6.25.2022

CO2 Coalition Files Brief Calling Biden’s “Social Cost of Carbon” Rule “Scientifically Invalid”

“CO2 Coalition, a group established in 2015 to remind the world that carbon dioxide — that much-vilified greenhouse gas — actually does many good things for the planet, filed an amicus curie brief in Louisiana’s lawsuit against the Biden administration’s Social Cost of Carbon rule. In their brief, CO2 Coalition argues that Biden’s Social Cost of…
6.24.2022

Stop ‘Authoritarian Climate Governance’ Before It is Too Late

“If COVID has taught us anything, it is that the technocratic class has little compunction about restricting freedom. Moreover, once they grab power, they are very reluctant to give it back. But our would-be overlords have one big problem. The pandemic that they argued justified restrictions on individual liberty will eventually ebb. So, the search…
6.24.2022

Ideological Scientists Created the Science Credibility Gap

“Woe is the Science Establishment. They’re wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth because a reputable poll from the University of Chicago found that only 48 percent of the public has a ‘great deal of confidence in the scientific community.’ Unsurprisingly, the distrust is not evenly divided throughout society. According to the poll, 64 percent of Democrats expressed…
6.24.2022

Electric Vehicles: Not a Panacea for the Gas Crunch

“[D]on’t buy into the myth that electric vehicles are ‘zero-emission.’ Electric vehicles are built using fossil fuels, and manufacturing batteries is an especially dirty business.  Only 20% of the electric power source is from renewable energy sources (but again, remember it takes fossil fuels to construct renewable sources of energy).  The remaining 80% of the power…
6.23.2022

Electric vehicles could significantly increase demand on the power grid, trials underway to change energy use behaviour

“With the threat of blackouts a reality amid higher prices and demand, Origin’s general manager of e-mobility Chau Le said the network would struggle once EVs became more popular. [Therefore] Origin Energy has teamed up with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to understand ways to change the behaviour of electric car owners before their mass adoption in Australia.” Originally published…
6.23.2022

CO2 Coalition files amicus brief in 5th Circuit Court

CO2 Coalition Tells Court Carbon Regulation “Scientifically Invalid” Filed yesterday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the amicus curie brief said, “There is overwhelming scientific evidence that fossil fuels and CO2 provide enormous social benefits.” It asked that the rule be enjoined from further use pending outcome of a hearing by…
6.22.2022

Australia Fires – Nature or Global Warming?

“In Australia and California, which are both prone to bush fires, the plant and animal life have evolved over hundreds of years to adapt to wildfires. This does not support the claims that the fires in Australia are because of CO2. Everyone demands proof that this is not caused by CO2 instead of demanding that…
6.22.2022

Life cycle resource use of nuclear power generation considering total material requirement

“In this study, the total material requirement (TMR) was used as an indicator in an analysis of the life cycle resource use of nuclear power generation[.] … [T]he TMR of nuclear power generation is considerably lower than that of thermal power generation and is similar to that of renewables. It can be concluded that nuclear power…
6.22.2022

The Coal Price is a Real ‘Hockey Stick’ Graph

“Newcastle coal futures, the benchmark for top consuming region Asia, consolidated below the $400-per-tonne mark as surging inventories and prospects for weaker demand amid signs of slowing global growth continued to pressure the market. Global coal supply investment is forecasted to grow by 10% in 2022 as tight supply continues to attract investment in new…
6.21.2022

Idaho Ranches Threatened By Potential Wind Farm Development

“Massive swaths of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are being targeted to become wind farms. Much of that land includes ranchers’ grazing allotments. While grazing allotments would be affected by the wind farms themselves, numerous farms, ranches, and rural residences would also be affected by the power lines that would need…
6.21.2022

‘Stakes never higher’: energy board releases capacity market blueprint

“[Australian] Coal- and gas-fired power plants could be paid to stay in business to bolster the stability of the main electricity grid and attract enough investment to build the equivalent of 50 times the original Snowy Hydro scheme by 2050, according to a high-level design paper released by the Energy Security Board. The fossil fuel generators…
6.21.2022

Higher Gas Prices Are Only the Beginning

“The last major refinery to be built in the US was in 1977. And by major, I mean more than 100,000 barrels a day. There’s been some small ones put in, and some specialty ones here and there. But by and large, because of environmental pressure, the US has not made a new refinery at…
6.21.2022

New Fossil Fuel Fan: Obama Orders 2,500-Gallon Propane Storage For Vacation Home

“As president, Obama declared, ‘I am a firm believer that climate change is real and that it is impacted by human behavior and carbon emissions. As a consequence, I think we have an obligation to future generations to do something about it.’ Of course, to Obama and other ruling elites, ‘doing something’ means imposing expectations on…
6.21.2022

Newly-discovered SE Greenland polar bear subpopulation: another assumption proven false

“This newly-discovered population of SE Greenland bears apparently uses marine-terminating glacier fronts (including calved pieces of freshwater glaciers) that exist in deep coastal fjords as platforms to hunt ringed seals when the land-locked fast ice disappears. … In other words, ringed seals and polar bears throughout the Arctic are almost certainly capable of utilizing glacier-front…
6.21.2022

The Origins of the Yellowstone Flooding and a June Gloom Forecast

“Several of the rivers in and around Yellowstone Park experienced record-breaking flows [last] week[.] … [T]here are two main elements behind the Yellowstone flooding:  (1) the melting of an extreme snowpack and (2) heavy localized rain.   And to make this happen in such an extreme way, a lot of moving pieces had to come together.”…
6.20.2022

Michael Mann Warns ‘Less Than a Decade’ To Save the Planet

“We have less than a decade now to bring carbon emissions down globally by 50% if we are to remain on a path that keeps warming below that, sort of, catastrophic one-and-a-half degree Celsius, three degree Fahrenheit warming of the planet where the things that we’re starting to see now become much worse and we…
6.20.2022

The Many Arbitrary and Capricious Aspects of SEC’s Climate Risk Disclosure Rule

“[On] June 16, CEI submitted two comment letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on its proposed rule: ‘The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors.’ The letter prepared by CEI colleague Richard Morrison is here. The letter prepared by Heritage Foundation data scientist Kevin Dayaratna, CEI colleague Patrick Michaels, and your humble…
6.20.2022

Germany to fire up coal plants as Russia turns down the gas

“Germany must limit its use of gas for electricity production and prioritize the filling of storage facilities to compensate for a drop in supply from Russia,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck said Sunday. “In a move that goes against the principles of his environmentally-friendly Green Party, the country will also have to increase the burning of coal,” Habeck…
6.20.2022

Heatwave lockdowns: Region in France bans outdoor gatherings

“Officials in France banned people from attending concerts, outdoor gatherings, and events due to safety concerns over a heatwave. … Outdoor events – including, ironically, annual ‘Resistance’ celebrations – are banned until the officials declare the heatwave is over. They’re even restricting some indoor events that don’t have air conditioning. … Nonetheless, rather than let…
6.17.2022

What are ESG scores, and why are so many advocates of liberty deeply concerned about them?

“Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) scores—a social credit framework for sustainability reporting—are being used as the primary mechanism to achieve the shift to a stakeholder model. They measure both financial and non-financial impacts of investments and companies and serve to formally institutionalize corporate social responsibility [including climate alarmism]. … In August 2019, The Business Roundtable…
6.17.2022

Oil Companies Unload

“Biden penned a letter to seven major oil companies Tuesday insisting they increase oil refining operations to counter declining fuel supplies and inventories nationwide. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) sent a letter to the White House Wednesday evening, saying energy companies are refining at an increasingly high rate and government policies…
6.17.2022

Can Canada Avoid Europe’s Energy Crisis?

“According to most forecasters, oil and gas will continue to be a large component of the world’s energy mix in the next decades even in the most conservative estimations. … Canada’s federal government plans to cap the greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry—without creating a corresponding permit market—on top of its already…
6.17.2022

SEC climate and ESG comments due today!

“[S]takeholder capitalism [is] the idea that companies should focus less on profit (shareholder capitalism) and more on workers, communities and social and environmental issues such as climate change[.] … Milton Friedman, the Nobel prize-winning economist and a key proponent of shareholder capitalism, warned that corporations that sought to pursue [so called] socially desirable ends ‘would…
6.16.2022

How To Generate Massive Scientific Over-Certainty With These Four Simple Tricks

“Anyway, you have to love how [UC Santa Cruz] gift us two new over-certainty generating ideas. The first was to label points in history ‘Coolhouse’ which were much warmer than they are now, accepting the plot as true. … Their second method was to plot the most panicked predictions of future 2020-like points (and not…
6.16.2022

Lawsuit challenging interim estimates for the social cost of greenhouse gases

“[T]he U.S. Supreme Court denied [on May 26th] an application by Louisiana and nine other states to vacate the Fifth Circuit’s stay of a district court’s preliminary injunction barring federal agencies from using the work product of the Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases[.] … Briefing on the merits of the preliminary…

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