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Chew gum – for pleasure, taste and health

Amid 40+ years in politics and public policy, I sometimes enjoy forays into other topics, like natural and artificial coral reefs, scuba diving, and medical and scientific advances over the centuries.
As a regular user, I’ve enjoyed the pop culture aspects of chewing gum, but now I’m happily discovering that the health benefits more than offset the opprobrium some still attach to savoring a stick or tablet.

By Paul Driessen - Saturday, January 30, 2021

Biden Cancels Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

President Joseph R. Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline permit on his first day in office, despite the pipeline being completed at the border, the greenhouse gas emissions from the pipeline’s operation becoming carbon-free by 2023, the Canadian government supporting the pipeline, the technology advances that have resulted in a decline in greenhouse gas emissions per barrel of oil sands by 30 percent since 1990, the thousands of jobs that will be lost, and the less safe and more expensive movement by rail and truck that will be used to bring the Canadian oil into the United States instead. To make the $8 billion project more palatable for the Biden administration, Keystone XL’s owner TC Energy announced an array of initiatives to accompany the pipeline’s construction.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Rare earths first? Or last?

As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take the reins of government and launch their program to “transition” America away from fossil fuels, they need to consider some hard realities. Chief among them is that no Green New Deal can succeed without major increases in US mining and processing – unless they want to make America even more dependent on China and Russia.

Rare-earth metals are essential to 21st Century technologies, including smartphones, lasers, night vision systems, weapons guidance systems – and GND technologies like wind turbines, solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles. As British hedge fund veteran James Horrocks noted in a recent article, “It is easy to see why rare earths have become a pawn in the US-China trade war.”

By Duggan Flanakin - Friday, January 22, 2021

What Scary Sea Level Rise?

What Scary Sea Level Rise?Professor Axel Mormer, renowned Swedish sea level expert, reports that there is a total absence of data supporting the notion of a present sea level rise; on the contrary all available facts indicate present sea level stability. 1

A recent analysis of global sea level rise rates concludes the rising trend was 1.56 mm per year from 1900-2018. This is the same rate as for 1958-2014 (1.5 mm per year), indicating there has not been a long-term distinctive change in sea level rise rates in the last 120 years. 2

These are a sampling of many reports that show sea level is not rising at an alarming rate. Here are some others:

By Jack Dini - Friday, January 22, 2021

Biden Ban on Public Lands To Cost Economy $670 Billion Over 20 years

DENVER—A ban on oil and natural gas development on public lands by President-elect Joe Biden would severely harm the economies of eight western states, according to a Wyoming Energy Authority study conducted by University of Wyoming Professor Tim Considine. Over the next four years, the human cost of fulfilling Biden’s campaign pledge would be an average of 72,818 fewer jobs annually. Lost wages would total $19.6 billion, economic activity would decline $43.8 billion, and tax revenues would drop $10.8 billion by the end of Biden’s first term in Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. By 2040, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would decline by $670.5 billion and average annual job losses would exceed 351,000 across the West.

By News on the Net -- Western Energy Alliance & Petroleum Association of Wyoming- Thursday, January 21, 2021

China's Actions Defy Commitment to Carbon Neutrality

China is not only building coal-fired plants in its own country, but it is also building them around the world. As of 2019, China had?2,363 active coal-fired power plants and was building another 1,171 plants in China and hundreds more in Africa, Asia and elsewhere. Most of China’s plants (80 percent) have pollution control equipment that remove sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulates, but the coal plants China is building in Africa and most likely elsewhere do not. And none of the plants China is building remove carbon dioxide despite China pledging it will be carbon neutral by 2060. Coal plants can operate for 40 to 60 years or even longer. China’s party leaders know that its so-called production of renewable generating technologies, many of which are not connected to the grid, is a good smokescreen for its coal power—and few Western governments will dare to criticize China. Clearly, President-Elect Biden will not criticize China either.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, January 19, 2021

New York To Purchase Batteries to Back-Up Offshore Wind

New York will purchase a 100-megawatt battery system to back up its offshore wind fleet, which is expected to total 9 gigawatts of capacity by 2035. The battery will be supplied by South Korean developer 174 Power Global, who has announced plans for the battery system, which will store energy to be used during peak demand in New York City. NY utility Con Edison will buy the power and bid it into the wholesale market for seven years. The batteries will be housed in dozens of containers and connected to a nearby Con Edison transmission substation, which will be able to supply 400-megawatt-hours of power into the grid.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Wind Power Problems Rise to Prominence

People from California to New York and from France to Germany are becoming aware of the problems with wind power due to its noise pollution, scenic disruption and unfulfilled promises. In Germany, many anti-wind groups have launched litigation against developers and government to either prevent wind farms from being built or to seek substantial financial compensation for the loss of the use and enjoyment of their homes.

By Institute for Energy Research - Monday, January 18, 2021

Americans supposedly just voted for only electric vehicles

The election of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and their ultra-progressive cabinet will hasten the death of the internal combustion engine in the United States, despite the nearly even party split in the House and Senate. They will just take their narrow victory as a license to implement all manner of decisions in the name of saving the planet. Or so we’re told. And maybe they’re right.?

President-elect Biden has promised his $2-trillion “climate change” plan will include “rigorous new fuel economy standards aimed at ensuring that 100% of new sales for light- and medium-duty vehicles will be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).” VP-elect Harris has called for beginning this ban by 2035, perhaps even sooner, if they can maintain their momentum for fundamentally transforming America.?

By Duggan Flanakin - Friday, January 15, 2021

Despoiling the Landscape For Green Energy

Renewable sources have environmental impacts, some of which are significant.

Wind power environmental impacts include land use issues and challenges to wildlife and habitat.

The environmental impacts associated with solar power can include land use and habitat loss, water use, and the use of hazardous materials in manufacturing. 1

By Jack Dini - Friday, January 8, 2021

Climate Injustice

What is the most we should take from a poor person to make somebody who is already four times as rich two-thirds of a percent richer yet?  Most of us would probably argue for zero.  If it does not seem fair to take anything from a poorer person to add less than one percent to the income of a much richer person, then you may need to rethink climate policy.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, January 7, 2021

New York can't buy its way out of coming blackouts

New York can't buy its way out of coming blackoutsNew York City will soon be home to the world’s biggest industrial-scale battery system. It’s designed to back up the city’s growing reliance on intermittent “renewable” electricity. At 400 megawatt-hours (MWh), this cluster of batteries will be more than triple the existing 129 MWh world leader in Australia.

Mark Chambers, NYC’s Director of Sustainability (I am not making this title up), is ecstatic. “Expanding battery storage is a critical part of how we advance momentum to confront the climate emergency,” he brags, “while meeting the energy needs of all New Yorkers. Today’s announcement demonstrates how we can deliver this need at significant scale.” [emphasis added]

By David Wojick, PhD - Saturday, January 2, 2021

Australia's Wind Issues- The Canary in a Coal Mine For Other Countries?

Australia's Wind Issues- The Canary in a Coal Mine For Other Countries?The newest and biggest wind project to date in Australia is to undergo major repairs after faults were found in its commissioning process. Wind turbines at the Coppers Gap wind farm in Australia had to be repaired or replaced before they were even put into service. (1)

The blades of one of the 123 turbines will have to be replaced entirely, while GE Catcon is also going? to replace ‘generators’- referring to the equipment in the nacelle at the top of the wind tower —in a further 50 turbines. ?

By Jack Dini - Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Fear of Global Cooling and Falling Iguanas

Fear of Global Cooling and Falling IguanasA tweet from the National Weather Service in Miami: “Brrr! Much colder temps expected for Christmas. Falling iguanas are possible”.?

On Christmas Day, the Associated Press reported: “With unexpectedly cold weather in the forecast and pandemic-related curfews. Florida is about to have a Christmas unlike any other in recent memory, and it may involve falling iguanas.”?

It seems that the lizards which are cold-blooded?like to sleep in trees. But when it gets unusually cold their body temperature drops enough, they go sort of dormant. And in losing their grip fall from the branches. Without warning, which was part of the weather alert that temps could be the lowest in some 21 years.?

By Bob Hoye - Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Blame Climate Change, Ignore Cold Weather

Blame Climate Change, Ignore Cold WeatherHistorically, climate activists like to use ‘climate change’ as an immediate go-to cause for anything they can’t explain or ignore data that don’t fit their apocalyptic claims.

From ‘where the rubber meets the road’ department, comes the bombshell finding that flies in the face of claims about the universal boogeyman of ‘climate change’ killing salmon due to its supposedly water temperature in streams where they spawn. Last year, PBS and Popular Science were screaming about ‘climate change’ being the cause.? 1

By Jack Dini - Thursday, December 24, 2020

Nuking the anti-nuke crowd

How has the Trump Administration fared in meeting the multiple challenges that have slowed the growth of nuclear energy in the U.S. to a near-halt? And what are the prospects for nuclear energy in a Biden-Harris Administration? It’s time to nuke the anti-nuke crowd, and it seems to be happening.

It is now seventy-five years since the U.S. ended the war against Japan by dropping nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (both currently thriving). Eight years later, President Eisenhower, in his world-famous “Atoms for Peace” speech before the United Nations, invited citizens to the debate over using nuclear science and technology for power generation.

By Duggan Flanakin - Sunday, December 20, 2020

John Kerry--Climate Envoy Ideologue

John Kerry--Climate Envoy IdeologueIn a major speech in Jakarta in February 2014, John Kerry claimed that “climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”  1

Kerry recently commented on Covid-19: “It’s a tragically teachable moment. I don’t say this in a partisan way. But the parallels between COVID-19 and climate change are screaming at us, both positive and negative. You could just as easily replace the words climate change with COVID-19; it is truly the tale of two pandemics deferred, denied, and distorted, one with catastrophic consequences, the other with even greater risk if we don’t reverse course. The long-term parallels between this pandemic and tomorrow’s gathering storm of climate crisis are more clear. If the economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic is costly today, the cost of climate inaction will match—if not exceed—our current expenditures, which is why the next administration must act with urgency on day one.” 2

By Jack Dini - Thursday, December 10, 2020

Send the Paris Climate Treaty to the Senate

Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution is simple and direct: “The President ... shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur.” It served America well for 225 years.?

Then, in 2015, the UN’s “international community” of climate activists gathered in Paris to hammer out language requiring that developed nations slash their fossil fuel use, tighten greenhouse gas emission targets every five years, and become “carbon neutral” within a few decades – to prevent a manmade climate chaos forecast by computer models but not supported by Earth history or real-world evidence.?

By Paul Driessen - Monday, December 7, 2020

The Death Of U.S. Shale Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

The current year marks the 15th anniversary of the U.S. shale boom, a period in which fracking technology across such states as Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Wyoming helped establish the nation as a top oil and gas producer.?

Unfortunately, high costs of production compared with conventional drilling has led to the sector consistently printing red ink and resulted in considerable destruction of shareholder value. The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent oil price crash has led to investors souring on the industry further, credit becoming harder to come by, and a cross-section of Wall Street calling the end to the sector.?

By - Monday, December 7, 2020

French Fishermen Join U.S. Fishermen in Fighting Offshore Wind

French fisherman have declared that they would rather die fighting than allow an approved offshore wind farm to be built off Brittany, and have vowed to take direct action to prevent construction. ?The Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm is a 496 megawatt project due to begin construction in the spring. The wind farm poses a threat to the livelihoods of local fishermen by destroying a prolific and sustainable scallop bed. According to the fishermen, the project does not respect the sea and seafarers.

By Institute for Energy Research - Monday, December 7, 2020