EPA Magic: Regulation by Illusion

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In response to the Supreme Court’s review of EPA’s mercury rule, the agency issued a supplementary notice indicating that “consideration of cost does not alter the agency’s previous conclusion that it is appropriate and necessary to regulate coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs) under section 112 of the Clean Air Act.” Essentially, […]
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Commentary: The Weak Foundation for a Carbon Tax

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The late writer, Marty Rubin, once observed, “unlike wine, a bad idea does not improve with age.” That is certainly true with the carbon tax. Not only does it not improve, it is like a zombie that keeps coming back from the dead. A former Administrator of the Energy Information Administration, Jay Hakes, has just […]
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Commentary: Hydrocarbon Hypocrisy

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Last November, President Obama, after years of slow walking, finally rejected the Keystone pipeline project. In announcing his decision, he put special emphasis on “dirtier crude oil” and went to some length to wrap his decision in the narrative of climate change and the imperative of moving to clean energy. Now, the Obama State Department […]
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Commentary: DOI’s Five Year Leasing Plan and the Obama Climate Agenda

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Unlike the political tactic that the Obama Administration used to kill Keystone XL, President Obama won’t be able to slow walk the offshore leasing process until it is to his advantage to release it to bolster his image and legacy on climate change. The five-year leasing plan will probably get released around March of this […]
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A Long Overdue Action

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The recent legislation that removed the 40-year export ban on domestically produced crude oil was long overdue. First put in place to avoid excessive dependence on crude oil imports, especially from the unstable Persian Gulf, it was kept in place far too long with justifications that were not robust. The benefits that will be derived […]
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Groucho Marx and the IPCC

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On his TV show the late Groucho Marx asked a contestant, “Are you going to believe me, or what you see with your own eyes?” The new chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—Hoesung Lee– must have found great wisdom in Groucho’s quote because he essentially used it recently when he told Reuters, […]
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Greenpeace ; Green Sleaze

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Recently, Greenpeace engaged in a maladroit and amateurish attempt to discredit a world-class physicist and the organization he founded–the CO2 Coalition–and on whose board I serve. William Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Brakett Professor of Physics at Princeton and the leading founder of the CO2 Coalition was contacted by someone claiming to represent Hamilton Ellis Business […]
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A World Of Their Own

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As COP-21 begins in Paris, media reports, predictably, describe a world far different than the one we live in. Alarmism is rampant. We are told that temperatures are rising rapidly, that there have been “epic” weather disasters, including monster storms and “punishing” droughts, and that sea levels have risen almost 3 inches since 1997. If […]
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Low Oil Prices: An Environmental Dilemma

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One of the reasons President Obama felt free to reject Keystone XL is today’s low oil prices, which are likely to continue for some time because demand is weak and supply abundant. Environmentalists cheered his action as a major boost to the up coming climate talks in Paris. They like the decision but not the […]
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Commentary: The Energy Hustle

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According to media reports, NextGen Climate, billionaire Tom Steyer’s non-profit advocacy organization is launching a national ad campaign to push for legislation to mandate, directly or indirectly, that 50 percent of U.S. power from renewable sources by 2030. The ad campaign will focus on the economic impacts of climate change, and will run in states […]
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