Tag Archives for Environment
Deroy Murdock’s recent NRO article on the ‘green-ness’ of so-called green energy takes renewable energy head on. His article demonstrates, once again, that all forms of energy have impacts on the environment. It is, therefore, the job of the energy industry, elected officials, regulators, and the media to provide balanced facts on the relative costs and benefits of energy policy choices. It is also the job of government and regulators to avoid selecting (and promoting) some energy options at the expense of others, especially when the selected energy sources have their own long (and growing) list of environmental and economic negatives they need to address.
Former Sierra Club activist, Dr. Alan Carlin’s story of his whistleblowing experience at the EPA is an interesting read. In this article, Dr. Carlin describes why he was forced to blow the whistle on EPA during the run up to the CO2 endangerment finding, how he was “muzzled” for bringing forth negative comments, and how he sees the EPA now operating outside of their legal mandate.
Marlo Lewis from CEI describes his recent drive past the Ivanpah Solar Generation facility. The short version of his post is that solar is still far more expensive than other forms of energy and has its own list of environmental impacts that it must begin to address before it can even begin to claim that it can compete with coal, gas, nuclear, or other energy sources.
So I’m headed back to California from Las Vegas on I-15 when my eyes are dazzled by the light. Immense rectangular objects on three gigantic towers shine brighter than the desert sky in the noonday Sun. I avert my gaze, finding the discomfort level about the same as staring at an oncoming car with the brights on at night. …
The Washington Examiner recently published an article describing the expendable revenues available to fossil fuel producers vs. the green industry (environmental groups). This is definitely an interesting read as we are routinely told that the green industry is engaged in a David vs. Goliath battle, with “big oil” (as one example) rolling in expendable cash and the greens acting as selfless, self-supporting grass roots activists.
The reality is far different from that popular myth.
Behemoth Big Green outstrips Big Oil in expendable revenue by orders of magnitude — if you know how to follow the money.
Bw sure to check out this interesting article on the NCPA’s Environment blog that offers one method of ‘profiling’ environmentalists.
- Light Greens: mildly optimistic folks who encourage individual consumers to take small (but in the aggregate helpful) actions to raise environmental quality.
- Dark Greens: quite pessimistic folks who fear the inevitable environmental destruction as industrialization spreads throughout the global economy. To save the planet, these folks spurn technological advances and seek to abandon modern life.
- Bright Greens: very optimistic folks, as described by Alex Steffen, who exhibit a strong faith in further technological innovations and examples of entrepreneurial zeal to create prosperity with an ever cleaner ecological footprint.
Interesting article on the impacts that the war on coal is having on United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) members.
IrishCentral sits down with Phil Smith, spokesman for the UMWA to talk about job losses, the impacts of lost jobs on coal mining communities, and the callous disregard of the EPA and green industry as they press for more closures.
Environmental activists living off of trust funds, like Robert Kennedy Jr., don’t know what it’s like to survive on a paycheck to earn a living.
Read the full article on IrishCentral
While this Forbes.com article is looking at natural gas, the pride that Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobile, shows in his company’s ability to provide abundant, affordable, domestic energy to this country, is an excellent pattern for the coal industry.
Tillerson brushes aside environmental concerns as manageable and overblown. He regards the shale surge as unambiguously good news for the U.S. and the world, the latest triumph for an industry that periodically invents new ways to find and harness fossil fuels from the earth. “The most important thing for people to understand about shale gas is it’s just yet the next big resource opportunity for us,” he says. “The world’s economy has a voracious appetite for energy, so thank God we can do this.”
Interesting comment from Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) last week on the EPAs regulatory objectives, as reported on thehill.com.
Rep. Capito makes it clear that the resistance to the EPA’s extreme agenda is not about removing environmental regulation. Instead, the discussion being had today is about encouraging the EPA to recognize that its regulations have a broader impact than just the environment – economic and social impacts need to be recognized as well.
The American Petroleum Institute is warning the EPA about the broad economic impacts that their “unreasonable regulations” are having on American business. It’s good to have the company, because this warning mirrors warnings that have been coming from the coal industry for years.
The US Environmental Protection Agency needs to consider that overly burdensome regulations reduce investments by US businesses and cost jobs, an American Petroleum Institute spokesman said June 1, adding the EPA has not gone far enough to ease such regulations.
API particularly is concerned about EPA implementing greenhouse gas regulations and ozone rules, Howard Feldman, API director of regulatory and scientific affairs, said during a June 1 conference call with reporters.