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Posts from October 2012

Halloween: Neo-Malthusian Day

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 31, 2012

“We created a way of raising standards of living that we can’t possibly pass on to our children. It has to collapse, unless adults stand up and say, ‘This is a Ponzi scheme. We have not generated real wealth, and we are destroying a livable climate.’”

– Joe Romm, quoted in Thomas Friedman, Is the Inflection Point Near?, New York Times, March 7, 2009.

“Is there any more single-minded, simple pleasure than viewing with alarm? At times it is even better than sex.”

—Kenneth Boulding (1970), p. 160. [1]

Are free-market optimists the dumb ones who jump off tall buildings and report that everything is fine, even breezy, on the way down? Or are those who fear, rant, and make this analogy bungee-jumping with reality?

The optimists have been jumping off buildings ever since Robert Thomas Malthus’s An Essay on Population was published in 1798–and not hitting the ground.

Fractured Fairy Tales: Why Not Liberate Energy Technology for the 100%?

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#p_dreissen">Paul Driessen</a> -- October 30, 2012

The anti-industrial “green” movement, which once played nice with natural gas, is at war against hydraulic fracturing (fracing). Peak gas fears may be gone, and parasitic wind energy would crash without gas-fired generation to fill in, but an anti-energy agenda rules. What should be good news is parlayed into bad by the enemies of modernism.

Technology Jump–Societal Benefits

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have boosted shale gas production from zero a few years ago to 10% of all U.S. energy supplies in 2012, observes energy analyst Daniel Yergin. Fracing has also increased U.S. oil production 25% since 2008 – almost all on state and private lands, and in the face of more federal land and resource withdrawals, permitting delays and declining public land production.

In the process, the fracing revolution created 1.7 million jobs in oil fields, equipment manufacturing, legal and information technology services, and other sectors.

U.S. Climate-Change Impacts: A Peer-Review True-Up (Cato Institute study irks alarmists)

By Chip Knappenberger -- October 29, 2012

The Cato Institute’s Center for the Study of Science (which I am part of) will soon release the final version of its major report examining the potential impacts of climate change in the United States.

Addendum: Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States grew from our desire to show how the government report, after which the Cato report was modeled, could have/should have looked if the original scientists involved had included a more thorough (less narrow) review of the scientific literature and had not been obviously predisposed towards climate-change doom-and-gloom.

Cato’s “Addendum” title draws attention to the fact that the original 2009 report from the U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program (USGCRP) was incomplete and insufficient on the day it was published–and is out-of-date given peer-review studies of the last several years.

Hydraulic Fracturing: A Threat to Public Health? (Earthworks vs. the scientific method)

By Steve Everley -- October 26, 2012

Libertarian Party: Economic Freedom, Energy, and the Environment (Romney/Ryan, are you listening?)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 25, 2012

Twenty Bad Things About Wind Energy, and Three Reasons Why

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- October 24, 2012

Heritage Foundation List of Failing or At-Risk Taxpayer Energy Ventures (34 companies, $7.5 billion, and counting)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 23, 2012

Anti-Oil Sands: Perverse Ethics in the Name of the Environment

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#p_dreissen">Paul Driessen</a> -- October 22, 2012

Presidential Advice: Sea-Level Rise a Yawner

By Chip Knappenberger -- October 19, 2012

Thomas Edison and the Electric Vehicle (chapter 1 of EV's Chapter 11)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 18, 2012