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Alex Epstein Wants to Debate (and he is a polite debater)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 7, 2017

“With the climate activists out of political power, they must regroup and turn to open debate and persuasion. Alex Epstein is ready when you are, Misters Brune, Gore, Hansen, Holdren, Musk, Nye, and Romm.”

John Holdren, James Hansen, Joe Romm: Since you are sure that planetary warming necessitates government rationing of fossil fuels, why not debate and expose the fallacies of the climate optimists, or the ‘deniers’ as you like to call them?

Alex Epstein stands ready (and he tried with Holdren, who surely has more time now as a private citizen.)

I was reminded of this when Alex sent out this email last week about a twitter challenge to Bill ‘The Science Guy” Nye:

Why Bill Nye “The Science Guy”?

Because he is the most prominent opponent of fossil fuels that has shown any inclination to debate.

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DOE’s EERE: Reform Ideas for Secretary Perry

By Mark Krebs and Tom Tanton -- March 6, 2017

“Back in 1977 when the US Department of Energy (DOE) was established, a major part of its mission was to help protect American from the OPEC cartel. While the mission has changed in recent years towards mitigating ‘anthropogenic’ climate change, a trace of consumer focus still exists and should be reemphasized.”

“With a renewed focus on energy consumers and less on environmental cronyism, DOE can gain newfound respect from the American public and help drive a resurgent economy.”

On February 24, a Presidential Executive Order, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, was signed by President Trump which, according to Bloomberg News, “will impose additional oversight on government regulations, designating officials within government agencies who will monitor rule-making and identify needed policy changes.”

Earlier on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, E&E Daily published an article titled “Barton, Perry to team up on plan to ‘revamp’ agency.” The title pretty much summarized the article which included the rationale for doing so from Rep.

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Denial is a River in California: Can Oroville Spark New Dam Building?

By -- March 3, 2017

“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” – Mark Twain

“Consider a narrow river valley below a high dam, such that if the dam burst, the resulting flood of water would drown people for a considerable distance downstream. When attitude pollsters ask people downstream of the dam how concerned they are about the dam’s bursting, it’s not surprising that fear of a dam burst is lowest far downstream, and increases among residents increasingly close to the dam.

Surprisingly, though … the concern falls off to zero as you approach closer to the dam! That is, the people living immediately under the dam, the ones most certain to be drowned in a dam burst, profess unconcern. That’s because of psychological denial: the only way to preserve one’s sanity while looking up everyday at the dam is to deny the possibility that it could burst.”

– Jared Diamond, “Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail or Succeed” 

“Seems it never rains in Southern California / Seems I’ve often heard that kind of talk before / It never rains in California, but girl don’t they warn ya?

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Wind Energy and Aviation Safety (Part V)

By -- March 2, 2017
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Fracking Becomes the Centerpiece

By William D. Balgord -- March 1, 2017
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US Offshore Wind: Tax Machines Offset Bad Economics

By -- February 28, 2017
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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: February 27, 2017

By -- February 27, 2017
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A Great Free Market Moment: ‘Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda’ (February 24, 2017)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 25, 2017
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DOE: Breaking the Federal Arm of the Wind Industry (Part IV)

By -- February 23, 2017
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What If the World Enters a New Global Cooling Period? (while EPA fights against wood stoves in Alaska)

By -- February 22, 2017
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