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Oh good: McCain, Graham and Collins save Obama’s insane methane regulation

John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins are liberals. You understand that, right? They are not moderates. They’re liberals.

But wait! You want to defend McCain because he was a prisoner of war and he put Sarah Palin on the map. Stop. Just stop. He may vote with his Republican colleagues on occasion when it’s politically easy for him to do so, but when it comes to the big questions, McCain is a liberal. That’s why he refuses to support eliminating the filibuster on legislation, because it would take away Chuck Schumer’s ability to stop the Republican agenda.

And it’s why he joined with fellow liberals Graham and Collins yesterday to save one of Barack Obama’s worst environmental regulations. You only do that because you’re an anti-business, pro-regulation liberal, which is exactly what all three of them are:

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Full Story

Eat Fruits and Vegetables—Don’t Believe The Scaremongers

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help lower calorie intake, reduce risks for heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and protect against certain cancers.

With all these benefits, why do some consumers choose to avoid produce? Approximately three-quarters of people in the US don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Keith Ayoob notes that a lot of factors could explain the shortfall, including fear. Media stories about topics such as GMOs and pesticides may convince some consumers that it’s not safe to eat certain fruits and vegetables. There’s no question that negative news about produce can affect consumer choices. One survey found that among low-income shoppers, those who heard messages about pesticide residue on produce were less likely to purchase any type of fruits and vegetables. 1

By Jack Dini - Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Full Story

Confessions of a Denier: The Last Word on Global Warming

Albert Einstein reportedly said concerning the book dissidents had written to his Theory of Relativity, One Hundred Authors Against Einstein, “Why 100? If I were wrong, then one would have been enough.”

Ever since I was a young man seven weeks ago, sledding down a hill in high snow across from my family’s apartment where the then-Soviet-era KGB’s headquarters on the Buda side of Budapest had its “public relations offices,” I became intensely aware of “public relations” and weather.

I found to my chagrin that snow melted.

By Andrew G. Benjamin - Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Full Story

Illinois and New York Rescue Nuclear Plants; Other States May Follow

Illinois and New York approved as much as $10 billion in subsidies to keep their nuclear reactors open for the next decade, limiting emissions that would have come from new fossil fuel consumption since natural gas plants would likely replace them.1 Nuclear units are finding it hard to compete against low-cost natural gas. Five nuclear plants have retired over the past 5 years2 and several more have been announced. Even Diablo Canyon in California—a nuclear plant that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ranks as one of the best in performance—is being shuttered after this decade supposedly to be replaced by renewable energy and efficiency programs. However, in reality, it is likely that they will be replaced, at least in part, by natural gas units as has been the case for other nuclear unit retirements.

Other states that may follow in Illinois and New York’s footsteps are Ohio, Connecticut, and New Jersey where nuclear units are providing most of the state’s carbon dioxide-free electricity. In Connecticut, the Millstone nuclear plant produces 98 percent of the state’s low-carbon power, and in New Jersey, nuclear reactors produce 97 percent.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Full Story

5 Clean Energy Innovations That Could Transform Our World

Innovations in energy storage, smart grid, and electricity generation technologies will affect every part of the source-to-consumer supply chain for powering the planet. Energy storage tech improves the viabilities of wind and solar power—two energy sources that remain cost prohibitive due to expenses related to batteries that would store generated energy. Smart grids will regulate the movement of energy throughout a city or state, insuring the areas from crippling blackouts. Developments in electricity generation make sure we make the most out of fossil fuels and other energy sources to improve efficiency.

By Zainab Calcuttawala- Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Full Story

The Paris Climate Deal Must Go

President Trump made a campaign pledge to remove the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change.1 As of now, he has yet to do so. His daughter, Ivanka, his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, others in the White House, and Exxon Mobil along with several other companies are urging him to break his pledge and stay in the deal, which President Obama negotiated and refused to send to the U.S. Senate for ratification.2

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Full Story

Developing offshore energy means big wins for economy and security

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump’s recent executive order expanding offshore energy development is a win for America’s job creation and national security.

The United States leads the world in production and refining of oil and natural gas, adding stability to world markets that’s paying off for families and businesses.

By Guest Column -- Jack N. Gerard- Monday, May 8, 2017 - Full Story

Climate Change: a serious farce

Don’t you hate being called a ‘denier?” Me neither. In fact, I view this appellation as an affirmation of my own independent scepticism, a divergent path from that taken by the herd. In today’s” legacy media” every weather phenomenon is seen as an indication of climate change, or global warming, as it was once called until facts rendered that term inoperative.

Recently I noticed a story on the Weather Network about an enormous crack in Greenland’s Peterman glacier seen by a NASA satellite, possibly caused by wait for it… warmer ocean waters. In addition, Canada’s National Post carried a front-page piece a few weeks ago on how “A team of scientists… documented what they’re describing as the first case of large-scale river reorganization as a result of human-caused climate change.”

By Klaus Rohrich - Sunday, May 7, 2017 - Full Story

Refocusing a Chicago water summit

President Trump’s proposal to reduce the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.1-billion budget by $1.6 billion was cut to an $80-million trim in the omnibus spending bill. However, the EPA funding and staff controversy will undoubtedly resume during the next budgetary battles in September.

That’s fueling consternation and con jobs in the heartland. According to press releases, funds for cleaning up the Great Lakes, eliminating lead poisoning, stopping oil pollution and “ensuring justice” for affected groups are “on the chopping block.” Community leaders, government officials, academics and activists will therefore meet May 10-11 in Chicago for a Freshwater Lab Summit, to “engage the public” and map out strategies for preserving Obama environmental staffs, budgets, programs, policies and priorities.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, May 7, 2017 - Full Story

Soon, Everyone can be Happy, or High

Perhaps, that will be better—or not; time will tell. Of course, I’m talking about the plant Cannabis sp., known as marijuana, the new “vice of choice.”

As Money Morning reports, “Over half of the country, or 28 states, have legalized marijuana in some form. You see, the marijuana craze is sweeping the nation…”

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Sunday, May 7, 2017 - Full Story

The Northeast Desperately Needs More Pipelines

In a new report, the Chamber of Commerce quantified the economic and job losses arising from limiting natural gas infrastructure development in the U.S. Northeast where several states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, have denied construction of natural gas pipelines. According to the report, if no new pipelines are built, it would cost the region over 78,000 jobs and $7.6 billion in GDP by the year 2020,1 and the displacement of over $4.4 billion in labor income.2

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, May 6, 2017 - Full Story

Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel

Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird’s popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop is to turn it into biofuel, and now scientists have developed a way to do this by mixing the waste with another environmental scourge, an invasive weed that is affecting agriculture in Africa.

Poultry sludge is sometimes turned into fertilizer, but recent trends in industrialized chicken farming have led to an increase in waste mismanagement and negative environmental impacts, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Droppings can contain nutrients, hormones, antibiotics and heavy metals and can wash into the soil and surface water. To deal with this problem, scientists have been working on ways to convert the waste into fuel. But alone, poultry droppings don’t transform well into biogas, so it’s mixed with plant materials such as switch grass. Samuel O. Dahunsi, Solomon U. Oranusi and colleagues wanted to see if they could combine the chicken waste with Tithonia diversifolia (Mexican sunflower), which was introduced to Africa as an ornamental plant decades ago and has become a major weed threatening agricultural production on the continent.

The researchers developed a process to pre-treat chicken droppings, and then have anaerobic microbes digest the waste and Mexican sunflowers together. Eight kilograms of poultry waste and sunflowers produced more than 3 kg of biogas — more than enough fuel to drive the reaction and have some leftover for other uses such as powering a generator. Also, the researchers say that the residual solids from the process could be applied as fertilizer or soil conditioner.

Bioconversion of Tithonia diversifolia (Mexican Sunflower) and Poultry Droppings for Energy Generation: Optimization, Mass and Energy Balances, and Economic Benefits

By American Chemical Society - Friday, May 5, 2017 - Full Story

Earth Day Marchers Ignore the Economic Science of Climate Change

On April 22nd, thousands of people in cities around the world turned out for the “March for Science.” Although the official motivation was a general support for the scientific method, the subtext was a rebuke of the Trump Administration’s proposed funding cuts and its positions on issues such as climate change. The smugness was on full display, including signs such as this:

Yet ironically, when it comes to climate change, the vast majority of those marching are ignoring the “consensus” on the economic science.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Full Story

On energy, Trump should ignore Bloomberg

Some people continue to believe that we have a future filled with unicorns. Others persist in the belief that efficient renewable energy is just over the horizon.

Joe Ryan of Bloomberg advanced that belief (energy, not unicorns) recently in an article that claimed despite “all Donald Trump’s efforts to revive coal, market forces and some of his own supporters are vying to write their own version of America’s energy future.”

By BombThrowers -- David Hogberg- Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Full Story

Big Oil Betting On Electric Vehicles

Speaking this week at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York, Total SA’s chief energy economist, Joel Couse, forecasted that EVs will make up 15 to 30 percent of global new vehicle sales by 2030.

Oil demand for transportation fuel see its “demand will flatten out,” after 2030, Couse said. “Maybe even decline.

Colin McKerracher, head of advanced transport analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, sees Couse’s forecast as the highest EV sales margin yet to be forecasted by a major company in the oil sector.

By -- Jon LeSage- Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - Full Story

Wind Subsidies Should End

It is time for the federal government to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on subsidies for wind power. In its Annual Energy Outlook 2017, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) compares the levelized costs for units coming online in 2022 and found that the levelized cost of wind turbines is competitive with the levelized cost of new natural gas combined cycle units even without wind power’s most significant subsidy—the Production Tax Credit (PTC).1 And, with the production tax credit, wind turbines are 18 percent less than a new natural gas combined cycle unit, according to EIA. With levelized costs competitive with its closest competitor, natural gas, there is no reason to continue to subsidize wind power.

Further, wind turbines pose others problems. Due to the uncertainty and intermittency of wind resources, reliable electricity sources must be available so grid operators can quickly power the grid up or down. This creates additional costs to the system and results in greater emissions than if more reliable electricity sources were to run at their normal rate. And, the best wind resources are usually located in remote locations, causing the need for extra transmission infrastructure and power loss inefficiencies. Further, a British study has found that the life of wind units is on the order of 12 to 15 years, rather than the assumed life of 20 to 25 years.2

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - Full Story

Ignorance, intolerance, violence

Recent science and climate marches demonstrated how misinformed, indoctrinated, politicized and anti-Trump these activists are – and how indifferent about condemning millions in industrialized nations and billions in developing countries to green energy poverty. Amid it all, University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole helped illustrate how the marchers became so ignorant, insensitive and intolerant.

It’s always amazed me how frequently academics, journalists, politicians and students confuse poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) with plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide (CO2). But Professor Cole’s April 17 article in The Nation presents unfathomable ignorance from the intellectual class that is “educating” our young people, while displaying and teaching intolerance toward countervailing facts and viewpoints.

By Paul Driessen - Monday, May 1, 2017 - Full Story

President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Property in America

President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America, which was signed on April 25, 2017, is significant in many ways, not the least of which is the Revocation of Executive Order 13575 of June 9, 2011, issued by President Obama, the Establishment of the White House Rural Council.

I wrote about the June 9, 2011 13575 order as soon as it was released and I have included it in my best-seller book, “U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy.” (pp. 88-91) This executive order established unchecked federal control over rural America in education, food supply, land use, water use, recreation, property rights, energy, and the lives of sixteen percent of the U.S. population. The executive order carefully chose the rural population because “they supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation.” To sum it up, he who controls the food, land, and water controls everything else.

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

EPA Disregard for “WOTUS” Prior Converted Cropland Exclusion Kills Ag Jobs and Contributes to Nation

The Federal government has incrementally extended its control over agricultural lands during the past forty years,1 by expanding the definition of “waters of the US” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and asserting broad legal jurisdiction over WOTUS-adjacent “wetlands.” Such activities have triggered Congressional investigations2 and significant public litigation. They also have facilitated the CWA’s growth into a “regulatory hydra” and caused a “reversal of terms [in our unique relationship with government] that is worthy of Alice in Wonderland.”3

During this past February, President Trump issued Executive Order 137784 in an initial effort to curtail this government juggernaut which disregards constitutionally protected private property rights in furtherance of wetlands protection. The EO directs the heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the Army Corps of Engineers (“the Corps”) to review for substantial revision or rescission their jointly issued 2015 CWA regulation which expands the “WOTUS” rule and narrows its “normal farming activities” exemption.5 Presumably, EPA’s review of this regulation will be undertaken while the October 9, 2015 federal court-issued stay of its implementation remains in place.6

The Obama administration regulation inter alia treats all “wetlands” adjacent to WOTUS as “jurisdictional waters” for purposes of enforcing CWA’s controversial Section 404 (dredge and fill permitting requirements). It does so by dispensing with the traditional case-by-case evaluations used to determine if jurisdiction applies to specific delineated wetlands.7 Although this regulation also states that the longstanding “prior converted cropland” (“PCC”) exclusion from WOTUS jurisdiction will be upheld,8 this result is not certain, and can be assured only through active ongoing White House oversight.

By Lawrence Kogan *- Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story

Dear Postmaster General

Dear Postmaster General,

Please, have pity on me—I just can’t get the old terms out of my mind. Canada Post is now controlled by a president, CEO, and other highly-paid functionaries that certainly deserve the full support of the citizenry. Not to forget, the daily “health-exercises” of trekking to the community mailboxes to retrieve our dose of donation-seeking “Dear Friend/Supporter” letters and the like.

On behalf of all our friends, neighbours, acquaintances, in- and outlaws, our sincere thanks for keeping us on our toes. Undoubtedly, this enforced exercise regime contributes to our health, longevity and generally positive outlook.

However, if you permit me, I have some complaints too. They relate to the postage rates for anything, from postcards to my friends in the next village to books within and out-of-the-country. Our postal rates are outrageously high and are killing your business! After all, it’s easy to compare postage rates.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Full Story