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Posts from December 2016

An Eight-Year Anniversary

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- December 28, 2016

“Big Government Democrats are not the cure to Big Government Republicanism. Oil, natural gas, and coal are middle class, working class energies. Wind and solar are for the rich…. Maybe, just maybe, these parasitic, inefficient energies will get the scrutiny they deserve from all sides of the political spectrum.”

The beginning of the Obama presidency was less than one month away. Things looked bad for energy. Climate exaggeration and alarmism as US policy was coming up. And there were very few of us in the free market camp to fight against climate/energy statism.

Eight years ago this month, I got in touch with these few–Marlo Lewis (Competitive Enterprise Institute), Ken Green (American Enterprise Institute), and Jerry Taylor (Cato Institute), and a few others–to launch a new website. Two-thousand one-hundred and twenty-seven posts later, we are into year nine of “a free market energy blog.”…

Yes, ‘Inside Climate News,’ the Fossil Fuels are Thankful (as are consumers and taxpayers!)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- December 27, 2016

“This year, the fossil fuel industry may top the list of Americans feeling most thankful. The election of Donald Trump not only promises to grant many of their fondest deregulation wishes, but it could also offer a potential Black Friday-like atmosphere on things like drilling leases and access to public lands.”

So began a fundraising pitch from Inside Climate News, a investigative journalism outfit starting from false premises to reach false conclusions.

The headlines from the same outfit in the same week were happy ones from a pro-consumer, pro-taxpayer, anti-coercion viewpoint.

The Carbon Scrooges

By Thorpe Watson -- December 23, 2016

The following article is a revised version of the email recently sent to 186 politicians in BC, Saskatchewan, and Ottawa, including 28 federal Senators.

I urge everyone to include politicians in their circulation lists. Recognizing that politicians are flooded with appeals, you may wish to preface your submission with something that will attract their attention such as the following:

  • Are you prepared to accept Dr. David Suzuki’s climate-related suggestion that “politicians should be thrown in the slammer for wilful blindness”? (For our USA cousins, David Suzuki is Canada’s “Al Gore”. When Suzuki threatened politicians with imprisonment, he was actually threatening climate sceptics, not realizing that his threat could backfire.)
  • Are you prepared to cope with the wrath of an angry electorate that is suffering the lifestyle consequences of a low-carbon economy?

Hero or Villain: The Myth of Harmful CO2

By Vijay Jayaraj -- December 22, 2016

Reset at Resources for the Future? (latest fundraising pitch hints at intellectual diversity)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- December 21, 2016

LED Highway Lighting: Quality Issues (new AMA warning)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#a_brooks">Allen Brooks</a> -- December 20, 2016

The War on Pipelines: The Radical Left Goes Midstream

By Donn Dears -- December 19, 2016

How NOT to Regulate Pesticides: EU, Canada Lessons for Trump (Part II)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#p_dreissen">Paul Driessen</a> -- December 16, 2016

How NOT to Regulate Pesticides: EU, Canada Lessons for Trump (Part I)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#p_dreissen">Paul Driessen</a> -- December 15, 2016

DOE-designate Perry’s Windy Past (Texas, per-Enron, a wind welfare queen)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- December 14, 2016