William O'Keefe

William O'Keefe

The Steady Erosion of Truth

According to an August 2014 CNN poll, “public’s trust in government is at an all-time low.  …”The number who trust the government all or most of the time has sunk so low that it is hard to remember that there was ever a time when Americans routinely trusted the government,”  This poll is not an […]  More »

Fairness Calls For a Thank You

Since the first Arab oil embargo in 1973, every time the price of crude oil and gasoline has increased, so called consumer advocates and opportunistic politicians have accused oil companies of price gouging, price fixing and the like.  Over this time, the FTC has conducted numerous investigations of those charges and every investigation  has produced […]  More »

Mark Twain and the Vatican

Mark Twain once observed that he was not troubled by all the things that people didn’t know; just troubled by all the things they know that just aren’t so.  So it is with Pope Francis. Pope Francis has been a welcomed breadth of fresh air to all independent of their religious affiliation.  He practices what […]  More »

The Politics of Distortion

As a candidate, President Obama made famous the phrase, “words have meaning”.  And, propagandists know that if you repeat a false statement long enough, it will eventually be seen as truth.  So it is with the oft repeated use of the term “carbon pollution” to describe carbon dioxide—CO2– which in fact is a nutrient.  It […]  More »

A Martian Looks at Climate Negotiations

An interesting mind game involves thinking about what a Martian would think if he/she came down and observed the activities in Lima at this year’s COP.  It doesn’t take much a stretch of the imagination to conclude that upon returning to Mars, he/she would report that there doesn’t appear to be intelligent life on earth. […]  More »

Three Pinocchios

Over the past months and right after the Senate defeated legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama said that the pipeline was just to move Canadian oil through the US to the Gulf Coast for shipment overseas.  He has also said that he is concerned about it environmental impacts, the small number of jobs […]  More »

Our Snookered President

The applause for the climate agreement between President Obama and China ought to be an embarrassment.  The President was snookered and apparently doesn’t know.  China promised to cap emissions in 16 years and the President promised to increase emission reduction actions now.  What kind of deal is that?  It’s a bad economic and environmental. China’s […]  More »

The IPCC: Nostradamus Reincarnated

Throughout history, at least back to 2800 BC, the world has had more that its share of apocalytics.  Nostradamus was perhaps the most famous but he had a lot of good company—google  A Brief History of the Apocalypse. Now the apocalyptics rely on sophisticated computer models to convince us that life as we know it […]  More »

Hobgoblins, Fuzzy Math, and Wishful Thinking

In a recent post on the National Journal on-line, the founder of the Stella Group asserted that it is “nonsense…that renewable energy cannot meet the world’s energy needs… and many peer-reviewed global and country studies show just the opposite”.  He went on to state “most or all of our nation’s or globe’s energy needs can […]  More »

Government Overhaul: Long Overdue

The October 22 edition of the New York Times ran an article, Nation’s Confidence Ebbs at a Steady Drip, that focused on the public’s loss of confidence in the Federal Government, the President, and Congress. The article pointed out that the President began his presidency committed to restoring public confidence that had been severely damaged […]  More »

Time to “Simmer Down” on Fiscal Crises

Fiscal brinksmanship – those seasonal scenarios during which our government tiptoes to the edge of the latest government shutdown, fiscal cliff, or sequestration – has become as much a part of the Washington political culture as seersucker on summer Thursdays. And thanks to the fact that we have grown accustomed to funding our government through […]  More »

The Corruption of Science

The late Dr. Michael Crichton in a speech at the California Institute of Technology made the following observation: “I want to …talk about … the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus […]  More »

McCarthyism is Alive and Well

Last week Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Henry Waxman  moderated an event hosted by the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change. It featured panelists who make a career of attacking, sometimes viciously, industries that do not toe the environmentalist line on climate change.  One of the panelists asserted that industry attempted to cover up the health […]  More »

America’s New Energy Paradigm

Since the first Arab oil embargo, US energy policy has been driven by the search for “independence”, concerns about energy security, a commitment to alternatives to move the economy off oil.  Policy initiatives have wasted hundreds of billions of dollars in pursuing these objectives because they were not based on energy realities. Over the past […]  More »

The New World of Energy Management

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) the relationship between electric power consumption and economic growth is changing after decades of being very strongly correlated.  Between 1975 and 1995 the “two growth measures were nearly equal in value.”  Looking to the future, EIA estimates that the “rate of projected growth in electricity use will be […]  More »
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