Authoritarian Andrew Dessler:”What the next president should say” (2008 for 2020)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- October 29, 2020 No Comments

“The truth is that there is no way to avoid the pain of high energy prices. There are no easy solutions, and no way for us to continue living as we have in the past. Changes are on the way. Deal with it.”

At MasterResource, we occasionally re-post old pieces by classical liberals on energy and the environment to show how timeless our insights are. And oppositely, we document the extremist statements (gaffes?) and falsified predictions of the Malthusians, particularly climate alarmists.

Back in June 2008, Texas A&M climate scientist/activist Andrew Dessler (the subject of numerous critical analyses here at MasterResource), published a short piece in Grist, “What the Next President Should Say.” That next president would be Barack Obama, who did say “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” from his cap-and-trade plan.

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Andrew Dessler: Leave Fracking Alone! (Joe Biden splits the climate alarmists)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- September 9, 2020 5 Comments

“Fracking is such a money-losing enterprise that it’s in the process of banning itself. Please stop applying a purity test about whether a candidate will ban it or not.”

It came as a surprise to see this climate alarmist extraordinaire (aka Angry Andy) demote fracking as a burning climate issue. What gives?!

The answer is Joe Biden, who recently reversed course to support fracking in such swing states as Ohio and Pennsylvania. Presumably Joe would want New York State to open itself up to this new drilling technology if asked by the media.

Well, banning fracking is a huge issue for climate activists in the United States.

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Andrew Dessler: Climate Alarmist as Energy Expert (Part II)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 28, 2020 12 Comments

“The popular climate discussion … looks at man as a destructive force for climate livability … because we use fossil fuels. In fact, the truth is the exact opposite; we don’t take a safe climate and make it dangerous; we take a dangerous climate and make it safe. High-energy civilization, not climate, is the driver of climate livability.” (Alex Epstein, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, pp. 126–127).

The Houston Chronicle‘s favorite climate scientist, Andrew Dessler of Texas A&M’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences, a leading climate alarmist (see Part I yesterday) fancies himself as an energy and public policy expert. And so the Chronicle takes Dessler at face value well outside of his areas of expertise.

Dessler’s Latest

Here is Dessler’s latest Opinion piece for the Houston Chronicle, A Just Transition from Fracking to Renewable Energy is Possible [February 28, 2020] His op-ed (in yellow) is interspersed with my critical comments.

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Andrew Dessler: Climate Alarmist as Energy Expert (Part I)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 27, 2020 6 Comments

The idea of presenting both sides of the debate in the name of scholarship is a non-starter with Andrew Dessler because the science is ‘settled,’ climate models have the correct physics, and he knows all he needs to in regard to climate economics, political economy, and public policy.

The Houston Chronicle‘s favorite climate scientist, Andrew Dessler of Texas A&M’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences, fancies himself as an energy and public policy expert. And so the Chronicle takes Dessler at face value well, even when he is outside his area of expertise.

Part II tomorrow dissects Dessler’s latest opinion piece for the Chronicle, A Just Transition from Fracking to Renewable Energy is Possible (February 28, 2020); this post looks more broadly at a climate alarmist swimming deep in the political soup.

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Climate Science and Climate Policy Debate (clarification & apology to Andrew Dessler)

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Review of ‘Introduction to Modern Climate Change’ by Andrew Dessler (Part II: Physical Science)

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“Climate Dystopia:” Tweets from a Frustrated Climatologist (Andrew Dessler)

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Andrew Dessler’s Climate Sensitivity Lecture: Some Observations

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Andrew Dessler: The Certain Climate Alarmist

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Tx. Governor Abbott: Beware of Andrew Dessler (science-is-settled climate alarmist requires balance)

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