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Once upon a time Australia was attractive to processing, refining and manufacturing industries using our abundant mineral and food resources, our reliable low-cost coal-fired electricity and a workforce trained in technical skills.

No longer.

Australia used to have 11 oil refineries, spread around the country. There are just 4 left, all over fifty years old, and all in danger of closing down. Green barriers to oil exploration have forced most of them to rely on costly imported crude oil.

By Viv Forbes - Friday, November 17, 2017 - Full Story

Noted climate scientist who sometimes claims to speak for God called global warming skeptics pervese

POPE FRANCIS, CLIMATE
This is the sort of thing that ultimately drove me to Protestantism, which I say with complete affection for my many Catholic friends and family members.

I understand the doctrine that the pope only claims infallibility when he speaks ex cathedra, and he doesn’t claim to be doing so here. But you can’t invest that type of authority in an individual on certain matters, and allow him to be as sloppy as he is here on others:

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Full Story

Morano confronts French Prez Macron at UN climate summit: ‘Trump is correct on climate change’

Marc Morano confronts French Prez Macron
BONN, Germany — Climate Depot’s Marc Morano shook hands and confronted French President Emmanuel Macron at the UN climate summit in Bonn Germany on November 15, 2017.

Morano shook hands and told President Macron: “President Trump is correct on climate change. I just want to say that. He is.”

Macron, laughed as he did a doubletake and the comment drew a smile. CFACT’s Morano and Craig Rucker were part of a toast to U.S. climate policy at a climate summit on November 10th in Germany. See: Cheers! Skeptics toast U.S. exit from Paris pact at UN climate summit in Germany.—More…

By Marc Morano - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Full Story

State Governors’ Unconstitutional International Climate Change Deal

State Governors' Unconstitutional International Climate Change Deal
Since the current White House disagrees with his liberal left philosophies, and his blind religiosity concerning the man-made climate change myth, California Governor Jerry Brown has decided to go over the head of the President of the United States in a manner some may consider seditious.

Governor Brown is in Germany, right now, negotiating an alliance with foreign countries, in defiance of the Trump administration, and the United States Constitution (which is the Law of the Land).

By Douglas V. Gibbs - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Full Story

Exclusive Video: Fmr. UN Climate Chief tries to laugh off her call for UN ‘centralized transfo

BONN, Germany — Climate Depot’s Marc Morano conducted an exclusive sidewalk interview with former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres as she was getting into a taxi during the UN climate summit in Bonn Germany on November 13, 2017.

Morano asked her about her message to President Trump and her own calls for a UN “centralized transformation” that “is going to make life of everyone on the planet very different.”

 

By Marc Morano - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - Full Story

Why a Carbon Tax Is the Opposite of Tax Reform

Earlier this month I participated in a carbon tax panel discussion before lawmakers and legislative staff members at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Since the GOP’s tax overhaul is on Washington’s agenda, I explained why a new carbon tax would be the opposite of the standard goals of pro-growth reform of the tax code. To illustrate my point, I used an analogy with the car market that seemed to resonate with the audience, so I’ll summarize my argument here for IER’s readers.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - Full Story

Find the cure—ignore the symptoms

Find the cure--ignore the symptoms
We have become a society steeped in the habit of identifying the symptoms of a problem and then committing our personal and fiscal resources to managing those symptoms. Only rarely do we take the time to recognize and then eliminate the origin of those problems. We often see this in the medical industry, where managing symptoms takes immediacy over seeking a problem’s cure, while hoping that the original malady will not get worse and our natural healing process will fix the problem.

We also see the process in how we as a society approach everyday challenges, in our lifestyles and workplaces. While our primary goal should always be to identify and fix the sources of our problems, the reality is that some problems are beyond the scope of current capabilities, and providing comfort may be a best second choice.

By Guest Column -- James E. Smith and Michelle Jamshidi- Monday, November 13, 2017 - Full Story

New England and other cold weather areas need more energy pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hundreds of thousands of miles of oil and natural gas pipelines crisscross the United States, safely delivering the energy that fuels transportation, powers manufacturing and keeps the lights on at homes and businesses.

Beyond keeping affordable energy moving to homes, schools, hospitals and manufacturers, energy infrastructure plays an integral role in job creation, economic growth and the reliability of the electric grid.

By Robin Rorick - Sunday, November 12, 2017 - Full Story

Cheers! Skeptics toast U.S. exit from Paris pact at UN climate summit in Germany

 Craig Rucker, Lord Christopher Monckton and Marc Morano
Dusseldorf, Germany—Global warming skeptics have descended upon the UN climate summit in Germany this week, hosting a summit of their own to highlight the errors of the UN’s climate change claims. On the final day of the skeptics’ climate summit, the group gathered for a champagne toast to the U.S. climate exit or “clexit” from the UN Paris pact.

Europeans at German summit praise USA for exiting UN climate pact:

By Marc Morano - Friday, November 10, 2017 - Full Story

Wind Energy Issues

Wind Energy Issues
The drumbeat for a fossil fuel free energy utopia continues. But few have pondered how we will supposedly generate 25 billion megawatts of total current global electricity demand using just renewable energy,  wind turbines, for instance. For starters, we’re talking about some 830 million gigantic 500 foot tall turbines requiring a land area of some 12.5 billion acres. That’s more than twice the size of North America, all the way through Central America reports Paul Driessen. 1

Spencer Morrison addresses two questions: 1- Are renewable energies making a difference, and 2- Are they sustainable?

By Jack Dini - Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Full Story

Party Time for Climateers

Party Time for Climateers
The climate warriors are holding yet another Global Warming Jamboree in Bonn. We can expect an orchestrated flood of frightening forecasts to support their alarmist agenda.

Naturally they will not use carbon energy to get there.

For 23 years they have maintained these shindigs with no effect on the climate but causing great harm to many ordinary people - soaring costs for unreliable subsidised green electricity, loss of manufacturing and mining jobs, and increased food costs caused by high power prices and using food for ethanol/biodiesel.

Climate alarm is just a cover story. The glittering goal they seek is world government directed by unelected officials and funded by a global carbon tax.

What has kept these unproductive conferences alive for so long?

The money is great, the parties are fun, and the prize is power.

By Viv Forbes - Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Full Story

CA Gov. Jerry Brown’s War Against Reality… and the Climate

CA Gov. Jerry Brown's War Against Reality… and the Climate
California Gov. Jerry Brown says the world needs ‘brain washing’ on climate change. Sounding indeed brainwashed, Brown said, “The problem ... is us. It’s our whole way of life. It’s our comfort ... It’s the greed. It’s the indulgence. It’s the pattern. And it’s the inertia.”

I hate to be a party pooper but the totalitarian trio of Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot also said the world needed brainwashing. But I digress.

Brown arrived at the Vatican in Rome Friday for 14 days of “climate talks.” Yet Sacrament Bee reporter Christopher Cadelago, who usually is comfortable sharing opinions, twisted himself into a pretzel trying to explain Brown’s dictatorial statements. Brown “said the path to transformational change must include the mass mobilization of the religious and theological sphere, but also the prophetic sphere,” Cadelago wrote.

By Katy Grimes - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - Full Story

Southeast Asia’s Coal Demand Boom

Southeast Asia's Coal Demand Boom
Because coal is the most affordable technology for electric generation in many parts of the world, coal-fired capacity is still being built. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its Southeast Asia Energy Outlook 2017, almost 100 gigawatts of new coal-fired generating capacity is expected to come online in Southeast Asia by 2040—more than doubling the region’s current coal-fired capacity.1  (See graph below.) The agency expects Southeast Asia and India to account for the majority of the new coal demand as those economies continue to grow and their demand for electricity increases. Despite some countries shuttering coal-fired power plants and cancelling new plants, IEA expects global coal-fired capacity to increase by about 50 percent over today’s levels by 2040.2

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - Full Story

Cleaning up aquatic pollution with mussels

Cleaning up aquatic pollution with mussels
Scientists and activists alike have been looking for a solution to the problem of aquatic nutrient pollution. Now one group reports in Environmental Science & Technology that ribbed mussels are up to the clean-up challenge.

When it comes to nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, too much of a good thing can be bad. These nutrients end up in rivers and streams as the result of human activities and can cause algal blooms, loss of seagrass and low oxygen levels, which can lead to large numbers of fish and other organisms dying.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - Full Story

Wind Speed Is Slowing Down

Wind Speed Is Slowing Down
Worldwide wind speeds have slowed down by about half a kilometer per hour (0.3 miles per hour) since the 1960s according to researchers. 31

The phenomenon is known as ‘stilling’, and scientists are not sure why it is happening. They speculate that it may have something to do with urbanization, climate change and cumulus clouds. But then researchers admit: “Or it could be due to aging wind speed instruments producing inaccurate results.”

By Jack Dini - Monday, November 6, 2017 - Full Story

Initial Thoughts on the GOP Tax Bill

House Republicans today unveiled their much-anticipated tax bill, which contains the most extensive reform of the tax code since the landmark 1986 overhaul. Although we have not fully digested the details, we can offer some initial observations from the perspective of IER’s focus on free energy markets.

What’s In a Name?

H.R. 1 is aptly titled “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” This is consistent with President Trump’s campaign rhetoric, as well as the familiar theme of conservative and libertarian policymakers that prosperity occurs by unleashing American entrepreneurs and returning resources to the private sector.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, November 3, 2017 - Full Story

EPA chief Pruitt receiving constant death threats; Dems say he deserves them, shouldn’t be protected

EPA chief Pruitt receiving constant death threats; Dems say he deserves them, shouldn't be protected
Never forget that government is the secular left’s god, and they believe they have a divine right to be in control of it - especially the levers of government they consider especially important in bringing the private sector to heel. The Environmental Protection Agency falls into that category, so it’s sacrilege to the left that someone like Scott Pruitt - who doesn’t believe the EPA should be used to flog and harass industry - is now its chief.

That’s the equivalent, to them, of making Anton LaVey your pastor.

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Full Story

The changing world energy economy

The changing world energy economy
In recent years, particularly in the United States, we have seen substantial a change in public opinion regarding the production and distribution of energy, as well as its associated costs in the marketplace.

A good deal of that opinion can be attributed to publicity behind the push for green energy, coupled with misunderstandings of how energy is provided and paid for. However, the actual market changes that are occurring are more related to general business considerations, not public opinion.

By Guest Column -- James E. Smith and Alex Hatch- Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Full Story

Citizen’s energy dialog a disgrace

Gospel in, gospel out.  That is how I would describe the booklet “Citizen Dialogue on Canada’s Energy Future”, published by the British Columbia-based Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue.  I was one of 30 citizens who attended the Centre’s Vancouver dialogue, which was one of five federally-funded dialogues that took place across Canada prior to a combined dialogue held in Winnipeg between October 11 – 13.  The booklet was required reading for participants in this $1 million project.

The booklet made it clear that the outcome of the dialogues was predetermined from the start.  All of its assumptions were slanted towards the flawed idea that carbon dioxide (CO2) is bad and anthropogenic CO2 even worse.  Greenhouse gases were mentioned throughout, but never defined.  There was no mention of water vapour in the booklet.  Yet Environment Canada itself states, “The most important naturally occurring greenhouse gas is water vapour and it is the largest contributor to the natural greenhouse effect.” Water vapour is 95% by volume of all the greenhouse gases.

By Guest Column -- Patrick Hunt- Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Full Story

To the Corn-Farming CLIMATE Protectors—especially in Iowa and Illinois

Corn, ethanol
Greetings to you, with my hope that you are doing well! According to public records, most of you are. That’s good!

The whole U.S. produces somewhere around 15 billion bushels (BB) of corn a year at a rate of ca. 145 bushels per acre. Roughly, that’s 1/3 of the entire world production. Nearly 1/3 of the entire U.S. production comes from Iowa (2.7 BB), Illinois (2.3 BB), Nebraska (1.7 BB), Minnesota (1.5 BB), and Indiana (0.9 BB). Of that bountiful harvest, in the order of 25% are being converted via fermentation and distillation into ethanol, resulting in ~2.9 gallons of ethanol per bushel of corn.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - Full Story