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CERAWeek 2018: ‘Tipping Point; Strategies for a New Energy Future’ (free-market energy vision, anyone?)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 28, 2018

“I cannot recall a representative from a free-market think tank (Cato, CEI, IER, etc.) ever addressing the CERA throngs. This does not speak well for the organizers intellectually or as trusted consultants. Truth bats last in public policy.”

“Oil and gas are booming in the US as never before. It is time to not only expose the fallacies of Peak Oil and Energy Security, it is time to explode the neo-Malthusian exaggerations about fossil fuels and climate change.”

The 37th edition of Daniel Yergin’s CERAWeek (IHS-Markit) starts on Monday March 5th, concluding on Friday March 9th. Speaker slots fare full.

We are at a “tipping point” that demands “strategies for a new energy future,” declares the headline of the upcoming CERAWeek conference, the annual gathering of the energy industry in Houston, Texas.

Warring Against Natural Gas: Joint EEI/NRDC Statement to NARUC (crony environmentalism at work)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_krebs">Mark Krebs</a> -- February 26, 2018

“Their ‘all of the above’ debate wasn’t all of the above…. It was a propaganda stage for a ‘clean energy’ pact between EEI and NRDC for announcing their joint indoctrination campaign aimed at increasing market share of electricity at the expense of natural gas.”

“What this ‘powerful’ cabal intends to do is to monopolize energy by electricity under the guise of environmental necessity.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the national trade association representing state public service commissioners who regulate investor-owned utilities, was recently the site of a political war against natural gas. [1] On the last day of NARUC’s annual Winter Policy Summit (February 14), E&E News reported (Nation’s regulators get down to business at winter meeting): [2]

The final NARUC session on Wednesday will feature a debate of sorts between Phil Moeller, executive vice president of the Edison Electric Institute, and Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of the energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, on an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy.

Climate Groupthink: Understanding Intellectual Error

By Christopher Booker -- February 22, 2018

[Editor note: A new paper by Christopher Booker, GLOBAL WARMING: A Case Study of Groupthink (subtitled How science can shed new light on the most important ‘non-debate’ of our time) was released yesterday by the Global Warming Policy Foundation. The full paper is highly recommended, but a useful summary of major climate-debate events is provided below in Mr. Booker’s Introduction.]

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“… the rest of the world had no intention of going along with the declared aim of Paris, to agree on the wholesale ‘decarbonisation’ of the world’s economy. Yet astonishingly, so lost were developed countries in the groupthink that the Western media failed to recognize what was happening. One person who did was President Trump who, to the fury of all those still blinded by the groupthink, gave the refusal of the rest of the world to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions as his reason for pulling the US out of the Paris Accord (although even now this was not picked up by those reporting on his decision in the West).”

By any measure, the belief that the earth faces an unprecedented threat from‘human induced climate change’ has been one of the most extraordinary episodes in the history of either science or politics.

Oil Saves New England!

By Donn Dears -- February 21, 2018

Julian Simon Reconfirmed: A Half-Century Retrospective (population, progress positively correlated)

By Marian Tupy -- February 20, 2018

Energy & Environmental Newsletter: February 19, 2018

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- February 19, 2018

Texas’s CREZ Transmission Line: Wind Power’s $7 Billion Subsidy (ratebase socialism as ‘infrastructure improvement’)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 16, 2018

Beware EPA ‘Social Cost of Carbon’ Models

By Shawn Ritenour -- February 14, 2018

Julian Simon Remembered (would have been 86 today)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 12, 2018

‘America’s Vast Energy Potential Awaits, Mr President’ (message to Obama revisited)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 11, 2018