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  • Alarmism increasing twice as fast as predicted

    March 13, 2009
    The Independent in London this week ran with the latest claim about sea level rise. Their headline illustrated perfectly how ridiculous predictions quickly transform into facts. The story was headlined, “Sea levels rising twice as fast as predicted.” The first sentence did not agree with the headline: “Sea levels are predicted to rise twice as fast as was forecast by the United Nations only two years ago….” That is, the soothsayers have read their chicken entrails again and decided that their previous divinations were not dire enough. This has nothing to do with actual sea level rise. For the past several years, sea level rise has been below the average rate of the twentieth century, which in total was about seven inches.
  • Stars Come Out for House and Senate Hearings

    February 25, 2009
    The House and the Senate held competing A-list hearings on global warming on Wednesday at 10AM. Testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee was Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee was Dr. James E. Hansen, whom the committee described as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He is of course also Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. I tried to watch both hearings on the internet and thereby undoubtedly missed a lot of good stuff as I switched back and forth. Interestingly, Pachauri, an...
  • Obama Scores Zero on Econ 101

    February 25, 2009
    In his first address to Congress, President Obama said that the “stimulus” legislation and other short-term economic policies were necessary to prevent a decade-long recession. He then went on to advocate energy and global warming policies that will foster a perpetual recession. First, he promised that federal funding and mandates will make the United States the world leader in renewable energy technologies. As an article that might have been published in the Onion but actually appeared in the Los Angeles Times last week noted, the only thing holding renewable energy technologies back is a number of necessary technological breakthroughs that will make them work. Apparently, our President is too young to have learnt that the federal government has been throwing taxpayer money at renewables since the 1970s.

    The President then...
  • SOTU Watch: Energy Prices & Hidden Taxes

    February 24, 2009
    While President Obama focuses on short-term economic recovery, he proposes long-term energy and global warming policies that will lead to economic decline. Federal subsidies for "green" jobs and mandates for renewable energy will raise energy prices and thereby suck money out of people's pockets and jobs out of manufacturing.

    But President Obama's green jobs fantasy is only the beginning of the bad news he has in store for American consumers, workers, and taxpayers. He is also urging Congress to enact a cap-and-trade scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cap-and-trade is another name for energy rationing. It is a sneaky tax that will benefit some big business special interests by raising people's electricity, gasoline, and heating bills through the roof. It should not be a surprise that many big corporate CEOs support President Obama's energy rationing policies. They stand to make...
  • Public Lose Interest in Global Warming

    January 22, 2009
    Andrew Revkin of the New York Times has just posted a piece on Dot Earth that discusses a recent poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press that finds that global warming has dropped to the bottom of people's concerns. Asked to rate their top priorities from a list of twenty issues, only 31% listed global warming as one of their top priorities. That's down five percent from last year. The biggest drop was for protecting the environment, which dropped fifteen points to 41%. For comparison, the top concerns were the economy at 85%, jobs at 82, and terrorism at 76%.

    That's the background for trying to enact energy-rationing programs that can only work if they raise energy...
  • Land Grab Bill: Senators Check Principles at the Door

    January 17, 2009
    I have heard several Republican congressional leaders say that the party has learned its lesson from their disastrous losses in the past two elections. From now on, it's back to being the party of limited government, fiscal discipline, lower taxes, and against pork barrel spending.

    Sounds good, but Senate Republicans have blown their first opportunity to demonstrate that they mean what they say. The first bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) brought to a vote in the 111th Congress is the omnibus land grab bill that was blocked in the waning days of the last Congress by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). It was re-introduced by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as S. 22. It contains around 160 titles. Lots of new National Parks, Wilderness Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Trails, and National Heritage Areas....
  • Paulson speaks

    January 13, 2009
    Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson took time out of his busy schedule wasting 700 billion dollars of taxpayer money (and thereby turning a credit crisis into a depression) to speak at Resources for the Future on Monday afternoon on the subject of how markets can address climate change and other environmental problems. What he meant of course is, how can markets be manipulated by government to achieve outcomes desired by government? He looked somber and did not laugh or smile at the pleasantries made when he was being introduced, but he didn't look exhausted, worried, or baffled, either. I guess that spending money, even when getting so little for such stupendous amounts, is always fun.

    Despite good questions from RFF President Phil Sharp, Paulson spoke in generalities and didn't give anything away. He did say that the science on global warming was clear and overwhelming. Paulson...
  • Paul M. Weyrich, RIP

    December 18, 2008
    [Since I wrote this, Paul Weyrich's last column was published the day of his death, "The Next Conservatism, A Serious Agenda for the Future" on the Free Congress Foundation website.]

    I am saddened by Paul Weyrich's death. For forty years, Paul was one of the conservative movement's most honorable and effective leaders. Paul put backbone in the conservative movement. He achieved so much on so many of the great political issues of our time; and even when the cause seemed lost, Paul never gave up and never compromised his principles.

    Paul was a brilliant political strategist and tactician. He founded or helped found many of the major conservative groups in Washington and played the key role in developing the methods and institutions of conservative grassroots activism. Conservatives still have a lot to learn from...
  • If Only I'd Known

    November 4, 2008
    Brilliant insight from Fred Barnes in the Wall St. Journal today: "We could be in for a lurch to the left."

    That's why he gets paid the big bucks. If only I'd known earlier, maybe I could have prepared.
  • Gore's 10-Year Plan to Save the Planet

    July 17, 2008
    11: 46 AM - Approaching Constitution Hall, where Gore will be speaking, the first brochure handed to me from a vegan group, then another from an anti-meat group, next LaRouchies, then the large contingent of Americans for Prosperity and Bureaucrash and CEI interns. Great signs, lots of energy. I left my colleague William Yeatman at the counter-rally. Huge crowd of people outside on 18th waiting to get in. Apparently, thousands are on the waiting list. Not well organized. I just got in and found a very good seat a few rows up on the back balcony. Lots of upper balcony seats still to be filled. Young, well-heeled, casually-dressed group. Overwhelmingly white.

    Heard an older woman ahead of me in line saying, “Now I'm getting really...


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