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Australia “weather-experts” falsify climate change

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“Global warming is a non-problem…I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong.” (Dr. Ivar Giaever, Nobel-Prize winner in physics)

“The computer models just weren’t reliable. In fact, I’m not sure the whole thing isn’t crazy, this climate change.” (Green Guru James Lovelock, who once predicted imminent destruction of the planet via global warming)

By Jon Rappoport - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - Full Story

Actually, Plenty of Intellectuals Oppose a Carbon Tax

As is his wont, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman recently chided Bret Stephens, who had been lamenting the intellectual downfall of American conservatism. Krugman agreed with Stephens that today’s right-wing personalities are no substitute for the late Bill Buckley, but Krugman argued that there really never was a “golden age” of conservatism. These guys have always been morally bankrupt and low-brow thinkers, in Krugman’s book. He went on to list four key policy areas in which conservatives, according to Krugman, have either fumbled the ball or have been awful all along. One area in which Krugman thinks conservatives have regressed is environmental policy. “The use of markets and price incentives to fight pollution,” Krugman wrote, “was, initially, aconservative ideacondemned by some on the left. But liberals eventually took it on board—while cap-and-trade became a dirty word on the right.”

On his popular blog, economist Tyler Cowen pushed back against Krugman, with the apparent intent of defending conservatives’ intellectual honor. But rather than herald the sophistication of conservative critiques against cap-and-trade and carbon taxes, Cowen countered Krugman by dismissing the notion that conservatives oppose those measures. Oddly, Cowen argues that “[c]onservative intellectuals never have turned against the idea of a carbon tax, as evidenced by Greg Mankiw’s leadership of the Pigou Club.” But here, Cowen is simply mistaken. Plenty of conservative (and libertarian) intellectuals have indeed publicly come out against carbon taxes, and some of these are academics with more training in environmental economics than Greg Mankiw.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - Full Story

Book Review: “Keeping the Lights on at America’s Nuclear Power Plants”

For decades, misplaced fears of nuclear energy convinced environmentalists and lawmakers to shutter America’s nuclear power plants. However, a new book seeks to set the record straight on nuclear and usher in a brighter future for the vilified industry.

Written by Jeremy Carl and David Fedor, two energy scholars at Stanford University, Keeping the Lights on at America’s Nuclear Power Plants argues that nuclear power has enormous potential to provide America safe and reliable electricity while lowering costs for consumers. Unfortunately, government policy has increased the average cost of nuclear-generated electricity by 29 percent since 2002, from $28 per megawatt hour to $36, by imposing ever expanding regulatory burdens on nuclear power plants.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - Full Story

Blackouts Stalk Green Energy Utopia

It is 7:00 p.m. on a cold, still night in the city which boasts “100% Green Energy”.

Thousands of electric cars are plugged into chargers; electric lights, heaters and TVs are running; electric stoves are cooking dinner, electric trains and lifts are moving late commuters and early revellers, and the pubs and clubs are busy.

By Viv Forbes - Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - Full Story

This was not supposed to happen: Gore’s sequel comes in dismal 15th at box office

Climate activists in shock at Gore sequel bombing at box office: ‘This was not supposed to happen’

‘Al Gore Gets Ripped Off Again’

‘He should have demanded a recount.’

Gore fans reduced to blaming the distributor. ‘A botched strategy by Paramount Pictures effectively sabotaged the nationwide release’ of Gore’s sequel.

Gore had urged followers to ‘fill theaters’ to send message to ‘Trump and the other climate deniers’

By Marc Morano - Monday, August 7, 2017 - Full Story

Shameless fear-mongering—versus reality

Before I could enjoy a movie last week, I was forced to endure five minutes of climate and weather fear-mongering, when the theater previewed Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Sequel.” His attempt to pin every weather disaster of the past decade on humanity’s fossil fuel use felt like fifty minutes of water boarding.

Mr. Gore has made tens of millions of dollars pedaling this nonsense and his demand that modern society undergo a “wrenching transformation” from oil, natural gas and coal to a utopian make-believe world powered by biofuels, wind and solar power, electric vehicles and batteries.

By Paul Driessen - Monday, August 7, 2017 - Full Story

Whitehouse-Schatz Carbon Tax Proposal Ignores Realities of Political Process

Last week, at an event at the American Enterprise Institute, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) unveiled the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act—a carbon tax that places a $49 per ton fee on carbon emissions. According to Whitehouse and Schatz, the tax would be implemented at the point of extraction or importation of fossil fuels and would steadily increase over time. Taxing carbon emissions at the point of extraction would mean that the tax would be placed at the earliest point in the supply chain—during the mining or drilling process used to recover fossils fuels.

The plan’s advocates claim the bill will be revenue neutral, as revenues will be used to offset a reduction in the corporate tax rate and to offer workers an annual inflation-adjusted $550 refundable tax credit to offset payroll taxes. The bill also plans to use the carbon tax revenue to deliver $10 billion annually in grants to states to help low-income and rural households and to help workers transition to new industries. In addition to carbon tax credits, the plan also proposes a border adjustment tax to adjust prices of imports and exports so that they also reflect the cost of carbon emissions.

By Institute for Energy Research - Sunday, August 6, 2017 - Full Story

Electricity Prices in South Australia Skyrocket

As of July 1, 2017, electricity prices in the state of South Australia are the highest in the world, exceeding Denmark’s due to price increases of between 15.3 and 19.9 percent by its three major electric utilities.1 In nearby New South Wales the problem is not much better, with more than 60,000 households at risk of having their power cut off because they cannot afford the bills.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Full Story

This Oil Price Rally Has Reached Its Limit

Last week, crude oil rallied the most so far this year, gaining more than 8 percent, or $4 per barrel. Oil traders are much more optimistic than they were just a month ago, and the market is on the upswing. However, the rally could run out of steam in the not-so-distant future, a familiar result for those paying attention to the oil market in the last few years.

There are several significant reasons why oil prices have regained most of the lost ground since the end of May. First, the OPEC cuts continue to have an effect. We can quibble over the degree to which OPEC members are complying with their promised cuts, but the cartel is taking more than 1 million barrels per day off the market, with a small group of non-OPEC countries contributing about half as much in reductions. As time goes on, that will help narrow the imbalances.

By -- Nick Cunningham- Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - Full Story

Milton Friedman on Energy

Born on this day 105 years ago, free-market economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006) was one of a kind.

Even the dyspeptic Paul Krugman called his rival “the economist’s economist…a very great man indeed—a man of intellectual courage who was one of the most important economic thinkers of all time and possibly the most brilliant communicator of economic ideas to the general public that ever lived.” The Economist (November 23, 2006) called him “the most influential economist of the second half of the twentieth century…and possibly all of it.”

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - Full Story

Biofuel justifications are illusory

The closest thing to earthly eternal life, President Ronald Reagan used to say, is a government program.

Those who benefit from a program actively and vocally defend it, often giving millions in campaign cash to politicians who help perpetuate it, while those who oppose the program or are harmed by it are usually disorganized and distracted by daily life. Legislative inertia and obstruction of the kind so graphically on display in the Senate over the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) also help to perpetuate program life.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, July 30, 2017 - Full Story

A Crude Primer: Would a Barrel of Oil by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

When people talk about a barrel of crude oil, there is a tendency to lump all of it into one large category. The reality is that there are different flows of crude oil from all over the world that have various, distinct qualities. There are two main qualities used in the classification process. The first is API gravity and the second is the sulfur content.

API gravity is a measure of the density of oil on a “light to heavy” scale. Generally, “light crude” has an API gravity greater than 38¬∞ and “heavy crude” has an API gravity of less than 22¬∞. Water by comparison has an API gravity of 10¬∞. Some heavy crude is dense enough to sink in water.

The sulfur scale ranges from “sweet to sour”. If oil has a sulfur content of less than 0.5 percent it is considered “sweet,” and if it is above 0.5 percent it is considered “sour.” Oil that is heavy or sour requires a more complex, more intensive, and more expensive refining process.

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Full Story

Vladimir Putin opposes U.S. fracking because it threatens Russia’s energy exports

Russian connections to anti-fracking activism in the United States underscore Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dedication to keeping Eastern Europe dependent on the oil and natural gas which flows from its state-owned energy giant, Gazprom. Russia has successfully stopped fracking efforts in Eastern Europe through phony environmentalist and media campaigns, and is now attempting to disrupt the surge in American natural gas production that is quickly bringing the U.S. into energy independence, and creating threatening unwanted competition for the Russian energy in Europe.

Exports from the U.S. via the oil and natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking” – poses a clear danger not only to Gazprom, but to the Russian government. One quarter of the regime’s revenues come from taxes paid by the energy giant, in which the government is a majority stakeholder. It is not surprising, then, that Gazprom is the only major energy company in the world to oppose the development of shale gas. For years its executives have claimed that fracking poses severe environmental risks; Alexander Medvedev, Gazprom’s executive chairman and head of Gazprom Export, has vowed that the Russian state and Gazprom are ready “to wage [ ] war on shale.”

By BombThrowers - Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Full Story

Growth in Rooftop Installations Expected to Decline This Year

Rooftop solar installations have seen explosive growth, but that growth explosion is expected to change this year. Bloomberg News Energy Finance projects a 2.4 percentdecline in new residential installations.1 Driving the decline are a number of factors that include saturation in some markets, financial problems at several solar panel makers and a change in state net metering policies.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, July 28, 2017 - Full Story

Enemies of humanity

After being infected again with malaria last July, I spent almost a month in a Kampala hospital. Paying for my treatment was extremely difficult, as it is for most Ugandan and African families. I was lucky I could scrape the money together. Many families cannot afford proper treatment.

Where and how can they get the money to go back to the hospital again and again, every time a family member gets malaria, when they also need food, clothes and so many other things—or malaria makes them so sick that they can’t work for weeks or even months? Many parents can do nothing except watch their loved ones die in agony, and then give them a simple burial.

Far too many people still die from malaria every year in Africa, the vast majority of them women and children. Too many more die from lung and intestinal diseases, because we don’t have electricity, natural gas, clean water, or decent modern homes, clinics and hospitals.

By Guest Column -- Steven Lyazi- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Switching to Markets Could Save You 15 Percent or More on Climate Insurance

A recent piece in The Week on the climate change debate is at once refreshing and disappointing. On the one hand, the author Jeff Spross tries to be fair to the opponents of government intervention into the energy sector. He agrees that they aren’t “science deniers” and goes so far as to concede that they know the science as well as the alarmists clamoring for stringent new regulations and taxes.

On the other hand, Spross is still a supporter of vigorous government intervention, and he uses the analogy of insurance to justify his stance. Yet Spross’s case is flawed. He misunderstands the IPCC report: the economic damage from popular climate change policies is projected to be 80 times higher than what Spross tells his readers. Furthermore, even on his own terms, Spross hasn’t really shown that the popular proposals to combat climate change make sense. Nobody—including Jeff Spross—would buy life or car insurance on these terms.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Full Story

Gore’s new health warning: ‘Every organ system can be affected by climate change’

In Al Gore’s new book, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”, the former Vice President features a professor of pediatrics warning that global warming is impacting our health.

“Every organ system can be affected by climate change. When I say that, I get goosebumps,” says Pediatrician Susan Pacheco, a professor of pediatrics at University of Texas McGovern Medical School, in Gore’s new book. Gore’s book features Pacheco and her climate change health warnings and touts the fact that the professor was inspired to get involved in climate activist after seeing his original film. The book is a companion to Gore’s new film being released this month, a sequel to his 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.”  The book is being billed as “Your action handbook to learn the science, find your voice, and help solve the climate crisis.” Gore’s new book excerpts available here. Excerpts of Gore reading the book available here.

Gore wrote, “The obvious and overwhelming evidence of the damage we are causing is now increasingly impossible for reasonable people to ignore. It is widely know by now that there is a nearly unanimous view among all scientists authoring peer-reviewed articles related to the climate crisis that it threatens our future, that human activists are largely if not entirely responsible, and that action is needed to urgently prevent catastrophic harm it is already starting to bring.” (Climate Depot Note: Blaming extreme weather on “climate change” is not supported by evidence. & Climate Depot has repeatedly debunked Gore’s climate claims: Gore admits Paris pact symbolic – Makes incorrect claims about Greenland, sea levels & extreme weather And here: Climate Depot’s New ‘Talking Points’ Report – A-Z Debunking of Climate Claims And Here Skeptics Deliver Consensus Busting ‘State of the Climate Report’ to UN Summit)—More…

By Marc Morano - Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - Full Story

Despite the Paris Agreement, China and India Continue To Build Coal Plants

With the United States on its way to official withdrawal, China and Germany are expected to take the lead promoting the Paris Agreement.1 This is despite China’s role in constructing over 700 new coal-fired power plants around the world. According to Urgewald, an environmental group based in Berlin, some of these new coal plants will be built in countries that burn little or no coal today. While many of the coal plants will be located in China, about one-fifth of the capacity of these new coal power plants is going to be located in other countries.2

China is not alone in constructing coal-fired power plants. According to Urgewald, about 1,600 coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries; this data comes from the Global Coal Plant Tracker portal. If constructed, these new plants would increase global coal-fired capacity by 43 percent. According to Urgewald, 11 of the world’s 20 biggest coal plant developers are Chinese.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - Full Story

Tesla battery, subsidy and sustainability fantasies

The first justification was that internal combustion engines polluted too much. But emissions steadily declined, and today’s cars emit about 3% of what their predecessors did. Then it was oil imports: electric vehicles (EVs) would reduce foreign dependency and balance of trade deficits. Bountiful oil and natural gas supplies from America’s hydraulic fracturing revolution finally eliminated that as an argument.

Now the focus is on climate change. Every EV sale will help prevent assumed and asserted manmade temperature, climate and weather disasters, we’re told—even if their total sales represented less than 1% of all U.S. car and light truck sales in 2016 (Tesla sold 47,184 of the 17,557,955 vehicles sold nationwide last year), and plug-in EVs account for barely 0.15% of 1.4 billion vehicles on the road worldwide.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Full Story