Recent Energy and Environmental News

Since early voting has started in some states, and since this Presidential election is of extraordinary importance, this is a special Newsletter on just that one topic.

For over a decade now, together we have made significant impacts with energy, environmental and educational matters. Thank you for being a loyal contributor to this well-educated, open-minded community of 10,000+ members.

The upcoming US federal election is of colossal importance to our future, our financial welfare, our national security, and our freedoms.  Considering the disappointing state of the once proud field of journalism, it has become difficult to make informed election decisions based on issues rather than personalities.

As always, my aim is to separate the wheat from the chaff: i.e. to provide readers a better understanding of the choices than they would get from mainstream media.

Put a different way, here are Five Ways the Election Will Determine the New Normal. This is another point of comparison: Trump vs. Democrats on Higher Education.

Since there has been very little media reporting about what the President has actually done regarding policy, etc., carefully read through this detailed list.

A good question is: can a committed Christian support President Trump?

Please watch this: Nothing is More Important Than God. Read this insightful correspondence: Archbishop Viganò’s powerful letter to President Trump Lastly here is a detailed, thoughtful answer, plus a letter to a Christian friend.

Regarding the COVID-19 matter, please seriously consider the following:

1 – Like any President would, Mr. Trump expected that the World Health Organization (WHO) would provide timely, helpful COVID-19 assistance. They not only did not do that, WHO was exposed as being politically driven. To his credit, he subsequently responded like no other President would have.

2 – Also like any President would, Mr. Trump relied on the advice of a recommended scientific person, Dr. Fauci. It later became clear that Dr. Fauci was part of the problem, and that (regrettably) he did not provide the President (or the country) with optimum advice (e.g. see this fine letter).

3 – Unlike any other President would have, Mr. Trump shared inside information he was receiving about likely beneficial therapeutics (esp HCQ) for citizens inflicted with COVID-19. Instead of this being treated as a helpful consideration, the press continually attacked him. The scientific studies to date (ignored by the media) have shown that his suggestion was sound.

4 – To see what Democrat leaders would have done if they were in charge, simply look at large states with Democrat governors — e.g. New York and California. They have been pandemic disasters (e.g. see here).

The bottom line is that the President has done a very reasonable job in dealing with a unique and unprecedented global challenge, where even top experts disagree (to this day!) about what the best courses of action are.


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Please consider: The Real Reason They Want You To Hate Donald Trump.

Finally: citizens need to see the Big Picture of what is going on. China (and Russia) are not our friends. They are working aggressively to take America down. The President has stood up to them like no other President in recent memory.

Turn off the fake news. Don’t listen to the dividers and the haters. Instead turn on to supporting God and America, pray for us, and vote responsibly!

P.S. — In addition to praying for our country, please pass this onto any open-minded associates you have.

Thank You and God Bless America!

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Climate Change: Most Brazen Scientific Hoax In Human History

Based on years of terrifying reports about the climate, I was a firm believer in man-made global warming theory as recently as 11 years ago. My position abruptly changed in 2009, when a climate research cheating scandal rocked the scientific world to the core. Hacked emails among highly influential scientists at the center of worldwide hysteria over climate change revealed routine data tampering and other instances of flagrant scientific misconduct.

Although the scientists implicated in “Climategate 2009” denied wrong-doing, emails hacked from computers at their employer, the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, revealed a consistent pattern of climate data manipulation, conspiracies to falsify data and withhold findings that cast serious doubt on man-made global warming theory, to exaggerate the existence and threats posed by global warming, and to obstruct contrary research from appearing in scholarly publications. Aided and abetted by the thoroughly complicit western media establishment, the climate crisis industry portrayed the scandal as much ado about nothing, and continued beating the drums of climate hysteria as if nothing had happened.

Climategate cheating scandal exposed man-made global warming theory for what it is: the most brazen scientific hoax in human history

The Climategate cheating scandal exposed man-made global warming theory for what it is: the most brazen scientific hoax in human history, an international collusion to destroy capitalism in the world’s largest capitalist nation to pave the way for that nation’s sovereignty being handed over to a global governing authority run by the United Nations. That is a serious charge on my part, so please allow me to justify it by citing the words of two high profile UN officials in the thick of the effort to strip away America’s sovereignty.

You might want to sit down for this

Christiana Figueres served as Executive Secretary of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change. In a frank admission that laid bare the stealth agenda behind climate alarmism, Figueres said during a February 2015 press conference in Brussels that the UN’s real purpose in promoting climate fear is to kill off capitalism throughout the world:

This is the first time in human history that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally changing [getting rid of] the economic development model that has reigned since the Industrial Revolution.

The economic model to which she referred is free-market capitalism. A year earlier, Figueres revealed what U.S. capitalism must be replaced with when she complained that America’s two-party constitutional democracy is hampering the UN’s climate objectives. She went on to cite China’s communist system as the kind of government America must have if the UN is to do as it pleases. In other words, if the UN is to have its way, America must become a communist nation.

Stealth agenda behind climate alarmism:  Redistribution of Wealth

Figueres is not alone. Another high-level UN official had comments of his own about the stealth agenda behind climate alarmism. If you’re among those who believe climate alarmists when they tell you all they’re trying to do is save the planet, what Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer had to say will leave your jaw on the floor. In a Nov. 14, 2010 interview with Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Edenhofer, co-chair of the UN IPCC’s Working Group III, made this stunning admission:

One must free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. [What we’re doing] has almost nothing to do with the climate. We must state clearly that we use climate policy to [re]distribute de facto the world’s wealth.  

On the same date, Edenhofer added this: 

Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with protecting the environment. The next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which [re]distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.

Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, one of the UN’s top climate officials, effectively admitted that the organization’s public position on climate change is a hoax. The same admission was made in July 2019 by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, who told governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) that the Green New Deal is not about saving the planet:

It wasn’t originally a climate thing at all … we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.

In other words, the intent of the Green New Deal is to use climate alarmism as a false flag excuse for dismantling America’s capitalist economy.

Figueres, Edenhofer and Chakrabarti aren’t the only high profile communists to recognize the effectiveness of using environmental hysteria

Figueres, Edenhofer and Chakrabarti aren’t the only high profile communists to recognize the effectiveness of using environmental hysteria as a fig leaf to hide their true intent. In 1996, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev advocated using climate fear to incite a global communist revolution:

The threat of environmental crisis will be the international disaster key to unlock the New World Order.

The “new world order” to which he referred is global governance under the banner of the hammer and sickle. For global governance to happen, America’s sovereignty must be ceded to the UN, an organization infested from top to bottom with revolutionary Marxists hell-bent on disemboweling western civilization.

Powerful globalists in this country feel it’s not fair that billions of people in the world sleep on the ground in mud huts, while Americans sleep on soft mattresses in air-conditioned comfort. The progressive elites who feel that way also believe that America’s wealth must therefore be “shared” to an unprecedented extent with poor nations of the world. Global wealth redistribution is the foremost tenet of communism, and those who advocate it are by definition communists, whether they are open about it or not.

They’re coming for your liberty

The stunning pronouncements by Figueres and Edenhofer are all the evidence a rational mind needs to conclude that climate alarmism is being used as a Trojan horse to justify the stratospheric new carbon taxes clamored for by progressive elites like Al Gore, Barack Obama, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, not one of whom has ever denounced the profoundly anti-American sentiments of two of the UN’s top climate officials.

The words of one of those officials revealed that such taxes would be used not for environmental healing, but to fund the most massive redistribution of wealth in history, literally trillions of dollars extracted under false pretenses from hard-working U.S. taxpayers, and handed over to corrupt governments of every undeveloped nation on earth, all in the guise of “climate aid.”

Progressives in high places are attempting the largest heist in human history, a collusion to plunder unprecedented sums from taxpayers of the world’s largest capitalist nation. Why? To implement on a global scale the mandate set forth in The Communist Manifesto: “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”

Outraged that President Trump dealt their plan to redistribute America’s wealth a setback when he withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords, the high profile socialists who preach climate fear would have you believe they’re nothing more than environmentally-concerned citizens who would never even dream of participating in a subversive attempt to quietly turn their country communist. These wolves in sheep’s clothing have deceived to you, and now you know it.

No intelligent person can fail to see that the modern Democratic Party is using climate alarmism as a ruse to help culminate Barack Obama’s vow to fundamentally transform the United States of America. But because political egos are loathe to admit they’ve been duped, many patriotic Democrats will continue allowing themselves to be led like sheep into the closing noose of the hammer and sickle. By the time they realize what happened, it will be too late.

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Overpopulation is an Environmental Red Herring

It is not too much of a stretch to suggest that 2020 has been an interesting year (in the sense of “May you live in interesting times”). Fires, plagues, floods, Presidential impeachment, global economic meltdown, lockdowns: this year has seen them all. And we’re only in September. Thank goodness there isn’t a major election coming up where some are predicting social breakdown in nearly every conceivable scenario or anything

It’s not quite dogs and cats living together in peace and harmony, but another sign that the end is nigh is that I find myself nodding along to an article of George Monbiot (greenie extraordinaire) in the Guardian. In it, Monbiot argues that blaming overpopulation for environmental concerns is a cop out, particularly for rich people in first world nations who get to lecture the third world on the need to have fewer children while they enjoy a lifestyle with a carbon footprint bigger than that of small central African nations.

As he states, the current population growth is overwhelmingly concentrated among the world’s poorest people. This means that a rising human population is only producing a tiny fraction of the extra resource use and greenhouse gas emissions due to consumption growth. Instead, we in the West should be turning our attention on our own behaviours (that latest iPhone, the plane trip to Davos to discuss climate change) rather than fretting about more Indian or African babies.

The example Monbiot gives of Dame Jane Goodall is a good one. She told the World Economic Forum in Davos that if only we had the same population as we did 500 years ago (500 million) then the current environmental issues would not be with us. The audience of course consisted of those with ecological footprints many thousand times greater than the global average. But the greater irony is that Goodall has previously appeared in British Airways advertising. If the world’s population was 500 million, and it was entirely composed of the average UK plane passenger, then our environmental impact would probably be greater than the 7.8 billion people alive today. When it comes to the environment, population size does not matter nearly as much as lifestyle.

Indeed, wishing that the world’s population was one-sixteenth its current size is the same as wishing for the moon and just as useless. Tut-tutting about more people being born over there saves us from having to worry about anything we are doing over here. It is environmental virtue-signalling.

Except when it leads to policy outcomes that are far worse than virtue-signalling. Population panic has led to barbaric, coercive population control measures in many countries throughout the world. And this is not an historical problem: UK foreign aid was helping to fund crude, dangerous and coercive sterilisation in India as recently as 2011, it was justified on the grounds that it was helping to “fight climate change”. (At the same time the UK aid was also pouring money into developing coal, gas and oil plants around the world…)

Of course, Monbiot could have been reading Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si in which the Holy Father said that:

“To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues. It is an attempt to legitimize the present model of distribution, where a minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalized, since the planet could not even contain the waste products of such consumption.”

And both Monbiot and Pope Francis had perhaps been reading this very blog, since nearly a decade ago I wrote of the thinly-veiled condescending bigotry underlying much of the West’s panic about overpopulation. Perhaps now that the more people are coming around to the view that the world’s population will stop growing in a few decades, we will see less insistence on the kinds of arguments Monbiot is railing against.

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Trump Expands Drilling Moratorium From Florida to South Carolina, Georgia

Before expanding a moratorium on offshore drilling Tuesday near the coasts of Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia, President Donald Trump invoked the legacy of another brash New Yorker known for rattling the political establishment during his presidency.

Trump’s order extending the drilling moratorium came a month after he signed the Great American Outdoors Act, which the president said was the largest investment in national parks since President Theodore Roosevelt’s time in office.

During the event in Jupiter, Florida, Trump recalled that members of Congress told him after he signed the legislation into law that it will “make you the No. 1 environmental president since Teddy Roosevelt.”

“So, I said, ‘Why does it only have to go back to Teddy Roosevelt, which is over 100 years. Why can’t we say from George Washington, right from the beginning?’” Trump recalled. “They said, ‘Well, we’re not quite there yet. But one other bill like this and we’ll be there.’”


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After his remarks, Trump signed the order extending the moratorium on offshore drilling on Florida’s Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Coast of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

The Trump administration has stepped up touting its environmental record, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler listing accomplishments last week in a speech in California marking the agency’s 50th anniversary.

During the Florida speech, Trump noted that his policies have been effective, in contrast with liberals’ proposals that he said are “all talk and no action.”

“The left’s agenda isn’t about protecting the environment, it’s about punishing America,” the president said. “Instead of focusing on radical ideology, my administration is focusing on delivering real results, and that’s what we have.”

Trump recited several administration actions, including $100 million to fight toxic algae to safeguard coastal areas; more than $500 million to fix the Herbert Hoover Dike around the waters of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee; and increasing funding for Everglades restoration by 55%.

“We now have the cleanest air we’ve ever had in this country,” Trump said, before putting a qualifier on the word ever.

“Let’s say over the last 40 years, because I assume 200 years ago it was probably better, what do you think? I do want to preface that, because the fake news is back there.”

Trump said he has safeguarded the environment without sacrificing the economy by keeping fuel and energy costs low.

“You are at a level of [lower] cost now with your electric and so many other things caused and created by energy in fuel, the likes of which you haven’t seen in 30 years,” Trump said. “As president, I’ll defend our environment. I’ll defend our workers and our cherished way of life.”

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How are socialists deluding a whole generation? One of their most effective arguments is that “democratic socialism” is working in Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Norway. They claim these countries are “proof” that socialism will work for America. But they’re wrong. And it’s easy to explain why.

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Recent Energy and Environmental News

Welcome to our latest Energy & Environmental Newsletter… (For all 2020 Newsletters, go here.)  To review the current issue’s highlights, see below (and page 66)…

Two upbeat specials:

Short video: Hallelujah

Short video: Teaser from the amazing documentary Les Rêves d’Icare


— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —


COVID-19: Therapies

COVID-19 Solutions for Dummies

16 HCQ studies of early treatment: NONE were negative

Short video: Dr. Harvey Risch, Epidemiology, Yale on HCQ

Report: HCQ — A Morality Tale

COVID-19: Masks

Sweden’s Senior Epidemiologist: Wearing Face Masks Is “Very Dangerous”
Data expert finds ‘there’s no real evidence that masks work’

WHO Admits: No Direct Evidence Masks Prevent Viral Infection

Study: Mask Non-Compliance is a Mental Disorder, Sociopathy

Germany Imposes Nationwide Fines For Not Wearing Mask

COVID-19: Prevention

Why Has The FDA Not Approved Home-Based Coronavirus Testing?

Report: Save Yourself — Stop Believing in Lockdown

Nearly 400 Adverse Reactions Listed in Vaccine Package Inserts

Here Is Everything We Know About A COVID-19 Vaccine

The Lancet Rules Russian COVID-19 Vaccine “Safe And Effective

Renowned scientist: COVID-19 was engineered in China, effective vaccine ‘unlikely’

A New Era of Coronavirus Testing Is About to Begin

Study: Insect repellent ingredient may kill coronavirus

COVID-19: Data

The Big COVID Con Exposed

CDC Updated Fatalities – Only 9,210 Americans Died From COVID-19 Alone

Technocrats Freak Out Over CDC’s 6% COVID Death Figure

Hunger could to kill more people than COVID-19 this year

Almost Every stat about COVID-19 is bogus

How a simple math mistake caused the world to panic and order lockdowns

Bombshell NYT report: Most coronavirus positives are for non-contagious, tiny amounts of virus

COVID-19: Misc

Dr Martin (Intelligence Analyst): COVID-19 Backstory

A Supercomputer Analyzed COVID-19 — and a New Theory Has Emerged

Science is NOT about Consensus

Bill Gates Buys Media to Control the Messaging

Short video: Larry Elder on Trump regarding COVID-19

Lawyers Reveal Strategy On How To Demonize ‘COVID Deniers’

Fauci Booted, Replaced By Medical Realist Dr. Scott Atlas

NYC Restaurant Leads $2B Lawsuit to Force Return of Indoor Dining

Greed Energy Economics

The Social Cost of Carbon Fantasy

The excess costs weather-dependent renewable power generation

Report: The Hidden Cost of Climate Policies and Renewables

Green Jobs? What Green Jobs? Let’s be Real!

Report: Out to Sea — The Dismal Economics of Offshore Wind

Renewable Energy Health and Eco-system Consequences

What will we do with the megatons of solar panel toxic trash?

Upstate NY Forests Being Sacrificed on An Altar of Solar Fiction

Wind & Solar Energy

Radical Greens have given citizens the tools to stop destructive wind and solar projects

As NYS pushes green energy, localities bristle at loss of control 

California Reveals That the Transition to Renewable Energy Isn’t So Simple

California Bows to Energy Reality

The Green Road to Blackouts

Scientists: Mining for renewables could threaten biodiversity

Illinois wind developer ‘moving on to more receptive pastures’

FAA: Wind facility could hurt Michigan airport

Nuclear Energy

NuScale’s small nuclear reactor is first to get US safety approval

After 48 Years, Democrats Endorse Nuclear Energy In Platform

Apocalypse Now?

A Good Nuclear Power Program for the World

Nuclear Masochism

Nano-diamond self-charging batteries could disrupt energy as we know it

Prototype nuclear battery packs 10 times more power

Exelon vows to close two Illinois nuclear plants

Natural Gas Energy

Natural Gas Power Makes America Move Like A “Tremendous Machine”

Study: 90% Of Energy Companies Prioritize Fossil Fuels Over Renewables

Biden Lies About His Stance on Fracking, Or Did He Just Forget?

Lack of natural gas infrastructure hurts NC

Misc Energy

Study: Measuring “Reasonably Reliable” access to electricity services

Analysis of RGGI Modeling of Economic, Health, & Environmental Impacts

New Book: The Looming Energy Crisis, Are Blackouts Inevitable?

Renewable Energy Model Isn’t Working, But Biden Wants to Double Down

China’s new coal projects account for 90% of global total in first half

Short video: One of many perils for batteries

Wireless device makes clean fuel from sunlight, CO2 and water

Manmade Global Warming: Some Deceptions

My recent talk: Critically Thinking about Climate Change

Team warns negative emissions technologies may not solve climate crisis
CO2 and the Lockdown

False Alarm: Book Review

New confirmation that climate models overstate atmospheric warming

Deaths from Hurricanes and Other Natural Disasters are Lower Than Ever

Emissions Games: The Full Story on How New York Is Cooking the Books

SLR: We’re All Going To Drown–Part 98

The doomsday lies of climate activists never stop

Manmade Global Warming: Misc

Kamala Harris and AOC craft crazy climate law

The racism of climate change alarmists

A simplified global warming tutorial

Audio: Don’t Panic! How to talk about climate change

Short Video: Is California Going Up in Flames?

Study: Southern Ocean Has Cooled To Ice Age-Era Temperatures

Australian Senator call on Head of CSIRO to Resign

US Politics and Socialism

The Deeply Pessimistic Roots of BLM, etc in Woke America

Biden vs. Trump: The Battle Over US Energy Policy And Its Consequences

The Real Reason They Want You To Hate Donald Trump

Big Cities and Black Swans

History Has Been Thrust Upon Us!

John Muir Is Canceled. Who’s Next?

Extinction Rebellion’s assault on the free press is an attack on democracy

The Enemy Within Our Nuclear Weapon Labs

Video: Mark Robinson (NC) Liberal’s will NOT like this video!

Video: Kimberly Guilfoyle’s 2020 RNC Speech

If Dems Win in 2020, it will be “Virtually Impossible for Conservatives to Ever Win Again”

Other US Politics and Related

2020 Presidential Voter Guide

Full text of President Trump’s 2020 RNC acceptance speech

Short video: How Biden Plagiarizes others

Black People Do Not Suffer Disproportionately From Police Brutality

Do black lives matter? Damn Right They Do!

May Jacob Blake’s Mother’s Words Hit Every American Heart

Short video: Police Go Where the Crime Is

Confessions of a voter fraud: I was a master at fixing mail-in ballots

Debunking 10 Myths About the U.S. Postal Service

The biggest barrier to New York’s recovery is its pathetic political class

China’s Emerging Middle Eastern Kingdom

Short video: Kathy Barnette for Congress (PA)

Voter Fraud has Become a Staple of the Modern Democratic Party

Religion

Tucker Carlson: NYC Pastor’s “White Privilege” Prayer

From Billy to Franklin: The New War on Prayer

Government Schools as Purveyors of Mediocracy

NBA’s Real Moral Center

Short video: President and Pastor pray at Kenosha meeting

Education Related

Mental Health and the Professoriate During the Pandemic

Professor put on leave, under investigation for using term ‘Wuhan Flu’

Public School Funding Per Student Averages 80% More Than Private Schools

John Rosemond: Where We All Went Wrong

Science and Misc Matters

The Power of Denunciation in Political Science

Gaslighting

Reducing the Devastation of California Wildfires

Raw police scanner audio of Jacob Blake incident

Court sides with mom against cop and social worker who strip-searched children

Weaponized 5G Test Caught Live outside Mexico City

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Recent Energy and Environmental News

Welcome to our latest Energy & Environmental Newsletter… (For all 2020 Newsletters, go here.)  To review the current issue’s highlights, see below (and page 62)…

Two upbeat specials:

Short video: Dogs pray before eating

Short video: A Millennial Job Interview


This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic


COVID-19: Therapies

Questions for Dr. Fauci

13 HCQ studies of early treatment: ALL were positive

How Democrats’ Trump Derangement Syndrome is literally killing people

Well-Respected Researcher: Consider Triple Therapy for COVID-19

Doctor: HCQ works in high-risk patients, and saying otherwise is dangerous

The Treatment That Could Crush COVID-19

Trump announces emergency authorization of plasma COVID-19 treatment

COVID-19: Prevention

COVID Immune Responses Explained

‘AeroNabs’ Promise Powerful, Inhalable Protection Against COVID-19

RNA vaccines: a novel technology to prevent and treat disease

Vaccine Not an Elixir for COVID-19

A Third Of Americans Unwilling To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Russia’s Health Ministry approves world’s first COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19: Models and Data

CDC data: To date 2020 has the lowest weekly death rate in a decade

Report: Lasting immunity seen after mild COVID-19 infection

Dying to Go to School

COVID-19: Misc

Executive Orders Addressing COVID-19 Explained 

Study: A Deadly Coronavirus Was Inevitable. Why Was No One Ready?

Sweden: No Lockdowns, Low Deaths & Minimal Economic Damage

Short video: People Have No Idea What’s Coming!

Report: A Synthesis of Discovery about COVID-19 in the US

Greed Energy Economics

The Wind PTC FAQ

Time For Wind Industry to Fly The Nest

Wind, solar sectors no longer need subsidies

Democrats Drop Demand To End Fossil Fuel Subsidies From Party Platform

Bernie scolds Musk for taking subsidies Sanders made possible

Labor Unions Reject RGGI

Massachusetts 7 Years of Green Energy Disaster Was Greed

Renewable Energy Health and Eco-system Consequences

The staggering human costs of “renewable” energy

Chemours to stop remaining GenX chemical pollution

Renewable energy corps fight endangered species status for Joshua trees

Australians win historic legal battle against turbines ‘too close to homes

Wind Energy

Wind generation falls over 40% in July: blames low wind speed

So Many Problems – So Many Simple and Effective Solutions

China Dominates the Rare Earths Supply Chain

Chinese-owned Texas wind project threatens power grid and military base

Nuclear Energy

The inconvenient truth: We need nuclear

Nuclear to Replace Wind and Solar

Don’t let China steal the global nuclear-power industry

The Power Hungry Podcast on SMRs

Natural Gas Energy

Alex Epstein: Fracking talking Points to Joe Biden

Trump vs Biden: Deep Split Over Future Of US Shale Gas

Harris: There’s no question I’m in favor of banning fracking

Harris’s Fracking Record Scares Big Oil But Attracts the Left

Q&A with Penn State scientist whose work led to the shale gas boom

The Trump-Admin Reforms Obama’s Misguided Methane-Emissions Rule

Energy independence boosted as ANWR cleared for clean, safe drilling

China To Expand Its Influence In The Middle East With Major Oil Deal

Fossil Fuel Myths Used to Hinder Pipeline Development

Misc Energy

Biden’s Climate Plan Would Put Us On The Road To Serfdom

John Stossel: The world needs more juice

China is the Enemy and Renewables Mean Dependency on China

New Book: Just Green Electricity

Enough legal games — we need to unleash American energy

Clean coal: the commonsense answer to Africa’s energy crisis

In CAISO Emergency Break Glass

Carbon Madness as Joe Biden Buys into Spending Trillions

Report: DOE Clean Coal & Carbon Mgmt Office, Strategic Vision 2020-2024

Inside the Baltic energy rift

President Trump Most Free Market Oriented Energy Leader History

California

What Is The Cause Of The Recent Power Blackouts In California?

Democrats Promise to Bring California-Style Blackouts to Everyone

California Governor: Time to ‘Sober Up’ About Green-Energy’s Limitations

Green California has the nation’s worst power grid

Study Calls for Ban on Gas Appliances, Misleads Californians

Short video: California Scapegoating

Why California’s Climate Policies Are Causing Electricity Blackouts

Manmade Global Warming: Some Deceptions

Biden’s Climate Plan Would Put Us On The Road To Serfdom

How Climate Alarmism Hijacked Environmentalism

Global Warmists Go Disney

Why CO2 Can’t Warm the Planet

Short Video: Climate Fraud

Emergent constraints on TCR and ECS from historical warming in models

Green New Deal disruption and destruction

Cascading fallacies in climate risk assessment

Manmade Global Warming: Misc

COVID and Climate Policy Following the Same Playbook

Amid COVID-19, Americans Don’t Care About Climate Change Anymore

‘Believing the science’ on climate change doesn’t mean any policy goes

Club of Rome: Planetary Emergency Plan

Large Increase In Sunshine Hours Likely Behind Warming

Cold-weather accounts for almost all temperature-related deaths

Exact climate data from the past

Surprising pulses of ancient warming found in Antarctic ice samples

US Politics and Socialism

Short video: The Plan is to Create Unending Misery

Yes, This is a Revolution

Archive: The Civil War is Here
Harris is to the Left of Sanders

Tucker Carlson: Media go all-in on mailbox conspiracy

Progressives Continue to Downplay Their Movement’s Racist Past

BLM Artwork

AOC speaks at DNC on social issues

Short video: We are the victims of the greatest crime in history

Other US Politics and Related

The Eight Stages of the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

Executive Orders Addressing COVID-19 Explained

What is George Will’s Problem?

The Spies Who Hijacked America

I’m a Black Republican, running for office, and here’s why

Media Ignores Pro-Trump Boat Parade Phenomenon Sweeping the Nation

Corrupt FBI Attorney Who Falsified Documents, Pleads Guilty

Unpacking the Bannon Indictment

American soldiers leave Germany — and suddenly Germany is upset

Religion

Franklin Graham: Only God Can Save Us From Socialists & Communists

‘Creation Care’ Means Controlling People, Not the Environment

Video: If We Don’t Fight, No One Will

Christian activist in Hong Kong arrested under national security law

Nevada Governor Fines Church For Holding Service In Opened Casino

Education Related

Short video: It’s Time to Grow Up

College Reform: Build Lifeboats to Escape the Sinking Ship

Colleges: ‘The Public Be Damned’

Libraries Are Indoctrinating Kids To Think All White People Are Racists

Parents Win against Politicians, Media, and Unions on School Openings

Science and Misc Matters

The Lazy Man’s Way to Avoid Grappling with an Argument

Computer Modeling – Flying Blind By Dead Reckoning

Dr. Curry: Cancel culture discussion thread II

Videos of the recent worthwhile DDP meeting talks

A mad rush for the exits as NYC goes down the tubes

NYC is Dead Forever — and Here’s Why

NASA Is Tracking a Vast, Growing Anomaly in Earth’s Magnetic Field

Breakthrough technology purifies water using the power of sunlight

Is Indigenous “elder wisdom” Equivalent to the Western Scientific Method?

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Recent Energy and Environmental News

Welcome to our latest Energy & Environmental Newsletter… (For all 2020 Newsletters, go here.)  To review the current issue’s highlights, see below…

Two upbeat specials:

Short video: Why I Salute the American Flag

Short video: Neil Diamond – Coming to America

My votes for the most outstanding articles in this issue are:

COVID-19 related —

51 Global Studies Find HCQ Effective in Treating COVID-19

Study: Early HCQ treatment – a country-randomized controlled trial

The Shunning of Nutritional Science and Self-Care for COVID-19

Study: How unexposed people can have immunity against COVID-19

Quercetin: A Safe, Natural Antiviral?

A survey of peer-reviewed mask studies…

AAPS: Mask Facts and DDP: Masking

Europe’s Top Health Officials Say Masks Aren’t Helpful with COVID-19

Doctor: COVID-19 Hoaxes Abound

2020: The Year That Boiled the Frog

Energy related —

Report: The Hidden Costs of Net Zero

Simply Staggering: What Wind & Solar Really Cost

Energy Subsidies and Who Gets Them

Report: Offshore Wind is Definitely Expensive

Report: Wind and Solar are Not Competitive with Fossil Fuels

Wind Power Intermittency – It’s Worse Than You Think

New talking points on the Joe Biden energy plan

New Film, ‘Juice,’ Challenges Elitism Of Anti-Growth Environmentalism

Climate related —

Carbon Dioxide Doesn’t Cause Global Warming

Studies: The Impact of CO2 Emissions on Climate is ‘Negligible’

Joe Stiglitz reviews Bjorn Lomborg’s new book

Environmentalism’s Radical Next Generation

The Chinese Communist Party Is an Environmental Catastrophe

Politics related —

U.N.’s Guterres Warns a ‘New Model for Global Governance’ Is Coming

Think Cancel Culture Doesn’t Exist? My Own Experience Says Otherwise

Karen Bass’s Long March from Communist Fringe to Biden’s VP Shortlist

Facebook is lying – and people are dying

Short video: The Rally That Changed My Mind

The Barr video Pelosi does not want you to see

We have the right guy at the Department of Justice

COVID-19 is the Greatest Rigging of an American Election ever!

Letter to an Anti-Trump Christian Friend

Education & Science related —

If All Men are Created Equal, Why Do We Need Grades?

Thomas Sowell: Charters Close the Achievement Gap

COVID-19 will doom public education

The 5 biggest little lies tech CEOs told Congress

Tech Titans aim to Restrict Info in Vaccine Debate

CEI Comments on EPA’s Proposed Benefit-Cost Analysis Rule


 

— The Full List of This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —


COVID-19: Therapies

51 Global Studies Find HCQ Effective in Treating COVID-19

Study: Early HCQ treatment – a country-randomized controlled trial

AAPS: FDA Delay on HCQ Outpatient Approval Are Daily Causing Deaths

Virologist: An Effective COVID Treatment the Media Continues to Besmirch

HCQ Is ‘the Key to Defeating COVID-19’, Says Yale Epidemiologist

HCQ Hysteria Reaching a Fever Pitch

Remdesivir vs HCQ

Report: Gilead — Twenty-one billion reasons to discredit HCQ

Dr. Fauci’s Double Standards: Polarizing the Nation on HCQ

Mr. President: Ignore Dr. Fauci

COVID-19: Prevention

The Shunning of Nutritional Science and Self-Care for COVID-19

Study: How unexposed people can have immunity against COVID-19

Quercetin: A Safe, Natural Antiviral?

Designer antibodies could battle COVID-19 before vaccines arrive

We need a COVID-19 vaccine, but we need new treatments, too

Vaccine Experts: COVID Immunity Could Require Regular Injections

Study: UVC light can inactivate airborne coronaviruses

Doctor: Less sharing will keep children healthy in school

COVID-19: Mask Effectiveness and Consequences

A survey of peer-reviewed mask studies…

AAPS: Mask Facts and DDP: Masking

Europe’s Top Health Officials Say Masks Aren’t Helpful with COVID-19

Sweden’s Top Epidemiologist: We See No Point In Wearing Masks

Mask Fatigue: Workers Claim Anxiety, Headaches And Shortness Of Breath

Wearing Masks Is Anything but Harmless. Here are 5 Reasons Why

COVID-19: Models and Data

Faulty Forecasts and False Climate Narrative Hold Nations Hostage

Study: Lockdowns had no effect on death rates!

Why COVID-19 herd immunity is reached earlier than thought

Dr: 99.8 % of people get through COVID-19 with little problems

COVID-19: Misc

Doctor: COVID-19 Hoaxes Abound

2020: The Year That Boiled the Frog

Academics Advocate Silencing Dissent on Climate Change and COVID-19

Pam Popper: COVID Nonsense and Lockdown Stories

Facebook, etc Censor Video of Doctors’ COVID-19 Press Conference

Greed Energy Economics

Simply Staggering: What Wind & Solar Really Cost

Energy Subsidies and Who Gets Them

Report: The Hidden Costs of Net Zero

EIA Cost Benefit Analysis: News and Information

Rush to Renewable Energy is Hurting America’s Poor

A carbon tax would harm the poor

The President Is Right on the Social Cost of Carbon

Renewable Energy Health and Eco-system Consequences

Noise from wind turbines draws complaints

Short video: Wind Subsidies Are Killing Eagles

Offshore Wind Energy

Report: Offshore Wind is Definitely Expensive

Offshore Wind Costs and Auction Price Bids: A Comment

Offshore wind is a boondoggle that NY can no longer afford

Wind Energy (Other)

Report: Wind and Solar are Not Competitive with Fossil Fuels

Wind Power Intermittency – It’s Worse Than You Think

Wind Lobbyists Keep Spinning Out Tales of Future Viability

China’s Geostrategic Priorities Become Clear: Oil not Wind

Amish First Amendment Rights at Stake with Huge NY Wind Project

Nuclear Energy

The World’s Largest Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is Finally Being Built

Nuclear Bailouts Are Uniting All in Disgust Over Corruption

Natural Gas Energy

Gas utility pushes back in court on California energy policy document

Natural Gas and It’s Dual Forms: CNG Versus LNG

Misc Energy

New talking points on the Joe Biden energy plan

New Film, ‘Juice,’ Challenges Elitism Of Anti-Growth Environmentalism

I was asked to Testify on Energy Policy- then Democrats Didn’t Let Me Speak

Why Don’t These Black Lives Matter?

New catalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol

Manmade Global Warming: Some Deceptions

Carbon Dioxide Doesn’t Cause Global Warming

Studies: The Impact of CO2 Emissions on Climate is ‘Negligible’

Joe Stiglitz reviews Bjorn Lomborg’s new book

Conservative candidates need to push back against the climate scare

The Climate Left Attacks Nobel Laureate William Nordhaus

Biden’s false climate promises

Biden’s Green Dreams Are About Controlling You, Not The Climate

Report: The Battery Car Delusion

Report: Questioning Nature’s Greenhouse Effect

Manmade Global Warming: Misc

Environmentalism’s Radical Next Generation

The Chinese Communist Party Is an Environmental Catastrophe

How to improve climate modeling and prediction

Study: Energy Imbalance Between the Earth and Space Controls the Climate

Scientists have backed away from the worst-case climate scenario

US Politics and Socialism

U.N.’s Guterres Warns a ‘New Model for Global Governance’ Is Coming

Think Cancel Culture Doesn’t Exist? My Own Experience Says Otherwise

Karen Bass’s Long March from Communist Fringe to Biden’s VP Shortlist

Facebook is lying – and people are dying

Black Lives Matter: “We Are Trained Marxists”

Media Fail to Report on Portland Bible Burning

After Purging Mainstream Media, Leftists Attempt To Censor Social Media

Is Natural Law Sufficient to Defend the Founding?

Free speech and self-defense are now both crimes

Other US Politics and Related

Short video: The Rally That Changed My Mind

The Barr video Pelosi does not want you to see

We have the right guy at the Department of Justice

COVID-19 is the Greatest Rigging of an American Election ever!

Economic Recovery Requires the Government to Stop What It’s Doing

Gallup: Only 1% of Americans think climate change is our top issue

MSNBC Producer Quits

Letter to an Anti-Trump Christian Friend

Education Related

If All Men are Created Equal, Why Do We Need Grades?

Thomas Sowell: Charters Close the Achievement Gap

COVID-19 will doom public education

Short video: Does College = Success?

2020 Ratings of all US Community Colleges

Science and Misc Matters

Peter Ridd Legal Action Fund

The 5 biggest little lies tech CEOs told Congress

Tech Titans aim to Restrict Info in Vaccine Debate

CEI Comments on EPA’s Proposed Benefit-Cost Analysis Rule

Study: Another Nail in the LNT Coffin

Ted Talk: I’ve lived as a man & a woman, here’s what I learned

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Panicking over climate change has a cost, too

False Alarm: How Climate Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet” is the new book by the Danish political scientist and author, Bjørn Lomborg.

In it, Lomborg hones in on the subject which is rapidly becoming the most consequential area of political and social debate: climate change.

The risks posed by climate change, he argues, are exaggerated. Furthermore, the policy measures which governments around the world have embraced – like subsidising solar and wind power – are failing miserably.

Most importantly of all, a continuation of this fear-driven approach will result in serious costs to the world’s population over the next century, particularly poorer people in developing countries who cannot enter the middle-class without access to the affordable and reliable energy which comes from fossil fuels.

In spite of the obvious trade-off, it has almost become an axiom that climate change is an existential threat to mankind, and that all measures which could be taken to cut emissions should be taken, regardless of the financial or practical cost.

Just a few years ago, for instance, calls for a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions over the next decade would have been dismissed as being completely unachievable.

Yet now, that target is part of a Programme for Government which Ireland has happily signed up to.

These policy changes could not have occurred if a large segment of the population were not deeply worried.

A narrative this dominant inevitably seeps through to most of society. This is shown in polls cited by Lomborg which show that significant percentages of the world’s population – including four in ten Americans – believe global warming will lead to mankind’s extinction.

Here, as he has done in previous books such as “Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming,” Lomborg calmly examines the facts and argues that this extreme pessimism is unfounded, given the undeniable progress which humankind has made.

Since 1900, average life expectancy has more than doubled, from 33 to 71. Rates of absolute poverty and illiteracy have shrunk and child labour has become rarer.

On the whole, people are living longer, healthier, more prosperous and more peaceful lives than ever before, and there is a very good chance that this progress will continue, with UN researchers estimating that by 2100 average incomes will be at 450 percent of today’s levels.

This much is hard to dispute given the abundance of data available, but interestingly Lomborg also asserts that the health of the planet is actually improving in ways which benefit us substantially.

“Higher agricultural yields and changing attitudes to the environment have meant rich countries are increasingly preserving forests and reforesting. And since 1990, 2.6 billion more people gained access to improved water sources, bringing the global total to 91 percent,” Lomborg notes. “Many of these improvements have come about because we have gotten richer, both as individuals and as nations.”

This is a core point in his overall argument. While many self-described environmentalists and socialists (these days, the two groups are scarcely distinguishable) claim that economic prosperity threatens the planet, Lomborg takes the opposite viewpoint.

Not only does greater wealth improve the quality of life, enhanced affluence also allows us to focus more attention on protecting the world around us.

To be clear, Lomborg is not a “climate change denier.”

A committed environmentalist, he refrains from eating meat, and welcomes the recent tendency to avoid giving the oxygen of publicity to those who dispute the science about rising temperatures.

Lomborg believes that climate change will have a negative impact overall, and insists it needs to be tackled.

However, he takes aim at those who have exaggerated the damage which has been occurring.

In the wake of any extreme weather events, politicians and campaigners are quick to point to the enormous economic toll as a reason to support measures such as new taxes, the closure of high-emitting industries, anti-car policies or dramatic changes to farming practices.

This, to Lomborg, is a false alarm.

True, the costs related to increased flooding or forest fires have increased, and rare events such as hurricanes or tropical storms can also pose enormous challenges.

But this increased cost comes at a time when we are much better able to afford to repair what nature has wrought, and where our improved material conditions mean we are far less likely to be physically harmed.

As Lomborg observes, deaths from climate-related disasters have dropped dramatically over the last century, at a time when carbon emissions and temperatures were going up. In the 1920s, such disasters killed almost 500,000 people annually, but now claim fewer than 20,000 lives annually, in spite of the world’s population having increased fourfold over the last century.

Higher incomes make for better and more secure housing, and as the developing world continues to make economic advances, the numbers dying needlessly due to natural disasters will likely fall even further.

While increased economic damage over the next century is very likely, there is an explanation for this too. As the world’s population has increased, so too has the number of houses and the amount of infrastructure in place.

The same sized flood or storm today will cause more financial damage than it would have a century ago, but recent economic growth means we are better able to afford this.

One of the areas where alarmist media coverage has been most evident is the issue of rising sea levels.

Prominent media outlets frequently point to a future where many large cities are submerged below water, as if this was going to happen suddenly, and as if humans were powerless to take defensive action.

Here again, Lomborg draws attention to what should be obvious.

Significant portions of the world are already at or below sea level and thriving regardless. The Netherlands and large areas of Vietnam, for instance, have long safeguarded low-lying areas by investing in dikes, dams and other flood protection measures.

As sea levels rise, a large amount of additional investment will be needed elsewhere in the next century, but again, this is far from being beyond the means of developed – and even developing – countries.

The greatest value of Lomborg’s analysis lies in his examination of the costs and benefits of existing policy approaches.

Given the consistent failure of solar and wind power to deliver results, he is deeply sceptical about large-scale investment in those areas, but he does have a number of policy recommendations, including the dedication of far more resources to efforts to adapt to a warming planet; a universal but modest carbon tax; and a dramatic increase in R&D spending on new technologies.

Above all else, Lomborg’s message is that we need to view the problem differently. Climate change, he writes, “is not like a huge asteroid hurtling towards Earth, where we need to stop everything else and mobilise the entire global economy to ward off the end of the world. It is instead a long-term chronic condition like diabetes – a problem that needs attention and focus, but one that we can live with.”

In this new reality, where every facet of government policy is likely to be impacted by how we respond to our planet’s changing climate, remaining out of this debate is no longer an option.

As such, it is well-worth taking the time to hear the views of a true humanist, a man who is confident that we have the ability not just to adapt and survive, but to prosper and improve as well.

James Bradshaw

James Bradshaw works for an international consulting firm based in Dublin, and has a background in journalism and public policy. Outside of work, he writes for a number of publications, on topics including… 

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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, page 55.  To review some of the highlights, see below.

Two upbeat specials:

Short video: The US National Anthem and Sports Events

Short video: Imagine (sung by world leaders?)

My votes for the most outstanding articles this news cycle are:

COVID-19 related —

Study of 300,000 people: HCQ Helps Contain COVID-19 Cases

Video: Heated Vaccine Debate – Kennedy Jr. vs Dershowitz

Masks Are Neither Effective Nor Safe: A Summary Of The Science

COVID-19 Shows Us Why Science Needs Skeptics

Video: An Inconvenient COVID Truth

Pandemic To Usher In UN’s 2030 Agenda Ten Years Early

Energy related —

Green growth means economic contraction

Democrats Try to Sneak ‘Green New Deal’ in Tax Code

Biden Unveils $2 Trillion Climate Plan

Biden Energy Plan: Tens of Thousands of Turbines

Deceptive Advertising: Made with Wind Power

Leaders Hopelessly Misguided on Wind and Solar Power

Why a Great Reset Based on Green Energy Isn’t Possible

Climate related —

How climate change alarmists are endangering the planet

Environmental Facts vs. Environmental “Fact-Checkers”

Pandemic’s Collapse of Sustainable Development Exposes True Goals

New Climate Models Exaggerate Midwest Warming by 6X

Climate Models: No Warming For 30 Years – Possibly

Climate Model Predictions “Worse Than We Thought”

Study: Roman Warm Period Was 2°C Warmer Than Today

Greta’s Wishes Come True

Greta’s rival launches devastating vow to crush her arguments

Politics & Religion related

Short video: Nothing is More Important Than God

Tucker Carlson: On the Defacing of Statues and Churches

Outstanding Letter of Resignation from the NYT

New Opportunities for Marxists: Climate Change and COVID-19

The Left is following Communism’s playbook for revolution

Resolution to ban Democratic Party over past slavery ties

Under President Trump, Americans are breathing cleaner air

China’s Electrifying Rags-to-Riches Ascent . . . at America’s Expense

Education & Science related —

School openings across globe suggest ways to keep coronavirus at bay

Scientists: Thou Shall Not Preach, But Research

Cancel Culture Dominates Climate Research, Cancelling Scientific Method

The Sordid History of Scam Scientists

Believe Science But Be Skeptical of Scientists


COVID-19: Therapies and Prevention

Video: Welcome to Medical Tyranny 2020

Video: Heated Vaccine Debate – Kennedy Jr. vs Dershowitz

Study of 300,000 people: HCQ Helps Contain COVID-19 Cases

SIX positive clinical studies of HCQ

HCQ: The One Chart You Need To See

Germ vs Terrain Theory

Gates: multiple coronavirus vaccine doses likely to be needed…

COVID-19: Mask Effectiveness and Consequences

Masks Are Neither Effective Nor Safe: A Summary Of The Science

Trump Wears Mask Causing Media To Question Effectiveness Of Masks

Short video: Federal Employees and Lawmakers Exempt from Mask-Mandate

COVID-19: Models and Data

Covid-19 A Once in a Century Fiasco in the Making

Placing deadly faith in ‘the models’

COVID-19 Shows Us Why Science Needs Skeptics

Four Months of Unprecedented Government Malfeasance

The COVID Panic Is a Lesson in Using Statistics to Get Your Way in Politics

COVID-19: Misc

Video: An Inconvenient COVID Truth

Pandemic To Usher In UN’s 2030 Agenda Ten Years Early

COVID-19 Groupthink: The Politicalization Of Pandemic Hysteria

COCID-19 Stalks in the Darkness, But Do Not Be Afraid

Fauci: Career dotted with ethics, safety controversies inside NIH

New Documentary: The Coverup of the Century

Greed Energy Economics

Green growth means economic contraction

Democrats Try to Sneak ‘Green New Deal’ in Tax Code

Biden Unveils $2 Trillion Climate Plan

GOP senators warn Grassley against extending wind subsidies

Study: Fossil Fuels aren’t Subsidized, they are Overtaxed

The FRR risk: Beware of the cost of keeping the lights on

Wind Energy

Biden Energy Plan: Tens of Thousands of Turbines

Deceptive Advertising: Made with Wind Power

Leaders Hopelessly Misguided on Wind and Solar Power

Across U.S., Green Mega-Projects Aren’t Playing Well in Mayberry

End of Iowa’s wind boom? Renewable rules spark fears

Wind Energy: Offshore

Please sign this Petition against offshore wind energy

NY Council approves resolution banning offshore wind turbines

NY eyes Great Lakes offshore wind as foes blast ‘assault’

Lake turbines part of new NYS power play

Nighttime feathering for Lake Erie wind project is essential to protect birds

Nuclear Energy

Focus fusion is the hottest idea in nuclear energy

Russia, China and the Geopolitics of Nuclear Energy

EPA chief signs agreement to boost U.S. uranium

Misc Energy

Why a Great Reset Based on Green Energy Isn’t Possible

DC Circuit upholds landmark FERC storage order

Rule That Spurred U.S. Solar, Wind Growth is Overhauled

How Putin bested Obama, Biden and Clinton on energy

Video: Epstein Interview of Bjorn Lomborg

Biden vows to outlaw new production of gas-powered cars if elected

Will Renewable Projects Face Troubles That Have Bedeviled Pipelines?

Short video: Superheroes & Fossil Fuels

Manmade Global Warming: Some Deceptions

How climate change alarmists are endangering the planet

Environmental Facts vs. Environmental “Fact-Checkers”

Pandemic’s Collapse of Sustainable Development Exposes True Goals

Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) Scam?

Cuomo Administration Environmental Double Standards Are Blatant

California’s Green Energy Policies Help The Rich And Hurt The Poor

Manmade Global Warming: Bogus Models

New Climate Models Exaggerate Midwest Warming by 6X

Climate Models: No Warming For 30 Years – Possibly

Climate Model Predictions “Worse Than We Thought”

Study: Analyzing Observed vs CMIP5 Model of Global Temperature

Archive Study: What Humans Contribute to Atmospheric CO2

Manmade Global Warming: Misc

Study: Roman Warm Period Was 2°C Warmer Than Today

Greta’s Wishes Come True

Greta’s rival launches devastating vow to crush her arguments

Study: The Case for Carbon Dioxide

EPA’s partnership with states lowers pollution

Crushed rocks spread on farmland can capture billions of tons of CO2/year

US Politics and Socialism

Outstanding Letter of Resignation from the NYT

New Opportunities for Marxists: Climate Change and COVID-19

The Left is following Communism’s playbook for revolution

Climate Justice is Racial Justice!

Short Video: Minimum Wage Cost Me My Job

Capitalism And Environmental Destruction

Have We Reached The Point Of Irreconcilable Differences?

We Teeter On The Brink Of Catastrophe

Movie Trailer: Bleeding Blue

Other US Politics and Related

Resolution to ban Democratic Party over past slavery ties

Under President Trump, Americans are breathing cleaner air

China’s Electrifying Rags-to-Riches Ascent . . . at America’s Expense

Mueller & Weissmann Op-Eds at Odds With Their Report and Evidence

Fighting Three Wars at Once – Climate, COVID and China

Investigate Bill Gates And His Depopulation Agenda

Political Correctness Is Killing Me; Where Can I Get Help?

Religion

Short video: Nothing is More Important Than God

Tucker Carlson: On the Defacing of Statues and Churches

Ronald Reagan short video regarding religion.

Explaining America’s Dominant Religion and Its Secular Cultural Power

COVID-19 continues on, but faith can get us through

Education Related

School openings across globe suggest ways to keep coronavirus at bay

University wins disappointing court case against Dr. Ridd

Misusing Editorial Power to Censor Unpopular Research

Higher Ed Is Stoking the Flames of the War on History

Science and Misc Matters

Scientists: Thou Shall Not Preach, But Research

Cancel Culture Dominates Climate Research, Cancelling Scientific Method

The Sordid History of Scam Scientists

Believe Science But Be Skeptical of Scientists

Politics Has Hurt Science, COVID-19 May Have Killed It

Podcast: Roger Pielke, Jr – The Rightful Place of Science

Is peer review bad for science?

Putin pledges new hypersonic and underwater nuclear weapons

Study: Magicians’ priming techniques are effective at influencing choice

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The Sierra Club Is Disowning Its Co-Founder Over Racist Comments He Made Over 100 Years Ago

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune disavowed co-founder John Muir Wednesday, citing racist beliefs the iconic conservationist once held, and relationships he forged with people who supported white supremacy.

“It’s time to take down some of our own monuments, starting with some truth-telling about the Sierra Club’s early history,” Brune wrote in a statement on the group’s website. Sierra Club is ending its years-long reverence for Muir in an effort to distance the 128-year-old environmentalist organization from its co-founder’s racist past, he added.

Muir, who died in 1914, worked to preserve Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Forest, The Washington Post reported in an article Wednesday about the group’s disassociation from their co-founder. He also had a racist past, Brune said.

Muir made “derogatory comments about Black people and Indigenous peoples that drew on deeply harmful racist stereotypes,” Brune wrote, noting that Muir’s positions evolved over time. He cited a 2016 article in Atlas Obscura highlighting Muir’s racist past.

Muir once referred to black people as “Sambos,” a pejorative term for African Americans, WaPo reported. He also called American Indians “dirty” and “lazy,” according to Atlas Obscura.

“Muir’s words and actions carry an especially heavy weight. They continue to hurt and alienate Indigenous people and people of color who come into contact with the Sierra Club,” Brune said.

“Such willful ignorance is what allows some people to shut their eyes to the reality that the wild places we love are also the ancestral homelands of Native peoples, forced off their lands in the decades or centuries before they became national parks,” Brune added.

Brune also highlighted Muir’s close relationship with Henry Fairfield Osborn, who led the New York Zoological Society and became the board of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History. He also helped found the American Eugenics Society after Muir’s death in 1914. Osborn’s group believed nonwhite people and Jews were inferior to white people, WaPo reported.

Brune’s decision comes amid nationwide demonstrations against the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in May after a police officer kneeled down on his neck for nearly nine minutes, video of the incident shows. His death sparked a movement to defund the police, as well as a push for organizations to reconsider their past allegiances to historical figures with racist pasts.

Planned Parenthood of New York condemned its founder Margaret Sanger Tuesday for her “harmful connections to the eugenics movement,” the New York Times reported.

The Washington Redskins officially retired the team’s name on July 13 after the team’s primary sponsor, FedEx, requested a name change, ESPN reported July 2.

“I call on Dan Snyder once again to face that reality, since he does still desperately want to be in the nation’s capital,” Norton said in a July 1 statement to WaPo. “He has got a problem he can’t get around, and he particularly can’t get around it today, after the George Floyd killing.”

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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, page 45.  To review some of the highlights, see below.

Two upbeat specials:

Short video: Creativity Goes On

Short video: To The Human Race

My votes for the most outstanding articles this news cycle are:

COVID-19 related —

Dr. Raoult: The Marx Brothers are Doing Science

Excellent video re HCQ, politics, and Science

Are Prolonged Shutdowns Deadlier than the Virus?

The Bitter Irony of Revolutions

Executive Orders, Deregulation, and Bureaucratic Response

Energy related —

The Green Delusion continues to Perpetuate Costs upon the Poor

House Dems include more wind and solar tax credits in infrastructure bill

Study: Hundreds of ‘protected areas’ threatened by renewable energy

Why the World’s Most Advanced Solar Plants Are Failing

Why Climate Activists Will Go Nuclear — Or Go Extinct

Dangers of Nuclear Energy ‘Much Less Than Previously Thought

Debunking The Endless Myths Pitched by Renewable Energy Propagandists

China’s assault on Texas – this project threatens US national security

Climate related —

On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare 

Covid-19 pandemic is ‘fire drill’ for effects of climate crisis, says UN official

Book Review: ‘Apocalypse Never’ – False Gods for Lost Souls

Next-generation climate models: worse than ever!

Study: Structural Errors in Global Climate Models

EU Made ‘No Progress’ In Climate Action Over Past Five Years

Education & Religion related —

Three generations of brainwashing are paying off for the left

Now They’re Coming For Christ

Stop The Coronavirus Crackdown on Religion

A new way to end Big Tech censorship against Conservatives and Christians

Keys to the Progressive Kingdom

Environmentalism as Religion: A Leading Environmentalist Bemoans That

Politics, etc. related —

Confederate statues, now founders, next Jesus. Their real target: America

Apocalyptic science: How the West is destroying itself

Peterson video: The Marxist Lie of White Privilege

Thomas Sowell at 90: Understanding Race Relations Around the World

Short Video w Larry Elder: The Ferguson Lie

The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals

More Scientists Abandon Their Profession to Promote Left-Wing Politics


COVID-19: Therapies and Prevention

Low dose radiation may save people from Coronavirus

Excellent video re HCQ, politics, and Science

FDA Withdraws Emergency Authorization For HCQ

AAPS Lawsuit to Against FDA for obstructing the use of HCQ

Dr. Raoult: The Marx Brothers are Doing Science

The Miserable Pseudo-Science Behind Face Masks, Social Distancing & Contact Tracing

Many People Lack Protective Antibodies After COVID-19 Infection

Are Special Interests Undermining the Quest for a COVID-19 Vaccine?

COVID-19: Models and Data

Are Prolonged Shutdowns Deadlier than the Virus?

600+ Physicians send letter to the President

Did lockdowns really save 3 million COVID-19 deaths, as claimed?

COVID-19 and Environmentalist Injustice

Media Begging for a ‘Second Wave’ of COVID-19

COVID-19: Misc

The Bitter Irony of Revolutions

Executive Orders, Deregulation, and Bureaucratic Response

Video: Scientists – Coronavirus Altered in Lab to Better Attach to Humans

Video: What Impact Will the Covid-19 Crisis Have on the Green Movement?

How College Sports Can Survive

FDA warns against using these nine hand sanitizers

The Sneaky Covid War on Cash

COVID19 are Americans a Pride of Lions or a Herd of Cattle

Greed Energy Economics

The Green Delusion continues to Perpetuate Costs upon the Poor

House Dems include more wind and solar tax credit in infrastructure bill

Failing Cities and States use Climate Change Lawsuits as Fiscal Escape Hatch

Virginia’s latest folly — offshore wind power

UK: £3 Billion-A-Year to Prevent Green Energy Blackouts

Most Americans Wouldn’t Pay $10/Mo to Combat Climate Change

Renewable Energy Health and Eco-system Consequences

Study: Hundreds of ‘protected areas’ threatened by renewable energy

Evangelists Grappling with the Gruesome Human Cost of Renewable Energy
Study: Confirming Tonality at Residences Influenced by Wind Turbines

Lake Erie wind project faces stiff head winds because of warblers and waterfowl

Wind Energy

Astonishing Buildout Needed for “Clean” NY Grid

Turbines threaten unspoiled W Texas river and Air Force training routes

China’s assault on Texas – this project threatens US national security

At least 15 dead in southern Mexico wind project feud killings

Local Resistance to Wind Power Grows in Europe

Norway to rein in wind power after raging local opposition

Wind Turbines: The Pruitt-Igoes of the Plains

Solar Energy

Why the World’s Most Advanced Solar Plants Are Failing

Organization challenges Net Metering, and stirs ire of solar advocates

South Australia Solar Fiasco Suggests What’s Ahead for New York

Solar Maintenance To Cost $9.4 Billion By 2025

The Vagaries of Solar in New England

Nuclear Energy

Why Climate Activists Will Go Nuclear — Or Go Extinct

Dangers of Nuclear Energy ‘Much Less Than Previously Thought

COVID-19 undermining nuclear’s important role in clean energy transitions

Why the US Should Use Nuclear Power: Climate Change and Air Pollution

Former Extinction Rebellion activist: join me in embracing nuclear power

Short video: Wind Turbines or Nuclear?

Natural Gas Energy

Short video: Turning natural gas into Liquid Natural Gas (LNG)

Supreme Court deals blow to opponents of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

More Natural Gas Use = Lower Cost of Utilities

Biden Proposes to Ban New Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

Coal Energy

Making coal from food waste, garden cuttings – and even human sewage

How Many Coal-Dependent Jobs Are There and How Important Are They?

India Announces New Coal Boom

Pakistan Aims To Increase Coal Share By 30% By 2030

China Adds New Wave Of Coal Plants After Lifting Curbs

Misc Energy

Debunking The Endless Myths Pitched by Renewable Energy Propagandists

Good news: Fed Govt over-rules NC re offshore energy seismic survey

Forget wind and solar power for COVID recovery

US Republicans Prepare For Energy ‘Cold War’ With China

NYISO Power Trends 2020

Fossil Fuels Still Supply 84% of World Energy — And Other Eye Openers

In Iowa, lobbyists look to counter local wind, solar opposition

Robert Bryce’s Power Hungry Podcast

Manmade Global Warming: Some Deceptions

On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare 

Covid-19 pandemic is ‘fire drill’ for effects of climate crisis, says UN official

Book Review: ‘Apocalypse Never’ – False Gods for Lost Souls

Study: MIT’s Dr. Lindzen Pokes Fun at the Naïve, Well-Funded CO2 Claims

The Climate Campaign Is Less And Less About The Climate

Michael E Mann, Loser (Again) and Deadbeat (for Sure)

Video: Alex Epstein interviews Naomi Seibt

Manmade Global Warming: Climate Models

Next-generation climate models: worse than ever!

Study: Structural Errors in Global Climate Models

Hurricane season is here, but don’t believe climate change pandering

The flaw in relying on the worst-case-scenario climate model

Manmade Global Warming: Misc

EU Made ‘No Progress’ In Climate Action Over Past Five Years

A Winning Trifecta for Climate Science and Rationality

Study: How Does CO2 Escape the Atmosphere?

Slideshow: Climate Statistics 101

Warming is not the only threat

Education Related

Three generations of brainwashing are paying off for the left

Charter schools’ enemies block black success

Equity vs. Excellence. Is the University of California Committing Suicide?

Save the Humanities by Flipping the Curriculum

Why Do American Universities Lead the World in Scientific Research?

Religion and Current Events

Now They’re Coming For Christ

Stop The Coronavirus Crackdown on Religion

A new way to end Big Tech censorship against Conservatives and Christians

Keys to the Progressive Kingdom

Environmentalism as Religion: A Leading Environmentalist Bemoans That

Trans-humanism: The new religion of the coming technocracy

US Politics and Socialism

Confederate statues, now founders, next Jesus. Their real target: America

Apocalyptic science: How the West is destroying itself

Peterson video: The Marxist Lie of White Privilege

Video: Manipulating America: The Chinese Communist Playbook

Young Socialists’ Vision Blind to Capitalism’s Virtues

America’s Own Color Revolution

Defend, Not Defund Police

Put Merit of CHOP’s Ideology to the Test

Other US Politics and Related

Thomas Sowell at 90: Understanding Race Relations Around the World

Short Video w Larry Elder: The Ferguson Lie

Short Video: The Hyprocricy is Unbelievable!

Preying Mattis Should Learn the Difference Between Protesters and Rioters

Science and Misc Matters

The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals

More Scientists Abandon Their Profession to Promote Left-Wing Politics

54 scientists have lost their jobs as a result of NIH probe into foreign ties

A War Against Science Waged by DC’s Rank and File

DOJ calls for Big Tech bias reform laws

EPA Finally May Look at Benefits and Costs of Rule-making Processes

EPA gives up on barring grantees from science advisory panels

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BEHRENS: Green New Deal 2.0 Doesn’t Make Biden Look Any Less Radical

Meet the “new” Green New Deal…same as the old Green New Deal.

When House Democrats introduced their new climate plan it’s clear they did so not as a serious proposal, but to give cover to Joe Biden. Their problem? Not even their own members are buying it.

You might recall the first version of the Green New Deal met with disaster even among Democrats. Despite her prime role as a media darling, AOC has never had the ability to bring her Green New Deal to a vote in the House. Democrat leaders, including Speaker Pelosi, never signed on to it and the bill was so radioactive not a single member of the Senate voted in favor of it.

For all the attention the eco-radicals and the media garnished for the first Green New Deal, it seems like not a single leader in Washington was eager to actually vote for it. Of course they had good reason, they know it spells catastrophe.

Now Democrats are taking the lemon-with-a-new-coat-of-paint approach to their environmental policy by hoping you won’t notice their new “plan” is just as out of touch as the old one. The goal is clear: Democrats are betting this proposal will appear more reasonable than the original Green New Deal and Biden won’t look like an AOC climate puppet. However, it’s just as much a threat to America’s middle class families, or even worse.

Under the plan, every American will need to budget for a new electric vehicle in the years ahead. They will also need to prepare for skyrocketing electric bills that are the result of government restricting the open energy market. Families already struggling to make ends meet will have to grapple with electric bills increasing 17 percent and forced to pay thousands to come into compliance with the law. All this at the same time millions of their neighbors lose their job in energy producing states like Pennsylvania, Louisiana and New Mexico.

Environmentalist Who Apologized for Climate Scare Rips Bernie-Biden Plan

Joe Biden has ruinous plans in store for workers, rate-payers and the environment.

Just ask former climate campaigner Michael Shellenberger, who recently apologized on behalf of environmentalists for the entire climate scare.

Marc Morano posted extensive details to CFACT’s Climate Depot.

According to Shellenberger, Biden’s radical climate plan:

  • Unscientifically blames climate change for flood, storm, & fire, damage
  • Would raise energy prices & increase unemployment
  • Would kill off nuclear, the largest source of clean energy
  • Would increase killing of bald eagles & whooping cranes

“What you’re proposing, @AOC @JohnKerry @JoeBiden @BernieSanders is extremely radical, terrible for workers, and terrible for the environment. And we tried it already. Before the Green New Deal, I helped create the New Apollo Project. It was a disaster,” Shellenberger explained.

In short, Shellenberger reveals that Joe Biden has morphed from moderate to radical on energy and the environment, and has turned over his environmental portfolio to the anti-energy Left.

That’s why extreme efforts are underway to censor and silence Shellenberger, CFACT, and anyone who presents the facts that disprove climate dogma.

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EXPOSED: How the Sunrise Movement is Indoctrinating our Youth in Public Schools

Millennial Millie posted the below YouTube video and comments.

On the surface, the Sunrise Movement is group of peaceful young activists fighting for a “Green New Deal”. On a deeper level, they are a gateway to radicalization teaching young activists how to exploit tragedy, including one’s own victimization, for political gain.

I was wrong. We scared you unnecessarily, says environmentalist

Michael Schellenberger has been called an “environmental guru,” “climate guru,” “North America’s leading public intellectual on clean energy,” and “high priest” of the environmental movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed over five million times. His latest book, Apocalypse Never, is creating a huge controversy. Below he showcases its main ideas.


On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.

I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30.

But as an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.

Here are some facts few people know:

  • Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction”
  • The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world”
  • Climate change is not making natural disasters worse
  • Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003
  • The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska
  • The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California
  • Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany, and France since the mid-1970s
  • Netherlands became rich not poor while adapting to life below sea level
  • We produce 25% more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter
  • Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change
  • Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels
  • Preventing future pandemics requires more not less “industrial” agriculture

I know that the above facts will sound like “climate denialism” to many people. But that just shows the power of climate alarmism.

In reality, the above facts come from the best-available scientific studies, including those conducted by or accepted by the IPCC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other leading scientific bodies.

Some people will, when they read this imagine that I’m some right-wing anti-environmentalist. I’m not. At 17, I lived in Nicaragua to show solidarity with the Sandinista socialist revolution. At 23 I raised money for Guatemalan women’s cooperatives. In my early 20s I lived in the semi-Amazon doing research with small farmers fighting land invasions. At 26 I helped expose poor conditions at Nike factories in Asia.

I became an environmentalist at 16 when I threw a fundraiser for Rainforest Action Network. At 27 I helped save the last unprotected ancient redwoods in California. In my 30s I advocated renewables and successfully helped persuade the Obama administration to invest $90 billion into them. Over the last few years I helped save enough nuclear plants from being replaced by fossil fuels to prevent a sharp increase in emissions

But until last year, I mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. Partly that’s because I was embarrassed. After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I referred to climate change as an “existential” threat to human civilization, and called it a “crisis.”

But mostly I was scared. I remained quiet about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. The few times I summoned the courage to defend climate science from those who misrepresent it I suffered harsh consequences. And so I mostly stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public.

I even stood by as people in the White House and many in the news media tried to destroy the reputation and career of an outstanding scientist, good man, and friend of mine, Roger Pielke, Jr., a lifelong progressive Democrat and environmentalist who testified in favor of carbon regulations. Why did they do that? Because his research proves natural disasters aren’t getting worse.

But then, last year, things spiraled out of control.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “The world is going to end in twelve years if we don’t address climate change.” Britain’s most high-profile environmental group claimed “Climate Change Kills Children.”

The world’s most influential green journalist, Bill McKibben, called climate change the “greatest challenge humans have ever faced” and said it would “wipe out civilizations.”

Mainstream journalists reported, repeatedly, that the Amazon was “the lungs of the world,” and that deforestation was like a nuclear bomb going off.

As a result, half of the people surveyed around the world last year said they thought climate change would make humanity extinct. And in January, one out of five British children told pollsters they were having nightmares about climate change.

Whether or not you have children you must see how wrong this is. I admit I may be sensitive because I have a teenage daughter. After we talked about the science she was reassured. But her friends are deeply misinformed and thus, understandably, frightened.

I thus decided I had to speak out. I knew that writing a few articles wouldn’t be enough. I needed a book to properly lay out all of the evidence.

And so my formal apology for our fear-mongering comes in the form of my new book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All.

It is based on two decades of research and three decades of environmental activism. At 400 pages, with 100 of them endnotes, Apocalypse Never covers climate change, deforestation, plastic waste, species extinction, industrialization, meat, nuclear energy, and renewables.

Some highlights from the book:

  • Factories and modern farming are the keys to human liberation and environmental progress
  • The most important thing for saving the environment is producing more food, particularly meat, on less land
  • The most important thing for reducing air pollution and carbon emissions is moving from wood to coal to petroleum to natural gas to uranium
  • 100% renewables would require increasing the land used for energy from today’s 0.5% to 50%
  • We should want cities, farms, and power plants to have higher, not lower, power densities
  • Vegetarianism reduces one’s emissions by less than 4%
  • Greenpeace didn’t save the whales, switching from whale oil to petroleum and palm oil did
  • “Free-range” beef would require 20 times more land and produce 300% more emissions
  • Greenpeace dogmatism worsened forest fragmentation of the Amazon
  • The colonialist approach to gorilla conservation in the Congo produced a backlash that may have resulted in the killing of 250 elephants

Why were we all so misled?

In the final three chapters of Apocalypse Never I expose the financial, political, and ideological motivations. Environmental groups have accepted hundreds of millions of dollars from fossil fuel interests. Groups motivated by anti-humanist beliefs forced the World Bank to stop trying to end poverty and instead make poverty “sustainable.” And status anxiety, depression, and hostility to modern civilization are behind much of the alarmism

Once you realize just how badly misinformed we have been, often by people with plainly unsavory or unhealthy motivations, it is hard not to feel duped.

Will Apocalypse Never make any difference? There are certainly reasons to doubt it.

The news media have been making apocalyptic pronouncements about climate change since the late 1980s, and do not seem disposed to stop.

The ideology behind environmental alarmsim — Malthusianism — has been repeatedly debunked for 200 years and yet is more powerful than ever.

But there are also reasons to believe that environmental alarmism will, if not come to an end, have diminishing cultural power.

The coronavirus pandemic is an actual crisis that puts the climate “crisis” into perspective. Even if you think we have overreacted, Covid-19 has killed nearly 500,000 people and shattered economies around the globe.

Scientific institutions including WHO and IPCC have undermined their credibility through the repeated politicization of science. Their future existence and relevance depends on new leadership and serious reform.

Facts still matter, and social media is allowing for a wider range of new and independent voices to outcompete alarmist environmental journalists at legacy publications.

Nations are reverting openly to self-interest and away from Malthusianism and neoliberalism, which is good for nuclear and bad for renewables.

The evidence is overwhelming that our high-energy civilization is better for people and nature than the low-energy civilization that climate alarmists would return us to.

The invitations from IPCC and Congress are signs of a growing openness to new thinking about climate change and the environment. Another one has been to the response to my book from climate scientists, conservationists, and environmental scholars. “Apocalypse Never is an extremely important book,” writes Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb. “This may be the most important book on the environment ever written,” says one of the fathers of modern climate science Tom Wigley.

“We environmentalists condemn those with antithetical views of being ignorant of science and susceptible to confirmation bias,” wrote the former head of The Nature Conservancy, Steve McCormick. “But too often we are guilty of the same.  Shellenberger offers ‘tough love:’ a challenge to entrenched orthodoxies and rigid, self-defeating mindsets.  Apocalypse Never serves up occasionally stinging, but always well-crafted, evidence-based points of view that will help develop the ‘mental muscle’ we need to envision and design not only a hopeful, but an attainable, future.”

That is all I hoped for in writing it. If you’ve made it this far, I hope you’ll agree that it’s perhaps not as strange as it seems that a lifelong environmentalist, progressive, and climate activist felt the need to speak out against the alarmism.

I further hope that you’ll accept my apology.

This article has been republished with permission from the website of Environmental Progress, which was founded by Michael Schellenberger.

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Michael Schellenberger

Michael Shellenberger is an American author, environmental policy writer, co-founder of Breakthrough Institute and founder of Environmental Progress.

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