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Biomass: The Air Emissions Renewable (scientists want wood taken off of politically correct list)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 11, 2015

“Although biomass is a renewable resource, much of it is currently used in ways that are neither renewable nor sustainable.”

- Christopher Flavin and Nicholas Lenssen (Worldwatch Institute), Power Surge. New York: W. W. Norton, 1994, pp. 176–77.

“We write to raise strong concerns about the November 19th, 2014, memo from Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe (McCabe memo), which would credit use of woody biomass for energy with reducing emissions, when it actually increases them….  Burning biomass instead of fossil fuels does not reduce the carbon emitted by power plants. In fact, as EPA itself acknowledges, burning biomass degrades facility efficiency and increases day-to-day emissions over emissions when fossil fuels are burned alone.”

- Letter from Dr. Viney P. Aneja et al. to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, February 9, 2015 (reprinted below).

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Hartnett-White to Stanford University on Coal Divestment

By Kathleen Hartnett White -- February 10, 2015

[Editor Note: In time for Global Divestment Day, MasterResource is pleased to reproduce this letter to Stanford University president John Hennessy from Kathleen Hartnett-White, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the  Texas Public Policy Foundation. Dated May 30, 2014, this letter remains highly relevant today. (Ms. Hartnett-White is speaking tonight at the sold-out event at the University of Houston, “Private Profit vs. Public Good: Do Energy Companies Have a Social Responsibility?“)

“Stanford’s decision to divest in coal is a symbol for the elite that regrettably reflects indifference to the poor across the world who have never seen a light switch.”

Dear President Hennessy,

I am an Honors graduate of Stanford holding B.A. and M.A. degrees in the Humanities and served as Chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for six years.

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Cooling the Climate Models: Briggs, Legates, Monckton, Soon Go Simple

By Sterling Burnett -- February 9, 2015

“Each of the complex climate models used by the IPCC grossly overstates the amount of warming the planet has experienced during the past 120 or so years. In addition, based on the idea that temperatures should rise right along with CO2 emissions, these models have missed the entire 18+ year hiatus in rising temperatures.”

In early January, the noted science journal Science Bulletin published a paper by Lord Christopher Monckton; Astrophysicist Willie Soon, Ph.D.: climatologist and geologist David Legates, Ph.D.; and statistician William Briggs, “Why Models Run Hot: Results from an Irreducibly Simple Climate Model,” which introduced a new, simple model of the climate’s response to adding CO2 to the atmosphere.  Their model outperformed the complex climate models used by the IPCC to project future temperatures and temperature trends.…

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The ‘General Interest Effect': Why the Free Market is a Hard Sell

By Roy Cordato -- February 6, 2015
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Divestment? How About Hydrocarbon Appreciation Day!

By Roger Bezdek and Paul Driessen -- February 5, 2015
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Gasoline vs. Electric Cars: Energy Usage and Cost

By Stanislav Jakuba -- February 4, 2015
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Driverless Cars: The Next Transportation Revolution

By Randal O'Toole -- February 3, 2015
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On That ‘Global Warming’ Blizzard

By Chip Knappenberger -- February 2, 2015
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Ocean Catastrophe Narratives: Something Fishy Going On

By Greg Rehmke -- January 30, 2015
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Demand-Side Planning: Utility Rent-Seeking Meets Ecostatism

By Jim Clarkson -- January 29, 2015
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