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Fact-Checking & Review of Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

Climate Depot reviews Gore’s sequel: ‘Stand up and cheer’ moment when U.S. exits UN Paris pact - ‘Unexpected hero of the film—Trump!’ - ‘A tour de force’ to see U.S. exit UN Paris pact.

‘Who would have thought that a film that featured weather disasters and apocalyptic predictions of climate doom would have a happy ending! The ending has a stand up and cheer moment when President Donald Trump announces the U.S. is exiting the UN climate pact.’

By Marc Morano - Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Full Story

Judicial Watch Sues for Records on Obama Administration / Environmentalists Shut Down of Dakota Acce

(Washington, DC)—Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense for all records from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding environmentalist groups’ attempts to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch vs. U.S. Department of Defense (No. 1:17-cv-01282)).

The suit was filed after the Department of Defense failed to respond to a May 8, 2017, FOIA request seeking:

By Judicial Watch - Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Full Story

Gas Tax Revenues Will Plummet With Large Increase in Electric Vehicles

Europe and the United States need to prepare for lower gasoline and diesel tax revenues if electric vehicle sales skyrocket as some analysts predict. For example, if electric vehicles were to represent 60 percent of U.S. new car sales by 2030, annual tax revenue (federal and state) would be reduced by $10 billion, or about 14 percent compared to if electric vehicle sales remained flat at 1 percent of new car sales. If electric vehicle sales reached 20 percent of new car sales, gasoline revenue would still fall by $3 billion, or about 5 percent.sup>1 California, which has the highest number of electric vehicles, would be hit hard as it currently has the sixth largest gasoline tax.sup>2The state recently passed an increase to its gasoline tax of $0.12 per gallon (up to $0.52 a gallon from $0.40 per gallon) and an increase in its diesel tax by $0.20 per gallon, both of which will take effect on November 1.sup>3 The increase will make its gasoline tax the second highest in the country, behind only Pennsylvania.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Full Story

The Next Oil Price Spike May Cripple The Industry

Two diametrically opposed views dominate the current debate about where the oil price is heading. On the one hand, there is the view that the price of oil will be “lower for longer”, or even “lower forever”, as the electrification of transport will eat away at oil demand more and more while, at the same time, technological innovation (shale in particular) will greatly increase economically recoverable resources. On the other hand, however, there is the view that the price of oil is set to explode, primarily due to underinvestment in the upkeep of brownfields, development of greenfields, and exploration for new resources.

Our view is that most likely, both will happen. How it is possible for the price of oil to go both up and not up, and what would that mean for the oil industry? We will explain.

By -- Andreas de Vries and Dr. Salman Ghouri- Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Full Story

Does the Developing World Want Solar Power?

While some of the developing world leapfrogged to cellular phones without ever using landlines first, it does not have a matching appetite for skipping over central station power generated by reliable traditional technologies for solar power and mini-grids. An attempt to leapfrog to mini-grids using solar power in northeastern India resulted in no takers at the true cost of the system and only a few takers when it was heavily subsidized. In Dharnai, a village in the state of Bihar near the Nepalese border, youngsters demanded the “real source of energy,” rather than “the fake solar powered” energy after a solar micro-grid was installed providing electricity for the first time in 33 years.1 Among developing countries, including China and India, there is a long-standing recognition of the need for fossil fuels, especially coal, which is more abundant and has a competitive edge over natural gas. This is particularly true in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa where coal reserves are plentiful.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - Full Story

IER Publishes “The Solar Value Cliff: The Diminishing Value of Solar Power”

WASHINGTON – The popular media is replete with articles heralding the falling costs of solar power. But while solar’s costs may be going down, so too is its value to the electricity grid. Today, as the nation anticipates its first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years, the Institute for Energy Research released a paper detailing this phenomenon, which it calls the solar value cliff.

The Solar Value Cliff: The Diminishing Value of Solar Power chronicles the following:

By Institute for Energy Research - Monday, August 21, 2017 - Full Story

U.S. tops world in oil and natural gas jobs, but many more await

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s been a summer of good energy news for American consumers: Memorial Day gas prices averaging $2.36 and Independence Day gas prices at 12-year lows.

Americans have been hitting the road in record numbers this summer, reaping the benefits of the U.S. energy revolution.

Just in time for Labor Day, a new report keeps the good news coming — confirming, fittingly, that the U.S. natural gas and oil industry is a blockbuster job creator.
The report from consulting firm PwC reveals that the industry supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs — up from 9.8 million in 2011.

By Jack N. Gerard - Monday, August 21, 2017 - Full Story

Fair trade for thee, but not for me

“Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting someone else,” Ben & Jerry’s and Fair Trade co-founder Jerry Greenfield likes to tell us. Let’s hope he doesn’t drive an electric vehicle, doesn’t use a laptop or cell phone, and doesn’t rely on wind or solar power.

We’re constantly confronted with slogans and lectures about fair trade, human rights, sustainability, environmental and social justice, little people versus Big Corporations. Most of these subjective terms reflect perspectives and agendas of the political left, and are intended to advance those worldviews and stifle any discussion about them. But most of their self-avowed adherents never look beneath the surface of their own purchases. Indeed, they would have no standards at all if they didn’t have double standards.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Full Story

California Gas-Fired Power Plant Files for Bankruptcy

The La Paloma natural gas plant in California filed for bankruptcy last December because it was not getting enough operating time to cover its costs due to solar and other renewable energy receiving preference. The plant, which serves as back-up to the state’s renewable generating technologies, was also denied a reliability charge by the state that would have allowed it to continue to operate. The owners project an annual loss of $39 million without a reliability contract or other support. In its bankruptcy filing, the plant owners listed assets of between $100 million and $500 million and liabilities of $500 million to $1 billion.1  La Paloma is a 1200-megawatt merchant plant located 110 miles northwest of Los Angeles and is able to serve both the San Francisco and Los Angeles markets.2

By Institute for Energy Research - Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Full Story

How cicadas manage to ‘wing it’

Unlike locusts and many other flying insects, cicadas don’t soar through the air with the greatest of ease. Now in a study appearing the ACS’ The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, scientists report that certain chemical components in the insect’s wings could explain why.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - Full Story

Will Solar Power Be at Fault for the Next Environmental Crisis?

Solar panel waste will become a major issue in the coming decades as old solar panels reach the ends of their useful lifespans and require disposal. Last November, Japan’s Environment Ministry issued a warning that the amount of solar panel waste Japan produces each year is likely to increase from 10,000 to 800,000 tons by 2040, and the country has no plan for safely disposing of it. China has more solar power plants than any other country, operating roughly twice as many solar panels as the United States and also has no plan for the disposal of the old panels. In China, there could be 20 million metric tons of solar panel waste, or 2,000 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower, by 2050. California, another world leader in deploying solar panels, likewise has no plan for disposal, despite its boasts of environmental consciousness. Only Europe requires solar panel manufacturers to collect and dispose of solar waste at the end of their useful lives.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - Full Story

Climate Optimism, Energy Realism for the Next Generation

I recently addressed a group of highly motivated high school students about environmental and energy issues relating to climate change. The event, Local to Global Politics: Climate Change, was hosted by the World Affairs Council of Houston.

Knowing that climate activists abounded at the two-and-a-half day affair, I pitched an optimistic view of free markets and a cautionary one about intellectual elites identifying problems for the government to solve.

By Institute for Energy Research - Monday, August 14, 2017 - Full Story

Life in fossil-fuel-free utopia

Al Gore’s new movie, a New York Times article on the final Obama Era “manmade climate disaster” report, and a piece saying wrathful people twelve years from now will hang hundreds of “climate deniers” are a tiny sample of Climate Hysteria and Anti-Trump Resistance rising to a crescendo. If we don’t end our evil fossil-fuel-burning lifestyles and go 100% renewable Right Now, we are doomed, they rail.

Maybe it’s our educational system, our cargo cult’s easy access to food and technology far from farms, mines and factories, or the end-of-days propaganda constantly pounded into our heads. Whatever the reason, far too many people have a pitiful grasp of reality: natural climate fluctuations throughout Earth history; the intricate, often fragile sources of things we take for granted; and what life would really be like in the utopian fossil-fuel-free future they dream of. Let’s take a short journey into that idyllic realm.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, August 13, 2017 - Full Story

Loons, Loonies, and Lunatics

On the many lakes covering the continental Granite Shield, the Common Loon is a regular sight that everyone enjoys. Typically you’ll only see one pair in any one lake or embayment. It’s not only just their steadfast, self-reliant habit and their splendid black & white plumage. As other water fowl, the loons mate for life but what really entrances people are the loons’ calls. The most recognizable and enchanting one is the melancholic call for its mate.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Full Story

Concrete- Lots Of Activity

A single industry accounts for around 5% of global carbon dioxide emissions. It produces a material so ubiquitous it is nearly invisible: cement. Cement is the primary ingredient in concrete, which in turn forms the foundations and structures of buildings we live and work in, and the roads and bridges we drive on. Concrete is the second most consumed substance on Earth after water. On average, each year, three tons of concrete are consumed by every person on the planet. Cement production is growing by 2.5% annually.* 1

By Jack Dini - Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Full Story

Bill Nye wants global warming deniers to die

The scientifically illiterate “Science Guy” Bill Nye says the argument about climate change is over and it’s time to drag warming skeptics through the street to the gallows.

Well, Nye didn’t quite say that, but he is looking forward to everyone who doesn’t see eye-to-eye with him on anthropogenic global warming to get six feet under in a hurry.

By Matthew Vadum - Friday, August 11, 2017 - Full Story

Will Consumers Forfeit Traditional Vehicles for Electrics?

Globally, the number of electric vehicles on the road in 2016 was 2 million, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). China, Europe and the United States make up the three main markets, totaling more than 90 percent of all electric vehicles sold. China alone accounted for over 40 percent of the electric vehicles sold in 2016—and more than twice the volume sold in the United States—due to its lucrative subsidies and large population. In Europe, Norway had the highest share of the electric vehicle market at 29 percent, followed by the Netherlands with 6.4 percent and Sweden with 3.4 percent. Electric vehicles still made up only 0.2 percent of passenger light-duty vehicles on the roads of the world in 2016. According to the IEA, in order to limit temperature increases to below 2¬∞C by the end of the century, the number of electric cars will need to reach 600 million by 2040—a factor increase of 300.1


By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, August 11, 2017 - Full Story

Tech Guru Unveils New Battery To Challenge Lithium-Ion

The rise of electric vehicles and the quest to find solutions to energy storage for the renewables industry have created a breeding ground for tech experts to develop battery technologies.

Last week, Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and the company he currently backs, Ionic Materials, unveiled a solid-state alkaline battery design that they claim would be cheaper and safer than the lithium-ion battery.

“What people didn’t really realize is that alkaline batteries could be made rechargeable,” Joy told Bloomberg in a phone interview last week. “I think people had given up,” Joy noted.

By -- Tsvetana Paraskova- Friday, August 11, 2017 - Full Story

Al Gore learns it’s tough to continually sell your fear-mongering if your predictions never come tru

There were supposed to be mega-tornados carving trenches across a weather-ravaged nation. ...But tornadic activity has been in near-constant decline since the 50’s. We were supposed to see Katrina-like storms with shocking regularity. Instead, we enjoyed a decade-long cat-3 storm drought - the longest in the nation’s history. The polar ice caps were supposed to be free of ice, sea levels would rise, our cities would be underwater, and we’d all grow gills like Kevin Costner in Waterworld.

So of course, Al Gore decided to buy a $9 million ocean-front mansion in a gated community near Montecito, California.

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - Full Story

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