Has 'Richard Windsor' Been a Bad Girl?
Possibly the most disturbing aspect of the whole EPA “alias” email account operation – which I uncovered while writing my new book The Liberal War on on Transparency – isn’t the whole invented-by-Carol-I-didn’t-use-email-Browner thing. No, it’s an element screaming ...
Think of the possibilities. Lisa Friedman of Environment & Energy Publishing reports:
Former Vice President Al Gore today will announce a new 24-hour global campaign aimed at recharging the climate change debate.
Dubbed “24 Hours of Reality,” the Sept. 14-15 event will ...
The Non-Alternative Alternatives
Bjørn Lomborg indeed does a very good job of pointing out the obvious: “A green future will not result from subsidizing immature technology . . . . Wind and solar power are not yet competitive.” But then he goes on to suggest that ...
Don't Let Elites Drive You Around
This story has gotten some attention since the Scientific Alliance mentioned it in its newsletter, which I circulated at the time under the headline, “Holy Anti-auto Statism: Meet your future, one that certain people might be asked in coming months ...
This Is Your Brain on Environmentalism
I just read “Today’s Tsunami: This Is What Climate Change Looks Like.” It’s just as ghoulishly opportunistic as Al Gore’s blaming the 2008 cyclone in Burma on global warming.
Following their logic: weather’s not climate — unless it’...
Lightbulb Fails to Go On for George Will
George F. Will writes a paean to new House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton today. It includes this third paragraph:
The capacious jurisdiction of Upton’s committee will allow him, if he so desires, to issue the biblical ...
Holman Jenkins has a fine item in today’s WSJ bringing readers’ attention to the substantive issues that provided the context for a prurient e-mail scandal in Indiana — involving cozy relations between Duke Energy and a state-regulator-cum-briefly-tenured-Duke-Energy-executive, a ...
The $7 Billion Carbon Scam
Lawrence Solomon has the details in the Financial Post.
Scam artists from around the world, capitalizing on lax regulations at the Danish emissions trading registry, have made off with an estimated $7 billion over the last two years, according to Europol. ...
Republicans Axe Global-Warming Panel
House Republicans will scrap the committee set up by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to investigate global warming, the panel’s top Republican announced Wednesday.
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) made official what many had already expected – the GOP majority will ...
More scientists are pondering the question “Why is climate science so politicized?” Well, policy is political. Leading climate-science voices have for years openly promoted policy as much as they have tried, without success, to make their substantive case. Theirs is ...
IPCC Official: Spread the Wealth Around
The Scientific Alliance (UK) newsletter is out, and it contains a remarkable follow-on to last week’s admission by German IPCC official/economist Otto Edendorfer that “one has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental ...
Schwarzenegger to Broker Subnational Climate Pact
O long-lost compacts clause, why have you forsaken me?
In California, Greens outspent Proposition 23 proponents three-to-one and win, while cap-and-trade proves to be political poison nationally (cue Democrats running against it, Obama declaring it dead until at least 2013, and Manchin ...
Once You Go USCAP, You Can Go Back
How about this? Former USCAP member, cap-and-trade energy-rationing lobbyist Caterpillar is buying mining-equipment manufacturer Bucyrus (remember them?). This comes on the heels of CAT slipping away from USCAP, which in turn came after an admirably dogged education campaign and pursuit ...
What the Election Means for Greens
Various pre-election surveys suggest that “it was the spending, stupid.” Americans do not blame President Obama for the economy, but they do fault him for his response to it, increasing inefficiencies and debt to little avail. On net, he increased ...
My eye-opening experience with Enron revealed the sort of interests that really drive Big Green and that too often make otherwise inconceivable policy into reality. It also left me wondering why the obvious isn’t quite so clear to those ...
Inevitable: Hitler Learns of the Climate 10:10 Video
Our friend Steve Hayward couldn’t resist.
Best moment: “Oh wait–I AM a vegetarian environmentalist”.
I just received the following from a Senate aide (emphases in the original), laying out in strong terms what the Obama administration’s radicalism is proving to mean to that part of the country sneered at by the president’s ...
The Czech Republic's Green Economy
When President Obama called for us to look to other countries with “green economies” to see what such an economy could do here, he didn’t mention the Czech Republic. And because things haven’t worked out so well in ...
UNdoing American Sovereignty
Those interested in how the state-created-scarcity movement known as environmentalism has advanced as far as it has globally will be fascinated and troubled to read this exposé on the Fox News site, particularly the accompanying UN position papers.
It will ...
Obama's Accidental Emissions-Reduction Plan
President Obama’s imminent proposal to allow businesses to expense capital equipment through the end of next year is something my colleagues at CEI — particularly Marlo Lewis — have been advocating for some time. Not as “stimulus” (though it should have ...
Breaking: 'Hockey Stick' Judge Rejects 'Academic Freedom Argument,' Denies Cuccinelli anyway
Judge Paul Peatross has ruled that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli cannot access the University of Virginia’s records in his inquiry into Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann’s claims made to obtain research funding. Judge Peatross’s ruling protects the ...
'Think about What's Happening in Countries like Germany . . . '
Okay, Mr. President. Let’s think.
From Open Europe’s daily press summary:
German business leaders criticise cost of EU-driven renewable energy policy
The front page of Handelsblatt reports that more than 40 of Germany’s top business managers have criticised ...
Electricity Blackouts Skyrocketing
Since my present accommodations in Spain are somewhat less elaborate than Michelle Obama’s, my Web surfing is done by Blackberry. That was enough for me to encounter this CNN item (hat tip Drudge), which informs us that we should ...
By All Means, Let's Look to Europe
Planet Gore readers well know that Europe’s “green economy” — and the subsidies underpinning this latest version of central planning — have all collapsed under their own weight (after compounding Europe’s economic crisis). Nonetheless, Barack Obama presses ever harder to ...
Last night, as I stood in line to check in for my flight to Vegas — I will speak at the RightOnline conference there today, on judiciary and global-warming panels — I saw Stephen Spruiell over on the Corner questioning why I ...
The New York Times reports that Senate Democrats have decided not to pursue a domestic cap-and-trade scheme before the election, despite the fact that the House already passed such a bill — on grave assurance from the same Senate Democrats that ...
'Think about What's Happening in Countries like Germany . . . '
From today’s Open Europe roundup:
German think-tank criticises Big Three’s calls to raise EU emissions target
In Handelsblatt, Lüder Gerken, of German think-tank Centrum für Europäische Politik, criticises the justifications made by the German Environment ...
Yes, Let's Give Renewables a Chance to Compete
I participated in a debate last night in Miami, sponsored by Lexus, called “The Dark Side of Green.” To the carmaker’s credit, this is edgy and clever marketing for its hybrid luxury SUV that the nodding classes might find ...
Global Air-Travel Emissions
The following post by Roger Pielke Jr. noting the projected increase in global air travel provides an eye-opening reason to stuff the cap-and-trade agenda the Senate is supposed to vote on later this month. Making some basic commonsense assumptions here (...
Yes, Virginia, Wind Turbines Do Explode
Oh dear. I suppose the greens will now call for a moratorium on new wind until we find out what went wrong?
Of course, in affirming that this video is no fake, Snopes pauses to lament all the “energy we ...
Obama Running Out of Green-Economy Exemplars
Today’s Global Warming Policy Forum offers a pair of additional countries for President Obama to trot out, as he searches for a country to point to as an exemplar of a centrally planned “green economy” — now that the president ...
Obama Blames Europe for U.S. Economic Woes!
Remember President Obama saying, over and over, and over and over again, that we should “think about what’s happening in countries like Spain,” among other European social-democratic examples he trotted out (depending on the stump speech) if we wanted ...
Read this cover story in The Weekly Standard — and remember, I told you so.
So, the Fish and Wildlife Service has halted the limited, long-delayed dredging for material to build barrier shoals/isles/berms designed to stop oil from hitting sensitive coastal areas in the Gulf.
FWS has concerns about the dredging. Mean to ...
Obama's Packed Anti-drilling Panel
The Wall Street Journal’s lead editorial today, “The Antidrilling Commission,” raises some points worth remembering over the coming months:
The President has appointed a seven-person commission to take what he says will be an objective look at ...
Welcome to your future in Obama’s green economy. Today’s Telegraph reminds us why they’re called wind “farms.”
The way Washington has made a hash of our energy policies — remember, we pass a “comprehensive energy bill” every four ...
Senator Kerry's Keen Sense of the Green Euro Scene
One should hold deeply mitigated expectations for a senator who, despite being the lead author of a cap-and-trade bill, admits he doesn’t know what cap-and-trade means. But John Kerry (D., Mass.) is tempting me to think that, if he ...
Obama to Plug . . . Cap-and-Trade
Cap-and-trade turns out to be a dish, like Obama’s revenge, that is best served cold.
Tonight (building up to his highly touted if oddly delayed meeting with BP) President Obama will no doubt vow to hit BP right where ...
Alaska governor Sean Parnell writes in an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal about the Obama administration’s broader agenda to stifle production of domestic energy resources, while insincerely wringing its hands (my take, not his) about “...
Wealth Energy Poverty
Invest in Spanish Public Debt?
Great moments in bad timing.
The NYT and Europe's Unsustainability
So the New York Times is lifting the curtain — ever so slightly — on the bankruptcies of state that are inherently demanded by the European “social democratic model,” which the Obama administration continues to embrace to this very hour. ...
Spain admits that the green jobs that sold to Obama is a ruin
Important Update from Spain
I have learned from Dr. Gabriel Calzada — the man whose “green jobs” study has now been affirmed as true by the Spanish Socialist Zapatero government (despite the sleazy effort pushed by former Al Gore CEO Cathy Zoi and the American ...
Killing Virginia Drilling: Pro-Military or Anti-Energy?
So now we read a new one, courtesy of Greenwire (subscription required), that a little bit of drilling off Virginia’s shore could interfere with the Navy — and so that’s why we’d better not do it.
Specifically, “The ...
Michigan Cheers on Big Blue-Green
Henry, here’s what Michigan union-fave Van Jones said about Gov. Granholm’s “green” “economy”: “We want to move from suicidal gray capitalism. . . . So the green economy will start off as a small subset, and we’re going to push ...
Kerry-Lieberman Cap-and-Trade Bill Leaked
I’m going over a leaked copy of the Kerry cap-and-trade legislation to be rolled out at tomorrow’s 1:30 (eastern) press conference — with lots of big business on the dais licking their chops at the wealth transfer in return for ...
This is a precious example of “all is well“ wishful thinking:
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS — Traders involved in Europe’s flagship climate change programme, the Emissions Trading System — some of whom work at Germany’s biggest banks and energy firms — were the ...
To See What Green Jobs Can Do, Look to Spain!
We have a much better idea of what Obama was telegraphing by surrounding himself with Greek columns and Spain’s economic and energy policies. There will always be an America. It’s just that it may have relocated to Asia....
Irony of Ironies: Could Gulf Spill Kill Cap-and-Trade?
I’ll be joining Larry Kudlow tonight on CNBC to discuss the political fallout of the Gulf oil spill and so will take a moment now to place my marker down (I’m assuming I’m the first to say ...
I gave a talk Tuesday night at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (thanks again to YAF!) to discuss Power Grab, with a great, very engaged crowd that included lots of non-traditional students and non-students. No disruptions of any sort — as is proving ...
Who is 'Richard Windsor'?
In The Liberal War on on Transparency, published by Threshold Editions last month, I revealed the existence of a series of black, or “alias” email accounts used by EPA administrators. These were actively instituted by none other than Carol Browner, ...
He now can say he’s seen the future and it doesn’t quite work. Over 20 percent of it anyway . . .
OVIEDO, SPAIN – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today will hold a news media teleconference, along with U.S. Ambassador ...
Bolivia Recognizes Natural Rights -- For Nature
The Guardian reports:
Bolivia is set to pass the world’s first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans.
So I can sue nature. About time.
The Evil Empire: Them Googlers Act Fast
After ICECAP posted this item, noting Google’s activism and hiring as an adviser an academic whose name and address pop up with some frequency in the ClimateGate emails, Google flagged ICECAP’s website with this warning, discouraging traffic:
Climate and energy czar Carol Browner, a former commissioner of the Socialist International whom the president appointed to a previously non-existent position to avoid the Senate confirmation process, is stepping down from her post. Some knowledgeable sources say Browner is ...
Rentseekers' Roundtable Backs EPA Regulation
American Businesses for Clean Energy has sent out a press release on behalf of “60,000 small businesses” in support of EPA regulations necessary to keep the renewabubble inflated. It is a helpful reminder that when you rob Peter to pay Paul, ...
How Green Was My Primary Challenge?
With the increasing, surely short-lived chatter about a primary challenge to Obama in 2012, it is worthwhile to consider the idea’s merits (not that there’s anything wrong with that). For example, Michael Lerner’s piece in the Washington Post ...
Frederic Bastiat, Phone the EPA!
So Lisa Jackson takes to the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal today to repeat her “EPA is good for the economy!” spiel in celebration of that agency’s creation by executive fiat (“Reorganization Plan No. 3“) 40 years ago, one ...
Puffing Up the Renewabubble
In the past month, we have been treated to two of the premier Washington-establishment media outlets making our case (however inadvertently), with stories — pitched during an expensive lobbying frenzy from the PR machinery of the “renewable” industry — that admit the ...
Mexico's Misplaced Priorities
This explains a lot.
MEXICO CITY – Mexico is battling billionaire drug mafias armed with bazookas, but when President Felipe Calderon ranks the threats his country faces, he worries more about methane gas, dwindling forests and dirty refineries.
Spain Pulls the Plug on Solar Subsidies
Told you so.
Mid-collapse, Spain has finally settled on what it hopes will be the way out of the bankrupting “green economy” subsidies and mandates that President Obama cited as his model, the reality of which has been detailed here ...
The New Approach: 'Jane Goodall Greens'
Green-trade press outlet ClimateWire had a lead article this week advancing a new effort by the global-warming industry to marginalize the growing, politically dominant dissent which for years it said didn’t exist. And, if it did exist, ...
CEI Files Brief, Seeking NASA Records
Last night, the Competitive Enterprise Institute – through its outside counsel Gibson Dunn – filed its brief arguing against NASA’s rather scattershot and contradictory effort to dismiss our lawsuit requesting certain documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). You can ...
The Sierra Club's War on Coal
A new report I’ve authored on the Sierra Club’s war against coal [PDF] is up on the Capital Research Center’s site. Here’s a preview:
The United States has been called the “Saudi Arabia of Coal” because ...
Obama Flips While Germany Flops on Solar Panels
So President Obama decided to engage in some high-profile symbolism and reinstall solar panels on the White House roof (what, no windmill?), à la Jimmy Carter, and in an embarrassing reversal. Although the clumsiness of an obvious political and panic-driven pander ...
Obama vs. West Virginia Coal
How’s this for “the most transparent administration in history”?
Some weeks ago, I submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). I asked for 8,000 pages of “climate”-related documents (think Hockey Stick, ...
Kill the Climate Nonconformists
This ad campaign from 1010.org requires no comment:
UN Undersecretary Under the Table
The most startling part about this drunken soliloquy by the UN undersecretary general for economic and social affairs isn’t the content of his rant (I’ll have what he’s having). It’s not even that the UN has ...
CATO is hosting the entirety of the recent Hannity special, The Green $windle, on its website, here.
I participated in the production, and was impressed by the number and quality of the books the producers had piled on their desks, ...
Carbon Drops to 5 Cents per Ton
Anthony Watts at “Watts Up With That?” reports:
Perhaps reacting to the news yesterday about the IPCC getting taken to the woodshed, the growing number of stories in the MSM about the IPCC failure, and the recent layoffs at CCX, ...
Hannity Special on Global Warming Tonight
Sean Hannity will host a special on global warming tonight at 9 p.m. EST on Fox News.
They clearly dedicated time and energy to this over the past several weeks, including lengthy interviews with me and a couple of colleagues.
Japan Owns Up to Costs of a 'Green Economy'
Remember the president saying “think about what’s happening in countries like Spain, Germany, and Japan” — over and over again? (If not, check the video below.)
The truth about Spain and Germany having been established (and to the White House’...
U.S. Power Outlook: Dim and Dimmer
So the North American Electric Reliability Corp has just issued a report (PDF) affirming what I wrote in d Power Grab (see especially chapter 10, “Lights Out; Our Dim Bulbs Guarantee Blackouts”).
That is, through sins of omission and very deliberate ...
Gibbs: Climate Measures Might Be Added to the Energy Bill
Why worry? From The Hill:
Climate measures could be added in conference to an energy bill the Senate will take up this week, according to the White House.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said he wouldn’t rule out ...
From China Daily:
The country is set to begin domestic carbon trading programs during its 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015) to help it meet its 2020 carbon intensity target. The decision was made at a closed-door meeting chaired by Xie Zhenhua, ...
Reid's Lame Effort to Pass Climate Bill
Following up on this item, we read in The Hill today: “Reid to advance limited oil spill and energy bill, delaying climate action.”
Reid to delay climate action until lame-duck Congressional session should be the postscript, given that this tactic ...
Utilities Lobbying to Raise Your Rates
If you were to take this Politico piece from last week, and replace the actors it names with Halliburton and assorted free-market think tanks — you know, groups advocating for less state and more liberty, not those sainted groups pressing for ...
Obama's War on the Gulf Coast
When it comes to explaining the meaning of my recent book’s less-than-subtle title — Power Grab: How Obama’s Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America — I have begun to point to the court’s opinion enjoining the ...
From today’s CCNet update:
Britain faces years of blackouts and soaring electricity bills because of the drive toward green power, a leading energy expert warned last night. A growing obsession with global warming and “renewable” sources threatens the stability ...
Your Government at Work in an Emergency
Here are comments cited [see this PDF] as having been received by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from those grievously concerned about the Gulf Coast ecosystem — so much so that they hope to block construction of barrier isles ...
WaPo Mum on White House Effort to Exploit Gulf Crisis
The Washington Post’s coverage of yesterday’s White House meeting doesn’t address the outrage that occurred (which I noted here), but it does mention that environmentalist Joe Mendelson — director of global warming policy for the National Wildlife Federation — ...
Obama: Spill, Schmill -- Where's My Energy Tax?
First, let’s recall that Rahm Emanuel is best understood in context: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is, it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.”
Second, today <...
Re: Obama vs. the Coal Industry, Cont.
It’s a fair guess that George Soros is not invested in Bucyrus International. Otherwise the company might have had better luck.
So, Russ Feingold — candidate for re-election: What say you? If you’re for “creating or saving” Bucyrus jobs, ...
Court Enjoins Obama Power Grab
A federal judge has, for the moment, spared already-suffering Gulf state residents from the brunt of President Obama’s most recent anti-energy Power Grab. It has enjoined the administration from implementing its moratorium on deepwater drilling. The order ...
Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the House passage of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill.
Our president apparently thinks that if only the Senate would have passed it, too — like BP demanded — then the Gulf spill wouldn’t have occurred.
More European Lessons and Questions for Senator Kerry
Today’s update from CCNet, published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, has a few headlines which leave us begging for Sen. John Kerry to provide examples of all of those successes with central planning building a “green economy” like ...
Parsing Obama: Making Green Energy 'Profitable'
You may have missed President Obama’s euphemism for the massive wealth transfers involved in creating the “green economy” (itself a euphemism for “central planning”) that he said last night he would try to impose in the wake of the ...
BP Spill Shows We Need to Pass BP's Bill?
For those of you who watched Hannity on Fox News last night and wondered why an “eco-entrepreneur” was allowed to discuss President Obama’s claim that the Gulf spill shows that we need his cap-n-trade scheme — with no other guest — ...
Embracing Energy Insecurity
If you enjoy “The West’s Wrong Turn on Natural Resources” in today’s WSJ by Joseph Sternberg, then you’ll particularly appreciate Chapter 9 of Power Grab: How Obama’s Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America, entitled “...
Greg notes below the back-and-forth between former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and the White House over the president’s close campaign-financing ties with BP. Greenwire also covered the kerfuffle:
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs described Palin’s comments as ...
Emulate Spain's Green Economy? No Thanks, Mr. President
Big news [PDF] from España:
“Spain admits that the green economy sold to Obama is a ruin.”
The story goes on to note that President Obama has cited Spain as an exemplar of an ecologically sound energy economy no ...
Windfarm Cancelled to Protect Autistic Children
The planned development of a windfarm in North Lincolnshire has been halted due to the adverse effect it would have on two autistic children living nearby. You may recall my ongoing campaign against windfarm development until we know the extent ...
Climate Scientists Fret about 'Persistent Harassment.' Aww . . .
This is rich. E&E Daily reports that:
A House panel [Thursday] will examine the persistent harassment and legal challenges climate scientists have faced in the wake of a leaked collection of letters late last year from the ...
How to Buy Corporate Support for Kerry-Lieberman
The following is from a Climate Wire story today on Kerry-Lieberman:
Here is how the Kerry-Lieberman bill divides the allowances among key industries through 2029, after which all of them must purchase credits via an auction:
The local distribution companies, or ...
More Climate-Bill Preview
Reading the summary of Kerry-Graham-Lieberman, I see a heavy emphasis on how this doesn’t cost anything and really, really isn’t a payoff to the Wall Street guys who, oddly enough, are the bill’s heaviest promoters. Really.
Congress’s Sad Embarrassment
Last week, in a display all too typical in gatherings of the House Special Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, Rep. Earl Blumenauer sneered at former advisor to Margaret Thatcher, Lord Christopher Monckton: “I find it a little embarrassing ...
I hope to elaborate later — I’m wrapping up two weeks on the road promoting Power Grab — but it seems to me the issue with the recent oil-platform explosion and subsequent leak issue is BP, not offshore drilling.Offshore drilling ...
Downgraded Spain to Shelve Solar
David Freddoso at the Washington Examiner:
They tried to crucify Gabriel Calzada for pointing out that their wind and solar programs were a big waste of money.
But even the Spain’s socialist government recognizes economic reality when default comes ...
Show Us the Cap-and-Trade Bill!
At the bottom of its story today called “Reid and Senate Democrats unveil ‘framework’ for immigration reform,” Climate Wire reports: “Earlier in the week, Reid had hinted that climate legislation could advance before immigration because legislative language has been written.”
Babbling Brooks Asks, What Went Wrong?
Over on Commentary’s blog, Jennifer Rubin draws our attention to David Brooks apparently doing his best satirical caricature of David Brooks.
Yes, David, what did the world do to so transform the wonderfully moderate Mr. Obama? How could it ...