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Master Resource: Al Gore at Rice University: More Climate Alarmism, Political Bias

“Former Vice President of the United States Al Gore will speak at Rice University’s Tudor Fieldhouse at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Gore, who is chairman of the Climate Reality Project and a board member of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, will present ‘The Climate Crisis and Extreme Weather.’ The discussion, which will include Gore answering [prescreened] audience questions, is presented…

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Master Resource: RFF’s ‘E3 Carbon Tax Calculator’: How About Energy Prices, Climate Effects?

“What is RFF hiding–and why? Yes, a carbon tax produces revenue and would reduce CO2 emissions. But what about its retail effects on consumers–on gasoline, diesel, home heating oil, natural gas, and electricity for starters? And what the tax effect on global climate (the ostensible reason for the tax)?”

Resources for the Future (RFF), full of PhD economists–and claiming to be scholarly…

2017-10-18 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Funding Climate Alarmism: 55 Foundations (reprioritization needed for basic human needs)

“Climate change is a major focus of many large foundations. Just about any approach to climate change you can think of is getting funding, and organizations at all levels — local, regional, national, global — are receiving support.”

– “Climate Change – Funders.” Inside Philanthropy. (Website Visit: October 13, 2017)

Right after the election of Donald Trump last November, I…

2017-10-17 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 16, 2017

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.…

2017-10-16 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 16, 2017

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.…

2017-10-15 17:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Clean Power Plan Repeal: The March to Deregulating Climate

“The war against coal is over.”

– EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, quoted in Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, “EPA Chief Tells Coal Miners He Will Repeal Power Plant Rule Tuesday, Washington Post, October 9, 2017.

“We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate.  Any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility,…

2017-10-12 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: ‘Free Market’ Joe Romm? (when it comes to nuclear, that is)

“[I]t is both pleasing and strange to see Joe Romm don a free market, pro-consumer, pro-taxpayer hat when it comes to nuclear. His (post-modernistic) dream is that wind power, solar power, and negawatts can usher in a post-fossil-fuel era. In reality, however, fossil fuels will replace nuclear to a large degree.”

Perry Just Made Taxpayers Invest in a $25-billion Nuclear ‘Financial…

2017-10-11 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: False Consensus: The 97 Percent Canard (Oreskes study debunked)

“It is now widely agreed Oreskes did not distinguish between articles that acknowledged or assumed some human impact on climate, however small, and articles that supported IPCC’s more specific claim that human emissions are responsible for more than 50 percent of the global warming observed during the past 50 years.”

“Her definition of consensus also is silent on whether man-made climate…

2017-10-10 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Bottom Line Climate Science: A Primer

“Climate scientists, like all humans, can be biased. Origins of bias include careerism, grant-seeking, political views, and confirmation bias.”

“[General Circulation Models] systematically over-estimate the sensitivity of climate to carbon dioxide (CO2), many known forcings and feedbacks are poorly modeled, and modelers exclude forcings and feedbacks that run counter to their mission to find…

2017-10-09 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Houston Chronicle: $15/hour Minimum Wage for Rebuilding Houston (economics 101, anyone?)

“If it were only so simple to pass a law and increase income and wealth. ‘One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than by their results,’ as the late free -market economist/educator Milton Friedman once said.”

The Houston Chronicle, as yesterday’s post documented, has gone from bad to worse in the hydrocarbon capital of the United States…

2017-10-05 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Houston Chronicle: Preaching Climate Alarmism Post Harvey

“Hometown hurricane expert and Ph.D scientist Neil Frank, whose insight would normally be sought out (not just welcomed) by the Houston Chronicle, finds himself unable to even get a letter-to-the-editor published there (he tried twice several months ago, he communicated to me).”

A very unique, freak weather event poured 50 inches of rain on Houston over a several day period. Climatologist…

2017-10-04 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Draining the PC Flood-Policy Swamp

“Many academics and journalists apparently don’t know the difference between a 100-year flood and an unpredictable inundation from a super storm–and the different impacts in the Plains and the Basin states.”

“A political and/or market policy solution for damages from super-storm inundations has a greater likelihood of success by substituting realism for ideology: Inundations are not…

2017-10-03 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Cabotage Cronyism: Some History of the Jones Act

“Forced use of higher-cost U.S.-flag vessels has benefitted domestic water carrier firms, shipbuilding companies, and associated labor at the expense of consumers. This advantage, however, has been diluted because inflated shipping costs has reduced the attractiveness of barge and tanker transport compared to other alternatives.”

The Puerto Rico recovery effort has brought attention to an…

2017-10-02 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: R Street: Faking Freedom on Climate Change

“Classical liberals must expose the quixotic quest to ‘save’ or ‘stabilize’ the climate and must educate the public about what is really involved: a new, powerful government lever on economies and freedom, anywhere and everywhere. Socialist central planning for economies may be intellectually dead, but global climate planning is alive and well.”

“For classcial liberalism, privatizing the…

2017-09-28 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: ANWR Drilling: Why Property Rights Matter

“When environmental groups bear the costs of managing their own lands, their behavior is often very different from what they advocate on public lands.”

“As Richard Stroup of PERC once put it: ‘Audubon is smart to maintain wildlife habitat while capitalizing on revenue potential—now if only our federal land management agencies could figure this out.'”

Earlier this year, President Donald…

2017-09-26 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: September 25, 2017

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.…

2017-09-25 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: ExxonMobil’s Tillerson on Wind and Solar Subsidies (an argument to remember)

“If I wanted to kill [tax subsidies], the thing to do is for Exxon Mobil to go and invest heavily in [wind and solar] and then Congress would immediately cancel the tax subsidy. Actually what they would do is they would just cancel it for us…. So we are not going to go into investments that are dependent on a government providing a tax system to make them viable.”

2017-09-21 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Tom Stacy On Wind Power: At the (Ohio) Grassroots

“Less expensive natural gas is a boon to drilling host communities because it is a boon to natural gas customers. Wind energy is a boon to local communities looking to make a buck off of forced government wealth transfers — aka ‘picking winners and losers.’ That government force comes in many forms, such as special taxpayer-funded production subsidies, local tax abatement, and state…

2017-09-20 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “The Utter Complete Total Fraud of Wind Power’ (Matt Ridley presents the facts)

“[I]t is utterly futile, on a priori grounds, even to think that wind power can make any significant contribution to world energy supply, let alone to emissions reductions, without ruining the planet. As the extraordinary polymath Sir David MacKay pointed out, the arithmetic is against such unreliable renewables.”

– Matt Ridley, “Wind is an Irrelevance to the Energy and Climate Debate“(May…

2017-09-19 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Eco-terrorism: Energy Partners vs. Greenpeace (key points of complaint)

“When environmental groups act to endanger the very environment they claim to be defending, what conclusion must be drawn in regards to their purpose? There goal is not transparency, truth, nor are these isolated incidents. It is a attempt to reverse the march of progress. As one environmental protestor recently stated at an Occupy rally, ‘Our very existence is bad for the planet.’ And…

2017-09-18 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: State Department Climate Pullback (remembering Tillerson’s 2013 views)

“How do you want to deal with that great social challenge? To what good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers in the process of those efforts when you don’t know exactly what your impacts are going to be? So we [at ExxonMobil] have taken a much more balanced view and we said let’s manage the things, we know how to do manage today.” – Rex Tillerson (2013)

“Rex Tillerson just took…

2017-09-14 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Beyond “Flood Zones:” Time to Personally Floodproof Homes and Businesses

“We’ve had heavy back-to-back rainfalls before. So I don’t think it’s the new normal. When you talk about a 1 percent chance of happening [in a given year], it can happen. You can flip a coin and have it come up heads 10 times in a row. It’s just, statistically, it shouldn’t happen, but it can.”

— Mike Talbot,  then Executive Director of the Harris County Flood Control District (2016)

2017-09-13 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Worse Case Events and Human Progress: Julian Simon’s Insight Post-Harvey

“Material insufficiency and environmental problems have their benefits, over and beyond the improvement which they invoke. They focus the attention of individuals and communities, and constitute a set of challenges which can bring out the best in people.”

– Julian Simon, The Ultimate Resource 2 (1996), p. 587.

“We need our problems, though this does not imply that we should purposely create…

2017-09-07 07:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Politicizing Harvey in the Houston Chronicle

“Just think of how the tens of billions of dollars spent on trying to link CO2 emissions to climate change might have prevented some of the Harvey-caused tragedy, if they had been spent instead on flood-plain infrastructure and management updates these past twelve years.”

In addition to the pictures and media reports on Hurricane Harvey, there are news reports implicating the hand…

2017-09-06 07:00   Click to comment


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