The Death Knell for Climate Change Orthodoxy?

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In the short space of less than two weeks, there have been several  climate change actions that might be signs bordering on desperation.  First, Secretary of State John Kerry stated that climate change was like a weapon of mass destruction.  And then, President Obama announced plans for additional heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas […]
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Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Commentary: Keystone XL — the cost of politics and illusion

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As more time has gone by and more analyses completed, it is absolutely clear that Keystone has been driven by politics and bogus claims. Not science or the national interest.
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Punish Success And Reward Rent Seeking and Bigger Government

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Real Clear Politics recently ran an article by a writer from the so- called Center for American Progress.  I say so-called because from the content of the article, the organization would be more accurately named the Center for American Distress or the Center for Political Bambozzle.  It uses and misuses tired old assertions about oil […]
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Climate Change: The Crumbling Foundation

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In the early days of the Global Warming debate, now called climate change, writer Ron Bailey in an article observed, freeze or fry, wet or dry the problem is always the same—human consumption of fossil energy—and the solution is also the same—more government control over energy use and personal freedom.  The recent “arctic vortex” has […]
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No Scarcity of Economic Ignorance in Congress

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With US oil production booming, pressure has increased to repeal an archaic law that prohibits the export of crude oil without a license.  The law dates back to the early 1970s when OPEC nations imposed an embargo on exports to the US.  That was a time when many in the nation were obsessed with predictions […]
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Quit Digging

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An old adage about life is that when you are in a hole quit digging.  With trust in government at an all time low, actions that further erode trust and credibility are just more examples of keep on digging.  The Wall Street Journal recently reported a case of EPA doing exactly that. It is no […]
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The Pretense of Knowledge and Hubris, and Predictions of Dread

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In accepting the Nobel Prize in economics, Frederich Hayek’s remarks dealt with the The Pretense of Knowledge. Those remarks included prescient observations about the consequences of actions that do not reflect the limits of knowledge. “If man is not to do more harm than good in his efforts to improve the social order, he will […]
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The EU’s Lost Decade

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In the aftermath of the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, the EU, led by Germany, remained in the forefront of climate policy by pledging to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020.  To achieve this objective and show the rest of the world how to be successful and green, EU nations adopted renewable […]
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Policy by Illusion and Myth

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George Schultz, former Secretary of Treasury, Labor, and State, and Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx, recently published a Wall Street Journal opinion piece—Making the Most of the U.S. Energy Boom—in which they argue that the US should establish a national goal of oil displacement. They assert that forty years after the first oil embargo, “de-linking […]
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The Presumption of Knowledge

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Over the past few weeks attention has been focused on the roll out debacle of the Affordable Care Act—aka ObamaCare.  This is a case that is the opposite of too big to fail– too big to succeed.  While it might seem that there is no connection between ObamaCare and alternative energy policies and biofuels mandates, […]
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