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Gov. Abbott: Ignore Professor Dessler (angry Andrew a climate catastrophist)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 8, 2020

Governor, have an aide challenge Andrew Dessler to set up a Texas-sized climate debate against his able adversaries. This should settle things by getting the mad Professor to either put up or shut up.

Dear Governor:

In a recent op-ed in the Houston Chronicle, Texas A&M climate scientist Andrew Dessler has once again challenged you to host him and his fellow alarmists to “educate” you on what he calls the “existential threat” of man-made climate change, as well as on the merits of the Green New Deal. He has been seeking an audience with you for some time (see here), as he did prior with Rick Perry (here).

Don’t bother. This emotional, angry, highly political Professor is an outlier. He refuses to debate the uncertainty monster of global climate change, choosing to alarm his audience.

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Paris Climate Accord Hyperbole (who’s winning now?)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 4, 2020

“Hyperbole toward the Paris Climate Accord, joining that of the Kyoto Protocol, is over. Dense, mineral energies are the wave of the future, while dilute, intermittent, earth-defacing renewables are in trouble. Dana Nuccitelli–are you listening?”

The Paris agreement signals that deniers have lost the climate wars,” read the Guardian headline on December 14, 2015. The subtitle to Dana Nuccitelli’s piece: “195 world nations have agreed to ignore climate science denial and cut carbon pollution as much as possible.”

This, in fact, was the same hyperbole following the Kyoto Protocol more than two decades before. “We’ve bet on the future, while others have bet on the past,” proclaimed Enron lobbyist John Palmisano from Kyoto, Japan in late 1997.

But the Paris Climate Accord would be different. “In stark contrast to the shortcomings of previous international climate negotiations,” Nuccitelli’s article begins, “the Paris COP21 talks have ended with an agreement stronger than most expected.” Nearly five years in, however, the Paris accord, voluntary and aspirational, is listing if not already sinking.

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Big Wind Throws in the Towel in Lapeer County, Michigan (grassroots environmentalism prevails)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 3, 2020

“Industrial wind power, a government created and enabled industry, is not only about the uneconomic. It is about controversy and division between neighbors whose country living in the wind-swept plains has never been about gargantuan machinery generating noise, flicker, and unsightliness.”

In rural communities, proposals to erect office-building-high wind turbines pit neighbor against neighbor. Some receive checks for hosting turbines on their land; the rest dread the intrusion to their senses. And all because of a slew of tax breaks and mandates to remove a free-market situation.

Nebraska wind farm projects cause controversy and heartache,” one article in The Fence Post was titled. “With the enticement of expected high-dollar dividends and federal production tax credits,” the article explained, “some residents in Cherry County and nearby communities are struggling with daily life challenges, which they attribute to numerous turbines emerging across the landscape.”

Said one local:

Wind energy is not a good neighbor.

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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 2, 2020

By -- June 2, 2020
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Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord (three year anniversary today)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 1, 2020
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Andrew Dessler: Climate Alarmist as Energy Expert (Part II)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 28, 2020
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Andrew Dessler: Climate Alarmist as Energy Expert (Part I)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 27, 2020
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Lee Raymond, JP Morgan Win Climate Proxy Votes

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 26, 2020
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Memorial Day Weekend: Get Going!

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 22, 2020
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The Flawed Worldview of ‘Planet of the Humans’ (Part II)

By Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak -- May 21, 2020
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