Global Warming-Energy-Environment


Wind Generation Fails in Midwest Due to Weather Events: Polar Vortex and El Niño

Weather has a major effect on the productivity of wind turbines. Both the Polar Vortex and El Niño have reduced the output of wind turbines in the Midwest. During the polar vortex, wind turbines automatically shut off in the extreme cold because the low temperatures take a toll on various parts of a turbine, from electrical cabinets to the gearbox, the generator, lubricants and steel components, which can become brittle if the temperature drops low enough.  Coal and natural gas plants had to ramp up production to meet the shortfall and keep the lights on. Also affecting the productivity of wind turbines is El Niño that brought calm winds to the Midwest, reducing wind output by 14 percent despite having added new turbines to the region. American electricity consumers, who expect their electricity to be available at the touch of a switch, should be very cautious about policies to mandate 100-percent renewable energy sources that are dependent on natural weather events.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, March 14, 2019

Gretafication—a new Syndrome

Demonstration in Hamburg, Germany
Demonstration in Hamburg, Germany; credit: Reuters.

To begin with, the title is not a typo. Furthermore, any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead is purely coincidental.

As you may have read, there is a new type of virulence afflicting the world, particularly in Europe, i.e. the “Gretafication Syndrome.”

It has yet to find a foothold in the Americas and, perhaps never will (that would be just fine with me). If you or your offspring have yet to be affected, count yourself lucky and watch for any signs of an outbreak. The following is an abbreviated primer of the critical conditions:

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Monday, March 11, 2019

The Outrageous Cost of the Green New Deal

The Outrageous Cost of the Green New DealBoth fans and foes of the so-called Green New Deal (GND) agree that it is a wildly ambitious set of proposals, which—by design—will involve the federal government spending boatloads of money. In fact, the GND is so expensive that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has cited the inflationary doctrine of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) to deflect the issue; we don’t need to worry about the cost, so the argument goes, because the Federal Reserve can create an unlimited number of dollars.

Even so, more sober-minded policymakers, as well as the general public, should be aware of just how ludicrously expensive the GND really is. A recent analysis by the American Action Forum puts the initial 10-year cost at a staggering $93 trillion. Although the reader might understandably assume that this is an inflated figure designed to discredit the GND, it actually rests on a few conservative assumptions. The figure of $93 trillion is admittedly absurd, but that’s only because the planks of the GND are absurdly expensive. The American Action Forum estimate is entirely fair.

By Institute for Energy Research - Sunday, March 10, 2019

Possibilities, Realities, Ironies

Possibilities, Realities, IroniesWhat if the theories of Catastrophic Climate change are correct. What if the economically punitive Green Plans have been implemented? What if the CO2 emissions are natural, not anthropogenic? Answer: ‘You still will be Dead Broke.’ In another context, without flippancy, irrationality may be defined as the certainty that stopping the use of fossil fuels will solve the hypothetical climate apocalypse.

‘I am certain that there is too much certainty in this world.’ - Michael Crichton

First, an explanation of both Climate and Catastrophic Climate Change are necessary. Both are the bastard children of the Anthropogenic Global Warming theory. They were created because as CO2 has increased in the atmosphere temperatures have not increased over the last two decades. They were propagated to deflect attention from that fact.

By Alan Stewart - Saturday, March 9, 2019

Stop the anti-climate science totalitarians

Stop the anti-climate science totalitariansDemocrats, climate campaigners and renewable energy interests are in full outrage mode over news that President Trump intends to launch a Presidential Committee on Climate Science. He should do it now.

The PCCS would, at long last, review and question the “dangerous manmade climate change” reports by federal agencies and investigations funded by them. The committee would be led by Dr. Will Happer, a highly respected scientist and well known skeptic—not of climate change, but of manmade climate chaos. He would be joined by other prominent experts—of whom there are many—who share his doubts.

No way! the climate alarmists rant. How dare you question our disaster claims? Our settled science?

By Paul Driessen - Friday, March 8, 2019

Telling Bear-Faced Lies

Telling Bear-Faced LiesA number of alarmist articles have been written about the demise of polar bears because of (imagined) global warming and the (imagined) disappearance of Arctic sea ice.

A classic example is the recent article by Niki Rust, who claims to be “an environmental social scientist and a science communicator” and serves up the usual diet of polar bear doom and gloom in her article:

By Dr. John Happs - Thursday, March 7, 2019

Green land grabs on steroids

Green land grabs on steroidsSpecial interest environmental groups got stung recently by an 8-0 U.S. Supreme Court opinion that held private landowners cannot be compelled to forego future economic uses of their property and at their own expense convert their land into suitable habitat for an endangered frog. Now radical greens are eyeing even bigger land grabs.

The Natural Resources Defense Council has sued the Department of the Interior for failing to designate “critical habitat” for the “endangered” rusty patched bumblebee. It’s the latest of many Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuits, abusive sue-and-settle litigation, and other actions involving insects, and it led to an eleventh-hour Obama Administration endangered designation for the rusty patched bee.

By Paul Driessen - Sunday, March 3, 2019

Issues With Wind Farms

Issues With Wind FarmsThe International Energy Agency released data that revealed the percentage of total global primary energy demand provided by wind and solar is 1.1 percent. 1 Hardly the kind of number derived from wind and solar lobbies.

Another report confirms what should have been obvious from the start: the more ‘variable’ wind and solar are introduced into any electricity system, the more they make it both more expensive and less reliable.

By Jack Dini - Friday, March 1, 2019

Surviving “the Worst Evaaaah”.

Surviving the Worst EvaaaahThe media loves disaster stories – floods, cyclones, heat waves, droughts and fires - each one “the worst Evaaaah” (evaah since the last one). Each report of catastrophe is usually followed by a religious chant about “man-made global warming”.

Pretending we can change global climate by waging a war on carbon dioxide is foolish and dangerous nonsense.

Sensible people accept that natural disasters have happened, and will happen again. We cannot stop that, but like the Boy Scouts, we can “Be Prepared” by ensuring our essential infrastructure is more weather-proof.

By Viv Forbes - Friday, March 1, 2019

Watch: Morano testifies at Congressional Hearing On The Green New Deal as AOC Backs Out

Morano, on the other hand, believes that the increased focus on the Green New Deal “has shifted the Democratic Party into serious, unscientific, nutty territory.” As a result, he continued, “The greatest danger we face right now with the Green New Deal… is very simply the Republican Party coming up with the Green New Deal-lite.” “We need to oppose it and oppose it firmly,” Morano said. “We don’t need to come up with the lite version of the plan.”

Submitted Written Testimony of Marc Morano to Congressional Hearing on Green New Deal – Western Caucus – Capitol Hill


By Marc Morano - Thursday, February 28, 2019

Defense Metals on track to build rare earth mine

Defense Metals on track to build rare earth mineThose who have worked in the business as long as I have will easily remember the rare earth mania of 2008-11. For about three years following China’s export restrictions on rare earth elements, which hiked the prices of REEs to record highs, the junior resource market was awash with new rare earth explorers.

These tiny companies fanned out across (mostly) Canada, the US and Australia in search of the next rare earths motherlode that would break the world’s dependence on China, which then and now has a monopoly - the country either mines or processes something like 95% of the 17 rare earth elements (REEs) and turns them into oxides, then continues the process of making high-purity metals, alloys and powders that are used in everything from cell phones, flat-screen TVs, permanent magnets, and lasers, to wind turbines, nuclear reactors and missile guidance systems. Click here for a more comprehensive list

By Rick Mills - Thursday, February 28, 2019

The $32 Trillion Push To Disrupt The Entire Oil Industry

The $32 Trillion Push To Disrupt The Entire Oil IndustryGlobal oil and gas companies are increasingly facing an uphill battle as global warming policies are taking their toll. Most analysts and market watchers are focusing on peak oil demand scenarios, but the reality could be much darker. International oil companies (IOCs) are likely to face a Black Swan scenario, which could end up being a boon for state-owned oil companies (NOCs).

Increased shareholder activism, combined with global warming policies of institutional investors and NGOs, are pushing IOCs in a corner, constricting financing options for oil companies.

By -- Cyril Widdershoven- Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Green New Deal Reveals the Naked Truth of Agenda 21

The Green New Deal is pure SocialismSometimes if you fight hard enough and refuse to back down, no matter the odds, your truth is vindicated and prevails!

For twenty years I have been labeled a conspiracy theorist, scaremonger, extremist, dangerous, nut case. I’ve been denied access to stages, major news programs, and awarded tin foil hats. All because I have worked to expose Agenda 21 and its policy of sustainable development as a danger to our property rights, economic system, and culture of freedom.

By Tom Deweese - Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Fighting for energy and human rights equality in Africa

“She has gone to the Lord,” her sister Diana told me a few days ago. And with Fiona Kobusingye’s passing, after a courageous battle with cancer, the Congress of Racial Equality Uganda lost another leader.

However, their legacy remains, the battles they began rage on—and Uganda and Africa are clearly and consistently demonstrating their determination to achieve energy, health, human rights and living standards equality with Europe, America and other industrialized economies. They are determined do so using the same fossil fuel and other technologies that those already wealthy nations used in their ascent out of the nasty, brutish, short lives that were all of humanity’s lot just a few short centuries ago.

I met Fiona 15 years ago at a Congress of Racial Equality Martin Luther King dinner organized by her late husband and my close friend, CORE international affairs director Cyril Boynes, Jr. They got married, Cyril moved to Uganda, and together they launched the human rights and economic development group CORE Uganda. She served as co-chair and with Cyril mentored young people, co-hosted conferences, and fought tirelessly for disease control, energy development, modern agriculture and clean water.

By Paul Driessen - Tuesday, February 26, 2019

India Using Coal to Achieve Universal Household Electrification

India Using Coal to Achieve Universal Household ElectrificationThe Indian Government is on its way to achieving the goal of universal household electrification through the opening of 52 new coal mines since Narendra Modi’s government came to power in May 2014. Structural reform and the elimination of red tape and cumbersome procedures have been key to the progress. Nearly 20,000 villages in India and 24.8 million families have received power connections as a result. The 52 new coal mines reflect an 86 percent increase over the 28 mines it added in the five-year period between 2009 and 2014. The new mines added 164 million metric tons to India’s annual coal production capacity, increasing capacity by 113 percent over 2009-2014 additions. India generates 57 percent of its electricity from coal. The new mines have made electrification possible since India could meet the additional electricity demand of 5 to 6 percent through coal-fired electricity generation.


By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, February 26, 2019