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Epstein’s Truth to Boxer’s Power: An Energy Highlight of 2016

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 19, 2016

“I wish Senator Whitehouse were here. Because what he is doing to the free speech of those companies and anyone associated with it is unconstitutional. And I think he should apologize or resign.”

“You violate the constitution, you resign. I thought that was the policy in the United States.”

– Alex Epstein. Testimony before the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. April 13, 2016.

“I’ll never forget this hearing. We have a philosopher who wants Senator Whitehouse to resign. Senator Whitehouse, who is working every day to stop carbon pollution and save lives.”

– Sen. Barbara Boxer [3]

I remember encountering Alex Epstein back in 2011. He was working at the Ayn Rand Institute–and full time on energy. Wow, I thought. Here was someone who could add a philosophical voice to the political economists arguing the macro issues of depletion, pollution, and climate change, and the micro issues of price controls, trade restrictions, access restrictions, etc.

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‘Hate Speech’ at Greenwire? William Gray, RIP

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 18, 2016

Earlier today, the online subscription news service Greenwire published this item:

OBITUARY: Hurricane researcher-turned-climate denier dies at 86

William Gray, who pioneered hurricane forecasting tools as a professor at Colorado State University and voiced skepticism of climate change models, died Saturday.

The university said Gray, 86, died peacefully at home with his family.

Gray and his researchers were among the first to link the El Niño phenomenon to the formation of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea in their predictions.

“He consistently issued these forecasts for over 30 years, a track record unparalleled for university predictions,” said Phil Klotzbach, one of Gray’s researchers.

Gray, a Washington, D.C., native and alumnus of George Washington University, questioned the science of climate change in his later years.

“How can we trust climate forecasts 50 and 100 years into the future (that can’t be verified in our lifetime) when they are not able to make shorter seasonal or yearly forecasts that could be verified?” Gray asked in testimony before a U.S.

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AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: April 18, 2016

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The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy and environmental 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 insightful articles in this issue are:

Study: $40± Million in Property Value Loss due to Wind Project

Study: 80%± Reduction in Tourism due to Turbines

Study: Energy Policy and Electricity Prices

Study: Is Renewable Energy Sustainable?

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The Libertarian Case Against a Carbon Tax

By Jerry Taylor -- April 15, 2016
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Tom Stacy: Heroic Ohioan for Affordable Electricity

By Sherri Lange -- April 14, 2016
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The Morality of Market Energy (Testimony of Alex Epstein)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 13, 2016
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Recycling: Uneconomic Is Wasteful

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 12, 2016
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Thomas Edison: John Kerry Gets It Wrong (speechwriter fantasy?)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- April 11, 2016
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Model Wind Ordinance: Leveling the Playing Field

By -- April 7, 2016
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Central Station Solar: Ivanpah Fail ($2.2 billion bust)

By Stanislav Jakuba -- April 6, 2016
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