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Master Resource: Marlo Lewis: A Strong Voice for Energy/Climate Realism, Economic/Political Freedom

An outstanding energy/climate scholar/communicator of our time is Marlo Lewis, Jr., senior fellow of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). I am moved to high-five my friend as I read his recent post, “Climate Change, Fossil Fuels, and Human Well Being,” as well as an older one, “[DOE] Secretary Chu Crosses the Line; Should Resign (October 2009).

Human Improvement, CO2 Enrichment

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Master Resource: Carbon Capture Coalition: Naked Cronyism

“The ‘vast majority’ of CO2 pipelines carry carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery, according to US Department of Energy…. But this free-market niche is a now being joined [via the Carbon Capture Coalition] by a wholly new application for CO2 that is all about government mandates and subsidies.”

“As Wendall Phillips warned in 1852, ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Power is ever…

2018-07-16 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Rhode Island’s Climate Lawsuit: On Thin Ice

“While assessing the details of the Rhode Island lawsuit, we went back and read the prospectus for the state’s latest bond offering, dated April 3, 2018. Nowhere in the 25-page section on the economics of Rhode Island was there mention of economic risk from the climate damages the state alleges.”

“‘Send money’ seems to be the message. We wondered how the Defendants could stop from…

2018-07-12 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “The Ideology of Fossil Fuels” (Deep Ecology/Malthusian/ Postmodern/Totalitarian Thought Today)

“Imagining a low-carbon world, then, means reevaluating our conception of freedom itself.”

– Audrea Lim, “The Ideology of Fossil Fuels.” Dissent, Spring 2018.

Audrea Lim in a recent issue of Dissent (a quarterly magazine for Left Progressivism) wrote an essay, “The Ideology of Fossil Fuels.” The journalist/editor at Verso Books offers a rather bizarre view of the energy world. She writes in…

2018-07-11 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: ‘Sense of Congress’ Resolution on a Carbon Tax (parsing the argument)

“The last thing American families need is for our nation’s lawmakers to put our economy in reverse by enacting a national carbon tax.”

“A ‘carbon dividend’ is simply wealth redistribution by another name. And history is littered with the economic casualties wrought by heavy-handed government interference in the marketplace.”

Yesterday, a group of free-market, classical-liberal/libertarian,…

2018-07-10 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: July 9, 2018

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.…

2018-07-09 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “An Orchestrated Campaign” (behind those climate lawsuits)

“If you think that [the strategy of #ExxonKnew] sounds like a threat to free speech, you’re right … [as] activists have admitted ….”

“Their goal from the beginning: use litigation to link energy producers and tobacco companies, according to a summary report that the workshop attendees published.”

“Emails obtained under Freedom of Information requests have also shown that many of the state…

2018-07-05 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Climate/Energy Statism: An Inside Conversation (Part II)

“A carbon tax is not simple either, especially when you start talking about how the revenue will be distributed. … Yes, there would be a food fight over the revenue….”

– Antonia Herzog, Natural Resources Defense Council

“I wish I could tell you that Republican offices have approached us and said, ‘Thank you for doing this, we are ready to talk about it’…. [F]rankly Senators Schatz and…

2018-07-03 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Climate/Energy Statism: An Inside Conversation (Part I: pre-Trump plans that went awry)

“Over the last year or so, I have tried to advise the progressive community that we should be open-minded about a carbon tax.”

– Greg Dotson, Center for American Progress

“The bottom line here is that the distributional effect of a carbon tax could really be anything you want, depending on how you use the revenues. We think it is shortsighted to only think of the direct effect of the tax.”

–…

2018-07-02 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Paris Lives! “Deep Decarbonization” at DOE

“EERE’s mission for a ‘transition to a global clean energy economy’ is simply a restatement of the UN’s global ‘deep decarbonization’ strategy via ‘beneficial electrification’.”

“‘Clean energy’ should be part of an all-the-above’ energy policy (when it fairly competes with all other viable alternatives). However, ‘clean energy’ advocates (including electric utilities) don’t want…

2018-06-28 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Protesters Aren’t Stopping US Pipeline Network Growth

“With the exception of the New England region, pipeline opponents have failed to halt the growth of US pipeline systems. Oil and gas pipeline networks continue to expand with improving safety, while delivering increasing amounts of petroleum, petroleum products, and natural gas to US residents and businesses.”

Opposition to oil and gas pipelines produces sensational headlines. Protests of the…

2018-06-27 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “Obama’s Global-Warming Folly” (Krauthammer lives!)

“It’s flat-earthers like Obama who refuse to acknowledge the problematic nature of contradictory data. It’s flat-earthers like Obama who cite a recent Alaskan heat wave — a freak event in one place at one time — as presumptive evidence of planetary climate change. It’s flat-earthers like Obama who cite perennial phenomena such as droughts as cosmic retribution for environmental…

2018-06-26 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Climate Alarm: When It All Began (Hansen in 1988)

“If the current pace of the buildup of these gases continues, the effect is likely to be a warming of 3 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit [between now and] the year 2025 to 2050, according to these projections…. The rise in global temperature is predicted to … caus[e] sea levels to rise by one to four feet by the middle of the next century.”

–  Philip Shabecoff, “Global Warming Has Begun.” New York…

2018-06-25 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: William Niskanen on Climate Change: Part VI, Conclusion, Postscript

“Some organizations and governments now appear likely to endorse an abatement strategy, largely for symbolic reasons, a strategy that will prove to be both costly and ineffective…. Until there is much better and broader understanding of this issue, a rush to judgement on the optimal response to the increase in global temperature is the greater danger.”

– William Niskanen, 2008

[Editor note:…

2018-06-21 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: William Niskanen on Climate Change: Part V, Mitigation Issues

“A carbon tax of over $300 per ton would be necessary to reduce emissions to an annual rate consistent with stabilizing the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”

“A number of leading economists … have made an effective case that the net cost of emissions controls could be much reduced by using the revenues from such taxes … to reduce the more misallocative provisions of our…

2018-06-20 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: William Niskanen on Climate Policy: Part IV, Why Regulate?

[Editor note: This continues a series on the climate views of the late William Niskanen from his Fall 1997 symposium essay, “Too Much, Too Soon: Is a Global Warming Treaty a Rush to Judgment?” Last week’s posts were:

Part I: Key Questions Part II: Physical Science Part III: Moderate Warming Scenario

Part IV today reprints his section, “What’s the Hurry,” followed by my concluding comment]

2018-06-19 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 18, 2018

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.…

2018-06-18 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: William Niskanen on Climate Change: Part III, Moderate Warming Scenario

[Editor note” Part I presented the key questions regarding the climate-change issue from William Niskanen’s Fall 1997 symposium essay, “Too Much, Too Soon: Is a Global Warming Treaty a Rush to Judgment?.” Part II was Niskanen’s views on How Good is the Science of Global Warming? Part III today is his views on Should We Fear Some Moderate Warming?]

“On the whole, it is not yet clear whether…

2018-06-14 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: When Jerry (Taylor) Went Joe (Romm) on the Paris Withdrawal

Last Week, Trump Kneecapped Conservative Climate Policy

“Republicans have gone from measured resistance to climate action into total, unreasoning incoherence.”

“There are Republicans who know better, but they’ve been cowed into silence while their party drifts ever further into madness.”

  Jerry Taylor, “Last Week, Trump Kneecapped Conservative Climate Policy.”

 

Lost in the firestorm that…

2018-06-14 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: William Niskanen on Climate Change: Part II, Physical Science

“With my characteristic optimism, my 1997 paper on global warming remarked that ‘We should know a lot more about this issue in the next 10 to 20 years.’ Unfortunately, there has been a rush to judgement on this issue without a significant increase in the information on which to base this judgement.”

– William Niskanen, 2008

Part I yesterday presented the key questions regarding the…

2018-06-13 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: William Niskanen on Climate Change: Part I, Key Questions

“For this treaty to merit our support, the proponents should be asked to demonstrate the accuracy of all of the following statements…. As will be seen below, the case for any one of these statements is surprisingly weak.  The case for a global warming treaty, which depends on the accuracy of all of these statements, in shockingly weak.”

– William Niskanen, Fall 1997

“Given the low cost of…

2018-06-12 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: William N. Niskanen: Economist, Scholar, Foe of Political Capitalism

[Note: This will be Niskanen Week with forthcoming posts on his views on climate-change science, economics, and public policy. This is particularly relevant with the contradictory policies of the Niskanen Center under its founder and head, Jerry Taylor.

The longtime chairman of the Cato Institute, William N. Niskanen, passed away in 2011 at age 78. We shared the podium a few times on energy…

2018-06-11 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Resourceship Unbound (US oil output record in light of mineral-resource theory)

“As new US (and world) oil and gas records are set, the wisdom of Julian Simon, Maury Adelman, and Michael Lynch, as well as other luminaries such as Erich Zimmermann and Thomas DeGregori, will become even more prominent and appreciated. And don’t forget: the failed ‘consensus’ on Peak Oil is warning against the failing ‘consensus’ on Peak Climate.”

The Drudge Report headline said it all: “2018-06-07 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Alarmist Holdren on Trump’s Paris Withdrawal (no, the sky isn’t falling)

“United States withdrawal [from the Paris accord] could become a specific excuse for countries that were hesitant to join in the first place…. The second thing is withdrawal of our financial support and technical support for other countries, particularly developing countries, for both mitigation and adaptation.”

– John Holdren, May 31, 2017

John Holdren is the proverbial…

2018-06-06 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Taylor/Niskanen Wanted the Paris Climate Accord (really)

“… the biggest earthquake is the Donald Trump factor. If things play out the way they look like they will, he is going to get the nomination, and he is going to be utterly decimated in November…. He will not just be defeated, he will be slaughtered.”

– Jerry Taylor, February 23, 2016 [1]

“What we stand to lose [from the Paris withdrawal] is a seat at the table and trust in America’s ability…

2018-06-05 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 4, 2018

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.…

2018-06-04 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord (one year anniversary today)

[Editor Note: On June 1, 2017, President Trump provided one of the greatest political moments in the history of the sustainability debate between Malthusianism and free-market environmentalism with this decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. His statement (and that of EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt) are reprinted below.

“Thus, as of today, the United States will cease all…

2018-06-01 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: E&E News: “Joe Bast Is a Winner ….”

“The Trump administration has taken action on some of the think tank’s top priorities, like announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, approving the Keystone XL pipeline, moving toward axing President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and proposing to dramatically scale back climate change research across the government…. And Heartland isn’t done yet. It’s asking for plenty more.”

2018-05-31 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: CO2 Positive: Europe is Losing its Contrived War

“The spat in Bonn highlights what many opponents of the Paris Agreement believed: the global climate crusade is really about redistributing global wealth.”

“Expect European governments to announce revised carbon reduction targets, as their inability to reach their 2020 targets becomes clear. Kicking the ball down the road and focusing on the new goals makes it easier to avoid explaining why…

2018-05-30 06:00   Click to comment

Master Resource: “Secret Science” Regulation: A Time for Truth

“Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science (STRS) will improve, not harm, the EPA’s mission to protect Americans from real environmental risks. It will also reduce the risks caused by unjustified but costly regulations. It should be adopted.”

What would you say if a major government agency imposed regulations on the basis of “scientific studies” that couldn’t be tested because…

2018-05-29 06:00   Click to comment


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