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Master Resource: Fossil Fuels Winning! (COP 24’s back-door reality show)

The United Nations’ climate-change Conference of Parties (COP 24), held in Katowice, Poland last month, was another show of fossil-fuel dominance. “Many of the attendees at this year’s United Nations climate talks,” wrote Brad Plumer in the New York Times,

expressed disappointment at what they saw as half measures to deal with a mounting climate crisis. Greenhouse gas emissions are still…

2019-03-22 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “No Regrets” Climate Policy: First, Do No Harm

Rather than adopt costly regulatory measures that serve to suppress energy use and economic growth, policy makers should seek to eliminate government interventions in the marketplace that obstruct emission reductions and discourage the adoption of lower emission technologies. Such an approach is a ‘no regrets’ strategy….

– Jonathan Adler, “Greenhouse Policy without Regrets: A Free Market…

2019-03-21 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Andrew Dessler’s Climate Sensitivity Lecture: Some Observations

“I left the Rice University climate talk appreciative that Andrew Dessler was polite in person (he gets nasty toward skeptics in his tweets). But I was hardly dissuaded from my prior conclusion that this scientist is a deep ecologist engaging in half-truths for a cause. That he is not above ‘lawyering’ to present a black-and-white case for climate alarmism.”

Earlier this month, I attended a…

2019-03-20 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: It’s Science Time (Happer-led peer review of climate alarmism long overdue)

“I can’t see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report. Kevin [Trenberth] and I will keep them out somehow, even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!”

– Phil Jones, Director of the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia (Climategate e-mail, July 8, 2004)

“[Climate change is] a very complex subject. I’m not sure anybody is ever going to really…

2019-03-19 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Sixty Minutes on the Kiddie Climate Lawsuit: Hypocrisy Squared

“CBS producer Mihaljevic says not a word to suggest that a kid living on a barrier island anywhere along the hurricane-prone Atlantic coast today somehow faces environmental threats not confronted by kids on the Atlantic or Gulf Coast mainland. Indeed, the CBS video of young Levi Draheim was shot on a sunny day with light winds, an ideal beach day with nary a hurricane or thunderstorm in…

2019-03-18 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Perry’s “New Energy Realism” (freedom and fossil fuels are essential, moral, unstoppable)

“The lesson is clear. We don’t have to choose between growing our economy and caring for our environment. By embracing innovation over regulation, we can benefit both. And THAT is the heart of our New Energy Realism.”

“… our successes refute old myths, debunk false choices, and transcend limitations, pointing the way to global energy security and shared prosperity. This dramatic progress is a…

2019-03-14 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “Wind Turbine Syndrome:” Audiologist Letter to the Ohio Power Siting Board

“Despite the wind industry’s vigorous denials, recent research is largely consistent with Dr. Nina Pierpont’s original description of symptoms resulting from exposure to wind turbines, which she termed Wind Turbine Syndrome.”

“Noise reports conducted by wind industry acousticians frequently indicate that no scientifically valid studies have shown a causative or direct relationship between…

2019-03-13 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Hearing Summary: “Wasted Energy: DOE’s Inaction on Efficiency Standards & Its Impact on Consumers and the Climate”

“The highlight of the entire hearing was the testimony of DOE’s Daniel Simmons. Everyone else pretty much played their assigned role.”

The title of last week’s hearing on the US Department of Energy’s new pro-consumer orientation toward appliance standards, “Wasted Energy: DOE’s Inaction on Efficiency Standards & Its Impact on Consumers and the Climate”, was obviously biased. But Daniel…

2019-03-12 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: DOE’s Simmons on Energy Conservation Regulation (pro-consumer orientation long overdue)

“Affordable, reliable energy is critical to human well-being.”

Daniel Simmons (current DOE assistant secretary)

“When energy is scarce or expensive, people can suffer material deprivation and economic hardship.

John Holdren (former Obama science advisor)

A top official of the US Department of Energy did something last week that had not been done in many, many years. In his Statement for…

2019-03-11 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: The Climate Debate Twenty Years Later (recalling Houston’s 1999 conference)

“Better climate knowledge about natural versus anthropogenic forcing seems to be a decade away.”

“The civil level of discourse was a pleasure to observe. Statements of respect and appreciation often preceded the words ‘but I disagree’ followed by a mildly worded but sharp rebuttal.”

“Better climate knowledge about natural versus anthropogenic forcing seems to a decade away.” That was the…

2019-03-07 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Carter’s “Malaise Speech” of 1979 (remembering the crisis of interventionism)

“I will urge Congress to create an energy mobilization board which, like the War Production Board in World War II, will have the responsibility and authority to cut through the red tape, the delays, and the endless roadblocks to completing key energy projects.”

“So, the solution of our energy crisis can also help us to conquer the crisis of the spirit in our country. It can rekindle our sense…

2019-03-06 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Business Columnist vs. Fossil Fuels & Capitalism (Houston Chronicle’s biases shine through)

“[Business columnist] Chris Tomlinson fails to mention fascist governance as another possibility whereby the means of production are ostensibly in private hands, but serve actively to implement government policy. Crony capitalism comes close to that model as larger corporations do a mating dance melding government funding with government policy, and shut out the less well funded and connected…

2019-03-05 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: March 4, 2019

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy and environmental policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards…

2019-03-04 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Wind Turbine Noise: Real Impacts on Neighbors

“ When neighbors complain of disturbed sleep, [wind noise models] might cite a predicted level of 40 dBA, when the actual noise that triggered awakening was a 50+ dBA spike making turbine noise the problem.”

“Hessler & Associates agreed ‘that a wind turbine is indeed a unique source with ultra low frequency energy’ and that a ‘new Threshold of Perception’ was needed to assess turbine noise…

2019-03-01 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Rent-Seeking under Public Utility Regulation: Who Protects Ratepayers?

“Veering from this original intent of regulation — driven by overreaching politics — risks regulators’ ability to achieve their core objective of protecting consumers…. Unfulfilling these core obligations constitutes what I and others consider regulatory failure that raises doubts on the social desirability of public utility regulation.”

“… subsidies — often the result of increased…

2019-02-28 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Andrew Dessler: The Certain Climate Alarmist

“This warming [this century of 5 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit] is as certain as death and taxes.” (Professor Andrew Dessler, below)

Andrew Dessler is one of the leading climate scientists/alarmists of his generation. And he is a master at presenting his case like a highly skilled lawyer. He knows the answers–and counter-arguments are just noise.

His textbook, Introduction to Modern Climate Change

2019-02-27 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Amory Lovins 2008 Interview: Energy as Romance (a ‘Green New Deal’ antecedent)

The US’s electric bill could be halved through energy-efficiency measures and renewables that would mostly pay for themselves in a year. That’s not a free lunch. It’s a lunch you’re paid to eat.”

“There’s no reason that energy policy need be a multiple-choice test asking: Would you prefer to die from a) climate change, b) oil wars, or c) a nuclear holocaust? I choose d) none of the above.”

2019-02-26 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: February 25, 2019

This version of the AWED Newsletter is dedicated to a single topic: the proposed US Green New Deal (GND). The next issue will revert to our normal format about general Energy and Global Warming reports.

One reason the GND was chosen to be focused on here, is that it is a superior indication of how politicized scientific and economic matters have become.

The GND is also a relatively rare major…

2019-02-25 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: TPPF: Fighting Back in Texas on Wind Power Subsidies

“Across the state, Texans are fighting subsidies for big renewable energy corporations. It’s an uphill battle as negotiations of these special deals under [Texas] Tax Code Chapter 312 and 313 are hidden from public view. But numerous communities are winning.”

– Texas Public Policy Foundation, “Texans Are Winning,” February 18, 2019.

The Texas wind industry has been constructed on the backs of…

2019-02-21 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Washington Post: Another ‘Defeatist’ Climate Article

“In the daunting math of climate action, people’s choices and government policies aren’t adding up…. If it sounds downbeat, that’s because it is.”

– Stephen Mufson, ‘A kind of dark realism’: Why the climate change problem is starting to look too big to solve.’ Washington Post, December 4, 2018.

Oh, how the free-market climate realists (science, economics, politics) feel vindicated. The…

2019-02-20 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: T. Boone Picken’s Little Green Deal (remembering a stillborn crony scheme)

“Mr. Pickens’s original vision had something for everyone. First he would build a wind farm in Texas with 2,700 turbines costing upward of $10 billion. That would pump power into the national grid, allowing huge amounts of natural gas to be diverted from power plants to newly equipped cars and trucks. The result, he promised, would be a sharp reduction in the country’s dependence on Middle…

2019-02-19 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Ocean Plastic Cleanup: Unintended Consequences (artificial habitat for mahi-mahi and more)

“Earth stewardship isn’t easy. Sometimes we make the wrong decisions. Sometimes whatever we do has both positive and negative consequences. One wrong decision is The Ocean Cleanup (TOC) project.”

“TOC’s plan … is not manual plastic removal, which allows most creatures to escape. It will instead use purse seines with a minimum mesh size of ⅛ inch (3 mm), capable of trapping microplastics—but…

2019-02-18 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Dear EERE: Past Time to Debate “Deep Decarbonization” (Obama program inconsistent with America First energy policy)

“With a clean electricity system comes opportunities to reduce fossil fuel usage in these sectors: for example, electric vehicles displace petroleum use and electric heat pumps avoid the use of natural gas and oil for space and water heating in buildings.”

– The While House, United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization, (November 2016)

“Assuming we all want to avoid an American…

2019-02-14 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Derrick Hollie: Guilty as Charged (Another DeSmogBlog air ball)

“Energy is the lifeblood our society. It doesn’t just fuel our cars and power our homes, but it connects us to one another and makes our lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling. However, recent policies are leading to rising energy costs – and African Americans are disproportionately hurt. Low income families pay a greater share of their income on utilities in some cases as much as 35%.”

2019-02-13 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “Why We Won’t Quit the Climate Fight” (the growing futility, despair of climate alarmists)

“We are old climate veterans who have tried to do our part, in every way we know how, to keep our fossil-fuel addicted civilization from driving off a cliff. Are we tired? Sure. Discouraged? Absolutely. Pissed off? Yep. Sad? Call it broken-hearted.”

– Kathleen Dean Moore and SueEllen Campbell, Why We Won’t Quite the Climate Fight, Earth Island Journal, January 28, 2019.

“The admittedly ‘tired…

2019-02-12 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: February 11, 2019

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy and environmental policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards…

2019-02-11 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Carbon Tax Conference in Houston: Some Critical Questions

The [Houston] conference excitedly states that “momentum for a national carbon dividend is growing.” In fact there is momentum against a carbon tax to enable a “dividend.” As Justin Gillis wrote in the New York Times : “Efforts to sell Republicans on the idea that [a CO2 price] is the most market-friendly approach to the emissions problem have failed miserably, and will continue to fail.”

2019-02-07 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Nuclear Power: Joe Romm Goes Free Market (Again)

“The nuclear industry has effectively priced itself out of the market for new power plants, at least in market-based economies. That’s why nuclear power’s share of global power generation has dropped to around 11 percent — its lowest level in decades.”

– Joe Romm, ThinkProgress, February 4, 2019

As he periodically does, Joe Romm has again trashed nuclear power as an alternative to fossil…

2019-02-06 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: John Christy: Guilty as Charged (DeSmogBlog’s air ball)

“Professor Christy is an excellent choice for EPA’s Science Advisory Board. And if you doubt me, please read the quotations below that DeSmogBlog has put up on its website to purportedly discredit Secretary Wheeler’s choice. Christy’s views are mainstream in the world that most of us live in.”

“From the Climate Disinformation Database: John R. Christy” reads the headline from DeSmogBlog in…

2019-02-05 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy, Economic Upheaval to Address “Climate Change” (626-group letter exposes much)

“[Our groups] look forward to working with you to address the gravest environmental crisis humanity has ever faced, to protect all present and future generations around the world, while centering the rights of those communities and workers most impacted.”

Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute called it the “Back to the Dark Ages Manifesto.” It is so drastic and far-reaching that…

2019-02-04 07:00   Click to comment


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