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Clinton’s Water Plan Runs Up Hill(ary) Towards Money”

By Wayne Lusvardi -- September 26, 2016

“The Clinton plan states that: ‘the United States has 17 national labs that work on energy, but not one that is focused exclusively on water’.”

“In California, they say: ‘water runs uphill toward money.’ To that, now should be added the adage: ‘Water runs up-Hillary to money’.”

News flash: Hillary’s Western Water Plan would trickle up to elites.

On Sept. 18 the San Francisco Chronicle poured water on Donald Trump for having no water infrastructure plan at all other than his scoffing that “there was no California drought” (see “Clinton Plans While Trump Scoffs on Water, Environment”). Trump was right, but that is besides the point here.

Left out of the Chronicle article was that the benefits of Hillary Clinton’s “Western Water Partnership”plan, as part of her proposed $275 billion infrastructure funding and make-work jobs program, would flow mainly to high-level, planners, union labor, well-connected engineering firms and politicians.

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Powering Countries, Empowering People: A Case Study (Part 3 of 3)

By Paul Driessen -- September 22, 2016

“Ethical people in wealthy developed countries should support the aspirations of poor families, communities and countries all over the world. They should help them address Real World health and environmental problems, while resisting calls to focus on speculative problems or implement policies that will actually worsen current conditions, disease problems and death tolls.”

[This completes the series of Part I and Part II.]

The political and intellectual elites emphasize climate change over the basics of life. These concerns were dramatically illustrated in Chad, Central Africa, where in 2009 the government banned the manufacture, importation, and use of charcoal – the sole source of fuel for 99 percent of Chadians. “Cooking is a fundamental necessity for every household,” its Environment Minister pronounced. But “with climate change every citizen must protect his environment.”

The edict sent women and children scavenging for dead branches, cow dung, grass, and anything else that burns.

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Powering Countries, Empowering People: A Case Study (Part 2 of 3)

By Paul Driessen -- September 21, 2016

[Part I yesterday and Part III tomorrow complete this series.]

Foreign aid comes with countless strings attached. It also “transfers money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries,” economist Peter Bauer frequently quipped. It is “life support for corrupt dictators,” says James Shikwati, director of Kenya’s Inter-Region Economic Network.

Seemingly perpetual aid keeps people from starving, but often stifles the development of legal, economic, and technological systems that launch nations on the road to self-sufficiency, growth, and prosperity. It has made people worse off, and increased poverty and misery, instead of reducing it. Foreign aid, says Moyo, is “the single worst decision of modern developmental politics.” [1]

Poor countries need access to investment capital to build large-scale modern power plants of every description.

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Powering Countries, Empowering People: A Case Study (Part 1 of 3)

By Paul Driessen -- September 20, 2016
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More on Energy/Climate from Trump

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 19, 2016
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Profile Costs of Wind Energy: Why are Utilities Overpaying?

By Tyler McNeal -- September 15, 2016
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Green Energy Shock: Canadians Confront Climate Policy

By Allen Brooks -- September 14, 2016
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CO2 Coalition: Time to Play Offense

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 13, 2016
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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: September 12, 2016

By -- September 12, 2016
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Anti-Cronyism: Will the Other Political Parties Follow?

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 9, 2016
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