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Senator Sullivan to Obama: Approve Keystone XL (maiden speech from new AK senator)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 16, 2015

“We built the 1,700 mile Alaska-Canadian Highway (ALCAN highway) through some of the world’s most rugged terrain in less than a year. We built the Empire State Building in 410 days; the Pentagon, we built it in 16 months. Mr. President, there is NO reason that Keystone should have been studied for six years.”

Mr. President, today I stand in support of the Keystone Pipeline Project.

As an Alaskan, I feel it’s important to talk about this bill and the importance of American energy infrastructure. I live in a state with one of the world’s largest pipelines. In 1973, after bitter debate, similar to the debate about Keystone, Congress passed a bill that led to the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline system– what we in Alaska call TAPS.

It almost didn’t happen.…

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Barack Goes Berserk on Climate ‘Deniers’ (gold stars for fed alarmists?)

By James Rust -- March 13, 2015

Organizing For Action (OFA) is a non-profit and community organizing project formed after President Obama’s 2012 re-election to promote his agenda.  On March 5, 2015, OFA sent out a letter under President Obama’s signature reporting certain elected officials were climate change deniers with the following statement:

 “You’re part of an important team with OFA, with a mission of holding climate change deniers’ feet to the fire.“

I am hoping when President Obama says “holding climate deniers’ feet to the fire” he is not referring to methods of Islamic State (ISIS) in which a person’s feet would be doused with gasoline and then ignited.

The letter contained a link to offending elected officials in all 50 states. For Georgia, for example, there was Governor Deal, Senator Perdue, and 6 Congressmen. Easy methods for communicating discontent with officials are provided.…

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The Climate Empire Gets Nasty (‘crony science’ for funding, power)

By Paul Driessen -- March 12, 2015

“The climate-crisis industry is much larger than merely the IPCC and vaguely defined government agencies. Other major players include wealthy, powerful Big Green pressure groups; wind, solar and biofuel companies that offer supposed alternatives to fossil fuels; politicians who have tied their careers, influence and campaign contributions to the global warming/climate change/extreme weather mantra; and journalists and media outlets that have also hitched their wagons to this global movement.”

Georgia Institute of Technology climate sciences professor Judith Curry has perceptively interpreted a recent analysis by economists William Butos and Thomas McQuade on how “Big Players” can distort climate research and other scientific endeavors. Their discussion, and hundreds of comments that followed, deserve careful consideration.

Big Players are institutions and officials who have the funding, influence and power to dictate who receives grants, what research gets published, whose evidence and conclusions receive wide coverage, and whether the findings and related policy proposals will be debated.…

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Vogtle: Nuclear Renaissance Gone Bad (Georgia Power’s rent-seeking nightmare)

By Jim Clarkson -- March 11, 2015
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Crisisology: The Climate/Everything Nexus

By -- March 10, 2015
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AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: March 9, 2015

By -- March 9, 2015
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Cheap Oil Gets Rid of Subsidized Oil in Developing Nations

By Josiah Neeley -- March 6, 2015
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Stifling Climate Research & Opinion: Another Desparado Mistake

By James Rust -- March 5, 2015
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Offshore East Coast Wind: Federal Effort, Market Resistance

By Allen Brooks -- March 4, 2015
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‘The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels’ Revisited (book review)

By Ari Armstrong -- March 3, 2015
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