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Easter Island myths and realities

Easter Island myths and realities
In a recent New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof misleads us about the awful history of Easter Island (2,300 miles west of Chile), whose vegetation disappeared in the cold drought of the Little Ice Age. In doing so, he blinds modern society to the abrupt, icy climate challenge that lies in our own future.

By Dennis Avery - Saturday, April 7, 2018 - Full Story

The Wanton Worship of Woody Weeds

The Wanton Worship of Woody Weeds
Greens worship woody weeds. Their proposed tree-clearing bans in Queensland are the latest salvo in a long war favouring trees and damaging grasslands and pastoralists.

For millennia Australia’s open forests and treeless plains have supported our national emblems – the kangaroo and the emu, which in turn sustained aborigines, eagles and dingos. Australian grasslands also nurtured now-endangered species such as bustards, quail, pigeons, finches and grass parrots.

By Viv Forbes - Saturday, April 7, 2018 - Full Story

A Hope in Hell?

A Hope in Hell?
I hope that I will never need to be exonerated…

... and for one simple reason only: I’d like to live to the end of my natural life—without any undue acceleration of my demise.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Friday, April 6, 2018 - Full Story

A Challenge to the American Planning Association

A Challenge to the American Planning Association
In nearly every community of the nation the policy called Sustainable is the catch-all term for local planning programs, from water and energy controls to building codes and traffic planning. The term “sustainable” was first used in the 1987 report called “Our Common Future,’ issued by the United Nations Commission on Environment and Development (UNCED).  The term appeared in full force in 1992 in a United Nations initiative called Agenda 21.

By Tom Deweese - Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - Full Story

EPA throws out Obama-era clean air standards for cars

EPA throws out Obama-era clean air standards for cars
California apparently thinks it is a republic, and that doesn’t only apply to immigration enforcement. The Golden State also takes advantage of a federal waiver that allows it to impose even higher clean air standards on industry than those imposed by the federal government.

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - Full Story

Following the big US money behind Canadian pipeline protests

Following the big US money behind Canadian pipeline protestsLast week I watched news coverage of Green Party leader Elizabeth May and NDP MP Kennedy Stewart getting arrested at Burnaby Mountain, the site of a protest against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.

By Rick Mills - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - Full Story

Global Fossil Fuel Consumption Subsidies Abound, But Not in the United States

Global Fossil Fuel Consumption Subsidies Abound, But Not in the United States
The International Energy Agency (IEA) annually estimates global fossil-fuel consumption subsidies that measure what many developing countries spend to provide below-market cost fuel to their citizens. In 2016, IEA found that fossil fuel consumption subsidies totaled around $260 billion, 16 percent lower (about $50 billion less) than in 2015. According to IEA, this decrease is partly due to lower international energy prices of subsidized fuels. Oil subsidies made up 40 percent of the total fossil fuel consumption subsidies, while electricity made up 41 percent, natural gas 19 percent and coal 0.8 percent. According to the IEA, the United States does not have any consumption subsidies for oil, coal, electricity or natural gas.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - Full Story

An Oil Price Rally Is Likely

An Oil Price Rally Is Likely
Oil prices seesawed at the start of the week before jumping close to multi-year highs on geopolitical concerns, with Brent hitting $70 and WTI at $65. However, geopolitical pressure is only able to influence oil prices to such a degree because the market is fundamentally getting tighter.

By Oilprice.com -- Nick Cunningham- Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - Full Story

High Electricity Cost From Wind and Solar

High Electricity Cost From Wind and Solar
Some European countries, particularly Germany and Denmark, have invested heavily in electricity generation from solar and wind sources with the result that the cost of electricity has increased substantially. 1


Climate chaos claims continue causing consternation

Climate chaos claims continue causing consternation
Anyone who thought “manmade climate cataclysm” rhetoric couldn’t possibly exceed Obama era levels should read the complaint filed in the “public nuisance” lawsuit that’s being argued before Federal District Court Judge William Alsup in a California courtroom: Oakland v BP and other oil companies.

By Paul Driessen - Monday, April 2, 2018 - Full Story

Let there be light… unless you’re doing business in city limits

Let there be light… unless you’re doing business in city limits
Daily, a new story breaks about municipalities, counties and states yielding to environmental lobbies applying pressure to curtail free enterprise. Sans bias, every business qualifies to be in protectionists’ crosshairs as the enemy of nature, which runs the gamut from defenseless weeds and hapless wolves to the vast cosmos. Like other entrepreneurs, activists use the saying ‘business is business’ but with an adverse twist in that ‘any business is bad business.’

By A. Dru Kristenev - Sunday, April 1, 2018 - Full Story

Another Endangered Species?

Another Endangered Species?Earth is a dangerous place. Of all the species that have ever lived, over 95% have already been extinguished by natural disasters.

By Viv Forbes - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - Full Story

Julian Morris Outlines Problems with the Social Cost of Carbon

Julian Morris Outlines Problems with the Social Cost of Carbon
Earlier this month, Reason Foundation’s Julian Morris released an excellent policy study examining climate change, regulation, and the social cost of carbon (SCC). In the study, Morris highlights six problems with calculating the social cost of carbon. In this blog, I’ll provided an outline of those six problems, as well as some additional information on the work IER’s staff has done on the social cost of carbon. I strongly encourage you to read the entire policy study, as it provides a great overview of the problems many have identified with calculating the social cost of carbon.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - Full Story

EPA Chief Puts Science Back Into Environmental Protection

EPA Chief Puts Science Back Into Environmental Protection

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may be just a lawyer, but so far he has done more to bring sound science to the EPA than any scientist ever affiliated with the agency.

By Steve Milloy - Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - Full Story

Limiting California’s Waiver Authority Is Not a Federalism Issue

Limiting California’s Waiver Authority Is Not a Federalism Issue
The federal government has passed two main laws regulating the efficiency and emissions of motor vehicles nationwide. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, created by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) in 1975 in reaction to the Arab fuel embargo, mandate higher fuel efficiency for vehicles in an effort to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - Full Story

Natural Gas Plants Under Attack in Several States

Natural Gas Plants Under Attack in Several States
California, Arizona, Michigan, and Massachusetts are saying “no” to new natural gas generating plants, and California even wants to get rid of some of its older gas plants. Recently, the California Public Utilities Commission directed Pacific Gas and Electric, the state’s largest electric utility, to solicit bids for renewable energy and storage projects to replace three natural gas plants.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - Full Story

Adélie and Emperor Penguins Doing Fine In New Locations

Adélie and Emperor Penguins Doing Fine In New LocationsBiologists studying animal life on Antarctica believed that a particular species of penguin was in peril, undergoing precipitous population decline since the 1970s. However, new findings show a massive discovery of the black-and-white seabirds—mainly because researchers missed looking on one group of islands on the tip of the continental peninsula. 1

By Jack Dini - Sunday, March 25, 2018 - Full Story

Gasoline—not corn alcohol—belongs in our fuel tanks!

Gasoline—not corn alcohol—belongs in our fuel tanks!
DALLAS, Texas—President Trump frequently boasts of his success in rolling back costly and harmful regulations.  Let’s hope that effort includes the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The RFS is the latest phase in Congress’s decades-long support for the ethanol industry.  The problem is that support has outlived its usefulness.

By Merrill Matthews - Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - Full Story

No, China Will Not Outsmart America’s Energy Renaissance

No, China Will Not Outsmart America’s Energy Renaissance
Imagine a centrally planned economy out-thinking and out-performing a consumer-driven, free-market one.

That is the prognostication, even hope, of Amy Myers Jaffe, director of the program on Energy and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations, as stated in the current edition of Foreign Affairs (“Green Giant: Renewable Energy and Chinese Power”) and in the Houston Chronicle (“Will Clean Energy Push China Past the U.S”).

By Institute for Energy Research - Saturday, March 17, 2018 - Full Story

Specious arguments fuel climate lawsuits to kill autonomy

Specious arguments fuel climate lawsuits to kill autonomy
When you can’t win the argument on the merits of facts, you do the next best thing – sue.

It’s nothing new to see environmental groups lawyer up to protect fish spawning, insect habitat or weed propagation.

By A. Dru Kristenev - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story