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Posts from January 2013

Superstorm Sandy (Part I: Spinning Climate, Weather for Political Points)

By Paul Driessen and Patrick Moffitt -- January 31, 2013

In the wake of “Superstorm” Sandy, the political spin and distractions reached hurricane proportions. “It’s global warming, stupid,” declared Bloomberg BusinessWeek after monster winds and waves pounded New York and New Jersey. This storm should “compel all elected leaders to take immediate action” on climate change, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg claimed.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo added:

Anyone who says there’s no change in weather patterns is denying reality. The storms we’ve experienced in the last year or so are much more severe than before.

Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman echoed:

We’ve had two 100-year storms in 14 months in this state, with a couple of nor’easters thrown in between for good measure. The climate is changing, whether people want to talk about it or not.”

Entertainment Meets Energy: Yoko’s Magical Mystery Frac Tour

By Thomas Shepstone -- January 30, 2013

“[Sean] Lennon fancifully likened drilling and gas production to awakening a sleeping dragon. His mother said later of the comparison, ‘That’s beautiful,’ but, thinking on it some more, suggested ‘it’s a sign of a devil, actually. In my mind it’s more like a snake. A dragon is too big; you’re giving too much respect for this thing.’”

– Eric Roston, “On New York Shale Gas, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon Say Let It Be,” Bloomberg.com (January 23, 2013).

That’s Sean Lennon and his famous mother, Yoko Ono, speaking to reporters taking a tour of Susquehanna County, Pa., in an effort to highlight the supposed dangers of natural gas development. They were accompanied by Susan Sarandon, Josh Fox (producer of Gasland) and Ghandi’s grandson, not to mention a bevy of local anti-development celebrities.…

Why Every American Needs to Watch FrackNation

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#aepstein">Alex Epstein</a> -- January 29, 2013

The main thing you need to know about FrackNation is that you should watch it. More importantly, given that this blog’s audience is unusually educated about hydraulic fracturing–frac’ing–you should encourage friends and family to watch it.

The use of hydraulic fracturing and (less-publicized) horizontal drilling to extract oil and gas from shale rock is, to the best of my knowledge, the most important technological revolution of the last decade. The existence of enormous deposits of shale has long been known–some of the earliest experiments with kerosene involved shale–but the ability to affordably get oil and gas from these deposits has been elusive for over a century. In Ayn Rand’s 1957 Atlas Shrugged, one of the heroes manages to solve the problem, and it is rightly regarded as an epic achievement.…

Gas Furnace Rule: Beware of “Scorched Gas” Policy

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- January 28, 2013

Nature, Not Only Mankind, Saved by Fossil Fuels

By Indur Goklany -- January 25, 2013

Fossil Fuels: Humanity’s Liberator (escaping the Malthusian curse via coal, oil, and gas)

By Indur Goklany -- January 24, 2013

The DOE/APGA Furnace Rule Settlement: Avoiding Unintended Consequences

By Bert Kalisch -- January 23, 2013

PURPA: Another Subsidy for Intermittent Energies

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#tfisher">Travis Fisher</a> -- January 22, 2013

Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions: Newsletter Update

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- January 21, 2013

4Q-2012: Continued Progress at MasterResource

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 18, 2013