An Alaskan Mining Project: One Example of How Environmental Regulations are Strangling the U.S. EconomyJune 2, 2011Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government notes here that one of the reasons the American economy is stuck in neutral is that investors in new projects are being stymied by environmental regulations. The example he gives is a huge proposed new copper and gold mine in Alaska called the Pebble Project that is being studied to death.
The co-owners of the Pebble Project are a British and a Canadian company. They want to invest billions of dollars in a mine that would probably create close to a thousand high-paying jobs for at least fifty years. It would also add tens of billions of dollars to the American economy and pay billions of dollars in royalties to the State of Alaska, which owns the land and subsurface rights.
The Pebble Project's owners have reportedly...
November 30, 2009Breaking news: At a meeting of the Liberal Party's Members of Parliament today, Malcolm Turnbull was turned out as Leader and replaced by Tony Abbott on a 42 to 41 vote. Abbott then immediately called for a vote of his colleagues on the Labour Government's cap-and-trade bill to ration energy and raise energy prices. The vote was 54 to 29 against.
A number of Liberal Members have risked their careers to stop cap-and-trade, including Cory Bernardi and Nick Minchin as well as Tony Abbott. They should all be honored for their courageous stand.
Toppling Turnbull was a necessary step, but it isn't the end of the story. It is likely that the Senate will now defeat the cap-and-trade bill for the second time. However, a few disgruntled Turnbullite Liberal Senators could provide the votes needed...
October 16, 2009The Socialist International’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society has sent an interesting account of their recent meeting and release of their report, “From a high carbon economy to a low carbon society.” As revealed by Steve Milloy earlier this year, Carol Browner, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration and now President Barack Obama’s “climate czar,” is a long-time member of Socialist International . Here’s what Socialist International said about their meeting held at the UN in September:
“Holding its second yearly meeting in conjunction with the opening of the general debate of the General...
October 13, 2009Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) published a curious op-ed in Sunday's New York Times titled, "Yes We Can (Pass Climate Legislation)." The bill that they claim to support and that can pass the Senate is not the 821-page draft bill that Senators Kerry and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) released two weeks ago. It is a fantasy designed to get the support of Senator Graham and other fuzzy-minded Senators with visions of lots of new nuclear plants, billions for technology to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, less dependence on imported oil, and tariffs to protect American manufacturing jobs in energy-intensive industries. We can have it all with a few waves of the federal government's magic wand.
But even a glance at their article shows how little...
September 22, 2009President Barack Obama’s speech on global warming to the United Nations today is based on fantasy. Here are some quotes from the speech followed by the reality.
“…[T]he threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing.” Reality: global mean temperatures increased slightly from 1977 to 2000. Temperatures have been flat since then.
“Rising sea levels threaten every coastline.” Reality: sea levels have been rising on and off since the end of the last ice age 13,000 years ago. The rate of sea level rise has not increased in recent decades over the nineteenth and twentieth century average.
“More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent.” Reality: there is no upward global trend in storms or floods.
“More frequent drought and crop failures breed hunger and conflict in places where hunger and conflict already thrive.” Reality: there is no upward...
September 9, 2009The Washington Post has discovered that poor people in poor countries need access to modern energy. In an excellent article on today’s front page, Emily Wax details the energy poverty of Africa, India, and Pakistan. And she draws the obvious conclusion that has evaded most of the establishment media for years: that’s why India and other developing countries aren’t going to sign on to any UN treaty that mandates reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions. They don’t need an energy diet; they need thousands of coal-fired power plants.
Wax writes: “Just one in four Africans has access to grid electricity, according to the World Bank. More than 500 million Indians, roughly half the population, have no official access to electricity, and those who do are experiencing rolling...
August 18, 2009Robert Novak was a fine man and a great reporter. I feel lucky and honored to have known him. He was persistent, tireless, and incredibly industrious. His tens of thousands of columns were based on a deep understanding of how Washington works and the amazing number of contacts he developed throughout the political establishment. Bob was a staunch conservative, but his investigative reporting was of great value to a much wider audience. He dug up countless important stories and shed light on obscure corners of major issues that no one else was paying attention to. I have missed his columns since the day he had to retire suddenly. And now I'll miss him.
August 11, 2009Living and working well inside the Beltway as I do, I'm often a little out of touch with the hurly-burly of American life. So I was surprised to learn from an e-mail yesterday from Justin Ruben of MoveOn.org that right-wing mobs are rampaging in our streets and shouting at Members of Congress. I imagine that most Americans are as shocked about this as I am. Nothing like it ever happened during President Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq or the Republican Congress's continual attempts to starve orphans and widows. The left always made their objections politely and using good grammar. Code Pink were a charming group of people. I don't even remember an inappropriate slogan on a tee-shirt or a bumper sticker.
MoveOn seem to think that they can launch an adequate response to the mob's rampages by raising a mere $210,000. That would buy a lot of pitchforks, but I've heard that...
August 3, 2009I was interested to read an item in today’s Climate Wire about a new report by “a prominent Australian scientist.” Andrew Macintosh of the Australian National University has “spent months modeling 45 different climate change scenarios” and concluded that the target recently agreed by leaders of G-8 nations to limit the global mean temperature increase to two degrees Centigrade could not be met with policies currently in place or being considered.
What caught my attention in this story was the description of Macintosh as a prominent climate scientist. That’s how computer modelers are routinely described by the global warming alarmists, and the mainstream communications media routinely accept this...
May 21, 2009As McClintock writes, “Congress is well under way toward imposing the same policies on the rest of the nation. California is just a little further down that road.” Actually it’s not a road, it’s a cliff, and California has already jumped.