically, NHA enabling documents contain language that, according to proponents, is designed to protect private property rights by allowing property owners to refrain from participating in any planned project or activity within the heritage areas, not requiring any owner to permit public access to property and not altering any existing land use regulation, approved land use plan, or other regulatory authority.

In practice however, local government officials can be and are pressured by the NHA management entity to pass zoning laws and regulations not otherwise needed in order to support the NHA management plan. This is known as regulatory taking.  In regulatory taking, you still own the property and pay taxes on it, but you aren’t reimbursed for any loss of use or value through restrictive zoning and ordinances passed by local and county governments to support the NHA management plan.

“National heritage areas are preservation zones where land use and property rights can be restricted. They give the National Park Service and preservation interest groups (many with histories of hostility toward property rights) substantial influence by giving them the authority to create land use “management plans” and then the authority to disburse federal money to local governments to promote their plans.” National Center for Public Policy Research, 2007 letter sent to congressional leaders and pertinent committee members.

So, whether by design or not, NHAs are the Great Setup for government to impose new infringements on your personal property rights.

NHA NEGATIVE IMPACTS

So you may wonder if and where negative impacts have occurred in conjunction with National Heritage Areas. If you ask the National Park Service they will tell you there have been no negative impacts or complaints.  But it’s not true. Here are just a few of the examples I’ve found.

In their own words!

  1. If you don’t think the Interior Dept and NPS consider the NHA under their control consider this from the National Environmental Policy Act Guide for National Heritage Area Management Plans: Section 2 Environmental Compliance:

“Since NHA management plans are approved by the Secretary of the Interior, the approval is considered a Federal action and, therefore, federal environmental laws including NEPA and other laws, such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), must be followed.”

  1. The official management plan for the Blackstone River National Heritage Corridor, prepared by the Center for Rural Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts, Amhearst, declares: “At some point, a sufficient level of concern is reached along with a growing concern that voluntary, non-regulatory measures are themselves insufficient to ensure that environmental, cultural and historic resources are adequately protected against indiscriminate and inappropriate development.”
  2. “As a first step, each of the jurisdictions within the Heritage Area that has not already done so will need to recognize the JTHG National Heritage Area and related parks, trails and sites in its comprehensive plan and identify its resources and qualities as a priority for conservation and preservation in the county. The JTHG Partnership will work to ensure that all counties participate in NHA initiatives and recognize the NHA in their plans.” Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area Management Plan, July 2012

Examples of NHA impact

“In Wheeling, the legislature designated the downtown area as a National Heritage Area in October 2000 when it passed the Wheeling National Heritage Act (WNHAA). This act created the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation (WNHAC) to manage and redevelop the area. In 2002, The WHNAC proposed to convert 90 percent of downtown Wheeling into a ‘Victorian-themed outlet mall.’ This plan would have condemned properties and transferred them from their present owners to private retail businesses chosen by City officials (Berliner 2003). Fortunately, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled the financing of the plan unconstitutional in May 2003.” Unleashing Capitalism: Why Prosperity Stops at the West Virginia Border and How to Fix It, Russell S. Sobel, Ph.D. Editor, Chapter 7, Edward J. López, Carrie B. Kerekes, George D. Johnson.

“When Augusta Canal NHA was undergoing initial approval, the National Park Service urged the House Resources Committee to withhold federal funds from Augusta Canal until a commitment was shown by those overseeing the creation of the NHA to implement stricter zoning laws and even create a state park.” Great National Land Grab, Peyton Knight, 2003

(Former) Deputy Director of the National Park Service, Donald Murphy, testified before the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks that one of the things the Park Service does when administering National Heritage Areas is survey land that would be suitable for future National Parks or National Park expansions. National Heritage Areas, The Land Grab Continues, Tom DeWeese, October 2012

“My county literally tried to ban cattle fencing in the middle of cowboy country. They zoned everything outside of the city as a park, at the same time they tried to join an existing NHA neighboring us.”   Angel Cushing, via email, 8/19/2021, Lyon County, KS.

Folks, we have a National Property Rights Crisis. Here is a summary of reasons to be very concerned about NHAs:

  1. CONCERNS ABOUT NATIONAL HERITAGE AREAS INFLUENCE ON PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS NHA claim they protect private property rights.  History has shown that local government officials are pressured by the NHA management entity to pass zoning laws and regulations not otherwise needed in order to support the NHA management plan. Private property owners can lose the right to use and enjoy their properties as they see fit.  This often results in a loss of value.
  2. LACK OF TRANSPARENCY NHAs are often created without citizens knowledge and certainly not by public vote.  NHA boundaries are created without the public’s consent. No notification is given to landowners of the creation of the NHA or of NHA management entity actions.
  • NO PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY A private group or organization will manage the NHA. They not accountable to the public for their management actions. They are not elected and therefore, if you don’t like what they do, you can’t vote them out.  You cannot submit a Freedom of Information Act Request to find out what they are doing.
  1. MORE GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY The National Park Service oversight for the NHA adds another layer of government bureaucracy.
  2. SOLUTION LOOKING FOR A PROBLEM Local, state and federal regulations and programs, grants and private nonprofits already exist to promote the economy and preserve history and heritage.  NHAs duplicate those efforts.
  3. CONTINUOUS DRAIN ON TAXPAYERS None of the National Heritage Areas in existence have become self-sufficient and are chronically dependent upon additional federal funding at taxpayer expense.  30 of the 55 are begging Congress for reauthorization before their free taxpayer money runs out 9/30/2021. 
  • FIX OUR NATIONAL PARKS FIRST National Heritage Areas funnel resources away from the National Park Service’s main mission of taking care of already existing national parks. NPS money is better spent toward maintenance and repair backlogs of over $18 BILLION according to the website Smart Asset. 
  • NHA—THE ANTITHESIS OF FREE MARKET, LOCAL INITIATIVE AND CONTROL The initial push for a NHA is fueled by the desires of a special interest group or groups or a federal agency. It is sold as a community benefit to facilitate “economic development” but the NHA’s “economic development” is choosing and promoting businesses that fit their management plan.

What can we do to stop National Heritage Areas?

Here is my bottom line:  In my opinion, I do not trust the Congress or the NPS to operate this program in a manner that protects our private property rights in the long term.  We have a National Property Rights Crisis.  I don’t want any more National Heritage Areas.

NHAs are established via a federal law.  Typically, one or more US House Members and one or more US Senators in the Proposed NHA will sponsor bills creating a NHA.  If passed, it goes to the President where it is signed into law.  The key is to stop NHA legislation before it reaches Congress.  We must convince House Members and Senators that there is widespread public opposition to any NHA.  We must not only convince them not to sponsor a bill but to reject co-sponsoring or voting for any NHA bill.  Right now, there are efforts in Florida to create the Nation’s Oldest Port NHA in the area around St Augustine.  Congressman Rutherford of Jacksonville has introduced H.R. 2107, the Nation’s Oldest Port National Heritage Area Act.  Co-Sponsors (Rs): Cammack, Waltz, Diaz-Balart, Bilirakis, Steube, Salazar, Scott, Mast, Gaetz, Dunn.  Tell them all to vote NO on any bill authorizing or funding a National Heritage Area.

Sign our “Stop FL Panhandle Maritime National Heritage Area” petition.  (This site hosts multiple petitions so please make sure to find ours) Visit:  https://www.petitions.net/stop_panhandle_nha

Visit our web site:  www.StopNHA.com    and Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/StopNHA

Don’t underestimate word of mouth.  Talk to everyone you know about this important topic.  They can contact us via the facebook page to arrange meetings with interested citizens.  Have them demand Congressmen oppose this.

Contact Information for US House Members from Florida and US Senators from Florida

Their Phone:

  • Senator Rick Scott: C. 202 224-5274
  • Senator Marco Rubio: C. 202 224-3041
  • Representative Matt Gaetz (FL CD 1): C. 202 225 4136;
  • Representative Neal Dunn (FL CD 2): D.C. 202-225-5235
  • Representative Kat Cammack (FL CD 3): D.C. 202 225-5744
  • Representative John Rutherford (FL CD 5): C.   202-225-2501
  • Representative Michael G. Waltz (FL CD 6): D.C. 202 225-2706

Their Email:

Their Twitter:

Their Facebook: 

  • Senator Rick Scott: https://www.facebook.com/RickScottSenOffice
  • Senator Marco Rubio: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorMarcoRubio
  • Representative Matt Gaetz (FL CD 1): https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanMattGaetz
  • Representative Neal Dunn (FL CD 2): https://www.facebook.com/DrNealDunnFL2
  • Representative Kat Cammack (FL CD 3): https://www.facebook.com/RepKatCammack
  • Representative John Rutherford (FL CD 5): https://www.facebook.com/RepRutherfordFL
  • Representative Michael G. Waltz (FL CD 6): https://www.facebook.com/MichaelWaltzForCongress  or https://www.facebook.com/michael.waltz.18

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FAIR AND BALANCED AWED NEWSLETTER: We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

Welcome! We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

Note 1: Each issue now has a link, so it’s simple to share on social media. We’re also hoping that the new Newsletter format makes it easier to read.

Note 2: Our two recent powerful reports on COVID-19 are here and here.

Note 3: Please watch this thought-provoking short video:

Have You Heard the Buffalo Paradox? — and then pass it on!


— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —


COVID-19 — Therapies:

Ivermectin is effective for COVID-19 when used early. Analysis of 65 studies

Directories of Physicians who may prescribe Ivermectin: here, here and here

Overcoming the Blockade — Getting Ivermectin Prescriptions Filled

I-MASK Early Outpatient Treatment for COVID-19

Report: The FDA COVID-19 Drug Approval Process: Remdesivir vs Ivermectin

Report: India’s Ivermectin Blackout – The Secret Revealed

Video: Dr. Campbell discusses COVID-19 response by India

Misleading clinical evidence and systematic reviews on ivermectin for COVID-19

Doctor Cites Early Treatment as Reason for Success with 6,000 Covid Patients

NIH doesn’t recommend ivermectin as some members have conflicting financial interests

Pfizer’s Study For COVID-19 Drug That’s Suspiciously Similar to Ivermectin

Merck says its new COVID-19 pill reduces the risk of hospitalization and death

Fluvoxamine data for COVID-19 Treatment

COVID-19 — Vaccines:

FDA Panel Member on COVID Vaccines: Heart Attacks Happen 71x More Often

80% of COVID-19 deaths in August were people who had been vaccinated

30,305 people died within 21 days of having a Covid-19 Vaccine in England

Essay: Vaccine Damage And Deaths Are Becoming Widespread

Censorship: YouTube is blocking all anti-vaccine content

Pfizer Admits: Israel is Massive Experiment for mRNA Gene Therapy Shots

Two predictions – one from a skeptic, the other a vaccine advocate

Short Video: COVID-19 Vaccine Data From Singapore

Short Video: Israel’s Alarming Data

Short video: Inadvertent intravenous injections

COVID-19 — Vaccine Mandates:

Response: We Would Get a COVID-19 Vaccine, IF…

NY Court Recognizes Irreparable Harm to Health Care Workers

Some Resources to Stop Mandatory Vaccinations

Acquired immunity as a legal challenge to COVID-19 vaccination mandates

Study: Durable and broad immune memory after SARS-CoV-2 infection

Study: Acquired COVID-19 immunity in the US vs vaccinating people

Army Doctor Calls on Pentagon to Ground ALL Pilots Who have had COVID Shots

NC Hospital Suspends Nearly 400 Employees For Refusing COVID Vaccine

Most NY healthcare workers fired over mandate won’t get unemployment insurance

NYC Mandatory School Vaccine Policies are Struck Down by the Courts
Short video: ”Constitutional County” Chautauqua County Legislature

Video: Norway DROPS All Restrictions and Chooses to Live with COVID-19

House Republicans Introduce Health Freedom For All Act

COVID-19 — Models and Data:

Are Face Masks Effective? The Evidence.

Interview with Jessica Rose, PhD — VAERS: What do the Data Tell us

Study: COVID-19 Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals have similar viral loads

CDC Allows Hospitals to Classify Dead Vaxxed People as “Unvaccinated”

Safety Signals for COVID Vaccines are Loud and Clear

Does Alabama’s football stadium tell us the risk of dying from a COVID-19?

Covid-19 Vaccine Ingredients

COVID-19 — Misc:

Report: Scientific Observations about the Medical Establishment’s Handling of COVID-19

Pandemic: Political and economic consequences underneath a false flagged health banner

The Spartacus Letter

Short video: Have You Heard the Buffalo Paradox?

A detailed list of retracted COVID-19 papers and studies

Letter to Earlham College Administrators

Looking for a rapid COVID-19 test? A few things to know before you buy one

Fox guarding the henhouse? Yes, indeed!

Report: The Masked Ball of Cowardice

Video: Special Investigation — What Really Happened in Wuhan

Greed Energy Economics:

Short video: The Great Texas Freeze of 2021

Europe’s energy crisis goes from bad to worse as Russia keeps firm grip on supply

New legislation would set Michigan wind turbine tax table

Renewable Energy Health and Ecosystem Consequences:

Crippling Cost of Ontario’s Obsession With Wind Power: 71% Increase in Power Bills

Slaughter of the seabirds

Wind Energy:

Conservation group backs permanent moratorium on Great Lakes turbines

Turbine Noise Nuisance Case Uncovers Wind Industry’s Culture of Lies & Deceit

New Documentary: Headwind”21

The List of Wind Energy Rejections the Sierra Club Doesn’t Want You to See

Wind turbine collapses hours before official launch

Solar Energy:

Solar trade woes cast a pall over Biden’s climate goals

Thirst for renewable energy creates a rural conundrum

The Backyard Battle for New York’s Climate Future

Vermont Does Something Right about Solar

Nuclear Energy:

Fukushima studies show wildlife is doing nicely without humans

Fossil Fuel Energy:

How cheap fracking was killed by Green lies and Russian propaganda

Fossil Fuels are a strategic asset

It Looks Like America’s Energy Future Is Still Going to Be a Gas

China rations electricity amid coal shortages and climate push

The Next Plandemic – China’s Faux Energy Crisis

Misc Energy:

Are Big Electric Utilities But A Circle of Corruption Today?

Clean Electricity Performance Program A Corporatist Takeover

Looming European energy crisis: A lesson in averages that won’t soon be forgotten

Australia’s big Tesla battery sued for not helping during coal power station failure

Energy efficiency savings rival total Wind & Solar generation

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

Climate narcissism

Climate change gets the blame for simple bureaucratic failures

South Pole posts most severe cold season on record

Stossel Sues Facebook Alleging Defamation Over Fact-Check Label

US Election:

Election-Integrity.info (10 major election reports by our team of experts, plus much more!)

Manchin Senate Election Bill (S2747)

Testimony against the Restoring Voting Rights Act

Special Report on the 2020 Presidential Election Results, Part II

Senators Propose to Take Away Freedoms in So-Called “Freedom To Vote Act”

Billions hidden in $3.5 trillion bill to tilt election scale

US Election — Arizona:

Arizona Audit Report: Key Findings

Full Maricopa Audit Documents

Commentary on the Maricopa Audit Results

Video: Bannon post audit analysis 9-26

US Election — Other State Issues:

The PA GOP Offers Another Election “Reform” Bill That Does Nothing To Fix Elections

RNC Challenges Vermont Legislation Giving Voting Rights to Non-Citizens

Wisconsin Sure Has a Lot of 124-Year-Old Registered Voters on Its Rolls

US Politics and Socialism:

Biden’s UN Talk: Something transparently obvious that most will miss

How Russiagate Became a Story of Old Friends in High Places

Short video: Trump was Right About Clinton & Russia Collusion!!

The Audacity of this Man: Trump

Vowing to Protect Rights, NY County Goes ‘Constitutional

Religion Related:

SUPERIOR: Christianity is dying and being replaced by cult of coronavirus

There is No Salvation in Woke Theology

It’s not Catholic to say getting the COVID shot is ‘gift of love’

Education Related:

Short excellent video: A History Teacher’s Warning

Science and Misc Matters:

Science journals have been corrupted by China

US and China Battle for Critical Rare Earth Metals

There Are Far More Defensive Gun Uses Than Murders

The Maps That Steer Us Wrong


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Note 3: 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. Both topics are also extensively covered on my website: WiseEnergy.org.

Note 4: I am not an attorney or a physician, so no material appearing in any of the Newsletters (or the WiseEnergy.org website) should be construed as giving legal or medical advice. My recommendation has always been: consult a competent, licensed attorney when you are involved with legal issues, and consult a competent physician regarding medical matters.

Copyright © 2021; Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (see WiseEnergy.org).

VIDEO: Drilling Into The Truth Behind Fracking

Few things have been demonized by the liberal media as much as the process of hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking,” for oil and natural gas.

To counter the Left’s misinformation on the subject, CFACT has produced a new video of our Conservation Nation YouTube series titled: Drilling into the Truth Behind Fracking. You can watch it here. CFACT’s own Gabriella Hoffman does an excellent job explaining the fracking process, dispelling misconceptions, and telling the story of those working in the field.

I encourage you to watch the video and share with your friends and family to educate them on the facts!

Fracking led to America’s world-leading CO2 emissions reductions of recent years (if that’s your thing) while also fueling our prior energy independence (until Biden came along, that is).

Fracking achieves the environmentalist’s goal of emissions reductions without heavy-handed growth of government while also fueling human prosperity. Of course, the Left would hate it.

Claims from radical greens that fracking harms health or contaminates ground water are completely unfounded. Fracking proved that technological innovation from the free market is the best solution to our energy future.

Watch the new Conservation Nation video with Gabriella Hoffman, share with your friends, and help us dispel fracking myths.

AWED Newsletter: Covering COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections

Welcome! We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

Note 1: Each issue now has a link, so it’s simple to share on social media. We’re also hoping that the new Newsletter format makes it easier to read.

Note 2: Our two recent powerful reports on COVID-19 are here and here.

Note 3: Please watch this thought-provoking short videoDon’t Take The Bait — and then pass it on!


— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —


COVID-19 — Therapies, Ivermectin:

Ivermectin is effective for COVID-19 when used early. Analysis of 64 studies

Directories of US Physicians who may prescribe Ivermectin: here, here and here.

US Pharmacies that will fulfill an Ivermectin prescription: here and here.

I-MASK Early Outpatient Treatment for COVID-19

Short video: Joe Rogan and Ivermectin: Should COVID-19 Be Politicized?

Study: Ivermectin: a drug with indicated efficacy against COVID-19

The Truth About Ivermectin

Time for an Honest Dialogue about Treating COVID-19

India’s Ivermectin Blackout – Part III

India Announces State is COVID-19 Free Using Ivermectin

Ivermectin, ‘Noble Lies,’ and Whom Do We Trust?

Video: Indian Bar Association vs WHO

COVID-19 — Therapies, Misc:

‘Get Sicker’: Anatomy Of A Failed Policy

Doctor Warns: Feds May Ration Monoclonal Antibodies

Pfizer is testing a drug to treat COVID-19 infections

COVID-19 — Vaccines, General:

Medical Boards’ Message to Physicians: Keep Quiet on Vaccine or Risk Loss of License

Nobel Prize Winner Reveals – COVID Vaccine is ‘Creating Variants’

COVID-19 vaccine boosters unnecessary, say FDA advisers resigning over issue

FDA panel deals massive blow to Pfizer’s COVID booster vaccine

Why Don’t They Believe Us?

Short video: Use common sense to do a COVID Data Comparison in 3 countries

COVID-19 — Vaccine Adverse Health Effects:

Exclusive Summary: COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns

Red Cross warning: COVID-vaccinated humans are INELIGIBLE for donating plasma

CDC Reports of Injuries, Deaths After COVID Vaccines Hit New Highs

News Station’s Appeal For Stories About COVID Deaths Gets an Unexpected Response

Doctor reports a ‘20 times increase’ of cancer in vaccinated patients

COVID-19 — Some mRNA Vaccine Concerns:

Long-Term Dangers Of Experimental MRNA Shots

Study: Some effects of mRNA vaccine on immune system

Report: DNA/RNA Vaccines: “Can They Alter Our Own Genetic Codes”

COVID-19 — Vaccine Mandate:

Biden announces vaccine requirements, impacting tens of millions of Americans

Members of Congress and Their Staff Are Exempt From Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

The Totalitarian Roots of Vaccine Mandates

MD Report: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Are Now Pointless

NY Hospital stops delivering babies due to mandate resignations

Hospital staff must swear off Tylenol, Tums to get religious vaccine exemption

Video: How Are Forced Covid Vaccinations Different From The Mark Of The Beast?

COVID-19 — Vaccine Mandate Lawsuits:

NY Health Workers Get Federal Court Relief from Compulsory Covid Vaccines

NY Health Care Heroes File Lawsuit Against Shot Mandate

Judge refuses to temporarily block state’s COVID vaccine mandate

Biden’s Vaccine Mandates Must Be Opposed Through Every Legal Means Available

Republicans Threaten Lawsuits Against Biden Vaccine Mandate

COVID-19 — Models and Data:

Statistics and Research: Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) [Our World in Data]

Excellent: Six COVID-19 facts we’re in danger of forgetting

Open Letter from Healthcare Professionals

130+ UK Doctors: Failed COVID Policies Caused ‘Massive’ Harm

Every death caused by COVID-19 vaccines will be blamed on COVID-19

Public Health Scotland COVID-19 Statistical Report

Oregon Senators File Petition Calling for Investigation into CDC’s Willful Misconduct

Want to see what COVID strain you have? The government says no

New NIH Study: Analysis of the Effects of COVID-19 Mask Mandates

Infobank on Masks

COVID-19 — Misc:

Report: Scientific Observations about the Medical Establishment’s Handling of COVID-19

How the Pandemic Is Changing the Norms of Science

A simple strategy for defeating the COVID narrative

Senator Paul says new Wuhan documents show Fauci lied

The biomedical security state is determined to reduce every human to a QR code

Gaslighting Ivermectin, vaccines and the pandemic for profit

26 out of the 27 Lancet scientists who trashed theory that COVID leaked from a Chinese lab have links to Wuhan researchers

Short video: Australian Police Bash and Pepper spray 70-year old woman

Greed Energy Economics:

Energy Prices in Europe Hit Records After Wind Stops Blowing

We cannot afford to stop and start society based on the wind blowing

The High Cost of Wind, Solar and Battery Systems in North East US

UK electricity prices now most expensive in Europe (largely due to renewables)

Greenflation: Household bills to soar by more than £1,500 a year, analysts warn

Solar Project Sale Reveals Green Energy Sorcery

Renewable Energy Health and Ecosystem Consequences:

Report: Rise of the Eco-Right

Missouri’s largest wind farm isn’t running at night for fear of killing endangered bats

Wind industry faces its own green dilemma: landfills

EV Battery Fires Won’t Keep Pols from Putting You in Them

Wind Energy:

Wind turbine nuisance test case starts in Australian Supreme court

Oregon farmers allege violations at wind turbine project

Nuclear Energy:

Small Nuclear Reactors Will Power Our Future

China prepares to test thorium-fueled nuclear reactor

Nuclear Fusion: U.S. and China race to build world’s first commercial plant

Fossil Fuel Energy:

Companies lying about going to 100% renewables

Goodbye to Coal? Not So Fast!

California’s Grid Operator Asks Feds To Burn More Fossil Fuels To Avert Blackouts

Australia rebuffs Biden, Boris and the UN; vows to keep mining coal

Oil and Gas Industry Targeted by Democrats Out to Destroy It

Misc Energy:

Video: Blue Hydrogen. The greatest fossil fuel scam in history?

Environmentalism as Religion: Unpacking the Congregation

World’s biggest battery sidelined after “overheating incident”

EV Battery Fires do not bode well for projected sales

The Major Problem With EVs No One Is Talking About

China Making Itself An Energy Superpower As Biden Cowers

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

Does China Really Believe in ‘Climate Change’?

Meteorologist: Media Writes “Climate Click-Bait” Stories Using Well-Known Formula

A recent Climate “fact-check” article makes multiple false and misleading claims

The Media Is Lying About Greenland and Climate Change

15 Years On, Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ has Proved to be Largely Inaccurate Tripe

Manmade Global Warming — Misc:

The Deep Optimism Manifesto

COP26 And Carbon Imperialism: A Showdown Looming

The climate debate in 15 minutes

Scientists “Statistically Significant” Cooling Trend Over Entire Continental Antarctic

US Election:

Election-Integrity.info (10 major election reports by our team of experts, plus much more!)

Real Progress Is Not What Progressives Have in Mind

Dems make it impossible for Sen. Manchin to support H.R. 4

Manchin’s election bill would nationalize no-excuse absentee mail-in ballots

Dark money gives top Dem lawyer ‘nearly unlimited funding’ for election lawsuits

Short Video: What You Didn’t Know About Mail-In Ballots

US Election — Arizona:

Arizona Audit To Be Released Sept 24th

Maricopa County and AZ Senate reach agreement

Election Fraud in Arizona

US Election — Other State Issues:

Texas Gov. Abbott signs election integrity bill, SB1, into law

California’s Audit-Proof Scheme to Steal Elections

NY Democrats Set to Gerrymander the GOP Out of Existence in the State

Mesa County (CO) Report #1 with Forensic Examination and Analysis

Other US Politics and Related:

Superior Short Video: Don’t Take The Bait

Short Video: What Radical Islam and the Woke Have In Common

Report: The $3.5T Spending Mistake

Clinton lawyer’s indictment reveals ‘bag of tricks’

We Are in a War for America’s Soul

Large Sections of the Border Wall Have Been REMOVED

NY Democrats Set to Gerrymander the GOP Out of Existence in the State

Virtue-Signaling Pastors On The Left And The Rapid Rise Of Communism

Education Related:

My University Sacrificed Ideas for Ideology — So Today I Quit

University Professor Resigns, says School is a ‘Social Justice Factory’

Why Free Community College Solves The Wrong Problem

Australians All Let Us Deplore

Science and Misc Matters:

Scientific Pretense vs. Democracy

Short video: Science Of Persuasion

Report: The Facebook Files


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Note 3: 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. Both topics are also extensively covered on my website: WiseEnergy.org.

Note 4: I am not an attorney or a physician, so no material appearing in any of the Newsletters (or the WiseEnergy.org website) should be construed as giving legal or medical advice. My recommendation has always been: consult a competent, licensed attorney when you are involved with legal issues, and consult a competent physician regarding medical matters.

Copyright © 2021; Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (see WiseEnergy.org).

Carbon Tracking Credit Cards

The ability to constantly digitally track and record what we do exposes us to the potential for monstrous abuse.

Witness the use of “social credit” scores by the Chinese Communist Party to intimidate and control.

Now they’re rolling out new CO2 tracking credit cards.  What could go wrong?

Marc Morano posted to Climate Depot that:

The new CO2 monitoring Mastercard called Doconomy debuted in order to enable “all users to track, measure and understand their impact by presenting their carbon footprint on every purchase.” The credit cards feature the slogan on them reading “DO. Everyday Climate Action” and have a personal pledge on the rear of the card boasting: “I am taking responsibility for every transaction I make to help protect the planet.” The Mastercards feature the UN “Global Climate Action” logo on them as well. 

This CO2 tracking credit card is voluntary, yet every day we see a new push to replace voluntary choices with government mandates.

Could we all be subjected to digitally monitored CO2 limits the next time President Biden “loses patience” with us?

EDITORS NOTE: This CFACT column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

The Myth That Hurricanes Are Getting Worse [Because of Climate Change]

Claims that hurricanes are becoming more frequent and far more powerful (and deadly) are rampant. But are they true?


In the wake of the destruction of Hurricane Ida, President Joe Biden this week traveled to storm-ravaged areas of New Jersey and New York to deliver a “code red” climate change message to the world: extreme weather poses an “existential threat” to humanity.

“The threat is here. It’s not going to get any better. The question is can it get worse? We can stop it from getting worse,” Biden said in the New York City borough of Queens, where he met with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Gov. Kathy Hochul, Mayor Bill deBlasio and others. “This is everybody’s crisis.”

Biden was echoing what has essentially become conventional wisdom: climate change is making extreme weather much worse.

“Climate change has turbocharged severe storms, fires, hurricanes, coastal storms and floods — threatening millions,” the Washington Post recently reported. “Nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster this summer.”

It’s a theme routinely trotted out after hurricanes. Following Hurricane Katrina, a devastating Category 5 hurricane that caused more than 1,800 deaths and some $125 billion in damage in 2006, research claimed Atlantic hurricanes doubled in the last century.

“These numbers are a strong indication that climate change is a major factor in the increasing number of Atlantic hurricanes,” said Greg Holland of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.

The idea that humanity is beset by an increased number of “turbocharged” storms is a bit frightening. But is it true?

Before you take out a loan to build a storm shelter in your basement, it might be worthwhile to look at data from the American Meteorological Society recently published in the Wall Street Journal. The data show fewer hurricanes are landing on the continental US, not more.

“[D]espite what you may have heard, Atlantic hurricanes are not becoming more frequent,” explains Danish economist Bjorn Lomborg in the Journal. “In fact, the frequency of hurricanes making landfall in the continental U.S. has declined slightly since 1900.”

The WSJ is a respected publication, but it of course has a reputation for being right of center. So it’s important to note that Lomborg and the Journal are not out on a limb on this one. There is widespread consensus that hurricanes are not increasing in frequency.

“[A] new statistical analysis of historical records and satellite data suggests that there aren’t actually more Atlantic hurricanes now than there were roughly 150 years ago, researchers report July 13 in Nature Communications,” reported Science News.

The findings reported in Nature Communications were not an outlier. As The Economist reported in 2017 and the Washington Post reported in 2015, a plethora of research shows hurricanes are becoming less frequent, not more frequent.

That is only half of the story, however. While there is general agreement today that global warming is not causing more hurricanes, many scientists and media reports say storms are growing in intensity.

This claim, Lomborg argues, also is false.

“[No,] there aren’t more powerful hurricanes either. The frequency Category 3 and above hurricanes making landfall since 1900 is also trending slightly down,” Lomborg writes. “A July Nature paper finds that the increases in strong hurricanes you’ve heard so much about are ‘not part of a century-scale increase, but a recovery from a deep minimum in the 1960s–1980s.’”

Still, not everyone agrees with Lomborg and Nature. Some believe that the decline in the number of hurricanes is resulting in hurricanes that indeed are more powerful. But how much more?

Chris Landsea, tropical analysis forecast branch leader at the National Hurricane Center, said global warming likely added about 1 percent more power to Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 hurricane. That translated to 1 or 2 mph.

“That is a fairly small increase and most of the computer guidance by global warming models say maybe we could see 3 percent stronger by the end of the century,” said Landsea, speaking during a session on hurricane history in 2019. “That’s really not very much.”

The actual science of global warming and hurricanes seems fairly clear. Hurricanes are not landing more often on the continental US, but less often. It’s unclear if they are becoming more powerful, but if hurricanes are growing in intensity, it’s not by very much.

These scientific revelations are rather bland, and they seem a stark contrast to claims that extreme weather poses an “existential crisis” to humanity and headlines of “turbocharged” storms.

A person could be forgiven for asking: What gives? What am I supposed to believe? Is a weather apocalypse truly upon us?

If an extreme weather apocalypse is indeed upon us, it is one of many crises we’re told we face. There is no shortage of catastrophes and epidemics, judging from politicians, intellectuals, and media reports. Mass shootings. The coronavirus. The opioid crisis. Forest fires. The list goes on.

While it’s true conflict and crises are common elements of human history, it seems that our modern state of affairs is virtually constant crises. Why?

In his book Crisis and Leviathan, the economist Robert Higgs discusses this phenomenon. Higgs argues that crises are essentially food for the leviathan, a metaphor for the state coined by the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes and derived from a Biblical sea monster.

Higgs observes that crises have served as the catalysts for the greatest expansions of state power in modern history. The New Deal was the spawn of the Great Depression. The War on Terror and the Patriot Act were the offspring of the 9/11 attacks. And then there is the Pandemic of 2020. Unlike in previous pandemics, public health officials leveraged the full power of the state to attempt to tame COVID-19.

In each crisis, Americans were told the emergency actions taken were not just necessary, but temporary. History, however, shows that once a crisis has passed, “the fattened leviathan continues to hold sway.”

Higgs’s thesis—that crises are the food that feeds the ravenous leviathan, slowly freeing it from the shackles designed to constrain it—calls to mind a meme popular on social media.

“If we let politicians break the law in an emergency,” it goes, “politicians will create an emergency so they can break the law.”

Another version of the meme would be this: Once crises are seen as a legitimate cause for extraconstitutional action, prepare yourself for an abundance of crises.

None of this is to say pandemics, extreme weather, shootings, and the like are not real or serious problems. They are.

But it’s important to understand that government is the cause of many of these problems, not the solution. The reality is government isn’t very good at solving simple problems, let alone highly complex ones. Indeed, climate-related deaths are at historic lows—not because governments routinely hit their CO2 reduction benchmarks (they don’t) but because free market capitalism has made human habitats exponentially more resistant to climate-related disasters.

“Better infrastructure, fed by improved technology and wealth, does more to protect lives and property than cutting carbon emissions,” Lomborg explains.

Global temps may indeed be edging upward, but the solution isn’t to give politicians and government bureaucrats the power to regulate the economy with Green New Deal-style legislation designed to curb bad weather.

The solution is to unleash the power of the free market and allow entrepreneurs to build humans a more prosperous and resilient world through human ingenuity.

COLUMN BY

Jon Miltimore

Jonathan Miltimore is the Managing Editor of FEE.org. His writing/reporting has been the subject of articles in TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes, Fox News, and the Star Tribune. Bylines: Newsweek, The Washington Times, MSN.com, The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, the Epoch Times.

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