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Memorial Day Weekend: Get Going!

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 22, 2020

Get happy. Summer beckons. Not only bike and hike but also drive to a better environment–your self-selected environment.

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The automobile is environmentalism-on-wheels. The open road is freedom to escape the concrete for the great beyond. Mountains, rivers, hills, forests, even beautiful green golf courses–it is all a drive away. 

Don’t worry about the anti-travel crowd like the folks at Climate Progress who fret about emissions of the trace green gas, carbon dioxide. Just forget the spin and go for a spin!

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Each year, MasterResource celebrates the beginning of the peak-driving season knowing that our free-market philosophy is about energy abundance and affordability and reliability. And there is little to apologize for. When is the last time you got a bad tank of gasoline, anyway?

Oil, gas, and coal have been and continue to be technologically transformed into super-clean energy resources.

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The Flawed Worldview of ‘Planet of the Humans’ (Part II)

By Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak -- May 21, 2020

“In the shift towards environmentalism, rich people have increasingly lost track of the need to improve the standards of living of working class and poor people who do not have access to cheap, reliable and scalable power sources.”

“The communist drive to overthrow the privilege of the few resulted in extreme authoritarianism and the deaths of millions of people. Further attempts to lie about our natures and to displace our instinctive drives will result in misery.”

Part II today completes a point-by-point rebuttal of executive producer Jeff Gibbs’s defense of Michael Moore’s Planet of the Humans. Points 1–10 were covered yesterday; 11–20 follow below.

11) Fairy tales of green technology saving the planet protect us from the full weight of just how bad things are and from making a real plan to save ourselves and a planet worth living on.

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The Flawed Worldview of ‘Planet of the Humans’ (Part I)

By Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak -- May 20, 2020

“Environmental degradation is not a function of increased population and economic growth. It is rather a society’s (mis)handling of industrial wastes and sewage and its capacity to innovate that matter.”

“If certain environmentalists approve of destroying mountain tops to install intermittent energy producing wind turbines, why do they not approve of destroying a mountain top to mine valuable minerals allowing for the construction of superior energy storage devices and medical instrumentation?”

“Gibbs is apparently unaware of the appalling environmental record of communist regimes. As documented by many people (including Marxist intellectuals), waste and inefficiency reigned supreme in the absence of private property and a profit-and-loss price system.”

The Michael Moore-sponsored documentary Planet of the Humans has generated much debate since it was made freely available on Earth Day. The documentary’s creators Jeff Gibbs and Ozzie Zehner have since addressed many technical issues raised by their pro-renewable energy critics.

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Energy Price Caps, Please (Satire from Professor Boudreaux for Economic Education)

By Donald J. Boudreaux -- May 19, 2020
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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: May 18, 2020

By -- May 18, 2020
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Climate Scientists Try to Rescue Renewable Energies from ‘Planet of the Humans’

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 14, 2020
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Subsidies Keeping Iowa Wind Turbines Turning

By Janna Swanson -- May 13, 2020
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Surge Pricing, Not ‘Price Gouging’ (an economist’s protest)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 12, 2020
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Inferior, Subsidized Energy Feels the Pain

By -- May 11, 2020
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A Malthusian Confronts Renewables (review of ‘Planet of the Humans’)

By Sherri Lange -- May 7, 2020
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