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A closer look at what caused the Flint water crisis

Flint, Michigan, continues to grapple with the public health crisis that unfolded as lead levels in its tap water spiked to alarming levels. Now the scientists who helped uncover the crisis have tested galvanized iron pipes extracted from the “ground zero” house. They confirm in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology that the lead that had accumulated on the interior surface of the pipes was the most likely source of the lead contamination.

Flint’s tap water became contaminated with high lead levels after the city turned to the Flint River to supply its water in April 2014. When they switched, officials didn’t use a corrosion-control treatment to maintain the stability of rust layers (containing lead) inside service lines. Within a month of the switch, residents started to report smell and color changes to their water. After her family started getting sick, Flint resident LeeAnne Walters contacted Virginia Tech engineer Marc Edwards and asked him to test her water. All 32 samples from the Walters’ home contained lead concentrations above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency action level of 15 micrograms per liter. Four samples were above 5,000 micrograms per liter, the threshold for hazardous waste. And one sample contained 13,200 micrograms per liter.—More…

By American Chemical Society - Saturday, February 18, 2017 - Full Story

South Australia Falls Victim to Green Hubris

Over the past two weeks, the state of South Australia was confronted by a heat wave of record strength and its wind-reliant grid failed miserably.

Temperatures soared to nearly 110¬∞F in the capital city of Adelaide on Wednesday, February 8, and did not fall below 86¬∞F until after midnight. Extraordinary temperatures, of course, require an extraordinary effort by the electricity sector to power air conditioning units along with all other demands. When put to the test, South Australia’s wind-heavy electricity mix showed us yet again that variable sources of electricity cannot be relied on when needed most. Fear of complete system failure—as was experienced in September of last year—forced grid operators to resort to load shedding, i.e. rolling blackouts, leaving South Australians withering in the mid-summer heat.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, February 17, 2017 - Full Story

Green Energy Scandals Cost Taxpayers Billions

A comprehensive report by the non-government organization Carbon Market Watch concluded that large companies are making billions from emissions certificates while CO2 emissions aren’t improving at all. The study looked at the 20 strongest countries from 2008 to 2015. The figures show how easy it is to make money from pollution and just how much the lobby-watered down CO2 trading system has failed. 1

A botched green energy subsidy will cost UK taxpayers more than $1.4 billion, or more than 45 times its initial cost projection. The Renewable Heat Initiative (RHI) was initially projected to cost $30 million by requiring farmers and businesses in Northern Ireland to use green power. But a whistle blower claims they were able to manipulate the program to receive about $200 dollars in subsidies for every $120 they spent on green fuel. 2

By Jack Dini - Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - Full Story

No, the ‘conservative response to climate change’ is not a carbon tax

We’ve often argued on this site that the real reason liberals talk about global warming – oh, sorry, “climate change” – is that it serves as a convenient excuse to implement the policies they want anyway. The public won’t support massive taxes and crushing regulation on business, so Democrats insist there is a global emergency whose only possible solution is, amazingly, these very policies.

We have to! It’s an emergency!

We are skeptical of man-made global warming, but even if it was real, we would not support the liberal prescriptions because we believe the answer would have to come from technology advancements that originate in the private sector. Want to stop global warming? Invent the clean-burning emission technology that would significantly reduce carbon emissions, and you’ll make yourself fabulously rich while solving the problem.

By Herman Cain - Monday, February 13, 2017 - Full Story

The Economics Don’t Add Up For Latest Carbon Tax Pitch

A CNN article discusses the recent attempt by some establishment Republicans to pitch the Trump Administration on a massive carbon tax that would raise some $300 billion annually—making its gross tax hike (before considering possible rebates) triple the bite of the Affordable Care Act. Their plan calls for policymakers to pick climate targets and send checks to millions of households, and yet is described as “free market” and “conservative.” In this post I’ll explain why the economics don’t add up.

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Full Story

ICYMI: Carbon Tax is a Bad Deal for American Families

ICYMI: Yesterday, Institute for Energy Research President Thomas Pyle wrote an opinion piece for USA Today explaining why a recent carbon tax proposal from the Climate Leadership Council is a bad deal for American families.

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Full Story

Were World Leaders Duped Over Manipulated Global Warming Data?

The world’s leading source of climate data rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change reports David Rose. 1

A high-level whistle blower reported that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published a sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.

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

IER Statement on Granting of Dakota Access Easement

WASHINGTON–Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced its intention to grant an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline. Institute for Energy Research President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement of support:

“The days of slow-walking and obstructing pipeline projects are clearly over. Today, the Army Corps of Engineers did what it should have done months ago by approving a pipeline that went through a lawful environmental and cultural review. The previous administration ignored this lawful review and blocked the Dakota Access pipeline simply to appease the ‘keep it in the ground’ lobby and its celebrity followers.

“Today’s news is bigger than any one pipeline. Pipelines are critical to safely and efficiently transporting the very energy resources that American families and businesses rely on every day. This decision shows that the Trump administration is serious about ensuring Americans have access to affordable, reliable energy and good-paying jobs.

“We sincerely hope that the leaders of the protest movement respect this decision and discourage any further escalation of tension in the region.”

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - Full Story

End Climate Propaganda

It’s time to stop wasting taxpayer funds on climate propaganda posing as “research”.

In Australia, the CSIRO, BOM, government universities and media, federal state and local governments are all wasting our money trying to prove that the trace amount of colourless CO2 gas produced by human activities is producing dangerous global warming.

With a solidarity that makes North Korea look distinctly liberal, they have relentlessly claimed that “the science is settled”. This “fixed opinion”, supported by a deluge of government cash and media control means that open-minded research is impossible – all we get is one-eyed propaganda, doctored data and vilification of sceptics.

Worldwide, taxpayers have financed over 100 computer models needing massive computers with a well-paid priesthood all trying (unsuccessfully) to forecast global climate trends. If they worked, one is enough. Bigger, faster more expensive computers using the same failed Greenhouse assumptions just get the wrong answers faster.

By Viv Forbes - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - Full Story

Pruitt right to call for climate debate

Democratic members of the United States Senate Environment and Public Works Committee boycotted the February 1 vote on President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency largely because of the nominee’s position on climate change. For example, Committee member Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) explained that he opposed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s candidacy because he “denies the sum of empirical science and the urgency to act on climate change.”

By Tom Harris - Monday, February 6, 2017 - Full Story
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