“The Intellectual Godmother of the Green New Deal Movement” (Naomi Klein speaks)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 23, 2020 2 Comments

“I don’t think there’s any way that we move forward without a frontal confrontation with white supremacy…. We have to address the underlying supremacist logics in our societies and we also need to do what is necessary to be less flammable.” (Naomi Klein, January 5, 2020)

Do Democrats really want to hitch their wagon to the Green New Deal? Support continues to weaken (Arnold Schwarzenegger recently called it bogus, and Trump himself cannot wait to take the Left’s energy program head-on.)

Here are some quotations from Naomi Klein, called “the intellectual godmother of the Green New Deal Movement,” by Alexander Kaufman at HuffPost, titled “Naomi Klein On Looming Eco-Fascism: ‘We Are Literally And Politically Flammable’.”

Here you go!

Climate Alarm!

“We’re in a moment where we are literally flammable.

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Greenwash Not! President Trump to World Economic Forum (a Julian Simon moment ….)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 22, 2020 1 Comment

“[W]e must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune-tellers — and I have them and you have them, and we all have them, and they want to see us do badly…. They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the ’70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s. These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform, and control every aspect of our lives.”

“We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country, or eradicate our liberty. America will always be the proud, strong, and unyielding bastion of freedom.” (Trump, January 21, 2020)

Denunciation, even shock, came from the establishment media, including the Washington Post (“Trump Drops a Climate Bomb“) and the Los Angeles Times (“At Davos, Trump Rejects Climate Crisis“).

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Jerry Taylor Takedown: Energy Matters

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 21, 2020 No Comments

“Niskanen’s @willwilkinson on the merits of @SenWarren. Yes people, you read that right. And I’m with him.” (Jerry Taylor, February 5, 2019)

The intellectual transformation of Jerry Taylor from libertarian (and libertarian enforcer) to shifty eclectic statist has been told elsewhere (here and here). Not surprisingly, his intellectual road to serfdom began with small steps and has grown to the point that fewer and fewer libertarians and conservatives trust his intellectual judgement.

Taylor’s statism has now attracted the gentlemanly ire of one of his advisory board members, Tyler Cowen, himself an eclectic but libertarian- leaning (he no longer describes himself as ‘classical liberal‘).

Professor Cowen recently wrote in “The Economic Policy of Elizabeth Warren” at Marginal Revolution (January 19, 2020):

Jerry Taylor has made some positive noises about her on Twitter lately, as had Will Wilkinson in earlier times.

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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 20, 2020

By -- January 20, 2020 2 Comments

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy, environmental and education policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and the environment. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:
Special interest groups vow to continue push for energy credits
Wind Energy Lobbyists Still Beating Solar Lobbyists in DC
NY Energy Bill from Cuomo to Consumers Could Top $47 Billion!

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Adler on Climate Policy: A Non Sequitur for Open-Ended Statism

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Trump on NEPA Reform (in his own words)

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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 6, 2020

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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: December 23, 2019

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The Climate Agenda Off the Rails: Sarah Myhre at the American Geophysical Union

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Trump + Climate = Krugman Going Crazy

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