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Environmental Groups Have Lost the War Against Fracking

June 11, 2014, Communities Digital News

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique to remove natural gas and oil from shale formations, has been under withering assault from environmental groups for much of the last decade. Fracking has been blamed for contamination of drinking water, air pollution, earthquakes, water shortages, global warming, radiation discharge, and even cancer. But it appears that environmentalists have lost the war against fracking.

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America’s Power Grid at the Limit: The Road to Electrical Blackouts

April 23, 2014, Communities Digital News

Americans take electricity for granted. Electricity powers our lights, our computers, our offices, and our industries. But misguided environmental policies are eroding the reliability of our power system.

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Renewable Energy in Decline

March 1, 2014, Communities Digital News

The global energy outlook has changed radically in just six years. President Obama was elected in 2008 by voters who believed we were running out of oil and gas, that climate change needed to be halted, and that renewables were the energy source of the near future. But an unexpected transformation of energy markets and politics may instead make 2014 the year of peak renewables.

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Coming Changes in Energy and Climate Regulation

Spring, 2014, The Source

For more than 20 years, industries producing natural gas and other hydrocarbon fuels have operated under the shadow of climate change. In an effort to stabilize the climate, world governments have enacted thousands of regulations designed to suppress the use of hydrocarbon energy and instead promote the use of renewable energy. But a major change is coming in climate and energy regulation.

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Bitter Cold Blasts Chicago, a City Fighting Climate Change

January 7, 2014, The Washington Times

Chicago was blasted Monday by its coldest weather in 18 years. Sub-zero temperatures and wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour produced wind chills of minus 40 F. The deep freeze followed a winter storm that blanketed the area with 6 to 10 inches of snow on Sunday. The extreme cold and snow was a natural retort to Chicago’s policies to fight global warming.

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Climate Change:  The Rest of the Story

American Coal Magazine, December, 2013

Today, the world is in the grip of a madness. President Obama and another 192 heads-of-state have accepted the idea that mankind is causing dangerous climate change.

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National Renewable Electricity Standard:  Why Raise Electricity Prices?

December 18, 2013, The Washington Times

Earlier the month, Representatives Jared Polis (D Colorado), Ben Ray Luján (D New Mexico), and Ann Kuster (D New Hampshire) introduced the National Renewable Electricity Act of 2013 (RES Act) into the US House of Representatives.

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World Agricultural Output Continues to Rise, Despite Predictions of Decline

November 26, 2013, The Washington Times

The year 2013 has been a great year for global agriculture. Record world production of rice and healthy production of wheat and corn produced strong harvests across the world. These gains were achieved despite continuing predictions that world agricultural output is headed for a decline.

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United Nations Tells Business:  Support Us on Climate Change

November 19, 2013, The Washington Times

Business must lobby governments to fight climate change, according to the United Nations. On November 14th as part of the current Warsaw climate conference, the UN issued a new report titled, “Guide for Rsponsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy,” urging active business participation in the UN climate crusade. But is this the best course for business to serve customers and protect the environment?

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Wood Burning Power Plants:  Misguided Climate Change Solution?

November 8, 2013, The Washington Times

Is wood the best fuel to generate electricity? Despite wood’s low energy density and high cost, utilities in the US and abroad are switching from coal to wood to produce electrical power. The switch to wood is driven by regulations from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other international organizations. These regulations are based on the false assumption that burning wood reduces carbon dioxide emissions.

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US Citizens Pay for “Solar School” Foolishness

October 31, 2013, The Washington Times

Solar systems are being installed at hundreds of schools across the United States. Educators use solar panels to teach students about the “miracle” of energy sourced from the sun. But a closer look at these projects shows poor economics and a big bill for citizens.

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The Ongoing Attack on Global Warming Skeptics

October 23, 2013, The Washington Times

“Denial” is a venomous term applied to those skeptical about the role of humans in global climate change, meant to equate climate change skeptics with Holocaust deniers. True believers in the theory of man-made climate change can’t understand how anyone can question the “overwhelming evidence” that mankind is causing dangerous global warming. Who can be opposed to saving the planet?

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Carbon Capture and Storage—the Edsel of Energy Policies

October 15, 2013, The Washington Times

The war on climate change has produced many dubious “innovations.” Intermittent wind and solar energy sources, carbon markets that buy and sell “hot air,” and biofuels that burn food as we drive are just a few examples. But carbon capture and storage is the Edsel of energy policies.

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Climate Change is Dominated by the Water Cycle—Not Carbon Dioxide

October 7, 2013, The Washington Times

Climate scientists are obsessed with carbon dioxide. The newly released Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims that “radiative forcing” from human-emitted CO2 is the leading driver of climate change. Carbon dioxide is blamed for everything from causing more droughts, floods, and hurricanes, to endangering polar bears and acidifying the oceans. But Earth’s climate is dominated by water, not carbon dioxide.

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Climate Policies Lock Chains on Developing Nations

September 30, 2013, The Washington Times

As part of his climate change initiative announced in June, President Obama declared, “Today I’m calling for an end of public financing for new coal plants overseas unless they deploy carbon capture technologies, or there’s no other viable way for the poorest countries to generate electricity.” Restrictions on financing will reduce the supply and increase the cost of electrical power in developing nations, prolonging global poverty.

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Sea Level Rise:  Climate Change and an Ocean of Natural Variability

September 19, 2013, The Washington Times

Sea level rise is the greatest disaster predicted by Climatism, the belief in catastrophic climate change. Today, leading scientific organizations support the idea that the ocean level is rising due to man-made emissions. Further, they claim to be able to measure ocean level to a high degree of accuracy. But a look at natural ocean variation shows that official sea level measurements are nonsense.

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A Science-Based Rebuttal to Global Warming Alarmism

September 10, 2013, The Washington Times

On September 23, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled to release the first portion of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). AR5 will conclude once again that mankind is causing dangerous climate change. But one week prior on September 17, the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) will release its second report, titled Climate Change Reconsidered II (CCR-II). My advance review of CCR-II shows it to be a powerful scientific
counter to the theory of man-made global warming.

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Wind Turbines Clutter the North German Countryside

August 28, 2013, The Washington Times

Earlier this month, my wife and I toured the scenic German countryside of Schleswig-Holstein. We drove northwest from Hamburg, the largest city in the North German Plain, to St. Peter-Ording, a small resort town on the North Sea. We traversed fields of sheep and cattle, vegetables, corn, and grain, and passed historic towns of quaint homes with thatched roofs. But towering over all was a vast number of giant wind turbines.

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Why the Climate Models are Wrong

July 30, 2013, The Washington Times

Climate science is in turmoil. Contrary to predictions by the world’s leading climate models and despite rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, global surface temperatures have been flat for 16 years. How can it be that the climate models are wrong?

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Hot Weather and Climate Change—A Mountain from a Molehill?

July 3, 2013, The Washington Times

On Sunday, Death Valley temperatures reached 129oF, a new June record high for the United States, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas reached 117oF, tying the previous record set in 1942 and 2005. National Geographic, NBC News, and other media ran stories attributing the Southwest heat wave to human-caused global warming. But history shows that today’s temperatures are nothing extraordinary.

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President Obama’s Climate Initiative—The Bad News and Good News

June 26, 2013, The Washington Times

In his speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday, President Obama announced, “So today…I’m directing the Environmental Protection Agency to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from our power plants and complete new pollution standards for both new and existing power plants.” This is the first proposal in the President’s new climate initiative. The President also called for expanded efforts to use “clean energy” and for the US to lead the world in bold actions to “combat climate change.”

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Vanishing Snow:  Should There Be A Law?

June 18, 2013, The Washington Times

Last month, more than 100 ski resorts joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) Climate Declaration. The BICEP declaration urges that Americans “use less electricity,” “drive a more efficient car,” and choose “clean energy” to combat climate change. Ski resorts are concerned that global warming will reduce snowfall and hurt the skiing industry.

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Offshore Wind:  The Enormously Expensive Energy Alternative

June 7, 2013, The Washington Times

The US Department of the Interior announced the first offshore wind energy lease sale earlier this month. Interior plans a July auction of 164,750 acres off the southern coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts for commercial wind farms. But why are federal and state governments promoting expensive offshore wind energy?

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Revisiting Climategate as Climatism Falters

June 6, 2013, Master Resource

Climatism, the belief that man-made greenhouse gases are destroying Earth’s climate, is on the wane. Once riding high, the ideology of man-made climate change is losing its influence in governments across the world. Climategate, the release of e-mails from the University of East Anglia, called the science of dangerous warming into question and turned the tide of global opinion.

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Is It a Failure to Communicate, or Faulty Climate Science?

May 29, 2013, The Washington Times

Earlier this month, a New York Times article by Andy Revkin voiced concern over a gap between “the consensus” of climate scientists and public acceptance of the theory of human-caused global warming. Revkin pointed to a study published in April by Dr. John Cook and other researchers, which claimed that 97 percent of scientific papers over the last decade “endorsed the consensus” of man-made warming. But is it a failure to communicate the science to the public, or a case of bad science?

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Obama Administration Supports Fracking and Natural Gas, Despite Environmental Opposition

May 22, 2013, The Washington Times

Last Thursday, the US Department of the Interior released a draft proposal that would “establish common-sense safety standards for hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands.” Last Friday, the US Department of Energy (DOE) approved a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Freeport, Texas. Despite opposition from environmental groups, the Obama administration apparently supports the expansion of the natural gas industry and the controversial technology of hydraulic fracturing. These events are welcome common sense from an administration that is typically deep in green ideology.

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Does Solar Energy Actually Make Massachusetts Safer?

May 17, 2013, The Washington Times

Earlier this month, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick announced that his state reached the goal of 250 megawatts of installed solar energy capacity. “When we set ambitious goals and invest in achieving them, Massachusetts wins,” said the governor. “The many businesses and homeowners who have taken advantage of cost effective renewable energy installations are helping to create both a safer and more prosperous Commonwealth for the next generation.” But if we look a little closer, it’s not clear that the Massachusetts push for solar is cost effective or makes citizens safer.

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Shepherd or Shoot Goats in the Name of Climate Change

May 9, 2013, The Washington Times

O’Hare Airport will finally get its goats. The Department of Aviation of the City of Chicago has awarded a contract to a private firm to provide 25 goats to munch vegetation at the city’s airport. These “green lawn mowers” will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions to sustain the planet.

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The Tragedy of Climatism:  Resource Misuse on a Global Scale

May 2, 2013, The Washington Times

Last week, thirteen members of the House of Representatives introduced a resolution “recognizing the disparate impact of climate change on women.” The resolution implied that man-made climate change was responsible for impacts on global women, stating “food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health.” But the resolution ignores the real tragedy, the tragedy of misguided policies to combat climate change.

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Is It Time to End Ethanol Vehicle Fuel Mandates?

April 17, 2013, The Washington Times

Last week, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and other lawmakers introduced legislation in the House of Representatives calling for major changes in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS is the reason why most US automobile fuel contains ten percent ethanol. The bill would eliminate the current mandate to blend 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol into fuel by 2022 and ban ethanol fuel content over ten percent. But are ethanol mandates good public policy?

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Pacific Export Terminals:  The Raging Environmental War on Coal

April 10, 2013, The Washington Times

Exports from the Pacific Northwest are an ongoing battleground in the environmental war on coal. Last week, the Sierra Club and three other groups announced that they would file suit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and six coal companies over shipments of coal in open-topped train cars. The announcement is an escalation in the three-year battle to stop new export terminals proposed for ports in Washington and Oregon. Underlying all the rhetoric is a concern that mankind is causing dangerous global warming.

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Obama Promotes Electric Cars, But They Still Fall Short

March 19, 2013, The Washington Times

Last Friday, President Obama once again pitched electric cars during his presentation at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. At one point, he called for an end to gasoline-powered vehicles, “…but the only way to really break this cycle of spiking gas prices…is to shift our cars entirely—our cars and trucks—off oil.” The President has a remarkable faith in the value of electric cars, but this trust is not well supported by science or economics.

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Keystone Pipeline:  Housecats Have More Emissions Impact

March 4, 2013, The Washington Times

On Friday, the Department of State released a 2,000-page draft review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. If approved, the pipeline will carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from oil sands in Canada and the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and Montana to Gulf Coast refineries. The review did not recommend approval of the pipeline, but raised no major objections, concluding that the project was “unlikely to have a substantial impact” on the climate or oil sands production. Nevertheless, the same-day outrage from liberal politicians and environmental groups was caustic.

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Climate Change:  Key Mission for the US Navy?

March 3, 2013, The Washington Times

The United States Navy has embraced climate change ideology. In an interview with the Boston Globe on March 9, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, the Navy’s top officer in the Pacific, stated that climate change was the biggest long-term threat in the Pacific region and “probably the most likely thing that is going to happen…that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.” It’s troubling that the top officers of our Navy have accepted the misguided theory of man-made climate change.

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Using Energy and Happy About It

February 27, 2013, The Washington Times

Last week I received a “Home Energy Report” flyer from Commonwealth Edison, my electricity provider in northern Illinois. The leaflet compared my energy usage to neighbors over the last two months and declared, “You used 41% MORE electricity than your efficient neighbors.”  Should I be concerned about this?

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Renewable Energy’s Big Secret

February 20, 2013, The Washington Times

Climate change has again moved to center stage. Last week in his State of the Union address, President Obama stated, “But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.” Two days later, Senators Sanders and Boxer introduced a legislative package calling for a carbon tax on coal mines, refineries, and natural gas facilities. On Sunday, an estimated 35,000 climate crusaders joined a rally on the national mall in Washington, urging President Obama to block the Keystone XL pipeline project.

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Teaching Climatism in Schools—Next Generation Science Standards

February 6, 2013, The Washington Times

Man-made global warming must be taught in our schools, according to the latest release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The January draft release of the NGSS by the National Research Council is a recommendation for concepts to be used by states in kindergarten through high school. But the recommendations are filled with ideology and unproven assumptions about climate change.

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Government Issues Warning, But Are Rising Temperatures a Health Risk?

January 15, 2013, The Washington Times

Last Friday, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC) issued a draft report titled “Climate Change and the American People.” The report was produced by the 60-person NCADAC and supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of our federal government. The report concludes that “Climate change is already affecting the American people” and that US communities will face “economic or health-related challenges.” Sadly, common sense is hard to find in the 1146-page document.

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Lisa Jackson Leaving EPA and Path of Economic Destruction

January 2, 2013, The Washington Times

Lisa Jackson, President Obama’s chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned last week. For four years she led our nation down a regulatory path of economic destruction unmatched in the 40-year history of the EPA. New regulations from Ms. Jackson’s reign of terror impact power plants, industrial plants, refineries, and vehicles, as well as the cost of almost all goods and services. Unless her policies are rolled back, Americans will pay for decades with higher energy prices, job losses, and economic stagnation in exchange for negligible environmental benefits.

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Kerry as Secretary of State: Global warming first, world hunger, disease, and nuclear arms second

December 24, 2012, The Washington Times

With barely a whimper from the media, John Kerry is President Obama’s official nominee for Secretary of State. Mr. Kerry is the senior Senator from Massachusetts, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and was the 2004 presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. Kerry has also been a long-time crusader in the effort to try to stop global warming.

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Unfounded Fears? Mayan End of the World and Climate Catastrophe

December 18, 2012, The Washington Times

The Mayan calendar is about to end, and with it, the world.

People love nothing more than an apocalypse. Meteor collisions, alien invasions, super volcanoes, nuclear winter, and global warming all provide great material for mass entertainment and breathless news reporting.

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Doha Conference: United States Must Pay for Climate Change “Loss and Damage”

December 12, 2012, The Washington Times

The United States must pay for its evil carbon-emitting ways. According to the United Nations Doha Climate Conference that ended on December 8, developing nations should be compensated for “associated loss and damage” from climate change by the wealthy nations. Developing nations will now pursue industrialized nations for compensation from sea level rise, extreme weather, and other events allegedly caused by past emissions of greenhouse gases. Since the US was the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases until 2007 when China assumed the lead, the US is the primary target of this conclusion.

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Misguided PBS Spreads Acid Ocean Alarm

December 11, 2012, The Washington Times

On December 6, the PBS News Hour showed a segment titled “Endangered Coral Reefs Die as Ocean Temperatures Rise and Water Turns Acidic,” with Hari Sreenivasan reporting. The story discussed the recent loss of Florida coral reefs and the possible impact on recreation and tourism if reef degradation continues. But PBS wrongly told viewers that reef degradation was due to warmer ocean temperatures and “ocean acidification,” both allegedly caused by human carbon dioxide emissions. Sreenivasan concluded with, “Time that maybe is running out for coral reefs in Florida and elsewhere.”

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The EPA and December 7th—A Date that will Live in Infamy

December 7, 2012, The Washington Times

December 7, 2009 is a date that will live in infamy. Not in memory of the attack on Pearl Harbor, but the day the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared carbon dioxide to be a pollutant under the Clean Air Act.

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So, How’s Your Green Energy Stock Doing?

December 1, 2012, The Washington Times

Is green energy a fad that has run its course? The investment community seems to think so. RENIXX® World, the Renewable Energy Industrial Index of the world’s top green energy companies, hit an all-time low below 146 on November 21, down more than 90 percent from the December 2007 peak.

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A Subsidy That’s Blowin’ in the Wind

November 26, 2012, The Washington Times

The U.S. wind industry is in despair. The Production Tax Credit (PTC), a subsidy of 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour to producers of electricity from wind turbines, is set to expire at the end of this year. The American Wind Energy Association cites a study by Navigant Consulting, claiming that, “…37,000 Americans stand to lose their jobs by the end of the first quarter of 2013 if Congress does not extend the PTC.”

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Climate Alarmism: Using Our Fear of Hurricanes

November 4, 2012, Politico

Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, leaving a path of destruction. More than a 100 people have been killed and 8.5 million lost power. Nineteen states from Maine to Tennessee were impacted, with deaths reported in 10 states. Widespread flooding and fires caused extensive damage in New Jersey and New York. More than two feet of snow fell in western Maryland, West Virginia, and parts of Tennessee. The power of nature in action is frightening to behold.

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Climate and State High Temperature Records–Where’s the Beef?

October 24, 2012, Polymontana

The summer of 2012 will be remembered as a hot one by most Americans. Beginning with an unseasonably warm spring, the year continued with a prolonged heat wave into July and August in the Midwest and other locations. Temperatures exceeded triple digits for days in Colorado, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, and many other heartland states, producing the worst agricultural drought since the 1950s. Temperatures were described by the news media as “broiling,” “sizzling,” “scorching,” “frying,” and “unprecedented…

Climate alarmism was as hot as the weather…

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2012 Presidential Debate: Not One Word about Climate Change

October 9, 2012, News Blaze

The silence about climate change was deafening in the first 2012 presidential debate.  In 90 minutes, neither President Obama nor Governor Romney mentioned climate change or global warming, despite many opportunities to do so.  This “omission” was noted by The Atlantic, The Hill, and other websites…

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Sounding the ice cap alarm while ignoring the elephant

September 28, 2012, PhillyBurbs

On Sept. 20, the PBS News Hour did a segment titled “Arctic Icecap Shrinks to Record Low Level,” with Ray Suarez interviewing Walt Meier of the National Snow and Ice Data Center.  Ray leads off the segment: “The seasonal shrinkage in Arctic ice is more extensive than ever before…According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the low point came on Sunday, when ice covered just 24 percent of the Arctic Ocean.  The previous low of 29 percent was set in 2007.”  The substance of the PBS segment was correct but misleading for what it did not tell viewers…

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The President Decides to Stick with Climatism

September 17, 2012, Tampa Bay Online

In President Obama’s remarks to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, he stated, “…My plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet—because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They’re a threat to our children’s future. And in this election you can do something about it.”

The president’s remarks support the ideology of Climatism—the belief that manmade greenhouse gases are destroying Earth’s climate…

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Al Gore’s “Climate Reality” CEO, Maggie L. Fox, Cancels Climate Change Discussion

September 17, 2011, Icecap

On Wednesday, September 14, Al Gore commenced a 24-hour global web broadcast titled “Climate Reality” to “reveal the complete truth about the climate crisis.”  Mr. Gore’s introductory video clip stated: “Across the globe, cataclysmic weather events are occurring with such regularity that it’s being called ‘a new normal.’”

Maggie L. Fox, President and CEO of the Climate Reality project, and I were scheduled for an on-air discussion on the topic of climate change…

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Will California Reject Climatism?

October 30, 2010, Big Government

On November 2, American citizens will go to the polls to elect our political leaders. One state measure demands the attention of environmental and energy interests across the nation: Proposition 23 in California.

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Climatism: That Climate Change Chameleon

October 20, 2010, American Thinker

Climatism, the belief that man-made greenhouse gases are destroying Earth’s climate, is a remarkably flexible ideology. Called “global warming” for many years, advocates renamed the crisis “climate change” after the unexpected cooling of global surface temperatures from 2002-2009. Last month John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, urged everyone to start using the term “global climate disruption.” What’s next, “catastrophic climate calamity?”

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Dangerous Carbon Pollution – Propaganda from Climatism

October 8, 2010, Big Government

Climatism, the belief that man-made greenhouse gases are destroying Earth’s climate, is a remarkably flexible ideology. Called “global warming” for many years, advocates renamed the crisis “climate change” after the unexpected cooling of global surface temperatures from 2002-2009. Last month John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, urged everyone to start using the term “global climate disruption.” What’s next, “catastrophic climate calamity?”

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The American Automobile: Target of Climatism

September 28, 2010, Big Government

Environmental groups have launched a new effort, the Safe Climate Campaign, to radically transform the American automobile and fight climate change. Nathan Wilcox, global warming director at Environment America, states: “Americans want cars that go farther on a gallon of gas. They want our country to use less oil. They want our politicians doing more to address the problem of global warming, not less.” But the proposals are so extreme that the mini-van so loved by Soccer Moms may become an endangered species.

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Climatism: Redoubling Misguided Efforts

September 19, 2010, American Thinker

Undaunted by Climategate disclosures and the failure to pursue climate legislation in the Senate, the climate movement is stepping up the attack. At an August 10 virtual town hall held by Repower America, former Vice President Al Gore stated, “We are not defeated. We are redoubling our efforts …We need to solve the climate crisis.” Thousands of supporters listened to the call. Inspired by Mr. Gore, they intend to “roll up their sleeves” and “turn their attention to the future.” Unfortunately, the climate movement is long on enthusiasm and ideology, but short on science and economic sense.

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Wind Energy House of Cards

August 31, 2010, Energy Tribune

The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently issued their 2009 Wind Energy Report. Brian Smith, chair of the IEA Wind Executive Committee, states that wind member countries “installed more than 20 gigawatts of new wind capacity” (nameplate capacity). The report was written by representatives of 20 member countries, consisting of 14 European nations, Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United States.

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