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The Green New Deal: The ‘Farting Cow’ Fiasco Turns One

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 5, 2020

“The Green New Deal is a massive investment program, not an expenditure. The question isn’t how will we pay for it, but what is the cost of inaction, and what will we do with our new shared prosperity created by the investments in the Green New Deal.”

“The Green New Deal sets a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, at the end of this 10-year plan because we aren’t sure that we will be able to fully get rid of, for example, emissions from farting cows or air travel before then.”

It was an embarrassment–and, to my knowledge, the most ill-conceived energy proposal in the history of the United States by a wing of a major political party since the oil-industry nationalization proposals of the shortage 1970s (yes, Bernie was part of that).

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Clarence Ayres on Human Ingenuity (1944 insights for today)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 4, 2020

“[T]he American Institutionalist economist Clarence Ayres explained the exponential growth or proliferation of technical devices in light of the fact that ‘the more devices there are, the greater is the number of potential combinations.’

New and better technology, in turn, meant that natural resources were really ‘materials’ that could become ever more abundant as ‘natural resources are defined by the prevailing technology’ rather than what nature had made available to humanity.”

– Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak, “Seven Billion Solutions Strong.” February 7, 2020.

Boom! Add economist Clarence Ayres to the other Institutional-school economists explaining how economic progress is open-ended, and how progress sets the stage for ever more.

Such helps to explain, for example, the paradox of expanding ‘depletable’ minerals.

Simon and ‘Schools’ of Economics

Julian Simon reversed his thinking to realize that more people meant more resources and progress, not less.

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Scaring and Programming Kids on Climate (calling anti-Greta Naomi Seibt)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 3, 2020

“Learn hundreds of wide-ranging ideas, including how to talk about the climate crisis in age-appropriate ways; amplify the voices of youths demanding change; get kids off screens — and outdoors; change your lifestyle in ways that deepen bonds, improve moods, and reduce your impact on the Earth.”

How Kids Can Stop Fearing the Future and Tackle Climate Change” by Michael Krasny fawningly describes a new propaganda book by Mary DeMocker, “The Parents Guide to Climate Revolution,” complete with a foreword by deep ecologist Bill McKibben.[1]

Subtitled “100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep,” Parents Guide is self-advertised as follows:

“Relax,” writes author Mary DeMocker, “this isn’t another light bulb list. It’s not another overwhelming pile of parental ‘to dos’ designed to shrink your family’s carbon footprint through eco-superheroism.”

Instead, DeMocker lays out a lively, empowering, and doable blueprint for engaging families in the urgent endeavor of climate revolution.

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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: March 2, 2020

By -- March 2, 2020
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Energy Statism at CPAC: Conservatives Beware! (two panels pushing carbon tax)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 27, 2020
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“Execs’ Open Letter to 2020 Candidates Promotes Oil & Natural Gas”

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 26, 2020
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Climate Alarmism and Malthusianism (rebuttal to Taylor)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 25, 2020
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‘The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels’ Alarms the Alarmists

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 24, 2020
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‘Beyond Petroleum’ Now ‘Big Promises’ at BP

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 20, 2020
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“Is Biomass Dead?” (niche generator struggles)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- February 19, 2020
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