Category Archives for Environment
Information on environmental issues
In honor of Earth Day, we are posting Alex Epstein’s latest video, “Why You Should Love Fossil Fuels.” As Alex quite rightly notes, the widespread use of fossil fuels has actually allowed us to make our environment cleaner and healthier.
Interesting discussion on FOX Business channel. Tom Borelli and John Pippy, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance discuss the “fundamental transformation” of American energy production.
I was recently interviewed by CNS News and asked for comment on the joint Sierra Club, Bloomberg media event (held on April 8th). In this event former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg and senior Sierra Club staffers, like CEO Michael Brune, exulted in their ability to pour tens of millions of dollars into misleading pressure campaigns, aimed at putting coal industry workers into unemployment lines. The gist of their recently expanded campaign is to spend Mr. Bloomberg’s $80 million, along with tens of millions of matching donations, “to shutter 50 percent of (coal) plants by 2017.”
Editor’s note: Paul Driessen’s latest article hits at the heart of the green campaigns aimed at shutting down energy production and stopping industrial activity across North America. While the proponents of these campaigns claim they have a “moral” imperative, the reality is that, if actually implemented as they are proposed, they will promote untold human suffering and misery as they cost real human lives, put millions out of work, and cost trillions in lost economic activity. As we see more of the actual outcomes of these green campaigns, we also begin to recognize their far-reaching anti-human impacts.
Current climate policies mean energy deprivation, poverty, disease and death for billions
Editor’s note: this article from University of Guelph Professor of Economics, Ross McKitrick points out the flawed reasoning behind the concept of “Earth Hour,” where people around the planet are supposed to turn out their lights and stop using energy and electricity for an hour at a specific time each year. Earth Hour organizers claim that having people stop using energy in this fashion will help “take a first step toward changing climate change.” However, as Professor McKitrick quite rightly argues, Earth Hour celebrates an anti-human, backward, and regressive notion that humanity would be better off if it used less electricity. In reality, it is abundant and affordable electricity that has brought billions of people up and out of poverty, reduced sickness, and saved multiple billions of lives.
Editor’s note: This guest editorial, prepared by Dennis Drebsky with Nixon Peabody, LLP, takes a decidedly different look at coal use forecasts. While many energy experts are predicting declines in coal use, Drebsky argues that the sheer size of the Chinese energy market, along with the affordability and reliability of coal, and the Chinese focus on economic development entails a long-term Chinese reliance on coal-based energy.
China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of coal. However, there have been repeated predictions that China’s use of coal will substantially decline during the next decade due to environmental concerns. That China should be a prime target of these concerns should be no surprise since China produces and consumes almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined. A recent survey found that China accounts for 46 percent of the world’s coal production and 49 percent of consumption. To put this in context, China produces nearly four times as much coal as the second largest producer, the United States. Coal accounts for approximately 70 percent of Chinese energy consumption and this use has held steady, if not increased, during the last 30 years.
Ultra-rich Green groups attack climate scientists who question “manmade climate chaos” claims
By: Paul Driessen
Things are not going well for Climate Chaos, Inc. The Environmental Protection Agency is implementing its carbon dioxide regulations, and President Obama wants to make more Alaska oil and gas prospects off limits. But elsewhere the climate alarm industry is under siege – and rightfully so.
Shortly after Mr. Obama warned him of imminent climate doom, Prime Minister Modi announced that India would double coal production, to bring electricity to 300 million more people. Hydraulic fracturing has launched a new era of petroleum abundance, making it harder to justify renewable energy subsidies.
As the EPA’s anti-coal regulations get nearer to implementation, states that rely on coal for electricity and jobs are bracing for the massive economic and social impacts.
Very glad to see MSNBC recognizing the excellent reclamation work being done at our nation’s mines. It is heartening to see the media recognizing the people who work in the mines and for equipment and service providers.
Kudos to MSNBC for some honest and fair reporting on these people, their ties to their communities, and on how they care for their local environment.