Vox Features Yet Another Climate Science “Denier”
By Institute for Energy Research Wednesday, May 27, 2015
As an economist studying climate change policy for several years, I often feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone. To listen to the constant drumbeat of catastrophic predictions based on the so-called scientific “consensus,” and to witness the scathing denunciation of the “deniers” who are supposedly selling out humanity for money, you would certainly think that the periodic reports issued by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) would back up the alarmist rhetoric.
German Government In Crisis Over Escalating Cost Of Climate Policy
By Guest Column Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Germany’s economics minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) wants to levy penalty payments onto coal plants if they produce CO2 emissions above a certain threshold. Against this plan intense resistance is growing in Germany: Within the Christian Democrat, within industry and – for especially dangerous for Gabriel – within the trade unions.
Perfume researchers lend their noses to design less odorous latrines
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, May 27, 2015
About 2.5 billion people worldwide don’t have access to sanitary toilets. Latrines are an option for many of those people, but these facilities’ overwhelming odors can deter users, who then defecate outdoors instead. To improve this situation, fragrance scientists paired experts’ noses and analytical instruments to determine the odor profiles of latrines with the aim of countering the offensive stench. Their report appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.
How to Kill the Coal Industry: Implement EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”
By Institute for Energy Research Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) just released its report analyzing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) so-called “Clean Power Plan” and finds that it will shutter many more coal-fired power plants.(i] Coal-fired power plants are already shuttering due to onerous EPA regulations and more will close due to this proposed plan, according to EIA. Today, coal generates 39 percent of the nation’s electricity; by 2030, its share will be reduced to 25 percent if EPA’s proposed plan is implemented. As a result, coal miners will lose their jobs as U.S. coal production takes a major hit over the next decade.
Another domino falls in the anti-fossil fuel movement’s crusade
By Marita Noon Monday, May 25, 2015
Throughout the United States, especially in communities with existing or potential oil-and-gas development, outside groups have moved in with a vengeance and agitated the population—resulting in bans against all exploration for hydrocarbons and/or the use of hydraulic fracturing. Expensive lawsuits have been filed and courts have repeatedly declared such bans as “unconstitutional.” The newest domino to fall is in Texas where Governor Greg Abbott, on May 18, signed House Bill 40 (HB40)—also known as the Denton Fracking Bill—which clarifies that an “oil and gas operation is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state.”
Three nations altered temperature data, and you can probably guess why
By Herman Cain Sunday, May 24, 2015
Let’s review the logic we are asked to accept from the we-must-act-now-on-global-warming crowd. They tell us that the science is undeniable in showing global warming is both man-made and running wild, and that only liberal policy ideas like carbon taxes and controls on industry can solve the problem.
IMF’s Disingenuous Attempt to Tax Energy Use
By Institute for Energy Research Saturday, May 23, 2015
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its estimate of global fossil fuel subsidies for 2015 at $5.3 trillion—almost ten times higher than the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) calculation of $548 billion for 2013.(i] The difference is not the change of a 2-year span, but the methodology. The IEA uses a “price-gap” methodology, which is the difference between end-use prices and supply costs that include shipping costs, margins, and value-added taxes. In other words, the agency calculates subsidies that the governments pay their own citizens to enable them to buy energy more cheaply than the market price.
India Won’t Shift Away From Coal, Minister Tells UN
By Guest Column Friday, May 22, 2015
India has told a high-level energy meeting here that it will not be fair to expect it to move away from coal to meet energy requirements of millions of Indians, underscoring that coal will continue to remain the “mainstay” of its energy needs for the “foreseeable future.”—Press Trust of India, 22 May 2015
Migrating golden eagles to be slaughtered in Ontario
By Guest Column Friday, May 22, 2015
In October/November each year, as snow covers their hunting grounds, golden eagles from Canada fly south to warmer climates in the United States. Those migrating from Northern Ontario and the western half of Quebec (all the way up to the Ungava Peninsula) must deal with a major obstacle: the Great Lakes.
Jeb Bush Criticises Obama For Exaggerating Climate Change
By Guest Column Thursday, May 21, 2015
U.S. Republican Jeb Bush said on Wednesday that the Earth’s climate is changing but that scientific research does not clearly show how much of the change is due to humans and how much is from natural causes. While President Barack Obama and many scientists believe humans are largely to blame for climate change, Bush said the degree of human responsibility is uncertain. The former Florida governor challenged Obama’s determination earlier in the day that climate change is now a threat to U.S. national security.—Reuters, 21 May 2015
‘Politically contrived nonsense’: Scientific studies, data and history refute Obama’s cl
By Marc Morano Thursday, May 21, 2015
Climate Depot Statement on President Obama’s latest round of claims linking ‘global warming’ to national security. See: Obama Readies U.S. Troops For The War On ‘Global Warming’
This Innovation Will Help U.S. Companies Win The Oil Price War
By Oilprice.com Thursday, May 21, 2015
Although some US oil companies are struggling with low oil prices, a new wave of innovation is hitting the oil patch, allowing for a significant reduction in drilling costs.
China: World’s Largest Energy Consumer and Greenhouse Gas Emitter
By Institute for Energy Research Wednesday, May 20, 2015
China outranks the United states in many areas. It is the largest consumer of energy, the largest producer and consumer of coal, and the largest importer of petroleum. It is also the largest generator of electricity and the largest emitter of carbon dioxide—the most abundant of the anthropogenic greenhouse gases. China needs energy to support its economic growth and to improve the life of its citizens, so it invests in energy-producing countries and makes deals with countries rich in energy resources.
Obama to Coast Guard cadets: I need you ready for the fight against global warming
By Dan Calabrese Wednesday, May 20, 2015
I could have sworn he was going to stop the rise of the oceans just by getting elected, but since that didn’t work I guess he’d better send the Coast Guard to the scene. If you see some extra water approaching the beach and it looks like it might have been part of a now-melted glacier, better start bailing the ocean!
Natural gas versus diesel: Examining the climate impacts of natural gas trucks
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Some major trucking companies are turning to natural gas to fuel their fleets — and to earn “green” credit among customers. But celebrating lower emissions could be premature, according to an analysis in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Researchers have found that converting heavy-duty trucks to run on natural gas could lead to negative climate impacts if steps are not taken to improve engine efficiency and reduce methane emissions from the fuel’s supply chain.