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Posts from October 2014

Halloween Thoughts from Obama’s Science Advisor

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 31, 2014

 “Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the [twentieth] century.”

– John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich[1]

Doom and gloom—and falsity—hallmarks the long career of John P. Holdren, neo-Malthusian and President Obama’s initial and still science advisor. Halloween Holdren has been quiet with the outlandish in recent years–he does not want to embarrass his boss–but his many quotations beginning in the 1970s, never disowned, remain for the record.

Today is a good time to refresh memories of the man who just might be the scariest presidential advisor in U.S. history!

Read—but don’t be frightened. The sky-is-falling gloom of Holdren, his mentor Paul Ehrlich, and others is in intellectual and empirical trouble. From Julian Simon to Bjorn Lomborg to Indur Goklany to Matt Ridley to Marlo Lewis to Alex Epstein, the technological optimists have the upper hand in a debate that continues to rage.…

Milton Friedman: Climate Realist, Not Alarmist (no carbon tax support here)

By Robert Murphy -- October 30, 2014

“Of all my father’s accomplishments, I believe the one he was proudest of was his role in ending military conscription. I do not think he would be happy to be conscripted, posthumously, for someone else’s cause [of climate alarmism].”

– David Friedman, “A Case of Posthumous Conscription,” October 18, 2014.

Bob Inglis, Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative based at George Mason University, continues a quest to get conservatives and the Republican interested in a carbon tax. Recently, he chaired a forum at the University of Chicago titled, “What Would Milton Friedman Do About Climate Change?” At the event, two Chicago economists argued that Friedman (1912–2006) would have applied the textbook analysis of “negative externalities” to the issue of climate change, and therefore would have supported a carbon tax.…

Vote NO on Big Wind

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#llinowes">Lisa Linowes</a> -- October 29, 2014

“The debate is no longer about the fear of change or aesthetics. It’s about preserving the health, safety, and welfare of communities from developers hell-bent on sticking turbines on every free acre with transmission access no matter who’s in the way. More than twelve active lawsuits are pending against wind projects in as many states, and more are sure to follow.”

U.S. voters are unhappy with the direction of the country. The big ticket issues — ISIS, Ebola, the sluggish economy — are dominating the national dialogue and will sway votes.

But for many thousands of Americans, next week’s election is deeply personal. For them it’s their best opportunity to drive back the spread of industrial-scale wind power that’s plowing through quiet communities and destroying families. On November 4th, they will be checking the box next to those candidates who promise to permanently end the wind production tax credit (PTC).

“Voltage Collapse and Blackout Conditions”: EPA’s Power Plant Rule Trashed by SPP

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 28, 2014

‘Energy Independence’: A Dirty Dozen (Economist Grossman’s list)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 27, 2014

Why The World Will Not Agree to Pricing Carbon (Part II)

By Peter Lang -- October 24, 2014

Why The World Will Not Agree to Pricing Carbon (Part I)

By Peter Lang -- October 23, 2014

Solar PV Subsidies: Criticism Mounts (U.C. Berkeley’s Borenstein has had enough)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#w_lusvardi">Wayne Lusvardi</a> -- October 22, 2014

Virginia to Gina: Your Power Plant Rule Is “Arbitrary, Capricious, and Unlawful”

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 21, 2014

AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 20, 2014

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- October 20, 2014